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This is airport BBC World News Today, broadcasting

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I'm Alpa Patel - here are the headlines:

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Iraqi protestors start to withdraw from the Green Zone in Baghdad.

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Police in Turkey raid the home of an Islamic State militant -

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after a suicide bombing kills two policemen.

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Leicester City draw with Manchester United as they try to win

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And Barack Obama plays for laughs at his final White House

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IN ENGLISH: Brussels is back in business, welcome to Brussels

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airport. Even have beening looking ahead anticipating my departure.

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Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bath robe!

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That was a slap in the face! Thousands of Iraqi protesters,

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who stormed the Parliament building in Baghdad and then set up camp

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outside say they are now withdrawing The activists say they will continue

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their campaign against official corruption.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi toured the area.

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He told security forces to arrest those suspected of ransacking

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the parliament and assaulting MPs on Saturday.

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Here's our correspondent in Baghdad, Ahmed Maher.

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The protests gave the politicians another chance to vote on the

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cabinet reshuffle. Otherwise they threatened to top it will president,

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the president of the republic and the speaker of Parliament and they

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threatened to stage civil disobedience and strike. So what we

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witnessed in Baghdad over the past few days is unprecedented.

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Especially the moment when the protesters smashed the blast walls

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of Parliament and entered in their thousands into the main hall of the

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Parliament. They're fed up as they say with the politician and MPs and

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they're not just after change of faces or new ministers. They need to

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feel real improvement in their lives at the economic and political level.

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They say since 2003 they haven't felt any real change in their lives.

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Now it is high time they did this change with their own hands.

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Elsewhere in Iraq, 28 people have been killed

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after a twin suicide bombing - in the the southern city of Samawa.

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35 people were injured after two car bombs.

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One blast was at a provincial government building,

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A further attempt is under way to rescue the ceasefire in Syria.

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The US State Department says the priority is to stop

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the bloodshed in the country's largest city, Aleppo.

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Russia says talks will now attempt to establish

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The comments indicate a shift in Russia's position.

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In Kenya, at least 16 people are now known to have died

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when a residential building collapsed on Friday during heavy

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Efforts to search through the ruins are continuing.

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The authorities are not using an excavator,

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because they are worried about injuring survivors under the rubble.

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Dozens of people are still unaccounted for.

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In Turkey, a suicide car bombing there has killed two policemen

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in the city of Gaziantep, near the Syrian border.

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The attack, thought to have been carried out by a militant

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from the so-called Islamic State, is the latest in a series

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A Kurdish militant group claimed responsibility for another suicide

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The moment a quiet Sunday in the southern Turkish city

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of Gaziantep is pierced - an explosion so powerful it breaks

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The target - the police headquarters of the city.

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It's now believed that the car bomb was the work of a so-called

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His family home has been raided and his father detained to carry

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Police and civilians are among those injured and the scene

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Gaziantep is a large Turkish city on the border with Syria and largely

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because of its proximity is known to contain IS cells.

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Now this is the latest in a growing frequency of attacks in this NATO

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There have been also been suicide attacks in Istanbul

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Some of these have been linked to Kurdish militants of the PKK,

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some to an offshoot and others to Islamic State.

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Turkey is facing several security threats from many angles

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as the conflict with the PKK continues in the south-east

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and IS attacks become more frequent, anxiety turns into a constant

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Let's turn now to football and the remarkable story

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of Leicester City, who will have to wait another day

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to find out if they are to become Premier League Champions.

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They drew with Manchester United to inch closer to the title.

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If they do indeed go on to win the League -

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it will be their first in their 132 year history.

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Could this be the day that their dreams came true?

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Leicester City so close to pulling off one of game's

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And the players who have taken their side this far looked

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relaxed as they arrived knowing that this could be the biggest

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It was an anxious start for Leicester City supporters

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as Manchester United took an early lead, but then the equaliser.

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Jubilation where the fans what had gathered, including this shopping

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centre in Bangkok, where the Thai-owned team

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is earning more and more fans after this season's success.

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Final result 1-all - the draw not enough to clinch

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the title, but the manager was pleased with the performance.

