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Free to walk away - the civilians of Manbij in northern

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Syria celebrate as so-called Islamic State is forced out of the town.

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I'm live at the Olympics with the news of the ban of the only track

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and field competitor from Russia. A state of emergency in the US state

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of Louisiana as heavy rains cause what's been described

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as "unprecedented" flooding. He was the actor inside one

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of the world most famous Hundreds of residents

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of the northern Syrian town of Manbij who were used as human

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shields by Islamic State There have been scenes of joy

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and relief as they celebrated The Syrian Democratic Forces,

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a broad alliance of fighters who are backed by the US,

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captured Manbij on Friday of Manbij, celebrations at the end

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of Islamic State rule. She praised the Kurdish

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and Arab forces. She says, may God salute you,

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you are heroes. All around in the ruins of Manbij

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there was huge relief. For many months, the militants laid

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down rules on every aspect of life. Now the beards that were compulsory

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could come off. Some women even burned the veils

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they have been compelled to wear. And stories of the harsh realities

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of IS rule began to emerge. This man said the militants

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cut his hand off after accusing him This roundabout is where executions

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were carried out. Severed heads used to be left

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hanging here for days. The Kurdish and Arab fighters

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began their offensive more They had help from US

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Special Forces on the ground, and help from the American-led

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coalition in air. There were weeks of

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fierce street fighting. Manbij was hugely important,

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it straddles a crucial supply route The loss of Manbij for IS is

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a major blow. Now the people of this battered

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place have a chance to rebuild With me now is Fawaz Gerges,

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Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics

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and author of ISIS A History. Firstly, how big of

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a blow does the loss There is a wager context of the

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Civil War. It is a major setback for them. They are bleeding, they are

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losing. This is not the first city they have lost. The idea is the

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American coalition organised the local forces. It is a caution made

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up of cards and other fighters. The idea is to squeeze them and

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tightened the noose. To a select them and call for the kill. This is

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the beginning of the end. Most of the reports talk about the city

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about ending their access to the world, it is not true. They have two

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major cities on the order. They are as important. The fake goes on. It

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is a long, complex fate. The fault of the city represent a major

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setback because it as an operational centre for them to send -- plan and

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carry out attacks on Turkey and elsewhere. Is it possible to beat

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them because they just move on to another area. Even if you could win

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against them, you have people fighting against President Assad.

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You are asking to important questions. One of the lessons we

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have learned is that this is not a house of glass that is collapsing

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overnight. It has taken Arab fighters 78 days to take over the

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city, more than 600 American air strikes. The American basically

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carried out 700 air strikes. The question is, yes, you captured the

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city at what cost? Not to mention hundreds of fighters have been held

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and hundreds of civilians and the fight goes on. The second question,

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you need a bigger, more complex fate within Syria between the Assad

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regime and the previous coalition forces. This is costly and long,

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more than five years, 300,000 killed and on and on. We believe that the

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head of Islamic State in Afghanistan and Pakistan has been killed in the

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drawn straight. How much of the -- difference will that make? This is

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not the first time that a leader of Isis has been killed. Every time he

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Americans say that this will disrupt their operations and the operations

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continue. More than the killing, the internal fighting with in

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Afghanistan between Isis and the Caliban and Al-Qaeda, this internal

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fate would do more damage to them than the American killing. Thank you

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for your time. Let's get all the latest

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results from Rio on Day 8 Let's start with this banning of the

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last Russian to be competing in athletics. Tell us about that.

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As we know there has been so much discussion of the doping bans here

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and Russia, or the track and field team had a blanket ban because of

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the allegations that there was a state sponsored doping scheme in the

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country. One of the athletes had managed to be cleared but after more

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evidence that there was a new report with more evidence against her, she

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has been suspended as well. Says that she will appeal. She has

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now been suspended. I am speaking to you from the Olympic Stadium where

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we have seen all the big names of the track and field and earlier

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today, the highlight was the first appearance of using bolt. -- Usain

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Bolt. She had his first sheet and he managed a time of ten point 07

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seconds. -- 10.07 seconds. Are doing here

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believes that was not his best to go at it and we will see his best

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performance today when the medal is up for grabs. She will be here to

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get his third gold in the Olympics. There has been lots of action here,

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a bit further away from the Olympic Stadium. The day started off as hot

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and sunny day. We had some very remarkable races. Lots of drama. A

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very dramatic finish with New Zealand and cutaway shirt

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distributing -- disputing that they came in at exactly the same time and

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the results had to be called by examining the photo of the initial

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line. The women's eight got silver, the

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first time they had an Olympic medal. That was celebrated as well.

