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This is BBC World News Today with me, Kasia Madera.

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Maria Sharapova is suspended for two years after testing

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The Russian tennis star calls the ban unfairly harsh

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Deadline extended - UK voters have more time to register

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to vote in the EU referendum after a last-minute rush

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Accused of being behind the deaths of hundreds of migrants,

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one of the world's most wanted people smugglers is arrested.

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International fans flock to see the boy wizard,

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who's back, this time on London's West End stage.

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She hasn't played international tennis since announcing her positive

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Now Maria Sharapova has discovered what the penalty for a taking

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A tribunal has suspended the former champion for two years raising

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serious questions about her future in the sport.

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Sharapova admits she took Meldonium, during this year's Australian Open

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but says she was prescribed the drug for medical purposes

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Our sports news correspondent Richard Conway has this update

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from Wimbledon where the world's top players will soon compete.

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Within minutes of that decision being known today,

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Maria Sharapova issued a statement saying she would appeal

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and that she wanted to be back playing tennis.

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But, of course, she won't be here at Wimbledon

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It was here in 2004 that Maria Sharapova was launched to fame

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by winning the Ladies Singles title at the age of just 17.

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But now she is 29, she is at the peak of her career,

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but she is facing that two-year ban that stretches back

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to January this year, to the Australian Open,

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when she tested positive for a substance called Meldonium.

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Maria Sharapova said she took that substance because she had

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She wasn't aware that it had joined the list of prohibited substances

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only on January the 1st, so she offered that as a defence,

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but an independent tribunal has said that's not a good enough defence,

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and they accept that, while she didn't intend to cheat,

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she should have known about the rule change.

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So that appeal will now go forward but it could be some time before

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we see Maria Sharapova back here at Wimbledon, back of course

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at the Rio Olympics, which she looks now set to miss

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as well, and of course at any other Grand Slam.

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It could be 2018 before we see her in competitive

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There's more on this story, including What Is Meldonium?,

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on the BBC News website and if you're watching

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on BBC World News, stay tuned for Sport Today,

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With just over two weeks left until voters decide whether Britain

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should leave or remain in the European Union,

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it's becoming increasingly clear that the campaign will go down

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A few hours ago, the British government announced

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that the deadline for voters to register has been extended

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That's because the registration website crashed on Tuesday before

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the midnight cut-off, meaning that some people could have

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According to the government, almost 60,000 people

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were trying to use the service when the problem was first reported,

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It lasted until after midnight, when more than 20,000 people

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But the government's data does not show whether those users

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Our Deputy Political Editor, John Pienaar, has the details.

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Were you one of those who try to register to vote

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At over 500,000 clicks and counting, the official website crashed.

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Thousands were denied the right to join the EU referendum, so today,

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an emergency decision to grant more time.

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David Cameron, who believes the bigger the vote,

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It is extremely welcome that so many people want to take part in this

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massive democratic exercise, in this vital decision

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The new deadline will be midnight tomorrow.

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Gordon and Nicky from Worcestershire tried to register last night.

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And it's really great, I think, that the Government

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are being flexible and responsive so quickly to make sure that people

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I hope a lot of young people are also online at this very moment,

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because it is their future more than ours.

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This vote will decide Britain's place in the world for decades so no

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surprise more time has been given for voters to register.

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Tonight, the Remainers, who believe a big turnout

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at the polls will help their side, look happiest.

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That is why the campaign has become frantic, with the Leavers

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warning of mass migration if we stay inside the EU

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and the Stronger Inside talking of a meltdown in the market

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Now there are fresh warnings that if Britain chooses to leave the EU,

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many more Scots will want to leave Britain.

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The Leavers say they will support the decision to extend the time

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to register but not all of them are happy about it.

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Any idea of rewriting the rules in any substantial way would be

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madness and make the country look like a shambles in the run-up

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If they left it till the last minute and all tried to register yesterday,

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that is their fault and we should not change our regulations

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in the middle of a very important referendum campaign simply

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to suit those who have not organised their personal affairs

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well enough to secure their registration in good time.

