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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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I'm Alpa Patel - here are the headlines:

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A major earthquake in Ecuador has killed more than

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In Japan, two powerful earthquakes leave tens of thousands

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in temporary shelter and without electricity and water.

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A session is under way in Brazil's Congress to decide

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whether to approve impeachment proceedings against

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President Dilma Rousseff - these are live pictures.

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And the story of the farmhouse, the field and the fabulous

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At least 235 people are now known to have died after a 7.8-magnitude

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earthquake that hit Ecuador on Saturday evening.

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The epicentre of the quake was off the northwest

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coast of the country, close to the town of Muisne.

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It was felt as far away as neighbouring Colombia.

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Officials are warning that the number of dead

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could increase over the next few hours and days.

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Here, trapped amid the rubble, a lone child.

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Rescuers fight to free her from the twisted wreckage.

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Then, to applause from the waiting crowd, she is out.

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But for emergency workers, the job isn't done.

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There are others beneath the piles of concrete,

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A supermarket in Quito, more than 100 miles from the quake

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epicentre, shelves and produce shaking and falling.

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Then, the power goes off, shoppers and staff

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The worst of the damage was in the north-west

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of the country, roads destroyed, buildings in ruins,

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rescuers struggling to reach the affected areas.

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This woman's whole family is missing.

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The third floor collapsed on top of us.

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They are all there, my family, my sister, my children.

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My God, may the help arrive, may the rescue arrive.

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Daylight revealed the true scale of the disaster.

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The number of dead and injured continues to rise.

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10,000 troops have now been deployed to help in rescue efforts.

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Amidst the grief, there is fear too, of after-shocks, from this,

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the worst earthquake to hit the country for more than 30 years.

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To southern Japan, where tens of thousands of people

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have spent a third night in temporary shelters

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More than 40 people have died and many more are missing

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Rupert Wingfield Hayes reports from the mountain town of Minamiaso.

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This was the main road into Minamiaso.

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and chunks of the bridge lie smashed at the bottom of the ravine,

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The town itself is a scene of devastation.

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Almost every house is crumpled and broken.

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Up above, there is a constant buzz from the helicopter.

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Today, the US Navy joined the search and rescue effort.

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Further on, the road is blocked again by another massive landslide.

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Several houses have been buried underneath this,

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and at least eight people are still missing.

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Just back down the road here, we ran into a young man

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who was clearly in a very distressed state and didn't want

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But he said that his father's house is somewhere underneath all of this.

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Many, like this farmer, are still waiting for help.

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His cow sheds have completely collapsed, and his cows are trapped.

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Using scraps of wood, he is building a pen

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The cows haven't been milked for two days,

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But the main thing is, I need to get the cows out

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Two days is already the limit for them.

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There are now dozens of search teams here,

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It's hard to see how anyone could survive under all of this.

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Rupert Wingfield Hayes, BBC News, Minamiaso, southern Japan.

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Let's take a look at some other stories now.

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Oil exporting nations have failed to secure an agreement

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The aim of the meeting in Qatar was to strike a deal that

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would limit output in an effort to raise prices.

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But the talks appeared to run into difficulties over

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The country is not in favour of a freeze, and refused

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A video of a leading Philippines presidential candidate

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joking about the rape and murder of an Australian woman

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Rodrigo Duterte is seen in footage making light of the assault

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by prison inmates in 1989 when he was town mayor.

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Critics say this shows him to be "unfit" to be president,

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but supporters say the comments were meant as a joke.

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At least 7,000 people have taken to the streets of Brussels in what's

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been described as a march "against terror and hate".

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The event took place almost a month after suicide bomb attacks

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at the airport and metro station which killed 32 people.

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The victims and their families are leading this peaceful demonstration

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and alongside them, the paramedics and the people who fought to try to

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Many of the people here, you can see, are carrying

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flowers in memory of those who lost their lives.