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We have seen a lot of grabbing competitions elsewhere, with the

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tennis round is underway as well and right now there is the gripping much

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going on. Whoever wins this match will have to face Andy Murray. She

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made it to the final earlier today so she has at least a cold or a

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silver in his pocket. I think it is also interesting to mention that it

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is not just about who is winning. Some of the highlights from today

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here in the Olympic Stadium, there was a remarkable moment when when

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the Ethiopian athlete lost her shoe in the middle of the 3000 metres

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steeplechase. She just kept going. She threw away her shoes and socks

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and she was cheered by the clouds. She did not manage to qualify and

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call ahead in the race, but it was one of the memorable moments that

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will mark the games. And now a look at the medals

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table on day 8 so far. The United States is still

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in the lead with 21 golds. China is in second place still,

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and Great Britain is in third, Hundreds of people have been rescued

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in the US state of Louisiana where at least two people have died

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in severe floods The governor has declared a state

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of emergency as authorities there Chris Fawkes from the BBC

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Weather Centre gave us more details. It is staggering. It is the far

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south of the United States and the state of the -- Louisiana has been

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worst hit. We can see some astonishing pictures, actually, of

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the flood waters near covering fields and we have seen some pretty

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big floods attacking some of the roads. It is no surprise that." On

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the comedy had the wettest August day on record. That has led to these

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plodding pictures that we had just been seeing. Essentially, if we look

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at the satellite picture, an area of low pressure has moved away from

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Florida towards Louisiana and it has become slow-moving and centred

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across that state itself. The only real difference to this and a

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tropical storm is that the winds are not very strong, but make no mistake

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about it, the amount of moisture is very similar to a tropical storm and

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it is just not moving. Seven people including a young child

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have been injured in Switzerland, when a man attacked passengers

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on a train. A 27-year-old Swiss national

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is said to have started a fire on board using flammable

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liquid, before stabbing The incident occurred near Salez

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in the canton of Snt Gallen. There's no indication yet

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as to a motive for the attack. Sweden's youngest-ever government

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minister has resigned after being caught driving over

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the alcoholic limit. 29-year-old Aida

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Hadzialic was minister for higher education

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and was the country's first Muslim In an emotional statement,

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she described the incident as "the greatest mistake

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of my life". Thousands of Venezuelans have been

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crossing into neighbouring CoLOMbia to buy supplies after the border

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was officially re-opened. Venezuela had closed the frontier

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a year ago citing security reasons. The country is experiencing a severe

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economic crisis and suffers shortages of many basic

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foods and medicines. The Venezuelan president

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Maduro said he wanted a 'new beginning in economic

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and commercial relations' Our correspondent Natalio Cosoy

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in Colombia has been monitoring After both presidents decided that

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they would open the border for pedestrians, on this first day, it

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has been open for about seven hours and already the authorities are

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saying that some 30,000 people have crossed from Dennis Wheeler into

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Colombia, mainly through the five places on the border that have been

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opened. They have mainly commented: the to buy basic food, race, flour,

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oil and medicines. These are the sort of things that are really hard

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to find currently. Leicester City

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begin their defence Free to walk away, the civilians

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of Manbij in northern Syria celebrate as so-called Islamic State

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is forced out of the town. The governing body for world

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athletics bans the only Russian track and field athlete

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at the Rio Olympics, The father and first husband

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of a British woman who was killed in Pakistan have appeared

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in court in shackles. They were arrested on suspicion

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of murdering Samia Shaid, a beautician from Northern England,

