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This is BBC World News Today with me,

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The headlines: A dramatic escape and a terrifying moment

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after an Emirates passenger plane crash-lands at Dubai Airport.

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These are the remarkable pictures of the moment the plane landed -

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all 300 people onboard are said to be safe.

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Mounting excitement in Rio, as the Olympic torch

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I'm Babita Sharma in Rio, where the sporting action has begun,

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despite ongoing confusion over whether Russian athletes can compete

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Fresh divisions are emerging within the Republican Party

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over its presidential nominee Donald Trump.

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A bridge collapses on the main route from Goa to Mumbai.

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Two buses and several cars are feared to have been

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It's the most dramatic of emergency landings -

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a passenger jet forced to touch down, apparently

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The incident happened at Dubai International Airport

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to a plane arriving from Southern India.

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All the 300 passengers managed to evacuate before

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and just a few minutes later, the fuselage was engulfed

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in smoke and flames, though one fire fighter was killed.

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Passengers have been speaking about their narrow escape.

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You can only imagine what it must have been

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A normal landing turns to chaos as the aircraft

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skids along on its belly, smoke pouring from the cabin.

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An explosion, probably fuel, centrepiece of the aircraft spinning

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through the air, although we don't know if everyone

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300 people escaped down these inflatable slides.

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They say they got no warning anything was wrong.

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We had not heard any announcement or anything,

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The smoke was coming inside and they asked us

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to evacuate so we escape through the emergency exits.

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All of the people were shouting, the children and women,

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This is what it looked like from another aircraft sitting nearby.

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I turned and we saw this plane on its side,

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the wings down, sparks coming off, on fire, it was horrific, we saw

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The chairman of Emirates said everything seemed fine

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Yet the plane doesn't seem to have had its wheels down

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We don't yet know if it was down to a mechanical problem, a mistake

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Still, it's incredible all of the passengers

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For more we can speak to Sean Maffett, an aviation analyst

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who joins us from Gloucestershire in the UK.

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Any information the sadly not. It seems to be a why would be coming

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down I understand at some stage air traffic control said check it is not

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clear whether down the approach or whether the wheels were down and a

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go around, which means that they put the power on the engines and try to

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they were clear to do that by edge up control. Pick up the wheels and

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the aircraft continued sitting, we don't know that the moment what

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happened. What is worth considering aeroplane skidded along Richard

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Wescott said and issue, and yet the cabin crew and a flight crew managed

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to get all 300 people off the plane without anybody being killed. It is

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dreadful that one of the emergency crew has apparently died fighting

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the, I think this is what, and how quickly would you expect as to how

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quickly, that is what they will are the two important recorders in the

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air plane, sometimes in one box, sometimes in two separate ones, the

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flight data recorder and a cockpit voice recorder, which will tell them

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what was happening in the final seconds and earlier, as well, I

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suspect they will be able to get those out of the aircraft without

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much trouble. It seems as if the back end of the aircraft, the

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tailplane area, was of course, we cannot be built to withstand fires

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and huge impact and other things. So we will be able to get good

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information out of that. And the crew and passengers are still alive

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so they will be able to say what went on. It shouldn't be

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Two days before the official start of the Games,

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the Olympic torch has arrived in Rio.

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Yet tensions remain between Olympic chiefs

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There are Russian athletes who still don't know

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Let's go live to Rio - and Babita Sharma.

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it looks stunning it is fantastic, isn't it? We are live on Copacabana

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Beach in the. We are 48 hours away from on Friday at the Maracana

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Stadium. The sporting action has already begun here. The first round

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of the woman's football has taken place in the Olympic Stadium and

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Sweden triumphed against South Africa when I can zero in that first

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in the last minute and are playing Australia, 60 seconds into that

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match getting Jenin Becky as their goal scorer for Canada the action is

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still taking place. We are waiting to find out from the International

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Olympic Committee whether or not some 250 Russian athletes will

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finally be given in these games. They are still waiting to decide

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that. We were told that we would know at some point today but the

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waiting continues it is an historic day to in because after an epic

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journey of some 20,000 kilometres across Brazil, the Olympic torch

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arrived in the, as our sports editor Dan after a journey across Brazil,

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this morning's arrival in the Olympic torch and was a symbolic

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moment. In today's time it will be the focal point of the opening

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ceremony, but the build-up to these games has been troubled, dominated

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by the Russian doping scandal pressure the accuracy is meeting

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amid a crisis of faith Britain's most successful Olympian told me

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that start or the sport cannot have seen some amazing performances

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across the board from other countries, not just Team GB. Just

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something, and remember the point of the Olympic Games. It was about

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bringing the world together and celebrating humanity through sport

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and not focusing on negative issues all but are the games worth the

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billions they cost? Fans found this in London but failed to make Britain

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a more the Winter Sochi were the most expensive ever and the most

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damaging and terms there are concerns and pollution some want

