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Broadcasting in the UK and around the world. A week of tragedy in the

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Mediterranean Sea. Up to 700 migrants are feared drowned in three

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separate ship wrecks off the Libyan coast, according to the UN. In

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Britain, two senior Conservatives tell the primaries that he must

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admit he cannot cut immigration as long as Britain remains in the

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youth. And the French and German leaders mark the Centenary of the

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bloodiest battle of World War I. The heart stopping moment a child was at

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the mercy of a gorilla at a zoo in America.

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Good evening and welcome to BBC World News Today.

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The UN refugee agency say the number of migrants who drowned in the

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Mediterranean in the past two days could be as high as 700. The

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information comes from survivors who have been taken to Italy. Our

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correspondent has been following the story. The end of a terrifying

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ordeal as the Italian navy ship brings people ashore. On board, 629

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people who were saved. They were picked up just in time. Many are too

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weak to walk. Also, those who did not make the journey alive. 45 Ortiz

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brought ashore. By interviewing survivors officials have got more

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information about the extent of the tragedies at sea. The UN refugees

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agency says it now believes around 700 people died last week. It could

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have been worse, rescue teams were working flat out, the UN says a

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staggering 15,000 lives were saved last week in the Mediterranean.

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What is happening is that this is the new normal.

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It is awful, but basically the central Mediterranean route

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has been confirmed as the most dreadful.

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It is very much needed to open some legal way for those who have right

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otherwise they will continue to get on these really flimsy boats.

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And the smugglers, the survivors told us,

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that there are smugglers literally pushing them onto the boat,

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Those desperate to reach Europe are at the mercy of smuggling gangs who

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value money more than lives. A terrifying capsize. This happened on

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Wednesday. Now we learn that at least 100 of the passengers are

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missing. People rescued say that another entire boat officials knew

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nothing about sank off the Libyan coast. There is no record of names

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of precise numbers of the victims of this tragedy which looks likely to

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continue into the summer. Two senior Conservatives have called

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on David Cameron to accept his failure to cut migration, saying the

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goal is unachievable unless Britain leaves the European Union. Downing

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Street said it was an attempt to distract voters from the economic

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case for membership. In further signs of divisions in the party is

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some backbench MPs suggested that the time Mr could face a vote of no

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confidence. A moment of unity, even triumph,

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before the referendum began. Now, there are bitter rivals

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in the ranks and David Cameron has been openly confronted

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where he and the campaign he leads to remain an EU

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member is most vulnerable, the tricky issue

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of migration control. Boris Johnson's been close

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to David Cameron - they both know he wants his job -

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and Michael Gove has been even Now they have combined

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to tell their PM openly the Tory pledge to cut migration into Britain

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isn't worth the paper In an open letter, they write:

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"The promise net immigration could be cut to tens

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of thousands is not achievable. Failure to keep it was

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corrosive of public trust." A fellow campaigner to get out

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of the EU wants to calm the confrontation but

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stands by the warning. This needs to be a campaign

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that is relentlessly reasonable. What we are doing from the Leave

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side is saying, Everyone involved in this debate

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needs to accept that if we vote to remain in the United Kingdom,

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in the European Union, we cannot set limits on the number

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of people who come and live and work Away from Westminster's war games,

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to people with better things to do I don't know what is going

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to make me vote which way. I don't know which way

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I'm going to vote. The amount of people

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coming over now, it is... to a small country like ours,

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I think we need to have You have got 200,000 people trying

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to get into Britain, say. If you are in the EU,

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whether you are out of it, Between warring politicians

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it is getting personal. Remain campaign leaders,

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who include the PM, are too privileged to understand how mass

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migration hits the poor. Downing Street says the Leave side

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is losing arguments Big names in the Remain camp say

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the Leavers are plain wrong. I'm completely sensitive

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to the issue of immigration. And you have to be

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in politics today. What I'm completely opposed

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to is their answer to it, Among Tory MPs, the chatter over

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coffee is about mutiny There is no sign it's spread out

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of control yet, but Eurosceptics feel it is David Cameron's side

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that won't play fair. One of the most militant has broken

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cover and gone public. I think there's at least 50

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colleagues who are dissatisfied with the way that the Prime Minister

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has put himself front and centre of a fairly outrageous

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Remain campaign. They would demand a vote

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of no confidence? And now the Prime Minister may also

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need a win for his Remain campaign - and a big one - to see off his

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enemies and stabilise his party. The leaders of Germany and France

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have stood side-by-side at a commemoration of the longest battle

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in World War I. It lasted almost ten months and 300,000 lives were lost.

