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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The headlines: Turkey is rocked by a second suicide-bombing

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Foreign nationals are among those killed in the attack on the heart

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The Paris attacks suspect captured in Belgium tells investigators

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he wanted to blow himself up, but changed his mind.

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The Salah Abdeslam today told Belgian investigators that he plans

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to blow himself up but backed out. Russian officials say the passenger

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plane which crashed killing everyone on board had been trying to land in

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near hurricane force winds. Also coming up, India beat Pakistan

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in one of the world's great sporting showdowns at the Twenty

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20 Cricket World Cup. We start in Turkey's

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largest city Istanbul, where a bomb attack claimed

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the lives of at least 5 people Istanbul is a major tourist

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hotspot for the country. And the explosion took

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place on Istiklal Avenue, close to Taksim Square,

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a location popular with tourists Turkey's Prime Minister has

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condemned the suicide attack that killed at least five people

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in an area of Istanbul At least two of those who died

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are known to be Israeli. Reports say an Iranian

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national was also killed. Daniel Boettcher has

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more from Istanbul: Saturday morning on Istanbul's most

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popular shopping street. Seconds after these images

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there is an explosion. There were fears this

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city could be a target. Terrified residents running

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from the scene. And ambulances arriving to care

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for the casualties. Among those injured,

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at least 12 foreign nationals. TRANSLATION: This shopkeeper heard

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the explosion, you said he knew Another told me, people

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were expecting this, there had been rumours

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of an imminent attack. Police have sealed off the entire

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area, armed officers These scenes are becoming

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all too familiar in Turkey. This attack struck at

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the very heart of Istanbul. Authorities here have been unable

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to put a stop to these suicide bombings and Turkey is under threat

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on several different fronts. Kurdish militants linked to the PKK

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said they carried out two car bomb attacks in Ankara in less

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than a month in which more And so-called Islamic State

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were blamed for suicide bombings in the capital last October,

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and in Istanbul earlier this year. It isn't clear who was behind

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today's attack, as investigations continue, streets that

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would normally be bustling Many here are wondering

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where this will end. Joining me is the London bureau

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chief for the Turkish newspaper Zaman. How do you react to this

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Kevin this is the fourth major attack? Turkey is going through

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catastrophic days. People are frightened and trying to understand

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what is happening, because it has not witnessed this sort of attack

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previously before so this is the first time in Turkey in five months

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the fifth attack, so people are trying to understand and they really

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don't know and are worried as to what will happen next. Nobody has

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claimed responsibility yet but who's the finger of blame pointed at?

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Nobody has taken responsibility but all the signs shall that it is

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suicide bombers related to Isil. There are reports the suicide

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bombers were training in Syria and came from Syria. The examples are

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taken and those compatible with bombers who came from Syria. There

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is a media blackout, or it has just been lifted, why was that? Why does

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it impose these blackouts? It has been routine in Turkey. All the

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events which are not seen as good for the ruling party, the watchdog

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imposes ban is on media coverage, so I think they don't want people to

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learn details of the attacks. They want to cover up something. That is

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the reason. What is the culture in Turkey? You work for a newspaper

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that has been taken over by the government. What is the mood? It

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becomes like hell. I am a journalist and most of my colleagues as you may

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follow from the news, the paper is seized already and taken over by the

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government. Brutally raided by riot police. Not only the newspaper but

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the other journalists are under immense pressure in Turkey, we get

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oppression and everything, so it is not secure. Not only journalists but

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all the critical voices are under threat, under harassment. Thank you.

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French prosecutors say Salah Abdeslam wanted to blow

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himself up at the Stade de France during the Paris attacks -

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He has been charged with involvement in terrorist murder and being part

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of a terrorist group - along with a second man Monir Ahmed

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Here's Ben Wright with the latest from Brussels.

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Caught after four months on the run, shot in the leg during his capture.

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This morning Salah Abdeslam was transferred from hospital

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to here, police headquarters, where he has been charged and questioned.

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He spoke to his lawyer for about ten minutes.

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He is collaborating with Belgian justice and we will refuse

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After the Paris attacks, a French judge issued a European

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arrest warrant for Salah Abdeslam, a legal process

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Later in the day, first details of what he said to investigators. Salah

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Abdeslam today told Belgian investigators that he plans to blow

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himself up but backed out. However, we need to take these first

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statements from him with caution. Yesterday, he lost his hiding place.

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Dragged out by police after a massive manhunt.

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This morning, windows smashed in the raid were crudely boarded up

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and the mood was edgy and disbelieving.

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I couldn't sleep all night, this neighbour said,

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the idea of Europe's most wanted man next to me

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A local Imam told me he was very happy Salah Abdeslam

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These people are parasites, he told me.

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It is extraordinary that Salah Abdeslam was found right here.

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In the days after the Paris attacks, police raided a house just

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The family home is a five-minute walk from here but he was eventually

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The question now, how long is he here, who is protecting him

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and what if anything is he going to reveal to police?

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Others didn't want to talk and there is a sense that this has

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Let's take a look at some other stories now.

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Egypt's interior ministry says 13 members of the security forces have

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been killed in a mortar attack in the Sinai Peninsula.

