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This is BBC World News Today with me, Geeta Guru-Murthy.

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The headlines: new information emerges about America's worst

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mass shooting and the man who carried it out.

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A survivor of the Orlando gay club attack who was shot many times has

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described how he came within an inch of being killed.

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I look over, and he shoots a guy next to me. I am thinking, I am

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next, I am dead. President Obama slams anti-Muslim

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rhetoric in the wake If we fall into the trap of painting

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all Muslims with a broad brush, and imply that we are at war with an

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entire religion, then we are doing France boost security after another

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terror attack that sees a policeman and his wife killed.

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Russian football hooligans are deported from France as Uefa

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tells Russia: any more trouble, you're out of the tournament.

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And we get an exclusive look at the sister ship of the Titanic

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in its final resting place at the bottom of the sea.

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Survivors of the massacre in Orlando and the doctors who treated them

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have been describing in powerful detail

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exactly what happened on that dreadful night.

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said he saw the gunman. who's still in hospital,

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The BBC's Michelle Fleury is in Orlando for us. Michelle.

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We heard from Micron. He spoke about the moment he was saying goodbye to

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friends after an evening of fun and laughter. That was when the gunman

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started shooting. He said he was shot in leg then he went on to

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describe the harrowing moment when the gunman opened fire inside the

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nightclub to make sure that people already on the ground where in fact

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dead. More now in this report from our North American editor, Jon

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Sopel. Stories of horror and survival don't

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come much more vivid than this. At the hospital news

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conference, Angel Colon, who was shot three times

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in the lead, was applauded from his wheelchair as he spoke

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about the nightmare that unfolded Everyone started running everywhere,

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I got trampled over. I shattered and broke my

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bones in my left leg. By this time, I could not

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walk at all, all I could do was lay down

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while everyone was running on top of me, trying

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to get to where they had to be. People screaming

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and yelling for help. He is shooting everyone

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that is already dead on the floor, making sure that they are

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dead. I was able to peek over

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and I can just see I can hear the shot,

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the shotgun is closer and I look over and he shoots

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the girl next to me. I'm just there, laying down

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thinking, "I'm next, I'm dead". So I don't know how but by the glory

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of God, he shoots towards my head

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but it hits my hands. Then he shoots me again

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and it hits the side of my hip. I had no reaction, I was prepared

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to just stay there, laying down, so he won't

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know that I'm alive. # Let it be, let it be #

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Let it be, let it be... # In Orlando last night,

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sombre reflection as people from all walks

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of life came together to express their revulsion

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at what had happened. Let us take a moment in

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silence as we prepare The vigil ended with a minute's

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silence but as the crowd dispersed,

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details were emerging about Omar Mateen that called

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into question whether this massacre was simply the act

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of an Islamic extremist. In the immediate aftermath

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of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub, a lot of people

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asked why here, why Orlando, when there were so many other,

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bigger, better known clubs closer But now it has emerged

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he was a regular patron here He used to come in

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the bar, on the weekends sometimes, so he would

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be there sometimes, he would miss a couple

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of weeks and then be in again. He was a regular.

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We consider that regular. Irrespective of the motive,

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nothing changes the maths. 49 people dead and many others

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with life-affecting injuries. President Obama launched a sustained

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attack against Donald Trump is short while ago, responding to his

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comments, criticising the president, and saying that to urge, to tar all

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Muslims with one brush would not help protect Americans.

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Are we going to start treating Muslim Americans differently? Are we

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going to start discriminating against them because of their faith?

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We have heard the suggestions during the course of this campaign. The

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Republican officials actually agree with this? In Orlando, questions

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still remain about the motives of the killer, Omar Mateen. There are

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questions surrounding his wife. What did she know? She apparently drove

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him to a Disney site. Was this a scouting opportunity or not? A lot

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of rumours at this time, and a lot of unanswered questions. We heard an

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impassioned and angry speech by President Obama, setting out his

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thoughts and taking on the Donald Trump speech of 24 hours ago, when

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he was talking about this phrase, radical Islam. Given what we know

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about the attacker, how much of the broader agenda is being played out

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through this attack 's looking at the initial response, most of the

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focus was on this being an act of terror, talking about extremism.