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other values to be prioritised. Campaigners in Rio insist that

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events like this are often linked to human rights the international

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federations, if they don't react and continue as they did and say, we

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don't care, then it might be the Olympic Games, the end as we know

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them, as a message, about as laid down in the Olympic charter. But in

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Rio, the games remain millions of pounds generated in webcasting and

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sponsorship revenue. And some lessons cities still want to play

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house. Los Angeles, one of those budding to secure the games for

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2024. Their sustainability and 97% of the babies overboard. We only

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have to build one permanent venue. We are a sporting town, with the

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facilities and 80% of residents not to bring the games back to the city

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of Los Angeles. This afternoon, the spirit began, the women's football

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tournament in front of other spectators. Organisers will hope the

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atmosphere builds as a games progress and provides the showcase

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that the Olympic movement it was a momentous

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moment when that torch leaving the city and making its way through,

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being Mayor of, who said this was that the Brazilians should be. They

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have declared a public holiday tomorrow and Thursday as the torch

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makes his way through the city. We are expecting that many people,

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thousands in fact, will come out on the streets to we have seen shows as

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some of the football magistrate under way. The country is going to

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get behind the that there was a lot of excitement. For many people, they

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did not understand that the games 's adaptation with the women's first

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round in further Brazilian locals, Brazilian football is about the

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men's team. It is there were lots of empty seats in the Olympic Sweden

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against South Africa match I think that when the games get under way,

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in full swing, if you like, following on Friday and over the

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weekend, we will see more and more of the tickets being sold, and other

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of the stadiums that have been built, the Maracana Stadium, for

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example and the with lots of spectators, because we still

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understand, there is about 15% of tickets left, which is

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And you can keep up to date with all our Oympics coverage

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there will be a full breakdown of taking place and also more on the

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controversy over within the Republican Party

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divisions are emerging over its presidential

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candidate Donald Trump. Major Republican donor Meg Whitman,

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has endorsed his rival Hillary Clinton, saying Mr Trump

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was "a dishonest demagogue" and it was time "to put country

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first before party". In the latest controversy,

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Mr Trump has refused to support two

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senior figures in his own party. Barbara Plett-Usher

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is in Washington for us. , how significant is that and how

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will that go down with Republican voters, it was significant because

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the presidential candidate is seen as the standard-bearer of the party

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so he would be expected to support and endorse all of the Congressional

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Republicans also running to be and for him to state clearly that he

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wasn't going to back including the house speaker, Perl Ryan and Senator

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John McCain, the subtext being because they had criticised the

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reason is quite a big deal for the party. The party responded

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furiously. The leaders, builders and strategists. By then, this is the

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latest example that they are not quite sure what is going on. They

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feel that the messages out of control. This comes off the back of

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five days during which Donald Trump a Muslim American family whose son

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died in Afghanistan, whose son is effectively and therefore

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Republicans have felt the need to come out and distance themselves

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from Bell's kind of statements. Having said that, the vast only

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distancing themselves. They have not abandoned Donald Trump. He members

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of Congress did not want to eliminate one big question is, how

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many more Republicans, senior Republicans, will move over the next

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Mr Trump's campaign, must a number of other Republicans have said they

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were back Hillary Clinton. There are certainly not a Maas -- a mass

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defection. They will decide whether it was in their interest in effect,

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but I should say it has given a certain bump the Mrs Clinton's

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campaign. At a speech at the Democratic convention last week she

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appealed to Republicans to join her well going to be representing all

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people, members of the different parties. And some have taken her up

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the campaign will make as much as it can out of this latest business

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criticising the parents of a dead soldier. They have put out an e-mail

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with all the negative coverage that that has a brother and I love the

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negative statements aware that his own advisers have said this is

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counter-productive, he shall be attacking Mrs Clinton, not these

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people, so as far as the Clinton campaign goes, they are quite

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pleased The Italian authorities

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are investigating whether so-called Islamic State is now involved

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in organising, and profiting from, the passage of migrants

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from Libya to Italy. The crossing is becoming more

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popular, as other routes close down, More than 3,000 migrants

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or refugees have died Our correspondent, Chris Buckler

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joined a rescue ship, operated by the charity MSF,

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and sent this report. each day, the Mediterranean appears,

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tempting those who see it as a even if they are able -- the stand

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reality of what that Search and Rescue teams have become a fixture

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on they are a necessity the boast that leave the Libyan with no

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hope of they had no obvious way of I was afraid. I was really afraid. In

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Libya, I was put in prison with my children. I had to pay money in

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order to there is joy for this group. They have found from Gambia,

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over the last fortnight a dozen babies each they have been brushing

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up on the Internationally, more than 4000 refugees and migrants have

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died. It is thought around three quarters of them drowned here in the

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Mediterranean Sea. This charity that operates this rescue ship is now

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refusing money from European governments because it says their

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policies are not helping refugees. Am ashamed of being European and

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seeing how Europe is treating these people. We hear numerous times about

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people getting tortured, girls are getting macerated and people being

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sold into slavery. You see the people back home basically talking

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about, we are bringing the terrace to Europe. There have been attacks

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that have been linked to refugees. Are you worried that the

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governments, the authorities in Europe are actually on only going to

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become tougher on how they deal with this problem? They probably are,

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absolutely, that is worrisome. I'm terrified it will be tougher because

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right now people are suffering and they are suffering a lot. Some are

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looking to Europe at the place really can build a better life.

