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This is BBC world News today. The headlines: Oscar Pistorius learns

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when he is due to be sentenced over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva

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Steenkamp. The former Olympian removed his prosthetic limbs at his

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sentencing hearing, in an effort to shore his vulnerability to the

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court. Donald Trump suggests tighter gun laws for terror suspects in the

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wake of the Orlando shootings. Police in Florida say that there's

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now no doubt the two-year-old boy snatched by an alligator is dead and

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they are searching for his body. And coming up, as police fired tear gas

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at a crowd of football fans in Lyon, we have the latest from the Euro

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2016 tournament, on and off the field.

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Former Olympic athlete Oscar Pistorius will be sentenced early

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next month over the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp. The

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double amputee known as the Blade Runner faces a minimum of 15 years

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in prison for shooting Reeva Steenkamp at his home in 2013. Today

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at his sentencing hearing in Pretoria he removed his prosthetic

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legs and hobbled on his stumps, as his defence told the court he was of

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honourable man. But Terry Neill fired back saying pity will play no

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role in the sentence. Karen Allen reports.

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The defensive at present would break. In a carefully choreographed

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moves, Oscar Pistorius is asked to remove his perfect -- remove his

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prosthetic legs. As he shuffles around the court, his stumps

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exposed. Gasps from the public gallery. Then tears as Oscar

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Pistorius, his head bowed low, is positioned in front of the judge.

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For what seems like a gesture of Mercy. Bubba Croft -- the

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prosecution remained unmoved. Then came the trump card. Permission for

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graphic photographs of the victim after her death to be made public.

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It is what her father asked for, in an attempt to deter others. The

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athlete fired four shots through a closed door. Oscar Pistorius was

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found guilty of manslaughter. A year later, it was converted to murder on

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appeal. That carries a minimum sentence of 15 years, and less

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compelling circumstances can be shown. The athlete has been her

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trade as a trigger-happy villain whose Morse is in doubt. Or other

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vulnerable man, anxious and broken. It is up the judge to decide. Now

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the world's most famous athlete will learn of his fate on 16 July. The

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FBI has appealed for more information about the gunman who

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opened fire in a Florida nightclub at the weekend, killing 49 people.

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We need your help in getting a clear

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peak of what the shirt are and why. There is information on our website,

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including photographs and additional information. We want to hear from

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any member of the public who has had any connection or involvement with

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or any information about the shooting. No matter how big or small

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you think that information may be. We want to hear from you. You have

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come through for me and I appreciate that. We have received leads and

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tips we have been following up on. Regardless of how small it

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information may be, I still want to hear about it. The FBI stands ready

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to receive your information. Speaking at the same press

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conference, our US attorney said it was too early to speculate about

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whether any charges would be brought regarding the mass shooting. The

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wife of Omar Mateen has been questioned by police. She is

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reported to have told officers she tried to talk to her husband out of

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the attack. Donald Trump, the presumptive

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Republican nominee, says people on Terror watch lists should be

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prevented from buying guns in the wake of the Orlando mass shooting.

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On Twitter, he said he will meet the National Rifle Association about not

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allowing people on the terror watch list or the no-fly list to buy guns.

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It is a softening of his position after he told an NRA convention last

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month that he would protect the constitutional right to bear arms.

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Our correspondent is in or land for us. What did you make of that press

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conference that we just heard? Well, I think people have been

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speculating, act -- asking lots of questions about how the

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investigation is proceeding, whether they have uncovered any new leads.

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And speculation about what role did the wife of Omar Mateen play in all

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of this. She said she knew that he had a desire for a jihadist

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attention, but she didn't know what exactly he might do. All of this

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still being explored. The press conference is still going on in time

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my. The FBI have asked for more time and patience from everybody, so they

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can continue to carry out what they described as a methodical

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investigation. Earlier this week, I spoke to the Mayor of Orlando. He

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said at some point as part of the process of these things, they would

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want to try and recreate the crime scene as it happened. The crime as

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it played out. That gives you an idea of the fact that this will take

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a lot of time. That is why we didn't learn too much in terms of the

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investigation and we were once again asked for patience and to think of

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the families. The press conference also talked

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about incidents against the Muslim community. It sounds like a

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difficult time for Ms Lohan is in Orlando?

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-- Muslims. If you think about the initial reaction to the attack,

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there was a fork is about whether or not this was an act of terror linked

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to IDS. In the days since then, the focus has shifted slightly and has

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been more talk about this being a hate crime and an act against the

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gay community, against the Hispanic community. A lot of questions raised

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by this. Concerns amongst the Muslim community, but also amongst the

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Hispanic and gay community. It has been amazing to see at the vigils

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and attempt to unite. Tell us more about what we are

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hearing from Donald Trump on gun control. He had some interesting

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things to say. Perhaps a little bit different to his previous stance?

