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I'm Babita Sharma in Rio de Janeiro where the 2016 Olympic Games

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The Olympic torch has arrived at Rio's sugarloaf mountain -

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the opening ceremony is now just hours away.

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We'll be getting a taste of how the atmosphere is building

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at one of the fan zones where thousands are gathering.

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And here in London I'm Tom Donkin, here's our other headlines.

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Months of scandals take their toll on South Africa's governing ANC -

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they've suffered their worst ever poll results.

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Five months ago this woman became the face of the Brussels attack

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when a photographer captured this image in the chaos that followed

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Now she's spoken for the first time to the BBC.

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Here we outside the Maracana Stadium where we are five hours away from

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the opening ceremony that will signal the official start of the Rio

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2016 Olympic Games. Behind me we have volunteers, officials, some

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athletes will be coming through at some point here but crucially those

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taking part in the ceremony. It is pretty calm here. A fewer hours ago

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it was very calm as this area surrounding the Maracana Stadium has

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been locked down by security, roads have been blocked and anybody

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without accreditation to come into the area is not able to get into

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this part of town. You do get a sense of the anticipation building

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but when you are on the road and moving around the city it is quiet

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because it is a public holiday here today. You get the sense that the

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locals here are heeding the advice of the Maher of this city, who told

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them yesterday to stay away -- the Mayor of this city who told them to

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stay away to ease congestion. These Olympics have been marred in the

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build-up by the controversy of the Zika, pollution of the waterways

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holding sporting events, the Russian athletes, who we heard yesterday

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with the IOC announcement yesterday clearing the way for at least 271

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Russian athletes to take part in the Rio Olympics. As my colleague now

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reports, the focus is on the opening ceremony and whether or not Rio can

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deliver. This family will have one of the best views the night of the

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opening ceremony. The Maracana Stadium dominates the skyline.

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Despite their vantage point, how much have people in these

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communities been touched by the Olympic spirit? TRANSLATION: Beta

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tags are expensive for us. The Games -- the tickets are expensive for us

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but the Games have brought us something good. His daughter can

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barely contain her enthusiasm. TRANSLATION: I am really excited. I

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can't wait for it to start and be part of it. After a marathon journey

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around this vast, culturally diverse country, the Olympic torch visited

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some of the most famous landmarks. There has never been a more stunning

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backdrop for an Olympic Games. This is the first time the Games have

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taken place in South America, a proud moment for the continent and

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many Brazilians. Public support for the Games has sometimes felt patchy.

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In many areas where there has been little investment the question is,

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who are these Olympics? As the opening ceremony mayors, there have

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been plenty of enthusiasm, some protest and a lot of security.

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85,000 troops have been deployed on the city's streets and there have

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been rumours that more demonstrations were held -- will be

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held outside today's opening ceremony. This protester shouts

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have! Anger at the billions being spent on these Olympics. This is a

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city undoubtedly transformed by the Games. Some new infrastructure and

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urban regeneration. There have been missed opportunities, too. In a city

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with high levels of inequality. The Olympic games perhaps not providing

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as much momentum for change as had been promised.

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The security operation is very heavy here. The biggest presence of

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security on the streets of Rio in the history of Brazil. Some 85,000

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police and army will be deployed to ensure the safety of everyone

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attending and participating. That is what you get a sense here of

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regulation and quiet I should say as we count down the hours to the

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opening ceremony. It is a very different situation if you are in a

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fan zone in the city and the largest is in a Port region of Rio. This is

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downtown Rio where my colleague Julia is and you have been speaking

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to a lot of the bands they're getting excited and a bit of dancing

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as well. Yes, I can't dance on air but let us go to the fans! A lot of

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excitement in the fan zone. This is the harbour area of Rio and I have

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been talking to some people to find out how they are building up their

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excitement, just hours ahead of the opening ceremony. A lot has been

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spoken of regarding the security issues and also the fact that there

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are planned protests taking place. We don't know how big they are going

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to be but of course we should make the point that this is a city and a

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country that is facing a political uncertain times here as the

