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The world. Our hard-working moment is a Nigerian father recognises his

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daughter in footage released by Boko Haram Romeu showing kidnapped

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schoolgirls. Thousands are helped to safety after torrential rain brings

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flooding to the southern United States. The waters will continue to

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rise in many areas and so this is no time to let our guard down. We

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actually have to remain vigilant. Britain wins three gold medals in

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two hours pushing China down into third place in the medals table. Max

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Whitlock wins double gold. The father of one of the missing

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Chibok schoolgirls has confirmed to the BBC that his daughter is among a

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group of girls who appear in a new video released by the Islamist

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militants, will grow around. More than 270 girls were taken from their

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school dormitories in April 2014 during the night. It is believed

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that the group is still holding more than 200 of them here in the vast

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Zambezi Forest. -- Sambisa forest. The families of the girls have held

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regular protests, to increase pressure on the Nigerian government.

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Our correspondent in Lagos is Martin Patience.

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Kidnapped as schoolgirls, two years on they are now young women.

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Appearing physically weak and traumatised by their captivity,

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it's hard to imagine what they've been through.

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In this propaganda video, the masked militant questions

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She says that many of the girls have been badly injured

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in military air strikes, and she calls on the government

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to release Boko Haram prisoners in order to secure

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The students were kidnapped from their school in Chibok

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Driven into the forest, their abductions sparked

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international outrage and has shone a spotlight on the brutal

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But this May, renewed hope for the families, after one

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Forced to marry a fighter, Amina had a baby.

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The government is under intense pressure to free the girls.

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It says it is in talks with the militants, but it needs

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to be doubly sure that it's speaking to the right people.

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As for the girls' families, the agony and the anger goes on.

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And while the world focuses on the fate of the schoolgirls,

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aid agencies warn of a growing humanitarian crisis.

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Thousands have been killed by the Boko Haram insurgency

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and more than 2 million displaced by the fighting.

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This is a conflict far bigger than just Chibok.

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Martin Patience, BBC News, Lagos.

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Well, as we were saying a moment ago, the father of one girl,

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has spoken to the BBC's Hausa Service.

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Samuel Yaga described his distress at seeing his terrified

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TRANSLATION: The fact is we are overwhelmed with a feeling of

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depression. It is like being beaten and being stopped from crying. You

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want to watch your daughter but there is nothing you can do. It is

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really heartbreaking. Well, Martin Patience -

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says the video will bring mixed feelings for the families

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of these girls. I think also renewed sense of hope

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for these families. It has been two years since their daughters were

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abducted. Initially, they got no information and they criticise the

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previous administration for not taking enough action in order to

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rescue their daughters. There was a period of goodwill for the current

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government. It was felt among some of the families that they were at

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least putting pressure on book or ramp. And we have seen the military

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make real gains against the militants in the north-east of

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Nigeria. But the fact remains that in a two year period, only one girl

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has managed to escape and more than 200 are still missing. I think there

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is still desperation, but as we heard from that man there, yes,

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Wilder is a great deal of sadness, he stated that he had a renewed

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sense of hope that perhaps one day his daughter may come home.

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To the US state of Louisiana - where flooding has killed at least

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three people and forced thousands from their homes.

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The situation has been described as an "unprecedented flood

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The Governor of Louisiana says the worst of the storm has passed

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In Baton Rouge, Louisiana, rescuers came across a car.

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Sinking in the floodwaters, the driver still inside.

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"I'm drowning", she tells them, before being dragged to safety

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Her first thought is of her dog who was also inside.

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Then the pet too is plucked to safety from the murky waters.

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40 miles east, another remarkable rescue.

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A lorry driver whose vehicle was swept off

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He'd spent eight hours clinging to a fallen tree.

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They've seen rain in the Deep South, but they haven't

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Three months' worth in a single night, according to one estimate,

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causing some to flee with just the clothes on their backs.

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We've lost trailers, our apartment, our house has gone under.

