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This is BBC World News Today with me, Philippa Thomas.

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The US Supreme Court kills off President Obama's plan to reform

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The President had hoped to use his executive powers

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to remove the threat of deportation from several million

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illegal immigrants who currently live and work

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It is heartbreaking for the millions of immigrants who made their lives

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here, who have raised families here, who hoped for the opportunity

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to work, pay taxes, serve in our militarily.

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Democrats in the US Congress stage an unprecedented protest

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after proposals for gun control are blocked again

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An historic moment in Colombia as a ceasefire brings to an end a

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50 year conflict between the government and the Farc rebels.

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Millions of people across the UK are voting on whether to leave

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It's the country's biggest ever referendum.

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And summoning up the Glastonbury spirit - the legendary music

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festival looks set to live up to its reputation as a weekend

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President Obama has suffered a setback in his plan to spare

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millions of people living illegally in the US from being deported.

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The US Supreme Court has blocked the presidential initiative

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with the judges deadlocked four to four.

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Mr Obama's plan was strongly opposed by many conservative lawmakers.

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But speaking at the White House a short while ago, he said

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immigration reform will get done sooner or later,

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despite what he described as a "heartbreaking" development.

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In the end, it is my firm belief that immigration

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We don't have to wall ourselves off from those who may not

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look like us right now, or pray like we do,

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Because being an American is about something more than that.

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What makes us American is our shared commitment to an ideal that

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All of us have a chance to make of our lives will we will.

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Barbara Plett-Usher is in Washington for us.

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First, tell us who is affected? Commonly people? Roughly 4 million

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people. These are the illegal immigrants, but they have children

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who are US it is in and they would not have had a criminal record. They

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have been here at least since 2010, many from much longer. They have

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established lives, some of them have worked. But they are living with a

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permanent sense of insecurity. What exactly is being blocked?

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What would have happened if these illegal immigrants would have been

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able to sign up to a programme that would have fared then the threat of

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deportation, while the whole issue of their status would finally be

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settled. Crucially, they would have been given work permits. That

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programme has been stopped. Republicans lawmakers challenge that

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saying Obama did not have the authority to do something like that

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and he had overstepped his powers. This doesn't mean that these 4

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million people will be immediately deported, that is definitely not a

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priority and there are lots of other illegal immigrant in the country.

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But it does mean they might have the extra security that Mr Obama was

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trying to give them. What happens next for President

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Obama? The dream of administration reform

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is over. This is the end of his attempts to tweak immigration policy

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with executive actions. He's been doing that because his attempts to

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get a comprehensive overhaul of immigration policy in Congress was

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blocked by Republicans. Essentially, it moved to the next administration

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which means this will become even more of a hot button issue in the

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presidential election. It already is, and voters are presented with

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two Stark choices. Donald Trump says he will deport all illegal immigrant

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and build a wall lob can border. Hillary Clinton says she will try to

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build on Mr Obama's efforts. -- Donald Trump will build a wall

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against the Mexican border. Thank you very much.

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Democratic Party politicians in Washington are ending

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their sit-in protest at the US House of Representatives -

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a surprise mass action which went on throughout the night.

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They were urging Congress to vote on gun control legislation -

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a move that's been strongly resisted by members of the majority

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Aleem Maqbool, in Washington, explains why this is

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suchan emotive issue - two weeks after the mass shooting

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in which a gunman killed forty nine people in a Florida nightclub.

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It is one of the most dramatic demonstrations

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The house speaker stood little chance of getting order.

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It was all started hours earlier, by a man who stood

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beside Martin Luther King in America's civil rights

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We're calling on the leadership of the house to bring common-sense

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gun control legislation to the house floor.

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You can help us win this battle, America.

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And when the TV cameras were turned off in the Republican-controlled

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house, the politicians staging the city and streamed events

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They wanted Republicans to agree to hold a vote on gun control,

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and said they would not leave until it happened.

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Late into the night as TV networks started to broadcast feeds

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from the phones of protesting politicians, the chaos continued.

