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This is BBC World News Today with me, Ben Bland.

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The headlines: Turkey's government says Islamic State group

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are to blame for the attack on Istanbul's airport.

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41 people died more than 200 were injured.

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Walked around the corner into the main terminal,

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just a sea of people screaming, running, tripping, police

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I'm Ros Atkins live in Brussels where 27 EU leaders have

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held their first summit without the UK for

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As the Brexit fallout continues, opposition leader Jeremy Corbyn

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continues to feel the squeeze from his own party

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It might be in my party's interest for him to sit there, but it's not

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The number of dead and injured has been rising by the hour in Istanbul

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after terror returned to Turkey with a vengeance last night.

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The country, already reeling from a series of bloody attacks

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in the past 12 months, once again targeted by

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The location - Istanbul's Ataturk Airport, Europe's third largest

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The latest casualty figures - 41 dead, 239 injured.

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Let's show you where exactly this took place.

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Three suicide bombers carried out the attack just

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A warning - there are distressing images from the start of this report

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from our security correspondent, Frank Gardner.

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Europe's third busiest airport, late evening.

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Passengers rushed through Istanbul's international terminal,

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Here, an attacker is caught by CCTV, floored by shots from

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Wounded, he drops his rifle and it slides across the floor.

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The policeman approaches him, then spots his suicide belt

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and runs, just before the gunman detonates the device.

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Dozens were killed, many more wounded, taken to nearby hospitals.

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A coordinated attack on one of the world's busiest hubs,

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As soon as we came out, we really saw the full extent of it.

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Lawrence Cameron landed on a flight from Latvia

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As he walked through the arrivals area, the horror became clear.

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I walked around the corner, into the main terminal,

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and just a sea of people screaming, running, tripping, police

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I started taking a few pictures but then the police started pushing

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us back into the back of the terminal and it became clear

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that something nasty had happened and this was not a drill or a hoax

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They worked through the night to repair the area, windows

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shattered, ceilings destroyed by automatic gunfire

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A futile attempt to return to normality.

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The airport reopened quickly and attempts to reassure passengers,

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but this is a profoundly shaken country, Turkey's image once again

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And with the wave of bombings across Turkey showing no signs

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of abating, there will be big questions about how

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to increase security at the most vulnerable points.

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The three attackers were driven in by taxi, the car not checked

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There were worries it was a soft target.

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The government says all signs point to the Islamic State group,

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the latest in a spate of attacks by IS cells here.

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At the hospital, emotional scenes as families fought

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between themselves, a desperate search for who was to blame.

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Others waited for news of loved ones caught up in a situation

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The first now being laid to rest, passengers, police, airport staff,

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lives ripped apart in a country that once felt safe.

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The BBC's Richard Galpin is at Ataturk Airport.

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The latest line we are hearing is this from the Prime Minister saying

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one suicide bomber blew himself up in two others got inside. What are

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you hearing from your end? That is what we understand, that at least

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two people involved were able to get inside the building. They opened

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fire, they had automatic weapons with them and at least one of them,

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possibly two, detonated their bombs inside the building and a few yards

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away from here, you can see the damage caused by the debtor nation

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about suicide bomb this time yesterday. What is intriguing is

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that there are now more and more people using this airport, arriving

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and leaving. It's quite busy. I was looking around the area. People are

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coming through, it is bordered off, greeted by relatives and friends, it

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feels reasonably normal, the cafes are open, a lot of people are around

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using the separate again. That is an encouraging sign. Is there any sign

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that security has been stepped up the? Yes, there is a visible

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security presence here. We have seen a lot of policemen wandering along,

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some carrying automatic weapons pistols. Police motorbikes as well.

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Security has been stepped up. You would expect that. This was a very

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serious attack. This is the worst attacks so far this year with 41

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people killed. We have details on the nationalities of those killed.

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The vast majority Turkish but there are also a lot of people from the

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Middle East, one from Teheran and one from Ukraine and one from China.

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This is one of the busiest airports in the region. Have you spoken to

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any people travelling through it about whether they had any

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hesitation about going ahead with their travel plans? People certainly

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seem to be relaxed actually. It does feel a very normal atmosphere. There

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are large numbers pouring in and out by the time. It seems people are

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willing... I am sure people will be aware of what has happened, and you

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can see it clearly, shattered glass and these are areas that have been

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boarded up, but people I tried to get on as normal and take the

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flights they need to to get where they need to get to.

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US President Barrack Obama has just spoken about the attack in Istanbul,

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reiterating efforts to defeat terrorist groups.

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They will be defeated in Syria, Iraq, there will be on the run where

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ever they hide. We will not rest until they have dismantled these

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networks that have had an impact on the entire civilised world.

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With me now is Cem Isik, the Chief of Mission

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I just wonder if you could shed any light on why Turkey is becoming such

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a target. This is potentially the fourth attack suspected to be

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carried out by EIS this year. The deputy head of mission, actually.

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Yes, as you have reported, 41 people have lost their lives than 239 had

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been wounded. We are observing a day of mourning. The investigation

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continues. The preliminary indications pointers towards Dyas.

