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This is BBC News. I'm Gavin Grey.

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At least 16 people are feared dead as a hot air balloon catches fire.

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It sounded like a gun going off. I looked up over there and the next

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thing I knew, we saw a big fireball going off. Russia claims dozens of

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families have left Aleppo. Florida insists it is still safe for

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tourists after the first confirmed cases of Zika virus locally.

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England's ban on plastic bags sees drop but Walker -- what more can we

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do? Hello and welcome. Investigators say

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it is unlikely there were any survivors after a hot-air balloon

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carrying at least 16 police pull crashed and caught fire. It came

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down early on Saturday around 60 kilometres south of Austen.

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From clear skies above the Texas plains, the horror had unfolded in

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seconds. Such was the intensity of the explosion and fire which

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engulfed the balloon basket, there was little left of the crash scene.

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Two of the balloons gas cylinders were still visible on the black and

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past year. Emergency services were called by a witness who heard the

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initial explosion. I stepped out on the porch, I heard one pop before I

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stepped out and then I heard another pop and I looked around to see who

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was shooting occurs it sounded like a gun going off, and I looked up

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over there, and I saw a big fireball going up. It was just praying that

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whoever was there got away in time. The balloon thought to be operated

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by the balloon company was believed to be carrying an organised tour

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group. Although it came down beneath power lines, it was unclear whether

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it had developed a problem at high altitude. It is like a crime scene,

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you only get one chance, we want to make sure we do everything

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correctly. Thanks to all the agencies behind me, we have been

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able to start on the right foot. Leaves are trying to establish the

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identities of those who died. This will bring fresh calls to tighten

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regulations covering more than 100 US operators.

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US officials insist it is still safe to visit Florida, despite the state

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becoming the first in the US mainland to confirm cases of the

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Zika virus. The British government has advised pregnant women to

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consider postponing any non-essential trips to the state.

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Not that nothing is known as the sunshine state. Miami's beaches are

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a magnet for British tourists. Now, pregnant women are being urged to

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reconsider their travel plans, all because of mosque eaters carrying

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the Zika virus which has been linked to severe rain defects in newborns.

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Florida has become the first state in the US to con firm cases.

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Previous cases have been largely confined to people who caught the

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virus abroad. Now that Florida has been the first day to have a local

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transmission, we will continue to put every resource available to

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fight the care in our state. Experts described the risk to British

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holiday-makers as medium. They haven't advised not to go. This is a

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very limited outbreak, we are talking about Florida, not the rest

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of the USA. They will have to speak to their travel health adviser,

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their GP or the travel clinic they go to. The World Health Organisation

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has described the Zika virus is a global public-health emergency and

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whilst officials here aren't expecting a widespread outbreak of

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the disease, they are gearing up to combat small clusters of cases. The

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Zika virus has particularly affected Brazil where the Olympics get under

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way in just six days' time. Top stars, including golf's quarry

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Michael Roy are staying away because of the risk. -- Rory McIlroy. None

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of the cases has been admitted to hospital but with no vaccine on

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treatment, the emphasis and the stage is caution.

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Russia says citizens have left Aleppo after humanitarian corridors

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were opened but opposition activists have denied that claims. 300,000

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people are trapped in the east of Aleppo. Russia announced it would

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allow civilians and rebel fighters to leave parts of the city.

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These are people leaving rebel-held parts of Aleppo, according to

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serious state television. It claims they are using safe passages opened

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by the government. We are relaxed now because we are under the

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protection of the Army, may God protect them. We suffered a lot in

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order to be able to come here. On Thursday, leaflets had been dropped

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in Aleppo showing maps of the humanitarian corridors that would be

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opened with support from Russia. Three exit routes for civilians and

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a fourfold rebel fighters who want a way out. Russia claims that along

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with civilians, nearly 70 rebel fighters have also come out. Syrian

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TV says these are some of them. But opposition activists have called it

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all a lie. They have released this video which they claim is from the

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same area in which the state says a humanitarian corridor has been

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opened. This is not true. The regime is making false propaganda. This

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street has been closed for more than five years and the destruction you

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can see those not allow anyone to get out. Civilians are not. Cars

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cannot move anywhere around. Aleppo is a battle ground between

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government led forces and rebel groups. For four years, it has seen

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bombs and bloodshed. It is a big price for either side. But with no

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food supplies going into rebel-held parts of the city, for a quarter of

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a million people who live there, each day is a struggle.

