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This is BBC World News Today, I'm Karin Giannone.

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Hope in Canada as - at last - cooler weather helps contain

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But still a vast area is affected - one fifth of Fort McMurray

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What looks like a temporary reprieve for Brazil's president

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as a last-minute legal challenge throws into doubt the impeachment

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Russian military might on show for the Victory Day parade,

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as President Putin calls on the West to help defeat terrorism.

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A planet the size of Africa - crossing the surface of the sun -

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and Britain is one of the best places to view Mercury's transit.

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The mass evacuation, the damage, the loss of life,

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the likely cost of the wildfires that have raged out of control

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Finally, after days of watching scenes like this,

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Firefighters hope they've reached a turning point - the weather has

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cooled and some much needed rain has started to fall.

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For us, this is great firefighting weather,

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we can really get in there and really get a handle on this fire

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But for the wildfire stuff out in the forest area,

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that is going to take us a long time to clean up,

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but I feel very buoyed and happy that we are making great progress.

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Officials say it might take years before the city is

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Let's look at the devastation this catastrophic fire has caused.

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About one fifth of the town of Fort McMurray has been destroyed.

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More than 100,000 residents living in the town and in the surrounding

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areas have been driven out of their homes.

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It still isn't safe for them to return home.

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Matthew Anderson is a wildfire information officer and he's

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on the line from Edmonton, which is the capital

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Matthew, tell us the situation. Things looking more favourable now?

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Certainly, as you mentioned, we have a in which will really help our

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crews make some good headway. Just over a week ago yesterday when it

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started, it was 60 hectares. Now today we are sitting at 106 to 1000

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hectares. That is about the size of London. So we have had some extreme

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fire behaviour that cause this to happen. We had light precipitation

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of the winter which led to an early spring, the fields are dry. We have

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had one temperatures and strong winds for about a week which has

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caused us to grow rapidly. Now we have a drop in the temperatures and

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there is remitted the end they are. There is the chance of a little bit

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of precipitation coming through. So this could really help us.

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How much of the scale of the destruction are beginning to get a

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sense of? It is really difficult to say, they

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are going in to have a look. The emergency team will be looking at

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making assessments right now. We have been assessing and working with

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the Mr are party to make sure that the garrisons are in place around

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the communities and to make sure that the critical infrastructure is

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being protected. -- decibels. It appears to be travelling away, the

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fire, in an easterly direction. What is the output in terms of the

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weather, while this poll and point a per minute or two things get worse

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again? The weather is pretty unpredictable,

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especially the way it has been the spring so far. We are looking to

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have two or three days downtrend in the weather which would be a help.

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After that, it is difficult to predict. But now, things are working

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in our favour. Matthew Anderson, thank you very

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much and we wish you all the best. The impeachment process against

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff It's after the acting speaker

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of the country's lower house annulled a vote that

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happened in April. The Senate was due to have its say

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on the matter on Wednesday. Let's get more on what this

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all means with the BBC's First, what change led to this?

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Well, as you have said, everyone in Brazil including the president

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herself was expecting that she would be suspended from office later this

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week after the vote in the country's Senate to begin a full impeachment

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trial against her. "Morning, Another character in this contest, they

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enter president or chair of the raw house of Congress has thrown

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everything up in the area by declaring that the vote which took

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place three weeks ago and the lowest house of Congress should be

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annulled. He did a variety of reasons saying that the president

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had not been given a full right of defence and that members of Congress

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in what was an acrimonious debate athletics be no one what their

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voting intentions would be before they actually voted and somehow that

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has been deemed to be present -- prejudicial. It has thrown things up

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into the air because the Senate has said that it will not accept this

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ruling. And that it will carry on regardless. What it does do in this

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very important political and economic climate in Brazil, it needs

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a laughing stock of the whole process. It throws into doubt what

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will happen next. And will not the president have to resign later this

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week? It is almost a farcical situation and the Supreme Court will

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probably now have to get involved at some stage to determine what happens

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next. Just reminds us the meaning of

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impeachment. And what Dilma Rousseff was accused of?

