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This is BBC World News Today with me Philippa Thomas.

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Turkey's Prime Minister is stepping down.

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Ahmet Davutoglu has won two elections -

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but fallen foul of the boss - making it clear he's uneasy

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about President Erdogan's project to tighten his grip on power.

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The inferno in Western Canada spreads even further -

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strong winds in Alberta force more communities to evacuate.

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I can feel the heat here. This is insane. You can feel the heat.

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Also coming up - in an exclusive interview with the BBC,

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Brazil's President, Dilma Rousseff, says she'll fight on -

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Music in Palmyra - Russian musicians stage a concert

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in the ruins of the ancient Syrian city to celebrate its recapture

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After being elected with more than 49% of the vote last November,

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Ahmet Davutoglu announced at a news conference today he will not seek

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the leadership again, although it is not his choice to go.

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His resignation follows several public disagreements with Turkey's

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who wants to boost his

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Prime Minister Davutoglu has urged his party not to fall apart,

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but there's something of a sense of crisis in Turkey,

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and of unease among her European neighbours.

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The Prime minister, who dared to cross President Erdogan.

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Ahmet Davutoglu gave an emotional farewell calling a party congress

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TRANSLATION: We thought we would serve you for four

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years but, believe me, it is not my choice

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That was the only hint of the rift with President Erdogan that pushed

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He was uneasy with policies like jailing journalists

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and crucially did not back the key President Erdogan project to change

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the constitution so as to boost the president's powers.

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TRANSLATION: My loyalty to our president will continue

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Nobody has or will hear a single word against our

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Everybody should know that and I would never let people

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A polarised Turkey has reacted, as always, in a divided way.

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While a pro-government paper hailed a new era in the AK party a rare

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opposition headline talked of a coup by the presidential palace.

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I do not know how many crises we have had.

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The prime minister was a good man, I loved him and his

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This man says our great mentor President Erdogan deemed it suitable

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It means he was not happy with the prime minister.

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Whatever our great mentor wants, it will happen.

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President Erdogan has a big support base but Turkey is in crisis,

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renewed conflict with the PKK Kurdish militants, several suicide

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bombs and a clamp-down on human rights and free speech.

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Some Western leaders find it hard to deal with him and

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they will be dismayed at Mr Davutoglu's departure.

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So, as the prime minister leaves, a fiercely ambitious

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The message to Mr Davutoglu's successor, defy me and you will

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And Mark joins me now from the Turkish capital.

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What will happen next question mark a party congress on the 22nd of May

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in which the party will choose a new leader. Some of the names in the

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frame include the current transport minister and the current energy

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minister who is President Erdogan's son-in-law. They will be a more

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obedient and pliant Prime minister than Ahmet Davutoglu. When Ahmet

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Davutoglu was put in place, we thought he would be largely a puppet

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but he turned out to be much more outspoken than we expected and the

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brake on power and also a man with whom the West rather favoured doing

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business with because some find it difficult doing business with

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President Erdogan. Thinking about their relationship with Europe, one

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tweet from a speed issue diplomat said the credibility of Turkey's EU

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rests with the Prime minister if he leaves and all bets are off. Yeah,

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the timing of this has been disastrous for Turkey. Yesterday was

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the day when the Prime minister and politicians should have been making

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political capital from the fact Turkey have scored its biggest

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achievements on its part to European Union accession when they

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recommended Turkey should get these free travel to the EU Schengen zone.

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That is along for aim of Turkey and that was a project spearheaded by

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Ahmet Davutoglu who negotiated with the European Union leaders and

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offered to re-home the migrants and Turkey would get these free travel

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but it was done without the agreement of President Erdogan and

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that was one of the examples of how the men fell out. But when we saw

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the pictures of him in Brussels being embraced and negotiating you

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get a sense this is a man the Europeans liked, he was exchanging

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text messages with Angela Merkel regularly. President Obama in the

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last two weeks was outspoken about President Erdogan saying he has won

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elections but is clamping down on free speech and there are trends in

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Turkey that the United States do not approve of. There was a different

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relationship. There will be mixed feelings in Western capitals. Worth

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underlining President Erdogan does have popular support. He goes and he

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is adorned by a fan base on the whole who feel he has a political

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voice. The headscarf wearing Turks felt ostracised for decades and he

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has expanded the middle-class building schools and hospitals and

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roads and that is why he will still be able to rally the faithful even

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though opinion is divided and deeply polarised.

