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This is BBC world news. As emergency workers continue to clear the

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rubble, from the Calcutta flight over disaster, please take action

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against the construction company. In new global study reveals how a

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dramatic rise in obesity is weighing heavy on public health. The British

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man who posed for a selfie with a suspected hijacker answers his

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critics, he says he has no regrets. We start with a political scandal

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which has engulfed South Africa's president. He has promised to pay

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back some of the public money which he spent on a series of building

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products at his lavish farm project which he owns. They include AMD

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theatre and swimming pool, estimate of two of cost $60 million. Up until

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now, President Zuma has refused to pay back any of the cache but after

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a fiercely critical ruling from South Africa's top court, President

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Zuma has changed his mind. He appeared on national TV and give a

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public apology. I respect the judgment and will abide by it. I

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have consistently stated that I would pay an amount towards the

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upgrades, once this had been determined by the correct authority,

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the matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion. For which

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I apologise on my behalf and on behalf of of Government. Our

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correspondent has been following the story from Johannesburg for us. The

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president addressed the nation live on television in South Africa and

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apologised for dragging the matter longer than it should. He also said

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he abides by the judgment of the Constitutional Court and said he

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respected it, he said he always wanted to pay the money that was

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used for refurbishment at a private residence using some $23 million of

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taxpayer's money. President Zuma was clear, he said he never knowingly or

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deliberately set out to violate the Constitution. So with that, lives to

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flight fight -- fight another day. Hopes of finding more survivors of a

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collapsed flyover is fading in the Indian city of Calcutta. The police

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are opening a case of culpable homicide.

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The last of the rubble is being cleared, and no more bodies are

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expected to be found now. There are some debris being removed and it is

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being ensured that there are no more bodies under the debris. As for the

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possibility of life is concerned, that is no more in this area. I am

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standing right in the middle of the crossroads where this terrible

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tragedy happened. Just look at the scale of the structure that came

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crashing down. This is one of the busiest areas in India and it

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happened at midday, the busiest time of the day. As more twisted steel

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and shatter concrete is loaded onto the trucks, there was growing anger

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here in Calcutta. What people want to know is why what should have been

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a fairly straightforward construction ended in such a

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disaster. It is dangerous, everybody got feared, not everybody is ready

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to see the area from nine, the work was going on. We don't know when it

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will complete. It has become a huge political issue, not just here but

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in India as well. People are asking why a construction company

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blacklisted by other Indian states was still in charge. Was the

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long-delayed project being rushed under pressure from local

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politicians? Did the company cut corners? Meanwhile, what remains of

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the overpass reflect the atmosphere of the city itself. Two great arms

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twisted and slumped as if the band into grey. -- abandoned into grey.

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There are now more adults classified as obese then underway, according to

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a new study. It looked at nearly 20 million adults from 1975 to 2014. He

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founded the in men has tripled and in men more than doubled and the

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problem is only predicted to get worse. Here is our health editor

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Hugh Pym. This could be one part of winning the battle of the bulge and

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he struggled to control weight and improve health. The writer is a

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personal trainer working with those who might fail inhibit it going to a

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gym. She had her own weight challenges and knows all about the

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obstacles to shedding the pounds. I'm big now, but I was much bigger.

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I went to a variety of classes and couldn't keep up. I injured myself,

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I had a poor experience. I felt uncomfortable. My classes ugly for

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everyone. The report the dramatic increase in global obesity. In 1975,

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3.2% of men Barbies, but 2014 that had more than tripled to 10.8%. 6.4%

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of women who were obese in 1975, nearly 15% by 2014. As for the UK,

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by 2025, it is to have the highest obesity levels in Europe for women

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and highest for Europe in men as well, level with Ireland. Exercise

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and personal response ability clearly have an important part to

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play in tackling the way issue. There is an increasing focus now on

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the role of food and drink companies and whether they should be doing

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more with what they offer to help consumers cut the calories. The

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Chancellor announced a sugar tax on fizzy drink in the budget and

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Government action to curb supermarket price promotions is

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expected. Some experts say that manufacturers need to be pushed in