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It is a good question because the impeachment, the suspension from

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office or the potential suspension from office of Dilma Rousseff, it

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relates to some very small charges that she somehow manipulated

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government accounts to hide the size of the budget deficit. I sat down

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with Dilma Rousseff for an interview last week and she told me that she

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declared her innocence and rejected all of the charges against her. Her

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view is that this impeachment process has more to do with our

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enemies in Congress trying to get rid of her. There is absolutely no

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doubt that Dilma Rousseff is deeply unpopular in Brazil. The country's

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economy is in recession, 10% inflation increasing, unemployment

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increasing, there is a very big corruption scandal affecting all big

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local parties and some of Brazil's because businesses. So this is a

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country in crisis. Dilma Rousseff is no doubt responsible for a lot of

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that but whether or not she should be impeached because of that is a

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matter of opinion. But there is no doubt whatsoever that the longer

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this crisis continues, the longer the impeachment crisis is a

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drawn-out, the more that result feels in limbo, incomplete

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suspension, and that is doing Brazil and its economy, in particular, no

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good at all. Wyre Davies, thank you very much.

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Here in Britain, campaigning ahead of the EU referendum kicked

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into high gear today with interventions

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from two heavyweights of the Stay and Leave camps.

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The Prime Minister, David Cameron, warned that quitting the EU

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would put peace and stability at risk and hamper the fight

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The former London Mayor, Boris Johnson, countered by saying

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it was Nato that guaranteed peace in Europe, not the EU.

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Our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, has this report.

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The top commanders of the rival campaigns vying to claim the mantle.

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The Prime Minister's backdrop was a museum which tells the story

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of so many battles lost and won, to give his gravest warning yet,

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if you vote to leave the EU, it could be a step

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The rows of white headstones in lovingly-tended Commonwealth War

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cemeteries stand in silent testament to the price this country

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has paid to help restore peace and order in Europe.

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Can we be so sure that peace and stability on our

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continent are assured beyond any shadow of doubt?

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I would never be so rash as to make that assumption.

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The lesson from history, he claims, whether Spitfires

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in the skies or soldiers in the trenches, Britain was proud

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alone, but Europe has been safer United.

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As this Prime Minister hoped, and today's leader even quoted

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Isn't this warning at best alarmist, and at worst desperate,

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given that until three months ago you said you would be

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There is no doubt in my mind the European Union has helped bring

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Until now, the government was using its full force

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to say we would be poorer if we left the EU.

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The shiny diplomatic cars parked up at today's speech showed

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the argument over our place in the world is well and truly on.

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To the anger of some, the In campaign circulated a video

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But that argument was turned on its head by the Out

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I saw for myself the disaster in the Balkans when the EU

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was charged and mandated with sorting out the former

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Yugoslavia, and I saw how it was Nato and the American-led

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alliance that had to come in and sort it out.

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It is now, I am afraid, the EU itself, and it's

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that are now a force for instability and alienation.

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Do you think David Cameron is telling the truth

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when he is telling voters leaving the EU would risk peace

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The answer is no, I don't believe that leaving

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War Three to break out on the European continent.

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This side needs plenty of shoe leather to make their arguments,

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not least as Boris Johnson burst into song in German.

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Yes, some in German, to kill accusations they are not

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just backward looking little Englanders.

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But the past does loom over this campaign.

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The history of this country and the Tory Party who have split

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This is such a big decision about our place in the world.

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It is not surprising that both sides want to try and take

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But their conflicts are personal as well as political.

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This is about war and peace in the Tory Party as well.

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As the referendum battle really starts to roar, it is hard to see

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To Austria now, where a revolt inside one of the parties that make

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up the governing coalition has led to the resignation of

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Mr Faymann came to power in 2008 but has faced criticism

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within his Social Democratic party since the far right won the first

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round of presidential elections last month.

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He told a hastily convened press conference that the government needs

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Our correspondent Bethany Bell is in Vienna and joins us now live.

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Why resign now? Well, the centrist party in Austria,

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the social Democrats that Chancellor Werner Faymann belongs to and his

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coalition partner the Conservatives, they have been losing ground to the

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far right for a long time. Both parties were trounced in the

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presidential election, the first round in April, and ever since then,

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the Social Democrats have been really split. There has been

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soul-searching about how they can stop the rise of the far right. And

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Chancellor Werner Faymann has paid the price of that but any party.

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There are those in the party who want a move closer to far right,

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they want to lift the ban on forming a coalition with them. Others have

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said that the Social Democrats have gone way too far to the right, they

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have been taking too tough a line on migrants and that they ought to

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combat to a more middle position. Chancellor Werner Faymann today said

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that he did not have the support of his party, so he was stepping down.

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He changed his stance on the migrant crisis to a harder one but to no

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avail. Indeed, last summer, when migrants

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first started coming across the border from Hungary, he welcomed

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them with open arms, telling them that Austria would take them home.