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The attack occurred at a checkpoint close to the town of el-Arish.

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The area has seen a rise in clashes in recent years between the Egyptian

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There are reports that the so-called Islamic State has claimed

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responsibility for the attack on several websites.

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Reports from Syria say air strikes on the city of Raqqa have

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killed at least 39 people, including women and children.

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It's not clear if Russian or Syrian government planes carried out

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the attack in the city which is the main IS

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And a new video has appeared online apparently showing British hostage

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John Cantlie, who was taken hostage by the so-called Islamic State

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The unverified video shows him walking near a bomb-damaged building

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It's the first new footage to emerge of him in a year.

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Russian officials say the passenger plane which crashed in southern

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Russia was trying to land in near-hurricane force winds.

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The plane was travelling from Dubai to Rostov-on-Don when it nose-dived

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into the runway on its second attempt to land.

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All 62 passengers and crew on board were killed.

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Our correspondent Olga Ivshina is at the crash scene.

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The airport will remain closed at least until Monday morning.

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Behind my back, you can see a memorial to the victims

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of the tragedy and people keep coming here.

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They are bringing flowers and leaving candles and praying

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Rostov is quite a big city of nearly 1 million people and it seems

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here are deeply shocked by what has happened.

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People told us that nobody was expecting such a thing

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to happen, and of course the next few days will be particularly hard

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for people and especially relatives of the victims.

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Investigations have stopped overnight but will resume

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People are hoping that the investigation will find out

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Up to now, the main version is harsh weather conditions.

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The weather has changed dramatically a few times with heavy rain

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and strong winds and now it is snowing quite heavily.

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It is changing quite quickly but this was the main reason

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of the crash and investigation, we will find out.

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Three people have been arrested after protestors in Arizona blocked

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a major highway leading to a campaign rally by Republican

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Police say a few dozen protestors drove their vehicles across the road

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after most Trump supporters had already arrived at the rally venue.

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They unfurled banners with anti-Trump slogans.

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Donald Trump eventually made it to the rally along with one

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of his key supporters, local Sheriff Joe Arpaio,

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who admitted the disruption caused a 'little problem'.

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We had a little problem, some demonstrators were trying

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to disrupt - because of them we had to get a little more sunshine

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And three of them are in jail, so if they think they're

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going to intimidate you, and the next president

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of the United States, it's not going to happen.

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Not in this town, I'll tell you right now.

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Pope Francis has launched an Instagram account,

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to spread his message through images on the popular photo-sharing site.

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The Vatican says the initiative came from the pontiff himself,

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who believes a picture can tell a thousand words.

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Within hours, his first post had attracted 800,000 followers.

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This is how seriously Pope Francis takes social media, a solemn launch

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ceremony at the Vatican attended by a histogram's chief executive. I am

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beginning a new journey to walk with you along the path of mercy and the

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tenderness of God. His username is his name in Latin. His first post

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accompanied by a caption in nine languages asking users to pray for

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him. The account instantly attracted hundreds of thousands of followers

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and he can expect many more. The fact he is gaining followers at a

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very rapid rate says to me that he has a platform to speak to each and

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every one of the 400 million people who use instead of around the world,

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and the fact that images transcend languages and cultures means he can

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speak to each and every person equally and it is very exciting.

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That view was shared by tourists and Saint Peters Square. In my opinion,

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he needs to be close to the people, close to believers, and above all to

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Young believers who may have their faith, so I think this is a good

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choice. If his message evolves by using social media channels which

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are the most commonly used communication tools, why not?

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Between them, his Twitter accounts and nine languages have more than 26

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million followers. The accounts are all run by the Vatican social media

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department. Pope Francis himself has admitted he doesn't know how to use

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a computer. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come. How this one returns every year

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to visit the man who saved his life. and disappointed" by the resignation

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of Iain Duncan Smith The Work and Pensions Secretary

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stepped down last night in protest over proposals to cut some

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disability benefits. He described them as "indefensible"

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in a Budget that "benefited higher He's been replaced by Stephen Crabb,

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who was previously Speaking shortly after his

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appointment was announced, Mr Crabb said he was honoured

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to be taking on the role, despite the timing of it,

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and said the department still faced I was sad to see him resign and the

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circumstances in which he dead but there is commitment to our mission

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of welfare reform and we have to carry on making good decisions.

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strong decisions, to get this country back to a situation of sound

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public finances, and that work will carry on.

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The latest headlines. Turkey is hit by a second suicide bombing within a

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week, this time at the heart of Istanbul's shopping district. The

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Paris attacks suspect captured in Belgium tells investigators he plans

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to blow himself up but changed his mind.

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Cuba is preparing for one of the most historic visits

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It's been almost 90 years since a sitting US leader visited

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Sunday's arrival has taken months of diplomacy.

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While most Cubans welcome the prospect of a new start

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with the US, others have reservations about embracing

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Very soon, President Obama's motorcade will be rolling down

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Once potholed and broken, his route around the city

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is being resurfaced in a last-ditch effort to prepare for this most

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The national baseball stadium too has been a hive of activity.