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But thousands more will be able to vote.

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Will more young voters swing it for Remain?

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Or more voters angry about EU meddling when it for the Leavers?

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-- Or more voters angry about EU meddling win it for the Leavers?

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There is not much cheer from either side so far.

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It has been more about competing visions of gloom.

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But on the 23rd of June, voters will decide once

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and for all how the country is run, and the skies are already darkening

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It's not just the UK where Euroscepticism is on the rise.

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A new survey shows that other countries within the EU

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are increasingly disenchanted with the way Brussels works.

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The European Union is most popular among some of the newer member

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By contrast, France and, perhaps not surprisingly,

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Overall, younger people are more positive about the Union.

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In France and the UK this contrasts sharply with older age groups,

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whereas other nations like Italy and Hungary see little variance.

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Let's talk through these numbers with Nina Schick, from Open Europe,

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a think tank remaining neutral in this referendum debate.

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Not very surprising that the newer member states, the former Soviet

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bloc countries, rather enthusiastic. But increase, very unfavourable. --

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in Greece. In France, though? This distrust of the EU is a trend that

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has been happening for some years. The Eurozone crisis is still not

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over, and the austerity in some southern countries is incredibly

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hard to bear. 50 or 40% youth unemployment in some countries. Add

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to that, Europe is facing the migration crisis, which has seen

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loyalties split at such a level that we haven't even seen at the height

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of the Eurozone crisis, it is facing a challenging time and this is a

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continuation of a trend we have seen for a few years. You talk about the

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way the EU has handled the EU crisis -- migration crisis, most countries

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disapprove of of how that has been tackled. The policy was to have a

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quote to redistribute refugees around EU countries. When it comes

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to something like refugees and migration and asylum policy, it is

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very sensitive, and although some countries like Germany have been

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welcoming, the Eastern and central bloc have said they do not want to

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take refugees and they resent that Brussels thinks it can force them to

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do so. Young people seem more optimistic. Is that because they

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don't have as much experience? It depends country to country. In

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Poland, young people are more sceptical and in the UK more

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optimistic. All the people think they have signed up to a common

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market whereas young people think of it as right to travel and live

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abroad. This is a general trend but it depends on which country we are

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talking about. What is interesting is how the people who have been

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polled think about the future of the EU, it is kind of split. At the

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highest level of the EU, they take any kind of victory they can get,

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because it has been bad news after bad news. Over five years of

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economic crisis, then the migration crisis. This optimistic vision of

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Europe is being increasingly challenged across the continent and

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one of the problems as people think Brussels is so far removed from

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them. If you look at national elections, people turnout higher

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than European elections, cos they feel closer to their representatives

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at a national level. Part of the challenge is that there is no such

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thing as one EU citizens are -- citizenry, and Brussels seems very

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distant. As we just heard, the Pew research

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suggests that an overwhelming majority of people in Europe

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are unhappy with the way the EU has But efforts to identify people

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traffickers and to bring them A 35-year-old Eritrean who's thought

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to be at the heart of the operation to smuggle migrants from Africa

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to Europe has now been James Reynolds reports

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now from Rome. Mered Medhanie was

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brought to Italy by jet. His journey to Europe was easier

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and safer than those made by the migrants who paid to go

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on overcrowded boats. TRANSLATION: It is a particularly

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important arrest. He is the head of one of the most

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advanced criminal organisations dedicated to the trafficking

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of migrants and the new path has been opened thanks to international

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cooperation between agencies. Mered Medhanie, who is 35,

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is accused of smuggling migrants, bribing officials and extorting

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money from families. Prosecutors believe he smuggled up

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to 8000 people a year He and an accomplice may have

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taken in up to ?700,000 In 2013, one of his suspected boats

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went down near an Italian island. Investigators say Mered Medhanie

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was heard on the phone His phone conversations

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may have cost him. British intelligence agencies

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were listening in and helped We would consider this to be a major

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disruption of an organised However, we still have

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other investigations and lines of inquiry,

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particularly where we focus our attention on high priority,

