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I don't want to call it the whip, I call it the snake, you know.

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So you call it whatever you want to call it,

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that's what you learn from Muhammad, you know, be yourself.

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The closer it gets, the more bitter the two rival campaigns get over

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whether the UK stays in the European Union.

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Now, two senior members of the same ruling Conservative Party,

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but from opposite sides of the debate, have clashed.

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The former Prime Minister John Major accused the Leave campaign

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of misleading people over the costs of pulling out of the EU.

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But Boris Johnson defended the Leave campaign's numbers.

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Here's our political correspondent, Ben Wright.

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But today, the former Tory prime minister let rip,

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I am angry at the way the British people are being misled.

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I think their campaign is verging on the squalid.

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What they have said about leaving is fundamentally dishonest.

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I think this is a deceitful campaign.

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He used to be caricatured as grey, but this was a Technicolor assault

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Vote Leave have said some of the cash Britain currently

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spends on being a member of the European Union could be

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But Sir John Major said leading Conservatives could not be trusted

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Boris wanted to charge people for using it,

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and Iain Duncan Smith wanted a social insurance system.

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The NHS is about as safe with them as a pet hamster would be

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He then turned to Turkey, saying the Leave campaign's claim

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the country would soon join the EU was misleading.

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Is it seriously suggested, as they do, that all 88 million

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Apparently, for our higher National Living Wage?

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On the one hand, they say migrants are depressing wages,

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and on the other, people are flooding in to get our

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Turkey has applied to join the European Union, and the UK does

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The Government insists that's decades away,

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but Boris Johnson defended the Leave campaign's decision

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The statement Turkey is joining the EU is not true, is it?

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Turkey has been joining the EU since 1963.

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You join or you don't join, but it isn't true, is it?

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That is what John Major was talking about.

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Frankly, I don't mind whether Turkey joins the EU, provided

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Turkey is bound up with the issue of immigration, and the Leave

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campaign says outside the EU, total net migration to Britain

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could be cut to the tens of thousands, a pledge

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the Government has been unable to meet.

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Unconditional numbers coming in not only depress

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wages for working people, it is also a case that they put

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considerable strain on public services, on housing,

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on the National Health Service, and of course on school places.

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We grew very successfully in the 1980s and 1990s with

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This referendum is laying bare deep Tory divisions over Europe that have

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existed since John Major was in Number 10 himself,

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and somehow the Government will have to move beyond this,

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Tory civil war over Europe is probably not a drama most

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voters are interested in, and both sides are trying

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to wrestle the arguments back to the issue at stake.

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We have a short time to go until the referendum,

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and what people want to hear are the arguments.

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What we're setting out on the Leave side of the campaign is an agenda

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for the Government to take back control on June the 23rd of a lot

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of things that really matter to the people of this country.

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There is a huge choice in front of voters,

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the biggest in a generation, and in Leeds today the rival

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campaigns were trying to clinch the undecided.

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The arguments are fierce because the vote is getting close.

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With me now is BBC political correspondent Tom Bateman.

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We were seeing that the acrimonious incredible. How will this party

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govern after the vote? What is really interesting is that you have

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a former Prime Minister, Sir John Major, who during his time in office

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was characterised and often caricatured as being rather monotone

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and Dell, and yet what you had here was an incredibly spiky,

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uncharacteristically brazen intervention into the referendum

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campaign in which he was not only criticising those who want it in to

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leave the European Union, but these are senior members of his own party.

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He is a grant the figure of the Conservative Party, really laying

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into people who sit around the government table here in the UK. It

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shows you the heat this campaign is generating and the trouble they will

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have tried to stick themselves back together after the referendum. If

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one thing is clear, whoever wins the referendum, there will still be the

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same government running the UK. And it is being run by people who are

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now in open warfare. This is openly hostile behaviour between members of

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the governing party in the UK. That will present a clear challenge after

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the referendum. Just over two weeks to go. Do we have any indication

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which way this vote is going to go? Well, there is a cause polling

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evidence, as you would expect. However, it is important to say that

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recent experience in the UK, there was a general election last year in

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which the polls got things disastrously wrong and predicted an

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outcome that didn't bear fruit at all. A lot of the campaign then was

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spent discussing the possible permutations of a college in

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government, because that was what the polls at the time was adjusting.

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Lots of people have tried to learn the lessons from that and not put

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too much emphasis on what the polls are suggesting. They have tended to

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be around neck and neck, with perhaps a bit more emphasis on the

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Remain side. However, more recent polls have suggested that Leave

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might be pulling ahead. But it is important to treat those with a

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pinch of salt. We also had another lesson recently in British political

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history, which was the Scottish referendum campaign, Scotland

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answering the question over whether it wanted to become independent. One

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of the campaigning sides did very loud and energetic. You couldn't

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miss their campaigners in the streets, and yet the result went the

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other way towards the quiet majority who knew how they were going to

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vote. So it is hard to tell in these binary decision referendums, which

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way it will go. That is why you are seeing so much heat generated, as

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the pressure is on. Thank you. The United States has been stepping