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Syrian activists say that an airstrike has hit a refugee

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camp in northern Syria, killing or wounding many people.

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One report says that at least thirty people have died

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in the attack on the camp in Idlib province near the Turkish border.

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Pictures purportedly of the aftermath of the attack show

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at least a dozen tents burnt to the ground.

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It's not clear yet who carried out the attack.

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But Syrian government airpower has targeted Idlib in recent weeks

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to try to weaken the rebel hold on the province.

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A state of emergency has been declared in the Canadian

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province of Alberta, as a huge wildfire continues

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The entire city, that's nearly 90,000 people, has been

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evacuated, and now the residents of three nearby towns have also been

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The fire, fed by strong winds and hot, dry weather,

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has already destroyed thousands of buildings.

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Our correspondent James Cook is at a cordon just

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We are not allowed into Fort McMurray because the fire is still

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burning and it is burning along this road, perhaps two or three miles

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along the road we are told it is ablaze on both sides of the road,

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there has been activity in the last couple of hours as firefighters and

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other services continue to tackle this blaze which has caused such

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hardship for the people here. It has spread further out of 40 McMurray, a

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city in a terrible state and it is clear now this crisis is far from

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over. Oh, my God! In the car, a mother, father and child are fleeing

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for their lives. The people of Fort McMurray had minutes to abandon

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their homes and run. This is insane! You can feel the heat. This is

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crazy. Foremost, this was the only road out. A highway hell. Oh, my

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God. This is why. A huge wildfire which was swept into the city by a

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sudden change in the wind. I looked up and it is raining ash and your

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eyes are burning. It is time to pack up and leave. If the wind changes,

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there will be more devastation in Fort McMurray. As the city

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smoulders, the full extent of the damage is not yet known. Fort

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McMurray is sealed off and police say half of it lies in ruins. In

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this darkest of hours, the community is pulling together. Canada is a

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country where we look out for our neighbours and we are therefore each

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other in difficult times and certainly in Fort McMurray the

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difficult times they are going through right now is something we

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will unite around across the country. The fire started in a

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forest outside the city, how is not clear. It is still burning as

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spreading south forcing the evacuation of three more towns. It

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is stressful, you do not know what is burned and not. Or when you can

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go back and you are sitting here and/or UC is red flames. It is

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pretty scary. From space, the damage can be clearly seen. The blaze has

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scarred the landscape. For those fighting, there is some hope today

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it is cooler and the wind has dropped. Too late for Fort McMurray,

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a city of ashes. It's been nearly a week since a six

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storey apartment block collapsed in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi

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but miracle stories of survival Today four people were pulled

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from the rubble alive but up The BBC's Anne Soy

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filed this report. It has been drizzling

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here at the scene of the collapsed building but that has not dampened

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the spirits and the hopes of the rescuers who have

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been working here. They have pulled several people out

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of the debris alive - six days after that

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building collapsed. That has renewed their hopes

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of finding more survivors. Up to now, we are told up to 70

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people have been reported missing and until they comb the entire

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scene, they will not stop. They are working around the clock

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to make sure they find everyone and we were here when we saw three

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people pulled out of the rubble and they were moved right

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in front of us. I saw one man who looked emaciated

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but he was awake and he had been talking to the rescuers

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and there were two women who were moved from the scene

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on stretchers so incredible Earlier in the day,

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the rescuers heard faint voices, a faint voice calling for their help

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and they dug through the debris The paramedics moved in to put

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a drip on this woman who was trapped and after a painstaking process

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that took three hours, They say they did not see any

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visible signs of injury, only that this woman was afraid,

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understandable because she has been under that rubble for six days

