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This is BBC World News Today with me, Alpa Patel.

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a despicable attack - President Obama condemns

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the killing of five Dallas police officers.

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25-year-old Micah Xavier Johnson who was a member

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Police say he was angry over the recent killings of black

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He's now been blown up by a police bomb.

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The suspect said he was upset at White people. He stated he wanted to

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kill white people, especially white officers. Police have been searching

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his home here in a suburb of Dallas, and the army have confirmed he

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served with them in Afghanistan. Nato leaders formally approve

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the deployment of a force in the Baltic states and Poland

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designed to deter any Britain's Andy Murray makes it

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through to the Wimbledon final He'll face Canadian Milos Raonic,

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who knocked out Roger Federer. All eyes are on Sunday night. It

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will be the host nation France against Portugal in the final of

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Euro 2016. President Obama has described

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the shootings in Dallas which killed five police officers

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as "despicable". It happened during a peaceful

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protest against the shootings of two black men by police officers

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earlier in the week. The officers were shot

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at by at least one sniper The shootings happened

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in the downtown area of Dallas as a rally was making

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its way down Main Street, reaching a crossroads between this

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skyscraper on the right The main suspect has been

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named as Micah Johnson. Police say he was upset

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about the recent police shootings The US Army say Johnson had served

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as a Private First Class in the Army Reserve and was deployed

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to Afghanistan in 2013 to July 2014. Very also people have been deterred

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in connection with the shooting. -- three other people.

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It was the deadliest day for police in America

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since the September 11 attacks in 2001.

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Other large police forces in the United States have been

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Our North America Correspondent James Cook has

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been following events, and sent this report.

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In downtown Dallas, this is the moment a peaceful

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The crowd was demonstrating against police violence

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when one man apparently decided to seek his own bloody vengeance.

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There was panic as the crowd and the police tried to figure out

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It's a sniper from up here somewhere.

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And, as ever, in the America of 2016,

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the horror was documented, minute by minute.

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Michael Bautista was in the thick of it.

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They're shooting right now and there's an officer down.

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It's coming from the right over there from around these buildings.

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There had to have been five or six cops, they were

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Police poured into the area, running towards the danger,

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heavily armed but, at the same time, suddenly exposed and fragile.

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This footage seems to capture a gunman, on the street by now,

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murdering at point-blank range, in scenes that are too

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Eventually, after a shoot-out lasting several hours,

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police sent in a robot to blow up a suspect.

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We cornered one suspect and we tried to negotiate for several hours.

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Negotiations broke down, we had an exchange of

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We saw no other option but to use our bomb robot,

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for it to detonate where the suspect was.

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Police arrested and released two men and a woman, and the chief says

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the suspect who died had told negotiators he was working alone.

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He's been identified by US media as 25-year-old Micah Johnson -

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a former US Army reservist, seen here in pictures

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The suspect said he was upset at white people.

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The suspect stated he wanted to kill white people,

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And now the faces of the dead are beginning to emerge.

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Brent Thompson was 43 and had just got married.

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Patrick Zamarripa said he was addicted to the thrill

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His family said they were mourning a hero, remarks echoed

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Today is a wrenching reminder of the sacrifices

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We also know that when people are armed with powerful weapons,

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unfortunately, it makes attacks like these more deadly

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And, in the days ahead, we're going to have to consider

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Some of the police officers here have told me that they have

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friends who didn't make it last night.

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And yet they're out here in force again today,

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protecting a crime scene which sprawls for several blocks

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around the building here, where the shooting began.

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And across Texas, across the United States, they are praying.

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This was the deadliest attack on US law enforcement since 9/11.

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It reveals a country in turmoil, convulsed by controversy about guns,

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Let's cross to our correspondent Laura Bicker, who is in Dallas.