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up air strikes in support of Kurdish and moderate Syrian rebel forces

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in Northern Syria, as they take The US has moved an aircraft carrier

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from the Gulf to the Mediterranean, It comes as Syrian regime forces

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are reported to have crossed into the IS heartland

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of Raqqa province. Our defence correspondent,

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Jonathan Beale, is with US forces on board the USS

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Harry S Truman carrier. America's most potent weapon

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in the fight against so-called Islamic State has quietly been

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on the move and changed It was launching strikes

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from the Gulf, but is now somewhere The last time the US launched

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attacks from here was 2003. These jets are flying their first

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missions from the Mediterranean, and they are much closer

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here to potential targets in Syria, where US special forces are already

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operating on the ground. He doesn't want us to give his real

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name, but he believes He's already dropped around 30 bombs

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on IS targets. I've personally seen the forward

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line of troops from the good guys When he launches, he knows

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he will be flying He refuels several times as he looks

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for a target. And when he returns,

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he tells us he dropped a 1000lb bomb We had no preplanned target,

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as it were, and then we talked on the radio with some of our forces

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and we found out what our target So you're talking to US

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people on the ground? It's not just US air power helping

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in the push towards Raqqa. Nor is America the only outside

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power trying to influence this war. And that may be another reason why

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this US warship is now sailing Russia will soon be sending its only

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carrier to these same waters. Jonathan Beale, BBC News,

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on board the Harry S Truman. Let me take you to Louisville in

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Kentucky, where Muhammad Ali's family is due to speak. We are due

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to hear from his family, who will be holding this press conference.

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Muhammad Ali of course passed away on Friday, 874. We will bring you

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the latest as soon as have it. What inspires me most about Muhammad Ali

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is staking a -- taking a stand for what you believe in. For him to take

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a stand against the war when he did, at the height of his career, that

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would be the equivalent of Brian James not play into my's final game.

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So that is huge, what Muhammad Ali did. He was a man of strength, a man

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of courage. Everyone admires him now, but there was a time when

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nobody liked him when he made an unpopular stance. But the message in

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his life is that if you stand for you believe in, you will be

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remembered long after you are gone. STUDIO: We will hear from the

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family. That will be in the next few hours. We will bring you that when

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we can. Iraqi forces say they have taken

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the southern edge of Falluja in their battle to remove

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the so-called Islamic The operation has been

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going on for two weeks now, but progress has been slow

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with troops facing stiff Peruvians are choosing between two

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conservative candidates Keiko Fujimori, daughter of former

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President Alberto Fujimori, is battling Pedro Pablo Kuczynski,

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a former World Bank economist. Suspected Islamist militants have

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murdered the wife of a senior police She was stabbed and shot

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as she walked with her son The Islamic State group

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also admitted murdering There have been waves

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of killings of minorities A woman has been killed by a shark

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off the west coast of Australia - the second such death there in less

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than a week. Police say she was diving in waters

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near the city of Perth with a man The 60-year-old woman was diving

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about two kilometres off the Mindarie coast near Perth

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when she was attacked. She was with a 43-year-old man,

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who told police that he felt something pass him in the water,

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and then a violent commotion. Three men on a nearby

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fishing boat saw that something was happening,

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and went to assist. The other boat that was in the water

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got between the male diver and the shark,

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and he was able to get back into his own boat,

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and he was able to pull the lady But the woman's injuries

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were severe and proved fatal. The fisherman told the police

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that the shark was longer than their boat, more

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than five metres in length. The woman is the second

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person killed by a shark in Western Australia in less

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than a week. On Tuesday, a surfer's leg

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was bitten off by a shark about 100 kilometres south of where the latest

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attack took place. 29-year-old Ben Gerring died

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from his injuries on Friday. An inspection of this damaged

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surfboard showed On Thursday, a four metre long great

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white shark was captured and killed, but it's not known if this

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shark was to blame for Stay with us on BBC

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World News - still to come: We investigate the illegal

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trade in bushmeat - one of the world's growing wildlife

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crimes. With less than three weeks

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until Britain votes in a referendum on whether to remain

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in the European Union, the former Prime minister John Major

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denounces the Leave campaign. A Christian shopkeeper has been

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hacked to death in Bangladesh, hours after the wife of a policeman was

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killed taking her son to school. than initial estimates two years

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ago, according to the UN's In a new report, they say

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international criminal gangs are netting profits estimated

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at $259 billion from ivory The Angolan government has pledged

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to close down the biggest market Our southern Africa correspondent

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Karen Allen reports from Luanda. A post-war generation may

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struggling to find jobs, but here, business is booming

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in the bushmeat trade. It may be illegal, but we didn't

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have to look far to find it. Although it may offend

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some sensibilities What they are selling

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here is a gazelle or an antelope. And it's not simply

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about traditions. One woman told me there is

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an economic reason for buying this. Monkey, snake, wildcat,

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gazelle, all for sale It may seem macabre,

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but this woman is among the millions They can't stop it, she tells me,

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and you can't compare the taste of this meat

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and the taste of chicken. And this is just