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Lots of the focus was the he had been radicalised. Whether he had

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been inspired or directed by ISIS, and less attention paid to the act

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of hate that President Obama first referred to in the aftermath. We

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will be discussing that more. The FBI want to investigate the claims

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by witnesses that he was, in fact, Omar Mateen was a frequent patron of

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the Pulse Nightclub which may explain why he targeted that

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particular venue. As for President Obama 's comments, at the end of a

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heated political debate in which Donald Trump came out and criticised

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the president for not using certain terms when referring to this attack,

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this was a strong rebuttal of that, and an emphasis that a religion or

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race should not be blamed for this, and that it was vital to refrain the

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debate. The White House has been in touch with French authorities after

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the killing of two members of the French police in their home. The

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attack was carried out in the name of the so-called Islamic State

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group. An anti-terrorist official in France has said that the attacker

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stabbed the victim to death and then posted the video online.

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Larossi Abballa was recording the film as he held the couple's

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three-year-old son hostage at their home near Paris.

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Nick Beake is in Paris for us and has been following the story.

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I don't know if you have looked at any of that video footage that has

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been posted. Take us through the events as you understand them.

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Various threats were made. It was apparently posted on Facebook after

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the murders had happened. In terms of what took place on the outskirts

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of Paris last night, the Paris prosecutor today has been outlining

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some of those events. An horrific picture was built up from what he

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said. It seems that the police commander, a 46-year-old man was

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attacked outside his home at night. His partner was taken hostage inside

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the property along with their three-year-old son. The police were

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called to the house. There was this time when there was negotiation

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going on but police said that did not get anywhere. The man was

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apparently threatening to blow up the house. The decision was made to

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storm the property about midnight. The police found that the woman, the

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mother of the young boy who, had been killed. The young boy was

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three-year-old and he was able to be taken to safety. Police say that

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during the course of the operation the assailant was shot dead by

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police marksman. To what degree was this directed or just inspired by

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IS. Do we know that? The so-called Islamic State said that they were in

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some ways responsible for this, saying that one of their soldiers

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had carried out this attack, and also, we know that this man who has

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been named as responsible for this, Larossi Abballa, had pledged his

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allegiance to the so-called Islamic State three weeks ago. Those are

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things we know, but the extent to which this was operated from Syria

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or Iraq, we don't know, but this gives the authorities here are real

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concern. In Paris, they have been in a state of emergency for the past

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six months after 120 people were murdered on the streets of Paris

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back in November. We have seen attacks in Brussels a few months ago

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when 30 B bullwhip killed. The concern is that not only can IS

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coordinate and orchestrate attacks in European cities, they can also

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inspire people to carry out their own smaller attacks which can be

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lone wolf operations or in a small cell. As we saw in the case of what

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happened last night, they can also be deadly and brutal.

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

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At least 11 people have been injured in Paris after protests over

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Thousands of demonstrators clashed with riot police in the city centre

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as the upper house of parliament debated changes to employment laws.

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The changes would make it easier for employers to hire and fire

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workers and relax the limit on working hours.

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The father of the murdered South African model, Reeva Steenkamp,

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has spoken in court for the first time, saying her killer,

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Oscar Pistorius, must pay for his crime.

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Barry Steenkamp told the judge at the athlete's sentencing hearing

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that his family was "devastated" by his daughter's death.

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Oscar Pistorius faces a jail term of at least 15 years

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for killing Ms Steenkamp in 2013, after his original

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conviction for manslaughter was upgraded to murder.

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Russian hackers have broken into the Democratic National party database

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and accessed its research on the Republican Party candidate Donald

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Trump, according to officials. E-mails and chat buddy thing to

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Donald Trump are among the information believed to have been

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taken. A legal battle has begun today over who came up with the

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iconic Tatar rift in the song, Stairway to Heaven.

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Led Zeppelin founders Robert Plant and Jimmy Page

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are facing a copyright claim by a representative of the band

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Spirit who claims the chords were taken from their song, Taurus.

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Thousands of extra police are being sent to the city of Lille

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in Northern France amid fears of renewed clashes

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between Russian and English football fans.

