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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The main suspect in the killing of five police officers in Dallas

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is named as Micah Johnson - a former army reservist who'd

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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, specially

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President Obama has called the shooting a despicable act -

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and ordered flags to half mast as a sign of respect

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Nato leaders formally approve the deployment of a force

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in the Baltic states and Poland designed to deter any

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And Andy Murray makes it through to the Wimbledon final

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where he'll face Milos Raonic - the first Canadian ever

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It was the deadliest day for police in America since the September

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Five officers shot dead - another seven injured.

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The main suspect has been named as Micah Johnson.

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Police say he was upset about the recent police

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And had stated that he wanted to kill white people.

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Well the attack began at 8:45 on Thursday evening

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It happened as a peaceful protest made its way through Main Street.

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when it reached this crossroads, gunfire broke out.

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Our North America Correspondent - James Cook reports from Dallas.

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In downtown Dallas, this is the moment a peaceful

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The crowd was demonstrating against police violence when one

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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, the horror

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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 getting shot down.

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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, for it

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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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revealing a country in turmoil, convulsed by controversy about guns,

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The protest in Dallas was mirrored in other cities across the country.

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Where there has been fury - over the force used by police

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This week - the shootings of two black men in Minnesota and Louisiana

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Our correspondent Nick Bryant - has been assessing

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This week, America celebrated its national birthday, July the 4th.

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But what seems to be uniting this country right now is not an idea,

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an aspiration, a dream, but rather, feelings

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Saint Paul, Minnesota started as a focal point last night

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for vigils and demonstrations which unfolded in New York,

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No words can express the way that we feel.

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And here, the main speaker was the mother of Philando Castile,

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the school cafeteria worker shot dead by a policeman.

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It was my son today, but it could be yours tomorrow,

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or yours the next day, or your grandmother,

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50 years after the landmark civil rights reforms of the 1960s,

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many African-Americans still feel they are second-class citizens.

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It has fuelled the Black Lives Matter campaign.

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Why, in 2016, we're still talking about,

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Why do we have to keep saying, we're human?

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The mood this morning in Saint Paul was very different.

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A handful of people where yesterday thousands had gathered.

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But fury quickly came to the surface over the events here and in Dallas.

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And I'm sorry to their families, that you feel what we feel.

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But I'm going to tell you something, and don't think this is insensitive.

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Many hoped that the election of the country's first

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African-American president could heal the breach

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in race relations, that it would usher in what was called

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Well let's get more on this Kimberly Kindy is a journalist

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with the Washington Post - she joins me now from their newsroom.

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You've been looking at data about fatal shootings for some time -

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What have you found? We started investigating after Ferguson. The

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FBI were woefully under counting the number. In our efforts we have found

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that fatal police shootings are up by 6%. At this point last year,

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there were 465 people who had been killed. As of June 30th, we had 491

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people who had been killed. A 6% increase. The other thing we found

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was that more and more these incidents are being captured by

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video. An increase of 38% over last year. We also, this year, in the

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second year effort, we are looking with much greater depth at the

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officers themselves. Beginning to gather more information on them. The

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first piece of this that we rolled out this week was that most of the

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officers who shot and killed people, at least this year, have been

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veterans, rookie officers, with one to three years experience. They only

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represented less than 20% than the largest group with ten or more years

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of experience, they represent the largest group of shooters.

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Interesting that most of the officers you found are quite

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experienced. Why is that? There are a number of theories. We have spoken

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to criminologists, police experts, and the operating theories are that

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we have a number of veteran officers that have not gone through the new

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style of training. The old style of training was rush in, aggressively

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take control of a situation, and force people to comply if they don't

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immediately comply with your demands. The new style of training

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teaches officers to use different tactics. In situations where

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de-escalation tactics could work. Taking cover. Perhaps call in other

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offices for back-up. Sometimes that will save the lives of officers and

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will save the lives of civilians. But that kind of new style of

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training really is just beginning. Veteran officers have not

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necessarily been through that. Another theory also was that a lot

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of veteran officers sign up for high profile high risk assignments.