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Turkey is an active member of the coalition. We have opened up our

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airbases and we participate in the coalition. So, this is why Turkey is

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a target. You mentioned about the suspicion that Islamic State is

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behind this attack. The group has not yet claimed responsibility. What

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is it that need to be investigators to believe it could be them? As I

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say, investigations are continuing. It would be premature for me to say,

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go into operational details, but everything so far to this our

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pointers in that direction. We are observing the holy month of Ramadan

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and this horrible attack took place against innocent men, women and

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children using suicide vests and AK-47 assault rifles. It goes to

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show that terrorism does not is respect any values whatsoever,

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including religion, and up to nothing. What has Turkey been doing

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to address the situation, given the number of attacks? Turkey, it has

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declared it a terrorist organisation. It has prescribed it

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since 2005 under different names and unfortunately Turkey has to deal

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with more than one terrorist organisation at the same time but we

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unfortunately for a long time about the deal with. Security is tight.

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All reports so far we have seen indicate to a strong security at the

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airport but unfortunately this attack did happen and all of this I

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believe needs us to once again highlight the importance of

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increasing cooperation, the effectiveness of it and to deepen it

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in the international community. EU leaders meeting today have told

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Britain it cannot expect access to the European single market

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without accepting the free Welcome to Brussels. We have had yet

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another day of extraordinary events. There have been one after another

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ever since the UK chose to lead the EU. Today's have come in the form of

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the first high-level meeting in over 40 years which did not feature the

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UK, featuring all the other members of the EU who will be left inside

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when it leaves. If there was one key message that all the leaders wanted

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to communicate to the UK Government, it was that there has any

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aspirations of being within the single market, the free trade and

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within the EU, once as left the EU, it will need to accept freedom of

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movement, freedom of movement the capital, good services and people.

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Here is the story of the day. But no British Prime Minister

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stepped out of a shiny black car The UK was locked out today

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for the first time 40 years. A glaring absence but matched

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here by a definite I think it is not about him today,

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today is about us. But by him she meant David Cameron,

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and by us she meant But the referendum he called

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was their focus of debate today. How to deal with the Brexit process

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and how to heal the EU with an intentional show of unity

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after the UK voted out and the fear When it came to talks of future

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trade deals with the UK EU leaders One by one, they ruled out

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the possibility that Britain could have good access to the single

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market and stop EU migration. There will be no single market

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a la cart. President Juncker, will

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the UK find an accord There will be no negotiations

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without notification. No negotiation without

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notification, he said. The EU wants the UK to trigger

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formal Brexit talks with them Of course, when the EU leaders

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insist there will be no flexibility on a UK deal now,

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that does not mean there won't be After all, Brussels is known

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as the capital of compromise. The truth is, no one knows,

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not the leaders, not No country has ever

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left the EU before. Plots, plans and rumours fly around,

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but certain is only this, This year, the single market is a

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major one for those left within the European Union but another is the

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timetable. There is a desire for Britain as quickly as possible to

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trigger article 50 and begin the formal process of exiting the

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European Union. Late last night inside the European Council, I spoke

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to Jean-Claude Juncker. I wanted to talk to him about the timetable and

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whether he was frustrated at the pace at which things are happening.

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I'm a little bit surprised, not by the fact that the Remain camp

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wants to meditate the result the British put into our hands

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but that the Leave camp now is asking that they would

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If you are advocating the Leave scenario, I would have thought that

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you would know exactly what will happen the day after.

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OK, the Remain camp has to reflect on this but the Leave camp knew

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If they don't know what to do now, that's proof that they didn't

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reflect on the consequences of their campaign.

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How long will you wait before Britain starts this process?

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I mean, David Cameron made it perfectly clear the other day

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in London that it's up to the next British Prime Minister to take

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the decision on when and how to trigger Article 50.

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So we have to wait for the decision of the then British Prime Minister.

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If the Prime Minister is coming from the Remain

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If the Prime Minister is coming from the Leave camp,

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And in terms of free movement, which was one of the biggest issues

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of the campaign in the UK, do you think you will be prepared

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to cut a deal on trade between the UK and the EU

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which doesn't involve the same free movement terms

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Expand on that for our viewers, please.

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If you are in, you can try to change the rules.

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In the framework of the deal we have concluded with David Cameron,

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there were indications about how these things could be changed.

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Earlier in the European Council, there were leaders giving

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simultaneous press conferences in different rooms around the Council

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building. One of them was held by Francois Hollande. I was sitting a

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few rows back from where he was speaking and he emphasised with the

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leaders understand Britain needs a new Prime Minister to oversee this

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process but one that has a new leader, they urgently want Britain

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to begin the process and they will be patient until September. Beyond

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though, they will not be. We will talk about who might take over in a

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moment, but there is a question mark over who will lead the Conservatives

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and the official opposition, the Labour Party in the long term,

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because this huge pressure on Jeremy Corbyn, 80% of his MPs called for

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him to go yesterday. He is showing no signs of doing that. Today the

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Prime Minister got involved in that campaign.

