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It is the deadliest bombing in Iraq this year.

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More than 125 people have been killed.

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One attack took place near a Shia mosque in KarrAda district.

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Explosives on a truck were detonated in an area full of people

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as they were breaking their fast during Ramadan.

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A second bomb went off later in the north of the city.

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The group has been losing territory in recent months including the city

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of Falluja recaptured from IS a week ago.

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Haider al-Abadi was met by a furious crowds - who pelted his car

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with rocks and bottles as he tried to visit the area.

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Here's our Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen sent

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The bombs and the fires consumed so many lives.

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It's supposed to be a sacred and festive season.

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The last few days of the holy month of Ramadan.

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The attack happened at around 1am in the morning.

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The streets were full and the shops were open.

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This was the so-called Islamic State's latest gift

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The people who gathered there during the day were furious

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that the jihadist so-called Islamic State seem to be able

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So when the Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi came to inspect the damage

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and pay his respects, they forced him to make

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He says that Iraqis are like sheep among wolves.

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Everyone is coming to eat their flesh.

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Islamic State Sunni extremists said they were targeting Shia Muslims.

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Sectarian war started in the chaos and violence that was unleashed

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by the American and British invasion of Iraq in 2003.

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It still continues and it's about power more than religion.

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The main reason why IS attacked was the defeat they've just

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It means they've lost a stronghold less than an hour's

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All the destruction and killing add up to a clear message

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from the jihadists of so-called Islamic State.

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That they may be defeated on the battlefield,

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but they are still able to hit back where it hurts most,

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by killing civilians in the heart of this capital city

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Iraq has not had a day of real peace since the invasion in 2003.

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This coming week, Britain publishes its official

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Plenty of Iraqis have already made up their minds.

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That the invaders pushed them into an agony without an end.

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I spoke to Martin Navias from the Centre for Defence Studies

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about his reading of the attack and what it tells us

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Iraqi government has been trying to create a secure perimeter around

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Baghdad for years, but Islamic State appears able to penetrate it with

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ease and this attack is one of a stream of attacks where they are

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trying to exacerbate the sectarian tensions that you mention, undermine

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confidence in the government, and demonstrate, as the reporter says,

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that they are still in the game. There have been a number of setbacks

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on the battlefield but the fact remains that the Islamic State

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remain with significant territory, important power bases and can put up

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a strong fight. What they demonstrated today is that while

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they have lost Falluja, they can take the battle into the heart of

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the Iraqi capital and create devastating damage. This is a

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terrible week in terms of terrorism, there has been an attack on Istanbul

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and Bangladesh, is the group focusing on international terrorism

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as well as their targets at home? The group has a panoply of targets,

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number one it is retreating somewhat in the face of the pressure of the

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Iraqi army and the Kurds, in Syria, it is under pressure also from the

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Kurds and the Syrian government. But nevertheless it retains the

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capability to strike terror, both within Iraq and Syria and throughout

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the world. Yes they are trying to demonstrate that they remain a

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credible force. Now, the Iraqi government has said under this

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president that he wishes to destroy the Islamic State, in Mosul, is

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capital, Iraq this year. The Americans have disabused him of that

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notion, they are saying that Iraqis are not ready for that at time

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being. The Islamic State is still a powerful force with tens of

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thousands of fighters and an ability to project these fighters into South

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Asia, throughout the Middle East and to Europe as well. I don't believe,

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that despite these setbacks, that they are facing the end in the near

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future. I don't believe that is the case. If you look at the battles

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that have taken place. They are retreating, they're not fighting to

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the last man in each city, the Iraqi army to meet doesn't look capable

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sophisticated attacks, they are destroying these places in order to

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save them and so sectarian tensions are exacerbating, Islamic State

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remains in place, and a long battle remains in the future.

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The Pakistan Indian governments have dispatched their military

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to help in a rescue operation, after flash flooding

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The worst hit district in Pakistan is ChitRal, in the north.

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Officials in India say at least thirty people have been killed

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in the states of Uttara-khand and Arunchal Pradesh.

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A Turkish ship carrying humanitarian aid for Gaza has arrived

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It's the first aid ship sent by Turkey since the two countries

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agreed last week to restore relations after a six-year rift.

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The dispute was caused by an Israeli raid on an aid flotilla to Gaza that

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Now the fight is on to become Britain's next Prime Minister.

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And three of the leading candidates - have agreed that there SHOULD be

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But they've laid out quite different plans -

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on how quickly the country should leave the EU.

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Here's our political correspondent Ben Wright

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on the surface, this stretch of Conservative England appears Serena.

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But in Buckinghamshire Garden this afternoon, a hot topic to discuss.

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The key thing that we need at the moment is a leader

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and a statesman and that's the kind of thing that will drive

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They are weighing up Theresa May, one of the five Tory leadership

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candidates and the current favourite.

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Today, the Home Secretary said if she won, she would not

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We have got this huge issue of negotiating Brexit.