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One Republican representative rushed at Democrats,

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shouting it was radical Islam and not guns that was the problem -

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It's a sad, inappropriate use of time.

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They should be reprimanded for breaking the House rules.

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Pillows, blankets, pizza and doughnuts were all brought

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into the chamber as Democrats settled in for the night.

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But as extraordinary as these scenes have been,

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the question is how effective will all of this be in helping

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and the appalling scourge of gun violence here?

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And in the last few minutes, we've heard there will be a vote

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in the upper chamber of Congress, the Senate, about a bill proposing

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that gun sales be delayed or stopped if the buyers are named

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A court in the US city of Baltimore has found a police officer not

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guilty of the murder of a young black man whose death sparked days

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Freddie Gray died in April last year following severe spinal injuries

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sustained while shackled on the floor of the police

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van, which was driven by Officer Caesar Goodson.

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The judge said there was insufficient evidence

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that the officer gave Mr Gray what he called a "rough ride".

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The Colombian government and Farc rebels are about to sign a joint

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ceasefire in a huge step towards ending 50 years of conflict.

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It was agreed after three years of peace talks in Cuba.

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The details of the deal are to be made public shortly.

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Farc is one of the oldest guerrilla armies in the world.

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Will Grant gained rare access to one of the Farc's camps

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in eastern Colombia, to meet some of the fighters

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The heavily armed guerillas lead us to their camp,

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deep in the jungle, before they talk.

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Because, despite an impending peace deal, they're still considered

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an enemy of the state until they lay down their weapons.

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Five decades of civil war pitted the Farc and several other militant

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groups against the government, and each other.

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Partly inspired by the Cuban Revolution, the Farc say

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they represent the rights of the rural.

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-- of the Rauball poor. -- rural poor.

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More than 220,000 people were killed, and millions more displaced.

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The Farc became embroiled in the drugs trade,

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financing its relentless war through cocaine.

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Meanwhile, billions of American dollars were poured in through

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The war took its toll on the country's youngest

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Children were killed and forced to kill.

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Finally, talks were established on neutral territory, Havana.

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And lessons from the Northern Ireland peace process used.

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The Farc in the 21st-century is a strange beast.

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Most of its original leaders have been killed, and after the Cold War

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many ordinary Colombians rejected their radical ideology.

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For decades, these guerillas have been primed and ready for war.

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But the truth is that preparing for peace.

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Many have their doubts about exactly where they fit

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Some are worried the guerillas will refuse to give up their guns.

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But their leaders are busy briefing the rank and file,

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TRANSLATION: They know what they must do.

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We have a hierarchy in the Farc and we comply with orders

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We know we are about to take a very important step.

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Breakfast before dawn, the discipline and rules,

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Many are ready to trade the monotony of the camp for new horizons.

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Now 27 years old, this man joined the Farc as a teenager and knows

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TRANSLATION: I'd like to be a civil engineer.

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When they emerged from the jungle, these young people may finally

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But some of them fear life outside, and the threat of retribution

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from their former enemies once the world's longest

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Some news out of China, where state media say extreme weather,

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including hailstorms, heavy rain and a tornado,

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The storms hit Yancheng city, in eastern China, late on Thursday

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Pictures posted by media online showed injured people lying

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amid overturned houses and cars, split tree trunks

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Police in Germany have shot dead a suspected gunman

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The incident happened in the town of Viernheim, south of Frankfurt.

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A regional interior minister said the gunman appeared to be

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He said the police believed he was holding hostages

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in the complex and because of that they shot him dead.

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Police have denied earlier reports that a number

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It's a very big day for voters here in the United Kingdom.

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Polls remain open for the next three hours, until 22:00 BST,

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for people to express their view on a single question -

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'Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union

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or leave the European Union?' More than 46 million people

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are eligible to vote - the largest number ever registered

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After an intense four monthlong campaign, it's perhaps hardly

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surprising that David Cameron and his wife, Samantha, were keen

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Even so, Michael Gove, the Justice Secretary,

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He's already voted by post, but joined his wife, Sarah,

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Many people throughout the United Kingdom have been

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casting their ballots since 7am this morning.

