09/07/2016 World News Today


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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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President Obama says America is united in sorrow

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after the killing of five policemen in Dallas, but the actions of a few

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in macro and demented individual who carried out those attacks in Dallas,

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he is no more representative of African Americans than the shooter

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in Charleston was representative of white Americans. -- a demented

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individual. After a search of the gunman's house

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- police find weapons Taking cover in South Sudan's

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capital - where rival There are reports at least 100

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people have been killed. One of the two women vying to be

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the next British Prime Minister says she's "disgusted" that the Times

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newspaper quoted her saying being a mother will make

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her a better leader. Also coming up: It's

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Serena Williams - again. The top seeded American beats

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Angelique Kerber of Germany to take her seventh Wimbledon

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singles title in straight sets We start in Dallas, where the city

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continues to mourn the killings It happened it downtown Dallas -

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during a peaceful march against the separate shootings

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of two black men by police. Well in the last few hours -

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President Obama has rejected the notion that - the country

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has returned to some He said the main suspect -

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Micah Johnson - who had told police he wanted to kill white people,

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especially white officers - is not representative

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of all African-Americans. We cannot let the actions of a few

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define all of us. The demented individual who carried out those

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attacks in Dallas, he is no more representative of African Americans

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than the shooter in Charleston was representative of white Americans.

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Or the shooter in Orlando, or San Bernardino, were representative of

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Muslim Americans. -- nor were the shooters in Orlando, or San

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Bernardino, representative of Muslim Americans.

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Well after a search of Micah Johnson's house -

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police found weapons and bomb-making material.

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From Dallas - here's our North America correspondent - James Cook.

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In Texas and across the United States, the men and women

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The attack here in Dallas was the deadliest on

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Denise Saucedo's husband was an officer here for ten years.

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We need to start loving one another, instead of hating one another.

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Micah Johnson was a US reservist and served in Afghanistan.

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His social media postings revealed an interest

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He told police he wanted to kill white police officers.

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Gunmen turning a peaceful protest into an act of violent revenge.

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Police found bomb-making equipment and an arsenal of

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But far from coming together after the latest killings,

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In Atlanta and elsewhere thousands of Americans are still taking

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to the streets to protest against the police.

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In Dallas they are preparing to say goodbye to five police

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officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.

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At times it feels like this has become the motif

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This time, the shrine is dominated by the colour blue.

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But the flowers, the prayers, the heartbreaking messages

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are the same, this, somehow, has become routine.

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Our correspondent David Willis is in Dallas.

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All their fears are where you are back there could be reprised

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attacks? -- that there could be. There are concerns. But the

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president today very much looking to dampen down any suggestions that

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America is fundamentally divided along racial lines. He denied

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suggestions that America had gone back to the bad racial relations of

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the 1960s. He stressed there was unity in many forms. Unity amongst

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Americans of all sorts of races and backgrounds in condemning the

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attacks which took place just behind me a few days ago. He also said that

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people needed to come together to support the police force, to give

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them the backing they needed, whilst also the country addressed these

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apparent disparities in the treatment of racial minorities by

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the police force. As far as division and are concerned, Barack Obama made

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no secret of the fact he believes America is polarised when it comes

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to this issue of gun control. He said the reason there were tensions

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in many communities here between the police and the public was because

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the police went into those communities knowing that there were

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a large number of guns. He is due here next week. He is cutting short

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a trip to Europe. He will be looking to build consensus here on the

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ground. This is a city which is not used the sort of things which took

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place on Thursday night. A lot of people, nonetheless, will be looking

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to the president to give them reassurance. Many are shocked and in

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disbelief. Thank you.

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The world's youngest country is facing renewed violence.

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Reports from South Sudan say more than a hundred people,

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mainly soldiers, have been killed in clashes between supporters

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of President Salva Kiir and his former rival,

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There's a heavy military presence on the streets

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of the capital Juba and few people are venturing out.

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Fierce fighting erupted outside Statehouse while president

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Salva Kiir and his former enemy, Riek Machar,

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They were giving a press conference about South Sudan's

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many challenges, including a failing economy and outbreaks of

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violence in many parts of the country.

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The vice President's plea for people to stop fighting appeared

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We are calling on all of the population,

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all the South Sudanese, whether they are armed or not armed,

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Your government is making efforts to ensure that the peace

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The scene outside Statehouse was one of carnage.

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A doctor said so many bodies were taken to the main

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South Sudan is supposed to be marking its fifth

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Instead violence has come to the heart of its capital city.

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The country has been ripped apart by conflict for most of its young

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Much of it between forces loyal to Salva Kiir and Riek Machar.

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Tens of thousands of people have been killed and nearly 2 million

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A number of peace deals have been signed, but so

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Talk about Britain leaving the Europe has been overshadowed by the

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Conservative leadership race. There has also been a row over the role of

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motherhood by Andrea Leadsom. She suggested to the Times newspaper she

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would be a better newspaper than her rival, Theresa May, because she is a

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mother. Andrea Leadsom fiercely criticised the newspaper's coverage

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but the Times newspaper stands by the story and released an -- a video

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of the interview. The outside in the race, the

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Eurosceptic energy minister who is exciting traditional Tories.

