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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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are almost over with Great Britain officially second in the medal

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12 gold medals are decided on the final day -

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Kenya's Eliud Kipchoge win's the mens marathon.

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I'm live in Rio where the atmostphere is building

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for the closing ceremony of the Olympic games.

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As Turkey buries the dead after a wedding day bomb -

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President Erdogan accuses Islamic State of using

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And could Liverpool football club be the target of a Chinese takeover?

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After two weeks of thrilling competition -

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and a few controversies - the 2016 Rio Olympic Games

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The closing ceremony, starts in just a few hours time,

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and roads are already blocked around the Maracana stadium.

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A record 87 countries have won at least one medal at these Games.

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And the home nation have been given a boost with victory

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in the men's volleyball - to go with their football success.

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Let's cross to where the closing ceremony will be held -

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the Maracana stadium - where we can join my

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Welcome to the final day of these Olympic Games, I am outside the

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manic and are where the closing ceremony is getting underway in a

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few hours from now. We have had some sporting action to bring you up to

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date, it's got incredibly windy here in the last few hours or so, we

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think it might rain so it will be interesting to see if that will

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impact the number of people who come here. One of the last events is the

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basketball taking place at the moment, the final between the USA

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and Serbia. The USA are quite a bit ahead at the moment looking to

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secure gold, 73-39, that match will be concluded in the next half an

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hour or so. It started with the marathon today, gold went to Eliud

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Kipchoge day of Kenya with Ethiopia taking silver and the USA bronze.

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Gold went to Switzerland in the cross-country mountain bike. His

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fourth world title. I have to say about the home crowd here, Brazil

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gave the crowd something to cheer about when they secured the gold

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medal in beating Italy on the closing day of these games in the

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men's volleyball, after doing it against Germany in the football

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yesterday, 3-0 against Italy, huge cheering when that happened and

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My colleague Peter Okwoche is in the fan zone.

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You mentioned the wind, it's picking up just behind us. The fan zone

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located at the old. Area in downtown Rio. You mentioned the rain as well

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so there are not as many people as we thought there was going to be but

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the people here are really proud of the show that Brazil has put on. You

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mentioned the malathion, -- marathon. The men ran past the

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Museum of tomorrow that you can see in the background, the white

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structure, they ran past at this morning to loud cheering despite the

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fact it took place in the rain. We are hoping the gods will hold the

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rain up and we can move down later on and join that party. It seems to

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be picking up again, there were lots of people about an hour and a half

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ago but because of the winds and the forecast Varane it seems people have

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decided to move indoors. Hopefully they will come out and start to

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party as the curtain falls on the first Olympics ever in South

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America. Thank you Peter. The fans

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themselves, we think that fans will get busy as we head into the next

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few hours. More details of what we can expect inside the stadium but of

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course no attention will turn about how the games have gone, what the

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legacy will be for Brazilians living in this city and indeed the

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perspective for many of the communities.

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I'm joined now by Theresa Williamson, Founder

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and Executive Director of Catalytic Communities.

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That's an organisation which provides media support and help to

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Fidel groups, thank you for joining us on a blustery and Wendy -- windy

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day, how do you think it has gone? We are good at throwing parties and

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putting together infrastructure when needed. Unfortunately we are not

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good at pulling off infrastructure for those who need it. That's not

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changed with the Olympics. We have seen $20 billion spent on the games

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and we will be paying it off for years to come and in the meantime a

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lot of necessary infrastructure especially around sewage, education,

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health, basic needs are not being met and that's not changed.

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Political uncertainty and economic turmoil, this city has felt that,

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staging two major sporting events in recent years, what impact that have?

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We will be paying it off. We have elections for a new mayor coming up

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soon so we don't know what will happen next, civil society groups

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have come together in the last several years and put together an

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agenda of what they would like to see put into place to change a lot

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of this but we don't know if it will come to pass. You have been working

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for a long time, have they felt any benefit from these games? No. In

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general they have not felt the benefit, we had 80,000 people

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removed from their homes in the lead up to the games. This city took

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advantage of the negative stigma and reputation of these communities to

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upend many of them which were actually much better places to live

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than the public houses were people have been taken. Meanwhile the

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promised infrastructure has not been delivered. There was supposed to be

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an Olympic legacy which would have brought infrastructure up to

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standard by 2020 and it was completely abandoned after 2012. I

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know you were sceptical about any of those policies being met. As far as

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you can see it, what you thought was going to happen as happened, there

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has been no widening out of resources and the promises they

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made, do you think that will change? There are a few positives to come

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out of the Olympics, one is the international spotlight coming to

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Rio. So much coverage and visibility. A lot of historic

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condition issues in the culture here which were taken for granted are no

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longer so. People question the inequality much more, people are

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more sceptical and concerned about sewage. People just got used to a

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lot of those conditions and so I think now there is more pressure to

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change but we will see what happens. Where we are standing now we can

