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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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I'm Alpa Patel, and here are the headlines:

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The family Jo Cox, the British politician

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murdered last Thursday, have visited the scene

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Her sister thanked people for their support and said

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For now our family is broken, but we will mend over time

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and we will never let Jo leave our lives.

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Meanwhile the man accused of her murder has appeared in court.

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When asked his name, Thomas Mair said, "Death to traitors,

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Belgium's Prime Minister calls for calm after three men are charged

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President Putin says banning Russia from the Olympics is unfair,

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following accusations of state-sponsored doping.

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And home at last - the British astronaut, Tim Peake,

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and his American and Russian colleagues return from space.

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Just this smells of birth are so strong, and it's wonderful to be

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back in fresh air, really good -- this smells of birth.

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It is a killing that has shocked people here in Britain

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The man charged with murdering the British politician, Jo Cox,

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When asked his name, Thomas Mair replied,

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"Death to traitors, freedom for Britain".

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Meanwhile, Jo Cox's family has visited the village of Birstall

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Our correspondent Ed Thomas was there.

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So many people have come down here to stop and read the messages, see

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the flowers, but perhaps today that toughest journey of all, the family

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of Job Cox came down here. They saw all the support and they said thank

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you to the people of this town -- Jo Cox.

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It is hard to imagine this family's pain.

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Gordon and Jean Leadbeater have lost their eldest daughter.

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surrounded by the people of Birstall,

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the flowers and messages, the lives touched by Jo Cox.

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I do want to just start by saying thank you.

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And we all appreciate this massively.

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There are some things in life you should never have to do.

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Last night, I had to go and identify my sister's body.

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Yes, this was Jo Cox MP and she was many things to many

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people in her too short life, but she was my sister,

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my only sibling, my parents' first born child, a wife and a mum.

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This was a tribute within full view of the place

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And here Kim Leadbeater talked of her sister's values.

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A campaigner, a champion of those in need.

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Our parents instilled in us a real glass-half-full mentality.

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And while I sometimes tend to add a large measure

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of Yorkshire cynicism to this, Jo generally did not.

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For now, Kim said her family was broken but would mend

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and that they would never let Jo leave their lives.

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She will live on through all the good people in the world,

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and through her truly wonderful children, who will always know

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what an utterly amazing woman their mother was.

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She was a human being, and she was perfect.

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The family of Jo Cox there. Meanwhile a man has geared at

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Westminster Magistrates' Court charged with the murder of the MP.

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52-year-old Thomas mare told the court his name was deaf to traitors,

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freedom for Britain. Our home affairs correspondent Daniel

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Sandford has more. Thomas Mair was swept into the court

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building in a police van, part of a convoy that had

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brought him from Yorkshire to the most important

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Magistrates' Court in London following the protocol

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used in terrorism cases. When he came into court

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he was accompanied by two dock security officers and wore a grey

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police-issue tracksuit. With short light grey hair

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and a neatly trimmed beard, he stood up when asked to do

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so by the court clerk. When asked his name,

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the man in the dock said, "My name is death to traitors,

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freedom for Britain." Asked his address,

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he remained silent. Asked his date of birth,

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he again remained silent. He's charged with the murder

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of Jo Cox, the young, popular, pro-EU Labour MP

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for Batley and Spen. She was repeatedly stabbed and shot

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three times, in a killing which has shocked politicians and the public

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alike and led to the suspension Thomas Mair is also charged

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with possession of a firearm, a modified rifle, and an offensive

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weapon, a combat knife, 77-year-old bystander Bernard Kenny

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was stabbed in the stomach After the short hearing,

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Thomas Mair was driven from court through the melee of photographers

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to Belmarsh prison. He will be held there

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until his next court appearance at the Central Criminal Court,

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the Old Bailey, on Monday. Tonight there has been a message

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from the husband of Jo Cox. Brendan Cox watched his wife's sister paid

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tribute and said she spoke for all of the family, and she did her

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sister proud. Belgian prosecutors have charged

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three of the people detained Those detained are suspected

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of plotting a terrorist attack, It comes nearly three months

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after the deadly bomb Ministers held an emergency meeting

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to discuss the raids overnight, the biggest coordinated operation

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since the terrorist attacks The authorities said that they had

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uncovered a plot which needed But they would not be drawn on

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reports that attackers were planning to target football fans this

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afternoon as they watched the Belgian teams match on a big screen

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in the capital. The event went ahead as planned

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although it was far from full. The Belgian Prime Minister said that

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security would be increased at further events,

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but they would not be cancelled. TRANSLATION: We should carry

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on with our daily lives as normal. The work of the investigators

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is paying off. Raids have been carried out,

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enabling the judicial authorities to conduct anti-terrorist work

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and to prevent attacks. 32 people were murdered in bombings

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at the Metro station Since then the country has been on

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high alert. The government has not raised the threat level higher in

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light of these read latest raids but they come at the end of a week when

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officials said they had received ports that fighters from the

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so-called Islamic State group were underweight from Syria to Europe,

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intent on carrying out more attacks in Belgium and France.

