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And the first trophy for three years for Manchester United as they beat

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Crystal Palace 2-1 to win the FA Cup.

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Egyptian investigators say it is too soon to reach any conclusions on a

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day when more clues are emerging about the last moments on board 13

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macro flight MS804. Egyptian military have released these images

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and they include human remains and a life jacket found floating in the

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Mediterranean sea. Teams are now looking for the flight recorders to

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piece together what happened and French air accident investigators

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have confirmed that smoke was detected in several parts of the

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plane. But the latest on the investigation here is Richard

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Lister. In the deep Mediterranean

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between Greece and Egypt, recovery teams are finding

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the remnants of flight MS804 They are assembled on the deck

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of a nearby Egyptian navy ship. What looks like a blanket,

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an airline pillow, a piece of foam that was once part

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of someone's seat. Seat belts and debris marked clearly

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with the EgyptAir logo. The remains of a tattered smart

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white handbag and a trainer. Poignantly, a life vest

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that appears unused. In the chaos of those last

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terrifying minutes More than three hours

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into the planes journey from Paris, air-traffic controllers tried

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and failed to get in touch The plane sharply swerved 90 degrees

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left, then a complete circle to the right, before dropping off

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the radar completely. More details are emerging

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about those final minutes. The flight system sent a string

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of error messages to the airline. The first were warnings

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about a cockpit window, but then smoke is detected in a toilet,

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and in a bay full of They are among the last

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messages to be transmitted. Apparently there was some sort

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of overheat fire event on board. Possible reasons, it is impossible

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to say at the moment. Possibilities are an electrical

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malfunction of some sort, something burning put in a toilet

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waste compartment, or a hostile Faces are gradually being put

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to the names of those killed, the pilots and half

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of the passengers were Egyptian. Among others, 15 French people,

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two Canadians, others from Algeria and Saudi

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Arabia, and one Briton. As the grim task of recovering the

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debris continues, the main focus is finding the aircraft and its data

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recorders that might explain why these people died.

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Well 30 passengers on board were Egyptian and the grief

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From Cairo - here's our correspondent Sally Nabil.

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A lot of painful human stories have emerged since the plane disappeared.

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We spoke to a close friend of the co-pilot, he was around 24 when he

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died. His friend told me he was such a sociable, optimistic person, he

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had big plans for the future, he was planning to get engaged to the girl

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he loved. He told me that being a pilot was the dream of his life

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since he was a child. He was such a loving person for his family, his

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mother passed away about three years ago, so the fact that this guy has

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died is a matter of great shock for his family, they are still in the

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state of denial according to his friend, they still cannot believe

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they lost their son. There are so many stories that we have heard

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about, and Egyptian couple who left their three children in Cairo and

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went to Paris so the lady could get treatment for cancer, but they never

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managed to make it back home. EgyptAir issued a statement saying

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they have brought a foreign aviation expert to explain to the families of

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the passengers that getting back the dead bodies will be such a lengthy

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process because it involves a lot of DNA tests to identify the victims.

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We have been in touch with many of the families of the passengers, they

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are in such a state of shock, pain and anger and they said they are not

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getting enough information and are still living in the state of denial

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and cannot believe their loved ones are gone for good. Everyone is still

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waiting for the investigations and the search operations that are still

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going on to know exactly what happened and what caused this plane

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to disappear. Joining me now is Gordon Dupont

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a former accident investigator with the Canadian Transportation Safety

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Board. What do you make of what we know

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of this EgyptAir plane It will take time and what we would

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always do is to put anything and everything on the table and either

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prove or disprove it, remove it or look closer at it in order to get

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information. A bomb seems to be probably near the top of the list, a

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fire is possible, although a fire normally would not happen that

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quickly. Again, that is the small possibility, it could be a mistake

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by the pilot were the pilot made a mistake that somehow took the

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aeroplane part or the pilot, with a suicide as a possibility. There may