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We have got concerns about stability in the economy

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and the future of the UK, and I think if we were to

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have an early general election it would just introduce another

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I don't think it would be good for the economy

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Theresa May campaigned for Britain to stay in the EU,

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unlike Michael Gove, who clawed his way into the race

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after abandoning his former Leave campaign ally Boris Johnson,

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the man he had recommended as a potential Prime Minister.

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I took the decision very late on Wednesday evening.

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I went to bed at 1:30am in the morning.

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I reflected on it, I woke up early in the morning and decided...

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I decided in conscience I could not make that recommendation.

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It is Tory party members, around 140,000 of them,

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who will choose between two candidates short listed

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by Conservative MPs, so their views matter.

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Gove has shot himself in the foot, that's the end of him.

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I think she's a good level-headed person.

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I think she probably has the least enemies.

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Something these days in the Conservative Party!

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But I also found fans of Andrea Leadsom, who campaigned

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She knows what needs to be done, she's a woman with conviction.

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Today, Andrea Leadsom tried to brush off remarks she had made three years

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ago suggesting that the UK should be in the EU and in her view

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the next Prime Minister had to have voted for Brexit.

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Somebody who says I've been told vote for Leave with no enthusiasm

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is very different to someone who sees the sunlit uplands

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of leaving the EU, the prospects for our children, our grandchildren,

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our business, of being open to the world.

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These are some of the people who will pick the next Tory

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There is disagreement over who that person should be but everybody

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recognises the next Prime Minister has a really tough job uniting

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Ben Wright, BBC News, Taplow in Buckinghamshire.

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Well that contest was triggered by the UK's vote to leave the EU

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and more than a week on - it continues to send

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While German politicians are warning that Britain won't be

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given special treatment - farmers and other businesses

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are worried about future trading relationships.

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Here's our Berlin Correspondent Jenny Hill.

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Expect Germany to drive a hard bargain.

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Too early to say here whether Brexit will be bad for business.

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TRANSLATION: If Britain doesn't want to stay in the EU,

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The negotiations must benefit the EU.

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To give Britain concessions again is completely out of the question.

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German farmers have problems of their own.

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The price of milk, red tape and a relationship with Brussels

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There is throughout Germany a sadness at Britain's

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departure, and a concern, too, about the impact of Brexit.

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But overwhelmingly now, the focus is shifting

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to the future and how to reshape the EU without Britain.

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And on that note, Germany's voice carries.

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For its farmers, here at their annual meeting,

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there is a trading relationship to protect.

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Britain is Germany's third largest export market.

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I know the European Union and the UK want to be good neighbours,

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and the single market is a base on which we could do that.

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But I want to assure farmers in the United Kingdom that

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their benefits and their payments and their schemes will

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continue until such time as the negotiations are complete.

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Angela Merkel is likely to be central to those talks.

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Like other EU leaders, she faces Euroscepticism,

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not to mention a general election next year.

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One point must be clear, there will be no cherry picking,

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so as we always said, if Great Britain leaves

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the European Union, it's not possible to stay in some terms

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within the European Union, for instance, concerning

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It's not what Germany wanted, it's not what Germany expected,

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but Brexit is already changing Europe's political landscape.

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

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And the truth is still out there ...we link up with World's UFO

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festival in where else...Roswell New Mexico.

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here are the world headlines. New fears over Iraq security after two

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blast in Baghdad kill more than 125 people.

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Let's go to Bangladesh where the authorities are insisting -

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I.S militants were NOT responsible for an attack on a cafe in Dhaka

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That's despite a claim made by the group -

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who released photos of the alleged attackers posing with an I.S flag.

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Ministers say the gunmen were well-educated and came

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One suspect who survived - is being interrogated by police.

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A candlelit tribute to those who died in a terrifying attack.

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Flowers placed at the lane leading to the cafe where it took place.

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Some of the victims were Bangladeshi.

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Foreigners, mostly from Japan and Italy would come here to work.

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Back home, their families are trying to come to terms with their loss.

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This is so unbearable as a parent, he said I'm leaving now and I said

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to be careful and that was the last conversation I had on the telephone.

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Dhaka is now in a heightened state of alert but for

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Mourning the victims of its worst ever terrorist attack,

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but the focus is also shifting to the seven men who carried it out.

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Alarming details have emerged on who they were and what motivated

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The question they are asking is how they managed to get into such

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a secure and protected neighbourhood, virtually

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Eyewitnesses say they were heavily armed.

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One account described them as well trained and very sure

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The authorities now say that all seven attackers,

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one of whom was arrested, were local Bangladeshis

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with no links to the so-called Islamic State.

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They are said to be from affluent families who went to the country's

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leading private schools and colleges, not from Islamic

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seminaries from where militant groups often control recruits.

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Japanese reporters at the crime scene, family victims are due

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to arrive in a special plane later today.

