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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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A suicide attack kills more than 60 people near a children's

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The Pakistani Taliban claim responsibility.

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Far-right protestors storm a square in Brussels dedicated to the victims

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Syria says its forces have recaptured the city of Palmyra -

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famous for its ancient ruins - from so-called Islamic State.

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Also coming up - Dublin marks the one hundredth anniversary

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And in one of the highlights of the British sporting calendar, Cambridge

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beat Oxford for the first time in four years in the men's Boat Race.

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More than sixty people have been killed and hundreds injured

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by a suicide attack at a busy park in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

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Police say a suicide bomber detonated explosives close

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to a children's playground, some families were celebrating

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Many of the victims are women and children.

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A state of emergency has been declared at all major hospitals

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A faction of the Pakistani Taliban has claimed responsibility.

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Here's our correspondent Shaimaa Khalil who is in Lahore.

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A senior police official has told us that this appears to be a suicide

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bombing, a man has detonated explosives in the middle

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In. It is a popular bar. It would have been crowded. It is a

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residential area. It is very near a playground. -- it is a popular park.

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People talked about horrific scenes, pools of blood in the park,

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scattered body parts, bodies were being collected by rescue workers.

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Quite consistently we have been hearing sirens as ambulances have

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been rushing to the scenes, trying to get casualties to hospitals. A

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state of emergency has been declared in the hospitals in Lahore. Families

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rush to these hospitals trying to find their loved ones and find out

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what has happened to them. This is Easter Sunday. We understand that

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many Christian families would be out and about celebrating. We were just

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out on the streets driving around. It was very busy. This is just

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speculation that this could be targeting the Christian community.

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Another speculation connects this attack to the man who was the former

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police guard who killed the governor of Punjab because he spoke out

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against blasphemy law. He was hanged 40 days ago. Today is the

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commemoration, the 40 day commemoration, of his death.

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Police in Belgium have carried out 13 separate anti-terror raids,

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in the hunt for more suspects after last week's

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Also riot police used water cannon at far right protestors in a Square

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Some confronted Muslim women, paying their respects to 31 killed.

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Our Europe Correspondent Damian Grammaticas reports.

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Belgians of all creeds and colours, Muslims, Christians,

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Jewish and more, they all came together today.

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They had been told not to march so they gathered quietly.

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Suddenly, the serenity was shattered.

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Far right thugs seizing the opportunity.

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A couple of hundred had come from outside Brussels

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to spread their anti-immigrant message.

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This man tried to stop them trampling the memorial.

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Officers here are overstretched already by the terror alerts.

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When the riot squad moved in and there were cheers.

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I am really shocked. It is a place of mourning and showing respect. I

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suspect they are football hooligans. They don't have to show up here.

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Calm has returned here and people are actually

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restoring the tributes they had left here which were damaged.

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The scenes we saw here were exactly what the Belgian

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An increase in tensions following the attack.

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In Brussels Cathedral, they paused, as well.

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The city's Archbishop said that the attacks

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TRANSLATION: They attacked the very foundations of our society,

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Across the continent in Italy, another arrest.

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An Algerian man accused of providing false

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identity papers for the Brussels and Paris attackers.

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The far right thugs gone, Belgians formed a human

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chain to show that they stand together against both fear

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The Syrian President Bashar al-Assad says the recapture of Palmyra

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by Syrian government forces shows the success of the army's strategy

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seized the ancient city in May last year -

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drawing international outrage when it destroyed ancient

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The three-week battle for Palmyra appears to be all but over.

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Syrian state television and other local channels have been showing

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soldiers patrolling the streets of the modern city today.

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As with other IS-held towns, progress is cautious,

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navigating the bombs and booby-traps the jihadists have left behind.

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It's not only a major strategic victory, but also a big propaganda

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coup for the Syrian president Bashar al-Assad and his Russian backers.