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Our correspondent is following the events of the day for us. A day of

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solemn remembrance. At the German cemetery, they laid a

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wreath. Accompanied by four children, two from France, two from

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Germany. Verdun, one of the most brutal battles of the First World

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War. A savage war of attrition for just a few square miles of land.

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Tens of millions of shells were fired. Hundreds of thousands of

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French and German soldiers lost their lives. The trauma of the

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conflict was so great that it took many years before the two countries

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were able to hold a joint commemoration. But in 1984, the

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French and German leaders met and were photographed holding hands

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there. The gesture became a symbol of French and German reconciliation.

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Angela Merkel says the lessons should not be forgotten.

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TRANSLATION: The name Verdun stands for incomprehensible cruelty and the

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futility of war, as well as the lessons learned and the

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Francoise Hollande, saying the town had become a symbol of peace.

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TRANSLATION: Verdun is a city that represents the worst - where Europe

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lost itself 100 years ago, but also the best -

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where the city has been able to invest, to unify for peace

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and for the French-German friendship.

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In the afternoon both leaders visited the cemetery from the French

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soldiers. They lit a flame and briefly shook hands. Hundreds of

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children from both countries took part in a performance recalling the

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events of the battle and expressing the hope for peace in the future.

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A look at some of the day's other stories. 18 Albanians, believed to

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be migrants, are among 20 people rescued from a boat in the English

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Channel. It is understood some of the passengers phoned relatives in

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Calais to say there were in trouble after their boat began taking in

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water. French authorities were then alerted and contacted the UK

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coastguard. At least 17 people have died in a fire at an elderly peoples

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home in Ukraine. It broke out in the early hours of Sunday in a village

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north of Kiev. The authorities say the building was used as an illegal

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temporary house for 35 elderly people. And Lufthansa has announced

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it will suspend flights to Venezuela, suffering a deepening

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economic crisis, saying currency controls make it impossible for

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airlines to convert their earnings into dollars. It is an awful dilemma

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for a zoo keeper to face, what to do if a visitor gets into the same

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enclosure is a potentially dangerous animal. That is exactly what

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happened in Cincinnati in the USA when a young boy fell in to a

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gorilla pen. Screams of disbelief as people

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watched the four-year-old boy being His mother calls out to

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reassure him. The child has just crawled

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through a barrier at the zoo, The gorilla weighs almost 30 stones,

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but moves fast. The staff at Cincinnati Zoo had

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a difficult decision to make. Harambe, our 17-year-old gorilla

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male, is a great big animal, 400lb, went down and got him,

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carried him up into the moat, was moving him around and it seemed

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very much by our professional team, our dangerous animal response team,

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to be a life-threatening situation. The four-year-old boy was taken

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to hospital but was not reported The zoo staff said they couldn't

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have tranquillised the gorilla instead of killing him because that

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would have taken several They thought that was too long as

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the gorilla appeared agitated. The team did a good job

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and they made a tough choice and they made the right choice

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because they saved that The zoo had hoped he would help

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father of the guerrillas to help preserve a rare and endangered

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species, the enclosure will be closed until further notice.

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Earlier, I ask an expert in wild gorillas at the University of

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Cambridge weather staff at the zoo made the right decision.

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It is extremely difficult to have a good sense of how much the child was

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at risk. It is unfortunate. They did what they thought they had to do.