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iconic individuals who certainly feel they are out of reach of law

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enforcement and of the courts. And those smugglers are still able

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to dispatch vessels towards Italy. These migrants were

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rescued this week. Hillary Clinton has been celebrating

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her long-sought milestone, becoming the first woman to lead

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the US Democratic Party's She had secured the number

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of delegates needed for the nomination even before

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Tuesday's primary elections. President Obama congratulated her,

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saying her campaign But there's just one problem,

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her rival, Bernie Sanders is refusing to give up,

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as James Cook reports. All men are created equal,

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says America's Declaration That has sounded dated

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for a very long time and yet it is only now,

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240 years on, that it may be about to change,

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thanks to this woman. Thanks to you, we have

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reached a milestone. The first time in our nation's

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history that a woman will be a major party's nominee

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for president. Bernie Sanders, the Democratic

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challenger, says he will not quit. He is intent on making

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what will surely be a symbolic stand at the party's

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convention next month. Next Tuesday, we continue

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the fight in the last I know that the fight in front of us

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is a very, very steep fight, but we will continue to fight

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for every vote and every As her rivals point out,

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Mrs Clinton is one of the most unpopular presidential candidates

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since polling began. This is shaping up to be

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the bitterest of battles. We can't solve our problems

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by counting on the politicians The Clintons have turned

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the politics of personal enrichment into an art

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form for themselves. Her place in history

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all but assured, Hillary Clinton "To every little girl

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who dreams big," she said, "Yes, you can be anything

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you want, even president". Here's another remarkable thing,

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Mrs Clinton could become the first First Lady to move

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into what was once her husband's Let's bring in our Washington

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correspondent, Gary O'Donoghue. Before we talk about the hurdles

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Hillary Clinton has to get across, let's take a moment because that has

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been a somewhat remarkable achievement. Yes, it is and the

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cemetery is striking as well because it was eight years to the day after

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she had had to concede that she wouldn't become Democratic nominee

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because Barack Obama turned out to be the first African-American to

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become president of the United States. He won the primary eight

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years ago. But here she is, having said 80 years ago, we've made 18

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million cracks in the glass ceiling, she has finally broken through and

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will be the country's first ever female nominee from a major party.

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Could be the first ever female president of the US. It is quite a

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moment and wherever people are on the political spectrum, they

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understand that marks a moment in this nation's history. Even Barack

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Obama has asked Bernie Sanders to get behind Hillary Clinton, but he

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is still holding strong. He said he wanted to go to the end of the

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process. Believe it or not, there is one more primary to go in

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Washington, DC next Tuesday. It will not make any difference to the

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outcome but he wants to go through to the end. I think to prove that

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this isn't just a sort of flash in the pan candidacy, he thinks he has

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started something, he thinks he is shaping the future of the Democratic

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party, and I think you had seen in Hillary Clinton's speeches and her

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rhetoric, she has had to change some of her policy positions and language

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to take account of these young people who have got behind Bernie

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Sanders. Her challenge is how does she picked them up and get them

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behind her? They haven't got any where else to go, and likely to vote

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for Donald Trump, but they might stay at home if they do not feel

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enthused by her campaign and it is her job to do that.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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At least ten people people are reported to have been killed

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and dozens more wounded in a series of air strikes on rebel-held

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areas in the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Activists say one of the strikes was near a hospital.

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It's not clear who's responsible, but government forces are seeking

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Turkish media says a car bomb has exploded at a police station

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in the country's mainly Kurdish southeast.

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Turkey's Prime Minister says three people were killed

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Ambulances rushed to the scene in the town of Midyat,

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The blast comes a day after eleven people were killed in a bomb attack

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Authorities in Singapore have announced that public servants

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will be blocked from accessing the internet on work

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computers from May next year for security reasons.

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Officials said the move aims to plug potential leaks from work e-mails

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and shared documents amid heightened security threats.

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French security forces have carried out an anti-terrorism training

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It's in preparation for the European Football Championship

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Hundreds of police, emergency services and special

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forces were involved in a simulated terrorist incident.

