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TRANSLATION: Good afternoon, President, thank you. Within these

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news reforms that have been reported, the Secretary-General, the

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post of Secretary General that you are very familiar with, will be

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almost as important as the president within new Fifa, that you are now

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heading. Do you believe that the person who will fill this post will

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be, or will it be somebody who has your trust in that sense?

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Thank you for that question. Do you understand English? OK, I will

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answer in English. I have of course a couple of ideas on the position of

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General secretary. Certainly not today the moment to speak about it.

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We will look into that, it is the decision of the Fifa council anyway.

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It is proposed by the president, of course he has an important position,

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it has to be like this. And I want to have a very strong general

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secretary. And they said as well in my programme, in my manifesto, if

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the president is me, the general secretary will not be European, so

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we will look into that. We have time for that, we will discuss it, and we

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will see what is the best choice for Fifa and for football. TRANSLATION:

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You didn't mention the name of Platini today, do you have any

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thoughts for him tonight yes, I have some words for him. I'm not quite

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sure whether I've mentioned any name. I didn't think I mentioned any

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name at all. I have thanked all of those who have supported me along

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this journey. The adventure. The adventure ready starts now, and I

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thank Mr Platini for everything he has given me, that he has taught me,

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the work that we have done together. And I have strong thoughts for Mr

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Platini right now, you can believe me. The final question?

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Congratulations. Where are you? Do you speak Portuguese or English?

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English come on, of course. I spoke to some of the delegates. It was

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quite a close election, really. The first round, for sure. One of the

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African delegates said he switched from your opponent to you when he

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said he saw you had been more. He had also said that almost all of

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Africa voted for your opponent, and now you have a very big challenge to

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unite the football world. He said it will take a long time. And football

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is divided as a result of today's election, especially from an African

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perspective. What are your thoughts on that? I don't agree football is

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divided. Today, it was an election, not a war. It was a competition but

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not a fight. It was a sporting contest. You can win or lose an

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election and then life goes on. And I have great relationship two in

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Africa. I started my campaign in Africa. I've many friends in Africa.

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The first international competition I attended was the African cup of

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Nations in 1998. So I have personally very good relationships

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with many persons in Africa. Asia and Oceania, and north-central South

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America towards working together. The election has taken place, I have

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been elected, now we turn the page, we start to work, we work

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altogether, and I will show whole world that I am not a candidate of

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Europe or whatever. But I am the candidate of football, and football

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is universal, and this is what we will start to do now in Fifa, to

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work with everyone for the development of football, and not to

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do politics, to speak about divisions, to speak about barriers.

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I said today let's build bridges, not walls. And football can do that.

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I want to focus on football and if we do that we can speak and discuss

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and agree and develop football everywhere in the world. That is my

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objective. So we conclude this first press conference, thank you for your

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understanding, and we promised there will be further opportunities soon.

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Thank you and have a very good evening. Thank you very much. The

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briefest of press conferences by the new Fifa president, Johnny 17 oh,

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saying that he was going to clean up and it was a big honour for him, but

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the work started now. He said there were far reforms, ground-breaking

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reforms that would be taking place within Fifa after the turmoil of the

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past few months. He was asked why he hadn't actually named any of the

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other people who had wanted to stand for his position, for example Mr

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Platini, and he said at the time he didn't make any references to

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anyone, but he said he thanked everyone who had worked for Fifa and

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Uefa and four international foot over the past few years. One

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question also from a correspondent saying when he looked at the

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breakdown of the votes, was he concerned he didn't appear to have

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any of the African delegations onside. Gianni Infantino said he

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hoped he would be able to draw the support of everyone within Fifa.

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Let's get an idea of who this man is, this 45-year-old lawyer with the

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chief executive officer of the International Centre for sport

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security in Europe. You know Gianni Infantino quite well. What is he

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like? Is he the man to clean up Fifa? I think so and he has the

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opportunity to prove it. He is a talented administrator. He's gone

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through all the stages and areas in the US until he reached the

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Secretary-General. He represents a new dedicated generation of football

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administrators. He has a huge responsibility on his shoulders.

