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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Canadian officials say a huge wildfire which has been burning

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for a week is moving much more slowly now.

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The fire is expected to be the most expensive natural disaster

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Those affected continue to tell their stories.

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I don't consider myself a hero. But I've met more heroes in this

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experience than I'd ever thought existed.

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Protesters in front of the Greek parliament have clashed with police

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just hours before MPs vote on a controversial austerity bill.

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Two buses and an oil tanker have collided in Afghanistan,

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And, as he opens his Games for disabled veterans,

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Britain's Prince Harry speaks out about privacy.

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That line between public and private life is almost nonexistent any more

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and we will continue to do our best to ensure that there is a line.

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A huge wildfire in western Canada is raging for a seventh day.

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The Alberta Premier says it is now moving more slowly. Officials have

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completed the transport of residents from Fort McMurray with 80,000

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leaving the city. The Premier said the blaze is quite a bit smaller

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than was feared when officials expected it to double in size. Many

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evacuees are now in emergency shelters in Edmonton. Laura Bicker

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has the latest. Here we are on day

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seven of this wildfire. Instead of being contained,

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it is continuing to Here we are just on the border

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of Fort McMurray. There is a bit of good news,

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nature is playing a part and lending a hand as temperatures have cooled

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and there is a little bit of rain but it is not enough to perhaps stop

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this fire reaching After the panic and the fear,

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there is quiet in Fort McMurray, They are still fighting

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to save what they can, but this fire is growing,

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and it's taking its toll But I've met more heroes in this

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experience than I've Strong winds are fanning the flames

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towards the neighbouring And officials believe this wildfire

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could burn for months. In no way is this

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fire under control. At this point we have

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approximately 500 firefighters, 15 helicopters, 80 Rangers,

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12 pieces of heavy equipment and 14 air tankers at work

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on the Fort McMurray wildfire. Canadians work together in the face

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of a disaster like this. This is as far along

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the road to Fort McMurray They are constantly reassessing

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because a strong wind is fanning the flames away

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from heavily populated areas. The temperature has already dropped

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and it's started to rain a little, The bad news is, it's simply not

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enough if they are to put This was one of the last

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convoys to leave the city. They are safe, but Canada will be

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looking at the cost Insurance bills alone could be

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billions of dollars, and how and when will they ever get

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the chance to rebuild? You might be able to hear

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the wind blowing now, it is a strong north-westerly wind

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and it is that wind that is fanning the flames towards the neighbouring

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province of Saskatchewan. When it comes to what to do

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with the 80,000 people who have had to abandon nearby Fort McMurray,

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the Alberta government says They say its first priority right

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now is to fight the fire but once that is done they will have

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to try to figure out what to do with an entire city

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that is now displaced. I spent yesterday in a number

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of evacuation centres and many of these people

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have left with nothing. The other problem for the Alberta

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government and for Canada is Insurance losses alone are estimated

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at around 9 billion Canadian dollars and it is thought that when it comes

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to oil production, this is one of the country's chief

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oil production areas, a number of oil production companies

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have had to shut down, However, as you can tell,

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the weather is beginning to play its part and

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the firefighters say that hopefully the bulk of the wildfire is now

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moving away from populated towns and cities but still

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it is going to take some time, they say it could burn for months

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before it is fully put out. We can speak now to Wally Covington

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who is a forest ecology professor Thank you for being with us. Laura

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was talking about the weather conditions, what do you think is the

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main cause behind the fire? Fire and the ones we have seen lately are

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most likely tied to the kind of global climate change we are seeing.