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This is Lyon's main square and, in a few days' time,

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this is where tens of thousands of people will flock to watch

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Many fan zones like this are dotted up and down the country and,

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tonight, the French security services, the emergency services,

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are testing their abilities to respond in case of the worst-case

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TRANSLATION: Tonight we have an exercise with two interests.

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The first is to see how the police react after an attack.

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The second is how we communicate across forces so that we are ready

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These anti-terrorism exercises have been taking place across France over

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There's 700,000 security forces, police, some special forces

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involved, and the message is that this will be a huge

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security presence for fans, that they should be vigilant,

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they should enjoy the football but ultimately have confidence that,

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if anything goes wrong, these people and the security forces

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has addressed a joint

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The speech is a mark of his rehabilitation in Washington.

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For years he was banned from entering the US

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following controversy over religious violence that took place

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while he was chief minister of his home state of Gujarat.

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Today, our relationship has overcome the hesitations of history.

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Comport, candour and convergence define our conversations.

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The controversial artist who set fire to the door of Russia's

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security service has been fined 7,000 dollars, in what's being seen

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as a rare show of leniency by Russian authorities.

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Pyotr Pavlensky first gained notoriety when he nailed himself

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to Moscow's Red Square, but it was his torching

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of the Federal Security Service last November that landed him in prison

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Sarah Rainsford watched the trial in Moscow.

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Handcuffed and under police guard, a Russian artist is led into court.

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Pyotr Pavlensky likes to shock his public, but his latest

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work landed him behind bars, on trial as a criminal.

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The question is, was this art or just arson?

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The canvas, or target, was the headquarters of the FSB,

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As the fire he lit rose behind him, the artist stood silent and still.

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Pavlensky calls this his comment on the rule of terror in Russia.

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We've just been let in for the final few moments of this trial.

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The judge is about to return to deliver the verdict,

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and the artist, there inside his metal cage,

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surrounded by police, bailiffs and a huge number of cameras.

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But after seven months in prison, the artist was released

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Outside, cheered by supporters, Pavlensky said he had no regrets.

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His work was meant to expose the mechanisms of power, he said,

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ruling over 146 million people through fear.

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The artist's style has always been controversial.

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Like the time he nailed himself to Red Square by the scrotum.

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It was a comment on apathy and indifference.

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Or when he chopped off part of his ear to prove his sanity.

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It has left many baffled or disgusted, and the criminal

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But Pavlensky himself is quite clear.

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TRANSLATION: They are trying to label me, to say this is how

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a criminal or a sick mind views those in power.

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But I am an artist, I am doing political art.

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Pavlensky's work is challenging but he is making it

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Harry Potter is back, this time on the London stage.

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And the audience at the first public performance of the play

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Harry Potter And The Cursed Child were not disappointed.

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The latest instalment in JK Rowling's saga

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received a standing ovation, as fans finally found out

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what had happened to the boy wizard when he grew up.

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You have been amazing for years at keeping Harry Potter secret

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so you did not spoil the books for the readers who came after you.

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So I'm asking you one more time to keep the secrets.

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Before the play began, JK Rowling made this

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Fan dressed as wizards and witches queued around the block

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as they waited to clear the strict security.

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Whatever it was they saw in there,

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The play is expected to be the theatrical

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When tickets went on sale last October, the first 175,000

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The face value of tickets starts at ?15 but some have sold

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These behind-the-scenes pictures give us a glimpse of the characters.

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What we do know of the plot is that it picks up where the last

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novel leaves off, with Harry as an overworked employee

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at the Ministry of Magic dealing with his youngest son, Albus.

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The biggest challenge we had through all of this and the biggest

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ambition was to make something the fans loved,

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and if tonight's reaction is anything to go by,

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it looks as though we may have done that.

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The play is in two halves and part two gets its premiere tomorrow,

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and it officially opens at the end of the month.

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How exciting for all those fans out there.

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But for now, from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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This evening's storms will fade away quicker than last night leaving most

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of us dry to start Thursday. But humid

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