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President Obama is due to watch a game between the Tampa Bay Rays

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and the Cuban national side while in Havana and he might even

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Beyond the new coats of paint and symbolism,

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there is something very significant behind this trip.

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It's been months, even years, in the making and comes

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after President Obama and Raul Castro chose to put decades

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Many Cubans welcome the new relationship with Washington

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but some of the old guard, contemporaries of Fidel Castro,

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have residual doubts about diving into a friendship

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I think all the people in Cuba may say certain words

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because the history of Cuba with the United States was a very

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long, stormy and complicated history.

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Some of the generation of the original revolutionaries

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might have their doubts about the new relationship with

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But most young people on the island simply want to see the pace

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of change continue to quicken and they hope this historic visit

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by President Obama is just the beginning of an exciting

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President Obama will come bearing gifts.

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He's relaxed the rules on travel and trade

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Young people hope those changes will mean more opportunities

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Most Cubans know Obama is making things right.

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Obama is looking for a new approach to Cuba.

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That approach that we embrace, it doesn't mean we are doing

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concessions or that we are changing the way we think.

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It just means we think different but can also be neighbours

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Recently 200,000 people turned out for a free concert by the American

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dance music group Major Laser in a plaza outside the US Embassy.

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A sight synonymous with Government-run demonstrations

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against Washington, these people were there not to protest,

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President Obama is expected to address the young people

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when he's on the island and urge them to throw off the narrow mindset

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But no matter what he says, Cuba's youth is already feeling more

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Hosts India revived their World Twenty20 hopes by beating fierce

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On a difficult surface, in a rain-affected match of 18 overs

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a side, Virat Kohli's unbeaten 55 took India to their target of 119

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The horns are being beat here this evening, with a sense of relief and

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that will echo across India. Cricket matches between India and Pakistan

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are question of placed each, but in this to ornament, there was the

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issue for India of just staying in. When I started bawling, the spinners

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were producing unplayable deliveries and it was the recovery for Pakistan

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to get to 180. Chasing the small total, the attackers as good as any

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nation's. Virat Kohli showed all the composure you need any situation

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like that. On a night like this, the stars are supposed to shine and that

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is exactly what he dead. His unbeaten half-century got in the

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home with a few overs to spare. Now to football and Leicester's

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title dreams are edging ever closer. They're now 8 points clear

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at the top of the Premier League, after beating Crystal Palace

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by a goal to nil today. After missing an early chance,

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that man Riyad Mahrez turned in Jamie Vardy's cross,

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to send the City fans into raptures. This team started the season to be

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saved, and now it is to fight for something nobody could think could

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happen! We are working so well and so hard during all the season and we

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have to carry on and become and enjoy and be focused as well

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tonight. You have to take your hat off to the defending tonight. They

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really worked at the races and didn't covers a lot of chances. We

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had to try to create everything we dead and no mistakes on their part.

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They were good today, particularly first half and we struggled to stay

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with them but overall, it was a decent performance from us.

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Leicester City fans will like the look of this,

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they've opened up an impressive league over Tottenham.

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The Premier League continues on Sunday, with the Manchester derby

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Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone says the sport's new qualifying

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format should be changed in time for the next race.

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The new elimination rules have been strongly criticised after being

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used for the first time at the Australian Grand Prix.

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It meant Lewis Hamilton took his 50th pole several minutes

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It's an all-Mercedes front row with Nico Rosberg

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alongside his teammate, ahead of the Ferraris.

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Just really take my hat off to this team, what they have done to raise

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the bar once more in the third year, and it is just inspiring for me and

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it motivates me. I enjoyed driving the car today at qualifying. We

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still have high hopes for the race and it is going to be a long year

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and we know the car has a lot of potential saw as a starting point,

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third and fourth, it is a good achievement, and the team is pushing

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very hard, so as I said we have long year ahead of us. And that is all

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the sport for now. Now when a retired Brazilian

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bricklayer found a lost penguin washed up on the beach

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near his home, he probably didn't expect the close friendship that

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blossomed between them. This is the beach on a small island

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off the coast of Brazil. Back in 2011, this man found the Penguin

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covered in oil lying on the sand. He cleaned it up and every now and then

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the bird comes back to see him. I love the Penguin like it is my own

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child, he says. He is a South American Magellanic Penguin. He

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disappears for weeks or months on end. But he keeps coming back to

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visit the 71-year-old, a retired bricklayer. One zoologist has

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theorised that the Penguin may believe the human as part of his

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family, but he says the bird has become a member of heads. Another

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expert suggests that because he claims his visits for breeding

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season he may have more on his mind than just the fish. Either way he

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has no problems about meeting the rest of the colony, boosting the

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population to 1301! Residents say he has become their mascot and he is

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willing to take advantage of the hospitality on offer. Magellanic

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penguins are not unknown in the waters of Brazil but those who

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commented people's homes to take a shower or something availability.

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What a sweet story, and a reminder of menus. A suicide bomb attack at a

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busy shopping area in Istanbul has killed at least five people. Two

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Israelis, two Americans and an Iranian are said to have died.

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Another 36 were injured in the blast near a government building. That's

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all from the programme, from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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