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The headlines: Reports that a key suspect in

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the Paris terror attacks - and possibly the Brussels

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Mohamed Abrini is thought to be one of a number of people

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who've been seized in a Belgian police operation.

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The pragmatic Pope - Francis tells the world's billion

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Catholics it's time to adapt to the realities

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We speak to the Dalai Lamai about the state of the world,

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the Tibetan cause and hear his understanding about the Uk's

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When Great Britain is facing some economic difficulties,

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so then the new friend who has a lot of money...

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It's very important. It's understandable.

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Can a Hollywood drama featuring drones tracking your every

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If you live in Yemen, and if you live in Pakistan,

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and if you live in Somalia, then that is the reality.

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It hasn't yet happened in Kenya, but who knows?

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The key remaining suspect in November's Paris terror attacks,

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Belgian media is also suggesting that Abrini is possibly the "man

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in the hat" seen on CCTV before the blasts in the Brussels airport

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He's one of a number of people who've been seized in a Belgian

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In a moment we'll be live for the latest from Brussels

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but first this report from Damian Grammaticas.

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He's been hunted since last November - Mohamed Abrini.

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Belgian police say he is dangerous and believe he was linked

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Mohamed Abrini, seen at a service station two days before

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The car he was driving, a black Renault Clio,

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was one of the vehicles he used to attack Paris.

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The man he was with at the time was Salah Abdeslam, another

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of the team that planned and carried out the carnage in Paris.

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Salah Abdeslam, Europe's most wanted man, was finally detained three

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weeks ago in the Molenbeek district of Brussels after also

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Today's arrest is thought to have taken place in nearby Anderlecht.

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Just yesterday, Belgian investigators released

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this new footage of the Brussels airport bombing.

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It showed the third attacker, the so-called Man in the Hat,

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who left a suitcase bomb and escape from the terminal, then

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travelled six miles on foot into Brussels before he vanished.

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It's been reported the new footage and the appeal for help to identify

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the Man in the Hat lead to new tip-off from the public

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which came just before today's new arrests.

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Let's go live to Brussels now, to our correspondent Gavin Lee.

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Gavin, a big development, F ended this man is also the man in the hat.

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Yes, what we have officially from the Belgian prosecutor as there have

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been several arrests today in relation to these two attacks at the

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airport and the metro station, two weeks ago. In the last hour or so,

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state television and French police are quoted as telling news agencies

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that this is indeed Mohamed Abrini. What do we know about him? He was

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seen as a bit part player in the Paris attacks. He was seen two days

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before the attacks. His car was used. He was seen with Salah

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Abdeslam am heading for Paris. We were given details about his past

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history. He had been to Syria. His brother was a former IS fighter in

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Syria. He was wanted by Belgian police as well. He has not been seen

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since. He has a connection to this missing man as well, this man still

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not yet identified, known simply as the man in the hat. We believe there

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is a relevance here to the images released yesterday by the federal

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prosecutor of CCTV images which ensure a more complete image of the

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man leaving the airport, with passengers trying to escape the

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scene. We see him go through the car park and then Watford ten colour

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matters for two hours and then we lose all trace of him. Local media

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say this is the man connected to Paris and Brussels as well. We are

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currently waiting on a press conference and will know the

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significance of that very soon. There were a number of arrests. What

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more do we know about the other people detained? The only details we

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have and this is coming from a French and Belgian media, including

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the state television, saying that other notable figures are somebody

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from Maelbeek Metro station, is suspected suicide bomber who has not

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been seen since. It is thought this is the man who may have bought some

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of the bags for the bombers to use. You might be able to see some

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footage which has emerged today of one of the raids. We are not sure

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who this is but this is amateur footage, close to Molenbeek. This is

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an undercover operation, police officers taking their man and

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bundling him into the back of a car. As always, thank you very much. Keep

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us up-to-date as and when we get more developments. Thank you.

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Pope Francis has called for the Catholic Church to recognise

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He says bishops and priests should be free to interpret doctrine

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in ways that suit their own cultures in their own countries -

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particularly in relation to marriage and divorce.

