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31 athletes test positive after samples from the Beijing Olympics

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"a powerful strike against the cheats".

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Those accused could now be banned from competing in Rio.

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A wave of bombs hit Baghdad, killing 69 as the government

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Now oil workers are forced to evacuate as the wildfires

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And boiling over - a decision to scrap the BBC's Food

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website has been met with fury and a petition against

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the plans attracting more than 100,000 signatures.

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It's the latest blow to the credibility of anti-doping

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authorities, and one that raises many questions.

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Up to 31 athletes from 12 countries could be banned

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from the Rio Olympics after NEW tests were done on samples

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from the Beijing Games eight years ago.

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Ever since the recent doping scandals, sporting bodies have been

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re-testing old samples using the latest technology.

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With the results from the London and Sochi Games still to come,

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it raises the possibility that medals and even world records

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could be called into question. Richard Conway reports.

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Antique and rules allow stored urine and samples to be retested for up

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to ten years after being taken from an athlete.

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Samples from 454 competitors who took place in the 2008

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Beijing Olympics have now been subjected to the latest scientific

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methods to test for any banned substances that went undetected

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As a result, 31 athletes could be banned from competing at this

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The IOC say they targeted athletes taking part in Beijing

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who are likely to reappear at the summer's event.

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Other Olympic Games are also in focus.

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Back in 2012, the Olympic Stadium here in London was the centre point

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for a lot of the drama, but 250 samples from those games

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Thomas Bach, the president of the IOC, has called the measures

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The identities of the 31 athletes are, for now, unknown,

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given that formal disciplinary processes are underway.

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What is disappointing, certainly for athletes who compete

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clean and for the public is, they are beginning to get confused

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about what they are really seeing, because if it takes us ten years

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in order to sort out whether or not somebody deserves that medal,

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that's a very long time in sport, and so many things well have

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happened, so many other athletes will have been denied.

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Russian athletes will next month learn if they can compete

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in this summer's games, following the international ban

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handed down for what was described as state-sponsored doping

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The IOC may well hope this latest retrospective action will send

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the message they are very serious about catching those who dope,

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Chris Mitchell joins us live from the BBC Sports Centre.

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Chris, after all these years, how is it that athletes could be caught out

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now? Well, as Richard alluded to, this is really science catching up

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with the dopers, if you like. The IOC tries to give it as much time as

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possible to use those frozen test samples it took from the games to

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find the dopers. So basically, it freezes them, keeps them in

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Switzerland, where they are based, and tests than when any new

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technology comes about. This is what happened is that what has happened

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now. Beijing in 2008, eight years ago, comes within its parameters.

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They have tested 450 odd samples, and found 31 discrepancies, the same

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is happening with the London games, and also, interestingly, with Sochi

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as well. So we don't know who these 31, but they won't be the only ones.

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That is looking pretty certain. What action can the IOC now take?

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If these people are found to have cheated, they will be banned from

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Rio, and they could have their medals, if they won medals in

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Beijing, stripped from them, so you could find that models are handed to

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athletes who thought at the time they did not win. It is adjusting,

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because we are talking about this now, and an athlete we heard from in

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this piece said it takes too long. The IOC want to do that would prove

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here, with the Kenyan and Russian scandals and allegations going on,

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that they are on the front foot, doing something proactive about

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this, trying to get a poacher out there into the dopers early on

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before Rio comes about. Rio will begin a couple of months, and the

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IOC will love to be in a situation where they can say, we have dealt

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with the dopers. But all they can do at the moment is look at these 31,

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if they are hoping to be in Rio, well, they will not be. The first

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course of action the IOC will take will be to ban them.

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We don't have any details about these competitors yet. When might we

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know more? There are 12 nations here. The IOC

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said those 31 athletes will be contacted in the coming days. It may

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be that the athletes themselves know who they are. It may be that some of

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this information in the coming days leaks out. It is very unusual for

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the IOC to have told us that such information. 31 athletes, 12

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nations, lots of clues out there, and there will be people out there

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now looking at who won medals in Beijing and who could possibly be

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competing in Rio. There are not too many. Already, the names have been

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narrowed down to a list, not a list that we will mention here, but it is

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not hard to work out. Thank you very much, Chris Mitchell.

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Militants have yet again targeted Iraq's capital Baghdad in another

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wave of bombings. Outdoor markets and a restaurant in Shia dominated

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areas where hit, with more than 70 people dying.

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The Islamic State group said it was responsible

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for the deadliest bombing, as Jim Muir reports from Baghdad.

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There are growing concerns about the ability of Iraq's dysfunctional

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government to keep the areas of control so.