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Today, European football's governing body Uefa fined Russia and warned

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that their team will be disqualified from Euro 2016 if there's any repeat

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of the violence seen at Saturday's game against England.

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Our correspondent Danny Savage is in Lille.

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A warning, his report contains some violent scenes.

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This camera is strapped to a Russian football thug,

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In Marseille last weekend, on the hunt for victims.

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anybody who got in the way of them was given a kicking.

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This is believed to be him, the same distinctive shorts

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and you can see a camera strapped to his waist.

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He was also caught by a news crew at the same time,

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This man, Vladimir, claims he was involved.

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He says his gang have waited ten years for such a fight and the

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lack of intervention from the police meant they could do anything.

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A huge security operation is now under way in Lille

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where there are fears that Russian hooligans are heading for

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another fight with England supporters.

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The level of violence was absolutely unacceptable

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and they need to be brought to justice.

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How worried are you about them turning up here in Lille?

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We have got to be concerned, haven't we?

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Until they are dealt with and arrested and put before

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a court, they will remain a potential issue.

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Is there really people from Russia coming to cause trouble?

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We know that everybody is mainly good but is there ten bad people

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And because the hooligans are still at large,

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England fans are looking over their shoulders.

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These guys could jump out of nowhere and that is the single point

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I suppose in previous tournaments where I've been, I could walk

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along to a non-England game wearing my England flag.

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Mainstream Russian supporters believe the aggro isn't coming here.

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The way it was in Marseille, it was a competition with ultras.

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Here, it is just pure competition between the fans

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The ultras should be worried that the national team might be

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disqualified or lose some points maybe in this competition

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So I don't think there's any reason for further trouble.

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There has been trouble already here in Lille.

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These tables and chairs went flying on Sunday night.

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There is talk of an alcohol ban but bar owners here believe

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it will not apply to them in the city centre.

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Their only concession is to serve everything in plastic cups.

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Some bars will close, but not until midnight tomorrow.

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Russia will be out of this competition

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if their fans cause any more trouble in a stadium.

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The race is now on to stop some supporters from getting

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Here in Britain, politicians campaigning for a remain vote

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in next week's EU referendum have stepped up their campaign

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after several new polls suggested a majority

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We'll hear the latest from the campaign trail shortly

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but first, our reporter Nuala McGovern has been

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looking at the challenges the European Union is facing.

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Brussels has been home to the main European

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In that time, it has seen what began as the European

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Coal and Steel Community grow into the world's

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It has a single market, and also the free movement of goods,

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It has its own flag and its own currency and its own institutions.

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And a growing number of countries, the 28 member states by now,

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they agreed to pool aspects of their sovereign power

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with the goal of an ever-closer union.

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both here in Brussels of soul-searching going on,

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and in the capitals of the 28 member states.

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The president of the European Council, Donald Tusk,

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he even went as far as saying that the idea of one EU state,

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Well, the arrival of over 1 million migrants and refugees last year

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tested not only the EU's borders but also

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Italy and Greece, they were the two main points of entry

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for the people that were coming, the migrants and the refugees,

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but instead they were mainly resettled

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They would like a European system to share the burden.

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Elsewhere, particularly in Hungary and eastern European neighbours,

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they would like as few refugees as possible, preferably none.

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Growth across Europe is slow. abated but it's not over.

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Many countries have high youth unemployment

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and Greece remains in financial difficulty.

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New research suggests that Euroscepticism is on the rise.

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A new poll shows a slim majority across Europe that are now

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Partly due to that, populist parties are on the rise.

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They are often anti-EU, anti-immigrant and protectionist

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and in fact a third of the 751 MEPs that sit in the European Parliament

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Not enough people to block legislation, but a growing force.

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June 23rd, the UK will find out just how Eurosceptic the

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British electorate are, as they head to the polls to a referendum

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to vote whether to Leave or Remain within the EU.

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Both sides are presenting it as the most important decision

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that British voters will face in their lifetime.

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So, the makeup of the EU, also what it will be able

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to achieve or look like, is still very much up for debate.