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This is the defining moment for football. And I think the next 90

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days will be crucial. It will have to prove that actions speak louder

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than words. And he has to prove that football is now committed, United,

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working hard to turning a new page. Interesting, the head of the FA in

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Britain, Greg Dyke, said it wasn't that important about who is

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president. It was the reforms that were absolutely essential. Gianni

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Infantino described them as ground-breaking. Our they? I think

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they are extremely important. They are in the right direction, but they

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are not a miraculous panacea. Greg Dyke is right in a way because these

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kinds of leaders don't exist. This isn't about Fifa but about the whole

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football world. It is about the whole sport. The challenges are the

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money challengers. Football and other sports do not have the means,

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they don't have the jurisdiction to tackle these problems, which are

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complex, increasingly sophisticated, global, and quite often including

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criminal infiltration. This requires United front against all the threats

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that endanger the governments and the credibility of such an

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overwhelming sport. It is interesting because the world

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players union weren't happy in terms of this appointment, saying the

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reforms have actually increased the power to Fifa's 209 member

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Associations, which is part of the problem, isn't it? They are right.

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What has been demanded, what has been required is to have an enhanced

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representative democracy, meaning that the leagues, the players, the

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sponsors and other legitimate parties who have an important voice

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in sport, they should be represented in the decision-making structures,

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not just to be consulted once in awhile. In this case, I personally

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believe that this reform does not represent a step forward but step

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back. Also, in his initial reaction to the press conference, it was

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clear his message was a message of common purpose, unity,

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inclusiveness, and he referred all the key stakeholders in sport so he

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deserves a vote of confidence. Undoubtedly, what sport needs is an

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independent, neutral platform where all these responsibilities and

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organisations, ranging from sports, governments, international

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authorities, regulators and NGOs can have a constructive role, a positive

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role in shaping a new era in the governments of sport. That is where

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the challenge lies. OK, thank you very much indeed.

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To the US now and in the race for the Republican nomination

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for President, Donald Trump has won another high profile supporter.

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New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has endorsed Mr Trump

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saying his former rival for the White House had the best

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chance at beating Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton

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I'm proud to be here to endorse Donald Trump for President of the

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United States. I'm doing this for a number of reasons. Firstly, Donald

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and I have been friends for over a decade. He has been a good and loyal

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friend to our family as we have been to him and his family. Over the

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years, we have had a lot of wonderful times together. We've done

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a lot of good together for not only the people of the state of New

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Jersey but for many charities we've worked with together. I appreciate

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him as a person. And as a friend. Secondly, I've been on that stage.

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I've got to know all the people on that stage. And there is no one who

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is better prepared to provide America with the strong leadership

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that it needs, both at home and around the world than Donald Trump.

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Pretty good endorsement ahead of super cheese steak, is this more

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about getting back at Marco Rubio, as far as Chris Christie is

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concerned? There is an element of that, but this is utterly shocking

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because Chris Christie is seen as part of the Republican Party

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establishment. The part of the party that was really against Donald

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Trump, who is seen as an upstart threatening to split the Republican

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base. So, the Chris Christie at this stage, and don't forget we are very

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early on in the race, to come out and endorse Donald Trump, it is

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extraordinary. It's shocking. Whether he's doing it to get back at

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Marco Rubio or not is actually a secondary question. His endorsement

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is going to give a massive boost to Donald Trump. And really we position

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him as somebody that, for the first time, the establishment part of the

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Republican party can begin to coalesce around. They've been

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friends, he says the more than a decade. Jeb Bush is no longer in the

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race. Up until this point, Marco Rubio had been seen as the one the

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Republicans would gather around. What sort of response has there been

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to What sort of response has there been

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bombshells that would destroy Donald Trump. He did very well in the

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debate last night, the first Trump. He did very well in the

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have seen him coming out swinging at Donald Trump, and talking about his

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tax returns and why hadn't Donald Trump released them. Also

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questioning, as usual, his ability to actually lead as a president. So

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you'd have thought that Marco Rubio was at the ascendancy at this point.

