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Hello and welcome to BBC World News Today -

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A day before the European Championships kick off,

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the French government issues a new security warning.

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And minister warns about large crowds gathering.

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I am in Paris where a large party is getting underway down by the Eiffel

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Tower. After meeting President Obama,

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Bernie Sanders WON'T abandon his campaign

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for the democratic nomination. I am going to do everything

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in my power and I will work as hard as I can to make sure that

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Donald Trump does not become Also coming up: French taxi drivers

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hail victory as Uber as part of its car transport service

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is declared illegal. And thousands of people pay tribute

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to Muhammad Ali as a Muslim prayer service is held to honour him

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in his hometown of Louisville. France is facing its first major

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security test of the European football championship,

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with tens of thousands expected to gather tonight

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for an open-air concert at the foot The country is already

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on the highest state of alert following the terror attacks

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in the capital last November. 90,000 police and security

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officers are being deployed for the month-long tournament,

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which kicks off on Friday. Ministers have meanwhile called

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on union leaders to end the disruption caused

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by nationwide strike action. Hello.

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Welcome to Paris on a balmy summer's evening. That has been a traumatic

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18 months for Paris and Sue Knight is the start of what many people

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hope will be a month of, in the words of the organising committee of

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this tournament, an end to the negative spiral that has been seen.

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It will be party time by the Eiffel Tower. A big music conference ahead

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of the football getting underway tomorrow night with France against

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Romania. We cannot ignore the huge challenges facing Paris.

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Well, France says it's ready, and here in the centre of Paris,

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That, we're told, is one of the biggest TVs in the world.

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And thousands of people will come here to watch matches.

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To be honest, if the action's not so interesting - excuse me -

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they can turn round, and the view is not half bad.

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But while the fans are concentrating on the football and having fun,

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for the French authorities, there's serious work to do.

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Last November, 130 people were killed in the Paris attacks.

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While the Prime Minister here says there is no specific threat

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against this tournament, 90,000 security personnel have been

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deployed, and there's an app to provide people with information

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There was a time when hooliganism was the primary security concern

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for any international football tournament.

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However, the authorities have identified five games

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They include England v Wales, and Germany v Poland.

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Next, there are the strikes and the fuel blockades.

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Now, these have got nothing to do with football,

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and everything to do with new labour laws here in France.

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These reforms will allow employers to more easily change

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the terms of employment, including playing staff after.

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-- the terms of employment, including laying staff off.

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Now, it's not clear how disruptive this will be to fans, but,

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By all accounts, France has a good chance of winning this tournament,

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but the Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema isn't

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He says he wasn't picked because of pressure

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French football authorities say it's because he's charged

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Either way, it's a good reminder that no one does play a discord

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Well, perhaps with the exception of the Dutch.

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Anyway, so far so happy, we're told, in the French squad.

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Last of all, there's the tournament itself.

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There are 24 teams here - eight more than last time -

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and it is estimated that 8 million fans will watch the matches either

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Looking across the River Seine to the Eiffel Tower and the fan zone

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behind, this looks like an event to savour, and, well, it might be.

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But France has work to do over the next month to make sure this

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Let's talk to two people about security and football. A former

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German goalkeeper, also played for Nottingham Forest and Wimbledon, and

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a freelance journalist. Welcome to both of you. Let's talk about

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security first. It was inevitable that it would be the central issue

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of this tournament. Yes, of course. There are huge precautions. If you

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look at the numbers, 90,000 security personnel out in force, including

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13,000 private security personnel. If we look down there at the Eiffel

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Tower, 90,000 people can be accommodated, and there is 1500

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security personnel there. Unprecedented numbers. A number of

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drills. The French are trying to say, we have your back. Even the

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Prime Minister has said, we cannot promise you that nothing will

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happen. The challenge for fans is to have a good time while all this is

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going on. Yes, definitely. People are worried. I see in Germany, lots

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of people cancelled their trips because they think something could

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happen. At the end of the day, I believe the security is

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well-prepared and I don't think we should let terrorists dictate our

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normal lives and football is a good way to fight against it. You are

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friends with the manager of the German team. He has a tough job.