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First after all we didn't come here to win the title.

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We come here to make our performance, because we knew

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For Leicester fans, confidence that this is just

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delaying the inevitable - that they will be celebrating soon.

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Disappointed we didn't win, thought we should have had a penalty,

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but at the end of the day we got a point and Tottenham have got

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to win their last three now so I think it's game over

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If Chelsea win or draw we have won it, so yeah it is exciting.

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One point closer to the dream and it could be theirs tomorrow

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if second-placed Tottenham fail to beat Chelsea.

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Well, the club is owned by a Thai billionare.

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Our correspondent, Jonathan Head, joined fans watching

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Well, I'm at the headquarters of King Power.

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It's not a company many people had heard of before.

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It's the duty free monopoly here in Thailand.

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They bought Leicester City six years ago, when it was out

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of the Premier League, little known in this country,

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and suddenly they are on the brink of this extraordinary

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At this headquarters, where you will see the tables here,

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they have been filled with people - they have all just left now.

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They have been brought in by the company, this new

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Two or three years ago there was scarcely a Leicester fan

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The company's laid on dinner, free beer, this massive screen behind me,

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and we have had this nail-biting match today, with people

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cheering and shouting, on the edge of their seats

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as they watched a match that could have put them to the top

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Because it's a draw, although they are still very close,

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they, it is very likely they will win but they still have

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to wait to see how their nearest rivals Tottenham Hotspur do

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in tomorrow's match, so they are not there yet.

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There is something of a sense of disbelief here in Thailand,

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that a Thai-owned club, that has never won anything before,

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really still is on the brink of winning the English Premiership,

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a Premiership for which millions of Thais have an enormous passion.

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They really are football mad in this country.

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May Day commemorations have been taking place across the world,

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as a mark of solidarity with workers and labourers.

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This is Paris, where clashes broke out between demonstrators and police

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The trade unions are protesting against tough new labour

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laws due to be debated in parliament on Tuesday.

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Police responded with tear gas when some youngsters

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began throwing missiles, bringing the march to a standstill.

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France has seen two months of unrest over the reforms.

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Well this was the scene in Russia, where thousands of people

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from labour unions took part in a march on Moscow's Red Square.

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The demonstration called for more jobs and better wages

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And this is Rome - where the Italian President marked

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the day, by laying a wreath in honour of all workers

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Last year there was a rise in the number of people killed

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At a May Day rally here in London, the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn,

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has insisted his party is "united" in opposing anti-Semitism,

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following the suspension of his close ally Ken Livingstone

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and the MP Naz Shah earlier in the week.

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Supporters have rallied to Mr Corbyn's defence

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over his handling of the row, with union leader Len McCluskey

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saying it had been whipped up by the right of the Labour

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Here's our political correspondent Carole Walker.

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A barrage of further questions for Jeremy Corbyn.

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Criticism of his handling of this row shows no sign of relenting,

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despite his pledge to tackle the problem with an inquiry

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We stand absolutely against anti-Semitism in any form.

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We stand absolutely against racism in any form.

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We stand united as a labour movement.

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At today's rally, he was surrounded by friends and supporters.

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People are choosing to be offended in order to dislodge Jeremy Corbyn.

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It seems to me that the right of the Labour Party

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I don't think it should affect Jeremy Corbyn.

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I don't think it will affect Jeremy Corbyn, and I would be

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delighted to say I will be supporting Jeremy Corbyn.

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Jeremy Corbyn has insisted he has always opposed racism in all forms

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but this row has now led to new questions about his

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leadership, just days from elections, which will be seen

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which will be seen as a critical test.

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Labour's candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, told a Sunday newspaper

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And a former Labour minister said the whole crisis

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If action had been taken earlier, we could have nipped

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this problem in the bud, but it hasn't been gripped.

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I hope it is now finally been gripped after the Livingstone fiasco

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this week, but it will be judged on what we do.

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But the Unite union leader Len McCluskey accused some Labour

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MPs of aiding and abetting the Tories and right-wing press

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This is nothing more than a cynical attempt to manipulate

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anti-Semitism for political aims, because this is all about

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constantly challenging Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

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You don't need any more pictures of me.

