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Hello and welcome to BBC World News today.

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The Headlines: French religious leaders call for more security

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at places of worship following the brutal murder

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Fresh pictures emerge of the siege at the Normandy church

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where Islamists carried out the killing on Tuesday.

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Pope Francis has said the recent spate of jihadist attacks in Europe

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is proof that the world is, as he put it, at war,

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but he said he didn't mean it was a "war of religions."

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A big explosion in a mainly Kurdish city in northeastern Syria has

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caused massive destruction - at least 40 people have died

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On patrol ahead of the Rio games - the head of security tells the BBC

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the threat of a terror attack is one of his biggest concerns.

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The head of France's Muslim community has described yesterday's

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murder by Islamists of an elderly priest as "blasphemous

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sacrilege which goes against all the teachings of our religion".

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Dalil Boubakeur joined representatives of Christian,

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Jewish and Buddhist faiths in a show of unity with President Hollande.

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They called for more security at places of worship.

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The priest, Father Jacques Hamel, was killed while conducting

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morning mass in his church in a suburb of Rouen.

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His killer, 19 year old Adel Kermiche, had twice

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previously tried to join the so-called Islamic State group -

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also known as Daesh - in Syria.

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Our correspondent Lucy Williamson reports.

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The words that follow these attacks have lost their power to console.

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They used to give France strength, now they highlight its betrayal.

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In the streets where he grew up, Adel Kermiche is remembered

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as a troubled man whose radical views had already alerted his

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TRANSLATION: He was clearly pro-Daesh.

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Once his parents took him to the police station,

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they said, lock him up, he's going to commit a crime.

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The police said they were already monitoring him, but couldn't

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Last year, he was arrested in Germany while trying to reach Syria.

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Two months later, he was caught again in Turkey and

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In March this year he was released with an electronic tag,

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which allowed him to leave his house between 8:30

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During that window yesterday morning, he came here

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and together with an accomplice, carried out his assault while elite

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The moment filmed by a local resident who was woken by the noise.

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With every new target and every new location,

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So that the death of a local priest in this small suburban church

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becomes a test of national resilience, an attack

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In Paris, the government was left defending itself against

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the charge that its defence of France had failed.

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But was this a failure of intelligence, security or judgment?

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Or simply the result of freedoms the country wants to protect?

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TRANSLATION: Everything that can be done under the rule of law

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There can still be some changes, discussions.

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We are open to suggestions from the opposition.

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But you cannot protect the rule of law by rejecting the rule of law.

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And on a visit to Italy today, the Prime Minister said

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In the Church of Notre Dame tonight, prayers have begun to honour

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Father Jacques Hamel and the hostages of Saint Etienne.

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But faith in France's protectors is harder now,

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with the country divided over what protection means.

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Pope Francis has said the recent series of jihadist attacks in Europe

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is proof that the world is, as he put it, at war.

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The pope was careful to stress he did not mean

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it was a "war of religions", but rather a conflict between

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He made the comments to journalists on board his plane to Poland

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TRANSLATION: The world is at war, in pieces. There was the war of 1914

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with its methods, then the big war of 1939-1945, and now this. It is

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not organic. Organised, yes, but not organic. But it is war.

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This holy priest who died at the very moment in which he offered the

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prayer for peace is one, but how many Christians, how many more

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innocent people, how many more children will die?

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Let's take you to Krakow and speak to our correspondent Tom Burridge.

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- Adam Easton. Strong words from a very sombre Pope Francis but she was

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very keen to point out that he did not mean it was a war between

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religions. I think what he wanted to point out was to actually call a

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spade a spade. He said often terror attacks, the word used is insecurity

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and he said that is not the correct word. The word we should be using is

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war. So I think he wanted to highlight the severity, the gravity

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of the situation that the world is facing. He later came back

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afterwards and said that he wasn't referring about a religious war. He

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said that all world religions want peace, so the assumption would be

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that the people who carry out these terror attacks are not true

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believers of their faiths, and as you said and in the clip we just

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heard, he talked about some of the more general causes of conflict such

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as competition for scarce resources, competition for land, the domination

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and also for power. A little bit later, he gave a speech in front of

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the Polish president and the Polish bishops in the beautiful Gothic

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castle. He did not refer to terror attacks there, but he did refer to

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consequences of conflict, of war, and she meets a rather pointed

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comment to the Polish host and said that not only society and churches

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but states should do more to welcome refugees, asylum seekers, people

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fleeing war and hunger, and to say that in front of the Polish

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authorities is quite something, of course, because the Polish

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authorities have made it clear that they are not interested in taking

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any Muslim refugees or asylum seekers. That is also pretty much