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smell this sewage, and that was one of the biggest concerns. They did it

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in the immediate spaces were the sporting events are taking place,

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but you are saying they have shunned the issue to the global audience

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cannot see it. Absolutely, you cannot see it on television, you

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cannot smell it so it's not thought of as affecting people. The

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infrastructure we sought getting put in was things which were visual,

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cable cars which are underused because that is not what the

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residents demanded but they look great on photographs. We need to see

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a change. Thank you so much for joining us, we appreciate your

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insight. So how does it work for these games? Let's look at the

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medals table. The United States is still

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on top - with 45 golds. Great Britain is in second place -

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with 27 golds. Team GB have done what no country

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has ever been able to do, bettering their medal tally from when they

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hosted the game. 67 medals in total. Look at the gold, that is what

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clinched them, ahead of China with 27. Incredible games. But for now

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America reigns supreme. Stay with us, we will be back every hour until

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the closing ceremony and after on BBC world News.

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Police in Brazil have carried out new raids over allegations

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Three people - whose passports have been confiscated -

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were asked to attend the local police station.

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Tickets, computers and mobile phones were also seized.

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Patrick Hickey, a senior Olympic official has been arrested

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over the ticket sales, and is being held in a maximum

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Well for all the latest action from Rio you can

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A suicide attack in Turkey - which killed at least 50 people

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at a wedding party - was carried out by a boy

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aged between 12 and 14, according to the country's

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President Erdogan blames militants from the so-called Islamic State.

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The attack happened in the city of Gaziantep,

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It was meant to be a moment of celebration.

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A wedding party in Gaziantep, torn apart by a massive bomb.

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The guests, mainly Kurds, were outside when it hit.

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A suicide vest was reportedly found at the scene.

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The Government says the Islamic State group

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TRANSLATION: Our friends and neighbours were there.

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A now familiar scene as the injured recover from another attack

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in Turkey, the country has been hit by a wave of bombings over the past

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I was standing and then something exploded and I passed out,

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and then I woke up and looked for my parents.

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From the Turkish president a shocking detail,

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he said the suicide bomber was between 12 and 14 years old.

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Some of those injured, he said, are in a critical condition.

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This could be a response by IS to recent losses in Syria,

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the US-led coalition ousted the jihadists

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Could this bombing of a Kurdish wedding be IS revenge?

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The Turkish Prime Minister says his country will pay a more

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active part in the Syrian conflict, we understand Turkish backed rebels

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are preparing a further offensive into IS territory,

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to be granted safe passage across the Turkish border.

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The Gaziantep attack could be a warning shot against Turkey.

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It has become almost routine in Turkey, the emotions

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as victims are laid to rest, guests of a joyous wedding party

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Well in the past few hours a statement from the White House has

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Let's get more, we can join our correspondent

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A very strong statement indeed from the United States, the country

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standing in solidarity with Turkey? Absolutely, the White House issuing

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a statement condemning in the strongest possible terms this attack

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calling it barbaric cynical and cowardly. What is interesting is the

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way it freezes the relationship between the United States and

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Turkey, we stand by the people of Turkey as we defend their democracy

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in the face of all forms of terrorism. It goes on to say that

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Vice President Joe Biden will be visiting Turkey this week as

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previously arranged to reaffirm as the statement puts it our commitment

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to work together with Turkey, are valued Nato ally and partner to

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confront the scourge of terrorism. Some say that democracy is actually

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in threat, under threat in Turkey because of the strength of the

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crackdown by President Erdogan following the attempted to quite

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recently and that Nato membership is also in peril by the response to

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that crackdown. Also that the partnership Turkey enjoys with the

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United States could all start to unravel if the United States

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continues to drag its feet as far as ecru dating rebel Turkish Muslim

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cleric based here who Turkey believe instigated the coup. These could be

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an easy talks indeed then? It's a delicate time as I mentioned in the

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whole US Turkey relationship. Turkey blames that queue on this cleric,

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the Turkish Muslim cleric, the United States is concerned by Turkey

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's response to this crackdown, people being rounded up, and there

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are differences as far as combating Islamic State in Syria is concerned.

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The United States has been backing Syrian Kurdish rebels who have shown

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some success in fighting Islamic State in the north of Syria. Turkey

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for its part brands those rebels terrorists. We have of course got a

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lot at stake here for the United States for the simple fact that it's

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been using the bases in Turkey to launch the strikes on Islamic State

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so lots to talk about this week. Olympic record breakers, the

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athletes who have made history at the Rio games.