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But the mother of three is facing criticism for an interview

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in The Times in which she suggested being a parent makes her a better

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This morning, outside her Northamptonshire home,

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I was repeatedly asked about my children, and I repeatedly

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made it clear that I did not want this to be in any way

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I am disgusted at the way this has been presented.

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I want to be crystal clear that everyone has an equal stake

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in our society and in the future of our country.

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But being a mum was a big part of her message during

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I did a stint as city minister, and I am a mum.

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It is clear that she wasn't trying to be cruel to Theresa May, but it

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has shown her inexperience and, some say, her lack of judgment, crucial

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if you want to be Prime Minister. Her team are making an official

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complaint to The Times. The journalist who did the interview is

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standing by her story. I don't think it is gutted journalism, it is

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journalism. Accurate journalism. I asked a question, she answered, I

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reported what she said. She is trying to become Prime Minister of

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this country. Theresa May made a pledge

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for a clean campaign. No official response from her today

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but she reposted it on social media. Despite appeals for unity,

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after a fractious referendum campaign,

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the Conservative leadership campaign is already off

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to a controversial start. There is concern over the threat

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posed by the so-called Islamic State. And Russia's intervention in

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the Ukraine. Our correspondent is at the summit.

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The Nato alliance meets every two years.

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The summit was described as decisive and historic. A lot of focus was on

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putting the final details together of a new brigade which will stretch

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across the eastern flank of Nato, across three Baltic states, as well

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as eastern Poland. Three to 4000 troops being deployed in response to

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a Russian threat, Nato says that exist in response to Russia's

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seizure of Crimea in 2014. NU Corporation pact was also signed

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with the European Union which will focus on everything from maritime

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controls to cybercrime. But Russia was made the main topic in many of

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the sessions. -- a new corporation pact. I asked them why they felt it

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was necessary to deploy troops on the eastern borders. Because we see

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a more assertive Russia. A Russia that has substantially built up its

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military capabilities over many years. Which is training its forces

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in a more aggressive posture. Which has used military force against

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neighbours. And taken apart of another country, Crimea, and

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therefore Nato needs to respond. It is responding in a proportionate

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way. We need political dialogue, as well. A lot of emphasis on

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solidarity and resolve here among Nato member states. But the US

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president used this summit to remind the members that they had committed

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to spending 2% of their GDP on defence. Something not all Nato

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members are doing now. The majority of allies are still not hitting that

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2% mark. An obligation we agreed to. We had a candid conversation about

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this. There is a recognition, given the range of threats we face in the

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capabilities we need, and everybody has to step up and everybody has to

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do better. Barack Obama has now left this national football stadium here

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in Warsaw. Nato leaders will leave this summit one by one. They didn't

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go away without making another commitment, and that is to the

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mission which has long been described as a defining mission for

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the Nato alliance, and that is the involvement in Afghanistan. Many

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Nato armies pulled out their combat troops in 2013 and 2014, but the US

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is continuing to maintain 4500 troops. Many Nato countries are

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still helping with training. When I spoke to Afghanistan's Chief

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Executive Doctor I asked whether there was relief at a time when

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Taliban attacks were on the rise. That's true. -- chief Executive

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officer. But if you put it into context there were times when there

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were 100,000 troops altogether, international troops, now despite

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the high number of casualties that our people have suffered in

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sacrifices that our troops have made, the burden of responsibility,

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the large share of responsibility, is on the soldiers of our own

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forces. That is a big change since 2002. It has never been like this.

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So many Afghans have been asking when will this war end. 2015, the

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highest number of casualties since they were recorded. 15,000 last year

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and many more this year. That is the unfortunate suffering of our people

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that has continued. If the security notion has changed worldwide, there

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is a new phenomena called IS, and we are not immune to that. That brings

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to an end another Nato summit. Along with other countries who are looking

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to join, including Jordan and Macedonia. It was a summit where

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they look East to this new brigade in response to a Russian threat. But

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it is a threat they say they will deal with with a mixture of

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deterrence and dialogue. They also looked west to the consequences of

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Britain deciding to leave the European Union. There was some

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anxiety over that. But also anxiety as Nato looks south, not just to the

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continuing challenges in Afghanistan, but the rise of the

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Islamic State, the efforts to stop it in Iraq and Syria. It also brings

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to an end our coverage of this Warsaw summit. For me and our teams

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at the national football stadium in Warsaw, it is goodbye and back to

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you in London. She has done it again, Serena

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Williams wins her seventh Wimbledon title in straight sets.

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Angela Eagle has says she will announce a bit for the leadership of

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the Labour Party on Monday. After accusing Jeremy Corbyn of failing to

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lead an organised and effective opposition. The development comes

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after Tom Watson called off talks with unions aimed at resolving the

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stand-off. Jeremy Corbyn has said he will stay and fight any challenge

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and called for unity in the party. This is about solidarity. The Tory

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government tried to destroy it. We have a choice. Do we go together in

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solidarity going forward to improve the lives of everyone, or do we

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allow brutality to divide us? Brutality that divides us and

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scapegoats minorities in order to turn us in on ourselves, rather than

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unite against the forces that are trying to divide us.