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With more rain on the way, the race is on to save all they hold dear.

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David Willis, BBC News, Washington.

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Let's go to Baton Rouge and we can speak to Joe Connelly,

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Thank you for being with us. I understand you are out and about.

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How are you able to help the people affected by the floods? We are out

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in boats and waders and we're doing everything we can to try to rescue

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folks who are trapped in bridges, in canals. I have seen 30 boats and

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individuals are just reaching out and doing all they can to help our

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fellow citizens. What is the need to you are? Right now, the need is to

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get people to safety. Our shelters are overwhelmed. Food, cots,

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blankets, medical supplies, things of that nature. And then probably a

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week from now, it will be folks who do not have flood insurance, helping

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them to repair their lives, to rebuild their houses and replace

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their clothes. We will start recovery efforts in the next week.

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We will have things on Facebook, e-mails and Twitter are going out.

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We're looking at pictures of the flooded areas. How are you getting

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about? Right now, we're driving my pick-up truck as far as we can and

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then we have a small flat boat that we are getting around in to go to

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areas. We are on the Hammond highway and there is a massive rescue,

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getting people across the canal into the other side so they can get to

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safety. And have you been personally affected by the floods? No. My

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church is dry and my house is dry. I live on a hill. And the church

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members, my friends and family, they have been impacted. It doesn't

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matter who they are, we're just trying to help everybody we right

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now. We spoke a few weeks ago about baton rouge, and the shooting of

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Alton Stirling. This is the last thing that baton rouge needs. That's

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correct. It is the last thing we were need right now. The people are

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coming together to help each other. We have to do what we can to move

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above and beyond. And we are seeing the most extraordinary rescue is

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happening, residents helping each other. Is there a sense of

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solidarity. Yes, it is pulling us together, and we are doing

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everything we can to try to make sure that we can get as many people

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as we can to safety. Have you ever seen flooding like this? Not here in

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baton rouge but I was in New Orleans with hurricane Katrina. With

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hurricane Katrina, yes, but no flooding like this here. It is

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unprecedented for baton rouge. Thank you very much for your time.

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The Governor of Wisconsin has put his state's

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national guard on alert - following violent protests

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They followed the fatal shooting by the police of an armed

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Cleanups are now underway after a night of clashes

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where protesters fired gunshots, hurled bricks and set a petrol

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Riot police eventually dispersed the crowd of around a hundred

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people, and one police officer was taken to hospital

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It is not about 100 people had gathered in Milwaukee's northern

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suburbs to protest over the death. That number quickly grew. So, too,

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did the violence. Two petrol stations and an number of other

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businesses were set on fire. Police vehicles, also targeted. One officer

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suffered head injuries after a brick was thrown through the window of his

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squad car. We have a variety of estimates. But the crowd grew

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rapidly. It was amazing how many people actually showed up in such a

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short period of time. The violence was sparked after police shot dead a

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23-year-old man trying to evade arrest. They say he was armed with a

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stolen handgun, loaded with more than 20 rounds. The officer did not

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know it at the time but there were 23 rounds in that gun. 23 rounds in

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the gun that officer was staring at. And I want to make sure that we do

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not lose any police officers in this community either. Police responded

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to the armrest with force. Flooding the streets to try to restore order.

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Several people were arrested, and could be many to come. We will be

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reviewing all the video from the gas station, the video surrounding the

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area. And if we know who is causing these fires or destroying this

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property, I am certainly going to do everything I can to make sure those

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individuals are arrested. Its impact will no doubt plays more strain on

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the already fractured relationship between police and the

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African-American community. A woman has died after being injured

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when a man lashed out with a knife and set fire to a crowded Swiss

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train near the Liechtenstein She was one of six people

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who was hurt. The 27-year-old assailant,

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who was arrested after the attack, The suspect also died

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in hospital from his injuries. The police say there's no indication

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of a political or terrorist In France, thousands of firefighters

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tackling forest fires along the Mediterranean coast have managed

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to bring most of them under control. The wildfires, which began last

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week, had devastated more than 4,000 hectares and forced thousands

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of people out of their homes. Stay with us on BBC World News,

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still to come: A taste

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of a centuries-old tradition The big crowds became bigger as the

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funeral approached. As the lines of fans became longer, police prepared

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for a huge job of crowd control. If you mean, Uganda's brutal former

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dictator has died at the age of 80 and to has been buried in Saudi

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Arabia where he lived in exile since being overthrown in 1979.