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the opinion of the majority of Polish society so a rather pointed

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remark to be made by the Pope in his first speech after he arrived in his

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host country. Adam, thank you very much. Adam Easton in crack of in

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Poland. -- Krakow in Poland. There was another reminder today

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that most of so-called Islamic State's victims

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are in the Middle East Around 50 people were killed

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after a truck bomb, which IS says it planted, exploded

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in the predominantly Kurdish town The BBC's Yogita Limaye reports

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from Beirut. Even before they understand what's

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hit them, another explosion. A fuel tank blows up,

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triggered by the bomb that went off near a Kurdish military

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government building. There used to be shops, homes,

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and a busy street here. Dozens have been killed in the worst

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terrorist attack this city has seen. Two of them are doctors and like

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most of the family they are living here, most of the family

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have lost members here. Not just here, I'm living far

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from here about 700 metres, all the windows in my house

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are destroyed completely because of So-called Islamic state has

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said it was behind the This woman was in her house when the

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explosion occurred. TRANSLATION: When I looked at myself, I saw blood

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on my hands. Then my son came rushing out of the bathroom and

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asked me how I was. I said, I don't know. And I wasn't sure if his wife

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had been killed. As for the rest, they were being pulled out by

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others. I don't know if they are dead or alive.

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So-called Islamic state has said it was behind the

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Qamishli is a mainly Kurdish city near the border with Turkey.

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The Kurds are battling Islamic state across northern Syria.

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Backed by the US, and along with some Arab forces,

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a major offensive has been underway to regain the town of Manbij.

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And IS say the attack in Qamishli is retaliation for that.

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Freelance journalist Basheer Talate is in Qamishli.

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And looked at this officer, they told me they could not stop it. The

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attacks happen everywhere. Not just here but also in Europe. There is a

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lot of sadness but because a lot of the people you can see that they are

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used to this but at the same time they are saying that ices cannot

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kill the lights inside us. -- ices. -- Isis.

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Police in the East of England investigating the attempted

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abduction of a Royal Air Force serviceman last week have released

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e-fits of the two men they suspect were involved.

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The victim fought off the attackers who tried

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to bundle him into a vehicle, as he was jogging

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Police said both attackers were of "Middle Eastern appearance."

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Our correspondent Robert Hall reports.

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Were you in this area between 1pm and 4pm?

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It was an instant which lasted less than a minute, but which has led

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to another day of intense activity on the lanes of Norfolk.

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The focus has been on these faces, created from the memories

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of the young serviceman who ran for his life a week ago.

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Investigators believe someone from the RAF community may have seen

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the men as they prepared or fled from their attempted abduction.

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The serviceman had told police that he became aware of a dark

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vehicle, possibly a people carrier on the other side of the road.

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He said in a matter of seconds a man had jumped out of that vehicle,

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If he had not reacted as he did by head-butting that man

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and knocking him to the ground the outcome would have

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The landscape here illustrates the challenge of tracing that

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Empty farmland, quiet roads and little CCTV.

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Last week's incident has added to concerns over security

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Police say that the motive for this attempted abduction

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We said last week that there was no credible evidence of it

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being a terrorist-related incident but we couldn't discount it,

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But if it is not a terrorist related abduction, attempted abduction,

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I am looking at other possibilities, could this be a case of mistaken

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identity, could this be something entirely unconnected?

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Norfolk police are in close touch with anti-terrorism specialists

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but they believe key information will emerge locally.

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They have warned anyone spotting the suspects

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Robert Hall, BBC News, at RAF Marham.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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The man who tried to assassinate the former US president

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Ronald Reagan is to be released from a psychiatric hospital

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John Hinckley Junior injured Mr Reagan and three others

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when he opened fire on them outside the Washington Hilton hotel in 1981.

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Hinckley was found not guilty on grounds of insanity.

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The judge said Hinckley no longer poses a danger.

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Prosecutors in the US city of Baltimore have dropped charges

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against three police officers still facing trial over the death

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last year of Freddie Gray - a black man who was critically

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Freddie Gray's death fuelled perceptions of police brutality

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towards African Americans and sparked the worst protests seen

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Former French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier has been appointed

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by the European Commission to negotiate with

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In a tweet, Mr Barnier said he was honoured to be

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The European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he "wanted

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an experienced politician for this difficult job".

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In November, American voters are going to make a choice.

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Some are choosing between Republican and Democratic.

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Others are choosing between what they've described

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Hillary Clinton may have made history as the first woman to be

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the presidential nominee for a major party, but many Democrats backing

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Bernie Sanders have told us they think Clinton is part

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On the Republican side some have told us they want anyone but Trump.