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But, again, this is an extraordinary testament to Donald Trump's ability

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to grab the headlines because right now very few people are talking

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about Marco Rubio's success in the debate. They're talking about Donald

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Trump and Chris Christie's endorsement. Donald Trump is a

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master minded being able to manipulate the media in this way,

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and this is yet another example of how he is managing to do that. Thank

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you very much. The main opposition group in Syria

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has said that almost 100 rebel groups, including factions

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from the Free Syrian Army, have signed up to a temporary

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cessation of hostilities, President Putin has again said that,

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despite the partial ceasefire, there'll be no let-up in Moscow's

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air strikes against what Russia It's been five long

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years of civil war, leaving a quarter of

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a million people dead. 4 million Syrians have fled

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the country, and much of Syria today This ceasefire offers hope

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of an end, but no one thinks it We are all aware of the many

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potential pitfalls, and there are plenty

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of reasons for scepticism. But history would judge us harshly

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if we did not do our part in at least trying to end this

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terrible conflict with diplomacy. There are simply too many opposing

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factions for complete consensus. Vladimir Putin said today the

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ceasefire doesn't apply to the group's Isil and other terrorist

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organisations recognised as such by the UN Security Council. He said the

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resolute fight against them would of course continue.

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Turkey's response could be problematic.

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It is broadly in support, but President Ahmet Davutoglu said

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Ankara would not be bound by the ceasefire if its national

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The West backs the opposition groups which I've also agreed. On the

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ground, there are sceptical voices. TRANSLATION: If they really wanted

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a ceasefire, if they were really friends of the Syrian

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people and wanted to help, they would first take

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out the regime, and all Representatives of the 17-nation

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group backing this process are meeting in Geneva today

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to work out further details It can't come soon enough

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for the Syrian people, whose suffering has

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intensified in recent weeks, as an apparent land grab

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takes place ahead of this deal. Aid efforts, too,

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are struggling to cope. As we do more each and every

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day in this country, and as we have constructive

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relationships with all sides in that conflict,

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we see needs growing and growing, and the gap between the needs

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and what we are able to do What has largely become a proxy war

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perhaps does need a proxy ceasefire, and all the main powers are,

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publicly at least, behind this deal. the world will be watching

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whether it holds. Iranian officials have

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extended its nationwide elections for a third time, citing

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the high turnout of voters. A new parliament is being elected,

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as well as the influential Assembly of Experts, the committee

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of clerics that appoints Election time at a mosque in Tehran,

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now a polling station. Reports say turnout

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has been high in many Here voting is quite complicated.

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People had to write down 34 Parliament and 16 for panel of

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experts. They had urged their supporters

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to come out in big numbers, which they calculated might just

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give them the control of parliament and a third of the seatsa

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of the assembly of experts, The is the supreme leader also

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wanted a big turnout, giving the Iranian leader legitimacy, something

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he craves. He says anyone who loves Iran and loves the Islamic Republic

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and believes in its dignity and greatness must come out and vote.

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For him, the elections are the first test of his popularity after the

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nuclear deal with world powers. The deal that led to

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the lifting of the crippling But the benefits of

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the lifting of sanctions For many in Iran, what is at stake

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is the direction President Rouhani is

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promising moderation. This man says he wants

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a parliament which Follows moderation. Such a

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parliament, he says, would have an important impact on relations with

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the outside world, and on standards of living at home.

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This woman says for half calm and security are the main issues.

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And this man says he wants to elect people who can revive

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In this religious city, the bastion of conservative

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hardliners, the high turnout in big cities

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2.5 years ago, the hardliners lost the presidency,

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and if they lose the control of parliament, Iran could be heading

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Better relations with the outside world, more freedoms at home,

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and even a moderate next supreme leader.