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the tip of the iceberg. Big crime syndicates

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are using markets like this bushmeat and ivory on an industrial

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scale, Wildlife, now bigger Access to markets is coming

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with cheap motorbikes coming into the landscape,

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enabling them to convert So the people are eating just

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the heads and guts of these animals. They're eating the big cats,

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moles and birds. It's cascading down

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into the ecosystem. Soldiers are now being rebranded

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as wildlife rangers as Angola promises to live up to international

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commitments to scale up efforts Daily, the poachers

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are killing animals. And we don't want them

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to kill any single animal, Pristine and wild, for some

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of the remotest parts of this region, there is still a chance

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to protect the wildlife. A proposal for a major conservation

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zone is now on the table, in an effort to cheat the criminals

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and avoid the looming threat that these majestic creatures

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could very soon face extinction. What a great day for Novak Djokovic.

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Absolutely. Novak Djokovic has become only

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the eighth man in history to win all four Grand Slams and he now

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holds all four titles at the same time, after beating Andy Murray

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in the French Open final. It's the one Djokovic had always

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wanted, after being a losing finalist three times at Roland

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Garros. But having won 11 Majors,

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the French is his 12th. Murray, meanwhile, was hoping

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to become the first British man to win the French since 1935,

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but was outclassed after winning I am privileged and honoured to be

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alongside Rod Laver Arena. Today, I probably experienced one of the most

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beautiful moment in my professional tennis career. Next to this one, I

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would probably say it was Wimbledon back in 2011. These moments are

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remarkable and unforgettable. I didn't serve particularly well after

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the first set, which can be a factor against him. He is one of the best

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returners, so if you don't serve so well, it will make things tough.

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That is the one thing right now that I could pick. I am sure there are a

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few other things I could have done better. But he definitely raise his

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game as well and deserved to win. One of those men looking happy, the

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other sad, as you can understand. Euro 2016 is now less than a week

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away, with hosts France opening the tournament on Friday

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against Romania in Paris. But several other teams

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in the tournament got their last bit of practice in on Sunday,

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ahead of the tournament. Belgium beat Norway 3-2,

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with Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard The Czech Republic were shocked

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at home to South Korea. Russia, who are in England

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and Wales's group, drew, while the Welsh themselves had

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a disappointing defeat against another Euro

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2016 side, Sweden. It's done now. Disappointed, of

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course we are. One thing I know about this bunch, they are a great

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set of lads, fantastic people to work with. And it's up to me and my

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staff now just to make sure we give them some reminders about what they

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have done, but they are capable of, and make sure they are in a positive

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frame of mind next week. Mo Farah broke the British 3,000m

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record, as he dominated the field at the Diamond League meeting

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in Birmingham this afternoon. While the 5 and 10k Olympic champion

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wasn't racing against the most dangerous Kenyan or Ethiopian

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athletes, he still impressed, and took a tenth of a second off

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that British record. Incredible, I am happy with that. I

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thought I had just missed it. You got it by a tenth. Close one! The

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crowd made a big difference. Bit tired in the last lap.

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40-year-old Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis won

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America's Michael Rodgers finished second, with

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The strongest field of the day featured three of the fastest women

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It finished with an American one-two-three.

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Kendra Harrison was first across the line, followed

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by Brianna Rollins and Kristi Castlin.

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Britain's Tiffany Porter finished in fifth.

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And David Rudisha led from start to finish in the 600 metres. The Kenyan

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was challenged, but held on for victory.

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Muhammad Ali's family have said people from all over the world

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are invited to his funeral in his hometown of

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Aleem Maqbool reports from Louisville.

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As a boy, Cassius Clay, as he was, came to this

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His father painted the mural behind the altar.

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And in their own small ways, people across this city are doing

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the same, including outside Muhammad Ali's childhood home.

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I am so beyond devastated, but he is no better place.

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He is at peace, and there is no more suffering.

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Young boxers here, of course, are thinking of him, too.

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He said whatever he wanted to say to whoever he wanted to say it to.

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My biggest lesson from him is, be yourself.

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Flags across the city of Louisville at half-mast, including

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here outside the huge arena where Muhammad Ali's funeral

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His family said he was a citizen of the world, and would have wanted

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as many people as possible from all walks of life to be

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And the tributes from further afield keep coming, including from the man

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who famously cried after beating Muhammad Ali

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He would give the shirt off his back.

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He didn't care about money or anything else.

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If he walked down the street and people would say, hi, Ali,

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That is what is wrong with people today, they don't do that.

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Particularly poignant have been the words of Michael J Fox,

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who suffers from the same disease that affected Muhammad Ali

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Before I was diagnosed with Parkinson's, I admired him,

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and I admired his athleticism, his poise, his class,

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his style, his stoicism, his belief in what he felt was right

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and his willingness to accept the consequences of standing

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His doctor says in the final year before his death,

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Muhammad Ali had been having a tough time.

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That will be a distressing time for many around the world

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who remember the man in his pomp, all power and elegance and grace.

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Aleem Maqbool, BBC News, in Louisville, Kentucky.

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