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We are all together here to say no against all kinds of

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aggressive words and talks and what happened in Brussels,

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what happens everywhere in the world.

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So we protest and we march for peace and freedom of speech.

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there are more than 50 people who are still in hospital,

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And despite the recent arrests, there are still fears

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with links to Europe's vast jihadist network still at large.

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So this is, the organisers say, a march of defiance,

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designed to show unity in a diverse population, and the

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solidarity, as many of them are chanting that the city is determined

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to show, although it is still reeling from the impact of those

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Many people taking part in this demonstration tell us that they

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feel as though the attackers hijacked the religion, and that this

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that true Islam is a religion of peace.

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And here we have a scene of coexistence,

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Today has been a celebration of peace and unity, but Belgian

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politics is still grappling with the fallout.

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Last week, the transport minister resigned over a leaked

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document which highlighted security lapses at the airport and raised

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questions about whether the authorities could have done more to

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A heated session is under way in the lower house

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to decide whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

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She's accused of manipulating the budget finances to hide

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a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014.

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Party leaders are delivering statements ahead of the vote,

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which could trigger a formal trial in the upper house, or Senate.

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Let's just listen in on what's being said:

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TRANSLATION:... An impeachment process in which there would be a

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report without the backing. This report doesn't reflect what we want

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to do with the president of the Republic. This is a report which has

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been approved with some issues, but it doesn't have commitment to

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democracy. It is a report the zillion people need to be aware that

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it is a report that the Brazilian people need to be aware that it does

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not have the correct backing to make the country face a crisis. I want is

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aid to the Brazilian people -- I want to say that this is the

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fragility of the politicians. We are trying to charge President Dilma

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Rousseff and trying to judge a political issue. We will return to

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that story in a moment. Actor and director George Clooney

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has admitted that the amount of money he's raised

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for Hillary Clinton's There were protests on Friday

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outside a Clinton fundraiser, hosted by Mr Clooney and his wife Amal,

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with a price tag of more Speaking to the NBC programme "Meet

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the Press", George Clooney said that Mrs Clinton's rival

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for the Democratic nomination - Bernie Sanders - was right

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to criticise the big-ticket event: Do you look at yourself and think

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that is an obscene amount of money? Yes, it is an obscene

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amount of money. We had some protesters last night

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when we pulled up in San Francisco, They are absolutely right,

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it is an obscene amount of money. When they talk about it,

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the Sanders campaign, it is ridiculous

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that we should have this kind of money in politics.

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I agree completely. I think the Clinton

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campaign has not been The overwhelming amount

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of money that we are raising, and it is a lot,

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but the overwhelming amount of money we are raising is not

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going to Hillary to run for president, it is

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going to the down ticket. It is going to the congressmen

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and senators to try And the reason that is important

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to me is because, I am a Democrat, so if you are a Republican,

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you will disagree, but we need to take the Senate back

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because we need to confirm Because that vote in

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the Supreme Court can overturn Citizens United and get this

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obscene, ridiculous amount of money out so that I never have

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to do a fundraiser again. Let me take you back to the

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Brazilian parliament, where an important vote will be taking place

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in the next few hours on whether to impeach the President Dilma

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Rousseff. Let's listen in to that. TRANSLATION: And if we have to

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perform democratic acts, we have to call new elections and allow the

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people on the streets to vote, to be able to choose the candidate to hold

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office, and not this absurdity of these proceedings. I say that not

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because I am against the vice president. I respect him and I

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respect all my colleagues. But this is not a legitimate process. This

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report is fragile. These charges are fragile to remove the president from

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office. Let me bring in our correspondent, Daniel Gallas, who is

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following events in Sao Paulo. Quite strong words being heard in the

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Brazilian parliament. Any idea when we might have a result? The result

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will probably come out later tonight, maybe in the early hours of

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Monday in London. Each of the 513 MPs will be called out by name and

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they will have a certain amount of time to give their votes, so this is

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likely to drag on for some time. We lost at the voting in a few hours.