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Our religious affairs correspondent Caroline Wyatt reprts from Rome.

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The Catholic Church has often closed its doors on those living

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Today in Rome, Pope Francis sought to open it a little,

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issuing his guidance on how the Vatican should treat

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At a press conference here this morning, two of the Pope's leading

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cardinals revealed the contents of this keenly awaited document.

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It came after much debate and some very public

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Within the Pope's document on the family, the biggest change

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Pope Francis suggests priests seek solutions that are best suited

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He also wants more openness and a greater understanding

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of what the Church terms "irregular situations",

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But there is no change to the church's doctrine,

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nor its views on homosexuality or ban on contraception.

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So does this mean that those who are divorced and civilly

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remarried will now be welcomed back to take Communion?

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Those who want to be included in the life of the church,

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the life of faith in the church, they are welcome.

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The Pope often said let the doors of the church be

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And he says the same to everybody who is in a difficult situation.

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This document, over 250 pages long, is one of the most

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significant to emerge from the Vatican in many years.

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The title, On Love And The Family, is written in the distinctive voice

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of Pope Francis and will set the course for the way

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the Catholic Church deals with family life for many

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We first spoke to this family in 2014.

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They had high hopes this Pope would change the church's

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My first reaction reading it was that, you know,

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it was a little bit frustrating because there isn't a real change.

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In the end, though, this popular Pope has shown himself

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There is no radical reform here, as some had hoped, more a gentle

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signal that all families, however fractured,

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are welcome in his church and the doors are now open.

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

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An American who was being held in Syria has been released

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by President Bashar al-Assad's Government.

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A US citizen had been released, according to the US

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State Department, but no further details were given.

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The Washington Post newspaper identifies the man

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as Kevin Patrick Dawes, a freelance photographer

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who travelled to Syria from Turkey in September 2012.

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Chinese police have arrested a man in connection with a video that

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appears to show a woman being assaulted in a Beijing hotel.

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It's had more than two billion views online.

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Police say they caught the 24-year-old in Henan province.

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The hotel's parent company has apologised for the incident.

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A former Scotland Yard police officer has been arrested in Lebanon

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on suspicion of attempting to seize two children at the centre

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Adam Whittington tried to take the children who were living

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with their father in Beirut to bring them back to their mother,

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It was all filmed by an Australian documentary film crew -

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all involved have been arrested by Lebanese police.

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Our Middle East correspondent Quentin Somerville reports.

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Two children, just five and three years old,

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on their way to school when they're grabbed by strangers

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Their 70-year-old grandmother is knocked to the ground.

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Today, Noah and his sister are back home, and they are safe.

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Their Australian mum and Lebanese- American dad have been fighting

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Wednesday's abduction was part of a plan by their mother Sally

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to get them back to Australia. She is now in a Lebanese jail.

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Their father says the children are traumatised.

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Their first thing is why are Mummy's friends so mean to Grandma?

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That's the first thing they asked me.

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I'm just hoping it all pans out smooth and easy for Sal.

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I can't say so much about all the other people involved in this,

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And the rest of them, it's like, why are you poking

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I mean, the law could have sorted this out.

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Who are you guys? Are you guys law enforcers?

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I need you to do something to help bring my babies home.

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They are very loved and they are very missed.

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This was their mother last year, asking the Australian Government

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When that went unheard, she hired a self-styled child

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Getting the children out of Lebanon without the father's permission

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wouldn't have been easy, so the next part of the plan

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appeared to be to bring them here, to this Beirut marina,

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where a yacht was waiting to take them out of Lebanese jurisdiction

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Eventually, the children would be taken back to Australia.

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The yacht has been seized by the authorities and two British

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men are being held by police, accused of being

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An Australian news crew led by veteran journalist Tara Brown

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They are also being detained and are this evening spending

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The children have been pulled from parent to parent

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Their mother and father's marriage has unravelled, which would have

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been hard enough, but this personal disaster has now taken

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Quentin Somerville, BBC News, Beirut.

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In Myanmar, the new Government says that plans to release all political

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prisoners are to be delayed until after the end

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of the Burmese New Year holiday in ten days' time.