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The German Foreign Minister has criticised Nato's policies

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towards Russia as it conducts military exercises

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He says extensive Nato manoeuvres could inflame tensions and urged

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Nato to instead use more dialogue and co-operation with Russia.

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An Egyptian court has sentenced the former president,

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Mohammed Morsi, to life in prison for spying.

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He was among a number defendants found guilty of passing secret

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documents to the Gulf state of Qatar.

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They included two Al Jazeera journalists who were sentenced

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Thousands of people in Hong Kong have protested alongside

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a book-seller who says he was detained and forced

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to make a video confession while in detention in China.

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Lam Wing-Kee is demanding more information about his case

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after spending several months in detention.

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He's one of five book-sellers allegedly detained for publishing

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material critical of China's leadership.

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The International Olympic Committee has backed a ban on Russian athletes

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It comes after the governing body of world athletics extended a ban

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on Russian competitors taking part in international events.

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But the Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has said the ban

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In Moscow they celebrated Olympics day.

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A chance for Russians young and older to dream of Olympic glory.

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But only yesterday, Russian sport received a body blow

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The IAAF upheld its ban on Russian athletes.

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Today Russia's Sports Minister said he feared there was now no chance

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of Russian track and field athletes competing in Rio and

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TRANSLATION: Europe is trying to pressure us.

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Says Olympic science -- cyclist Nikolai Koch.

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First it did it with sanctions, now it is using sport

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Then the president of Russia's Olympic Committee joined the party.

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Russia's Olympic chief was a man of few words today but the Russian

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media has been scathing in its criticisms of the IAAF.

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One newspaper described the continued ban on Russian

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athletes as the worst decision in the history of world sport,

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another said the IAAF was stuck with the cliche of Russia

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President Putin said he thought the blanket ban was unfair.

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Responsibility must always be individual, he said,

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and why should clean athletes suffer?

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But Russia has struggled to convince the world it is serious

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It has a fight on its hands to clear its name.

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After six months on board the International Space Station,

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Tim Peake has touched down safely in Kazakhstan.

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The British astronaut described the journey back as the best ride

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of his life and said he was looking forward to a pizza and a beer.

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Well, Major Peake was taken by helicopter to Karagandy airport

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From there he'll be flown to Norway and then on to Cologne in Germany.

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Our Science Editor David Shukman was in Kazakhstan

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A race to rescue Tim Peake and his two colleagues.

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A fleet of helicopters rushes across the empty

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No-one knows exactly where and when the

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I'm the only British journalist on board.

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The pilot spots something high above us.

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There it is, an incredible sight, the giant parachute.

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Just drifting down through the clouds, the three

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It looks like it's a very safe operation.

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By now, radio contact is established but one

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big challenge remains - the landing itself.

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Touchdown approaching any second now, I think.

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The rockets went off, breaking the fall.

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Minutes later, the whole fleet was on the ground and the three

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spacemen started to be pulled out of the capsule.

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After six months without any feeling of weight,

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Our first sight of Tim Peake, looking happy.

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Tim, David Shukman, welcome back to Planet Earth.

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Great to see you looking so well, tell me how you are

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Just truly amazed, I mean, just the smells of

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Yeah, it's wonderful to be back in fresh air, lovely, really good.

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After half a year without feeling the warmth of summer,

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and still in his space suit, he was overheating.

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He managed a quick word with his wife, Rebecca.

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Then he was carried off for a medical check.

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He wants his time in space to be useful to research.

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It's a remarkable sight to see you looking so well.

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You know how many people have followed you on Twitter now.

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I know, it's been incredible, it really has, I'm so grateful

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for all the support and thank you to everyone who has helped

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With the astronaut being checked, the capsule was rolled upright

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An hour after landing and the capsule is still hot.

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Being this close, I can smell how burnt it is.

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It became charred as it descended through the atmosphere.

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The spacecraft has returned laden with research samples.

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The mission is over, but a lot of science

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For the Russians, this operation is routine, but for Britain

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it marks the first government-funded space flight.

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And Tim Peake hopes that more will follow.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come.

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Iraqi forces reclaim a government compound in the city of Falluja,

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one of the key Iraqi strongholds of the self-described Islamic State.

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There was a bomb in the city centre. A code word known to be one used by

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the higher rate was given. Russian army experts were exploring a van.

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The apartheid registration act forcibly classified each citizen

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according to race. Germany's Parliament has voted to move the

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government from Bonn to Berlin. The decision was greeted with shock in

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Bonn. Just a day old and the Royal baby is sleeping in his cot at home.

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He was taken to their up Hartman in Kensington palace. The real centre

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of attention with the world was my first woman Russian cosmonaut. I

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might be able to persuade the wife it would be a good idea if I could

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get her to go up there for a little while.

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Tributes continued to be paid to the murdered British politician Jo Cox.

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Her sister by people for their support and said her memory would

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live on. Belgium's Prime Minister calls for calm after three men are

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charged with terror related offences.