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There have been huge protests on the streets and huge division in the

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country over this? Yes, the country has been divided for the whole of

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last year and maybe before that. President Dilma Rousseff only won

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the 2014 election by a tiny margin. Now we are seeing that these

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divisions are coming up again. The divisions are constantly changing,

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because the mood in the country is changing. News is emerging of

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corruption scandals and problems in the government, so people change

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their opinion quite fast. Today, we will see what the MPs really think

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about Dilma Rousseff and whether she is guilty of the things she is

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accused of. Any idea on whether the president will survive this vote?

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She does, that does not mean the crisis is over because she will

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still have lost a lot of support from many in Congress. She only

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needs 171 congressmen to support her to stay in government. But that is

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not enough to rule Brazil. On the other hand, if she loses and

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eventually someone else comes in, that person would not have enough

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votes either, because no coalition has been formed. So the political

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crisis is not likely to go away after the impeachment is over, or

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the impeachment process, whether she wins or not. Thank you very much.

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There is plenty more coverage of the debate in the Brazilian Congress on

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our website, including a live page with the latest developments both in

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the chamber and out on the streets among rival protesters. Or you can

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download the BBC News at ten. -- the BBC News app.

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Stay with us on BBC News, still to come: How silence speaks

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silence speaks volumes - we take a trip round a new museum

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dedicated to the life and work of film star Charlie Chaplin.

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An inbound flight to London's Heathrow Airport with 132

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passengers on board is believed to have been hit by a drone this

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afternoon, according to the Metropolitan Police.

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A pilot reported to police that his British Airways flight had

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Our correspondent Simon Jones gave more details of the incident.

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This was a British Airways plane, an Airbus A320.

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As well as the passengers on board, there were five crew members

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and at around 12:50pm, as the flight was coming

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into Heathrow Terminal 5, the pilot reported that the front

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of the plane had been hit by what he thought was a drone.

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They managed to land successfully, the flight was coming

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in from Geneva and once it was on the ground

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it was examined by engineers and they cleared it to continue

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flying later in the day, but the police have

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British Airways tell us that the safety of passengers

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is their number one priority and they will cooperate fully

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No arrests have been made at this stage.

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The latest headlines: A major earthquake in Ecuador is now known

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Nearly a quarter of a million people have been told to leave their homes

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in southern Japan due to worries about further earthquakes.

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One of the largest Roman villas ever discovered has been

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unearthed by chance - by the owner of a farmhouse

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Archaeologists say the villa is extraordinarily

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well-preserved and the find is unparalleled in recent years.

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Building projects don't always go to plan,

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but they rarely result in a discovery like this.

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An untouched mosaic, a find that led to further

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excavations to reveal what could be one of

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Roman villas in Britain, only found because the owner

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of the farmhouse was carrying out some work so that his children

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could play table tennis in an old barn.

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While the builders were there, I said, "Would you put

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So they dig a trench and they're going across and suddenly

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there is a cry, "Oh, my God! We've found something."

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What has been revealed is this mosaic floor,

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which they call a guilloche, like a basket weave.

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This is what the villa might have looked like.

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It would have been occupied by a wealthy family

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The find is being described as unparalleled in recent years.

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The villa has not been touched since its collapse 1400 years ago.

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The villa has not been touched since its collapse 1,400 years ago.

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Absolute million to one chance of just finding

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Just to have a member of the public come and say, "I have found this

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mosaic" and for it to be such a high-quality, wonderful,

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top-notch, fourth century piece of workmanship is really rare.

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Also discovered, a whole range of artefacts including coins,

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oyster shells and a child's coffin, which had been used

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Experts say this site has incredible potential to shed light on how

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Another twist in the English Premier League.

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The English Premier League leaders Leicester City somehow managed

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to rescue a point in a thrilling 2-2 draw with West Ham.