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There was originally some confusion over how many gunmen were involved

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in this attack, but all signs are now pointing to this suspect Micah

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Johnson. There has certainly been a bit of confusion. We heard from the

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Dallas police jeep on a couple of occasions, where he said suspects

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instead of suspect. But it now appears that certainly be cheap

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suspect is Micah Johnson, and we have seen pictures of him now in his

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Army uniform. -- certainly the chief suspect. He served in Afghanistan,

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the Army has confirmed that. Police have been searching his home here in

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a suburb, and mixed neighbourhood outside Dallas. This certainly was a

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very confusing picture for police. It was hours of stand-off where they

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negotiated with Mr Johnson. Certainly they came to the

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conclusion that the only way to end their stand-off was to send robot

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armed with an explosive. That has never been done by the police on US

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soil, so that is what they did, and the gunman was killed by that bomb.

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When it comes to the reaction here, both in Texas and right across the

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United States, the shock is now giving way to a call for

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unification, for an America that, James mentioned in his package, and

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America in 2016 that are facing across a very big divide, whether

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across the racial tensions or about guns or criminal justice. This is an

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Americano looking at one another, trying to figure out how to move

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forward. There has been calls for calm in light of what has happened,

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and also the Orlando shooting is not that long ago. Tensions must be

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quite high across the country. I have just come from Louisiana, where

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I was yesterday, where there were several protests at the death of

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Alton Sterling, who was shot by a white police officer. Certainly

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there are tensions were running high. The protest that broke out

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last night right across the United States, from Washington, DC to New

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York to hear, where peaceful. These were peaceful protests. However, it

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seems that one man decided perhaps that he would have his vengeance. Of

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course that is under investigation, but the police has said that he told

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negotiators he wanted to shoot white people, especially white police

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officers. You have heard from President Obama today, who has

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praised the work of police, who said it is no time for America to come

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together and pray and heal. -- it is now time. We have also heard from

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Loretta Lynch, who said it is time that the violence ends. Violence

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solves nothing. These are high-profile figures in America.

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They are urging people here to stay calm and try to let figures of

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authority come to some conclusion as to how they bring this issue

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forward. Thank you very much. The protest in Dallas overnight

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was mirrored in other cities across America, where there has been

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real anger over the shootings Our correspondent Nick Bryant

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is in Minnesota, where he reports This week, America celebrated

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its national birthday, July the 4th. But what seems to be uniting this

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country right now is not an idea, an aspiration, a dream,

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but rather, feelings Saint Paul, Minnesota started

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as a focal point last night for vigils and demonstrations

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which unfolded in New York, No words can express the way

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that we feel. And here, the main speaker

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was the mother of Philando Castile, the school cafeteria worker shot

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dead by a policeman. It was my son today,

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but it could be yours tomorrow, or yours the next day,

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or your grandmother, 50 years after the landmark civil

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rights reforms of the 1960s, many African-Americans still feel

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they are second-class citizens. It has fuelled the Black Lives

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Matter campaign. Why, in 2016, we're

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still talking about, Why do we have to keep

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saying, we're human? The mood this morning in Saint Paul

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was very different. A handful of people where yesterday

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thousands had gathered. But fury quickly came to the surface

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over the events here and in Dallas. And I'm sorry to their families,

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that you feel what we feel. But I'm going to tell you something,

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and don't think this is insensitive. Many hoped that the election

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of the country's first African-American president

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could heal the breach in race relations, that it

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would usher in what was called Plenty more details interviews and

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analysis on this story on our website.

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The Islamic State group says it's behind an attack near a Shia

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mausoleum in the town of Balad, north of Baghdad, which has killed

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It comes days after almost 300 people were killed in the worst

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single bombing in Baghdad since Saddam Hussein was toppled.

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Here's our Middle East correspondent, Jeremy.

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The entrance to the shrine in Balad has been badly damaged.

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The shrine itself is untouched, but here, where there were shops

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and places for people to buy cold drinks and so on, it is really

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What the people here are saying is that around midnight,

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four jihadist gunmen came in, heavily armed, and there was a gun

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battle lasting one to two hours, and finally the men

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They have taken a lot of lives with them, a lot

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All this is happening because the jihadists

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of Islamic State have been under attack.