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And in fact, watched as they can in 19,000 asylum seekers in the last

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few months. But then, the far-right started profiting from this, the

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government took a much harsher line, they brought in a very tough law on

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asylum, and at the moment it seems it was getting too, located in the

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party and Chancellor Werner Faymann is very, very split, and they are

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now looking for a new leader. Bethany Bell, briefly if you will,

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what do they expect to happen next? The Social Democrats must now decide

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who will take over from Chancellor Werner Faymann as party leader, then

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they will have to speak to their coalition partners to see if they

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will accept him as Chancellor. Then they both will have to decide

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whether they will call new elections or not, that would be a risky move

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for both of them, because at the moment the far right Freedom party

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is topping the polls. And then they will wait to see what happens in the

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second round of the presidential election later this month.

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Bethany, thank you very much, Bethany Bell in Vienna.

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

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A long-awaited report into Britain's involvement in the war in Iraq

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The inquiry led by Sir John Chilcot was set up in 2009, and he's been

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criticised for taking so long to complete the report.

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Tony Blair, who was Britain's Prime Minister at the time,

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was twice called to give evidence to inquiry chief Sir John Chilcot.

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He's been criticised for taking so long to complete the report.

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The families of UK service personnel who died in Iraq,

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A tough-talking provincial mayor has established a commanding lead

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over his rivals in the vote for the next president

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One official monitor says Rodrigo Duterte is well ahead

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of his four rivals with almost 40% of the votes counted so far.

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The United States and Russia have pledged to step up efforts

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to convince the warring parties in Syria to observe the partial

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ceasefire currently in force and extend it across the whole

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Earlier there were reports of air strikes against rebel

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positions in Aleppo, while some government-controlled

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Hundreds of passengers on a British cruise ship docked in the US have

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fallen ill with a virus that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

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Health officials say more than a quarter of the passengers

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on board the Balmoral have the norovirus, which is also

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In Moscow, thousands of people have taken part

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in the Immortal Regiment march, carrying flags and placards

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with images of their relatives who fought and died fighting

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Nazi Germany in the Second World War.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has also taken part in the march,

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walking at the front of the column of people entering Red Square.

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Earlier in the day, Moscow showed off its military might

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with thousands of troops and veterans marching

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Our Moscow correspondent, Steve Rosenberg, was also there.

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Well, I want to tell you what it is like being on Red Square

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It is immensely colourful and as you can probably hear, very loud.

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Not just because of the orchestra, there are 10,000 Russian servicemen

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They have been practising this for more than two months to make

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Now, Victory Day is one of the most important

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Not just because it commemorates the defeat of Nazi Germany,

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More than 27 million Soviet people were killed in what people here call

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North Korea has expelled our correspondent,

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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes after objecting to his reporting.

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Rupert had been part of a BBC team on a visit to Pyongyang.

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Our reporter John Sudworth is still in the country

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and is being allowed to continue covering the Workers'

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Party Congress, which today re-elected the North Korean leader

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For the first time, foreign journalists were invited

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Before, we had only seen the TV pictures.

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But now we could quite literally feel the mass political

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And there, a few rows away, was Kim Jong-un.

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A young man just given yet another title.

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Unanimously, of course, chairman of the Workers' Party.

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It is an extraordinary sight, the highest political gathering

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of one of the world's most totalitarian regimes.

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There at the front, the supreme leader of a country that has

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long defied predictions of its imminent demise.

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Earlier in the day we were given a glimpse of another enduring fact

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of North Korean life, the suppression

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Rupert Wingfield-Hayes, a BBC colleague who had also been

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reporting from Pyongyang was being expelled.

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North Korean officials made it clear they objected to his reporting.

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And during their coverage they were not very just in terms of not

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respecting the local custom, the system in the DPRK,

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they even made distorted facts about the realities of the situation,

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and they were speaking very ill of the system, the leadership

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of the country, when they should have been reporting very fairly,

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Rupert was driven to the airport and put on a flight to Beijing.

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Foreign media visits are always tightly controlled,

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Meanwhile, we have been allowed to continue our reporting trip

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with the numerous visits to factories and monuments.

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This is a country that cares deeply what the outside

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I asked one of the workers about the deep economic crisis.

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"Nonsense, that's just a lie," she tells me.

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The powerful propaganda has helped this system endure,

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with a message of strength and self-reliance.

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The outside world is welcome but only on North Korea's terms.

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John Sudworth, BBC News, Pyongyang.

