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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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The first big political casualty of the Panama Papers.

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Iceland's Prime Minister resigns after allegations he concealed

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millions of dollars worth of investments in an offshore company.

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In other revelations from the Panama papers,

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Fifa's new president Gianni Infantino signed off on a contract

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with two businessmen who have since been accused of bribery

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Wooing voters in Wisconsin - Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton are under

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pressure, as opinion polls say they're both trailing their rivals

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in the latest US presidential primary.

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Also coming up, as part of the US Marine force in Afghanistan, Lucca

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served hundreds of missions before being injured.

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Now Britain is bestowing her with one of its highest honours.

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It's being seen as the first big political casualty of the leak

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of millions of documents from a Panamanian law firm about

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The fallout from the huge data leak from the company Mossack Fonseca has

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Now Iceland's Prime Minister has been forced to resign

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after documents appear to reveal he and his wife concealed millions

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of dollars worth of investments in an offshore company.

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Our diplomatic correspondent James Robbins has the latest.

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The Prime Minister of Iceland is the first major casualty

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of the massive Panama Papers leaks which have shone a powerful

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spotlight on the secret world of offshore finance.

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Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson was accused of concealing millions

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He insists he has done nothing wrong.

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But huge crowds in front of the Icelandic parliament

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disagreed, some estimates say one tenth of the population took

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This is where the global scandal originated.

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A Panama-based law firm, Mossack Fonseca.

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11 million documents held here are passed to a German

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newspaper which shared them with over 100 media organisations,

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They show how the company helped clients launder money,

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Mossack Fonseca says it has never been charged

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When the Prime Minister sat down for a series of interviews,

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he was challenged about allegations that he was involved

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Now, he has walked from high office and tonight the journalist who got

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the interview told the BBC he is stunned and said

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the crisis goes far wider in Iceland.

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The population of Iceland is around 330,000.

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So far we have found around 800 offshore companies

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I think we are setting another world record here!

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Tonight, the Icelandic president rejected the calls

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for a snap election, saying he needs to consult

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Mr Gunnlaugsson might be going, but the government of Iceland

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is in turmoil as the fallout from the Panama Papers spreads.

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Let's cross now to Reykjavik to talk to the journalist you saw in that

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report, Johannes Kristjansson, who directly confronted

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the Prime Minister over his family's connection with

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we saw a dramatic interview. Are you surprised how quickly this is moving

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now? Yes, the till you the truth, bash back to tell you the truth, I

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have only been thinking about working on this story for ten months

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with other media partners. I was just doing my work. I didn't think

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so much about the consequences. This story is huge, and the fact that the

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Prime Minister walked out of the interview, it made the story they go

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because of that. -- bigger because of that. He didn't know that you are

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going to ask about that. Did he deny everything or did he say there was

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no trust? What exactly did he say when he was walking out? He didn't

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deny all of it. But he didn't tell us much. He said he had to go

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through some files to remember, and he got angry and he walked out of

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the interview. We invited him for another interview, to talk about

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this company. We did it not once, not twice, but three or four times.

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So he had in the world to explain. -- he had all the time in the world.

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What precisely has the Prime Minister done wrong? Has he done

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anything illegal? It is not about illegal. It is about the ethical

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standard of the most powerful man in Iceland. It is not about the legal

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aspect of the story. People here in Iceland are thinking about the moral

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and ethical. Because he stands to benefit from the banking system

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because of his investment. Can you explain that? He and his wife owned

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the company together until the last day of December 2009, when he sold

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his 60% to his wife for $1. And when he was negotiating with the

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president of the S manic banks -- the Icelandic banks, so, he was on

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both sides, or the negotiating table.

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The new Fifa Presidential Award and is the latest name to come out of

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the Panama papers. He

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signed off on a contract with two

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businessmen who have since been

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accused of bribery. It was meant to be a new start

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heralding a new era for Fifa. Everyone in the world will applaud

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us and we will applaud all of you with what we will do with Fifa in

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future. At just five weeks since Gianni Infantino's election, it is

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the past that threatens to cast an early shadow over his new rain. The

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Panama Papers have already implicated world leaders. Now the

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most powerful man input all has been dragged into the scandal. Among

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millions of leaked documents is this 2006 contract, a deal signed off by

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Gianni Infantino when he was a director at Uefa with an offshore

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company might want to stop it paid ?60 million for three rights of

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broadcast rights in Ecuador, then sold it on to a TV company for

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almost three times the price. Cross Trading was own by these two men.