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be other possibilities that may come up, anyone of them be chosen. The

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data recorder is crucial, as a former air accident investigator,

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how do you go about finding them? Both of the flight data recorders

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and the cockpit voice shook order will have a ping which will send out

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a signal which can be heard under water for approximately four or five

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buyers that will go on for 30 days or so. I am quite confident that

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they will find the black boxes which are actually orange, fairly soon. No

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terrorist group has claimed responsibility, some experts are

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leading towards it been a mechanical fire, what are your thoughts? My

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thoughts are that they are not saying anything because it might

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give away how they did it, that is a possibility again stop the fact they

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have not said anything does not mean they did not have something to do

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with it, they just do not want to give away how they manage to do it.

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There has been a series of are tragedies over the past year, some

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people may understandably feel nervous about flying, should they?

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No, not at all. Accidents will occur, we humans are geniuses in

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finding ways to make mistakes, human mistake is responsible for about 80%

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of them. Terrorism is certainly becoming more common, unfortunately,

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but it is still the safest way to travel by far. As far as the

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investigation goes, how quickly will we know either way what happened to

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this plane? It will take a while. They will find the wreckage, I do

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not doubt that they will, but it will take a while to analyse it and

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be very sure that what they are looking at is the actual thing that

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occurred. They do not want to go rushing off and saying, look at

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this, we found something, that is going to be the answer whether be

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other clues that you tend to ignore or do not follow through on. Thank

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you very much for being with us. Manchester United, Patrick Geary is

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that the BBC Sport Centre. This is some breaking news. Manchester

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United, just a few hours ago lifted the FA Cup with Louis Van Gaal but

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we understand that Jose Mourinho will be appointed their new manager

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for next season. Big news coming out of Manchester United and surprising

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news for some given that they only won the FA Cup. We understand that

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Jose Mourinho was lined up and this deal was done before the game in

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principle and the result was a respective four Louis Van Gaal. You

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may find that surprising, given that he has just lifted a trophy, but

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where he has fallen down has been in the league. Manchester United were

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expected to finish in the top four entitling them to play in the

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Champions League, the European elite competition if you like. Because

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they finished fifth on goal difference and then age of their

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performances has attracted criticism around Louis Van Gaal and his

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position and that seems to have been what has undone him. Jose Mourinho,

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the former Chelsea manager will come in. He is a controversial figure,

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but he usually equates to success. He was sacked by Chelsea in December

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and his reputation took a head will stop if he -- he won the league in

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the previous season and everywhere else he has been, he had achieved

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success and it seems that Manchester United have gone for him as a

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short-term almost guarantee they help of success as opposed to Louis

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Van Gaal who was a very experienced bigger when he was appointed in

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2014. He managed I Munich, the Netherlands, Barcelona... -- Bayern

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Munich. He never found his groove at Manchester United. Although he

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brought some young players through, he also spent big money on a series

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of quite high profile signings and that team never really gelled and it

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ended up with them finishing fifth in the league despite a slight

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upturn in fortunes towards the end of the season, they had Champions

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League qualification in their grasp at one point but let it slip. The FA

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Cup success that they have achieved, a big result for them, too - one

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against Crystal Palace, it was not enough to save Louis Van Gaal. It

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would never have been enough, the deal with Marie Newell was announced

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in principle -- Jose Mourinho was confirmed in principle. They have

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been trying to replace Sir Alex Ferguson in assessed -- in a sense.

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The club was cast in his image and his shadow really lingers over all

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of his successors, David Moyes before Louis Van Gaal at Old

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Trafford as well. Jose Mourinho has been judged to be the kind of

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high-profile figure that can come out of the shadow of Alex Ferguson.