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This is difficult. If you want the world champion title, then the

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pressure is not there because the European Champion title would be

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something good on top. The team reached a lot and looking at a rocky

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qualification. The team is not in the best of shape at this moment. We

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know that we have a tournament team which always reaches the heights

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when it comes to big games. That is why Germany is still one of the

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favourites for the tournament. In terms of security, the visible side

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is the 90,000 security personnel, but a lot of people say this comes

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down to intelligence. We haven't seen a lot of European intelligence

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sharing. There has been an issue in the past. Can this be fixed this

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time? They are trying. Cameron has said there is intelligence sharing

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going on. You never know what is being spoiled. There are always

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details trickling down, a French man caught with a lot of TNT on the

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board are a couple of days ago, but they seem to have it under wraps.

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Tell me about this game between Albania and Switzerland. You are

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telling me this is more interesting than England and Russia. It is a

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political game, because there are lots of decent Albanian players

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playing for Switzerland and Albanian players who were born in Switzerland

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playing in the Albanian team. It is the fight of brothers. It will be a

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big party game, I think, in Switzerland on Saturday. Thank you

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very much. You can follow the whole tournament through the BBC sport

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application and here on BBC world News. It is a nice evening to be

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here. In the last few minutes, president

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Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President. He

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said, I don't think there has ever been someone so qualified to hold

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this office. He congratulated her on making history. We can bring you

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what he has to say. Across thousands of miles and all 50 states.

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There are millions of Americans, not just Democrats...

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Our Washington correspondent Gary O'Donoghue joins us now

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, polling the more people who know about Bernie, the more they like

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him, the more they find out about Clinton. It's not the same. Away, we

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are terrified of a Trump presidency. We are equally terrified for a lot

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of the policies that Clinton is representing as well. Which Hillary.

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I'm sorry. May that have an influence on how she proceeds now in

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the campaign? The fact that Bernie Sanders has so much support, she may

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include some of those feelings in her campaign? Is that to me? Yes.

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Exactly that is the reason for Bernie to stay in it even if it's

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stacked against him. What were the odds of him winning 22 states a year

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ago. People would have said literally zero. He did it against

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all the odds. Everyone in the establishment, media, the Democratic

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Party. We want to vote for policy, not for parties. I was an

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independent before I knew about the New York laws that required me to

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switch my party allegiance over in October before the first debate

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happened because I was really inspired and involv, but so many

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people didn't know that. We have to end it there. Thank you very much.

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Founder of Babes for Bernie. Thank you for your time.

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The Israeli Army says it will deploy two additional battalions

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to the West Bank in response to the shooting in Tel Aviv

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which left four people dead and 16 injured.

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The Army has also revoked entry permits for more

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Two former British prime ministers have joined forces to urge people

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in the United Kingdom NOT to vote to leave the European Union.

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Speaking in Northern Ireland, John Major and Tony Blair said

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a Leave vote could undermine the peace process there -

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as well as raising the possibility of Scotland opting for independence.

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The African Union's Amisom force in Somalia says it has repelled

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an attack on one of its bases run by Ethiopian and Somali troops

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in the town of Halgan, nearly three hundred kilometres

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The Islamist group Al-Shabab claims it killed 60 soldiers in the attack,

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It's the fourth major assault on African Union bases

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A Belgian court has approved the extradition to France of a key

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suspect in both the attacks in Paris last November and the Brussels

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Mohamed Abrini is said to have admitted being "the man in the hat"

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seen on Brussels airport's CCTV moments before the bombing

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Investigators claim both the Brussels and Paris attackers

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were part of a network backed by so-called Islamic State.

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A French court has fined the app-based taxi firm Uber

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hundreds of thousands of euros for running what it called

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The case centred on the Uber POP ride-share service -

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which connects users with non-professional drivers

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The government had anyway banned the service because of

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With me with more on this story is our business

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What exactly did the courts say? The court is saying that it has become

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illegal in 2014 to run a service like this. What do Britpop was doing

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was using nonprofessional drivers. In 2014, it became illegal to do

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that. They continued until 2015 and then stopped at this service. Uber,

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we consider to be a service where you may well get picked up by a

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nonprofessional driver, but this is not OK in France, and in Germany it

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is the same, and Italy and Belgium and the Netherlands are moving

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against it. The sentinel of the cases the nonprofessional driver.