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Needing three more league wins to seal an historic top flight

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title, Leicester had gone 1-0 up before West Ham took

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Incredibly, Leicester scored an injury time equaliser

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They're eight points clear of Tottenham, who play on Monday.

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It was our performance which was fantastic.

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I am happy when there is a performance

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Fourth place Arsenal drew 1-1 at home to Crystal Palace.

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The Gunners took the lead at the end of the first half

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through Alexis Sanchez before Yannick Bollasie scored Palace's

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equaliser with their first shot on target in the game.

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The La Liga title race is on the verge of being thrown wide

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open, with reigning champions Barcelona trailing

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Valencia 2-1 at home, for what would be their third

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Barca were knocked out of the Champions League on Wednesday

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by Atletico Madrid, whose 3-0 win over Granada saw them go level

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Lionel Messi scored the consolation, his 500th career goal.

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Lewis Hamilton came from last place to claim seventh

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but it wasn't enough to close the gap on Nico Rosberg,

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who won his third race of the season with ease and his sixth in a row

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Our Formula 1 reporter Tom Clarkson was watching.

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It was a thrilling Chinese Grand Prix here at the Shanghai

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International circuit. It was the predicted result in the end, with

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Nico Rosberg taking his third straight victory of the season. But

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behind him, all hell broke loose, Lewis Hamilton coming from the back

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of the grid, only made as far as seventh because for the second

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consecutive race, a had his car damaged at first corner and had to

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make four pit stops on his way to finishing seventh. Ahead of him,

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Sebastian Vettel also made contact with his team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen.

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He had to battle through the field to make it to second place. It was

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the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo who made the. So unexciting Grand

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Prix. After all the questions in Formula 1 of recent weeks, what we

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learned today in Shanghai is that there is nothing wrong with the on

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track action. Rafael Nadal has won a record ninth

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Monte Carlo Masters title, after beating Gael Monfils

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in three sets. The 7-5, 5-7, 6-0 win marked

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the first Masters title in nearly two years for the Spaniard and it

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came in his 100th career ATP final. The slapstick silent films

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of Charlie Chaplin have delighted Now a new museum dedicated

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to his life and work is opening in his former

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home in Switzerland. Our correspondent,

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Imogen Foulkes, reports. No one is likely to forget

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Charlie Chaplin, the man But just in case memories do need

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jogging, there is a new museum For Chaplin family members,

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it's the perfect tribute they loved and to the home

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where they spent It was really a beautiful,

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privileged childhood. Such a big estate, with a beautiful

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park and forest you could get lost in.

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For a child, that was extraordinary. The museum is designed

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to immerse visitors They can walk down his

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childhood street in London, and even participate in key

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moments from his films. The exhibits include

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Chaplin's own detailed notes But his films were about much more

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than slapstick humour. His subjects - poverty, hunger

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or oppression - Take, for example,

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the speech at the end The misery that is now

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upon us is but the The bitterness of men who fear the

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way of human progress. Everything that is said

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in there applies very much to In this world, where you see

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people who are being displaced and, you know,

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fleeing war, nothing has changed Charlie Chaplin once said a day

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without laughter is a day wasted. But his real genius, the reason

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he is still loved today, is because he reminds us of our

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humanity as well as making us laugh. Let me take you back to the

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Brazilian parliament before we go, where a session is under way to

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decide whether to approve impeachment proceedings against

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President Dilma Rousseff. Politicians have already clashed in

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the chamber over Ms Rousseff's supporters. They were shouting at

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each other slogans and accusing the opposition of mounting a coup. It

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has also provoked protests across the country. The president has been

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accused of tampering with the government's accounts for political

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gain. Millions watching these proceedings across the country. If

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you want to get in touch with me, you can.

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From me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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After a wintry start of the week and for most of us, things improved with

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some spring sunshine around today. Although there was dampness across

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the west of Scotland, that was courtesy of a weather front which

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