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This is BBC world News. The headlines: Barack Obama says America

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is united in sorrow after the killing of five policemen in Dallas.

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And that the actions of the few cannot define a country.

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Reports from South Sudan saying more than 100 people, mainly soldiers,

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have been killed in rival faction fighting.

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People who knew Micah Johnson have been talking about their impressions

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of him. Akwete Tyehimba is the owner

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of a community book shop and met You met him back in May. What did

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you make of him? That particular day was a positive day for our

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community. We were having a Malcolm X community festival, celebrating

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the birthday of Malcolm X. There could have been 600 people there

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that day. He walked into the book store. Somebody introduced him to

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me. He seemed to be a very strong, confident young man. Very polite.

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Very nice. He was thrilled to be inside of a book shop like this. He

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said he had never seen anything like this. All of this information on

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history, you know, and everything like that. He seemed very confident.

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Did he indicate it all some of the views he has expressed towards the

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police, saying he wanted to shoot white people, particularly white

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police officers? This is in the wake of the shooting of two black men by

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police officers. Not at all. It was my first time meeting him, like I

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said, and I did not see him any time after that. No, no expressions of

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anger, no expressions of, you know, any type of radicalism. Just someone

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who seemed to be searching for a sense of self. Someone who wanted to

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be a part of changing humanity as a whole, I think. I just don't think I

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had any idea of something like this. There have been several high-profile

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shootings of black men by police officers in the United States.

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Barack Obama said this cannot justify the actions of Micah

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Johnson, but did he express any frustrations with the police force?

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He did not express any frustrations at all with the police. But I think

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many people here that day, as many people in America today expressed

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frustrations of what we saw on the videos earlier this week. Two videos

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showing point-blank shootings that resulted in two black men dying. I

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think the frustrations were pretty high this week. We were all trying

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to be proactive. Because we felt the tension in the air. Trying to plan

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meetings later this week. But, you know, unfortunately later that

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day... I'm interested in what you make of the shootings this week of

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the five officers, and the two black men who were shot dead early in the

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week. Of course, we are all saddened. To ask it was a very sad

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day -- to us it was a very sad day when the shootings happened. We just

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could not believe what was happening before our eyes. None of us could

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believe it. But... On the other hand we don't see it as an attack on

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police personally. It was an attack on this system of oppression that

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many people feel has unjustly treated them over the years. It was

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not an attack on police, it was an attack on an unjust system where you

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have seen almost 600 police shootings so far this year. We were

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grieving. You know, the death of these police officers, because they

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were just common, working people like all of us, trying to take care

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of their families. On the other hand we were grieving and frustrated by

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the shootings of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile. We were all very

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hurt. In tears on Monday when we saw the video. Tuesday in tears when we

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saw the video. And then Wednesday in tears when the shooting occurred. I

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appreciate your thoughts. Thank you very much.

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Let's get some sports now. What a performance by Serena Williams

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today. Amazing. She has matched Steffi

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Graf's record of 22 grand slam titles and a seventh at Wimbledon.

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She beat Angelique Kerber in straight sets.

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Ruthless determination has made Serena Williams and relentlessly

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dominant. 22 grand slam titles make this unmistakably her era of the

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game. Few athletes transcend their sport into superstardom. In

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Angelique Kerber she faced an opponent who had beaten her in the

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Australian Open final. But so often Williams says her best force to

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court. And even with so many titles to her name still she shows the

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aggression of a player seeking her first. Angelique Kerber was holding

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her own in the opening exchanges but lost her nerves in the final game of

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the first set. Williams taking it 7-5. To have any success against

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Serena Williams requires the mental resolve to respond and Angelique

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Kerber was determined to show off her own skills. Shot of the match.

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Serena Williams applauds. This was a day where Williams' power would

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prove too much. This, her response to Angelique Kerber's first and only

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break point in the match. When the American gained the second set

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advantage there no coming back. Irresistible, majestic. In a class

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of her own. A Centre Court storyline with a familiar ending. This, her

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seventh Wimbledon title takes her to a record. Making history happens to

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her naturally. More cause for celebration for her

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later, she claimed her sixth women's doubles title. Chris Froome has

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taken the overall race leader at the Tour de France after winning the

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eighth stage in the Pyrenees mountains. He broke away from the

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leading pack at the last climb of the day. He got ten bonus seconds

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for winning the stage. He is 16 seconds ahead of Adam Yates in the

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overall standings. He will be in for a hard day on Sunday after a

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mountainous stage and finishing in the principality of Andorra.

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Thanks very much. That is it from me. Thank you for being with the

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programme. From me and the rest of the team, do have a lovely evening.

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It is feeling very warm and muddy across many parts of the country

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this evening. Weather you had the sunshine during the day or the cloud

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and

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