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The last referendum on EU membership was four decades ago, in 1975.

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Many people were voting on this issue for the first time.

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In south-east England, some were so determined they didn't

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let a little bit of rain put them off.

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More than 46 million of us are eligible to vote.

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And in a record referendum, every vote counts.

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There are no safe, no marginal constituencies.

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Your vote matters every bit as much as any political leader's.

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The polls are still open until ten o'clock tonight, so you've still got

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The question on the ballot paper is clear.

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Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union,

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The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, and Ukip's Nigel Farage,

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As soon as the polls close tonight, election officials in 382 areas

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across the UK and Gibraltar will begin tallying votes.

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Then 12 counting centres, such as Falkirk in Scotland,

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and Flintshire in Wales, will send their results

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to Manchester, where the official outcome will be announced

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Although the result may well become clear earlier.

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Whichever decision we the voters finally make,

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it will have far-reaching consequences.

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A reminder, join us from 22:00 GMT here on BBC World News for a special

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programme on the referendum on Britain's membership

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The BBC's David Dimbleby will be bringing us all the results

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Now a look at some of the days other news.

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Thousands of demonstrators have marched through the streets of Paris

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to protest against controversial changes to French labour laws.

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More than 2,000 police kept a close eye on the union-led protest,

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with 85 people arrested before the march got underway.

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The French Government says its reforms will

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help to address high levels of unemployment.

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Myanmar's de facto leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, has used her first

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official visit to Thailand to shine a spotlight on the plight

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Ms Suu Ky was greeted by hundreds of cheering Burmese

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migrants as she visited a fish processing centre.

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The leader, who has promised to improve the lives

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of low-paid workers, is set to hold talks with Thailand's

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The medical charity, MSF, says nearly 200 people who fled

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the militant Islamist group, Boko Haram, in north-eastern Nigeria

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have died of starvation and dehydration in the past month

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The group says a catastrophic humanitarian emergency is taking

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place in the city of Bama in Borno state.

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Fears over the Zika virus have contributed to a huge increase

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in the number of women in Latin America wanting

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abortions, according to new research published today.

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They say requests to one website that provides advice for pregnant

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women in countries where abortions are illegal has doubled

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in some countries affected by the Zika outbreak.

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Dr Catherine Aiken, from Cambridge University,

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worked on the research and joins us now from our Cambridge studio.

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Thank you so much for being with us. Which countries are most affected by

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this as you look through the evidence?

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The countries that we're really seeing the biggest surges in demand

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for abortion are those whose governments have issued health

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advisories to pregnant women, which are blanket advice to not get

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pregnant. Those include Brazil, El Salvador, Venezuela. Countries

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across Latin America where people have heard this advice and it has

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really created a climate of fear and desperation amongst the population.

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You think it's led to panic, women deciding abortion is the only way

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forward even though they know it's illegal?

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I think it has. The evidence that we have comes from nonprofit,

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non-governmental organisations who provide abortions that would be

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available to women within the main health care systems in their

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countries. But we also think that the tip of the iceberg because in

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order to get an abortion via that route, women have to be able to

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access the Internet and that information. Thou be an awful lot of

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these women who can't do that, and they are likely to be jetting to

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even more desperate measures to procure terminations of pregnancy.

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-- driven to even more. Tell us about the website. You would

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need to have Internet access, but what is it that's being offered?

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It is a tele- medicine abortion service where women make contact

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with a health professional in a different country, he was able to

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assess their health needs and their suitability for a medical abortion.

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There may obtain drugs from the website, or from a local source

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that's reliable. Then they terminate the pregnancy at home with online

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support. It's a very safe way of curing abortion where it's not

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available within the regular health care setting. Our fear is that it's

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not available to the vast majority of women in the affected region who

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may need such services. I suppose the overall problem here

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is that we are hearing from the government and experts like

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yourself, but we don't get to hear from the women who may find that

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they are pregnant and facing this awful dilemma about whether to go

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ahead with it or not. Absolutely, that is one of our real

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drivers in trying to find a way to do this study. It was to give those

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women a voice. The international response to Zika has elements of

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vaccination and containment, but without the voice of the women who

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are actually experiencing this reality at the moment, we can't

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formulate responsible and a reliable health policy.