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That's why they hit back last weekend in Baghdad,

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with that enormous bomb that has killed almost, by now, 300 people,

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Here, the intention as well, I think, is to try to provoke

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a return to the worst days of the sectarian wars

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The idea is to try to destabilise the country,

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Islamic State have been losing ground in Iraq,

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and they know that if they lose this country, it's going to be much

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harder for them to hang on to what they have in Syria.

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And if that goes, it's the end of their dreams

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So the likelihood is, they will keep on fighting,

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they'll keep on hitting, they will continue trying to provoke

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another sectarian war, or a deepening of the existing

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So the future, I'm afraid to say, is likely to include many more

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of these kinds of incidents, many more dead.

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Now a look at some of the days other news.

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The population of the European Union increased by nearly two million last

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The EU statistics agency revealed that the population

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rose to 510 million, largely due to the influx

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of refugees and migrants, mainly from the Middle East.

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And for the first time, the EU recorded more deaths than births

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Job growth in the United States surged in June, exceeding many

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Figures showed 287,000 were added to the US economy last month -

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Analysts had predicted there would be an increase of around 175,000.

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But the unemployment rate also jumped to 4.9% from 4.8% -

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this was because of more people entering the labour force.

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Six people are being treated in hospital in Spain

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after being gored by bulls during the San Fermin

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More than 1000 people took part in one of the event's famous

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bull runs, which lasted nearly six minutes -

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Nato has said it doesn't want to isolate Russia -

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despite its decision to deploy thousands of troops to the eastern

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Meeting at a summit in Warsaw, Nato leaders have approved

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the deployment of 4000 troops in Estonia,

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Lithuania, Latvia and eastern Poland.

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They're specifically aimed at deterring threats from Russia,

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in the light of what happened in Ukraine and Crimea.

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Nato leaders also discussed the consequences of the UK's

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Our chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet

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Yes, Nato often stresses the three Ds, defence, deterrence and

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dialogue. Here it is very much the deterrence side that is a focus with

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this new reggae and there are keystone flank. Four battalions

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stretching across for Baltic states. Nato members, most of all Germany,

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have been at pains to emphasise to Moscow that this is not meant to be

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something aggressive towards Russia. They are still open to dialogue. But

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that has meant an angry response from Moscow today, as the Nato

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summit got underway. Saying that the idea of the threat from Russia was

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absurd. Another aspect Russia is concerned about is not just this new

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gate, but the sanctions, which are taking their toll on the Russian

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economy. It is for that reason that there is a concern in many ways

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about Britain's decision to leave the European Union, because Britain

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has long been a very strong voice within the EU for maintaining

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sanctions against Russia. When I met Britain's Foreign Secretary Philip

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Hammond, I asked whether there would now be a wobble in the EU about

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maintaining those sanctions against Russia. We remain a full member of

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the European Union, and we will do for some time to come yet. We will

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continue to make the arguments, as we have done over the last couple of

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years, to stiffen the resolve of partners to maintain these

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sanctions. I'm sure we will be able to maintain a robust stance over

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Russia's aggression in Ukraine. But it is a different question whether

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in the future, and European Union without Britain in it will have the

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same political will to do these things. I hope it will, because

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economic sanctions are a very good way of dealing with this kind of

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aggression, where we are frankly not willing to meet a military response

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ourselves, but we do want to send a clear signal that actions have costs

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to those who are mounting the aggression. British leaders are also

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trying to send a strong signal here that when it comes to Britain's

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membership of Nato, it's place at this top table, it will not change.

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It will remain no and in the future a strong member of the transatlantic

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alliance. Brexit is not formally on the agenda here, but everyone is

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talking about it, and expressing anxiety is - what will happen to

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Britain's defence spending in the future? What will happen to the

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really crucial relationship between Nato and the European Union? All of

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the readers here are trying to send out a signal to say there will

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continue to be a strong relationship between Britain, Nato and Europe,

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and also, they say, an effort of both to reach out but to send a

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strong message to Russia as well. -- all of the readers here.