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suspended president is facing an impeachment trial. Any sense that

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people are worried about security and those protests, if they take

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place, might mean? Yes, there are protests going on in two different

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places in Rio today because of the political situation in the country

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and also some activists are gathering, protesting against human

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rights violations in the run-up to the Games, according to them. There

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are fans from around the world and fans from Rio and I have asked fans

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to join us and help us find out more about the atmosphere. These two are

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from Rio and they went to their first ever football match. Yeah! I

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am a big football fan, I love football a lot so it was a special

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moment. So, you were watching Brazil versus China, the opening match of

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women's football? We were cheering for the girls and they were doing

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their job and they were great. It was the best, perfect! The perfect

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first match I could ever imagine! Enjoy! Brazil won a 3- nil against

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China in that match. There are other bands from other parts of the world.

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She has made all her way from New Zealand to Rio. My partner's niece

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is in the rugby sevens. My niece is playing in the women's rugby sevens

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so we have come all the way from New Zealand to support her. What are

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your first impressions of this city? There was so much negative news in

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the build-up. We love it. It is more than what we expected it to be.

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There are so much to do, it is so lively and vibrant. Love it.

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Definitely coming back. Perfect. Thank you so much and good luck to

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your knees. There is a lot of excitement here ahead of the opening

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ceremony. This is one of the three fan zones in the city where the

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opening ceremony will be transmitted but we will also have concerts

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during the Games, all the competition being shown live, so

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this is where many people will be able to come and enjoy the

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competition and have some fun, some music and a good atmosphere. You

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have got the atmosphere there Julia but I think as we count down the

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hours it is going to be happening right here because the creative

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director at what is taking place in the stadium -- Maracana Stadium is a

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famous director from a number of Hollywood movies and he has said we

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are dealing with tough times in terms of austerity, they have a tent

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of the budget that London 2012 had to host this opening ceremony. He

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said Athens with classical, London was smart and Brazil is going to be

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cool. A lot of mystery surrounding what this will look like. We have

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had some sad news that the footballing great Pele will not be

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light in the cauldron so we are wondering who will be filling his

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shoes? That is just the talk where you are but that is the talk in Rio.

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It was very much tipped that it would be Pele, who else could have

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the honour of lighting the torch in the Maracana Stadium? He released a

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statement saying he is not in physical condition to take part in

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the opening ceremony. He has been suffering from ill health for some

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time. Devastating news for the many fans here in the city that were

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expecting that it would be him and indeed it should be him but now

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people are wondering about who it could be and possible names being

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spoken about our the Olympic medallist, five-time Olympic

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medallist who could possibly carry the torch and light the cauldron

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here. Also the Brazilian tennis star. We will find out who exactly

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it will be. The opening ceremony starts at 8pm local time and we

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don't know how it will run but we do know that the famous Brazilian pop

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sensation will be singing alongside to iconic Brazilian musicians and

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also the British actress Dame Judi Dench will be making a speech. She

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will be reading a poem, a Brazilian poem. That is all we know. As soon

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as we get any more information we will let you know. Just before you

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go, I have to ask you about the ceremony itself. A lot of mystery

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about it. Behind you, it has been emptied out the day. Now, those

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crowds are slowly building up. Locals have been told to stay away

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and many have heeded that advice. Yes, we said that earlier that even

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when we were travelling from the West to the North, the Olympic lanes

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were flowing freely, the traffic was light and that is something I have

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not been able to say in the last week. Locals have been listening to

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that advice from the Mayor of the city. We are five hours, less than

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five hours away from the opening ceremony and that could change. The

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security presence means anybody with authorisation is allowed access it.

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Anybody without accreditation cannot come into this area. Where Julia is

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at one of the fan zones in downtown Rio, it is a different picture, a

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lot more people milling around, it will be interesting to see how the

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situation changes. Calm, almost too calm, the city is however ready to

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host the opening ceremony in a few hours' time. Enjoy the tranquil

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before two weeks of insane action. Thank you very much with the best

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beat in the house, overlooking the Olympic stadium there in Rio.