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It is interesting because he has the endorsement of the NRA here in

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America. He is coming out and saying he wants to try and push for some

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changes to the law. He wants people on the no-fly list to possibly not

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have access to guns. The Republican party here are supportive of the

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right to bear arms. It will be interesting to see how the rest of

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the Republican Party respond to Donald Trump's suggestion. He has

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said that he intends to meet with the NRA later this week.

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Thank you for your time. Two Russian gay men

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after trying to leave a message over the Orlando shooting

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The pair were held for three hours after being detained as they tried

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to place a handwritten banner reading "Love Wins" at a makeshift

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Following their release, they said police accused them

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Human rights activists, and Western governments,

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have in the past criticised the Russian authorities

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over their treatment of the LGBT community.

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Police in Florida are continuing to search for the body

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of a two-year-old boy, who was snatched by

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an alligator at a hotel near Disney World in Orlando.

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The child was paddling in a lagoon, when he was dragged into the water.

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Parts of Disney World have been sealed off.

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All beaches in the resort have been closed.

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It follows the dramatic disappearance of a two-year-old

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boy as his family were relaxing by a lake here.

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The child was in the water, about a foot in the water,

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Father hears what is categorised as a splash.

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He goes and sees what is happening and he finds that his child

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basically is in the mouth of an alligator.

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The father goes to try to grab the child but the alligator gets

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the child, takes the child off into the water.

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Search and Rescue teams have been at work both in the air

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Trappers have caught and killed several alligators but have so far

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Well, they first said they were optimistic,

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but police now are fearing the worst.

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On land and almost sea, the referendum clashes

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Bob Geldof taking Nigel Farage on the Thames!

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Crowds and campaigners shouting the odds, too.

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The Chancellor with the man who used to do his job for Labour,

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claiming if you voted to leave, a sudden deterioration

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in the country's bank balance would mean whopping

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You've got a situation today where you've got a Conservative

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Chancellor and a Labour Chancellor telling people there will be a big

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gap in the public finances, that you would have to raise

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taxes and cut spending, and I tell you, there's

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only one thing worse than passing a Budget like that,

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it's not passing a Budget to solve the situation and sending

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But there's been furious backlash from those wanting out.

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When you have today even the Leave campaign saying there will be

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an economic consequence, people need to know that before

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He claims he would have no choice but to deliver such bad news.

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Because he would have to fill a ?30 billion hole in the books.

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But the chances of George Osborne standing on these steps

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It would be almost impossible to get the support.

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But the message that Number 11 wants to give is that if the country

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votes to leave the EU, we will all pay one way or another.

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There are nearly 70 Tories who want out of the EU and they have

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One MP told me, smart guy, stupid move.

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The Leave campaigners haven't made their views public

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This is no longer just about the referendum

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You have a Chancellor coming out and irresponsibly trying to scare

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I've never seen anything like it in 24 years and he needs

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to think again and stop this nonsense at once.

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You are saying if he carried on like this, you would have to go?

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What is responsible is for a Chancellor to say,

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no matter what happens, Britain is good enough

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But there could be huge turbulence if we vote to leave.

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The Out campaign have talked about five new laws

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It's almost like an alternative mini manifesto.

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This campaign has gone way beyond the ordinary,

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far past the usual insults and intrigue of politics,

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and now with a significant chunk of Tory MPs saying

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if the country votes out, they would try to oust

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George Osborne, it feels like there's a coup in-waiting.

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The police even got involved as campaigners weren't just messing

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around on the river, but taking each other on.

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There's little sign of apathy as this decision approaches.

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Every awareness of how much it counts.

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Police in Germany say a number of workers have been killed

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after scaffolding collapsed on a motorway bridge

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which was under construction in the south of the country.

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Several people are believed to be buried under rubble.

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Let's get more on this from our Berlin correspondent, Jenny Hill.