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Mr Assad was quoted on state TV as telling a visiting French

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delegation that the recapture of Palmyra showed the success

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of the strategy pursued by the Syrian army and its allies

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World attention was focused on Palmyra for one reason -

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the fabled ruins of a 2,000-year-old city on its outskirts.

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The colonnades and columns are still standing, but no one yet

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knows how much damage IS has done since it seized control

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The jihadists taunted world opinion by carrying out and filming a mass

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killing in the Roman theatre, and the destruction

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For IS, the loss of Palmyra follows that of one of its main strongholds

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It's yet another big blow to the jihadists' aura

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Well let's get more - we can speak to Diana Darke

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Palmyra, historically important, but strategically important, as well.

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That's right. Across the ages it has always been in this strategic

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location on a desert oasis. The largest oasis in Syria. Halfway

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between the Mediterranean and the Euphrates valley. Weather controls

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that strategic crossroads can control is so much of the country.

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-- whether controls. The Isis strongholds are in the east. So

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Palmyra opens the road up to that. You have visited Palmyra. How have

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you experienced the city? I have been many times. Since the 70s I

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have been going. Before the revolution began five years ago

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Palmyra was the crown jewel of Syria's tourism industry. It had a

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bigger concentration of hotels there than anywhere outside Damascus. It

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is very important to the future economy of Syria. To rebuild it and

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come you know, it is a massive propaganda coup, however you look at

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it, whatever your view is on how President Assad lost it. This timing

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is fitting his narrative. The perception is he is the good guy,

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bringing back the crown jewel of Syria to the Syrian people. As you

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point out, it is good PR for President Assad. Does this shore up

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his position now? It is bound to, inevitably. The timing is spot on

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for him. The Russians were helping him to secure his position by

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bombing the moderate opposition up in Adan and the Northern areas. Now

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with the ceasefire that has been agreed, the Russians are not allowed

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to do that any more, but they can now with the eyes of the world upon

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them focus entirely on Isis. Moderate opposition up in --

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moderate opposition up in Idlib. The timing now is absolutely spot on for

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them. Thank you very much for being with us.

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Religious and political leaders have used their Easter messages to call

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for hope, in the face of terror and violence.

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In Rome, Pope Francis said people shouldn't let fear imprison them,

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a thought echoed in a sermon by the Archbishop of Canterbury,

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And David Cameron says the UK should stand together,

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Here's our Religious Affairs Correspondent,

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On a square bathed in sunshine, the pilgrims gathered to hear

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a message of hope after a week in the shadow of death.

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At this, the Easter celebration of the risen Christ,

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Pope Francis reminded the faithful not to forget the migrants,

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the men, women and children fleeing from war.

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Then, from the balcony, he urged the faithful to use

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the weapon of love, as Christ did, and fight the evil of terrorism,

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TRANSLATION: May he draw us closer on this Easter feast

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to the victims of terrorism, that blind and brutal form

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of violence which continues to shed blood in different

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It was a theme echoed by the Archbishop of Canterbury

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Justin Welby said that after Brussels, hope could seem far

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away, with fear and natural human reaction.

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But, he told worshippers, Jesus Christ overcame death,

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Easter proclaims to us in flesh and blood that fear and death

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God has spoken life, hope and purpose.

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The Royal family attended their Easter service

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at Saint George's Chapel in Windsor, with an Easter bouquet for the Queen

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:

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The 100th anniversary of the Easter rising. It has been commemorated

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with the largest public event in the country's history.

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The bodies of three people have been found at a house in Leeds.

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They are believed to be those of two women and a man.

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Police said there had been a small fire at the property.

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East Park Street in Leeds where the bodies of a man and two

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Emergency services arrived here, there had been a fire

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in the property behind me, it is understood

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there were no signs of violence in the house but police have

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stressed enquiries are at a very early stage.

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The fire is thought to have started in the living room and later burnt

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out, police believe the three people may

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have died in the early hours of Saturday morning.

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Detectives don't yet know exactly what happened that night.