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Europe is obviously a place that a lot of people are going to at the

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moment. Do you think it has room for everyone? I believe in Greece.

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Everybody is not the same. I believe my luck will shame. But the medical

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staff say it clear to them that many who have come through Libya have

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suffered. There are some very harrowing tales of abuse that has

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happened, people who have been forcibly imprisoned as well and they

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carry many injuries than that. Whatever they are leaving behind,

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rescue is a moment of relief. A time to savour. This journey is only the

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start. Europe will bring its own challenges.

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

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Fierce clashes are continuing between government forces and rebels

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on the southern outskirts of the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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Activists say that pro-government forces backed by Russian airpower

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have regained ground after a major rebel offensive was

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More armed officers are to be deployed on the streets of London

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in response to a series of recent violent attacks in Europe.

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The Metropolitan Police force has already said it's increasing

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the number of officers carrying firearms by 600

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Nationally the threat level hasn't changed and remains at severe.

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A police officer who worked on Washington DC's metro system,

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has been charged with attempting to provide support to

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It's claimed that 36-year-old Nicholas Young bought nearly 250

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dollars worth of credits for mobile messaging accounts used

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South Africans have voted in local elections, seen as a test

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of the popularity of the governing African National Congress

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Opinion polls suggest the ANC is facing a strong challenge -

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for the first time since the end of apartheid -

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in the key urban centres of Pretoria, Johannesburg

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Here's our correspondent Karen Allen.

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This is one of the thousands of times for millions of South Africans

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have been casting their vote in an election widely seen as a referendum

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on the ANC and of the leadership of President Jacob Zuma. This is one of

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the townships where we have seen protest. These are local Government

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elections and the things that matter to people I did provision of

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housing, education and jobs. But these elections could have national

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implications if the ANC sees its power erode and some key strategic

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areas. If that is the case and it has been in power for more than two

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decades, serious questions could be asked about his leadership. This is

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where the people's voice gets heard. 26 million South Africans are

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eligible to vote in an election for the opposition are threatening to

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inflict severe damage on the status quo. The big question is whether

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they can garner sufficient support. 22 years after black South Africans

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won the right to vote, one of the key things to look out for might

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also be voter turnout with some disgruntled voters are abstaining

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altogether. Rather than switching sides. At least 22 people and

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At least 22 people are missing after a highway bridge connecting

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the city of Mumbai with the beach resort state of Goa

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Officials said two buses carrying passengers plunged into

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a flooded river as the bridge came down early on Wednesday.

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Justin Rowlatt reports from the site of the collapse

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Raging floodwaters tore down a huge section of the bridge on the main

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road between Goa and Mumbai. Rescue workers say the buses were on this

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bridge when it crashed down into the flood waters early on Wednesday

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morning. They believe a number of cars will also swept into the

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torrent and feared the death toll could exceed 13. Specialist search

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teams including expert divers arrived early this morning but

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haven't yet found any trace of the missing people or their vehicles.

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The water is so strong it could carry the wreckage for males. They

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are not expecting to find any survivors. TRANSLATION: We cannot

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trace those buses. They haven't reached their destination. We think

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a total of 22 people were on the buses. This is the latest tragedy in

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a particularly strong monsoon season in South Asia. More than a .5

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million have been affected and more than 200 killed as floods have hit

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large parts of India, Bangladesh and Nepal. It is part of what appears to

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be a pattern of increasingly brittle weather. India recorded its highest

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ever temperature the summer, more than 50 Celsius. It was the climax

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of two years of drought, which left 300 million people facing water

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shortages in India alone. This dramatic weather is pushing the

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region's often crumbling infrastructure to its limit.

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Experts warn that it will take vast investment to avoid tragedies like

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this, if the pattern of extreme weather continues. And today, it is

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still raining. A passenger plane coming from India

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has made an emergency landing at the Middle East's

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busiest airport. All 300 people on board

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have escaped unharmed but a firefighter was killed

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while trying to put off the flames. The incident happened at the

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International Airport in Dubai the plane coming in from southern India.

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Some areas enjoyed a half decent day through Wednesday but for the

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greater part of Scotland and Northern Ireland, it wasn't bad at

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all. Thursday quieter for many with sunny spells around and a scattering

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of showers again. This was the culprit for the

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