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How he does, we will see Nick season, it will be an interesting

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and competitive Premier League with Manchester City appointing Pep

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Guardiola as their new coach. Leicester City this season,

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surprised everyone, it is a league that seemed in a flux and Jose

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Mourinho will go on with high expectations at Old Trafford. Thank

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you very much. Families of those killed

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on the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, are suing Russia

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and President Vladimir Putin in The jet was shot down

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by a Russian-made missile over eastern Ukraine in 2014,

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killing all 298 people on board. The West and Ukraine say

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Russian-backed rebels were responsible, but Russia accuses

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Ukrainian forces. Half a million people have left

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their homes in low-lying areas which are prone to flooding. Strong winds

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and heavy rain up rooted trees and trapped people inside their homes. A

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number of ports have" the country many power lines are down. A

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security guard has been killed in Chile during protests that took

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place while the President was delivering an annual address in

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Congress. It is reported that the man died of asphyxiation after

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masked demonstrators burned a pharmacy and a supermarket in the

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second largest city which is where Congress mates.

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In Sri Lanka, the heaviest rainfall in a quarter of a century has left

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at least seventy people dead and more than 120 people missing.

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Huge landslides have buried some in up to 50 feet of mud.

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More than a quarter of a million people have been

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Azzam Ameen, from BBC Sinhala, has been on board a navy rescue boat

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Apart from the major landslide in this district there are at least

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200,000 people affected by the heavy flooding is. So far people have been

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evicted from their houses but still there are many who live in their

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houses in order to save their belongings. We have joined a Navy

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boat planning to rescue at least four people who have informed them

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that they cannot stay because the what level is increasing. We can see

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a lot of vehicles submerged in the water. The water is on the roof of

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these houses. It is a serious situation. People have been

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evacuated, but still there are people living in their houses in

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order to save their belongings despite assurances from the

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government. I am with the Sri Lankan Finance Minister who is touring the

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most affected areas, what is happening? You can see that it is

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difficult. At this moment, this area is very badly affected. It is a very

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panicked situation. I hope that things will come back to normal

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order before too long. Is the what are decreasing? At a very slow pace

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and we are making all attempts to clear the water, but monsoons are

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setting in, so it makes a bad situation worse. Still to come... We

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report from Stay with us on BBC World News,

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still to come: We report from Ethiopia, where Skateboarding

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is capturing the imagination this morning the plane landed in

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Delhi. The President of India walked to the plane to solemnly witnessed

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Mr Gandhi's final return from the political battlefield. The polling

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stations were are prepared for what will be the first truly free

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elections in the history of Romania. It was a remarkable climax to what

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was surely the most extraordinary funeral ever given to a pop singer.

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It has been a peaceful funeral demonstration so far, but suddenly

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the police are tear gassing the crowd. A prelaunch ritual is

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established here and it was said to be in good spirits, but just a

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little apprehensive. In the last hour, East Timor has become the

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world's newest nation. The challenges ahead are daunting. For

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now at least, it is time to celebrate.

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Investigators say smoke detectors were activated on board the EgyptAir

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flight just before it disappeared over the Mediterranean. The BBC

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understands that Manchester United manager Louis Van Gaal will be

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replaced by Jose Mourinho, one hour after the club beat Crystal Palace

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2-1 to win the FA Cup. Refugees do not often get a chance to meet

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politicians from Brussels who make key decisions about the future, but

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this week some dead. Ten member is of the European Parliament spent

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days in Greece to see how the deal between the EU and Turkey that came

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into effect two months ago has led to a dramatic reduction in new

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migrants. Their visit exposed their continuing deep political

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Carefree holiday-makers on Lesbos. Add to see it is calm and quiet. Big

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waves of refugees no longer come after Turkey and the European Union

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made a deal forcing people to claim asylum on arrival or be sent back.

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From here you can see the rocky coastline of Turkey. It is just

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across the water, not so long ago, Greece could see more than 10,000

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people crossing from there in a single day. Now almost no one is

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coming. That does not mean that the European migrant crisis is over.