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Forensic postmortems will take place to determine how the people

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died and West Yorkshire Police is asking anyone with information

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A bomb blast in a crowded park in the Pakistani city of Lahore has

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killed at least 50 people and wounded many more.

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Far-right protestors have stormed a square in Brussels where people

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have been paying their respects to the victims of last

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Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets in Dublin to watch

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commemorations marking the centenary of the Easter Rising.

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The failed rebellion against British rule left almost 500 people dead,

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but is seen as key stepping stone - to the creation of the Republic of

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Our Ireland Correspondent Chris Buckler reports.

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In 1916, O'Connell Street was at the centre of conflict.

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100 years later, it has become the focal point

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for the commemorations, a place to remember the Rising.

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Its leaders made Dublin's General Post Office its military

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It was here they declared a rebellion, a republic and the end

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of British rule with these words, the proclamation.

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We hereby proclaim the Irish Republic as a sovereign independent

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And we pledge our lives and the lives of our comrades

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Today people lined the streets of Dublin for a parade that passed

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some of the sites where there was battle, honouring those who died

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during six days when the city was engulfed in chaos.

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By the time the revolt was defeated, much of Dublin was destroyed.

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But just years later, a republic did emerge.

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In part, that was as a result of the execution of some

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of the Rising's leaders at Kilmainham Gaol.

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We cherish, 100 years later, the principles and ideals contained

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in our proclamation for which they fought.

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Among those remembering the events of 1916, relatives of those who took

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The century since has seen the city change and the birth

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Our correspondent Nuala McGovern is in Dublin where commemorations

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In the rebellion took place here in the GPO 100 years ago. I won't

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introduce you to my guest John Connelly, the youngest grandson of

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James Connolly, one of the signatories, one of the seven, on

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the proclamation that declared an Irish state. Just a few steps away

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from where we are now. Absolutely, just up the road. Tell us about your

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grandfather and how he changed probably the tide of history in

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Ireland after he was captured. My grandfather was a general at the

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Dublin forces in GPO. After he got wounded he was taken not to Dublin

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Castle. He was taken to a hospital. Then after he was taken away. This

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was one of the turning moment in world opinion for the sympathies to

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go with the rebels and the fighters. Whereas a week before they were all

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being castigated. With that it has to be said that that moment has been

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dramatised. It is something people find incredibly poignant, the death

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of James Connolly. What about all of the people who came out today. They

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say a quarter of a million people lined the streets, something your

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grandfather stalked -- started. Thank you to everyone for coming

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out. It was great. The Army did its duty well. They performed admirably

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as they always do. What is next? They want people to reflect and

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reimagine. Is there a lot of work to be done to reach the goals of

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proclamation? Of course. Democracy is a work in progress. You have to

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go step-by-step, step-by-step. We will get there eventually. Denied

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you are going to Dublin Castle, also up the road, the seat of British

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rule at one point, but tonight? It is the seat of Irish rule. And you

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will? Be there. And it is a state function for the descendants of...?

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Yes. Thank you. One of the grandsons of James Connolly. One of the

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signatories who took part 100 years ago. Ireland will continue to

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commemorate this moment in the days and weeks to come.

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India are through to the semifinals of the world the 20 cricket. The

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hosts produced a late surge of runs to beat Australia by six wickets.

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Skipper Virat Kohli finished unbeaten. India chased down

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Australia's total of 260-6 with five balls to spare. Our correspondent is

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in India. Can one man and one cricket bat lift

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the nation of 1.3 billion? Answer is, if it is Virat Kohli definitely

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yes. You may get a sense of the fireworks going off around Delhi

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this evening. They are all for Virat Kohli. India's progress has had this

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country transfixed with cricket, even more than normal. India were

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outplayed in their first game, beaten by New Zealand. Then all the

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tension from the game against Pakistan. Against Bangladesh they

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had somehow lost but somehow came back to win. And now this

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performance against Australia. The semifinal is also a dream scenario

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for the organisers. The only other team which attracts crowds to

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anything like the same level as India is the West Indies. Especially

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when Chris Cairns is playing. Virat Kohli against Chris Gayle, I am sure

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that is the way the media will sell that match if it needed selling. --

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Chris Dale is playing. One philosophy which I think will exist

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throughout India, when it comes to the final the T20, just set India

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any target, if Virat Kohli is at the crease they can chase it down.

