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This is BBC world News today. This is a headline. Gun battle in the

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Bangladeshi capital. Gunman holding hostages in a restaurant. White

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House report saying up to 116 civilians have been killed by

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American drone strikes since President Obama took office.

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Commemorations Beverage serving held to remember

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the fall of hundreds of thousands of troops. And we will have the latest

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from Euro 2016 as Belgium take on Wales has they aim for the

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semifinals. Calm men have stormed a popular cafe

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in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka Mack, a number of people are being

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held hostage, among them several foreigners. The battle is taking

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place in a district which is known as the diplomatic area of the city.

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Police have sealed off the area and said at least three people have been

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injured, two of them police officers. In the last half an hour,

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the Islamic state militant group says it is behind the attack. One

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woman who lives next to the building talks. TRANSLATION: I heard at

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around 10pm local time people shouting for them to come out, maybe

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they were shouting at the terrorists, after that we heard a

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lot of sounds from police operations. My driver told me

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something was going on outside, the later said don't leave, there is

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firing going on. Next I heard a loud noise in my living room, I saw the

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glass in my living room shattered, I heard continuous gunshots. My

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daughter and all of us started crying, terrorising situation. We

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have been hearing continuous gunshots after 9pm, too much to

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take. My auntie, and daughters and others have gone to break the

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Ramadan fast and we cannot even check where they are. Let us speak

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to somebody who is in the studios, this appears to be a very serious

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attack, IS has claimed responsibility, what more do we

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know? We understand at the moment that there had been a great deal of

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shooting and now it has gone quiet and dark. Police are very much

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focused on trying to negotiate the release of the hostages. Police

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have-nots confirmed how many people are inside. But one person has

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talked about, there were eight young men armed with knives and guns and

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he said that quite a lot of foreigners were inside and he thinks

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that they may be hostages. This comes off the back of a very serious

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series of incidences in Bangladesh. This seems to be a serious

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development? Very much so, were not absolutely certain behind this. But

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if it were the Islamic State militant group involved in this this

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would be a very definite escalation of their violence in Bangladesh. We

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have seen a whole series of targeted killings, mostly on religious

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minorities, secular writers. But nothing on this scale and in fact

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this is pretty much unprecedented for Dhaka. Well we can speak to a

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South Asia expert at the Chatham House think tank. Thank you for

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being with us, so Islamic state appeared to have taken

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responsibility for this attack. Can you tell us what the presence of

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this group is inside the country? It is hard to tell, as we all know,

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there have been numerous incursions reports about the plotting of a

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major attack for about a year now and the Bangladeshi government did

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not take much notice. And the Bangladeshi government, has pinned

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down the responsibility for extremist attacks thus far, at the

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hands of home-grown militant groups. And also, pinned down the blame to

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the opposition party which is the Bangladesh National party. In a

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sense, not much has been investigated so far on the presence

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and activities of IS, although intelligence agencies within the

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region are aware, that there is a faction fight to a growing dispute

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over control between Al-Qaeda and Islamic State has been on for a

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while. Across the region. But as far as activities in Bangladesh are

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concerned, this is news. It is a worrying development, because

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previous attacks have taken place on minorities, but this is an attack

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involving several hostages, several foreign hostages in fact. What are

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your thoughts on that? Most certainly, this is a very rapid

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escalation of what is a pretty bad situation in Bangladesh. As you

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rightly pointed out, this is the first time that a hostagetaking

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incident has arisen. This is predominantly a target on Western

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presence is within Bangladesh and no attempt has been made to conceal the

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responsibilities. There has been a claim of responsibility but also as

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we look at what is happening within Bangladesh at this moment, we

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mustn't lose sight on what has happened over the last decade. The

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fact that there has been complete impunity for attacks, whether they

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were by groups that are home-grown or external is not the point, the

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government has not reacted, there has been a spate of attacks against

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those who are bloggers and others who ups upheld secular bloggers, or