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the right direction. It's what I called lazy capitalism. It is the

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food industry doing the easiest thing to try and make money. The

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industry needs to be made to work harder, we need regulation, policies

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and programmes that level the playing field. But some out enjoying

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the sunshine today said it was really down to all of us. It is very

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difficult, but people have to make a change themselves. You can't always

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blame the Government. If you got eating crisps, it is difficult to

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get out of the circle. While many are trying to control the way, there

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was more heavy -- heavy lifting needed. South Korea has said North

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Korea has fired another ballistic coast into the sea, just hours after

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US President and China's president were agreeing to cooperate against

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any North Korean nuclear threat. At a nuclear security Summit attended

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by world leaders in Washington. Earlier we spoke to North Korea's

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ambassador to London. It is very serious. It is under nuclear war.

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So, you know, as he said, I think the state of war is correct. Any

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time the war can break up him of that is why he categorized it as

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that. I think actually it is very delicate. But the problem here,

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United States is trying to turn the white into black, describing as if

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the countermeasures is a provocation, is a threat. We are not

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making a provocation or threat, it is not true. We are making a

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countermeasure to cope with the dangerous nuclear war by the United

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States. The British man who posed for a photo next to a plane hijacker

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wearing a suspected suicide belt has been explaining why he did what he

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did, then in this was one of the passengers and Egypt air flight that

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was hijacked on Wednesday. He has told the BBC he wanted to take a

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closer look at the belt to see if it was fake or real. He has no regrets.

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So the long reports. This is the image that shot

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Ben Innes to fame as the picture he hashtaged best selfie ever went

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viral on social media. Ben is on the right,

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beside him is Seif al-Din Mustafa, wearing what at the time

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was believed to be a suicide belt. Ben dozed off at the beginning

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of the flight and didn't believe the colleague he was travelling

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with when he woke and was told It hadn't seen any evidence

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of it happening. We hadn't been blown up,

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we were still going through it, so it was like, until I see

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something, you know, that looks like a hijacker,

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I am not about to sort of start The majority of those onboard had

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been allowed to leave by the time Six others though, were still being

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held hostage, prompting criticism Ben says asking for a picture

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was his attempt to influence I wanted to interact with this guy,

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I wanted him to understand I also wanted to get a closer look

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at this bomb, see if I could see, I have no expertise in that field,

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but you know, there might have been a tell-tale sign

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it was fake or real. I also just thought,

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if the worst does come to the worst, I want my family and my friends

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to know, you know, I died how I lived, you know, having

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as much fun as I can. What would you say to some security

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specialists who say this wasn't a sensible thing to do

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and you were putting other passengers who were still being held

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hostage on that plane at risk? I would say all these

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experts and specialists, I would say also to all

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the keyboard warriors out there who have an opinion

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on the matter, that was the situation I was in,

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and those were the actions I took, and you know, I in no

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way regret them. I have no blemishes on my conscience

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about any of the actions I took that day and, you know, I would do

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the same thing, exactly the same After what was a terrifying ordeal,

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Ben and everyone else on board the flight emerged safely,

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to tell the tale. He says it hasn't changed

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his attitude to flying Stay with us here on BBC world news,

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still to come... A delivery driver is found guilty of planning a terror

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attack against American forces in the UK. The Business Secretary Sajid

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Javid has told workers that the threatened Port Talbert steel plant

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that the industry is vital to the UK. The plant is owned by the Indian

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firm Tata which has announced plans to sell its lossmaking UK operations

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with employee nearly 15,000 people. Javed said the Government had been

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engaged with Tata Steel for weeks. That suggestion about tariffs

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couldn't be further from the truth. The reality is, the UK has been the

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leader in the EU in getting tariffs imposed where there is evidence of

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dumbing. -- dumping. Clearly, in this industry, the evidence

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existence as we been involved in since I have been involved, calling

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the first meeting of the EU Council on an emergency basis points ago, we

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have seen tariffs imposed them we've seen them impose much more quickly.