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The first and most deadly attack hit a street market in this district of

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Baghdad, a densely Shia populated area. So-called Islamic State said

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one of their suicide bombers blew himself up here, and claimed the

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attack was aimed at Shia militia men. That is not what the people

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here said. This survivor said he hid under a table, and rescuers took

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away body parts of shoppers who were no longer recognisable. There was

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much anger at the random nature of the attack.

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TRANSLATION: The explosion here killed a woman. And her brother and

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her niece, as well as of the people who just came here to shop. What

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crime have these innocent people committed? Across town on the East

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side of Baghdad, there was anger as well in the sprawling Shia suburb

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called Sadr City. This was the aftermath of a big

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suicide car bomber poison, which took many lives. Sadr City has

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frequently been the subject of such provocative attacks by the sunny

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militants. Another suicide bomber struck shortly after this attack

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nearby. This is the second blast inside. The

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other blast was outside a restaurant Al sparing the city. We are fed up

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with this violence. With bombs going off on busy streets

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like there is virtually every day, the Iraqi authorities and western

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coalition, which is fighting IS, say they believe it is because the

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militants are losing so much ground on the battlefield. They say they

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have lost nearly half the territory they control at the height of their

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expansion nearly two years ago. That is little consolation for the

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survivors of these increasingly frequent bomb attacks in Baghdad,

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and for the friends and families of those who died. There is mounting

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anger here, not just at the militants who did it, but the

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country's feuding politicians for failing to protect the public.

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Across the Iraqi border in Syria, a shaky truce

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is giving little peace - and today 20 foreign ministers

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meeting in Vienna failed to agree on any new date for peace talks

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There WAS a commitment to push through humanitarian aid deliveries,

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There WAS a commitment to push through humanitarian aid deliveries.

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This is how the US Secretary of State, John Kerry,

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The challenge that we face now is to transform these possibilities

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into the reality of an agreement at some point, and because of

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the gains that we have made in recent months,

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yet because of their fragility, and we acknowledge they're fragile,

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and increasingly threatened by irresponsible and dangerous

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actions taken by those who would rather have this effort

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fail, who want to create problems because rather than solutions,

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And there are frankly actors on both sides.

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One outcome from those discussions on Syria is an agreement that any

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party breaching the current truce will be expelled from

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The BBC's Bethany Bell has more from Vienna.

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The international community is trying to change

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the shaky truce in Syria into something more comprehensive.

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It's announced a number of rather modest measures.

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They say they'll set up a task force to monitor the truce,

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and that anybody who breaches it will be expelled from the peace

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process, and they've also announced measures in terms of humanitarian

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They say that if they can't reach those areas by ground before

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the beginning of June, the World Food Programme will

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These are all part of movements to try to encourage the opposition

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to return to indirect peace talks which have been ongoing in Geneva,

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because back in the last round of talks in April,

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the opposition said it was suspending its participation

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because it was concerned about the mounting violence

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in Syria, and about the lack of humanitarian aid.

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The Russian Foreign Minister, speaking here in Vienna,

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said that all parties had to compromise when it came

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to the political aspects of peace talks, but at the moment,

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they're still very, very big divisions which remain,

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not the least being the fate of the Syrian President

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The opposition, and its supporters like Saudi Arabia and the West,

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saying he has to go, but Russia and Iran

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Thousands of workers in the Canadian oil industry have been advised

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to leave areas near Fort McMurray in Alberta because of a renewed

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The blaze began more than two weeks ago and is currently about 250

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At the height of the fire in Fort McMurray, more than

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80,000 of the city's residents were forced to flee.

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The area in red shows the worst affected part.

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Now, even more people have been urged to leave oil sands camps

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between the city and Fort McKay to the north.

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We'll speak to one of the evacuees shortly,

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but first, this report from Rajini Vaidyanathan.

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Dense clouds of smoke can be seen from the skies

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The worst of the wildfires is not yet over.

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12,000 oil workers, who had been based just north of the city,

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These oil-rich lands are once again under threat.

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Winds have pushed the fires back towards the city.

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The big factor for folks that are on site is that they will see

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very, very heavy, dark smoke and that will obviously

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Heavy smoke is probably the biggest issue right now.

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This is one of Canada's worst natural disasters.

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The dangers centred in Alberta province in and around

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the city of Fort McMurray, where fires raged two weeks ago.

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Now the area between Timberlea and Fort McKay, where big oil

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The devastating wildfires have already turned the vibrant city

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90,000 residents, who called this place home, could now wait even

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Roughly a million barrels a day of crude oil will be lost

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because operations have shut down here.