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24 joining us. He's one of the best known

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journalists in Russia, Dmitry Kiselyov, who presents

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Russian state TV's has given a rare interview

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to the BBC. In it, he hits back at his critics -

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and levels accusations He's been speaking to our Moscow

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correspondent, Steve Rosenberg. He's one of the most

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controversial presenters Dmitry Kiselyov anchors a show

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called News Of The Week. It's usually bad news about the West

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and good news about Russia - Its job is to spread Moscow's

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message to the world. Critics call him the Kremlin's

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Chief Propagandist. In the words of Mr Kiselyov,

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Vladimir Putin works for the good of his country

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from morning till night. And he pointed out that Russia

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is capable of turning America You said today, which was

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interesting, that the era of mutual So, you're saying that

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the BBC is not neautal? What about your journalism,

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is that neautral? Dmitry Kiselyov is the only Russian

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journalist on the EU sanctions list against Moscow, for being

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a central figure of Russian He says that an attack on freedom

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of speech and it hasn't changed his approach

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to reporting the news. The American Presidential hopeful,

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Donald Trump, arrives in Scotland on Friday not to meet political

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leaders, but to reopen Police and security teams

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in Ayrshire are preparing for It comes after more than half

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a million people signed an online petition calling for Mr Trump

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to be banned from the UK. Our Scotland Correspondent,

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Lorna Gordon, is at the Donald Trump likes being

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the centre of attention. His visits here have

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never been low-key. Is it good to be back

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in Scotland again? And while Donald has

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always enjoyed publicity, his rhetoric has ramped up

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since he launched his Security is already tight

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at Turnberry, and hundreds of demonstrators are expected

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here tomorrow to protest comments Mr Trump's made about Muslims

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and Hispanics during his campaign. Controversial as he is,

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many locals welcomed the money he's pumped into this golfing resort

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and the hundreds of jobs it brings. I doubt if there is a single

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political view that Mr Trump have But he has invested in this

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constituency and those Mexican flags are flying

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in Scotland in protest But this is unlikely to favoured

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politician who's never shied away from confrontation during the race

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to reach the White House. There's been torrential rain,

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swamps of mud, and hours and hours of traffic -

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but nothing stops determined revellers

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from getting to Glastonbury. With this massive open air festival

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officially kicking off in Somerset on Friday we got the latest

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from the BBC's Lizo Mzimbo, There are generally two words

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that people associate The former doesn't start

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until tomorrow, but there's been plenty of the latter over the past

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few days there have been downpours on the site and that did cause a lot

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of traffic chaos and congestion for people trying to come

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onto the Glastonbury site. People reported being in queues

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of traffic for up to 12 hours. But now that they're on,

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people seem to be There was still mod,

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but the thing about this festival is that people tend to come prepared

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for all weather types. People aren't rushing around

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in between the stages to see the act And a lot of people do come

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for these two days before the festival music kicks off

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so they can enjoy the atmosphere. Their stalls, there's also the craft

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activities going on. People say that that is part

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of what makes this the most popular and successful festival of its kind

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anywhere in the world. The music continues Friday,

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Saturday and Sunday. The likes of Coldplay, Muse,

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and of course the biggest artist in the world right now,

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Adele. A court in Los Angeles has

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on Thursday ruled that the veteran British rock band Led Zeppelin

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were not guilty of plagiarism with their classic song

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"Stairway to Heaven". They'd been accused of copying

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an instrumental track by a little-known American

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band called Spirit. But giving evidence to a court

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in Los Angeles, the surviving members of Led Zep said

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they couldn't remember having heard the song before

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they composed their own. Their lawyer argued the music

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is actually a descending chromatic chord progression,

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which has been used by musicians But for now from me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye. Good evening to you. The second

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round of lightning storms and downpours darted a little while ago

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across the south and south-east. Here is the satellite picture from

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earlier on, this is where the storms originated in northern France.

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Crossing the Channel Islands

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