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And you can keep up-to-date with all the latest news on the Syrian

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conflict including expert analysis on why the city of Aleppo is on the

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brink of a humanitarian crisis, go to our website. Or download the BBC

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News app. Let's look at Moscow stories this

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hour. Police in Belgium have charged one of two brothers arrested on

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suspicion of planning a terror attack in the country. The two men

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were arrested after raids on seven houses. The 33-year-old is accused

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of attempting to commit a terrorist murder and participation in the

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activities of a terrorist organisation. His brother has been

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released without charge. The Army in Turkey says they have

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killed 35 people who tried to storm and Army base. The Turkish monetary

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is battling an insurgency in the region since the breakdown of the

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ceasefire between the Turkish army and the outlawed PKK a year ago.

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Officials in Armenia say a police officer has been shot set out in a

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stand-off. The policeman is the second law enforcement officer to

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die since the group of armed men do police station almost two weeks ago.

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The group are demanding the release of jailed opposition leader.

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Let's return to one of our main stories on the Zika outbreak in

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Florida. We can speak to an assistant professor of paediatrics.

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Any -- he has produced Kiwi search on the Zika virus. Thank you for

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joining us. We are hearing advice from Florida, St people can travel

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there. The British government is telling pregnant women to not go.

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What is the correct advice? Watch people do? I think we should look at

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the situation. In the past week there were cases of what is believed

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to be local transmission. These four individuals have not travelled to

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foreign areas that were endemic with Zika virus, nor had they contracted

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it with sexual contact. We believe there may be mosquitoes carrying the

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mosque -- the Zika virus in North Miami. Local officials are currently

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examining the area to try to find mosquitoes that harbour the Zika

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virus. Until that has been con firmed, it is not known whether it

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is prevalent within this area. Nonetheless, individuals should take

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precautions when they do travel to Florida or areas. Until there is

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confirmation of proved Zika transition within the local area,

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people should nonetheless still take precautionary measures. I would

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imagine that a lot of women and men who are either looking to have

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children or women who are pregnant, they will say, I'm not going to take

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the risk. And that is certainly a good precautionary measure to take.

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There are two particular groups that you highlighted, pregnant women and

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men and women thinking about pregnancy. If they do travel to

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these areas, the CDC, as well as the Florida government health agencies

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have recommended they wear long sleeves and use mosquito repellent

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and add avoid areas where there are high areas of mosquito prevalence.

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They have found these local mosquitoes that are carrying the

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virus in Florida, is there a chance this could spread? Could the

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mosquitoes travelled to other states? How widespread the crisis

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become? Currently, the mosque eater that is transmitting the virus, it

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is found in small areas, and small pockets certainly within the

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Southeast United dates. The other mosquito has not been shown to

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transmit Zika virus, that is the more aggressive basket as species in

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the south-east United States. It certainly has the possible at each

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spreading and certainly the CDC are anticipating additional cases to

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occur in the 90s states in the next coming weeks. Thank you very much

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for your time. Details there, as you see it on the Zika virus.

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Stay with us, still to come, we will from the US PGA tempi and ship --

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championship, where there is no play at the moment because of the threat

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of lightning. This is BBC World News Today. The

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latest headlines. Up to 16 people are feared dead after a large

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hot-air balloon caught fire and crashed in Texas.

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The Syrian government says dozens of families have left Aleppo through a

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safe corridor opened by the government.

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Rallies have been held in cities across Australia following

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allegations that boys in juvenile detention centres were abused. Many

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of them aboriginal children. Protesters gathered to express their

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shock at TV footage which appeared to show children being

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mistreated. Demonstrators around Australia said

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the treatment of young detainees in the Northern Territory

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shamed the nation. In Sydney, protesters insisted

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they had little faith the royal commission would change what they've

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described as a juvenile justice system that was inherently

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oppressive to aboriginal people. This is one of the most brutal,

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racist attacks on our young people that we have seen in the recent

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history of this country. This week, a TV documentary showed

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a 13-year-old boy held in isolation The same detainee is also tied

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to a mechanical restraint chair A group of teenagers is then

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seen to be tear-gassed Activists want the royal commission

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to investigate juvenile detention I'm going to tell

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you this right now. If you want to call this a country

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to live in, stop this now. Demand that all institutions

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holding our children be But the Australian Prime Minister,

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Malcolm Turnbull, has rejected calls for the royal commission

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to have a broader national mandate. He's also brushed aside criticism

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that he didn't consult with the indigenous leaders

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on the terms of reference for the inquiry, which he believes

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will be effective. Aboriginal people make up about 3%

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of Australia's population, but they make up more than a quarter

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of those in prison and 94% of juvenile inmates

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in the Northern Territory. The Pope has urged those to pray for

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those suffering in Syria. The prayer vigil is part of a five-day visit

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the Pope is making to Poland to mark the anniversary of the country's

