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This is BBC World News Today, with me, James Menendez.

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Radovan Karadzic is found guilty of genocide and crimes

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against humanity, during the Bosnia war of the 1990s.

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A UN tribunal sentences the former Bosnian Serb leader

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The Chamber hereby sentences you, Radovan Karadzic, to a single

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sentence of 40 - four zero - years of imprisonment.

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Salah Abdeslam, the Paris attacks suspect captured in Brussels,

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says he will no longer fight extradition to France.

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Also coming up, we celebrate the astonishing skills of Dutch

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footballing genius Johan Cruyff, who has died at the age of 68.

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And we look at why the Pope is more popular than any political

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Guilty of genocide and crimes against humanity -

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the verdict on the former Bosnian Serb leader

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Radovan Karadzic, who was today sentenced to 40 years in prison

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by the international tribunal in the Hague.

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The genocide was the massacre of thousands of Muslim men and boys

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at Srebrenica - a deliberate policy of extermination,

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And among the other war crimes, the murderous siege of Sarajevo that

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Allan Little covered the Bosnian War extensively for the BBC

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and was at the Hague to hear the verdict.

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It is the most symbolically-charged war crimes verdict in Europe

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since the Nuremberg Trials after World War II.

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Radovan Karadzic had presented himself through the trial as a man

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In Sarajevo, the judge said, his forces, called the SRK,

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deliberately sniped at and bombarded civilians.

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They fired at children playing in the street.

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Karadzic knew about it and bore individual criminal

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The chamber is convinced that the SRK conducted a campaign

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of sniping and shelling inside Sarajevo with intention to,

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among other things, terrorise the civilian population there.

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Elsewhere, hundreds of thousands of non-Serbs were forcibly

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expelled from their homes in a campaign cleansing to carve out

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Thousands of men were held in camps in deplorable conditions.

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There were mass murders, beatings, rapes.

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It was organised and systematic extermination.

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A crime against humanity, the judge said.

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In July 1995, his forces murdered 8,000 Bosnian Muslims.

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It was an attempt, the judge said, at

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Karadzic agreed to the killings and, for this, he was guilty of genocide.

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The accused shared the intent that every able-bodied

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Bosnian Muslim male be killed, which the chamber finds amounts

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to the intent to destroy Bosnian Muslims there, as such.

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Among the many victims of those killings were the father,

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the mother and the younger brother of Hassan.

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He survived only because he worked as a translator for the Dutch

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He was in court today to hear the verdict.

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The genocide ruling is important for the

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prevention of any potential future genocide.

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Either in that region or in the world.

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It is the best way to prevent future genocide,

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through international justice and to have

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For the bereaved, who live their lives in the shadow

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of the crime, the sentence did not seem appropriate to their loss.

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TRANSLATION: I do not think anything.

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There has been killing and I have been left alone

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without anyone in this world. I am speechless.

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21 years after he was first indicted, Radovan Karadzic finally

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Count five, murder, a crime against humanity.

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Quarter of a century ago, he seemed above

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accountability, acting with impunity.

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Tonight, he knows he is likely to spend

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Earlier, I spoke to Alan Little, who is still in The Hague,

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analyst who lives in Belgrade. What has the reaction been near? So far,

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there has been no official reaction. The only reaction we have here is

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from people. There has been to rallies in the city, one against the

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verdict and one in favour of it. We await government reaction tomorrow.

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How much more nationalist sentiment support is therefore Radovan

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Karadzic? There are two kinds of support. There is the focal one, we

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have thousands of people came out on the street, but also the quieter

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one, which I believe is the position of the Serbian government. The Prime

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Minister was in support of Radovan Karadzic when he was arrested eight

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years ago. There has been no official reaction yet. Not yet. Some

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people are saying that the failure to issue any statement as a quiet

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measure of support for Radovan Karadzic. The end of the war was

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also marked to the? Yes, this marks the start of the Needle bombing

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which ended the Kosovo war. We had the big commemoration, together with

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representations from other regions and the reaction from the Prime

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Minister was, whatever the reaction or alleviate it will be, it will not

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undermine the Republic of CRB. The UN's Special Envoy

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for Syria Staffan de Mistura says there is common ground

