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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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A major boost for Republican Presidential contender Donald Trump

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as he's endorsed by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie.

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There is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the

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strongly to ship that it needs, both at home and around the world, than

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Donald Trump. Football's world governing body Fifa

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elects a new President. He's Switzerland's Gianni Infantino,

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the former deputy head of European We will restore the image of Fifa

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and the respect of Fifa and everyone will applaud us. And hour to go

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until a temporary halt to the fighting in Syria, but will it bring

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a lasting peace? And will Hollywood's biggest night of the

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year be overshadowed by protests about the lack of diversity?

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Another stunning development 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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Chris Christie has said his former rival for the White House had the

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best chance at beating Hillary Clinton in the election later this

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year. Here's what Chris Christie had to say. I'm proud to be head to

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endorsed Donald Trump for president of the United States. I'm doing this

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for a number of reasons. First is that Donald and I have been friends

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for over a decade. He's been a good and loyal friend our family, as we

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have been to him and his family. Over the years we've had a lot of

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wonderful times together. We've done a lot of good together for not only

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the people in New Jersey but many charities we've worked with. I

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absolutely appreciate him as a person and as a friend. Secondly,

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I've been on that stage. I've got to know all the people on that stage

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and there is no one who is better prepared to provide America with the

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strongly to ship that it needs both at home and around the world than

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Donald Trump. Chris Christie is an establishment

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political figure. He is the governor of New Jersey. He was a rising star

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of the Republican party, and up until New Hampshire he was one of

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the candidates. They him to throw his weight behind Donald Trump

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really is a slap in the face for the Republican party. Up until now

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they've been looking at Donald Trump as an upstart, an outsider, someone

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who frankly has been a bit of a joke. Or as Chris Christie once

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described him, as the entertainer in chief. Now you have the governor of

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New Jersey himself saying that this is the man who is going to win the

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nomination, this is the man who can beat Hillary Clinton. Revenge on

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Chris Christie's part for Marco Rubio who laid into him a week ago.

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I think there's probably a bit of that going on as well. He certainly

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had some demeaning comments about Marco Rubio when he appeared with

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Donald Trump in Texas earlier today to announce his endorsement. He said

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Marco Rubio's performance in last night 's debate, which most people

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thought was pretty solid was actually reflective of a losing

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campaign. And smacks of desperation. He also made rather personal

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references to the fact Marco Rubio sweats a lot. That's been a bit of a

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recurring theme, Donald Trump keeps talking about that as well. Chris

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Christie clearly dismissing Marco Rubio as an also-ran and saying, if

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anyone's going to do the job, it's going to be Donald Trump. How is

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Trump polling ahead of super Tuesday? He is going great guns. He

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really looks at this point to be quite unstoppable. He is leading in

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most of the polls. Texas is one of the big battle grounds. Ted Cruz has

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a very good chance there. But that is his home state. Generally

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speaking, Donald Trump is still in the ascendancy. There's very little

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at this stage that looks likely to knock him off his perch. He was the

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last candidate to declare but the first to win the majority of votes

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after two rounds and nearly four hours of voting in stearic. Fifa

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finally has a new president -- voting in zero. He won 215 of the

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votes. He is a 45-year-old lawyer from Switzerland.

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He only entered the presidential race when it became clear that

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Michael Platini, boss of European football's governing body Uefa,

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Nevertheless, he is now President of Fifa and he will succeed Sepp

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The sport is under pressure to make the right choice but also some big

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changes. How big a day is this for Fifa? We'll see who wins the

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presidency. The reform programme really matters. The arrest of senior

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officials plunged Fifa into unprecedented crisis. The corruption

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scandal seeing Sepp Blatter and from the sport he had ruled for so long.

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Now if Fifa fail to approve a package of reforms including term

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limits the disclosure of salaries, calls for it to be would intensify.

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Please provide your support for this crucial moment in history. The

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message had got through, the measures adopted. The five men than

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prepared to make their final pitches. But as ever, an element of

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controversy, demonstrators gathering to oppose the favourite Sheikh

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Salman. The Bahrain Royal has had to deny links to a crackdown on

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pro-democracy protesters in 2011, unsurprisingly no mention of that in

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his speech. We've had to act responsibly, not just as an

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executive committee but with confederations and National

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associations to do what's best for the whole of Fifa. The survival of

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Fifa. Jenny Infantino meanwhile of Europe's governing body you wafer

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tried it traditional tactic -- Gianni Infantino. The money of Fifa

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is your money. It's not the money of the Fifa and and. And so did the

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moment of truth. Fifa's choice going right to the wire. Total number of

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votes for Gianni Infantino, 115. Having picked up supporters from the

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remaining candidates, Infantino sealed a sensational victory. Fifa

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had chosen its new president. I want to work with all of you together.