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The centres could be five years in prison. It was 800,000 in the end.

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Part of that is suspended. The question then becomes, where does

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this leave the progress for the sharing economy? It is obvious this

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is an enormous force. In some countries in the EU, less so we see

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it in other countries, but they don't seem ready to accept it.

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Almost as if legislation needs to be passed in order to make it

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acceptable, to make it even safe. This has often been the argument

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where we saw the centre of the objection in France was professional

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taxi drivers protesting. The difference between UberPop, the

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low-cost section of Tom ten man-macro -- Uber. Each is drivers

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who operate... That is a ride sharing service. You can also be

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picked up by professional drivers who are operating at that particular

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time. It is an application, but there has been an appetite there, if

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you have ever been to Paris and tried to get a cab, you understand

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where it comes from. There is an appetite for this type of service.

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The question becomes, how deregulated? The French are raising

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that question now. Thank you. Thousands of people are attending

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the Muslim funeral prayers for the boxing legend Muhammad Ali,

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who died last week. Prayers are being held

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in the Freedom Hall in Ali's Leading figures from the world

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of boxing and the civil rights This is ahead of the main funeral on

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Friday. The pastor, Rev Charles Elliott,

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is a family friend and tells about Ali's involvement in the US

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civil rights movement, and in the church's own

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fight against poverty. Muhammad Ali was a great supporter

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of my Feed The People programme. My Feed The People programme,

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I was going to feed "He told me, he said,

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feed them every day. They'll start to death,

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they'll starve to death if they can't eat but just two

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days out of the week. I'll pay for it, I'll

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pay for it, every day." I have been trying to give

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confidence, as much as I could, to Muhammad Ali's brother, Rahman,

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and I have been almost like his father ever

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since his father passed, I have a picture of Muhammad Ali

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at my church, where a lot of children were there

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and they were trying to get to him. The bodyguards were trying

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to keep the kids away. Let them kids come here,

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I want to sign every autograph Children are precious,

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I love children." This is me right here,

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looking up to him. Look at everyone else

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in the classroom, how excited they were, to see

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the champion come in. I just loved him, he was beautiful

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then, he's beautiful That's the reason why I think he's

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an idol and he's known nationwide, Every time there would be a major

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event involving civil rights and whatnot, Muhammad Ali would be

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there to share his vision. A lot of time, there

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was controversy, because I have always told him,

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"If you have a pure heart and love That's who God looks at -

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he doesn't look at religion, We will bring you full coverage of

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Muhammad Ali's funeral tomorrow. Preparations are being made

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in Sweden for the opening of a museum showcasing one

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of the country's greatest exports. Yes, it's an Ikea museum -

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a celebration of the furniture And and as you would expect,

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it's all carefully planned - don't even think about

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deviating from the route. Located in the southern town

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of Almhult - where the first store opened in 1958 -

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the exterior has been restored Presumably they assembled

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all the exhibits from a flatpack - along with rather confusing

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instructions. Look at these remarkable pictures

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from Australia. It is a fish swimming inside a jellyfish. The

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shot was captured by Ocean photographer Tim Samuel Arthur Byron

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Bay in eastern Australia. Samuel photographer Tim Samuel Arthur Byron

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says the official was still alive and fighting.

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Really a pretty grim experience for that page. The breaking news we had

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at the start of the programme, in the last few minutes, President

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Obama has officially endorsed Hillary Clinton for President for

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the Democratic candidate for president. He said, I don't think

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there has ever been someone so qualified to hold this office. He

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congratulated her on making history. Clinton's rival Bernie Sanders met

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Obama earlier, but he hasn't officially conceded the race. He is

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staying in for now. We will bring you more on BBC News. The weather is

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next. Goodbye. Another glorious day up and down the

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UK on Thursday. Just one or two showers in the forecast. As we head

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into Friday,

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