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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The first in Paris injured several children who were at

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And in Germany 35 people are hospitalised as lightning

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The World Health Organisation says the Rio Olympics should go ahead

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as planned - despite some medical experts calling for the Games to be

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delayed or moved because of the Zika Virus.

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Who will be driving off with the Champions League title -

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Real Madrid currently lead Athletico 1-0.

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11 people, most of them children, have been struck by lightning

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at a park in the French capital, Paris.

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The children were celebrating a birthday party at Monceau Park

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An off-duty fireman immediately began first aid, and officials said

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the situation would have been much worse if he hadn't been there.

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Here's the Paris fire service spokesman, Eric Moulin.

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The BBC's Bethany Bell is in Paris with the details.

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The Paris firefighter commander was off duty today in his civilian

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clothes visiting a museum nearby and saw people running and came to see

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what was going on and saw on the ground people including two adults

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who were unconscious. He saw who was most serious and dead a quick triage

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and first aid and alerted emergency services and guided them so he had a

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most serious effect. The BBC's Bethany Bell

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is in Paris with the details. We have just heard a statement from

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the Interior Ministry in France saying these 11 people were struck

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by lightning. It is Parc Monceau, in quite a wealthy area not far from

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the Arc de riomphe. We understand these people had been having a

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children's's birthday party when the storm hit and some reports suggest

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they had been taking shelter under a tree. 11 people and your band

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reports on French television have suggested an off duty firefighter

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was wandering through the park and solve what had happened. He went ten

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and gave them first aid and authority said if he had not done

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that the situation would have been much worse. The injured have been

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taken to hospital. And a second lightning strike has

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struck on a soccer pitch in western Germany at the end of a match

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between children leaving 35 wounded The incident occurred

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at Hoppstadten, about 180 The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro

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has echoed the view of the World Health Organisation

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that the Olympic Games should go ahead in August,

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despite calls for their postponement due to the Zika virus

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threat in Brazil. The Mayor of Rio de Janeiro,

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Eduardo Paes says thousands of health workers are monitoring

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the situation and inspections are being stepped up,

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with mosquito eradication teams Less than ten weeks ago until the

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world's best athletes are here competing for medals. A huge amount

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of work goes into hosting. The organisers scrambled to get

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everything ready and are also fighting a major public health

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emergency spread by mosquitoes. Tens of thousands of cases of the Zika

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virus leading to severe birth defects. 150 scientists and experts

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say it would be unethical for the games to go ahead. They say they're

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Dizzee Rascal the Olympics accelerating the spread of the virus

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and warn the Spain and Brazil has more serious medical consequences

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than previously known. 500,000 visitors are expected. It is not

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people coming from the UK but people coming from countries where malaria

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is endemic and taking it back to places in Asia and Africa where

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there already malaria and the chances of it becoming endemic is a

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much more serious problem. There is no known vaccine or cure although

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most people who get it have mild symptoms but it is suspected of

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leading to thousands of babies being born with underdeveloped brains. In

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a letter the scientists say efforts to eradicate mosquitoes have failed.

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Zika has reached more than 60 countries and the World Health

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Organisation says it is bound to keep spreading but there is no need

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to change the date or venue. Based on a careful risk assessment and all

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the information gathered so far, these games should go ahead as

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planned and we should continue to work to make sure they are as safe

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as possible. The Olympic torch is already making its way and billions

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have been spent on construction and commercial rights. After political

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turmoil this is another blow for Brazil but it seems unlikely the

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games will be halted. Soren Holm is joining

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me from Manchester. He is a signatory of the open letter

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to the World Health Organisation. What is your reaction to the

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reaction? First of all I am surprised at how quickly they

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thought they could react because it was less than 12 hours after our

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letter was publicised that they actually felt they had secured

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enough evidence to answer. They didn't just spend 12 hours looking

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into it and presumably have been examining it since the outbreak

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began, not just since they got your letter? Of course they have been

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looking into Zika but our letter is about a specific issue which is the

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risk that having the Olympics will read to Zika spreading rapidly

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outside the Americas where it is currently contained. But why is your

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research more definitive than the World Health Organisation's

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research, and your opinion? What do you know that they don't? I think

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the difference is, and this has been evident in some of the commentary,

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that they are primarily looking at the number of people going and a bit

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of Brazil, and as you rightly say that number is always high, but the

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Olympics is a very specific global event which means that people from a

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number of countries who don't normally go to Brazil as two arrests

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will call, especially people from low income countries in the tropics,

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where the particular family of mosquito is endemic across the

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world. Why can we not just continue with the advice of if you are

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pregnant, don't go? What are the dangerous to other people if they

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are not pregnant or not trying to start a family? Why is it worrying

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you so much? It just takes one person to be infected and go back to

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an area where these mosquitoes are, and that that person is bitten by a

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mosquito back home, he or she can start a chain where the virus

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spreads in that country. Our worry is not primarily about the people

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going to reveal, because it is an unpleasant disease, but if you're

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not pregnant or planning on pregnancy, it is not that serious,

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but the problem is that you carry it for probably up to a couple of

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months after being infected, so going back to a place where there

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are the right kind of mosquitoes is highly problematic. So you are

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worried about the spread and we have to leave it there but thank you.