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Sleeping on the railway but going nowhere. This is a makeshift camp on

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the Greek Macedonian border. Most here are from war-torn Syria and

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nearly half our children. They were heading north to other European

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countries when the borders were closed. Now they are among the

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50,000 people stuck in Greece, which is struggling to deal with asylum

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applications. This Syrian teacher draws cartoons to express his

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frustration. When European parliamentarians come

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to this camp, confrontations are inevitable. There are promises of

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more support from Brussels. It is a very crucial issue, on moral and

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political issues to change the situation and to try and provide

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education and social care for people here. This visit also exposes the

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deep divisions in Europe between those who want easier entry for

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refugees and those who firmly do not. What would be the message that

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goes out to the camps of the people here who are desperate if they are

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told that they have open borders and that's what we are pushing for. We

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are not pushing for open borders and that is a dangerous situation. Last

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year there was an influx of 1.3 million people to the EU. Now the

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deal with Turkey has produced a pause and yet there is no end to the

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political dispute or the suffering of refugees.

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Police in Kazakhstan have arrested dozens of anti-government protesters

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after they held rallies against controversial land reforms.

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That has angered many who believe it will open the door for its nearest

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neighbour 's Tyne Tracker China to come in and take over land and that

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anger has now turned against the authoritarian leader. The President

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has been in power for 27 years, with more analysis here is our reporter.

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It is about land and power, but what is underlining this process is a

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general dissatisfaction with a government that in the judgment of

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many observers is authoritarian, people do not have much say about

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whether country is heading. It has been having a difficult time,

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Kazakhstan depends on oil, it is a big oil exporter, the second largest

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uranium export and the oil prices have gone down and people are

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suffering there. All these republics, because they are now 25

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years old, are bit nationalists, there is a surge of identities,

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there is quite a strong feeling in what are regarded as foreign powers

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being seen to try and take over. China is a big investor, I think

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that is one of the more emotive reasons that play into that, but I

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think probably, the dissatisfaction with the government plays a big part

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in this. A group of people on a hot air

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balloon have been rescued by a passing boat in the sea off

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the Australian coast. Nine passengers leapt

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from the balloon's basket onto the vessel, after the aircraft

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began to run low on fuel, raising fears it may

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ditch into the water. A great view of the ocean near the

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Australian city of Melbourne but a little closer than these hot air

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balloon passengers were expecting. Flying just meters above the sea in

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Port Phillip Bay and running low on fuel, the only option was to lighten

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the load. Luckily a passing motorboat realised what was

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happening and with some precision flying, the balloon pilot began

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unloading passengers. We just got out there and I think the wind did

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not behave the way they were expecting. They could not quite get

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it to land so they drifted over the Bay, but the pilot did really well.

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He was pretty calm. With the last passenger safely off the stricken

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aircraft it was up to the pilot to guide the balloon to a nearby beach.

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None of the passengers or the pilot were injured in the incident. Local

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police are investigating. Very lucky escape.

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Now to Ethiopia where skateboarding as a sport is barely five years

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old but it is attracting hundreds of young fans in the

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The first concrete Skate Park is now up and running.

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It was constructed with the help of local skateboarders and the NGO

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'MAKE LIFE - SKATE LIFE', which has built similar

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parks in India, Bolivia, Jordan, and Myanmar.

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I skate seven hours of the day. I start at three o'clock and skate all

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night. It is a nice thought. I am going to

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be a professional. -- sport. Me and my friends started organising. After

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that, we found this park and now we can build another skate park. There

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was no skate park in Ethiopia, only this. It has been here for 45 years.

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-- four or five years. Now we are like amateurs, after some

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years, we are going to be professional. Then we will play for

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Ethiopia. That is it from me and the team,

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goodbye for now. Good evening. For cricket fans, the

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first test at Headingley was a roller-coaster ride of emotions,

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this was the scene earlier today, rain stopped play and looked pretty

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bleak and for a time the rain was quite heavy. The

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