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Look, if he's looking for excuses about why the side he and I were

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on about the referendum, frankly he should

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And I have to say to the honourable gentleman, he talks about job

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insecurity and my two months to go, it may be in my party's interest

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for him to sit there, it's not in the national

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interests and I would say, for heaven's sake, man, go.

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Let's start with the Tories. Today, the nomination process began. Who

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has been sending in a job application? The nomination process

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was formally opened earlier this evening and the candidates have

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until 12 noon tomorrow in the UK to get their nomination papers in. The

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first to declare is Stephen Crabb, who was not somebody who may be

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exactly a household name around the world of where you are speaking

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from. The Work and Pensions Secretary. Relatively new face. But

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the Conservative Party, he offers an alternative to the likes of Boris

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Johnson and David Cameron. He is from an ordinary working-class

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background, brought up on a council estate. He is backed up by the

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Business Secretary. He is saying it is time to heal the wounds, put

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behind the campaign is to remain or leave the EU, to unite the country

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and get on with those all-important negotiations of taking Britain out

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of the European Union but also expecting Lee, Liam Fox, expecting

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him to throw his hat into billing. The two likely leading contenders

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will be Theresa May and Boris Johnson, the former mayor of London,

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a leading figure in that campaign to take Britain out of the European

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Union. By noon tomorrow, we will know exactly who is there to succeed

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David Cameron. This is a contest that will run over the summer and it

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will not be until the 9th of September until we know who the next

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leader of the Conservative Party is and therefore the next Prime

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Minister to take on that very complex and difficult process of

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negotiating Brexit. With regards to the opposition Labour Party, the

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situation we have is that the majority Members of Parliament on

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Jeremy Corbyn to go that he is insisting he has been elected not by

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the MPs backed by the membership of the party and is not going anywhere.

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We expect a leadership challenge to trigger a leadership contest. Jeremy

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Corbyn are saying if there is another leadership contest, he will

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enter. So who knows who we will end up with?

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The leaders of the United States, Canada and Mexico are meeting

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in Ottawa to discuss trade and globalisation.

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The Canadian Prime Minister says, in a time of global instability,

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working together is more important than ever.

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The three nations are part of a North American Free Trade Agreement,

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which Donald Trump has vowed to renegotiate or even

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BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan reports from Ottawa.

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At a time when global partnerships are breaking down,

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North American leaders are promoting the closeness of their ties.

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Canada's Prime Minister hosted the Mexican President

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He kicked off a Q with students by making a brief

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We saw, from last week's vote in the UK, that young people

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were slightly in a different place than the majority of the other

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And that's because young people understand how important building

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links across borders, creating partnerships,

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Hours before preaching this message of inclusiveness,

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Mr Trudeau announced that Canada was to lift visa

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These two leaders will soon be joined by President Obama for talks.

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As Mr Trudeau is pledging to be more welcoming the Mexicans,

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one of Mr Obama's potential successors, Donald Trump,

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At this language school just outside Ottawa,

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Mexican students are taking short courses in English.

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For many of them, the political rhetoric across the border in the US

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makes Canada a far more appealing destination.

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From what you hear, from what all the media,

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all the social networks, all the things you hear

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in the street when you talk to people, I think Canada

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Which country do you think is more welcoming, Canada or America?

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Immigration is a big issue is at home for these three leaders

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but it will be hard for them to avoid discussing Brexit.

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The Canadian government, which is close to signing a key

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trade deal with the EU, says it's unclear how the UK

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Our decision about the EU and its members is clear

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and we think it's a great deal and we are looking

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With regards to Britain, Britain really need to make clear

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more of its choices for us to know how we will proceed.

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For now, Canada's focused on strengthening ties

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It's getting cosier with Mexico and America, but with the US

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election round the corner, all that could change.

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Rajini Vaidyanathan, BBC News, Ottawa.

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Some of the day's other news: Dozens of militants from the so-called

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Islamic State are reported to have been killed while trying to flee

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Iraqi forces there have reopened the mayor's office three days

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after the city was declared fully liberated from IS.

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Falluja had been under IS control for more than two years.

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The Italian navy has raised the wreck of a boat which sank

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in the Mediterranean last year, killing up to 800 migrants.

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It's thought that hundreds of passengers were trapped below

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It will now be taken to Sicily, where experts will attempt

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The largest rough diamond to be discovered for more than 100 years

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The Lesedi La Rona, which is about the size

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of a tennis ball, was found at a mine in Botswana.

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It's expected to be sold for about $70 million

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with the government in Botswana getting 60% of the profit.

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Researchers in Switzerland have developed a robotic salamander

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in a creative exercise to better understand neuroscience

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The impressive creation can walk and swim, just like its inspiration.

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The project was really about understanding the body

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of the salamander, how the body of the salamander interacts

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What's interesting in the salamander is the ability to swim and walk.

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This is interesting because few robots can do that.

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We want to have different versions of such a robot to do pollution

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detection or search and rescue missions but here the goal was to do

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science and understand how the real animal works.

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Salamander really has no problem at all, so it's very light x-rays,

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But for now, from me, Ben Bland, and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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This disappointing run of weather is set to continue over the next

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