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between the Syrian Government and the opposition at

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peace talks in Geneva. He was speaking as the process goes

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into a scheduled recess. Mr de Mistura said there had been no

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walk-outs and no breakdowns at this He said he hoped that

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when the indirect talks resume in April, the sides would begin

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to tackle the difficult question The main Syrian opposition group

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said the ground had been prepared for that discussion, but it urged

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Russia to use its leverage The two sides are deeply

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divided on the future of the Syrian President

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Bashar al-Assad. It is a case clearly interfered for

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90 days. What has been achieved that is, I believe, nothing. It has been

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an exercise in showing off political and military power, which is

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shameful. This is regrettable. However, the people in general want

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to have some sort of level of each so that they are not viewed as being

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dependent on them. For the very latest note on the

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attacks in bail jumper, we can no join Ben Barone. In the centre of

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the city, you can see people coming here to express their grief and

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anger. You can see the display behind me.

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Police in Belgium are still piecing together the evidence

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There are reports that there may now be two suspects on the run.

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EU ministers have been meeting in the city for emergency security

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talks amidst some criticism of intelligence agencies in Belgium.

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This has added to this year from some people that there could be

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other attacks, but we have held that the threat level has been lowered.

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The state broadcaster is saying that Salah Abdeslam who was wanted in

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connection with the attacks in France and is in custody at the

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moment, they are seen he is no longer planning -- was planning a

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powerless stale attack with other accomplices. That is the claim from

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the state broadcaster. Taylor and served with silence. Even

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today, in this day of mourning, the Prime Minister was being offered

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resignations. He refused but promised a full investigation. The

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government will do absolutely everything it can to shed light on

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the attacks and everything which may have contributed to them. There's a

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twin challenge. The country is still in mourning, but he has to also

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oversee an ongoing investigation. Most of all, could more have been

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done to stop the men who did this carrying out the deadly attacks? At

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least one of the men had been linked to the attacks had the Europe

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weighed arrest warrant out on him. The first piece of new information

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contains the attack in the metro station. Police are noticing the

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other looking for a second unidentified man carrying a large

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bank since speaking to him just before the blast. They are still

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searching one of the airport attackers. They have identified one

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of the other attackers, one on the left, who the bill me the bombs

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which were used in friends. This was the aftermath five years ago in a

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raid in which he shot a policeman in the leg. He served prison time, but

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brokers brought conditions to travel to the Middle East. Turkey

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brokers brought conditions to travel well-informed that he had been

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detained at the border, but the Belgian government decided to take

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no further action. I Belgian government decided to take

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resignation. The Prime Minister has refused. The one man who couldn't

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answer many questions, Salah Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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the police, according to his lawyer. Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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He wants to go to France, Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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will explain himself, he says. In Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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the meantime, Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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have been done to prevent Abdeslam, will not cooperate with

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atrocities and put him in still at large straight again?

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Here, interior ministers from the European Union have been meeting in

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emergency session to try and talk about ways to respond to what

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emergency session to try and talk happened here. They want to improve

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cooperation between the various European intelligence agencies and

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police forces of the European Union states and whether they need to do

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more to tighten borders. In terms of the interior minister and the

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justice minister here, they have admitted that mistakes were made by

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the security forces in the run-up to both the attacks in France and

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Belgium. They both offer to resign, but the resignations were rejected

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by the Prime Minister. The death toll still stands at 31, but some 60

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are still in intensive care in a hospital. There has been warnings

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that the death number could rise. Among the first to hear Marks story

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of survival was the Belgian king. Among the first to hear Marks story

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his home in Brussels, he said that few seconds of chaos had left him

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with concussion, vertical and memory loss. I remember shaking the hand of

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a friend to say goodbye and that is the last thing I can remember. I

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have one static image of me coaching on some Steelers covered in dust.

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While being treated on the ground who say, he said rumours of a new

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threat began to sweep through the injured commuters. A bystander was

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helping me and said, get up and run. I got up with them and simply ran in

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the other direction. Other stories ended very differently. Dozens were

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killed or injured in the attacks. Sebastien is a former basketball

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player who was caught in the explosion at the airport. He said

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his initial injury is actually helped him survive. My hip exploded.