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On Friday, 69 student activists had charges against them dropped

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and almost all of them were set free.

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Many of them had been in prison since March last year when protests

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against education reform ended in violent clashes.

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Yeah, this is the first real success story, if you like,

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They've been in office just over a week.

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Yesterday, we heard from them that they are going to

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prioritise the releasing of political prisoners.

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Today, they have managed to get the most high-profile group

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of political prisoners in this country, these student activists

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Some pretty extraordinary scenes they are today.

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People singing and dancing in the courthouse itself.

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Many of them have been imprisoned for a year,

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with legal proceedings really taking a very long time to take place.

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Miss Suu Kyi will be pleased herself that she is starting to see

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some reward, some result from her new position

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Laura Haigh is Amnesty International's Myanmar researcher.

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We heard there that Ms Su Chi will be pleased. You please? Of course we

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are. We are really welcoming of this release. The students have been in

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detention for over a year. The fact they have been released today, one

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week into a new Government, says a lot about their commitment to ending

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the cycle of political arrest and imprisonment. Unfortunately, some

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people are still behind buyers and it is time to turn our attention to

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them. Of course, but the relief for those students was overwhelming.

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Let's just have a look at that moment. So this is them listening to

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the judge, and it's obvious that after a year in detention, as you

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were saying, the relief is palpable, as we will see in a second. Yes, you

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touched upon this. You hoped to see more. That's right. In the last

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hour, we have heard that some of those who were not released today

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have actually been released, which is wonderful news. What we need to

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see now is those who have already been convicted to be released. There

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are many dozens behind buyers still and this is where our focus must be.

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We must really dismantle this repressive legal framework that has

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allowed these individuals to be arrested and a detained behind

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buyers for so long. You have got this repressive legal framework, how

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do you dismantle something so historic? We have an excellent

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opportunity. In terms of being actually able to reform laws, we can

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see progress because of the Government majority. They have laws

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which restrict free speech and which would prevent people from peacefully

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protest in. It will take time, but we have seen positive moves already

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that they want to prioritise this issue and we will see that a legal

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reform process initiated in the coming weeks. What about the

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military role? I think we have to be realistic. The military still plays

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a very powerful role in the country, in addition to their role in

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Parliament, the actually have oversight of some of the key

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ministries. Particularly the Ministry of home affairs, which

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oversees the police. There is going to have to be some kind of

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relationship uttering the Government and the military. I hope there are

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no spoilers here, it is early days. The new State Councillor's

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relationship with the military, how crucial is that? Absolutely crucial.

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They retain power over these key ministries. They have a veto over

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constitutional changes and have a significant bloc in parliament as

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well. We have seen the military react very strongly to any criticism

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of the military institution by peaceful activists, and that is not

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something... It is something we have to keep our eyes on. But for the

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time being, those students finally going home. Thank you very much for

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joining us. The Tibetan spiritual leader

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the Dalai Lama has said the only way for the world to confront terror

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attacks is through greater contact He was speaking to the BBC

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in the wake of the Brussels attack. He also spoke about the challenges

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faced by the Tibetan movement especially

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with increasing Chinese pressure. The Dalai Lama was talking

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to the BBC's Sanjoy Majumder. I think the violence in any

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religion, we should make more closer contact with people

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with different faiths. One of my commitments is to

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try to promote genuine harmony. For that, genuine harmony

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is the basis of mutual respect. The Chinese government has put a lot

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of pressure on governments around the world to go slow

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on the Tibetan issue. Do you think Britain is now

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placing its business interests ahead of what you believe should

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be its moral obligation? Great Britain is facing some

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economy difficulties. New friends who have a lot

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of money very important, Sometimes our world,

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political power, including military power and economy power,

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sometimes seem more That is the reality. In recent

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months and years, you have spoken a lot about reincarnation. A lot of

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people have reacted. Have you changed your views on reincarnation?

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The whole system... That's gone. Democracy is the system. I myself am

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fully committed to democracy. Therefore, this certain sort of

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system, including religious institution, feudal system, is a

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long time past. We must act according to the new reality.