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Ken Livingstone has refused to back down from his claim

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that Hitler supported Zionism before the Holocaust,

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despite being suspended from his party.

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Israel's new ambassador said some within the Labour Party

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it's about demonising the Jewish state.

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The comments we've heard over the last two or three weeks

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that were made public, it's got nothing to do

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with criticising this or that particular Israeli policy.

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The pressure on Jeremy Corbyn is far from over, with Labour braced

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for significant losses at this week's elections.

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Are you going to go to Israel, Mr Corbyn?

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Stay with us on BBC News - still to come.

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Junhui bids to become the first Asian snooker player to win the

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world title. Nothing was too big to withstand the

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tornado. There have been protests. Sweden said it received no warning

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of the accident and the Russians at first denied anything had gone

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wrong. Only when radioactivity levels began to increase outside

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Russia were they forced to admit the accident. . This is the end of a 12

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year war for the rebels. It was 7 o'clock on the day that power began

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to pass from the minority to the majority and Africa reclaimed its

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last white colony. This is BBC World News Today.

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The latest headlines: Anti-corruption demonstrators

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in Iraq have pulled back from the parliament in Baghdad, but

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say they will resume protests later. Police in Turkey have raided

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the home of an Islamic State militant suspected of carrying

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out a suicide bombing The Venezuelan President,

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Nicolas Maduro, has ordered a thirty per cent increase

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in the minimum wage. It comes as the economy struggles

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with soaring inflation. Well from Sunday people will also

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see the clocks move forward by half an hour, it's

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all in the name of saving power. It's a country that's

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at a stand-still. Crippled by an energy

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and economic crisis. Now, more measures have been

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introduced by Venezualan Government TRANSLATION: I will decree today

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an increase in the minimum wage, pensions, public service

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and military salaries of 30% The clocks have also been moved

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forward by half an hour in a bid to help deal

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with a shortage in electricity. TRANSLATION: We are not people

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who are used to saving energy, we are not Columbia or Peru,

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where there is not a lot of energy It is difficult here and I don't

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think this is going to work. The government blames

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a severe drought generated by the El Nino weather phenomenon

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which is affecting The water levels at this dam

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which serves two thirds of Venuzuela's national power

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needs are extremely low. But critics claim it is just another

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excuse from a government which has already ordered rolling blackouts

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and reduced the working week for public sector

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workers to two days. The country is living

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through its worst economic crisis in history -

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fuelled by a drop in global oil prices, a source

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of income it is dependent on. Shortages of basic goods have

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affected the day-to-day life of Venezualans and unrest has spread

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throughout the country. The opposition has sworn to drive

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Mr Maduro from office and has begun gathering the signatures need

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to remove him from the presidency. More uncertainty in

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a country already dealing The departure hall at Brussels

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airport has re-opened, six weeks after suicide bombings

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there killed 16 people. Passengers for selected flights

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will be using the repaired facility, and there will be more than 100

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check-in desks working. The Belgian Prime Minister,

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Charles Michel, declared the airport TRANSLATION: For the rest of us this

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is and will remain an measurable But in the face of this atrocity,

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this barbarism, our population chose as one from the first minute to make

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an immense movement of come passion generosity, solidarity

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and action, choosing Today, the airport of our

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capital is relaunched. IN ENGLISH: Brussels is back

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in business, welcome Louis Van Gaal's Manchester United

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postponed the Leicester City title party, holding the leaders to a 1-1

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draw at Old Trafford. The result means Claudio Ranieri's

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men could be named Premier League Champions if Spurs

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fail to beat Chelsea Captain Wes Morgan equalised

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for 10-man City, who had Danny Drinkwater sent off

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in the second-half. French forward Anthony Martial had

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given United the lead in the eighth minute with his ninth goal

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of the season. I'm very satisfied, but look I'm

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always satisfied when I see my players play as well today. After

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the result is a consequence. I want they... Show that their character,

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their heart, their soul and after you can accept the result.