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Traffic stops can be incredibly dangerous. They quite often sign up

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for those because they get good overtime pay. They are dangerous.

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Those are some of the theories as to why we are seeing more veterans

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versus Rockies firing these shots. -- rookies. Thanks very much.

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Well if you want more on this story you can go to our web page.

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There you can find a live page -

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being updated minute by minute on developments.

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You can also find more analysis and interviews.

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Go to our website - bbc dot com forward slash news.

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Now a look at some of the day's 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 it rose to 510 million,

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largely due to the influx of refugees and migrants,

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

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Indian company Tata Steel has announced it's to postpone plans

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to sell some of its UK operations, including the Port Talbot

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plant in South Wales, where thousands of jobs are at risk.

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The company has said it has started discussions with "strategic players

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in the steel industry" - and is considering a possible joint

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venture with German firm Thyssenkrupp over the future

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A former model has been awarded a $97 million divorce

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settlement from her Saudi billionaire ex husband -

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after he divorced her and married a younger woman.

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Christian Estrada - who was married to Sheikh Walid Juffali

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for more than twelve years - said that she needed almost two

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for more than twelve years - said that she needed almost

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?200 million to meet what she called her "reasonable needs".

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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 four thousand troops in Estonia, Lithuania,

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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

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Nato often stresses defence, deterrence, and dialogue. In Warsaw

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it is very much the deterrent side which is the key focus for their

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discussions. With the establishment of this new brigade along with what

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they call their eastern flank, a new brigade with four battalions

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stretching across four Baltic states. Nato members, most of all

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Germany, have tried to emphasise to Moscow that this isn't 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 summit

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got underway, saying that the idea there was a threat from Russia was

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actually absurd. Another aspect Russia is very concerned about is

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not just this new brigade, but also the sanctions which are taking their

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toll on the Russian economy. It is for that reason there is concern, a

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concern in many ways, about Britain's decision to leave the

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European Union. Britain has long been a strong voice within the

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European Union for maintaining sanctions against Russia. When I met

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Philip Hammond I asked him whether or not there would now be a wobble

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in the EU about maintaining those sanctions against Russia.

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We remain a full member of the European Union. We will do for some

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time to come yet. We will continue to make the arguments, as we've done

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over the last couple of years, to stiffen the resolve of partners to

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maintain these sanctions. I am sure that we will be able to maintain a

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robust stance over Russia's aggression in Ukraine. But it is a

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different question over whether in the future a European Union without

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Britain in it will have the same political will to do these things. I

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hope it will. Because economic sanctions are a very good way of

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dealing with this kind of aggression where we are, frankly, not willing

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to make a military response ourselves but we do want to send a

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clear signal that actions have costs to those who are mounting the

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aggression. British leaders are also trying to send a strong signal here

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that when it comes to Britain's membership of Nato its place at the

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top table it will not change. It will remain now and in the future a

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strong member of the transatlantic alliance. Brexit isn't formally on

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the agenda here, but everyone is talking about it and expressing

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anxiety is over what will happen to Britain's defence spending, what

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will happen to the relationship, really crucial relationship, between

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Nato and the EU. All of the leaders here are trying to send out a signal

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to say they will -- there will continue to be a strong relationship

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between Britain, Nato, and Europe. And they also say in it that both to

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reach out and send a strong message to Russia, as well.

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

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The build-up to the final of 2016. Everyone has got the final they were

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hoping for. It is France against Portugal on Sunday and the

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excitement is already building. The headlines: The chief suspect of

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the Dallas shootings that have left five police officers dead has been

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named as 25-year-old Micah Johnson. He served in Afghanistan. Barack

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Obama called the shooting of a despicable attack. The Dallas police

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chief said it was a well-planned, evil tragedy.

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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. The shrine

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itself has been untouched, but here, where there were shops, it is really

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very badly damaged. What the people are saying is that around midnight

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four jihadists gunmen came in. Heavily armed. And there was a gun

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battle lasting one to two hours. Finally the men blew themselves up.