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2 billion people around the world have seen the last total eclipse of

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the sun to take place in this millennium.

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A father has confirmed he saw his daughter in a video

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released by Islamic militants Boko Haram -

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showing the schoolgirls they kidnapped two years ago

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More than 7,000 people have been rescued after torrential rain

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in the southern US states of Louisiana and Mississippi.

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Police in New York are searching for a gunman who shot dead an Imam

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and his assistant as they walked home from Saturday prayers.

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The city's Muslim community say they want the shootings to be

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Maulama Akonjee was an imam from Bangladesh.

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The 55-year-old had moved to New York two years ago.

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His family described him as someone who brings peace

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On Saturday afternoon he was walking home from prayers in the Queens area

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of the city with his close friend when a gunman came up behind

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them both, shooting them fatally in the head.

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Police have issued this sketch of the man they are looking for.

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The murder has left people in the local Muslim community

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looking for answers, with some blaming Donald Trump's

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We live in an era where people running for the highest office

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in the land, and potentially being the most powerful people

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in the world, are espousing hate towards Muslims even

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in their own country, even citizens of their own country,

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We feel really insecure and unsafe in a moment like this.

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It is really threatening to us, and threatening to our future,

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threatening to our mobility in the neighbourhood,

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Police say no motive has been established,

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and that so far there are no indications the men were targeted

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The local community, however, insist it must be

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The maiden flight of the largest aircraft in the world has been

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The chief executive of its maker Hybrid Air Vehicles said

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the Airlander had 'slight technical issues' and there was no longer time

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The British-designed Airlander 10, which was originally

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is a hybrid between a conventional built aircraft and an airship,

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designed to carry less fuel than planes, but heavier loads

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The US Olympic committee says four American swimmers were robbed

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at gunpoint on their way home from a party.

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Three times gold medallist swimmer Ryan Lahktee

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that was stopped by thieves posing as police officers.

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Their money and belongings were stolen.

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Let's get more on the Olympics. This time, Team GB have had a good day.

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Steve White has all the news. Yes, the medals have been coming thick

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and fast, as well as the drama in the last few hours. Justin Rose has

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won the men's golf after a tussle with Henrik Stenson Sweden that went

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right down to the 72nd and final hole. The pair were tied going into

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the fourth round but Stenson missed a birdie and part putt. The Briton

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becomes the first winner of an Olympic golf tournament for 112

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years. Earlier on, Great Britain, who have never won an Olympic gold

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medal in gymnastics, suddenly managed to win two. Max Whitlock

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with both in the space of an hour. First the 23 year-old won

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the men's floor exercise He edged out the home favourites

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Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano who took silver and

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bronze for Brazil. Whitlock immediately

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return to the arena and took that title as well

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with a score of 15.966. Team-mate Louis Smith took silver

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with bronze going to the American, American gymnast Simone Biles has

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won a third gold medal of the games. She easily won the

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women's vault final. The 19-year-old averaged 15.966

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during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist

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Maria Paseka of Russia and Giulia Steingruber

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of Switzerland who took bronze. The men's tennis final is underway,

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with Great Britain's Andy Murray looking to defend his title

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against Juan Martin del Potro. They are in the early stages of that

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game, as you can see. Murray is serving the first game, holding

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serve. 1-0 to the defending champion. Earlier on, Ekaterina

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Makarova and Alina Pechiney now won the women's doubles title.