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Now, it's 60 million miles away and is travelling

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The planet Mercury has just finished passing in front

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Sky watchers across the globe enjoyed good weather

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Many others around the globe turned to the internet

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It won't make another transit until 2019 and then 2032.

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The BBC's science editor David Shukman reports.

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Against the vast fiery backdrop of the Sun,

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the tiny shape of Mercury slipping through space and lined up

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so that we get a spectacular view of it from Earth.

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This only happens about 14 times every century.

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The sight is a reminder of how the solar system works.

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Are you OK to line it up on the Sun as well?

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In London and around the world, people gathered for a glimpse

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of the little planet that is closest to the Sun.

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The Royal Astronomical Society laid on a variety of

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All you can see is a small black dot, but the sight of this distant

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Despite being a tiny dot, it has an incredible beauty of its own.

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The last time I saw this was back in 2003, so I'm just as excited

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Most people here will never have seen anything like this.

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The overwhelming majority of the world's population probably

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Those things together make it something to celebrate.

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A lot about Mercury is still a mystery.

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In this image from a Nasa spacecraft, the colours represent

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the highs and lows of a landscape battered by meteorites

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It's a planet that has long been fascinating.

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A couple of hundred years ago, astronomers studied planets

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like Mercury to measure their distance from Earth,

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and so try to calculate the size of the Solar System.

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Today is just about a very exciting sight.

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So, from a distance of 48 million miles, we have been able to watch

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this strange world racing past the turbulent surface of the Sun.

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A journey of seven hours is now almost over.

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With me to talk more about this is Doctor Marek Kukula,

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Public Astronmer at London's Royal Observatory in Greenwich.

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There are 20 minutes left of clear skies a few want to view it. With

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the right equipment we can see the planet Mercury moving.

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That is what we are looking at now. This is a very clear view. In one

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second B will see the planet Mercury going across. Just this tiny dot

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that you can make it out on your screens. This is an amazingly fast

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transit, even though it might look so do others.

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Absolutely, it is an object the size of Africa and you are watching it

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moving at 50 kilometres per second as it moves in orbit around the sun.

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It really is a chance to see the mechanics of the solar system in

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action. It is to do with the alignment of

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the planets around the sun. This only comes around a few times each

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century. That is correct, the orbits of the

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planets are not perfectly circular or perfectly aligned with each

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other, so there are only seven points would you can actually see

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the sun, Mercury and the Earth precisely lined up like this. It

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does not happen every day or even every year.

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What can you learn from seeing something like this happen?

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Historically, transits like this have been hugely important. In the

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17th, 18th and 19th century, it helped astronomers to work out how

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big the source of the Moors, giving us an idea of how teeny beware. Now

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the use transits to work out how many stars they have around us.

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There has been a fuse amount of enthusiasm about this, people have

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been looking at this and all sorts of ways.

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Absolutely. There have been organised events, not just around

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the UK but across the world. A huge chunk of the surface of the Earth

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has been able to see this transit. This is the Tadic from the USA, it

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is stunning. The European Space Agency... You can

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still see the live streaming from the space craft which is above the

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clouds. Amazing views. Something that famous astronomers from the

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17th century would have given the right and four.

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We do not hear an awful lot about Mercury, we hear about Mars, Mercury

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has some mystery and is enigmatic. Yes, it is harder to get to because

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it is closer to the sun, it has been neglected. That is changing, and the

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next few years we will see more missions going to look at that. It

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could have helped in the formation of the Earth is, so we could learn

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more about ourselves looking at Mercury.

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We know on one side it is extremely hot, the side-effects from the sun,

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it is extreme hot. The side facing away from the sun is one of the

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callers quizzes and solar system. There is now are there to carry the

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heat of the sun, so if you can not see the sun, it is extremely cold.

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It has a large iron core? That is right, just the Earth has one, Negri

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has a iron court. How it came to others enormous squad, it is a huge

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mystery. In terms of interest, are you saying

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each time there is an event like this with social media, it is

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getting even more fascination spread further across the globe, there is

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real excitement about events like this?

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People have always been interested about astronomy, 250 years of

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evidence proves that. But with the Internet, great magazines and TV,

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you get a chance to experience it in full colour for yourself. I think

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that people will get fed up of space and then something like this happens

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and Greenwich has been inundated with people dying to see things

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through their telescopes. Another chance to see one in two

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years' time? Three years' time. If you missed the

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today, you will have an opportunity any few years.

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Thank you very much for coming in and speaking to us about that.

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You can get in touch with me and some of

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the team via Twitter - I'm @KarinBBC.

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But for now, from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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