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But with more than a dozen fires continuing to burn, this

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disaster is costing Canada in more ways than one.

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BJ Spears is a steam fitter, usually working in the oil sands

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BJ Spears is a steam fitter, usually working in the oil sands

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He's been evacuated and is now 70 kilometres north of the city.

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Tell us what has happened to you. It really has been one thing after

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another? Yes, I have been evacuated two weeks

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ago. I got a phone call to return to work, so I showed up, completed a

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night shift, and then the next night, I woke up to complete

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darkness in the middle of the day. Smoke and ashes. We have been

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evacuated now, 40 kilometres north of that camp. We're just waiting on

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word to see what happens next. So you went to one camp, went back

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to work, and had to leave again and go even further north?

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That's right. The wind continues to blow from the south, pushing north,

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and unfortunately, the fire and the smoke has just followed right behind

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us. And what is it like there? How many

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are you, and what I conditions like? Right now, it think this camp holds

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about 2000 people, and it seems to be pretty full right now. We are

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being told to hang tight and wait for further instruction.

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And at one point, you must have thought all the drama was over, and

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then it started all over again. Yes, when we got the call to come

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back to work, we were assured that there was a brake in the weather, a

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break in the smoke, so it was a good time to come back, but it doesn't

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take long, once the wind turns around. It doesn't take long to blow

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the smoking. How safe do you feel there? What are you being told about

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how long you have to stay? I feel safe now, because you can't

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see the flames, but it is just a matter of time, with the wind. We're

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finding out now that one of the camps that was evacuated last night,

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just down the road from where I was, it is now on fire, so I mean, it is

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coming. And there must be no sense of

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normality? You are stuck in a sort of limbo after all this time?

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Yes, yes. It is very intimidating. You see about it on the news, and it

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is what we have dealt with for the last two weeks, and it just feels

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like there is no end in sight. It really doesn't feel like it is

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getting any better. Did you manage to take any

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belongings with you, or is it all happening so quickly?

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I managed to, just because I was on night shifts, so I happen to be in

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camp ennui had the evacuation, but a lot of friends of mine were working

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day shifts, and couldn't make it back to camp in time to grab

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anything, so they have been wearing the same clothes for a couple of

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days now. I had to give my friend some of my clothing to wear. I had

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to give him some shampoo and some toothpaste as well.

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So it is pretty uncomfortable conditions in that sense. And you

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described what it was like earlier, that day turned into night,

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completely black? Yes, it was unbelievable. Like

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something you would see in a movie. It was 3pm, usually, sunshine and

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birds chirping, you know, but it was almost like it was midnight. It was

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completely dark. Ash was falling from the sky, smoke so thick it

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would burn your eyes, and was burning your throat.

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Poor, poor conditions. Do you have enough information, or do you feel

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you don't really know when this will come to an end?

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No, they are kind of making a plan now. It is hard when there are 2000

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people here to get us all moved, and there are other evacuees at the

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camps as well. They figure there are about 4000 of us needing to get out

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of here. Thank you very much. We wish you all

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the best. Thank you for talking to us at that camp in the north of

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Canada. Now a look at some of

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the day's other news. The European Crime Agency Europol

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says it estimates that organised crime groups made between five

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and six billion dollars last year The agency says human trafficking

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is now one of the main sources French riot police clashed

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with protesters in cities including Nantes and Marseilles,

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as opponents of controversial labour reforms embarked on a fresh wave

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of strikes and marches. Water-cannon and tear gas were used

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against demonstrators who hurled crowd-control barriers and glass

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bottles at police. Union members were urged to bring

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the entire transport system Kenya's police chief has ordered

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an investigation after policemen were filmed beating a protester

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as they broke up a demonstration organised by the main opposition

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coalition on Monday. Three officers could be seen

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kicking and hitting a man, Ten gay rights activists in Georgia

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have been arrested for painting Gay rights are a battle ground

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around the world, and the former Soviet republic of Georgia, the

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issue is especially controversial. Despite their country's lean towards

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the West, many Georgians remained deeply conservative, and gay rights

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supporters have been attacked. On Tuesday, ten activists were arrested

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for painting rainbow graffiti on the side of an Orthodox church building,

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where church members were holding an event.

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The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie went to their main event in Tbilisi.

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You can see this procession, organised

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There are hundreds of supporters behind.

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They are marching towards the Holy Trinity Church.

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Today, they are marking what they call a day of family

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values, which was established here in 2014 in opposition

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to the International Day Against Homophobia,

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A very short walk away from here in a hotel, an American

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conservative organisation is holding its annual congress,

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This organisation is against abortions, against contraception,

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and of course, they are against any sort of laws or policies that

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Why all of this is happening here in Georgia?