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There have been two huge explosions in the Somali capital Mogadishu.

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The Islamist group Al Shabaab says it has attacked and stormed a hotel

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New census figures in Japan show that the country's population has

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shrunk by almost one million people in the past five years.

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It's the first decline registered since 1920,

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though demographers predicted the trend long ago, citing Japan's

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falling birth rate and a lack of immigration.

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Three British tourists have been killed while climbing waterfalls in

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Vietnam's with an unauthorised tour guide. Their bodies were recovered

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at a popular attraction. It is unclear how they died. No one is

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sure yet how the three British tourists died. The bodies were

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discovered near the foot of a popular waterfall and were lifted up

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by rescue workers. A local man has been questioned by the police. This

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evening, one of them has been named as 24-year-old Christian Sloan and

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family and friends say they are devastated. The accident occurred in

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the Central highlands. The foreign office has issued a statement.

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There is an implicit danger in just the waterfalls that surround the

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man-made lake. There is very mossy rock, a lot of dampness, and to be

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truthful the band doesn't have a fantastic reputation for tourism

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safety. The tourist industry has grown rapidly in Vietnam as the

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economy has been opened up by the commonest government. With visitors

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coming to enjoy natural attractions that were four years little-known

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because of the wars that ravaged this country. After decades of

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isolation, it is no surprise that a Vietnam's racing to cash in on the

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tourist boom that has brought so much wealth to neighbouring

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countries, like Thailand. There is a dark side to this boom. Dozens of

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Britons die here every year from largely preventable accidents. It is

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a sad truth is that across much of this region, law enforcement is lax,

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and a culture of safety almost nonexistent.

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It's the Oscars this weekend, Hollywood's biggest event

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But the lack of diversity in the nominations for this year's

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Academy Awards has been heavily criticised by some in the movie

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Some black actors say they will boycott the Oscars

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and the civil rights activist Reverend Al Sharpton will be staging

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So many things define the Oscars - the glamorous red carpet,

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and this year the all-white list of acting nominees.

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More than that, there's a perceived overall lack of diversity.

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Y'all just got a snapshot of how Americans really feel.

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One film of many believe was overlooked, the story

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of the birth of rap group NWA, Straight Outta Compton.

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# Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr Dre is at the door... #

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One of the musicians featured in the film

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says the make-up of Academy Awards voters is the problem.

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I feel like the Oscars wasn't made for us.

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It's just those old generation, first-generation people

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in there that really don't get it, they don't understand the dynamics

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of the world that they're living in, but the people from,

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you know, I say, 50 years old on down, they get it,

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where it's diverse and everybody is about everybody.

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The Academy knows it's crucial to the awards' credibility

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that they're seen as being relevant to modern audiences.

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That's been seriously threatened by the reaction

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The Academy has planned to counter that

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by replacing significant numbers of older members

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who haven't been active in the industry in recent years.

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He is angered by the the way they want to increase diversity

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at the expense of long-standing voters.

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I wouldn't want to be put into a category

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To nurture the talent, I'm all for it.

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But to bring them in because of their race is wrong,

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or their sex, or their beliefs, that's wrong.

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Now, who chooses the talent is not the academy, as I said before,

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The studios often cast black actors

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in somewhat cliched roles like drug dealers or warlords.

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Perhaps the industry can follow the lead of Star Wars.

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They chose the relatively unknown black actor John Boyega

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in a role that could have been played by any ethnicity.

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How important is it that the studios should follow suit

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I think it's inevitable, and I think it is critical,

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and I feel like it was just important to me,

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to all of us working on the movie, that the movie be inclusive.

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Whatever the eventual outcome, the Academy, the film industry

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and the public are united on one thing - they want the discussion

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around next year's Oscars and beyond to not be about who the voters are,

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but to be purely about the films themselves.

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That's it for now. Coming up, the weather.

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Good evening. It is turning cold once again across the UK. Probably

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down to two or three degrees

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