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The reality is, the UK has been the leader in getting tariffs imposed

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where the evidence exists. This is BBC world news today. The latest

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headlines. South Africa's president has apologised after a court ruled

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he had violated the Constitution by refusing to pay back public money

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spent renovating his private country residence. As emergency workers in

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India continued to clear rubble from the flyover collapse, police have

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detained several construction company officials and opened a case

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of culpable homicide. An Islamist extremist has been found guilty of

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planning an attack against American forces based in Britain. He was a

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delivery driver whose route took them past the Royal Air Force base

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and other military bases. Police said he had planned to stage a car

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crash and attack a soldier with a knife.

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The black flag of so-called Islamic State hanging on the wall

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behind him in his bedroom in Luton, this is Junead Khan,

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who was planning the first attack on US servicemen in the UK,

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and was being helped and advised by an IS recruiter in Syria.

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His intended targets, American airbases in East Anglia,

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His plan, to slaughter a US airman in an attack similar to the one

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His weapon, this knife he was trying to buy,

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His intention was to target a US military officer by staging

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He was then going to use a knife to attack that

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He had also researched quite extensively and got instructions

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As Junead Khan made his plans last summer, his friend from Luton,

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Abdulaziz, seen here on the left, was killed by the Americans

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An IS leader and planner of attacks on the West,

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he was in a vehicle destroyed by a drone.

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This seems to have increased Junead Khan's determination.

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When police arrested him last July, his iPhone contained key evidence

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of his planned attack, including an online conversation

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with Junaid Hussain, an infamous IS recruiter

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Using the encrypted social media app, Surespot,

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Junaid Hussain advised Junead Khan...

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He then sent him instructions on how to make a bomb.

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When Junead Khan announced his intention to target US servicemen

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at airbases in Britain, Junaid Hussain, in Syria,

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Just over a week later, Junead Khan was arrested,

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and six weeks after that, Junaid Hussain was killed

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by an American drone strike, their plot abruptly terminated.

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Junaid Hussain, who came from Birmingham, had been one

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of IS's most prolific propagandists, which is why the Americans

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Unlike a single fighter with an AK-47 on the

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He had the potential, through his cyber efforts,

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to reach across the sea and to motivate, radicalise

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and inspire violence in foreign countries around the world.

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With two of his IS contacts dead from American drone strikes,

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Junead Khan now faces a long prison sentence for his part in plotting

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to kill US servicemen based in Britain.

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Daniel Sandford, BBC News, at Kingston Crown Court.

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Let's get some sport for you now. Here is Lizzie, hi, Lizzie. Thank

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you very much. We're starting with cricket. India may not have its team

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in the 2020 final, but there will be 20 of eyes glued as England takes on

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West Indies for the trophy. Both teams are going for a second title,

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but they have a better head-to-head record and they've already beaten

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England once in this tournament. This is called kata, where any spare

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patch of land as an opportunity for a game of cricket. The huge flood

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lights behind me are for Eden Gardens, the venue for the T20

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final. We must remember that right now this is a city processing a

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tragedy. A sudden collapse of a flyover here and the loss of life

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has provoked understandably grief and anger. In these circumstances,

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the job of cricket here is often to lift the spirits. Well, India are

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not in the final. Last night in Mumbai, they lost to West Indies in

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a thrilling semifinal. It meant they chased down a huge score over 190.

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So the final will be between England and West Indies. You may remember

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right at the start of the tournament, West Indies beat England

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in the group stages. I think one thing we've done really well since

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that game is we sort of took it on the chin and every game has for the

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much been a funnel for us anyway, we played under pressure throughout. We

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kept growing as a side and a validly along the way. Guys have been

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gaining confidence from personal performances in other people's

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performances in the team and we are in a really good place now, leading

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up to the final. How are you keeping up-to-date with

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that all? I think you're flying during the

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match. There were about five or six of us watching it, so we got on the

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flight and as we landed we managed to catch the last five or six balls.

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Mainly down to the high that package afterwards. It looked like a

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fantastic game and we're really looking forward to a similar

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atmosphere here as well. England are going to wait for the floodlights to

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be turned off before the train air tonight, they are making the most of

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their extra day preparation. Mind you, right now they look like a

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group of players who know exactly what they're doing.