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without water or food so very There were two children who weere

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pulled out of the debris, one of them was an infant,

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still wrapped in its blanket without any injuries

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and that is what has really given hope to the rescuers and they say

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they will continue until they are sure that every person

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who is still alive has been removed from the scene and several people

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are moving from nearby buildings, they have big red signs on them

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meaning they have been marked for demolition just

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like the building back collapsed The government had marked it

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for demolition because they say it was not fit for occupation

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but there were people living there so this is a wake-up call

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to the Kenyan society and there are discussions

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going on about what went wrong Now a look at some of

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the days other news. A British registered car -

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driven by suspected people smugglers - has crashed on a motorway

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in northern France whilst Shots were fired and four people

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in the car were seriously injured. The accident happened

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after the vehicle fled a car park over the border in Belgium,

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that's known to be used More than thirty passengers and crew

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on an Etihad Airways flight have been injured by severe unexpected

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turbulence flying into Indonesia. The Indonesian authorities said nine

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people had been taken to hospital, The plane landed safely at Jakarta

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airport about 45 minutes after the incident on Wednesday,

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and is now being inspected. In the latest news

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coming from Brazil - the country's top court has

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suspended the powerful He's facing several

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corruption investigations What's interesting is that Cunha has

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been leading the impeachment drive against the Brazilian President -

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Dilma Rousseff. Ms Rousseff has been defiantly

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fighting the attempts to unseat her. She's accused of illegally

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trying to conceal the size But unusually - in a country mired

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in political corruption - she is not accused of doing anything

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to benefit herself financially. Well, the BBC's Wyre Davis has been

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speaking to Dilma Rousseff - Yes, a real nest of Vipers in

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Brazil. The Brazilian equivalent of the British American TV series house

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of cards with lots of political intrigue and lots and lots of

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corrupt politicians. The woman paying the highest price is doable

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Rusev, she could be walking down the steps behind me having been forced

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to step aside as the Brazilian president while she faces an

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impeachment trial. -- President Rousseff. I asked her what she would

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do if the Senate votes in favour of a full impeachment trial.

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TRANSLATION: We will keep fighting to come back

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into government, if the impeachment request is accepted.

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We will fight to make sure that we will come out victorious.

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We in the government believe, and what my supporters believe,

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is that the ongoing impeachment process is illegitimate and illegal.

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Because it is ultimately based on a lie.

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If we have learned anything in the last six months,

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it is the rampant corruption in the political system

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in the governing party and other parties.

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A lot of people agree with your defence that

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you did not personally benefit from any corruptions.

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But you were chairman of the board at Petra Bass.

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Did you not know what was going on in this corruption scandal?

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TRANSLATION: I do not agree that Brazil is in a different position

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to other countries with regard to corruption.

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It is inherent in corruption processes to conceal themselves

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under similarly corrupt structures and practices.

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These practices have to of course be looked into and investigated.

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There are people in Brazil now, a minority of people,

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talking in favour of a return to a military

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Is it time for you to perhaps remind them and tell them why in your view

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TRANSLATION: I was personally imprisoned.

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I was incarcerated for three years myself.

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Then there was a kind of ritual where you would first be arrested

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and then, in detention, you would be kept out of touch

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And for as long as they thought they still needed you for information,

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You do not have to go through all of the horror we went

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through, all the tragedy we experienced, to learn that

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democracy is the right side of history.

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You can see clearly from the interview that she feels very deeply

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that this is fundamentally unjust but how many of the Brazilian people

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feel that with her, how much backing does she have? It is a good point

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because while she is convinced in the political environment she is on

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the side of right and the charges against her are minor and illegal,

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in the wider public many Brazilians want her to go, not because she has

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done anything illegal or benefited from corruption but because the

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country is in such a mess. The economy is in recession, inflation

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at 10% and unemployment going up. There is a huge corruption scandal

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which has happened underneath her government and the previous workers

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party government so many Brazilians agree with the impeachment process

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and want a change of government but she does not quite get that, she

