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This is BBC World News with me, Alpa Patel.

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Today: Our top story - South Africa's president addresses

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the nation over the latest controversy to embroil him.

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Jacob Zuma ignores calls for his resignation following a court ruling

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I never knowingly or deliberately set out to violate the constitution.

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A new global study reveals how a dramatic rise in obesity

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you is weighing heavy on public health.

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Also coming up: A jury gives its verdict over alleged plans

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for a terror attack against American forces based in the UK.

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Planned before his death - the tribute concert David Bowie

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Stars celebrate his life, and love, of New York.

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South African President Jacob Zuma says he'll abide by the ruling

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of the country's highest court that he should pay back some

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of the public money spent on his private home.

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24 hours ago the highest court in the country ruled he'd failed

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to uphold the constitution by ignoring the findings

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by an official anti-corruption watchdog.

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In the last hour, President Zuma apologised to the nation

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I respect the judgment and will abide by it.

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I have consistently stated that I would pay

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an amount towards the security upgrades, once this has been

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really are expecting to speak to our correspondent in the next few

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moments. We hope will happen at Stoney shortly.

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There are now more adults in the world classified as obese

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than underweight, according to a major new study.

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The research looked at almost 20 million adults from 1975 to 2014.

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It found obesity in men has tripled to nearly 11% overall -

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and more than doubled in women to nearly 15%.

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And as our Health Editor Hugh Pym reports, the problem is predicted

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This could be one part of winning the battle of the bulge and the

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struggle to control weight and improve health. Loretta is a

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personal trainer working with those who might feel inhibited going to a

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gym. She had run away its challenges and knows about the obstacles in the

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way. I am back now but I was much bigger and went to a of classes and

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just couldn't keep up, I injured myself, I had a bad experience and

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was singled out and felt uncomfortable. My classes are

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hopefully for everyone. The report illustrates the increasing global

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obesity. In 1970 75p .2% of men were obese. 6.4% of women were obese in

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1975 and nearly 15% by 2014. As for the UK, by 2025 it is predicted to

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have the highest obesity levels what women in Europe.

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Exercise and personal responsibility clearly have an important part to

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

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role of food and drink companies and if they should be doing more to help

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consumers cut the calories. The Chancellor announced a sugar tax

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and fizzy drinks in the budget and Government action to curb

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supermarket price promotions is expected. Some experts say

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manufacturers should be pushed in the right direction. It's what I got

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lazy capitalism. The food industry is doing the easiest thing to try

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and make money. Industry must be made to work harder. We need

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policies and programmes to level the playing field. Some said it was down

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to all of us. It is that the cup but people must make a change

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themselves. It can always be the Government. If you grew up eating

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crisps and all the rest of it it will be difficult to get out of that

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circle. While many are working to control

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their weight there is a lot more heavy lifting needed to avoid the

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protected obesity epidemic. Mexico is one country struggling

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with this obesity epidemic, with more than half the residents

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in it's capital city Arantxa Colchero is a health

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economist at Mexico's National She recently published a study

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looking at how a tax She joins me from the

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city of Cuernavaca. Why ever such high rates of obesity

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and diabetes in Mexico? -- why are they? In Mexico the prevalence of

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obesity is 70%. And 30% among children. The prevalence of diabetes

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is 14% and the problem is only 70% are diagnosed. Obesity is increasing

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in the world. The problem is very high in Mexico and for several

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reasons. One of them is the world health organisation recommends added

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sugars should not be more than 10% of total energy intake. In Mexico on

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average 12.5% of added sugars are in the total energy intake. Consumption

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of sugar sweetened beverages is very high. That represents a lock, 70% of

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these added sugars. Is it just that problem or is it

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also unhealthy food and a lack of exercise? Yes, I think obesity has

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many factors. There is a lot of causes around obesity, but we have

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identified that consumption of sugar sugar sweetened beverages is very

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high. Mexico was the highest consumer in world's but now it is

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chilly. Mexico is now second. 12% of total energy intake on average among

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Mexicans is from added sugars. From that, 70% is sugar sweetened

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beverages. It's not the only cause but it has contributed. They you

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know how much this is costing Mexico's economy? -- do you know?

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Obesity in general, has a very high costs and that is a huge problem

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because people are not aware of the consequences of eating or drinking

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unhealthy food. Because they are not aware they do it and that causes a

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lot of problems, one of them is very high direct cost related to health

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expenditure. Thank you very much for joining us.

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An Islamist extremist has been found guilty of planning an attack

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against American forces based in Britain.

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Junead Khan was a delivery driver whose route took him past RAF

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Police said he'd planned to stage a car crash and to attack

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The black flag of so-called Islamic state hanging behind him in his

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bedroom. This is Junead Khan who was planning the first attack on US

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servicemen in the UK and was helped and advised by a IS recruiter in

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Syria. His targets were American airbases in East Anglia including

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RAF Lakenheath. His plan was to slaughter a US airman and an attack

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similar to the one on Route Lee Rigby. His weapon was that life he

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tried to buy what you get a home-made bomb. His intention was to

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target a US military officer by staging a car crash. He was then

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going to use a knife to attack that officer, he also researched

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extensively and got instructions on how to make a bomb. As Junead Khan

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makers plans last summer his friend the time, seen here on the left, was

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killed by the Americans in Syria. IS leader and plan of attack on the