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This has happened before in zoos in the United States, in a case before,

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the adult male silverback actually protected the child from other

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gorillas. Contrary to the ferocious look, adult male gorillas are really

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sweethearts, gentle parents. I don't think the child was in that great

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danger. You are talking about what happened in 1986, the silverback in

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the island of Jersey who ended up protecting their child. It is a

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difficult call. Gorillas are very human, quite nurturing by nature.

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You watched the footage, I presume. What do you make, when you look at

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it? How do you perceive the mannerisms of the silverback? He was

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excited, as you can understand, it was an unusual experience. I do

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think there was mayhem in his heart. I think he was just a jazzed up by

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the fact it had happened. He was excited, then you heard people

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screaming in the background, the child is upset, etc. So he was

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excited. And the mother was excited, she was shouting whilst watching as

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well. That was the danger that they gorilla could have, by accident, but

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the child. It all raises the question as to whether the animal

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should be in a zoo at all. That is an extremely thorny issue. On the

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one hand I am a wildlife guy, I love animals in the wild, but there is an

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educational role that zoos play, it was eventually what motivated me to

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conserve in the wild. I don't have a good answer whether it is the right

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thing to do or not. Still to come, what is stuck down this whole? A

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baby elephant. The next dilemma, how to rescue it?

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In the biggest international sporting spectacle ever seen a

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million people have taken part in sponsored athletic events to aid

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families in Africa. The first of what the makers of Star

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Wars hope will be thousands of Jews started at seven a.m..

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The scuffles built into fighting, the fighting into a full skill riot,

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as Liverpool supporters broke into the Juventus enclosure. The police

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had lost control. The world will mourn at this tragic

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death today. The father of the Indian people on the day of

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independence. The Oprah Winfrey show comes to an

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end after 25 years and more than 4500 episodes. It made her one of

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the richest people on the planet. Geri Halliwell, known as Ginger

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spice, announces she has left the Spice Girls.

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I don't believe it, girl power. Why? A warm welcome back. This is BBC

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world News today. The latest headlines: the United Nations says

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that around 700 migrants are feared to have drowned off the coast of

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Libya in the past week. In Britain, two senior Conservatives tell the

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Prime Minister he must admit he cannot cut immigration as long as

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Britain remains in the EU. The Iraqi government says it has

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made significant advances in its effort to drive out Islamic State

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extremists from the city of Fallujah but there is growing concern for the

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50,000 civilians still trapped in the city. Jim Muir travelled with

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Iraqi forces. Around-the-clock, heavy

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artillery shells blasting Fighters from so-called

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Islamic State are still dug in there nearly a week

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into the campaign. The attack on the city itself

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still has not begun. This is the centre of the town

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of Garma, which until recently was held by IS, the militants

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from the so-called Islamic State, now firmly in the hands of Iraqi

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security forces and a strange mixture of Shia militia,

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mixed in with the government forces and so on, also some Sunni elements,

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so it is a whole coalition moving You can still hear gunfire

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here but that is celebration, The ground carpeted

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with spent cartridges. A suspected car bomb taken

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out by an air strike. The only sign that IS was here,

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a hastily-torn-down black banner. Safe enough for government ministers

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and top brass from Baghdad The interior minister said there had

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been only a limited number of civilians in what was a battle

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zone, but that some had made their way to safety

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with the security forces. Many of those who fled are clearly

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traumatised and terrified. The UN says more civilians are being

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executed by IS for trying to escape. TRANSLATION: We have been hiding

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from them for the past three days. If they had caught us,

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they would have killed us. Although camps have been

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set up to receive them, their ordeal is not

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over once they flee. Men of fighting age are separated

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out for interrogation as possible extremists,

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leaving their families worried. As the noose tightens around

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Fallujah, there is growing concern for an estimated 50,000 civilians

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still trapped in the centre. The IS fighters aren't

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letting them out. They have constructed

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tunnels and other defences. The battle for Fallujah could be

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long, hard and devastating Let's catch up with the latest

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sport. Defending Formula One world

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champion, Lewis Hamilton, has won his first race of the season,

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snatching the Monico Grand Prix from Daniel Ricciardo, starting from pole

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position in the first time in his career, but the Red Bull mechanics

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were caught off-guard during a pit stop, costing Ricciardo the lead.