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The Russian Olympic Committee says eight Russian athletes are among

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those who've tested as positive for doping in re-tested samples

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The names of the eight athletes haven't been revealed

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but a statement said they came from three different

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The statement comes a day after the International Olympic

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Committee revealed that 23 athletes from the London Olympics

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Vladimir Putin has been taking part in celebrations at one of the most

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sacred sites Orthodox Christianity. The secluded monastery. One of the

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holiest sites for Orthodox Christians. Vladimir Putin's visit

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demonstrates further the deep ties between Greece and Russia, the two

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countries celebrate the same fate. The few hours he has spent here will

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resonate loudest in Russia. Russian monks have spent a life of players

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and communal work here for 1000 years. This is the year of the

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millennium celebrations of their presence on Mount Athos and a chance

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for a Vladimir Putin tissue of some Russian pride. The Russian President

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game to Greece with the intent of reinforcing the relationship was one

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of those few allies in the EU. In Athens, he offered a package of

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promises for investment. He was given words of support weeks before

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the EU is likely to renew sanctions imposed against Russia in 2014 over

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its involvement in the Ukrainian conflict. The vicious circle of

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militarisation and cold War rhetoric and sanctions is not productive. The

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solution is dialogue. In front of discussions next month, Greece is

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unlikely to break ranks with the rest of the EU. Asked about the

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disputed region the Russian President stood firm. As for Crimea,

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we believe the issue has been closed. This is a historic decision

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of the people who live there and Russia will not get into any

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discussions about it. And so this was his first visit to an EU country

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this year. His next book remains unknown but it may be somewhere he

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can hope to weaken the unanimity of the union further. We will go back

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to our top story and those dreadful lightning strikes, one in Paris and

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one in Germany. With me now is Sarah Keith-Lucas

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from the BBC Weather centre. Is this just a freak coincidence

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that Paris and West Germany both get struck? It is fairly unusual that we

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have such widespread storms and it is not unusual this time of year, so

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late spring and summer is the peak time but the extent today has been

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phenomenal. Lightning detectors were recording up to 18,000 lightning

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strikes every hour. Very very widespread and intense. A

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slow-moving system that has been charming and developing throughout

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the day. The chances increase of such a wide area. How does lightning

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will work and just how much danger or Ian? What we need for these big

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thunderstorms we are seeing is that he thinks, heat, humidity and

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instability in the atmosphere. The has been coming up from North Africa

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and the Mediterranean pushing across parts of Italy and Germany, so these

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have been warming up and higher up in the atmosphere the pressure has

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been falling so layer on top of the hot air has lead to instability, so

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hot air rises and we have had these huge clouds developing. It is that

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upward movement, soak updraughts and downdraughts creating the cloud,

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becoming charged. That huge amount of electrical charge needs to

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discharge and finds the shortest route to conduct the electricity.

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And quickly, what would your advice be, to get indoors food is any

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chance? Absolutely, indoors as quick as you can and if you are out and

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but said beneath tall trees. If you are the trees look for the shortest

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three, move away from whatever and metal and isolated Paul objects.

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Don't go away, still to come. Remembering the Battle of Jutland,

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100 years after thousands of British and German sailors died in the

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largest naval battle of the First World War.

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The first of what the makers hope will be thousands of queues started

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forming at seven a.m.. Taunting letters scuffles and finally a

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full-scale riot. The Belgian police lost control. The whole world will

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mourn the tragic death today. He was the father of the Indian people. The

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Oprah Winfrey show comes to an end after 25 years and more than 4500

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episodes. It has made her one of the richest people on the planet. She

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has announced she has left the Spice Girls. Quite?

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Two lightning strikes in Europe have no more than 40 people, some

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seriously. The World Health Organisation plays down concerns

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over the spread of the Zika Pieris amid calls from some scientists for

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the Olympics to be postponed. There have been reports of heavy

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fighting in northern Syria as militants from the Islamic State

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group launched an attack on a rebel-held town

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near the Turkish border. Aid workers fear thousands

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of civilians who are trapped in Marea, which is less than thirty

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kilometres from Turkey. IS has been attacking rebel-held

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towns in the area close to the city of Aleppo over the last few days -

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around the same time that Kurdish led forces in northeastern city

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began a new offensive close to their de facto

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headquarters of Raqqa. With me now is Peter Neumann

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from King's College London - What are Islamic state up to? Is

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this an act of desperation or are they trying to reclaim areas they

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have lost? An important thing to realise is that over the last 12

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months Islamic state have been losing territory. 40% of the

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territory they had held on 2014, 40% on the Syrian side. They are under a

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lot of pressure and on the defensive and what they are regrouping to do

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is to hold the two key cities. More so on the Iraqi side. I think the

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international coalition is starting to want to retake, starting and