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who was found strangled in a village Her second husband has

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described her death Shaimaa Khalil has more from

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Islamabad. Shackled, with their faces covered,

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Samia's father, Choudhry Shahid, and her ex-husband,

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Mohammed Shakeel, were they kept their identities

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hidden for safety. Police say Samia died

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of asphyxiation. Her ex-husband, who is also her

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cousin, is the prime suspect. Her father is now being probed

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as an accessory to her murder. The media were not allowed in,

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but the hearing did not last long. Shakeel and Shahid were brought to

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the this court room, and the hearing could not have lasted

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more than two minutes, The judge remanded them in custody

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for four days while the Samia was married to her

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cousin in Pakistan. She then travelled to the UK,

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filed for divorce, and got married to her second husband,

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Mukhtar Kazam, in Leeds, Mukhtar claims that her family

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killed her for marrying The police say they have not yet

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determined the motive. In July, Samia travelled to Pandori,

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a small village in Punjab, Samia also visited one

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of her friends when she She did not want to be filmed

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or for her name to be mentioned. What was Samia like

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the last time you saw her? As Samia's father and ex-husband

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left court, investigations continue. Police have denied reports that

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Mohammed Shakeel has confessed. Both men will be questioned over

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the next four days before The poisonous relationship

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between Russia and Ukraine First Russia accused

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Ukraine of a plotting in Afghanistan and Pakistan has

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been killed a US drone. BBC's Tom Burridge sent this report

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from southern Ukraine. Russia are accusing Ukraine of what

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they see was a terrorist attack one week ago. Ukraine said the whole

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study was made up. The border, the Ukraine border guard are in charge

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of this area. The military is on high alert. We have seen evidence as

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we have come down from Kiev. Russia has announced that it has moved

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servers missile systems in to claim you. There has been other evidence

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that Russia has been shifting military hardware onto the peninsula

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and the resort of speculation about this increase in tension.

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Leicester City have been beaten in the first game of the new season.

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Norway -- the Norwegian player give them a first-half lead before

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Leicester plot level with a penalty. They were smarter than us. They

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scored on the corner and we lost the ball. Our strength is when we play

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as a team. After we conceded the second call, they played very well.

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It is always a difficult situation for football players but at the end

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of the day, they are professional football players playing in probably

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the best the leak is there. They have earned the right to be in this

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week and I think they enjoyed it themselves today. I think they have

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enjoyed themselves and the acid test is when you get a result.

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Pep Guardiola made a winning start as Manchester City manager

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Sergio Aguero gave them the lead at home to Sunderland before

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Jermain Defoe equalised it then took an 87th minute own goal

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from debutant Paddy McNair to give City a 2-1 victory.

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Elsewhere on the first day of the Premier League,

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We dominated and we needed to be quicker and the last part of the

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field but of course we have to improve and we're not going to leave

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bar that. I think today we deserved to win.

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Elsewhere on the first day of the Premier League,

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promoted Burnley lost 1-nil. at home to Swansea.

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Leroy Fer with the winner FA Cup runners-up Crystal Palace

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Everton and Tottenham drew 1-1 Middlesbrough led for almost

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an hour but could only draw with Stoke City,

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The visitors had Ben Watson sent off.

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The actor who played the robot R2-D2 in the Star Wars films has

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died at the age of 81 after a long illness.

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Kenny Baker, who was 1.2 metres tall, played the character

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in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi,

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as well as the three Star Wars prequels from 1999 to 2005.

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His nephew worked after him for the last years of his life. We really

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discussed Star Wars but when he did discuss it, it kept him going. She

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loved to go to conventions and meet everybody and it gave them that

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extra lease on life. It was a genuine love, and I really mean

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that, without going over the top, that the fans have for him and his

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character, because he was the one who brought him alive. The film with

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Terry Gilliam was one of his favourites because you could see him

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as an actor as a force to inside the robot. Obviously, the robot is the

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iconic one, but he wasn't 20 films all over. -- he was an 20 films.

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Signs of joy and relief as many celebrated their freedom in the

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streets. From me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye.

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