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With that we are seeing longer fire seasons, greater fuel Ikeme elation

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as temperatures increase and carbon dioxide in the press and increase

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and both of these interact to produce more fuel with a longer

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season and we also see greater wind speed when the fires occur. These

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are conditions which are set up for large fires like what we are seeing

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in Fort McMurray. The ferocity of the fire seems to have caught a lot

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of people out. What can the authorities do to prevent fires like

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this? Unfortunately there is not much you can do when it has started,

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you have to get ahead of it. This is a global problem with fires like

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this. We have to go in and break up these large landscape scale fires,

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putting in fuel breaks that are several kilometres wide, two and

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three kilometres, perpendicular to the direction the wind blow and this

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can limit the size of the fires. It becomes particularly important in

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areas of human habitation. We need to start on that. We have 30 or 40

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years to get ahead of this and if we don't do that, in 50 years from now,

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fires like the one at Fort McMurray will be the norm. Thank for your

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thoughts. At least 73 people are now known

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to have been killed in a road Two buses and a fuel tanker

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collided on the main highway linking the capital Kabul,

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to the city of Kandahar Another 52 people have been injured

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and are being treated at hospitals Two buses and an oil tanker

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have burst into flames Dozens died and scores

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were badly injured. It happened on the road

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between Kabul and Kandahar on a stretch where drivers often

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speed up to avoid attacks TRANSLATION: I was in the bus

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travelling when suddenly another bus Right after the accident,

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a fuel tanker which was driving on the road arrived and crashed

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with our bus. Ambulances carried the injured

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to local hospitals as residents helped firefighters

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with the rescue effort. Road accidents are common

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in Afghanistan but this was horrific TRANSLATION: We have admitted 24

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wounded so far, four children Most of them suffered burns

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injuries. We will transport them to hospitals

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in the capital so they can Victims of a crash which has

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taken so many lives. That gets some other news now. --

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lets get. A standoff is continuing in a Syrian

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prison between security forces and hundreds of prisoners,

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demanding the release of political Government forces have surrounded

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the jail in Hama since failing State media in China say that 41

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people are now believed to be missing after a landslide engulfed

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a dormitory housing Rescue workers have pulled nine

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people from a vast pile of rocks and mud that swept down

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the hillside, reaching as high as the building's

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corrugated iron roof. One of the world's busiest

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and most famous roads, the Champs Elysees in Paris,

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was closed to cars this Sunday. The usually noisy street is part

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of an experiment to tackle pollution The initiative will be repeated one

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Sunday every month and allows tourists and shoppers to roam freely

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along the boulevard. The North Korean leader Kim Jong-un

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has told a gathering of the political and military elite

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that the country1s nuclear weapons He was addressing a rare meeting

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of the Workers Party Congress, an event that hasn1t been held

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for 36 years and which he is thought to be using to consolidate

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his hold on power. From Pyongyang, here1s our

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correspondent, John Sudworth. This is the North Korea on display

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to foreign journalists. The reality, in a country

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with chronic food shortages, And so, too, with the Workers'

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Party congress, an event in which propaganda

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is the primary purpose. For domestic audiences,

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it's a show of strength. For the outside world,

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though, a different message. "We won't use our nuclear weapons

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unless we are attacked first", the supreme leader, Kim Jong-un,

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told the delegates. Outside the congress,

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the media bandwagon We are taken to this show home,

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a picture of comfort far removed And to a model factory,

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a symbol of industrial self-sufficiency at odds

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with the antiquated Of course, North Koreans know

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the reality, so they are Some countries have nuclear weapons

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and they threaten us. So we must have nuclear

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weapons and develop it North Korea has long been a master

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of nuclear brinkmanship. The leadership openly says it has

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learnt the lessons of other rogue For the end of this party congress,

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in the city behind me, we have heard the sound of thousands

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of people preparing to celebrate what is seen as the defining

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victory, the simple fact of regime survival, underwritten

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by a nuclear weapons programme. As those preparations continue

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tonight, there are reports that North Korea's fifth nuclear

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test may be imminent. John Sudworth, BBC News,

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Pyongyang. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come... Ahead of the opening

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of the Invictus Games in Florida, Prince Harry speaks frankly

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about his public and private life. Canadian officials say a huge

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wildfire which has been burning for a week is approaching