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It's left a large share of American voters feeling disappointed,

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if not angry, at the options for their next leader.

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I'm probably going to vote for Hillary,

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but I'd rather not have to

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because I want more optionsthat are actually more representative

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of what people want and not a lesser than

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If the best that we can do for people that are

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going to represent usis Donald J Trump

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and Hillary Rodham Clinton, I

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Maybe being involved within the Washington world

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for so long I think that can kind of have a bit of a

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dehumanising effect after a while in that it doesn't

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seem like she really has the ability or feels like she

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has the ability to think for herself as a person

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and so I think that when

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she's trying to cater to what can and cannot be

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done that there isn't going

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to be any of the real change that we need

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I guess she's really the only person to vote

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I mean, once the Republican Party chose Trump, I mean who else

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I mean, as a woman, it's definitely a step

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I truly believe it's anything but Trump, but

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I think Hillary Clinton is a better choice, for sure.

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The Democrats convention in Philadelphia is about to

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I'm joined now by Michael Scherer, the Washington

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I hope you can hear me. I hear it is quite noisy there. I just wanted to

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ask you how much of a problem for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are

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these people who do not see anything they particularly want to vote for

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in either of these candidates? It could be a big problem but polls

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show that about 90% of Bernie Sanders voters in the primary

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support Hillary. What is different about this primary is that the real

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die-hard activists, the people who work all year to get Bernie Sanders

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elected, our year and it is not even representatives. That said, if this

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sort of anger at Hillary Clinton continues, it will be really

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problematic, not just the people who voted for Bernie Sanders, but for

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young people and minority people who Hillary has to find a way to

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motivate and she has not been able to so far. How unified or otherwise

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would you say the Democratic party is right now? We heard jeers at the

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name of Hillary Clinton in this convention. That is right. Both

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parties are not very unified. But been surprised by how un-unified the

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Democratic party is. It is too soon to know what consequences that will

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have. If you're watching the Republicans in Cleveland, you would

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see a similar disunity so it is bubbly going to hurt both candidates

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and we have a long way to go before we know who will turn up at the

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polls. But what this will come down to is turnout. It is about

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motivating people who are not your regular voters and a lot of young

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people are listening to their friends and they are saying that

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Hillary is just part of some giant machine of corruption, even if they

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are progressives, that will be a big problem for her. I want to ask you

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about a story that is beginning to really get some traction now. This

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row breaking out Clinton's campaign spokesman saying it is the first

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time a major presidential candidate had encouraged a foreign power to

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conduct espionage against a political opponent. I am talking

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about Donald Trump and what he has apparently said about Russia. Yeah.

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It was a remarkable press conference this morning. I think it is not as

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the Clinton campaign. I think a lot of Republicans and political

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observers are sort of still getting their bearings after he said it.

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What he said was that he has nothing to do with the hack of the

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Democratic National committee and does not know if Russia was behind

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it but then he added that if Russian hackers could find the 30,000

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e-mails that Hillary Clinton says she deleted because they were

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personal correspondence not work correspondence, they should put them

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out quick. It was essentially the Republican nominee for president

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asking for a crime to be committed by a foreign power against the US.

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It was quite a remarkable statement. And reduce the damaging? You know,

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Donald Trump has been making remarkable statements for six months

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now. -- who do you see a damaging? And in a lot of cases this has not

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damaged him. I do not know if it will change the race dramatically. I

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think it will remind people who are not yet on board list on why they

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have concerns and it will play into Hillary Clinton's message on trumpet

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which is that he is just not prepared for the job. At the same

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time, I think that Trump has shown that there is an anger, a

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frustration, a fury with the way the rules and politics are set up in

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this country and that breaking them helps him. It motivates his

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supporters and then again he may be able to pull other people into the

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process by speaking like this that he has not been able to before. The

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other thing to mention is that Trump often says the things we're sort of

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a glint in his height, almost as if he's kidding when he says that. It

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is interesting because with the whole campaign he has gotten away

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with a lot of things that other candidates would never be able to

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get away with. He said a day after the Republican convention to the

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National Enquirer that John McCain, the former Republican nominee, is

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not the kind of war hero he likes because he got captured. These are

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things that just would not be acceptable in any other year but

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this is not any other year. It certainly isn't. Only a day after

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history was made, we have the first female President candidate, it is

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not even really top of the agenda. Where are we? What is going on? You

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was asked about Hillary been the first female nominee in his press

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conference today and we will hear a lot more about that tonight with

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President Obama and Joe Biden and her vice presidential pick Tim Kane

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speeding so I do not think that will go away but it is certainly a