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were journalists and writers. And nothing was done. In fact very

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little has been done in terms of investigation and prosecution. There

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is also a climate of the extreme political infighting within

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Bangladesh and the responsibility has always been laid on the door of

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the opposition party. No responsibility has been taken by the

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party in power. As we examine what has been happening at this moment,

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we have to look at what has happened in the past. Thank you very much for

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joining us. Up to 116 civilians had been killed

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by American drone strikes since President Barack Obama took office

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according to a new White House report. The civilians were killed

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outside of war zones in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia between 2009 and

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2015. The report comes as the Obama administration claims to place a

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greater emphasis on protecting civilians during operations. We can

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go to the BBC Washington correspondent. Gary seems that the

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bomber at ministries have been meaning to release these figures for

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some time, but why have they decided to release them now? As you say they

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have promised to do this for some time, they have come under a lot of

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pressure to do this not least from human rights groups. It is really to

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address the question is, the controversial policies that they

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have had. In terms of hitting people outside of normal combat areas.

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Outside areas of war basically and as you said, we are looking at

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things like the tribal areas of Pakistan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen.

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What the Obama administration is trying to do is to explain how they

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go about choosing these terrorist targets as they put it, in those

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areas and what safeguards they put in place before and after to make

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sure that the only hit the people that they are intending to hit. This

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number, they issued a pretty stark health warning with these numbers

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anyway, they say it is impossible to be sure about the numbers

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particularly in areas where they cannot verify afterwards but also

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there is a lot of scepticism from some of the groups like Amnesty

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International, saying, that Howard County is that you have killed a lot

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more civilians. There is a disagreement between administration

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and the groups that modern these attacks. Significantly they can

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seems to leave out people killed in Afghanistan, Syria and Iraq and

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therefore we're not getting overall picture? Tick elite in Syria and

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Iraq, the coalition does publish estimates of civilians killed in

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those areas as well, the reason they are doing this is because in these

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nonhostile environments, they come under this pressure and they say

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that they only try and go after people in these areas if there is

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near certainty that they can't kill civilians at the same time. Thank

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you very much. Let us go back to our main story,

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and we can go to Akbar Hussain. You are very close to where this gun

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battle is taking place, tell me what you know? Now, I am in, the area, it

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is literally one of the most secure areas in the country. You can see

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the hind me, this road leads to wear the restaurant is located. This

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restaurant is managed by an Italian manager, and he told us, a group of

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gunmen entered the restaurant with a knife when people were having dinner

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at the time. And the gun men, they took the people and made them

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hostage. So when police received the news, they weren't at the location

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and tried to dismantle them, but the attackers started firing

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indiscriminately. They also exploded some crackers. Some people, we have

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talked to them, local people, the rest room manager and another

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person, they manage to get out of the rest room. What they told us, at

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least 20 foreigners are still being trapped inside the restaurant. And

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they are being taken hostage by the gunman. This restaurant is a very

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popular destination for European and American citizens living in Dakar.

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The area where I am standing now, this is a well protected area

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compare to other parts of the city so people this area very surprised

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to see the way that the gunmen breach the security system of the

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area. If you see the road behind me. You can see, the police are not

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allowing anyone to get inside the area, now, they are waiting to get

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response from the criminals. The elite police force, the chief of it

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told us, that they are thinking, that they are trying to negotiate

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with the gunman to avoid further bloodshed because so far, the news

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we have received. One police officer was shot dead by the militants and

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another 50 police officers received bullet injuries, and they're now

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treated in a local hospital. So that they can avoid further bloodshed. It

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is now going on here and police are saying, that all of the preparation,

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will avoid further bloodshed. In the last half an hour Islamic state has

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claimed responsibility for this attack, do we know how many

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militants are involved? What police have said is that at least eight to

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nine militants that took part in the whole operation, this is such a

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coordinated attack, and they were carrying heavy weapons and they were

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firing indiscriminately. You say that Islamic State claimed the

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responsibility but the Bangladesh government has long denied the

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presence of Islamic State inside the country. They always say that some

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home-grown jihadis groups, I involved with militant activities.

