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US President, Barack Obama has warned White House contenders

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to avoid raising tensions, a day after a rally by Donald Trump

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Video has emerged appearing to show Turkish coastguards lashing out

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with sticks at a boat full of migrants in the Aegean Sea.

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Thousands of people have been protesting in

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They're demanding the government resolve

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And, the dancing grandmother who met President Obama prepares

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US President Barack Obama has called on the presidential candidates

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in the race for the White House to focus on the country's needs

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instead of seeking, as he put it, to divide society along racial

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He was speaking after scuffles between protesters and supporters

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of frontrunner Donald Trump prevented him from speaking

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Another attempt to interrupt the Republican Party favourite

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caused a security scare while he was campaigning in Ohio

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Secret service agents rushed to form a protective ring around Mr Trump

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when a man apparently tried to invade the stage

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The BBC's Laura Bicker has the latest.

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Donald Trump is back in the campaign Trail unperturbed. We are going to

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build the wall. The scene in Chicago was very different. It felt less

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like a political rally and more like a bar room brawl.

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There is anger here at a candidate many perceive to be racist.

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Mr Trump stayed away. Today he told supporters in how high or that they

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were just wise skies. -- in Ohio. An attack came out of nowhere. The

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posters were printed by professional people. They had a mark on them.

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They were all done by a group and very professionally done. It is a

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disgrace if you want to know the truth. These ugly clashes have not

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been seen in presidential clashes in decades. Donald Trump says he is not

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responsible, but his Republican rivals think differently. Donald

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Trump has created a toxic environment. It has allowed his

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supporters and those who sometimes the confrontation to come together

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in violence. There is no place for this. But we'll be seeing is damaged

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Donald Trump's campaign? Some believe the protesters denied the

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candidate a right to speak at his own event. Others wonder if this is

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a sign of things to come if you wince. -- if he winds.

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He was President George W Bush's deputy assistant until 2004

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I am going to work this first question to you carefully. What do

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you make of the scenes at Donald Trump's campaign, not him himself? I

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think it was disgraceful. I think it's disgraceful that the protesters

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would upset a rally. Donald Trump should have known better in his

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campaign staff to have a rally in Chicago at the University of

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Chicago, where you are not going to find many Republicans. I think that

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was a kind of invitation to the type of protest that we solve. Donald

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Trump has been inciting violence. He can't expect that that is not going

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to occur if he invites it to happen. It was disgraceful on both parts. We

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should not be having that kind of political discourse in America and

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as a Republican I'm ashamed. You are blaming Donald Trump. He is blaming

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wise guys and orchestrated protest. America has got freedom of speech.

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He has the right to believe what he wants to believe and his supporters

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have the right to just what he says and the protesters have the right to

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voice their views. They don't have the right to voice that in a venue

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that Donald Trump has paid for. They did not have the right to invade it.

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The Donald Trump has invited them in, he says he enjoys the

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protesters. Then he instructs his audience to beat them up. It is a

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crazy dichotomy of opposites between and tie and pro-Donald Trump people.

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Both are to blame. The protesters and the Donald Trump campaign. What

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does this say about America at the moment? There is a huge

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dissatisfaction in America by Democrats and Republicans. We are

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both sick and tired of the Government that does nothing, but

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this is not the way to correct it, to violence in this respect. We

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should come together as a nation to try and fix our problems. Donald

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Trump is playing on the discontent of his supporters to act out this

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way. I think it is wrong. He has a lot of supporters. He is hitting the

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right note with lots of people and he is the Republican front runner.

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He could be the president of the United States. He could be but there

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is a vast majority of Republicans who do not accept him as their

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nominee yet. He has not broken 50% of the Republicans. He has ample

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coal minority, but to say he speaks for the majority of Republicans at

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this point is not true. Thank you. More reaction on BBC world news as

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you can imagine. Footage has emerged appearing

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to show Turkish coastguards lashing out with sticks at a boat full

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of migrants in the Aegean Sea. The video is believed to have been

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filmed on Saturday morning in Turkish waters near

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the Greek island of Lesbos. Turkey says the coastguards

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were trying to stop the boat, Early this morning off

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the coast of Turkey, a migrant vessel is being

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hit with boat hooks. Women scream, children cower

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on the floor of the boat. They're Turkish coastguards, trying,

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they claim, to disable the engine Humanitarian experts say these

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pictures are disturbing. Previously, the Turkish coastguard

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has been filmed using water cannon Nato ships are now in the waters

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between Greece and Turkey. Sailors and aircrew will be tasked

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with sending boats packed full of people heading for Europe

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towards Turkish coastguards for them But is this what Nato's servicemen

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and women will be sending The Turkish coastguard says

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it was trying to stop the migrants getting into Greek waters

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without harming the refugees. Those on board this boat did

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make it to Greece today, but others were intercepted

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by the Turkish authorities Their attempts thwarted as efforts

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are stepped up to stop the flow of people paying smugglers to get

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them onto European soil. The Syrian government has ruled out

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any discussion about presidential elections when peace talks resume

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in Geneva on Monday. Syria's Foreign Minister confirmed

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the government will attend the indirect talks but rejected a UN

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request for leadership elections Meanwhile, rebels have reportedly

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shot down a government Let's speak to Emma Ashford,

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a visiting fellow at She's written widely about

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the politics of the Middle East. Thank you for joining us. Isn't

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discussing who run Syria quite a critical point that they need to get

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to in the stocks? Absolutely. It has been the central point of contention

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between rebels and the Syrian Government for the last five years.