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Know some breaking news and some information on the leaked Panama

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documents. Panama's presidents have agreed to stage a meeting in the

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next few days with Finance ministers in Paris over these leaks. That is

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one line coming from the Panama Government. And also, Panama is

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saying it will take necessary steps to guarantee effective protection of

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tax information between countries. That is all coming from the Panama

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Government. Movement there to work out following that huge leakage of a

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huge amount of documents from a company that was helping clients

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with tax evasion. So we will keep you updated as and when we get some

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more from that. Saudi Arabia's king has announced

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that a bridge linking his country to Egypt will be built over

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the Red Sea, connecting The King made the announcement

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during his current visit to Cairo. He said the bridge would boost

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commerce between the two allies. TRANSLATION: I have agreed

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with the President of Egypt to build a bridge that connects

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the two countries. This historic move,

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which links the two African and Asian continents,

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is considered to be a quantum leap which will increase trade

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movement between them A new Hollywood movie,

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Eye In The Sky, tells the dramatic story of intelligence officers

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considering whether to target a village to prevent

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a possible terrorist attack. It's filmed in South Africa,

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but set in the Nairobi suburb of Eastleigh, which is nicknamed

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"Little Mogadishu". And it seems not everyone

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there is happy at the international attention, as Ferdinand

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Omondi reports. Imagine going about your daily

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business with an eye in the sky These people don't have to imagine

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it, because Hollywood has made a film about drones hovering

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over their neighbourhood. This mall in Nairobi's Eastleigh

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is home to Eastleigh Wood, a production house making

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films for a Somali audience. These Somali film-makers

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are watching a preview of Eye In The Sky, a

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Hollywood movie set in Eastleigh. In the film, American drone pilots

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plan a strike on terrorists plotting a suicide attack

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in the neighbourhood. Some of the film makers

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wish the movie was made here in Eastleigh,

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rather than South Africa. If we want to tell a story

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about Somalis or Eastleigh, In terms of equality,

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there are many are interested This is the Eye In The Sky view

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of the real Eastleigh here in Kenya. It has a reputation of having very

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enterprising people. It also has a reputation

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of harbouring terrorists - something these residents

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would like to change. Eastleigh Wood is trying

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to tell Somali stories This is a trailer of

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their latest release, Mistaken, We tell our stories because people

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tell the negative side. In this film, we try

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to tell the positive side. But Eastleigh's reputation

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is not entirely false. Over the past few years there have

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been several grenade attacks in the neighbourhood and police

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worry about local links Security experts say Eye In The Sky

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reflects a dangerous reality. It may look fantastical

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or something far-fetched, I think if you live in Yemen,

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if you live in Pakistan and if you live in Somalia,

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that is a reality. It hasn't yet happened

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in Kenya, but who knows? For now, though,

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Eye In The Sky is fiction, and the people here hope

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it remains that way. It was meant to be a romantic

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marriage proposal, but in turned It all happened when a young

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man in California, seen dangling from the end of this

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rope, climbed onto a rocky ledge 27 metres from the ground

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in order to pop the question Unfortunately, the man became

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stranded and had to be Well, the girlfriend did apparently

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say "yes" to the proposal, He was detained on suspicion

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of being under the influence Local police said it

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was a serious matter. Firefighters in Florida have rescued

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a bear cub from a forest fire. The firefighters decided

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to call the little bear Smokey Junior, after an iconic

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American wildfire prevention icon. They say his paws were burned

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and the hair on his head singed. They were fighting a 300 acre

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brushfire in Lake County when they found the cub

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and pulled him to safety. The rest of the fire was contained,

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luckily. There is more as always on our website, where you can get in

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touch with me and the team. For now, as always, thank you very much for

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watching World News Today. Bye-bye. Good evening. The weekend's weather

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brings us a Mitch of sunshine and scattered showers. Turning quite

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windy on Sunday as well. Fairly cool in the breeze full stop some

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sunshine on offer. Right now, this front is crossing west to east

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across the country. Rain for many areas

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