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a neighbouring province. Protesters in front of the Greek

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parliament have clashed with police just hours before MPs vote

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on a controversial austerity bill. There have been lively scenes in

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Greece. Protesters in front of the Greek

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parliament have clashed with police just hours before MPs vote

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on a controversial austerity bill. This is the scene live

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in parliament, where measures being debated include a series

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of unpopular reforms If the measures are approved,

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some pension payouts would be reduced, contributions would go up,

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and taxes would rise for those The austerity measures have been

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demanded by the European Union Our reporter Yogita Limaye

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is in Athens for us now Very violent scenes outside the

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parliament, the protesters saying this is the final nail in the coffin

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for pensioners and others. Do they have an argument? It is actually

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that Parliament dubbing behind me where the debate is going on and in

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the street in front of that, we have seen thousands of people gathering

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and shouting slogans. There were some tear gas shells fired and

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disruption and people dispersed but the crowd came back quite quickly

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afterwards and the protests continued. People now seem to have

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gone home. In the next hour we expect that vote to happen. Labour

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unions are saying this is the final nail in the coffin for workers and

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pensioners but the government is clear that unless they are able to

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implement these measures, they will not be able to get the money they

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need from the bailout package they agreed to with the Eurozone last

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year. An emergency meeting is being held on Monday but it seems not

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everybody agrees on how to deal with this Greek crisis. That's right, and

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what the Greek government is hoping for is that, if they are able to

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pass these laws today, tomorrow when they go to the meeting they will be

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able to say that we are implementing some of the conditions that were

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laid out for the bailout to be given and they are hoping this will

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acyclic unblock the stalled review of the financial progress of the

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country. That is one step in the direction of getting more money.

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That's essentially unblock. What happens if they don't get the latest

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bailout from its creditors? It could be a similar situation to what we

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had last year. There are some major payment that the country has to make

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coming up in July and they don't have the money to pay it so if they

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don't get this cash from the Eurozone they will default on those

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payments and the government could go bankrupt and that is why they are

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trying to do this today. Thank you very much.

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Leading figures from British television and film have given

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a strong defence of the BBC at the BAFTA TV awards this evening.

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The UK government is due to publish its plans for the BBC's

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One director said it was important the corporation was protected

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against interference and budget cuts.

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I think most people would agree that the BBC's main job

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is to speak truth to power, to report to the British public,

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without fear or favour, no matter how unpalatable that might

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It's a public broadcaster independent of government.

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In many ways, our broadcasting, the BBC and Channel 4,

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which they are also attempting to eviscerate, is the envy

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of the world, and we should stand up and fight for it,

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Prince Harry is in Florida for the opening of the Invictus Games,

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a tournament for injured service personnel and veterans.

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The Games are now in their second year.

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And in an interview to the BBC, the Prince said he feels it's

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important to use his position to raise the profile of such causes.

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But he also criticised what he describes as "incessant"

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A very Disney welcome for competitors at the Invictus Games.

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An event for injured or sick members of armed forces from Britain

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It is all the vision of Prince Harry, who has been

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spending time with athletes, as they prepare for competition.

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He created the first games in 2014, after wanting to do

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something for those he served with in his own time in the Army.

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Josh from Salisbury has hopes of a gold medal.

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He lost both legs and an arm after stepping on an explosive

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In London in 2014, we thought it was just going to be a big sports

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day and the public would just feel sorry for injured soldiers and,

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I will give you a big hug or something.

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But the level of competitiveness was great, and you come to a place

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We all know the Americans like to put on a show, don't they?

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Well, as happy an event as this is, the reminders of the costs of war

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are all around, and Invictus isn't just about veterans with physical

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injuries, but those with psychological trauma as well.

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American Tino suffered PTSD after several tours in Iraq.

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It is clear what he feels Prince Harry has done for him.