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From South America to South Africa where the governing

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African National Congress has just recorded its worst ever electoral

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performance in local elections the ANC has admitted defeat

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in the key battle ground of Nelson Mandela Bay which includes

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Christian Parkinson in South Africa, has been picking apart

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Nomsa Maseko has this report from Johannesburg.

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This is the first time the party of Nelson Mandela won less than 60%, an

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embarrassment and a major psychological blow, even though it

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still commands huge support, Countrywide. There have also been

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issues but broadly the ANC have done very well against all of the arts.

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Infighting, court cases and a host of corruption scandals, some

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involving the President, are widely seen as the reason for the ANC's

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weakening support. They need to learn from the opposition. They need

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to take the citizens of South Africa seriously. The municipal election

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results show that the ANC's power and influence is declining. The

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party is coming to the realisation that it can no longer take it for

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granted that the country's black majority will follow it blindly. The

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official opposition Democratic Alliance unseated the ANC in Nelson

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Mandela Bay, an area with rich history in anti-apartheid struggle.

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We're very happy with the results so far, it's 95% counted.

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We're still waiting for results from Johannesburg

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and Tshwane but indications are that it looks like

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we will do very well in both those municipalities.

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None of the parties have won an outright majority in fiercely

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contested cities, including Pretoria and Johannesburg. This puts the

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economic freedom fighters, who won 8% of votes nationwide, in a strong

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position to the kingmakers. A historic lesson in humility has been

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learned. We will put the ANC in it so they can never again think they

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are indispensable and they must learn to respect the people's power,

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to respect the people's mandate. These municipal elections have no

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doubt proven that South Africa's political landscape is maturing into

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a competitive, multiparty democracy. Let's take a look at what else

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is making news around the world. The death toll from the Bastille Day

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lorry attack in Nice has risen to 85 after

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a 56-year-old man seriously injured in

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the incident died in hospital. The death was confirmed

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on Twitter by President of the French Riviera

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region, Christian Estrosi. He offered condolences to the family

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of the latest victim. At least 13 people have been killed

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when suspected militants opened fire at a market place in the Indian

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town of Kokrajar. Police have blamed the attack

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on an insurgent group called the National Democratic Front of

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Bodoland. They say they have

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killed one militant. Indonesian police have arrested six

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men suspected of planning a terror The men, who were arrested

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on the Indonesian island of Batam, are alleged to have been plotting

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to fire a rocket at Singapore officials say

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they were aware of the plan and had The president of Fifa,

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Gianni Infantino, has been cleared of breaching the organisation's

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ethics code following an investigation into his expenses,

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recruitment practices and the alleged sacking

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of whistle-blowers. in the benefits he enjoyed,

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and any concerns regarding his hiring methods were simply matters

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of internal compliance. Lawyers for the US-based Turkish

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cleric, Fethullah Gulen say they fear that there could be

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an attack on his life. The Turkish government has blamed

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Mr Gulen for masterminding the recent failed coup there -

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an accusation he denies. The government has submitted

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evidence to the US in preparation The woman who became became --

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the face of the attack has given a special interview

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to the BBC. 35 people died and more

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than 300 others were injured in blasts at the city's airport

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and a metro station. Nidhi Chaphekar, featured

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in one of the most iconic images, told the BBC in Mumbai

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that her children saw their mother's when I first saw the picture my eyes

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were out of my face. It showed how helpless I was at that particular

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time. How frightened I look. The agony, the pain. I spoke to my kids

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because I was worried about... I have a 14-year-old son, seeing their

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mum in half covered clothes. He may have felt, or my daughter who is ten

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years old, she may have felt my mum has been exposed to the world. I

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said are you ashamed? They said they were looking at my strength. Even in

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this condition your eyes are open. Even in this condition, you are

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still wanting to be alive and that is what it is.

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It was a blast like a ball of fire. A sound that was on full volume, and

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I found myself someone picked me from that place and I was on the

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ground. Those cries, cries of grief of people, those who were asking,

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where is my child? I'm calling for my child, I'm asking for help.