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The international spotlight is now Bangladesh, it has experienced

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Islamist violence before but this now represents an altogether

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Australia's Prime Minister says he remains confident his coalition

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will emerge victorious - despite the country's

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Most of the votes have been counted but the result

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is still too close to call - and we may not have a clear

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Well Australia has voted its general election but the country now faces

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an anxious wait to find out who will form its next government. As it

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stands around 80% of all though it had been counted but it is certainly

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not clear yet who is going to win. Neither the governing conservative

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coalition of the opposition Labour Party had been able to secure an

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absolute majority. They are relatively neck and neck so

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Australians as well as you and I will have the wait until all of the

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votes are counted. That weight will be

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longer than you might think. Counting when start-up in full until

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Tuesday, why is that? Elections in most countries are a logistical

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challenge and Australia is no different, it is not just about

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counting votes, but think about all of the postal votes from those

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Australians travelling into state will living overseas. Gathering them

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take some time so Sunday and Monday will be spent carefully sorting,

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verifying and packaging the huge number of postal votes sent in so

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they can be added to the cad when it starts again on Tuesday. The

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electoral commission are taking particular care this year after more

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than 1000 ballots went missing in a state election in 2013. That forced

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voters back to the polls again, so this time around they are taking

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extra care not to lose a single vote. The election in Australia has

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been tight and nail-biting so far but for now, all we can do is wait.

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Let us get some sport for you and here is Damien Johnson.

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France look to be heading into the last four of Euro 20-16.

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They lead the tournament's surprise package Iceland x-x

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to an early goal from Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud

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their second shortly afterwards as they took complete control.

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, West Ham's Dimitri Payet added a third.

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They are into the second half and France lead 51, the second goal for

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Olivier Giroud. French nmber 12 seed

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Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat American John Isner 19-17

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in the fifth set of a gripping match Tsonga won after four hours and 24

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minutes on court two. On the women's side, Serena Williams

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won through to a fourth-round clash against Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova

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- the number one seed demolished German Annika Beck as Alex Gulrajani

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reports. Wimbledon ready opens its doors on a

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Sunday, and those lucky to get in had their eyes on one match in

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particular. After dropping three games in the

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opening set, the second lasted barely 20

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minutes. The match between John Isner and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, was

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anything but a swift affair. Six years ago you will remember, John

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Isner beat Nicolas Mahut in the longest match in history winning the

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final set 70 games to 68, it was another marathon against Tsonga

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though not quite as long. This time his know was the loser, 19-17 in the

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final set. Pep Guardiola has been introduced to

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Manchester city fans as their new manager. The former Boston and by

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Munich boss was named as the successor back in favourite but

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takes over this summer. Thank you for coming here, in of course you

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house, it is my new house. I am so, so glad to be here, thank you to

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Manchester city for giving me this amazing opportunity to live in

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England. In Manchester, to be part of my job in the Premier League, I

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am pretty sure we are going to enjoy it. I proved myself where I was born

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in Barcelona, Catalonia, then I proved myself in Deutschland, in

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Germany. And after, I want to prove myself here, with my people and with

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my staff and of course with the amazing players. But at the end,

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what I want after the game, after the season, the people, the

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supporters, maybe the people who love football, can enjoy had to be

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proud of what we did. That is in the end the most important thing. After

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that, maybe we can achieve the titles. If the people are not proud

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of us, there is nothing to do. One of my dreams would be to play her

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like a football player, it is not possible but now my dream is come

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true. I came here like a coach, like Liverpool player, of course the

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atmosphere here is amazing. And I want to live that in life, and of

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course, to prove myself if I'm able to be a good manager here in

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England, that is the reason why. And to come here to learn.

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Just time to tell you that Lewis Hamilton has won the Austrian Grand

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Prix. That is all for now. Roswell in New Mexico USA was put

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on the map in 1947 when aliens steering a UFO allegedly crashed

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in their spacecraft. Since then, it's become something

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of a shrine for paranormal fans - and this weekend it's hosting

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the 2016 UFO Alien Festival - with Let's speak to a UFO investigative

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that has been looking into the Roswell crash for fifteen

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years. what do you think of UFO spotting,

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is it as popular as it used to be? UFO spotting is more popular than

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ever. Especially with the electronic devices that people have. They can

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take photographs, videos on the spot, so yes, much more than in the

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past. UFO spotting is certainly on the increase I would believe. But in

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the 1950s, that Cold War era, there was a real flurry of the sightings

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and that seems to have tailed off? For the modern age of UFOs did arise

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in 1947, and it has basically continued unabated. As to why, it

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appeared in 1947 as opposed to any other year, we don't know. We

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suspect it had sunk to do with World War II, and the invention of atomic

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weapons. But to answer your question, I don't think it has

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tailed off. That is all I can tell you. There are more reports than

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ever. I do have some statistics, from the UFO network, if you are

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interested, but that is up to you. Could you tell me a bit about the

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technology, and how it has moved on? Yes, back in the 1950s, we had no

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cellphones, we had no video cameras, we just had eyewitness reports

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verbatim. That was basically it, now you have absolute video in most

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cases. So things moving about in the sky that we cannot explain. So it is

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the video effect. That has really taken off, at least in my opinion

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because I remember the 1950s. I'm so sorry to interrupt you, we have run

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out of time I'm afraid. Don Carey from Roswell, thank you very much.

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That is it from us and the programme. That is the world

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