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Because we have seen at least 45 people had been killed in manga dash

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in the last half year. They include secular brothers and writers,

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especially Hindus and Christians are being targeted. But the government

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said there is no existence of this Islamic state. So now, their main

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focal point is that, they are trying to save the lives of foreigners who

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are being trapped inside the restaurant. Akbar Hussain from

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Dhaka, where the attack is taking place, thank you very much indeed.

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Stay with us on BBC world News, still to come. Struggling Serena,

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the number one seed comes from behind to reach the third round in

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Wimbledon, Novak Djokovic's position is even more precarious.

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China mark is first day of rule in Hong Kong with a series of

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spectacular celebrations, huge fireworks display was held in the

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former colony, the Chinese president said that unification was the start

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of a new era for Hong Kong. The world's first clone has been

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produced in an adult mammal, scientists in Scotland have produced

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a sheep called body that was cloned using a cell from another sheep. For

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the first time in 20 is Russian and American spacecraft have docked in

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orbit in the sign of a new cooperation in space.

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Challenger powered past the lighthouse at almost 50 knots

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shattering the record that had stood for 34 years, there was no hiding

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the sheer elation of Richard Branson and his crew.

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Is this BBC world News today, I am your newsreader. Gunmen have

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attacked a cafe in Dhaka in an affluent cafe, reports say that as

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many as 20 foreigners may have been taken captive. American drone

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strikes have killed 116 civilians since President Obama has been in

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office according to an official US report. Events have been held in

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Britain and France, for the same two free of the Battle of the Somme. It

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was the bloodiest in the British Armed Forces and came to define the

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brutality and horror of the First World War. The ceremony was held in

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the shadow of the famous memorial, in northern France. It bears the

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names 72,000 British and South African troops who bodies were never

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found. The Prince of Wales, David Cameron and President Hollande were

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among those who took part in the presence of hundreds of descendants

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of those who fought. As our special correspondent Little reports. It is

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the largest First World War memorial anywhere comic scare was

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commensurate with the loss of life. It is a memorial to the missing of

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the Somme. The names of 72,000 men with no known graves are carved

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here. Its plea to posterity, to ask, is plain. Never forget. Heads of

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state and government, present and future, listened to Clive as he read

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the words of his father. Who fought and survived. You did a job out

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there, and I never realised there was anything unusual about it.

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There was a job to be done and you just got on and did it.

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I was more frightened going up to the trenches, sitting,

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I was very frightened then, very frightened indeed.

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We were taught we had to be an example to our men and that,

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if we went forward, they would go with you, you see.

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And you'd sort of lose your sense of fear, thinking

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The nurse Olive Dent treated the wounded.

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Here, her words described that first week on the Somme.

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I am too tired to sleep, too tired to shut out of sight

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and mind the passionate appeal of two dying eyes and the low faint

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whisper of, "Sister, am I going to die?"

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A week after Britain voted to leave the European Union, David Cameron

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took his place beneath the memorial to the enduring alliance

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between the UK and France, and described a moment of mutual

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respect between enemies as a British major risked his life

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to rescue a wounded soldier from no man's land.

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He walked as though he was on parade.

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The Germans never fired a shot at him as he went.

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They never fired a shot as he went back.

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And they cheered him as he lifted the man onto his shoulders.

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The poppy and, in France, the blue cornflower are the emblems

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of the sorrow of war marked in two minutes of silence.