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They were invited by US prosecutors last year as part of an FBI- let

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corruption investigation. The authorities allege that as the

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owners of Cross Trading, they paid millions of dollars in bribes over

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several years to South American football officials to secure TV

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rights to regional soccer tournaments. In a statement Uefa Mac

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said... According to Fifa, this is a matter

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for Uefa. But the problem facing Gianni Infantino as he settles into

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light in syrup is that it turns out, initially, Uefa then I is doing

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business with any of those individuals indicted last year when

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asked by a German newspaper. But the Panama Papers reveal that denial to

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be false. It is more damaging revelations for Fifa and Uefa. And

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again it begs the question, how many more transactions are there like

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this that we don't know about? What sort of checks to be ball in

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football do about the countries with which they have transactions and who

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audits those deals after they have been completed? Uefa says that it

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will cooperate with the FBI if asked to do so, and there is no suggestion

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that Gianni Infantino or TeleAmazonas is guilty of any

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wrongdoing, but the step was to be another setback for Fifa.

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With me now is our Sports News Correspondent, Richard Conway.

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How common is it for middlemen to act as brokers for TV rights? It is

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not uncommon for this to happen, but in this instance, what the Panama

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Papers have revealed as the details behind this. What we know from

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partners and sources are the numbers involved. We know that Cross

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Trading, this company, as Dan Rowan explained in his report, paid

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$111,000 for these rights but then sold them on an Ecuadorian TV

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company for triple that price. So they made a lot of money. And the

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Ecuadorian TV company feel as if they were effectively done out of

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this money because they were acting as the middleman on this. So it

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doesn't uncommon, but as you said before, there was no allegation of

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wrongdoing on the part of Gianni Infantino. But on that point, you

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said that he has done nothing wrong. But it is embarrassing for him. When

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this was put to Uefa last year, about, have you had any dealings

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with any of the people or companies involved in the big US corruption

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probe that we saw last year, with dawn raids, people indicted in May

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2015, they came back on two occasions and said no, we have had

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no dealings with them. Now, they have said that there were dealings

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but it was an open and competitive process that happened and this was

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one of many thousands of deals done over Champions League rights. Will

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the ethics committee get involved now, or what is the procedure? It'll

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be interesting see how this develops. One very senior source at

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Fifa said that in the interest of transparency this matter should be

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seen by the ethics committee because if there is nothing to hide, then

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there is no problem and it can be examined and dealt with fairly

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quickly. Where is Fifa in terms of the restructuring that means today

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please? It is five months since Gianni Infantino was elected as Fifa

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president. He was introduced as a break from the old regime. He

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introduced a package of reforms. This Congress in Mexico in a few

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weeks is about consolidating those reforms and looking to the future.

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They wanted to restore trust within three years. That was their aim.

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Thousands of migrants being held in camps in Greece

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That could slow the rate of returns to Turkey under

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The European Asylum Office says more than 60 of its officers will arrive

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on the island of Lesbos tomorrow to begin "admissibility

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The BBC's Sarah Rainsford is in Lesbos.

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This is the main detention camp here on Lesbos for migrants arriving

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here now and we've just come up here to find a big group of men

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mainly behind the main fence here who have been protesting.

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Some of their signs and say, "If you deport us, we die".

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Others are just saying, "Freedom".

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They've been shouting as well, "Freedom",

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We understand that most the people here taking part in this

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process are Pakistanis, although I have seen

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I've spoken to a volunteer who's been working in the migrant camps

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here on Lesbos who says that she knows many of these men

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and she says they do have legitimate claims for asylum.

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The problem is, they are worried those claims will not be considered

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and that they may be deported on the next ferries

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They've just darted shouting "freedom" again.

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This is the a peaceful protest for now, the right

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For the moment, it seems fairly calm.

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This is about people trying to express their fear and worries.