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says she was elected by 53 million people add whatever trough Brazil

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goes through, she should have the right to remain in power until the

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next elections. Thank you. And for our international viewers,

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you can see Wyre Davies' full exclusive interview

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with the Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff, on BBC

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World News this weekend, on Friday at 1930, Saturday at 0730

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and 1630 and Sunday at 0430 - For more on this developing story -

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go to our website or if you're on the move download

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our smart-phone app. We've set out who could

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potentially replace Dilma Rousseff should

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the impeachment go ahead, Dilma Rousseff should

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the impeachment go ahead. We just want to bring you this

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update on a story we did earlier in the week -

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on the Australian entrepreneur Craig Wright who told

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the BBC he was the inventor There's been lots of discussion

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about his revelation since then. He had also promised

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to present new 'proof' Well, Mr Wright now says

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he won't be able to do that. He says that he 'believed

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he could put years of anonymity and hiding' behind him but that

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'as the events of the week unfolded'...and he 'prepared

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to publish the proof of access to the earliest keys' he says

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he 'broke' and says The self-styled Islamic State group

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is continuing to lose territory in Syria and Iraq,

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but according to the US Defence Secretary Ash Carter

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the fight is "far from over". The US military has recently been

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stepping up its attacks against I.S. targets, and increasingly it's

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electronic and cyber weapons, It's a hi-tech war being fought

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from aircraft carriers like the USS Harry S.

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Truman in the Arabian Gulf, and our But Drew and Chris are different -

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fighting an unconventional war, The fighters drop the bombs,

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they make the explosions. We do the stuff in the background

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that most people don't talk about. This is where they're flying from,

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the USS Harry S Truman. And this is what is

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happening around the clock. looking for targets

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over Iraq and Syria. In less than five months,

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the jets on the carrier have set a record, dropping more than 1,200

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bombs on Islamic State targets. But these bombs are not the only

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weapon they're using. Drew, the pilot, and Chris

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an electronic warfare officer, fly a jet, but it's loaded

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with jammers that can block anything Our cameras followed them

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at the start of a mission. Much of what they do

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is still classified but this is how it works: Before

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and after an attack like this, or what they say was an IS

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headquarters in Mosul, they are able to jam

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all enemy communications. Think of it this way,

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you are sitting in your house and all of a sudden bombs start

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going off all around you. You are scared, you're frantic,

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it is chaotic, now all of a sudden you lose your ability to communicate

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and things start happening in the electronic spectrum

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you don't fully understand. It adds a whole other aspect

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of fear, it degrades their ability to talk about what is going on,

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and to co-ordinate Hopefully by instilling that

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fear, that confusion, It's all part of a new emphasis

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on electronic warfare. As well as from the air,

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US cyber teams on the ground are disrupting IS's ability

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to communicate by computer, We do get the feedback

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from the folks we are supporting. They say, "Hey, you know,

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we knew you were there, there, because we stopped

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getting shot at." or, "We weren't attacked",

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or things like that so it's tough to measure

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but it is absolutely essential. And the proof that this fight is far

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from over is the tempo Even with all this technology

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and military might, two years on, Jonathan Beale, BBC News,

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on board the USS Harry S Truman. Syrian activists say an hour strike

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has hit a refugee camp in northern Syria killing or wounding many. We

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have pictures just in. You can see a lot of destruction, one reporter

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tells us at least 30 people have died in the attack on a camp in

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Idlib province on the Turkish border. They are trying to pull

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people and get the fire is doused. These pictures are showing at least

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a dozen tents or more have been burned to the ground. We are showing

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you pictures that have just reached us, it is not clear who carried out

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the attack but we will keep you up to date. Russian musicians have

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staged a musical concert. A Russian orchestra has

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performed a concert there, broadcast live on Russian

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television, a matter of weeks after Russian troops helped

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to liberate the region. We leave you with these pictures and

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the concert was shown live on Russian television. It is meant to

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mark the recapture of a highly significant city in Syria. Thank you

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for being with us. Today was the warmest day

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of the year so far but temperatures

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