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In Sunday's other matches, Senagal forward Sadio Mane scored

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a hat trick, as Southampton beat Manchester City 4-2.

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City could have moved up to third with a win,

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but their boss, Manuel Pellegrini, also chose to rest several

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first team players ahead of their Champions League

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semifinal second leg with Real Madrid this week.

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The move may backfire, with City's hopes of qualifying

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for the Champions League via the Premier League,

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Liverpool were comfortably beaten by Swansea, as the Reds made several

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changes ahead of their Europa League semifinal second leg on Thursday.

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Winning the competition serves as their only chance of qualifying

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The win means Swansea are now safe from relegation -

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their Ghanaian forward Andre Ayew was the star man,

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Germany's Nico Rosberg led the Russian Grand Prix from start

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to finish to become just the fourth man to win seven straight

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His fourth victory of this season, means he extends his

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Championship lead over Lewis Hamilton to 43 points.

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It has been an awesome weekend. The car's been fantastic in qualifying

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and race today, it felt very special out there. So very happy, thanks to

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everybody. China's Ding Junhui is fighting back

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in the final of the World Snooker He was 6-0 down to world number one

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Mark Selby at one stage in the earlier session -

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Selby looking in great form But Ding's had by far the better

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of it since they resumed two hours ago, and got a century

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of his own to make it 7-4. Then this stunning long red set him

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up for a fifth frame of the match - he trails by just two now,

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in this first to 18 contest. Frenchman Thomas Voeckler take this

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year's Tour De Yorkshire title. The Direct Energie rider won

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today's final stage - the 198-kilometre ride

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from Middlesbrough to Scarborough. He beat Ireland's Nicolas Roach

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in a sprint finish to take Britain's Adam Yates

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was fourth overall for Orica. Last year I was really surprised by

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how popular I was in Yorkshire. And I realised that people over there

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like offensive rider. Today, I managed to give a little pleasure to

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the crowd and I'm very happy also for this. That is all the sport for

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now. Back to you. Thank you very much.

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The White House Correspondents' dinner is an annual star-studded

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President Obama used the occasion - his last before vacating

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the Oval Office - to poke fun at himself,

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his Republican opponents and his critics.

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He even cracked a joke about Prince George as our

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Washington Correspondent Laura Bicker reports.

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This is when Hollywood and political players get to rub

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The entertainer in chief, Barack Obama, has left a legacy of

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laughs, but this is the last of his presidency.

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He couldn't help but reflect on who will replace him,

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hinting it might be Hillary Clinton...

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Next year this time someone else will be standing

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here in this very spot, and it is anyone's guess

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As for the Republican frontrunner,

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Donald Trump wasn't there, but he wasn't off the hook.

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You see, Donald lacks the foreign policy experience

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to be president, but in fairness he has spent years meeting

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with leaders from around the world, Miss Sweden,

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But his material wasn't all focused on others.

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He noted that the presidency has taken its toll.

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The only way you can date her in photos

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Here we are a few years later, and this one's from two weeks ago...

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And his visit to the UK also got a mention.

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Last week, Prince George showed up to our meeting in his bathrobe.

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As his time in office wains, Mr Obama told the

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audience he dreams of being a couch commander.

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Whatever he does and whatever their differences, the

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President's comedy will be missed by many in the White House press corps.

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And with that I just have two more words to say, Obama out.

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A freight train has derailed in Washington DC spilling hazardous

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Officials say that as many as ten wagons

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came off the tracks, near the Rhode Island

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An eyewitness described hearing a noise like a heavy goods truck,

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Emergency crews are trying to contain a leak of

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sodium hydroxide, a chemical used to make products including

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There have been no reports of injuries.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have released

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new photographs of their daughter for a special celebration.

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Princess Charlotte will be turning one on Monday.

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The pictures were snapped by her mother at

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The princess's privacy has been carefully guarded

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She's only been seen in public on one other occasion -

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From me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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It was a roller costar ride the final week of April. We had

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everything bar the kitchen sink thrown at us. It was cold, there was

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snow, hail, thunder and widespread frosts. Gardeners were not

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