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People were crying because of pain. We have to live. We have to go on.

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Life has the move. It has to go on for good. If you can do something

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better for someone, I think you have gained something and that is what I

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think we have two, everybody has two things. That is it.

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That was the story behind one of the iconic images of the attack

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on Brussels which took place back in March.

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Two pilots have had a lucky escape after their cargo plane overshot

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The Orio al Serio International Airport was closed

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for two hours after the plane burst through a perimeter fence

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and onto a highway while trying to land.

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No-one was injured, but the incident caused severe

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The airport, which is one of Italy's busiest

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with more than ten million passengers each year,

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All eyes are on the Olympic Stadium in Brazil where in just a few hours'

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time the opening ceremony of the Games will take place.

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It is not the height of summer but you are looking very well where you

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are. This is how Brazilians do things. It is not like winter in

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London, what I am used to! It is 27 Celsius here. It is a boiling hot,

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for me anyway! The last few days it has been raining and cloudy so the

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climate changes day by day. I don't know if you can hear the noise

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behind me but we have got young kids, volunteers and possibly

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participants in the opening ceremony clapping at the moment as they have

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seats in the Maracana Stadium. The ticket prices, to give you an idea,

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the cheapest seats were $60, the most expensive for this ceremony

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around $1300. We think it is sold out, we are waiting to verify that.

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It is a 45,000 seat capacity stadium in the Maracana Stadium and 206

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Nations, the athletes from those 206 Nations and also a refugee team will

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be coming through bearing their flags for the competition as they

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get underway. All the focus will be on what the athletes are wearing. A

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short time ago I was joined by the Brazilian fashion blogger who has

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been looking at the athletes's uniforms in detail. She joined me to

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talk about that and also have favourites, no guesses for which one

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she likes, Brazil, of course I! Brazil brings the nature, florist,

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flowers and birds, they bring the colour of the country. The flags and

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I love the head because it reminds me of Brazil and it looks amazing.

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They bring the colours and the designer is a breach where designer.

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A lot of attention on the designs because it is a big moment. A big

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moment in the world. So big in Brazil, the fashion designer it is

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so big in Brazil and I love the colours. Let us talk about Canada.

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My favourite. They did a really nice job. These blazers with the iconic

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maple leaf, I love it and I could wear it in the day in my routine! It

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doesn't look like a uniform. It is amazing. I love it. A lot has been

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said about the Georgia team. I remember when the announcement came

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out from the designer showcasing what the athletes were wearing and

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people were saying they can't believe a dressing like this because

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they said it was too traditional. It to traditional. It is not all the

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uniforms are so kind of cool. The concept according to the designer

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was medieval Georgian times so make of that what you will. They will be

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hot because the uniforms are long and the temperatures today are 27

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Celsius, so being cool is important. The day here is so hot and it is

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strange, that uniform. I don't like it so much. We should talk about

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Cuba because they have hit the headlines about their uniform. They

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have Louis Bhutan -- Vuitton as their designer. It is so chic and

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elegant. Vuitton made the collaboration and they have created

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a really nice uniform for the Olympics. -- Louboutin is the

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designer for Cuba. Stella McCartney's collaboration with

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Adidas for 12 years is amazing. She has done a really nice line. The

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uniform and the clothes to wear during the Games is 10% lighter than

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it was in 2012. I am impartial but my favourite uniform that I have

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seen is Team GB, designed by Stella McCartney. A look at what we can see

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behind us. A lot more activity now. The performers who are going to be

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taking part in the opening ceremony are behind me. The cartel much from

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what they are wearing but I am being told there are over 1000 costumes

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here -- you can't tell much from what they are wearing but I am being

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told there are over 1000 costumes. A lot of pageantry, Carnival and

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Samba. A bit of dancing and singing as well. You can stay up to date

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with all the coverage on our website and mobile app.

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What ever team or individual you are going after these Olympics I hope

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they perform well for you. That is all for us and the team. Goodbye for

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now.

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