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west he was in a vehicle destroyed by a drone. This seems to have

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increased Junead Khan's determination. When he was arrested

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last July his iPhone contained the key evidence including an online

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conversation what I can promise IS recruiter. Using encrypted social

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media at, he advised Junead Khan, it is best to have at least pipe bombs

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pressure to drop bombs in case something happens so you can do,

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suicide bomb. When Junead Khan announced his

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intention to target US servicemen and airbases in Britain, his conduct

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in Syria offered to help. Just over one week later Junead Khan was

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arrested in six weeks after that, his contact in Syria was killed by

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an American drone strike, the plot abruptly terminated. He had been one

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of IS most prolific propagandists which is why the Americans regarded

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him as so dangerous. Unlike a single fighter with an AK-47 on the ground,

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he had the potential through his all my efforts to reach across the ocean

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and to motivate radicalise and inspire violence in foreign

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countries around the world. With two of his IS contact dead from drone

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

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plotting to kill US servicemen based in Britain.

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Now a look at some of the days other news:

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say a woman has died of ebola, months after the epidemic

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The 30-year-old died in hospital in the capital Monrovia.

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Liberia was declared free of ebola in January, but there have been

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several small flare-ups in the region.

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Donald Trump is held talks with Republican party leaders are

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damaging row over his loyalty. His meeting at the Republican National

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committee lasted for 30 minutes but few details were revealed. Earlier

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this week he accused the committee of treating him unfairly. After

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today he tweeted the meeting was a very nice.

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The Indonesian government has threatened to blacklist

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Leonardo DiCaprio after the Oscar-winning actor made

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critical statements about the country's palm oil

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industry during a visit.On social media, the American actor posted

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about the threat to the Le-ooser national park in Aceh.

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A top official said if the comments are judged as "incitement",

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Let's return to our main story and said that's president has been

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addressing the nation over the controversy of his home. We can join

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our correspondent from Johannesburg. The president has apologised, but he

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says he will repay some of the money but we don't know how much? Indeed,

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President Jacob Zuma came out tonight and addressed the nation

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live on television, a rare event. He said he apologises for the issue

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that has dragged on longer than it should have. He also said he'd never

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knowingly or deliberately tried to subvert the constitution. With that,

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that was President Zuma clinging to power for a few more years. The

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African National Congress, his party, is now holding a briefing and

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they say they welcome the President's explanation. He said he

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also welcomes the judgment of the Constitutional Court which was

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issued yesterday which was pretty damning against him. It is

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interesting, because it is the highest court that found he had

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broken the Constitution. How is he going to rule with any authority

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now? Here is a situation. The electoral system is proportional

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representation. People vote for the party to come into power, they don't

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vote for the individual. Jacob Zuma is set to Parliament by the African

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National Congress, which he is the president of, and then they elect

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him to beat the president of the company. If they do not recall

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President Zuma from his position that he stays exactly where he is.

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Tonight it is clear the African National Congress stands by him, but

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make no mistake, they are usually divided. There are those who want

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President Zuma to resign immediately and some of them are speaking

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publicly, and many others who want him to continue, who think this is

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just a political ploy to remove him from power. For now, thank you very

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much. Hopes of finding more survivors and

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collapsed flyover in Kolkata are fading. Police have opened

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proceedings against the company in charge of construction.

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

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There is some debris being removed and it has been insured there is no

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As for the possibility of survivors, that is no more in this area.

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I'm standing right in the middle of the crossroads where this

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Look at the scale of the structure that came crashing down.

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Remember, this is one of the busiest areas of one of the busiest cities

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in India and it happened at midday, one of the busiest times of day.

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As more twisted steel and shattered concrete is loaded onto trucks

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What people want to know is why what should have been a fairly

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straightforward construction project ended in such terrible disaster.

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Everyone is not ready to see the area.

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From 2009 the work has been going on.

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Now we don't know when it will be complete.

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With state elections just days away it has become a huge political

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issue, not just here in Bengal, but across India.

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People are asking why a construction company that had been blacklisted

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by other Indian states were still in charge.

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Was the long delayed project being rushed under pressure

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Meanwhile, what remains of the overpass reflects

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Two great arms of steel twisted and slumped, as if

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South Korea says North Korea has fired another ballistic missile

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off its east coast into the sea, just hours after U.S.

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President Obama and China's President Xi Jinping were agreeing

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to cooperate against any North Korean nuclear threat,

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at a nuclear security summit attended by world leaders

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The BBC's defence and diplomatic correspondent, Jonathan Marcus,

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In nuclear security talks going on, Korea showing it really is not happy

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about these talks and it will continue to do what it needs to do

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in order to defend itself? That is the message coming from all the

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North Korean diplomats. Yesterday the Americans were meeting with

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senior South Korean and Japanese leaders, also the Chinese president

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expressed concerns about North Korea and its nuclear programme, and we

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had a rare opportunity in London to hear from the knock against

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themselves, the ambassador to London. He came in and I was

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speaking to him. I put it to him many of his colleagues are talking

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about there being a situation of semi-war on the Korean peninsula and

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he wasn't backing away from that Andy at all. The situation in the

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Korean peninsular is a very serious, it is on the brink of nuclear war.

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As you said, I think it is at a state of semi-war, that is correct.

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Any time a walk and break

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