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In a battle that's been raging for more than three weeks,

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the Iraqi military has announced that its forces have recaptured most

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The city is 30 miles from the capital Baghdad and has

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been held by the self-described Islamic State for longer

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The UN says up to 50,000 civilians are trapped there.

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Our correspondent Ahmed Mayor has the latest.

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We are at the outskirts of the district in southern Falluja, this

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symbolic and important Iraq each city. It is one of the main

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strongholds for so-called Islamic State in Iraq and we're just a few

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kilometres the city centre and the government compound which was

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recaptured by the government forces. They raised the Iraqi flag in a

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symbolic move because raising the flag over the government compound

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means symbolically recapturing the city of Falluja. The battle is still

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far from over but government forces have made significant progress and

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in a very quick pace. TRANSLATION: We have achieved that the rate in

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the key parts of Falluja things to our experience and proper landing.

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The militants oche strategy was based on entrenching their defence

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is life on the city but they collapsed in the face of our massive

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force. And it is very noticeable from what we have seen ourselves,

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the composition of the forces fighting to retake Falluja after

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that controversy raised either participation of the Shia brigades,

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now we have seen the Iraqi army, the police, federal police forces and

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the elite anti-terror forces. From this other district in the city of

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Falluja, BBC News. There's been more violence

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at the European Championship - this time involving

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fans from Hungary. About 100 Hungarian supporters

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dressed in black clashed with stewards in Marseille ahead

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of their country's It's understood many were trying

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to cross into a separate zone Riot police quickly moved

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in to quell the violence with authorities also

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increasing their presence Let's get to the events on the

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pitch. We will start at Euro 2016.

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Romelu Lukaku scored twice as Belgium recorded their first win

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at Euro 2016 to leave the Republic of Ireland's chances of reaching

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Ireland hoped for a vintage performance in Bordeaux

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against a Belgian side with something to prove

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after a lacklustre opening defeat against Italy.

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Ireland's game plan was to clean their opponents where possible,

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And it took the Belgian to get going.

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But Martin O'Neill's side rarely threatened an attack that

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Thanks to Wes Hoolohan on the line, it was goalless at half-time, but

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Kevin de Bruyne and Romelu Lukaku showed their skill.

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Belgium finally started to live up to their billing. As the Irish

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defence concentrated on marking Lukaku, axle with to nip in and it

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was effectively been over. The side ranked second in the world

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have announced After Eden Hazard had hurdled

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Ciaran Clarke's clumsy challenge, he had time to do what he wanted,

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setting up Lukaku for his second So the pressure is off the red

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Dearbhail 's. -- devils. All Ireland could do was thank

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the fans for their support. They can still qualify for the last

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16 with a good result against Italy. Belgium also require something when

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they play Sweden. On this showing, they won't be

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waving goodbye any time soon. Iceland - the smallest

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nation in the tournament - took on Hungary in the second game

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of the day in Marseille. And after their opening

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draw with Portugal, they picked up another point -

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but it could so easily A day for the underdogs in

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Marseille, just making it to France is cause for celebration, in Iceland

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and then Hungary, and they keep defined the critics. Cristiano

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Ronaldo said Iceland have a small mentality but did tiny population

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are dreaming big. In the first task they created the better chances but

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it took a slice of good fortune to make the breakthrough. That is not a

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penalty for me. Amid the controversy they needed space calm head. Stop

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for Gylfi Sigurdsson. A win here would put them on the verge of

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progression to the knockouts. There were chances to extend the lead but

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in the end they help to the cruellest of lovers. With this own

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goal. Hungary could barely control their celebrations, the site of a

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flare marring their big moment. And one final moment of drama. This

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nation known for its volcanoes would however rock did if the striker had

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scored here. Point Sarah, but for both of these underdogs, this

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tournament is one to be proud of. And in the last match of the day,

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Portugal take on Austria, into the second half and it remains goalless.

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England made rugby history, beating Australia by 23-7

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in Melbourne to become the first English team to win

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It puts them 2-0 up in the series with one more game to play.

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England took a first-half lead through their captain Dylan Hartley.

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They had to withstand enormous pressure from the Australians

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in the second half but a breakaway try from Owen Farrell in the final

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Farrell ended the game with 18 points.

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Earlier in Wellington, Wales held the All Blacks at bay,

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a try from Alun Wyn Jones making the half-time score ten apiece.

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But after the break, the All Blacks ran in four tries

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with John Barrett getting the last of those as New Zealand won 36-2.

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They lead the three-match series 2-0.

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Let's return now to the news that the British astronaut Tim Peake

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has returned to Earth this morning after six months at

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From that first spacewalk, to running the London marathon

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in space in zero gravity, his six-month mission

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We will leave you with some of the highlights.

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I certainly hope that I'm not the last UK

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I hope there are many UK school kids today who can fulfil an ambition one

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Breakfast this morning, scrambled eggs.

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I'm looking forward to seeing friends and family again,

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and looking forward to coming back to Planet Earth.

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Congratulations to the incredible Adele, she has taken the world

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