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With all of you in order to restore and rebuild a new era in Fifa, a new

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era where we can put a game football. In the centre of the

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stage. Infantino may have been the last man to enter this presidential

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race but he's now football 's most powerful figure, his task to restore

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trust in Fifa's battered reputation and to prove he has a future.

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Earlier I've I think he is a talented

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administrator. He's gone through all of the stages of everything in Uefa.

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He represents a new generation of dedicated, professional, talented

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people. He has a huge responsibility on his shoulders. This is a defining

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moment for football. I think the next 90 days will be crucial. It

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will have to prove that actions speak louder than words and he has

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to prove that football is now committed, United, working hard to

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turn a new page. The head of the FA Greg Dyke said it wasn't so

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important he was president, it was the reforms that were absolutely

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essential. Mr Infantino described them as ground-breaking reforms, are

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they? I think they are extremely important reforms. They are in the

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right direction but will not solve all the problems. Greg is right in a

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way, providential leaders do not exist. This isn't just about Fifa,

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this is about the whole of football. It's about the whole sport. The

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challenge to the sport is monumental. This is a dim mining --

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this is a defining moment. They do not have the jurisdiction to tackle

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these problems which are complex, increasingly sophisticated, global

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and quite often involving criminal infiltration. This requires a united

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front to quote the UK Prime Minister, United front against all

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the threats that endangered the governance of such a sport. It is

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interesting because the world players union weren't happy with

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this appointment and in terms of the reforms, they said the reforms would

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increase the power for Fifa's 209 members associations which is part

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of the whole problem. I think they're right. What has been

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required, is to have an enhanced representative democracy, meaning

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that the key stakeholders including leagues, clubs, players and other

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legitimate parties who have an important voice in sport, they

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should be represented in the decision-making structures. Not just

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to be consulted once in a while. Voting has closed in it wrong.

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Ballots are now being counted after polling stations remained open more

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than five hours. At least 14 people are reported to have been killed in

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two huge explosions in Mogadishu. Ouch about said attacks -- Tim

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Willcox one -- temp macro one have said they have committed the

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attacks. The population of Japan has shrunk by nearly 1 million people in

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the last five years. It's the first decline

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registered since 1920, though demographers predicted

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the trend long ago, citing Japan's falling birth rate and

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a lack of immigration. 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 years of civil

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war, leaving a quarter 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

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

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terrorist organisations recognised He said the resolute

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fight against them would The West backs the various

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opposition groups, But on the ground, there

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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 to meet in Geneva today. It can't come

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soon enough for the Syrian people whose suffering has intensified in

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recent weeks as an apparent land grab takes place at head of this

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deal. Aid efforts are struggling to cope. As we do more every day in

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this country and as we have constructive relationship with all

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sides in that conflict, we see needs growing and growing. The gap between

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the needs and what we are able to do is increasing by the day. What has

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largely become a proxy war perhaps does need a proxy ceasefire. All the

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main powers are, publicly at least, behind this deal. As President Obama

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warns, the world will be watching whether it holds. Still to come: as

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actors go insert boot of -- as actors go in pursuit of Oscar glory,

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we have a look at the glitz and glamour of Hollywood's biggest

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night. Three brothers who sexually abused girls in the town of

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Rotherham have been jailed for a total of 79 years. They were found

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guilty along with three others. Detective Chief Inspector Martin

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Tait gives his reaction to our correspondent Dan Johnson. I'm

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really pleased for the victims. The vast majority of victims were in

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court. Emotions were high. Robert blew the most intense and emotional

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day I've had in Crown Court and will for a long time. How far does this

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result go towards rebuilding the reputation of your force? I hope

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it's the first step. I'm not seeking to defend anything that's happened

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in the past. This investigation was about gathering evidence. As police

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officers we wake up every single day wanting to put criminals and

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paedophiles in prison. The latest headlines: the US

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Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has won the backing of

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the New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. Fifa's newly elected

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President Gianni Infantino has promised to restore the image of

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football 's world governing body. Three British tourists have been

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killed while climbing waterfalls in Vietnam with an unauthorised tour

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guide. The Datanla waterfalls in the south of the country. It's unclear

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exactly how they died. No one is sure yet how the three British

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tourists died. Officials say their bodies were discovered near the foot

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of a popular waterfall and were then lifted up by rescue workers. A local

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man believed to have been guiding them has been questioned by police.