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adoption of Christianity. Possibly a million, maybe even 3

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million people over the course of the next few hours into tomorrow

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heading in this direction, crack off behind us, into the distance as a

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large field and Pope Francis will hold a vigil there this evening and

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a huge mass with the biggest crowd tomorrow. Once the preview, a line

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possibly coming out of his speech this evening, Pope Francis is going

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to call on young people to watch the TV less, go on the internet less,

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and go out in their communities to do good in the world. The real

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message of this festival is of mercy in the face of suffering. These are

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young Catholics from all over the world. It is a truly international

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festival, a real celebration, and, obviously, Pope Francis doesn't shy

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away from controversy. He will tackle issues like the migrant

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crisis and extremism, he says the world is at war, but not a religious

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war. An absolutely huge mass will be held on Sunday.

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Plastic bag use has cropped. Users have to pay 5p. Over half a billion

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bags were used in the first six months after the charge was

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introduced, a drop of around 80%. Earlier this month, France as

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Morocco also introduced plastic bag bans. Every year, 220 million tonnes

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of plastic produced globally. For every plastic bag produced, it takes

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up to 150 years to disintegrate. Rustic bag causes the death of

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marine mammals and sea birds. Earlier, we spoke to someone from

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the organisation of plastic change and he explained

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more about how plastic damages our environment. It is staggering

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effects that we see on marine wildlife but also, we can take the

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problem home to ourselves and our plates on the dining table because

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what we know is that plastic is ending on the consumers table and

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being a part of our food. It is definitely quite a challenge for us

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in the future to be able to create a sustainable way of living with

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plastics in the future and the levy, the charge that we see in rustic

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bags is, as I see, the first step as we start to control and create a

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system that we can actually control the way that we use plastic in our

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everyday lives. We really have to, as consumers, ask our politicians

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and industry to create a sustainable way of living. It can be that we

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need a plastic super pipe with a deposit on it so that we can reuse

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it. With renewable energy in a closed loop system, it can be that

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plastic is also a part of the future, but we just have lost

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control, we haven't created the system that can control it. So we

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need to start thinking and use those levies, use that money that has

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created by these fees in a clever way to create more innovation around

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how to control plastic in the future in the way that we live with it.

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Let's go to Tim Hague for all the sport.

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At the final men's major of the year, the PGA championship, the

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leaders, Jimmy Walker and Robert strap up on nine under par. There

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were due to tee off half an hour ago but the threat of lightning has seen

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play suspended. Here is how the leaderboard looked when they went.

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-- went off. The Thailand player holds a two shot

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lead after a third-round score of 66. She didn't drop a shop all day

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and made six birdies. She scored 19 under par.

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-- that type player -- the player from Thailand, Jutanugarn.

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For the second week running, Lewis Hamilton will line up behind Nico

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Rosberg, the German claimed pole and victory will see him retain the lead

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in the title race. Plenty of football friendlies,

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Celtic were beaten 3-1 by Barcelona. Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez were

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playing. Chelsea are playing Real Madrid in

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America right now. It is 3-0 about 15 minutes into the second half.

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Carl Frampton will put his unbeaten record on the line against Leo Santa

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Cruz tomorrow. He is confident his boxing will do the talking.

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Historically, Madison Square Garden was always the home of big-time

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boxing in this fight Man City. Now, the top fights take place at the

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Berkeley Centre in Brooklyn. You don't seem to be feeling any

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pressure. There is no pressure on me, all the pressure is on this guy.

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He's the one that the have as favourite. I know I'm going to upset

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then all. I'm feeling super-confident. I've made the wait,

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I'm full of energy and they are going to see the best performance.

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How could this fight changed your life? It could make me a superstar.

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I want to be known, I want to be remembered for a long time. He has a

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lot of support here, a lot of people will watch me. People will come here

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and there will be a great atmosphere and I think this fight will pull a

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lot of fans. Russia will appeal the decision to

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ban its weightlifting team from the Rio Olympics. The Olympic weight

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very -- there were allegations of state-sponsored doping. An appeal

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will be made to the Court of Arbitration for Sport this weekend.

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Mike and Bob Bryan, the men's double tennis champions have pulled out of

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the Rio games citing health consoles. They said their family's

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health was there top priority. They did not make direct reference to the

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Zika virus. Zika is linked to birth defects in newborn babies.

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That is all the sports are now. Now to China where they have been

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celebrating in style the birth date of arguably the country's most

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famous triplets. The world's only living and triplets. It is their

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second birthdays. They were treated to a bamboo style birthday cake

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before settling down to some entertainment. That is all for the

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programme. From me and the rest of the team, see you soon.

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