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Because homophobia is a massive issue here.

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In 2013, this country made world headlines when a small group of LGBT

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activists was attacked by a mob led by orthodox priests.

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Recently, a parliamentary committee introduced a constitutional

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ban on gay marriage, which was illegal here anyway.

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So, Georgia is a country which has pro-western aspirations,

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but there is a huge contrast when it comes to gay rights,

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because the vast majority of the population here

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The authorities in Thailand are set to close the island of Koh Taa-chai,

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Much has been made in this campaign of the success

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of Bernie Sanders attracting young Democratic party voters.

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But for many Republicans, this was supposed to be the year

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that their party became "cool" among the younger generation.

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With two leading candidates in their 40s -

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there WAS hope that a similar groundswell of support,

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that swept Barack Obama into office eight years ago, would unfold.

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Three young Republicans tell the BBC's Barbara Plett-Usher

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why their party missed the boat on attracting voters like them.

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I am highly disappointed in the Trump movement,

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but I do understand that there are a significant amount of people

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in this country that like him for his at least strong rhetoric,

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and especially in a troubling time from our country.

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But the sort of fearmongering that we are seeing out

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of Donald Trump really concerns a lot of us.

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He doesn't represent Republican values.

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This is a party that should be espousing opportunity and hope.

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We've got Trump just tearing down everything that the party has built

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over the last two years to dispel these false

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That we are not inclusive, that we are a bunch of racists.

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Does the Republican party have a problem with

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Republican ideas have a bit of a branding problem.

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To date, the Republicans haven't really learned how to

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This was supposed to be the election where we were supposed

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to do it, right? Rubio was cool.

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Rubio listens to rap music, Rubio speaks two languages,

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You like EDM? I do.

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Yes, maybe people thought it was something else.

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We're supposed to have the cool candidates, and we do.

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Given the field now, do you think Republican

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We've got a lot of strong, young leaders in the party,

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from Paul Ryan, Scott Walker, Ted Cruz.

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If you look at the Democratic party, you've got Harry Reid,

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But they have been able to get a lot of the youth vote.

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Yes, the Republican party just need to learn to speak the language,

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because the values of the Republican party, I think, translate more to

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to where this country needs to be going.

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And there are primaries in two more states today. Democrats voting in

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Oregon, and in Kentucky. We will bring you results as they happen,

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and there is, of course, much more on our website. Now, speaking of BBC

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websites... The number of signatures has

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now gone over 120,000 against the closure

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of the BBC Food website. The Corporation has announced that

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a number of its websites, including Newsbeat, the online

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News Magazine and BBC Travel, are to close as part

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of a plan to save money. Three bakers, three

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final challenges. And if you want to join

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in and cook at home, for many it now begins

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with a search. Whatever I get, it will be online,

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so I very rarely use recipe books. My mum, I persuaded her

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to throw all hers away. If I ever do home cooking,

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I will often use a BBC recipe, because it is often one of the first

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ones that comes up They are very clear,

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very straightforward, and they always work,

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because they have so many stars, they have people's reviews,

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so you know you are onto Bake Off, Rick Stein, Nigella,

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all these food programmes There are more than 11,000,

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more than 3,000 pies. Now, if you tap in Yorkshire

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pudding, it's almost always the BBC recipe that's at the top

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of the search page. However, thousands of these recipes

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will soon be disappearing The pages will become

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harder and harder to find. However, BBC Good Food,

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another website run by the BBC's commercial arm, will carry on

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and it may take on some of For a famous chef such

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as Ken Hom, the BBC is simply an essential part

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of the food business. A lot of people like myself,

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I started with the BBC 32 years ago. And it's nice to have my recipes

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on that website simply because it helps people who maybe are not

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going to buy the book right away, The News Channel may merge

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with BBC World News. News presenters' pay is under

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review, websites are being dropped. Many, especially the papers,

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do want a smaller BBC. I don't think that the fundamental

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questions in the minds of newspaper proprietors will have

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gone away as a result But, nonetheless, every little bit

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helps and there may be a sense that these concessions are the start

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of a process of negotiation. And, this evening, the BBC has now

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said that, following the uproar, they will accelerate the transfer

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of content to BBC Good Food. Well, while David 's report was

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running, the number of signatures on that petition has gone up to

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133,040, so it gained about 1000 while that was on air.

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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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Hello there. Some fine weather around today, but the weather is now

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on the change. Wet weather arriving in the West, and most of us will

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season downpours either tonight or tomorrow or both. The brightest

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