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This evening one of them has been named as 24-year-old Christian

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Sloan. Family and friends said they are devastated. The accident are

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heard -- the accident occurred and the Foreign Office said:

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there's an implicit danger in the waterfalls surrounding you man-made

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lake. You're very mossy rock, a lot of dampness and to be truthful,

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Vietnam's doesn't have a fantastic reputation for tourism safety. The

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tourism industry has grown rapidly in Vietnam's as the economy has been

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opened up. Visitors come to enjoy attractions that was the year is

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little known because of the roles that ravaged this country -- the

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wars that ravaged this country. It's no surprise Vietnam's racing to cash

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in on the tourist boom that has brought a much wealth to countries

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like Thailand. Every year dozens of Britons die here from largely

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preventable accidents. It's a sad truth that across much of this

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region, law enforcement is lax and a culture of safety almost

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nonexistent. Now the latest sports news. Good evening. The six Nations

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is back tonight after a week. Wales and France are playing in Cardiff at

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this moment, both sides unbeaten in the tournament so far. It looks like

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it's going to be five matches in a row. A George North try meaning they

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lead 16-3 in Cardiff. Liverpool have been drawn to face Manchester United

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in the last 16 of the rebel league. One of English football 's biggest

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rivalries will be played out in Europe for the first time over two

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legs next month. The second leg will be paid at Old Trafford. Can I get

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your reaction to the Raper league draw?

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my staff asked me yesterday, who do you want and I said Manchester

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United. Did Tottenham get who they wanted?

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Other highlights include Valencia. Manchester city manager Manuel

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Pellegrini may have the League Cup final to look forward to on Sunday.

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He's been talking about another trophy today, the FA Cup. He said

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the format must change. One of the important reasons that we won the

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title of the Premier League is because... I'm sure this will be the

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last year. They need to make the change. The format of that cup

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damages the Premier League and the Champions League. I'm sure they will

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change it. Top of the Premier League, Leicester City. Claudio

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Ranieri said their next five matches are the most important of their

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season. The league leaders have five games in two weeks against teams no

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higher than ninth in the table and Claudio Ranieri thinks the race of

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the title is still anyone's. We have to fight against those who are very

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close to the relegation. Against teams who want to go to Europe, want

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to go to the Premier League. Then there is a very good battle now. A

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very good Premier League this season, because nobody can say yes,

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that's it. I think it's very interesting. Scott Quigg and Carl

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Frampton held their staff over a minute during a feisty way in ahead

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of tomorrow nights superbantamweight unification fight at the Manchester

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Arena. There's no love lost between them as you're about to see. As

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Scott Quigg was geeing up supporters, he was mocked by

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Frampton. The bout will take place on Saturday night. Finally, ball

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boys and ball girls beware, you could soon be out of a job. The

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employment theft comes from the unlikeliest of sources, man's best

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friend. Dogs retrieve tennis balls at the Brazil open on Thursday. It

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was promoted by a collaboration of charitable organisations hoping the

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stunt will attract more people to adopt dogs. It is still 16-3 to

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Wales in the six nations. It's the Oscars this weekend,

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Hollywood's biggest event But the lack of diversity

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in the nominations for this year's Academy Awards has been heavily

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criticised by some in the movie Some black actors say

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they will boycott the Oscars and the civil rights activist

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Reverend Al Sharpton will be staging So many things define the Oscars -

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the glamorous red carpet, the coveted golden statuettes,

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and this year the all-white list More than that, there's a perceived

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overall lack of diversity. Y'all just got a snapshot of how

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Americans really feel. One film of many believe

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was overlooked, the story of the birth of rap group NWA,

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Straight Outta Compton. # Snoop Doggy Dogg and Dr

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Dre is at the door... # One of the musicians featured

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in the film says the make-up of Academy Awards

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voters is the problem. I feel like the Oscars

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wasn't made for us. It's just those old generation,

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first-generation people in there that really don't get it,

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they don't understand the dynamics of the world that they're living in,

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but the people from, you know, I say, 50 years

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old on down, they get it, because they're living in a world

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where it's diverse and everybody The Academy knows it's crucial

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to the awards' credibility that they're seen as being relevant

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to modern audiences. That's been seriously

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threatened by the reaction The Academy has planned to counter

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that by replacing significant numbers of older members who haven't

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been active in the industry He is angered by the the way

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they want to increase diversity at the expense of

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long-standing voters. I wouldn't want to be put

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into a category that To nurture the talent,

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I'm all for it. But to bring them in

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because of their race is wrong, or their sex, or their

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beliefs, that's wrong. Now, who chooses the talent is not

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the academy, as I said before, The studios often cast black actors

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in somewhat cliched roles like drug Perhaps the industry can follow

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the lead of Star Wars. They chose the relatively unknown

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black actor John Boyega in a role that could have been

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played by any ethnicity. How important is it that the studios

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should follow suit from what you did I think it's inevitable,

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and I think it is critical, and I feel like it was just

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important to me, to all of us working on the movie,

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that the movie be inclusive. Whatever the eventual outcome,

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the Academy, the film industry and the public are united on one

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thing - they want the discussion around next year's Oscars

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and beyond to not be about who the voters are, but to be

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purely about the films themselves. Breaking news from the UN Security

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Council in New York. Throwing its weight behind that ceasefire

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agreement for Syria, demanding it be upheld. The council unanimously

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adopting the resolution drafted by Russia and the United States.

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Think you could tune in into our world weather round-up. I thought I

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would take you to south-western parts of Europe where the weather

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went be too great during parts

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