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The latest headlines, as the Rio games drawn to a close, Eliud

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Kipchoge eight wins the men's marathon, one of 12 gold medals

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decided on Sunday, generals have been taking place for the victims of

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Saturday's bombing in Turkey. President Erdogan says the wedding

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was attacked by eight teenagers eight bomber under the influence of

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the so-called Islamic State. The Iraqi government has executed 36

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people convicted of taking part in a massacre carried out

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by the so-called Islamic State. The massacre was one

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of the worst Iraq has ever seen. With up to

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one-thousand-seven-hundred army recruits murdered at a base

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camp in 2014. Despite the large scale

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of the tragedy there's been wide-spread condemnation of Sunday's

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executions of those BBC Arabic service's

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Issam Ikirmawi explains. It's been two years since these

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harrowing images began circulating. Islamic State militants captured and

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executed hundreds of cadets. Documenting the events on film. It

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was one of the biggest atrocities of the conflict with so-called Islamic

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State. There were very few survivors but those who did play dead for

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their lives. TRANSLATION: The fourth bullet was meant to kill me but it

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missed, the next bullet killed the man next to me, I play dead and fell

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to the ground, I was covered by the blood of my comrades and rolled down

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into the valley. Even to day authorities cannot be sure exactly

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how many men were murdered but the number could be as high as 1700. At

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least 12 mass grave sites were discovered at the camp when it was

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recaptured last year. Most of the victims were Shia Muslims and the

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outrage at the death helped to mobilise powerful Shia militia in

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the fight against Islamic state. But there were fears some of those

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executed on Sunday did not play a role in the massacre but confessed

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under torture. The United Nations condemned the move to fast-track the

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executions following a series of large-scale bombing in Iraq recent

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months. Let's take a look at some

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other stories now. Hundreds of people in Hong Kong

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have been protesting against what they call "political

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censorship" in next month's Six candidates have been barred

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from running in September, for failing to prove they have

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abandoned the principle Singapore's Prime Minister has

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warned his successor must be ready to take over from him

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after the next general election. Lee Hsien Loong was taken ill

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during a speech on the country's National Day - there were fears

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a stroke was the cause but his office insists he was just

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dehydrated. A double suicide bomb attack

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by the Somali Islamist group, al-Shabaab, has killed at least

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fifteen people in the It's the second attack in six months

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on a city which had previously escaped the worst of the violence

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that has afflicted much of Somalia. The American owners of Liverpool

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football club have insisted it's not for sale despite reports Chinese

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consortium wants to buy a large stake. A number of English football

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clubs have seen an injection of Asian money but Fenway Sports Group

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says no offer of Liverpool been received.

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There's also plenty of sporting action away from the Olympics.

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West Ham United won their first Premier League game at their new

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home, a goal from Michail Antonio in the 84th minute was enough to defeat

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Bournemouth at the London Olympic Stadium. The visitors played the

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last 20 minutes of the game with ten men after Harry Arter was sent off.

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We just deserved it. Because we were pushing and we wanted it more and we

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are delighted to have a first game at this beautiful stadium as a win

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and clean sheet, it's a great feeling. David Moyes tenure in star

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Judge John Rowland has not got off to the best of starts, the former

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Manchester United manager saw his team suffered a straight second

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defeat as they went down 2-1 to local rivals Middlesbrough. David

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Moyes saw his side fall down 2-0 before half-time, both goals coming

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from Christian Stuani. Sunderland managed to pull a goal back in the

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second period thanks to Patrick van Aanholt. Their efforts were

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terrific. There was a lot of good things. We lost to the first goal

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which was a very good goal, albeit we could have closed it down a bit

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better, the second goal was a bit more disappointing but we lost our

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way a little bit. We played well up until about 30, 35 minutes, we lost

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a John O'Shea and we are short of centre-halves at the moment and

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because of that we had to change it around and I think we just lost that

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period of the game 5-10 minutes before half-time but all credit to

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them, in the second half they came out and gave everything they could

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to try and get a result. Angelique Kerber has missed the chance to take

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over as world number one after losing the final of the event in

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Cincinnati. The Australian open champion and Wimbledon runner-up won

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just four games against opponents who clinched the biggest of her six

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tour titles. Andy Murray meets Marin Cilic in the men's final in

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Cincinnati, he's on a run of 22 straight wins since his defeat to

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Novak Djokovic in the final of the French Open in May. They have just

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started, it's 2-1 Andy Murray, it's gone with serve so far. He travelled

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straight to the United States after winning the Olympic gold. Cal

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Crutchlow took his maiden MotoGP win as he dominated a rain hit check

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grumpily. It's the first time in 35 years British rider has won the

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MotoGP. He coped best with the conditions working his way up from

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tenth on the grid to take the lead with seven laps to go. Valentino

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Rossi finished second ahead of Marc Marquez but Marc Marquez has a 53

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point lead in the driver standings with seven more races to go this

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season. Thank you. Back to the Olympics.

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In a special homecoming for the Jeep's rugby sevens stars, crowds

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welcomed the players back after winning their country's first ever

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gold medal. A national holiday is to be held in their honour on Monday.

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As well as a hero 's welcome at the airport the team moved on to the

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Prince Charles stadium where thousands wanted to celebrate and

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dance with them. If you want to know the basketball

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score I can tell you the USA is winning, that's it from me.

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