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In these moments of remembrance, the dead cry out their warning

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In the words of the poet Siegfried Sassoon, recited

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here today, "Do you ever stop and ask, 'Will it all happen

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again?' Look down and swear by the slain of the war that

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Austrians are heading back to the polls after the country's highest

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court annulled the results of May 's presidential election. The

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Independent Green candidate one, with 50.3% of the vote, the Freedom

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party candidate lost by around 30,000 votes, that result was

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challenged by the far right Freedom party today. The Constitutional

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Court ordered another election after finding irregularities in the way

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that postal votes were handled. The Freedom party leader says that it is

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a win for democracy. Let us go to Hugh for some sport and an amazing

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performance by Wales? 2-1. Yes Wales are leading, it is the biggest game

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for them since the 1958 World Cup. Elche is the world number two side,

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they were favourites for the match, so far it is very entertaining,

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Belgium, took the lead with a stunning strike. That was the Wales

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captain Ashley Williams heading in from a corner. Everything still to

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play for with just under half the man left in the match. The winner

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will go on to play Portugal in the last four. Zlatan Ibrahimovic

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completed his transfer the image Premier League side Manchester

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United on Friday on a free transfer. He left the French champions PSG at

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the end of last season, having scored 156 goals in 180 appearances.

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He is reunited with Jose Mourinho who he played under at Inter Milan.

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I am super excited, super happy, there has been a lot of talks, but

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this is the moment when everything is done. And now, we start, now the

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hard work starts. So I am super happy. I am just waiting, to get to

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know the guys, to train the first training and I am here in the

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training facility. It looks that, it is a big club. A huge club. I am

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excited. Wimbledon have announced that there will be play in the

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middle Sunday of the tournament after rain affected the week in

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south-west London, Catherine we weren't really expecting this news

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to come at this time, what have Wimbledon said? Yes confirmation in

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the last half-hour, that in the first time since 2004 there will be

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play on the middle Sunday at Wimbledon, the first time, the

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fourth time in the long illustrious history of this Championships. We

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did quite know what it will mean for the schedule, we will get more

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detail at one o'clock, but we do know that tickets went be available

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for fans, you will have to buy them online. We will be live to a more

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about that, it is an unusual turn of events in a Topsy, Turkey Day in

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terms of the schedule. Also topsy-turvy in terms of some of the

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tennis. Some really big stories from the day. Let me tell you them, a

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shop development in another one court. Novak Djokovic. He has lost

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the first set of his match against the American Sam Querrey, he lost

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the first in a tie-break and then he lost the second 16-1 and then the

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rain came, the was on the number one Court which doesn't have a roof.

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There will be no further play on that court today so Novak Djokovic

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gets to go home and get some rest but he has got to come back and do

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it all tomorrow. Roger Federer, no such trouble for him against the

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British number four, Dan Evans. He won through in straight sets, 6-4,

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6-2, 6-2. Roger Federer is the seven times champion and he goes through

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to the next round. Serena Williams, looking for the moment, she dropped

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the first set against her compatriot Christina McHale 7-6. But she came

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back 6-2, 6-4, but there were exchanges breaks of serve in that

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match. Serena Williams did not look entirely comfortable either. Venus,

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her sister, she also dropped a set on the way to beating somebody else.

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She was at match point in fact when the rain came, they had to clear the

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court there. Venus, came back to try and serve out that match. She didn't

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manage to do that, and the last set went to 10-8, so Venus and Serena is

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both through. Another big shot, the fourth seed and two times champion

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Stan Wawrinka was out. He was beaten by Juan Martin del Potro the

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Argentine in four sets. The former US Open champion of course but he

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has had a couple of years out so stand Wawrinka was the real

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favourite to win this. The number four seed is out. And Novak

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Djokovic, the number one seed, the defending champion also struggling

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and he has to come back tomorrow to see if he can come back from two

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sets down. March to come at Wimbledon this year but you can see

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more on those. -- much to come. Now let us return to the anniversary

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at the start of the Battle of the Somme. We have a look back now at

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some of the events that have marked the 100th anniversary today and

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across Britain and France. just some of the poignant moments,

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marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of the Somme. Now on BBC News

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Channel, here is News watch.

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