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She was supposed to be even more unsinkable than the Titanic.

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But like her sister ship, she ended up at the bottom of the sea

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after she hit a mine during the First World War

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100 years later, our correspondent Andrew Bomford

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120 metres down on the Aegean seabed, a forgotten secret

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Looming in the dark-blue depths is the grave of the gigantic ship

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Britannic, Titanic's bigger and better sister,

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Up above, on the ship U-boat Navigator,

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At 400 feet down it is a challenging and dangerous dive.

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Two state-of-the-art submersibles will join them in the deep

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The divers call her the Everest of the dive world,

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the biggest ship to be sunk in the First World War.

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Can you imagine the ship crashing to the seabed,

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We are 120 metres deep. The thing was longer than that,

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so when it sank, the bow was hitting the seabed and the stern

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Poking your head inside to have a look,

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lots and lots of things, glassware intact, beautiful lamps inside,

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Keeping watch is the British owner of the wreck,

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who bought it from the UK Government.

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It's a very unusual thing to say that you own a shipwreck.

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It just draws people in and you are looking at

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a far better preserved version of the Olympic class liners

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Diving down in the submersible, the light slowly fades,

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turning everything the deepest blue and then, out of the dark,

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It's the most awe-inspiring sight I have ever seen.

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This truly titanic sleeping beauty lying here on her side

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But the detail - you can see everything, down here,

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It's amazing, it's interesting, it's cool, it's dangerous.

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Divers swim through a giant tear in the hull.

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Now the divers are working into the entrance

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Britannic was a luxury liner refitted as a hospital ship

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for the First World War Battle of Gallipoli, when disaster struck.

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But miraculously, unlike Titanic, only 30 people died.

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Still down here are the handrails, glass windows, floor tiles,

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Andrew Bomford, BBC News, Kea, in Greece.

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something livelier in the the Brexit campaign.

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For the very latest we can join our political correspondent Ben Wright

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I know that you cannot talk much about the polls but both sides are

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chucking everything they can add it with the Labour Party very much to

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the fore in the last they also. Why is that? It feels exceptionally

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close. Opinion polls have been badly unreliable and everyone is wary of

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them. It was very tight. What is certain as that this is not whether

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UK Government wanted to be this stage. They thought a week ago that

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they would have nailed the argument with warnings of the economic risks

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of leaving the EU, that it would have trumped everything else. That

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has clearly not happened. The momentum peels to be with the league

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campaign. The reason everyone is talking about Labour is that the

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feeling is that it is Labour supporters who hold the key to this

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referendum, traditional, blue-collar, working-class voters,

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many of them worried about immigration, and today, the Labour

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Party, which wants Britain to stay in, its senior members are making BR

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unit on immigration, saying that wraps in future more can be done to

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curb EU workers coming to the UK whilst also trying to sell the

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benefits of EU migration in British public services like the service. It

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is a complicated mess is to get across, but with a few days to go,

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they are trying to win supporters back to the remain campaign. Tom

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Watson, making that argument. Realistically given that David

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Cameron failed to get much movement, is that going to be seen as an empty

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promise? Immigration has been key to making people decide, in different

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ways. People might hear what Tom Watson is saying about a possible

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future effort to impose fresh restrictions on EU workers coming to

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the UK, with a hefty degree of scepticism. They will say, if David

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Cameron could not get that during this renegotiation, he got some

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small limits to the benefits that EU workers can get, but nothing that

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would slash the numbers. Given that, why should we believe that it can

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happen in the future? That is what some Labour voters may feel. It is a

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sign of panic within the remain campaign, the Labour Party, that

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they are having to get out on the stump to try and make the case. What

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is interesting about today is that with a few days to go, the Prime

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Minister, senior government figures from the Conservatives are not in

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evidence, they are leaving it to labour to make this case. We have to

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leave that now, thank you very much indeed. Much more online on the

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current Brexit campaign. Let me remind you of the main news.

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A survivor of the mass shooting at a gay nightclub in the US has

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described how the gunman returned to people he had already shot

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in the head as he lay wounded. that Omaar Mateen tried to shoot him

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Well that's all from the programme. Next, the weather.

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