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Apart from these Pakistanis and Afghans, there are also a lot

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of people from Syria in this camp, people who have applied for asylum

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and who expect those applications to be considered.

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The problem is that that seems to be a very slow process.

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It seems that there aren't at this point enough officials,

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enough asylum experts, to consider those claims fully.

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We are expecting many experts, many assistants, to come

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from the EU to help with that process, but for the moment

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Of course, not just this crowd here, but everybody inside this camp

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is very concerned about one thing - they say they don't want to be

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sent back to Turkey, they want to stay here in Europe.

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The Swiss government has criticised a decision by a school to exempt

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male Muslim students from shaking hands with female teachers.

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Two students argued that Islam limits physical contact

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The Justice Minister says shaking hands is part of Swiss culture.

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Americans in the state of Wisconsin are heading to the polls today

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in the latest round of the US Presidential Election primary race.

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The most recent opinion polls for the Republicans put

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He says he could easily win the Republican nomination

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if the third candidate, John Kasich, drops out.

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For the Democrats, Bernie Sanders currently has a small lead

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There was high turnout from early hours

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Wisconsin plays an important role with both of the presidential

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On the Republican side, Donald Trump was stumping hard for votes

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But he's behind in the polls and if he loses here,

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winning the nomination will become a tougher battle.

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He even brought his wife out to try and sweeten his message,

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hoping to recover from a week of missteps that played

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70% of women now give him a thumbs down.

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Something he dismisses, along with any other evidence

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I think that I'm going to do very well with women.

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We just had a big meeting, many women at the meeting,

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and they liked me best because they say I'm best

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with the military, best with the borders, best

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for security and I'd said, I'm going to be best

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for women's health issues, much better than Hillary,

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Donald Trump's main rival, the Texan Senator Ted Cruz,

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sees a chance to make up for lost ground.

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He can't beat the front runner by winning this state alone,

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but it would give him crucial momentum, especially

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as the party's heavyweights also want to sink Trump's chances.

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I don't care what he says any more, I don't care what he tweets,

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what I'm focused on is how do we solve the real

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America has real challenges, and these are serious times.

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This is not the time for a circus sideshow.

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On the Democratic side, Senator Bernie Sanders is also

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looking to keep up momentum after a string of recent victories.

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Wisconsin looks good for him, but he did need to wind big and keep

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winning big to catch up with Hillary Clinton.

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That looks almost impossible, but Mr Sanders's strong showings

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and ferocious fundraising are making life tough for her.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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Groups campaigning for a change to the abortion law

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in Northern Ireland have criticised the prosecution of a woman

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who bought drugs online to induce a miscarriage.

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Unlike the rest of the UK, abortion is only allowed

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in Northern Ireland if a woman's life is at risk or there

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is a permanent or serious risk to her mental or physical health.

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The woman was given a suspended prison sentence.

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Azerbaijan and ethnic Armenian forces have agreed on an immediate

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ceasefire after nearly four days of fighting in the disputed

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Ethnic Armenians have controlled the mountainous enclave

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The conflict, which ended in 1994, flared up again on Saturday.

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South Africa's president Jacob Zuma has survived an opposition

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The motion was tabled after the country's highest court

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ruled he had violated the constitution by refusing

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to repay some of the millions of dollars of public funds

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The International Criminal Court has thrown out charges

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against Kenya's deputy president, William Ruto, over

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post-election violence, but stopped short of acquitting him.

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It leaves the way open for a possible future prosecution.

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Both men denied charges of crimes against humanity in connection

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with the deaths of more than 1,000 people in violence

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Our correspondent in The Hague, Anna Holligan,

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It's been a busy three years since the Kenyan deputy president,

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William Ruto, and his coaccused, the radio presenter Joshua

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They have both denied three charges of crimes against humanity,

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murder, forcible deportation and persecution.

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The violence erupted in late 2007, following a disputed election.

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And soon, what began as political riots quickly turned

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The Kenyan opposition leader accused the then-president

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More than 1,300 people were murdered.

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Approximately 600,000 were left homeless, too afraid

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It was Kenya's worst wave of violence since independence.