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what more can you tell us? Well, the police have now said that

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at least one person has been killed and a number of others endured. Six

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of them seriously after this motorway bridge collapsed. It is

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perhaps a little difficult to imagine. This bridge was under

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construction, brand-new bridge designed to carry a motorway. By

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huge construction site. The bridge itself is 20 metres high. Something

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like 20 workers were actually on the construction site when a section of

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that bridge collapsed, taking with it the scaffolding which was

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attached to it, and some of the workers. The picture is emerging

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from the scene are quite chaotic. Tangled metal and concrete lying on

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the ground. About 150 emergency services workers there. It is not

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clear how many if any people are trapped under the rubble. Are very

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chaotic scene at the moment. There is some confusion as to how many

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people may have died. The police are saying at least one person. The

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Bavarian Interior Ministry said at least two. We expect the confusion

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to die down over the coming hours. But just know it emergency workers

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are combing the site, trying to find anyone still trapped under the

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rubble. An alliance of opposition forces

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in Syria is on the verge of taking back control of a key city

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from the so-called A combined force of Kurdish,

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Arab and Turkmen fighters, backed by US air support,

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have encircled Men-bij Manbij The town is a crucial staging post

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on the group's supply lines between the Turkish border

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and its headquarters in Raqqa. Our correspondent Jiyar Gol

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and producer Joe Inwood are the only international broadcasters to have

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gained access to this area. It is a difficult drive to the front

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line at Men-bij Manbij. Isis has retreated but left minds and deadly

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truck spying. We have to do drive off-road. Now is silly and

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democratic forces have encircled the city. Islamic State is under siege.

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Men-bij Manbij is mainly Arab region. Arabs are fighting alongside

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the Kurds. We are the gates of Men-bij Manbij.

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God willing we will liberate our families from them. Coalition

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fighters face a determined enemy, willing to die. This man was just

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seconds away from detonating his suicide belt. Western special forces

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are also on the court ground here. We caught a glimpse but were told to

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stop filming. Coalition air strikes are taking out key Islamic State

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targets. And this is what coalition air power can do. Here you can see

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this as one of the ISPs and is. Bodies are laid everywhere. But even

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behind the front lines, these people are not safe from Islamic State

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fighters. We are interviewing when this happens. We are hearing sniper

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bullets flying overhead. It seems the fight is intensifying. I can see

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the smoke rising from the village. I think something happened in the

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village. Although the militants are on the back foot, they are far from

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out of the fight. And this makes these men nervous. They think they

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are coming under attack from an ISO truck bomb. But a closer look

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reveals it is civilians they are firing on. They have been living

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under strict ISP control for two and a half years. This group has managed

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to flee. TRANSLATION: It is shameful. We have kids and older

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people. We gathered them and tried to get away. TRANSLATION: They

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killed as. They killed our children. They made us grow beards and told us

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what to wear. The woman had to be covered. God help us. The youngest

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to escape was one-day-old. Welcome to this world. These people may have

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escaped, but tens of thousands remain trapped. With IS digging in,

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the coalition may need to fight them street by street. The battle for

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Manbij is far from over. The World Anti-Doping Agency says

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more than 700 attempts to carry out drug testing in Russia have been

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obstructed. This is a damning report two days before a key decision

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regarding by the Russian athletes can compete at the Olympics in Rio

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de Janeiro. The report says testers had been intimidated by security

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services and packages containing samples had been tampered with. And

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athlete had provided false information on their whereabouts or

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avoided trouble -- avoided drug testers at competitions. More on

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this story as we get it. French police have fired tear gas

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at England football fans Thousands of extra police had been

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drafted in after clashes between Russian, English and French

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fans in Marseille. Russia lost 2-1 to

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Slovakia in Lille today. England are playing Wales in nearby

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Lens on Thursday. The BBC's Danny Savage

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is in the centre of Lille. Tear gas was fired nearby. England

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fans responded to reports of trouble. They try to get out of the

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square and up to other England fans, looking to see what happens. They

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have been pushed back into the corner of the square. There being

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noisy and boisterous. The feeling I get from talking to some of them is

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that some of them are looking for trouble. It doesn't bode well for

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the rest of the evening. It is quite tense here in Lille at the moment.

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After violence in the stands at the end of the football game

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between Russia and England game on Saturday, Uefa said it

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would disqualify Russia from Euro 2016 if there

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That's not gone down well back in Russia, where many people

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believe their country has been unfairly punished.

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Steve Rosenberg talked to football fans in Moscow.

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I am in a bar in Moscow premiere showing the Russia against Slovakia

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match. I want to know what Russian football fans back home think about

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the violence which has overshadowed the start of Euro 2016. What did he

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think of Uefa ruling their team would be disqualified if Russian

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fans were involved in further crowd disturbances in the stadium?

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Speaking to people here has got me thinking. I often get the impression

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that many Russians feel the whole world is against them. They feel

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that America is plotting revolution here or that Nato is planning an

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attack the West wants to stop Russia taking part in the Olympics or take

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away the 2018 World Cup from Russia. It is a very different picture from

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what we see in the West. Many Russians see themselves as the

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victims and not the aggressors. Another very lively day across the

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