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Chelsea's Diego Costa will be serving an extra one match than

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following his behaviour last month. He clashed with another player and

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motion to bite her, although the effort in midfielder said no contact

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was made. Costa was originally given aid to match ban, but now will miss

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three games. And time for a Formula 1 update. For Sunday par rain's

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grump rate, the results are not exactly a surprise. Nico Rosberg and

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Lewis Hamilton by far the fastest. The German, Rosberg, who won last

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week's opening race just edged the world champion of both sessions.

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There was a surprise in third place, best of the rest was Jenson Button.

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McLaren were played last season with problems because of the Honda

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engines but the Briton was closest to the Mercedes today, although he

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was still more than one second adrift. That is all the sport.

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Thank you very much. Autism affects around 1% of us around the world,

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but although many people have heard of the condition, it appears that

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few of us really understand it. Here in the UK, a new film is being made

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that hopes to do something about that. Our disability news

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correspondent has been to meet its young stars.

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I'm not naughty. I'm autistic. This ten-year-old is in the

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voiceover drips adding the finishing touches to a film he stars in.

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Ready! The last shot is the one of you having a meltdown.

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It is all about understanding autism and who best to play the part? For

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him, the experience in this film are very real. One of the main things is

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able just brushing past year. I know that seems very silly and I know

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that seems, busy crowd, busy things, people rushed past you, but that is

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hard. It's hard to cope with. It's something tiny like that will affect

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my day for a very long time. Take my hand. During the film, there's one

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character that walks and gives a specific look, a mixture of contempt

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and discussed and it is devastating when you get it. It upsets us quite

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a lot, really. It is shocking that 15% of autistic people and family

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say they are sometimes are often unable to leave the house not

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because of a lack of support that because the wake the public respond

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to them when they are out. We want people to take time, make space and

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just imagine what it's like to feel overloaded and what you would need

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in that situation. One city with ambitions to make life

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easier for people like Alex and his family is Liverpool. Here, I

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would've its largest museums, changes have been made to improve

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the experiences of people with autism.

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If you'd like to give him a little stroke.

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Alex are learning all about starfish in this nice quiet space and that's

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what's different. Normally this area would be chaotic, but it's not. That

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suits many people with autism. Amazing. It's not crowded, it was

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extraordinary. It's taken away the bad things and left the good things.

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Hopefully that elaborated it for you. You have elaborated that

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perfectly, a lot better than most people! Good. The film will be shown

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in cinemas across the UK and the message is simple. The smallest of

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changes for someone like Alex and his family will make a world of

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difference. When people watch the film, I really hope that it will

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make people aware and make autism have a lot of respect and that's

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very important, as much as anything. Nicky Fox, BBC news.

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Some very good advice. A sick turtle who can't dive is undergoing

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pioneering treatment in Virginia. Normally used on humid divers

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suffering from decompression sickness, the aim is to allow Tucker

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the turtle to return to the wild. Simon Jones has the story.

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An unusual arrival. Tucker was found washed up on the beach Thomas he was

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rescued by an aquarium, but they found he's got buoyancy issues.

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Bubbles in his body are preventing him from diving, which he needs to

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do to find food and avoid predators. So they called in the experts at the

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Virginia medical centre, once more used to dealing with humans. It's

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new and exciting. We are so appreciative that they are allowing

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us to do this and we hope that it helps Tucker. We don't know for sure

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that it well, but we are giving it our best chance.

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So Tucker is taken to the hyperbaric chamber, normally reserved for it

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divers suffering from decompression sickness, where he can breathe pure

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oxygen. We do treat divers, about 40 divers

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a year, with gas bubble disease, which is some variance of what he

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has, they go into the chamber to compress the bubbles in their

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bloodstream or other places. This is not unheard of, it has been reported

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in Turtles something very similar to this, so we are using the protocols

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that we would use for divers. He will be closely monitored in the

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days to come to see if the treatment is working, but it is hoped that

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Tucker will eventually be able to take the disease again. Simon Jones,

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BBC News. Tucker the turtle ending our

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programme. That's it from me and the team. Think you very much for being

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with us.

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