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Mr Ruto's defence team argued the charges against him

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The ICC prosecutor withdrew similar charges against the president

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in 2014 in connection with the same post-election violence.

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This case has led to a high-profile campaign

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against the ICC amongst some African nations,

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who accuse the court of demonstrating bias

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A criminal gang has been jailed for stealing rhino horn and Chinese

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antiques worth almost ?60 million from museums around the UK.

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The 14 men were said to have caused significant cultural loss

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to Britain, and the value of what they stole

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dwarfs the robbery last year in Hatton Garden.

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Our correspondent Robert Hall has more.

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They were dubbed "the Rathkeale Rovers", after the Irish town where

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Six of the key players were family. John and Richard O'Brien,

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their uncle Daniel O'Brien and their brother-in-law

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Their targets were collections of high-value Chinese artefacts and,

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Some of these people were experts in their own rights.

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They would often attend antique fairs and auction houses,

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so they have a really clear understanding of what's desirable,

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what's selling and what's high-value.

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Some of them were experts and they knew they could sell the items with

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This series of crimes took place over four months and involved more

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The men at the top, the planners, didn't take part in the actual

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break-ins, so mobile phone tracking was crucial in establishing links

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with other gang members and putting callers in the right place,

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Two gang members who snatched a Ming dynasty vase at Durham's

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Oriental Museum were tackled before they could escape.

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In Norwich, another raid verging on incompetent

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when four of the gang tried to steal a rhino head

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during opening hours, but it

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One member of staff kicked the man. Another grabbed their head and run

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off with it. Ramon Fonseca a month later,

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the gang spotted a rhino horn cup in Sussex but when the latest

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recruit strolled through the door, they look went for the wrong cup

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and they were grabbed by staff. Foiled again, they returned

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to Durham Oriental Museum, checking out the galleries

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and smashing their way in. They hid ?2 million worth of Chinese

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artefacts in a hedge but one burglar forgot where he put them

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and they were recovered. The gang were now desperate

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for success and a new plan took them to the Fitzwilliam

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Museum in Cambridge. On a spring day in 2012,

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three gang members They took a particular interest

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in the Oriental galleries. Just before half past seven

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the following evening, In just a couple of minutes,

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the burglars grabbed 18 objects with a market value of ?40 million

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which have not been seen since. It is a betrayal of trust. These

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objects belong to the public. And their theft by a series of selfish

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individuals has changed that. They are no longer on display.

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A criminal network that's thought to have operated across Europe

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has been closed down, but the treasures that

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belong to all of us have yet to be recovered.

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A military dog who lost a leg when sniffing out a roadside bomb in

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Afghanistan has been honoured at a ceremony in London. Lucca, a

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12-year-old German shepherd, was employed by the US military. But on

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Sangita Myska reports. front leg when a bomb went off.

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Her hand were tied the medal round. It is the highest honour that a

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military animal can achieve in combat and it is well-deserved. It

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is on measures like this in a rock in 2006 that Lucca work to keep

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hundreds of Allied troops say. Sent outside of army patrols, she

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searched for and discovered IEDs, arms discovered cache

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and even insurgents. it is a bond that the soldier who

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trained Lucca says is unbreakable. We treat them just like Marines. And

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our job is to properly employed a dog and just look out when we are on

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patrol. It is a true team effort. Was during the last day of

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everlasting mission in Afghanistan when she tripped and IED. The mashed

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but -- the massive explosion severed leg and she suffered terrible wounds

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to her chest. She was finally retired and return to the handler.

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He says that it is her that he owes his life. In my worst moments in, I

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lost one of my fellow dog teams in a clean-up operation south of Baghdad.

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Lucca has been described as a symbol of hope and inspiration. The saw

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Jaws whose lives she saved would certainly agree. Asch Magbi

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soldiers. The primers rob Iceland has resigned

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after allegations that he concealed millions of dollars worth of

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investments in an offshore Company. Revelations also about the new Fifa

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president Gianni Infantino, he signed off on a contract with two

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businessmen who have since been accused of bribery. There is no

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suggestion that Gianni Infantino has done anything wrong.

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For now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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Some sunshine and some water made for a fairly

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