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They have taken a lot of lives with them. A lot of people wounded, as

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well. All this is happening because the jihadists of IS have been under

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attack. That is why they hit back last weekend in Baghdad with that

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enormous bomb that has killed almost, by now, 300 people as the

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wounded are still dying. Here, the intention is to try to provoke a

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return to the worst days of the sectarian wars of eight to ten years

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ago. The idea is to try to destabilise the country, unhinge it,

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if they can. IS have been losing ground in Iraq. They know that if

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they lose this country it is going to be much harder for them to hang

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on to what they have in Syria. And if that goes it is the end of their

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dreams of a so-called caliphate. The likelihood is they will keep on

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fighting, keep on hitting, continue trying to provoke another sectarian

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war or a deepening of the existing sectarian war here in Iraq. So the

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future, I am afraid to say, is likely to include many more of these

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kinds of incidents, and many more dead.

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Sunday's Wimbledon men's final will be between Britain's Andy Murray

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Murray booked his place with a straight sets victory

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It's his third final - he hasn't won the title since 2013.

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The match they had all been waiting for, hoping to record the moment

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when Andy Murray reached another Wimbledon singles final.

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He has been at least this far six times in the last seven years,

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and maybe that experience made the difference.

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Berdych made 13 unforced errors in the first set.

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In contrast, Murray was almost infallible.

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Two breaks of serve to one, the first set dispatched 6-3.

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Both players settled in the second and showed what they are capable of.

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Although this was just to hold on to his serve early on.

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Tomas Berdych has been a top ten player for more than six years now

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and is more than capable of giving Murray the runaround.

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They were neck and neck for six years.

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Relief when Murray finally made the breakthrough

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in front of a good 90% of the centre court crowd.

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It was not long before they got what they wanted.

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An outright winner for the second set.

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Berdych had made it to the final back in 2010.

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But as the third set progressed it was obvious it wasn't

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As good as the Czech was, Murray was just that bit better.

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COMMENTATOR: Murray continues to torment Tomas Berdych.

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It would not be long before it was all over.

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Just under two hours, in fact, 6-3, 6-3, 6-3.

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Perhaps he will appreciate being that little bit

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fresher for Wimbledon final number three.

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He will be hoping to give British tennis fans something to really

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Milos Raonic stunt Roger Federer with a dramatic five set win. Roger

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Federer looked on course for victory when leading 2-1. Then he was

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hampered by a thigh problem. Milos Raonic will be the first Canadian to

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play in the final of a major tournament.

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France's victory over Germany in Euro 2016,

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which secured them a place in the final of Euro 2016.

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Well understandably it led to scenes like these -

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right across the country - thousands of proud French fans -

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

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France now face Portugal in the final on Sunday.

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

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Hopes must be high. The scene has been set. The weather

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is good, the Eiffel Tower is looking glorious, and the French are in the

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final. Something shifted last night. At the beginning of the tournament

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you could walk around Paris and he would not even know anything was

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happening. Lots of people not tuned in. But walking around last night,

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there were people all over the streets, tooting their horns, waving

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their flags, and suddenly this tournament is centre stage. France

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take on Portugal on Sunday night. Despite runout though, the French

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will be the favourites. They have just applied the faith people have

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put in them. An incredible homecoming in Cardiff

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today, as well. Yes, it's been what we have

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expected. The Welsh have done well in this tournament, getting to the

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semifinals where they lost to Portugal. Going through a packed

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Cardiff City centre, cheered all the way from the airport and around the

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city streets. Their destination was the home of Cardiff City football

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club. Let me show you what happened when the team got there.

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There is the slow handclap the Icelandic fans have made so popular.

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A few people in Icelandic watching this might feel that it has been

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pinched from them. France were doing it last night. It has become a

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feature of the tournament. It is just one of the ways the French are

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choosing to celebrate their amazing run through to the semis. I will be

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live throughout the day on Sunday as we cover the final on BBC world

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News. I will either be here or in Portugal depending on who wins,

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Monday. We look forward to it. -- on who

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wins come Monday. That is it from me. Have a good

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evening.

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