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Hamilton has cut the lead of Nico Rosberg at the top of the

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championship to 24 points. Thank you to my team for providing me with a

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great car that saw me through to the end. I am honestly lost forwards. I

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prayed for a day like this and it came true. I feel truly blessed.

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From the outside we put on a show. But it should not have been as

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exciting as it was, to be honest. But this two' I have been screwed.

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It sucks, it hurts, but thank you everyone for sticking it out, I

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appreciated. -- that is two weekends in a row I have been screwed. Andy

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Murray defeated the American John Isner after a rain delay, he will

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now play the ninth seed, Richard Gasquet. He is the only French

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player left in the singles draw. Defending champion, Stanislave

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Wawrinka also booked a quarterfinal place, he will play a Spanish

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left-hander who is not Rafa Nadal. Last year's Wimbledon finalist,

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Muguruza defeated the final French Open champion and will now play the

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world number 108, Shelby Rogers of the USA. There are only five players

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ranked lower than Rogers who have reached a quarterfinal of the French

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Open in the last 30 years. Sri Lanka prevented another England victory

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within three days in the second test. The hosts had forced the

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tourists to follow-on after bowling them out for 101 but Sri Lanka

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showed fight, the captain Angelo Mathews led by example, they

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finished the day on 309-5, trailing England by 88. England's Rugby union

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team have defeated Wales 27-13 in an international match at Wigan.

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England ran in five tries in their final match before heading on tour

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to Australia. George Ford had a day to forget, missing six kicks. Wales

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visit New Zealand for their Test match tour next month. Time to tell

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you that a former Formula One test driver is the winner of the

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Indianapolis 500, Alexander Rossi managing to stretch his fuel to the

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finish. In India African students are

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planning to hold an antiracism rally in the capital to protest against a

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spate of attacks. But local police say they do not believe the attacks

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were racially motivated. I spoke to a lecturer at the University of

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Northampton earlier about his experience at the Delhi School of

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economics. People do not like to talk about it,

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because it is very uncomfortable to be a guest in a country and raise an

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issue of such ugly, yet magnificent proportions. I did my doctorate at

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Delhi University. I lived there for seven and a half years. It is

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covered with fair skinned, fair skin cream advertise and the summer. For

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Africans, we see it as the other side of the coin of the races we

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face in India. Can you give me specific examples of

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racist attacks you suffered during your time in India? Did you report

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them? Complain to the university? The police? Was anything done?

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Who do you report to when you with a property dealer and one of the

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landlords says, I do not want to rent to blacks? That was a common

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occurrence I heard from students and I also faced it myself. I was in

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shock. As a student I did not know what to do. Remember, we're talking

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about students. Any of the Africans who, to Delhi are students, coming

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with a specific purpose, they are not there by chance. So who do you

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report to when people will not serve you, or push you out of the way

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because a European person is behind you? Who do you report that too?

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A team of wildlife officers in Sri Lanka have come to the rescue of a

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baby elephant after it fell down a drain.

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Stuck inside a small drain, this baby elephant made desperate

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But the gap was too narrow and attempts at first

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It was part of a herd that had wandered into the area

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near Hambantota in southern Sri Lanka.

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The mother elephant wouldn't leave the calf alone and the authorities

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had to use firecrackers to chase her away so

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After four hours of struggle, the baby elephant was pulled out.

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The terrified baby elephant had no energy to stand on its own.

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While the authorities believed it has a broken leg.

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It is estimated that about 300 to 400 elephants inhabit

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With more and more forest land being cleared, elephants are running

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A German opposition leader has had a chocolate cake shop in her face in

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protest at her stance on the migrants. The prominent member of

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the German far left party is calling for a limit on the number of

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refugees Germany should accept, putting her at odds with others in

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the party. A group calling itself the antifascist initiative

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distributed flyers pointing to her position on migrants as a motive for

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throwing taken her face. Thank you for watching.

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