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Kenya's Jemima Sumgong has claimed Olympic gold

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The London Marathon winner took the race in 2 hours 24

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minutes and 4 seconds, just ahead of Bahrain's

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Eunice Kirwa, who used to compete for Kenya,

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Britain's Aly Dixon was 28th, two places ahead

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They were ten and half minutes behind the winner.

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Let's have a look at how the medals table stands.

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United States lead the way with 26 golds

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Great Britain's 13 golds puts them in second position, just ahead

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of China who also have 13 golds, but 12 silvers

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The mens 100m final takes place in a few hour's

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looking for a third successive victory.

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American Carl Lewis, who won the title twice himself, won't be

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drawn on whether the Jamaican could go one better than him.

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I don't really get into the predictions things. I never have. It

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is unfair for me to inject myself into the race. But first and

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foremost, I want to help them race, to get fast times, but I am an

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American. It is interesting now, since even the last time around, I

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started coaching in the United States. When I was in London, the

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American team got creamed, and I started coaching at the University

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of Houston, hoping to get some American sprinters. Now if I go out

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there and start talking about everybody else, my guys will be all

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over my head, so I say good luck everybody, but go USA.

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The first Sunday of the Premier League season provided plenty

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Manchester United made a winning start under Jose Mourinho.

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A 3-1 success means he remains unbeaten on the opening day

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New signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic was among the goal-scorers

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Earlier Wayne Rooney had put United 2-nil ahead.

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It was Juan Mata who set Mourinho's United on their way to victory.

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I am very happy. The first 15 minutes were minutes of control. We

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analysed well. They started the game with great intensity, using a lot of

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pressure. But we kept our control. At this moment in his career, he

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wants to win the Premier League. And we are going to fight for that.

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Could he have the same affect on United that Eric Cantona did all

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those years ago? I don't know what to say. This man is more than a

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player. We hope to have him for the next two seasons, where I think he

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can be phenomenal for the team. Also for the Premier League. The Premier

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League has to be pleased with that. And that was just a warm up for what

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was to come. Arsenal and Liverpool served up

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a seven goal thriller at Emirates Stadium in Sunday's

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other game Arsene Wenger's side led through Theo Walcott,

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who'd moments before missed a penalty before Liverpool

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and Philippe Coutinho took over. The Brazilian equalised

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with a splendid free-kick before half-time, was involved

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in Adam Lallana's goal and got a second himself before Sadio Mane's

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debut goal made in 4-1. Incredibly, that didn't finish

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Arsenal off and they fought back with goals from

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Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Callum But they couldn't find

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an equaliser and Jurgan Klopp's We have to improve. Of course,

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everybody knows it. Even in a game where we were not brilliant, we

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scored his goals, so we can be always a threat if we want, if we

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stay in the game, if we use our quality and skills, we can. Of

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course, all the time you need to defend better, especially like a

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team -- against a team like Arsenal. Everybody was morning around, nobody

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felt good at this moment. And then one minute later, the whole

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atmosphere changed. We had a good first half and we were lucky to be

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at 1-1 at half-time. After the second half, I felt like we made a

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massive mistake on the second goal and after that, you could see that

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we were shocked. After that, we showed great spirit to come back and

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fight back. And in the second half, you could see that some players came

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back late, they were physically shot. And we pay for that.

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And there is barely been a moment to pause for breath over the last

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couple of hours. But I can assure you that is all of the sport for

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now. Time for a cup of tea. Thank you, Steve. Not everyone has done

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well at this Olympics. As far as the Indian gymnasts are concerned,

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Deepak par is the first Indian gymnast in any Olympics. She

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finished fourth on the vault, disappointing for her. She was

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expecting a medal and tweeted in the last few hours, sorry to the 1.3

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billion people. I cannot make possible but I tried hard to do so.

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If forgive me. And we will leave you with a Buddhist pageant that has

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taken place on the streets of Kandy in Sri Lanka. It has been held for

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centuries and involves elephants.

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