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offensive. They are between two thorns because you have the western

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government and the coalition who want us to know they are winning the

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war against Islamic state and Islamic state are saying the same

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thing. A social media and propaganda war. How do we know Islamic speaker

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weaken -- Islamic state are weakening? The spokesman for Islamic

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state for the first time admitted they were under pressure and had

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lost leaders and territorial. Not doing deals with the Syrian

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government. Not really. What is happening is that they feel a lot of

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pressure and it is important to realise Isis is a transnational

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ideology which has supporters everywhere in the world and as any a

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lot of other places like Libya and Afghanistan and Nigeria and in those

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places, in some of those, it is actually expanding whilst it is

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under pressure. So where do you think Islamic state will be in a

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year or two or three years? It will be difficult to maintain themselves

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in Syria and Iraq even though there is a deep political alternative but

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they will continue to shrink, and they might respond by trying to

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respond by lashing out, possibly by carrying out terrorist attacks.

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Becoming bored of a terrorist group and less of an army on the ground?

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Going from being a state into an insurgent and a terrorist

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organisation, because that is also what are expecting. Whenever the

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terrorist attack happens they are hugely enthusiastic and

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reinvigorated and start believing in the organisation. If you want to

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save Isis is a brand that is what you have to do. Thank you. Let's

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catch up with the sport now. We're heading towards the closing

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stages of the Champions For the second time in 3 years

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it's a Madrid derby, and it's currently Real Madrid

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who have the advantage And just like the final

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between these sides in 2014, Real defender Sergio Ramos has scored -

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he got on the end of Wales' Gareth Bale's flick

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on at the near post. were awarded a penalty,

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but Antoine Griezmann hit it too So the score is still

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1-0 to Real Madrid. Hull City are back in

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the English Premier League. They beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in

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the championship play off final. It means they join Burnley

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and Middlesbrough in promotion it was a touch of absolute class

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that one this for Hull. The goal was scored by Mo Diame and it was that

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touch of quality that distinguished the sides in this disappointing

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performance as far as Sheffield Wednesday is concerned. Their

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goalkeeper was brilliant with two great saves and the only real chance

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when they offered was in the first-half. 70,000 people saw this

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but it has to be said that Hull have won it on merit and were the better

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side and even the Sheffield Wednesday fans leaving now seeing

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exactly that. It is Hull City who will be playing in the Premier

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League next season. And well done to them.

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There was another twist in the Formula one season

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as the Australian Daniel Riccardo secured his first ever pole position

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On a circuit notoriously difficult for overtaking, he will start ahead

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of Championship leader Nico Rosberg and the reigning champion

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Lewis Hamilton, whose car stalled in the final part of qualifying.

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England are closing in on victory in the second test

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Difficult qualifying and I don't really know what to say but the good

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thing is I got up to do a lap and it wasn't as bad as some of the races

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have been in that respect. I am grateful to be up in third and

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obviously pole position was there for the taking but I will do it I

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can tomorrow to salvage what they can.

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England are closing in on victory in the second test

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After setting a huge total, declaring on 498 Sri Lanka have

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crumbled in reply in their first innings.Moeen Ali did the damage

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for England with the bat as he hit an unbeaten 155.

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an almost certain follow-on after they slumped to 91

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for eight at the close, still 407 behind England

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Rain caused delays in Paris at the French Open -

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there's been thunder, lightning and power-cuts

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at Roland Garros, but it didn't stop world number one Novak Djokovic

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from making easy work of British number two Alijaz Bedene.

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He won in straight sets 6-2,

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Djokovic now faces Spain's Roberto Bautista Agut

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Saracens have become the first English rugby union side to complete

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a domestic and European double since 2004.

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They beat Exeter 28-20 in the Premiership final

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At Murrayfield, Connacht clinched their first Pro12

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title with a 20 points to 10 win over Leinster in an all-Irish final.

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A hundred years ago more than eight thousand British and German sailors

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died in the largest naval battle of the First World War,

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It took place in the North Sea off the coast of Denmark

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and today wreaths were laid at a service in Rosyth.

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a 36-hour battle that left so many dead.

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We come together today in remembrance and thanksgiving to

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honour all naval personnel who served in the Battle of Jutland.

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On 31st of May 1916, and June 1st,

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14 British and 11 German ships were sunk

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and more than 6,000 British servicemen were killed.

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The Battle of Jutland pitted the two most powerful naval

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forces of their time against each other.

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Although indecisive, it significantly weakened the

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German navy and changed the course of the war.

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Relatives of those who fought and died came to

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but her uncle, just 16, was killed.

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because, always, the tradition of commemoration

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and the rituals of commemoration are important,

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A series of commemorations will culminate on Tuesday,

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100 years to the day since the battle began.

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Eleven people -- most of them children --

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have been struck by lightning at a park in the French

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Another lightning strike at a children's football match

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in Hoppstadten in Germany is said to have injured 35

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This comes as fierce thunderstorms strike many countries across Europe.

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That is all from the programme and from me and the team, thanks for

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