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strange time. Thank you. As we mentioned there Barack Obama,

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Vice President Joe Biden and Clinton's running mate Tim Kaine

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will speak in the coming hours. As always we will have live

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updates and analysis There will also be plenty of content

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on our smart phone app. The Russian Olympic Committee chief,

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Alexander Zhukov, says international federations have approved more

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than 250 Russian competitors to take This comes after a report

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into state sponsored doping. 108 Russians have been banned so far

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- including all but one The Russian President Vladimir Putin

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has once again criticised the decision to barr

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some competitors, saying medals won at Rio 2016

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will be devalued and that the Games He made the comments at an event

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with Russian athletes, Here's some of what President Putin

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had to say. TRANSLATION: I think that your

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colleagues would understand that the quality of their medals will be

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different now because it is one thing to win against strong, equal

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competitors and it is a different thing when you compete with someone

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so obviously lower in class. Such a victory has a completely different

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taste, if any. Meanwhile, the man in charge

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of security at the Rio Olympics has told the BBC the threat

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of a terrorist attack An extra 80,000 security personnel

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have been brought in to patrol the streets of Rio de Janeiro

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and the Olympic venues. As our Brazil Correspondent,

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Wyre Davies reports, there's concern the country

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is a soft target for criminals. Rio has a reputation

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as one of the world's Within sight of the beaches where

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Olympic volleyball and triathlon events will take place, armed police

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patrol narrow alleyways which by night revert to the control

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of violent drugs gangs. They let off fireworks to let us

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know they're watching. After a quiet couple of years,

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violence has returned to many Rio is a much safer

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place today than it was 20 years ago, but even in the last

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year or so, in these pacified favelas, the drugs gangs

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have moved back in. There have been more

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murders and more attacks. And with the Olympic games taking

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place down in the tourist areas

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on Copacabana beach, there is a real concern

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that some of this violence could spill

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over during the games themselves. In this Olympic city,

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shocking numbers of innocent victims are killed

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in crossfire, often by police. Children are taught to dive

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for cover at the And petty crime invades

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the tourist beaches below. Police officers warned

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they might not be able to guarantee Welcome to hell,

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their stark message to visitors at Rio's

:23:27.:23:29.

International Airport. We police officers are hiding our

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badges, our wallets, our guns because they

:23:34.:23:38.

are being hunted. But city and state officials say

:23:39.:23:44.

that with an extra 80,000 security personnel on the streets,

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Rio will be safe during the games. But says Rio's security chief,

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there is one overriding concern. TRANSLATION: For me,

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the biggest threat is terrorism. Brazil is not an obvious

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target, but we have a weakness and it is

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our immense borders. The BBC recently saw evidence

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showing just how easy it More than 70 Syrian nationals were

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able to acquire genuine Brazilian passports from crime gangs

:24:16.:24:22.

and corrupt officials. Training exercises are designed

:24:23.:24:28.

to ease concerns, but with 10,000 miles

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of often porous land borders, Brazil would be a soft target for anyone

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seeking to disrupt the games. Rio de Janeiro is still

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one of the world's most beguiling cities

:24:41.:24:42.

and will provide a stunning backdrop

:24:43.:24:43.

for the Olympics, but it has

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an ominously dark side too. Stunning aerial video has

:24:46.:24:56.

been released showing what is believed to be the world's

:24:57.:24:58.

deepest underwater sinkhole. Researchers in China studying

:24:59.:25:01.

the so-called Blue Hole - in the South China Sea -

:25:02.:25:03.

believe that it's 300 metres deep. The team says it looked at things

:25:04.:25:06.

like tidal water levels and temperature to

:25:07.:25:09.

work out the depth. Until now, the deepest known

:25:10.:25:12.

Blue Hole was Dean's Blue Hole, which is two hundred

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and two metres deep, We end on an object lesson on how

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not to invest your money. A man from Georgia in

:25:20.:25:25.

the United States who won three million dollars in a lottery

:25:26.:25:28.

has pleaded guilty to using the money to invest

:25:29.:25:30.

in a crystal meth ring. 45-year-old Ronnie Music Junior

:25:31.:25:33.

used his windfall to buy the drugs, then supply them

:25:34.:25:37.

to others who could The local Attorney described it

:25:38.:25:39.

as an "unsound investment strategy". Mr Music is expected to serve years

:25:40.:25:45.

in a federal prison. If you want to get in touch with us

:25:46.:25:49.

here at BBC World News, But for now from me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye. Hello there. If your gardens didn't

:25:53.:26:11.

get enough rain today, you could be in luck tomorrow, when the next

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batch of rain pushes

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