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France's victory over Germany in Euro 2016

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and understandably led to scenes like these across the country -

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thousands of proud French fans celebrating their team's success.

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It's the first time they have won against Germany in 58 years.

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France now face Portugal in the competition final on Sunday.

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Ros Atkins is in Paris - Ros, how expected was this final

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I think we could have predicted that France would be in the final, they

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were favourites coming into the turn it. Portugal less so. Let's talk

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with Jonathan Johnson about this, asset boll writer on French

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football. We talked right at the beginning of the tournament, and

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despite the Fifa rankings, Francois was expected to do well. Yes, buoyed

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by home support, talented team, generation of it excellent young

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players and experience once. I am not sure the French public really

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expected them to make the final, but obviously they are delighted to make

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the final. They are strong favourites. With all respect to

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Portugal, they have not set the blood racing that often. Absolutely.

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Looking at how portable has fared so far, and the way that France have

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been faring, France have to be overwhelming favourites, mix with

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that home support. Although the home support will be tempered by the fact

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that there is a big Portuguese contingent that lives here in Paris.

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All signs point to France victory at the moment. What are your feelings

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on this expanded euros format, I feel conflicted about it. The Welsh

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and the Icelandic side have made the case for the bigger pool of teams.

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There have been some fantastic stories, that has been one of the

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positives. But to its detriment is the fact that so many games have

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suffered in quality, like you said. There have been a few dead rubbers.

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I think one of the biggest problems the tournament has is not

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necessarily the fact it has been expanded, it is just that there is

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so much football played during the course of a season that the players

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are so tired when they arrive it is difficult for them to play at a high

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level every couple of days. Good to speak to you. Thank you very much

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indeed. I am here in Paris through the weekend, bringing you coverage

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from the fanzone right at the base of the Eval tower on the day of the

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final on Sunday. Depending on who wins, I will either be staying put

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or getting on an early flight to Portugal on Monday morning. We will

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also be covering the celebrations after the final.

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Enjoy it, and very tasty final to come.

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Milos Raonic has reached his first grand slam final after the world

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number six stunned Roger Federer with a dramatic five-set win

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He will be playing Andy Murray in the final. We will be live at

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Wimbledon over on BBC world in a few minutes.

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If there's one street food snack that nearly everyone in Kolkata

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loves and eats regularly, it would have to be jhal muri.

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It's also a great leveller - you'll often see businessmen

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queueing for it alongside the city's poorest residents.

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Our own Justin Rowlatt went to see what all the fuss is about.

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I am in the mighty capital of Bengal, Kolkata.

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Like the rest of India, it has its own distinctive

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and delicious food traditions, and you can taste some of them

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in its most celebrated street food, jhal muri.

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This is puffed rice - essentially this is Rice Krispies.

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So he puts in a few handfuls of the puffed rice, go into the pot.

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Then he adds a bit of cornflakes, a few peanuts, a couple of lentils.

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He adds some chopped coconut, some cucumber, bit of potato.

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There is tomato, there is onion, there is coriander,

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Then he puts in this chilli paste of his,

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Then he adds a little bit of mixed spice.

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He squeezes on a little bit of lemon.

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And now, an essential ingredient, very Bengali, this -

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And the trick now is to mix the whole thing up, get

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And then into one of his little recyclable bags,

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Here is where it gets complicated, because there are actually similar

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So it would be dangerous for me to tell you that Sal's

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jhal muri is the best, but let me just taste it.

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It does look delicious. A reminder of our main news this hour. Details

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have begun to emerge about the main suspect in the Dallas killings. He

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has been named as Micah Johnson, an Army reservist who served in

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Afghanistan. He told police that he wanted to kill white people,

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especially white officers. That is all from me. Goodbye for now.

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Hello. As we approach the weekend. It looks like rain for some but not

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for all, because of this area of low pressure starting to push in from

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the

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