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The semifinals take place in Mumbai on Thursday.

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England's women set up a semifinal with Australia at the women's T20

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after finishing at the top of their group. England made 148-5 and

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Pakistan were bowled out for just 80 with 13 balls to spare. West Indies

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women secured their place in the semifinals, beating India in a tight

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game. The home side falling just three runs short of their target. It

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is Australia against England in Delhi on Wednesday. The second

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semifinal between New Zealand and the West Indies takes place on

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Thursday in Mumbai. The annual Oxford Cambridge boat race has taken

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place. The first was held in 1829, it has been held annually since

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1856. Cambridge, the heavy abode in both races, won the men's. But for

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the women's eight nearly meant they went underwater.

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It seemed anyone watching, never mind taking

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part in the boat race, would need oil skins and an anchor.

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By the time the women's race started in its

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second year on the famous course the skies were clear.

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But the wind kept the water turbulence.

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In such conditions it is about plotting

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-- a path as much as producing power.

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Oxford headed for the safe shallows, Cambridge almost succumbed

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By the time Oxford crossed the line for a fourth straight win,

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Cambridge were more concerned with staying afloat.

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The men could use that as a cautionary tale for their race.

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Cambridge have lost the last three so made their move over

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At times it became about hanging on and hoping.

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These are not waters to keep chasing.

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Oxford fought their bodies and the waters to keep in touch.

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It is a feeling like nothing I've experienced before.

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These were the boat races when the river fought back.

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To all crews credit, there were no sinkings,

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but tradition has it that not everyone can stay out of the Thames.

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That is all of your sport for now. Thank you very much. Let's go back

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to that victory by India in the world 2020 semifinals after they

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knocked out Australia. -- the world T20.

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A great victory for India, especially given the fact it has

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been played on Indian soil. Yes, that's right. You join me in a

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GB did and somewhat relieved Delhi. It is always said that cricket is a

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religion here. -- in the capital, fans are, as you can

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imagine, packed around TV sets, moved by the drama unfolding on the

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pitch. They had an extra interest because it was a local boy Virat

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Kohli, who we heard was the star of the show tonight, he was born and

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raised here in Delhi. He once again proved India's here on the pitch by

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backing up that unbeaten 80 runs leading India to the victory and a

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place in the semifinals. We were looking at some of the

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reaction by Indian fans. What has been the mood there?

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As you would expect, the mood was nervous early in the evening. India

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went into this tournament as favourites but hadn't really found

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their gear in the tournament up until now. As a result, it got more

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and more clear India would do this, they were safe and in the

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semifinals. It became very excitable. Delhi is never quite at

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the best of times, but it was particularly noisy. We had a routing

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of horns, cheering fans and even if you fireworks. I think these were

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probably seems echoed right across the country.

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Have they got a chance of winning this?

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Chances of winning? Well, they face the West Indies next in the

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semifinal on Thursday. The West Indies suffered a shock against

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Afghanistan. West Indies fans thought it would be theirs for the

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taking. There is a cent in India that maybe, whisper it quietly,

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India could be peaking just at the right time to do this. Take this

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title in front of their home fans. Imagine what the reaction would be

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if that happened. -- there is a sense in India.

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Thanks very much. A bomb blast in a crowded park in

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the Pakistani city of Lahore has killed at least 60 people and

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wounded many more. The explosion took place in an area popular with

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families. It is thought it may be targeting Christians celebrating

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Easter. The Pakistan president has strongly condemned the act of

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terrorism and has said that such cowardly acts could not shake the

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nation's resolve against the menace of extremism and terrorism. That is

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it from me. Thank you very much for being with us.

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