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I was knocked down to the ground. I think that is what saved me when the

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second explosion went off. At the military hospital, people are

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directed to specialist care. Roger came free consultation for the

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shrapnel wound in his arm. He was at the airport with his sister Wendy

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explosion happened. Both of them survived. We have the explosion at

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his sister said, it is a home, run. I comfort. The military hospital are

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starting to play a central role in the aftermath of the attacks. They

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have experience of battlefield injuries. A centre for the relatives

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has also been set up here. Many people see the frustrated about how

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has also been set up here. Many difficult it is to get concrete

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information about those wounded. Several of those in intensive care

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and still to be identified and a family of one demanded access to

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them. We are confident that the pavement, mother or father, could

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identify if it is the Child. Three days on, many people here are still

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waiting to know their loved one story, unsure if they are tales of

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survival or death. People are still coming out to honour the dead until

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late candles, as you can see. Many of them young people and children,

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carrying flags of many different nations, showing international

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solidarity with the victims. Although the terror threat level has

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been lowered here, people are still nervous here, what a deal could be

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more attacks, especially as the news came out that the police could still

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be looking for two suspects who emerged alive from the attacks and

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could still be on the run. It has been said that there

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was football before and football after Johan Cruyff,

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the great Dutch player and coach, He had been suffering

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from lung cancer. His impact on the beautiful

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game was, well, some say Three consecutive

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European Cups with Ajax as a player, one with

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Barcelona as a manager. Johan Cruyff Tournament football

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owners head. He was remembered as a Johan Cruyff Tournament football

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sporting revelation. Having levelled his skill on the streets of postwar

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Amsterdam. He joined his local club. He enjoyed six titles with Ajax a

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lead them to three European cup titles in a row. He joined Barcelona

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in 1973. He guided them to the first domestic title in over a decade. The

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word legend is sometimes used a bit loosely and sometimes even

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flippantly. You become great when you score the odd goal, but there

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are two legends and Johan Cruyff was certainly one of those. He never won

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the ultimate prize, but he was part of the team which lit up the 1974

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World Cup. In the end, they lost the final two West Germany 2-1. But they

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were always remembered as the ultimate expression of total

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football. The changed a sport stuck in defensive mindset. Having ended

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his career as a player, he turned to the future. After spending many

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years running, I want to know teach and give my ability on to younger

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people. He led Barcelona to four league championships in their first

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European cup in 1992. He was the best player in training, even though

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he was past his sell by date is in terms of being a player. He was

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extraordinarily talented. He was also a great visionary. He was a

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heavy smoker during much of its life, but went on to campaign

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against it in later life. But he will be remembered for his elegance.

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He believed that football had to be played with the brain as well as the

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feet. Pope Francis has washed the feet

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of refugees at a shelter near Rome, to mark the start of the Catholic

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Church's Easter celebrations. The ritual included 11 people

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from seven countries - and were from Christian,

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Hindu and Muslim backgrounds. The Pope said it was a "fraternal"

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gesture, designed to contrast with Tuesday's attacks in Brussels,

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which he called a "gesture of war" committed by people who "do not

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want to live in peace". Pope Francis is more popular

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than any political world leader, The poll put him 11% clear

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of his closest rival, Here is a quick look

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behind the numbers. to 40 years in prison

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after being found guilty of genocide We can now get some further

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reaction. What has been the further political reaction? I make the

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placement of boys sneer at a banquet. Each of the major ethnic

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groups have part of the presidency. banquet. Each of the major ethnic

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He said it was a great day as far as he was

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said that justice had been served. He said a message had been served

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said that justice had been served. guilty of what happened. People

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should no longer consider themselves responsible, because the real

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culprits have been brought to account and sentenced. Has that been

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the general sentiment amongst the people in Bosnia? Certainly, I spoke

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to a survivor of one of the massacres who hid in the forest for

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more than a month to make his escape. The reaction has been

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positive. They have been waiting for this verdict for a long time.

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Everyone knows that Bosnia as a country with a lot of problems.

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Thank you for joining us. That was the reaction, 40 years in prison for

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the former leader. That is up from me.

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Good evening. The dry spell has come to an end. The weather over the

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Easter weekend is set to be a lot more changeable.

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