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It gives me the drive, gives me ambition to still accomplish things,

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But Prince Harry himself says he is frustrated his private life,

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not his charity work, is still what some people are interested in.

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There is this sort of incessant need to find out every detail about

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It's unnecessary, I hope that people get to see me here in this Invictus

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role, cracking on with the guys and mucking in and having a good

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time with them, and this what is I enjoy doing.

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But the the private life has to be private.

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For the next five days, Prince Harry says he hopes

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it is the remarkable athletes here who are the focus.

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Let's stay on the sporting theme and go to the sports centre. Manchester

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City could miss out on Champions League football next season after

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drawing 2-2 with Arsenal. It was Manuel Pellegrini's last home game

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in charge with Pep Guardiola replacing him next season. They stay

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fourth but are just two points ahead of Manchester United who have a game

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in hand. The first half was one of our best

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halves of the season. I did not have any doubt

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that we were going to win Southampton beat Tottenham to won

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with two goals from Steven Davis. Spurs are still second in the table

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but could be overtaken by Arsenal if they drop points at Newcastle on the

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last day. They have managed just two points from their last three

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matches, a run that saw Leicester take the title with two games to

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spare. I think the whole season I think we were the better team and

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created chances. We have managed the game but in the end we considered

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two soft games, the only two shots on target and this is a bit of

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problem we had in the season. We need to still be fighting and we

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have another game and we need to keep our position. One of the game

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in the Premier League, Liverpool beat Watford 2-0 with goals from Joe

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Allen and Roberto Firmino and they remain in eighth place, one point

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behind West Ham. The Europa League is the only chance to good Champions

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League. We cannot go through the league in our situation. We never

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moaned about it, we will take it like it is until the end. Now we are

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in a good moment, 2016 is a good year and now for us and if we win

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our last games, everything will be fine. The Spanish title race will go

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to the final weekend and it is between Barcelona and Real Madrid.

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Barcelona beat Espanyol 5-0 and have a lead of one point in the table.

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Luis Suarez scored twice. A double from Ronaldo helped Real Madrid beat

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Valencia. They have to win at Deportivo La Coruna next weekend and

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hope Barcelona slip up at Granada. Atletico Madrid are out of the

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running after a shock 2-1 loss to bottom club Levante. The Dutch

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league has been settled. PSV Eindhoven have retained

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the title knocking Ajax off the top of the table on a dramatic final day

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of the season. The teams went into the last

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day level on points, with Ajax ahead because of

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a better goal difference. But the Amsterdam side could only

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draw 1-1 with De Graafschap. World number one Novak Djokovic won

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his fifth title of the year at the Madrid Masters, beating defending

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champion Andy Murray in three sets. Andy Murray now drops to third in

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the world rankings behind Roger Federer.

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New York Mets' Bartolo Colon has become the oldest player

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in Major League Baseball to score his first home run.

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Just three weeks before his 43rd birthday,

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Colon lashed out and connected sweetly against the

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He took a full 30 seconds to go through the bases,

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Then when he returned to the dugout, his team-mates deliberately hid

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His first home run comes almost 20 years after his major league debut.

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Donald Trump may be a fan of the Rolling Stones,

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The group has told him to stop using their music at his rallies.

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He has got into trouble over using the song You Can't Always Get What

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You Want. It was one of their -- 's favourite rally openers.

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The singer Adele has also issued a statement

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distancing herself from Trump, who had been playing her hit,

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She said she had "not given permission" for him to use it.

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And when Trump failed to ask Neil Young if he could use his tune

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"Rockin' in the Free World," the singer said he much

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Officials in Western Canada say the huge wildfire which has been raging

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for a week may have reached a turning point. A spokesman in the

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province of Alberta said cooler temperatures and improved conditions

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were helping. The premiere of the province said the blaze was growing

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at a slower rate. The fire is expected to become the most

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expensive natural disaster in Canadian history, one estimate of

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insurance losses is about $7 billion. That is it from me and the

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team. Goodbye for now.

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