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What hope should be having these talks will be successful? I think

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there have been some recent signs that indicate they may be more

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successful than previous talks. We have had two weeks where a ceasefire

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has held inside Syria. Violence is down substantially. That is a good

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first step to bringing these countries together and making them

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less distrustful of each other. How community in peace and Syria?

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Letters say that everyone agrees on elections and there is a new ruling

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party, there are still going to be factions that are going to want to

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fight and that will not be happy and there will still be Islamic State

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and other terrorist organisations. Definitely. The CC nation of

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hostilities didn't cover two of the most violent groups and that is a

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problem because they are going to remain a problem even if we resolve

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the conflict and Syria. If the US and Western Europe want to resolve

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the problem of Isis, resolving the Syrian civil more is a good first

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step and it will also solve the refugee crisis and the humanitarian

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issues associated with that inside Syria. Can you take us inside the

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talks on Monday with your experience and your knowledge. Where do the

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peace brokers began? For starters they are probably going to want to

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consider some kind of more formalised and permanent ceasefire

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and speciation of hostilities. Then they will want to talk about

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transition, can they keep Syria together as one political entity.

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Will they need to move to effect the licensed with different regions have

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a lot of the time and make so they don't have to resolve those problems

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immediately? Will they have to consider some kind of large-scale

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petition of Syria, a formal splitting of the country? Think all

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of those countries around the table. I think the second one is probably

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the one that is most to emerge. Thank you for that.

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The Council of Europe has said the changes in Poland undermine the rule

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of law and we can democracy. People are demonstrating against

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what they see as the new Government's attempts to endanger

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the independence of certain courts. The Council of Europe said on Friday

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that changes introduced by the Government made it very difficult

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for the court to take decisions and that endangers the rule of law and

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democracy. The court ruled that the changes were legal. What we have now

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is a 's tuition or political crisis that is raising concerns in

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Washington and Brussels. Turkey has lifted a 48-year-old

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ban on table football, but it seems many Turks didn't even

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know the ban existed. Number of dead and wounded defy

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belief. This was the worst terrorist attack on European soil in modern

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times. In less than 24 hours the Soviet Union lost a second reader

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and replaced him with our dynamic figure 20 years younger than him. We

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heard gunshots and we jumped and then he started firing at us and we

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were petrified. Aged 41 sentenced to 99 years due for parole when he is

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90. He travels from the jail in an eight car convoy. What does it feel

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like to be married? It feels fine. Will it change your life? I don't

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know. I have never been married before.

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US President Barack Obama has warned White House contenders to avoid

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raising tensions, a day after a rally by Donald Trump

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Video has emerged appearing to show Turkish coastguards lashing out

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with sticks at a boat full of migrants in the Aegean Sea.

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Protestors in Lebanon's capital Beirut have been on the streets

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demanding the government resolve the months-long rubbish crisis.

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Rubbish has been piling up on beaches, forests and rivers

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The group named You Stink marched through the city centre, calling

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Our correspondent, Lina Sinjab, is there.

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A familiar protest scene, a reminder of the Arab Spring. The Lebanese are

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taking to the streets and are calling to topple the regime, but

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for one main reason. This river of rubbish. This fitted obtained from

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You Stink, which started last July against the Government's failure to

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collect the rubbish. Lebanon produces nearly 4000 tonnes of

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rubbish day. The Government has closed one of the main landfills,

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leading to piles of uncollected rubbish scattered around the streets

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of the Lebanese capital. When protesters took to the street last

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year, the Government responded with tear gas and live ammunition,

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feeling one civilian and leaving many wounded. The country that

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prides itself as being a tourist attraction is now suffering an

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environmental crisis. You can see thousands of people gathered here in

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protest of the garbage crisis. There is a sense of nationalism here. They

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are not just calling for an end to the garbage crisis but also an end

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to corruption. They are calling for a general strike and told there is a

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solution. They are also calling for the whole Government to change.

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There are slogans being chanted here that remind you of the protests in

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the Arab world and the Arab Spring. We will never accept any kind of

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stupid solution. I'm here because I am fed up with smelling of garbage.

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The Government has responded. They say they will reopen the closed

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landfill and start collecting this week. The protesters want more than

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that. They are calling for a more fundamental change and an end to a

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corrupt sectarian system in Lebanon. A 48-year-old ban on Table

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Football in Turkey has The game had been classified

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as gambling in the But the Constitutional Court ruled

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that unlike gambling, table football didn't

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interrupt family order, Previously anyone caught playing it

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faced a prison sentence, With me now is Seref Isler

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of the BBC's Turkish Service. It seems very bizarre that this ban

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was in place. On social media is seen that many people did not

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realise. I did not realise. Now I'm in a position to reveal that I used

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to play table football with my cousins. It is very strange, a very

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strange case of the lobbying incorrectly phrased. The word for

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table football was also used in place of the word slot machine. When

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these machines started arriving in Turkey they were classified as

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gambling tools and they were banned. Is that because you had to put money

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in them? It is to do with the word. It just seems that the slot machine

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and a table football machine with the same word and when one was

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banned, in legal text the other one was banned as well. It was never

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enforced. We used to play all the time. Now when we realise there was

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something wrong in the law and changed it, he effectively legalise

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table football today. Why go to the trouble of lifting the ban if it is

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not enforced? No one really knows how this happened and everyone is

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very shocked. It was met with amusement and ridicule in Turkey,

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because even in this bulletin we have two stories on Turkey and they

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are very serious. You think that they would be prioritised and other

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things. Exactly. But for whatever reason someone realise that the law

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was not phrase correctly. When they fix this glitch, it enabled cable

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football to be legalised when it didn't seem to be illegal, or no one

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realised it was illegal. Perks are mad about football, but are they

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also mad about table football? -- people from Turkey. It is very

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popular, it is even in some schools. People play this game all the time.

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Will you any good? Not as far as I can remember. I was only 12. Thank

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you. There was a clash in Six Nations

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earlier when England met Wales at Twickenham. England were looking for

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revenge after losing to Wales last year but it looks like it might go

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the same way when Wales staged a late comeback. The England held on

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three victory and our correspondent was

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there. Twickenham was meant to haul now fear for Wales after they beat

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England here in the World Cup back in September. England have

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reasserted themselves and it totally dominated the first half. There were

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a number of penalties from Owen Farrell. England were 16-0 at the

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break. It looked like it was slipping away from Wales until they

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scored two late tries to give themselves hope, but England held on

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for a narrow but impressive victory. 25-21. That puts them within

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touching distance of the Six Nations title. If Scotland beat France on

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Sunday, it will be England's with a game to spare and then we roll on to

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Paris for the final round. Well, after the match,

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both coaches gave their reaction I thought I first 40-60 minutes was

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very good and some of the rugby was immaculate. We have to do better

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than that and we know that and that is what we're going to aim to

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interview next week. How significant was that victory given the

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opposition and what happened here. Wales have been together for eight

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years now and we have only been together for six weeks old to put a

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performance like that insures with the team is going. We'll be have

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worked today and we are not the finished product, but that is the

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build of the team. Sitting in the box after 25 minutes

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I was thinking that I needed to make some changes and make some

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replacement spits and energy into the team. It was unlike some very

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disappointing. I've scored England three tries to one, so is that an

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indication of what you're capable of? At half time we had to ask where

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our enthusiasm and energy was. I said to the boys that we need to

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keep playing and play rugby and in the second half we saw those three

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tries. In the day's other match

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Ireland got their first win of the tournament,

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thrashing Italy 58-15. The Irish ran in nine tries -

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a record for them in Everton are through to the semi

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finals of the FA Cup after beating Thanks to this man, who is goals

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gave Everton the victory over his former club. It is Everton's first

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ever FA Cup semifinal appearance since 2000 and 12. I thought there

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were atmospheres that every single one of us will take away and it

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creates a special memory. I think the goal is one of the great goals

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that you are going to see in the FA Cup. All in all we played a very

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good side and if Chelsea were terrific. We saw two teams that were

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very similar in terms of the way we are technically. A very close

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affair. In the Premier League,

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Manchester City's slim title hopes have suffered another blow,

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after a goalless draw It means that city are still nine

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points behind the beat leaders with nine games to play, but it could

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prove a valuable point for Norwich remain in the bottom three. -- a

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valuable point. Two other games in the Premier

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League, Bournemouth beat And Southampton won

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away at Stoke 2-1. She's the viral video star

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who was born before Virginia McLaurin -

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the grandmother from Washington DC who danced with joy when she met

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the Obamas in the White House last Remember Virginia McLaurin? She

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became an Internet sensation last month. At 106 years old she melted

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people's hearts and this video, showing her visiting the White

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House. What is the secret to still be dancing at 106? Now on to her

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fans is grandmother Ginger, she is now celebrating her 107th birthday.

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To mark the occasion she was awarded the presidential medal of honour, in

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recognition of her years of volunteering. She is still dancing.

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Once they reach a certain eight people tend to sit down. The grammar

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has taken this as her other career and she has had a revival. Who knows

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what life at 107 will bring for her, but when you have danced in the

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White House at 106 the bar has been set quite high.

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A computer programme has come -- has beaten a human opponent in a game

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for the first time. The third straight win means the software has

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clinched the best-of-5 series and established that it is superior in

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the ancient Chinese game. That is despite many people believing that

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Goal would be too complex for games to master. If you have anything to

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say about anything we are covering to send it to to us here. For me and

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