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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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Syrian rebels and civilians trapped for years by a brutal government

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siege in a Damascus suburb negotiate their departure.

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The deal means they have to leave Darayya, a symbol

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of the uprising against Assad, as the President's army moves in.

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A new line in the sand, as a French court rules

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against the ban on full-body swimsuits, or burkinis, stating it

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Preparations for the first funerals for the victims

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of Italy's earthquake, as the chances of finding any

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Archive files released today show thousands of British people

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persecuted by the Nazis were refused compensation - by the UK Government

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After four years under siege by Syrian government forces,

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civilians and rebel fighters have begun to leave a suburb

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Government soldiers in Darayya celebrated as the buses left.

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A senior UN official has stressed that the evacuation must be

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voluntary and described the situation there

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BBC Arabic's Assaf Abboud is in Darayya.

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BBC Arabic's Assaf Abboud is in Darayya.

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The buses which will move Darayya residents have arrived.

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It will take all the residents including women and children out

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of the rebel controlled areas to shelters in and around Damascus.

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It is all going under the supervision of the Syrian Red

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There are also representatives for the UN Special Envoy for Syria,

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Staffan de Mistura, the UN and the International Red Cross.

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Some 4,000 people will be evacuated and taken to shelter centres

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As for the fighters, they are divided into two groups.

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The first group, who refuse reconciliation, will be moved

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to the city of Idlib, and the second, who have reached

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a deal with the government, will be moved to Damascus.

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According to military sources, at least 300 civilians

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Tomorrow, it will be fighters going out of the city.

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This is all according to the agreement between rebel

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Until now, the operation is going as planned

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It might take longer than planned to get everyone out but so far

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If all went to plan, Darayya will no longer be a hotspot

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and the process for rebuilding this city's infrastructure and getting

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That report from BBC Arabic's Assaf Abboud is in Darayya.

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Kholoud Waleed is originally from Darayya.

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She now edits a Syrian opposition newspaper in Gaziantep

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I asked her whether she was worried about the safety of

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The 8,000 civilians who are locked in the city for four years and now

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the regime has insisted to send them to regime-controlled areas so,

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for me, personally, I'm worried that they might be detained

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or tortured and killed or they might disappear because we have no

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And how many people do you think will remain or is everyone

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going to be leaving this area now that the government

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The regime has insisted on evacuating the whole town

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so every single person will leave the town,

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They have sent the civilians to a regime-controlled area

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and they sent 50 fighters with their families towards Idlib

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and tomorrow they're going to continue the process.

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One campaigner described it as a drawing of another

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France's highest administrative court has suspended a ban

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on full-body burkini swimsuits, that was imposed in a town

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The ruling could set a precedent for up to 30 other towns that

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imposed bans on their beaches, chiefly on the Riviera.

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Friday's court ruling stated the ban in Villeneuve-Loubet "seriously

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and clearly illegally breached fundamental freedoms".

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But local news agencies in France are reporting that many of those

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mayors say they WILL continue with the ban in defiance

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This is Sara and her family at the moment when we told them

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that the burkini ban had been lifted.

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Sara's Muslim, originally from Tunisia, and she told me that,

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had it not been for the ban, she'd have been wearing

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a burkini or something like it on the beach today.

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Now that the news has come from Paris, she'll be back covering

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TRANSLATION: It has been really hard because we all felt

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Even though I've been covered for 30 years,

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But in the last two weeks, I felt awkward.

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It's the way people were looking at me.

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Before, people didn't show how they felt towards us.

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Now they say they don't like it and that really hurts.

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One woman in Nice knows what it feels like.

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She was photographed apparently being told by police to remove

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That made the burkini ban not just a French but an international story.

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But now the State Council in Paris has reversed the local banning

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orders, which were issued over the last two weeks by some 30 towns,

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The towns had said that after the Nice lorry attack

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there was a risk to public order from outward signs of Muslim

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It's based on the principle of freedom of religion,

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the freedom to express religion, and to be able to wear whatever

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Of course, not everyone in France is going to agree

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Former president Nicolas Sarkozy says he wants a burkini ban

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across all of the country and polls suggest that a majority

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They want to stop what they see as the gradual encroachment

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of Islamic lifestyle and symbols into the public sphere.

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Outside France, such arguments seem to cut little ice.

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The burkini ban sparked protests outside French embassies in London

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and Berlin and campaigns on the internet urged the French

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Things that might seem obvious in other places don't

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Like letting women wear religiously inspired clothing on a beach.

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A little earlier I spoke to Rim-Sarah Allouane

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A little earlier I spoke a researcher in Public Law

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I began by asking her what she made of the fact that much of the French

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We should not judge by public opinion but by the law. Public

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authorities have played with fears. We celebrate today as the

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anniversary of French human rights. Does it fit with the principle of

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secularism on which the French state is founded? Absolutely. This ban was

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contrary to secularism. The burkini does not stop people... The judge

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just told the law, that is how it is, and stated that this ban

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entrenched fundamental liberties of freedom of conscience, freedom to

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come and go and personal liberties. It is a small victory but still a

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victory. The actual ban didn't use the word burkini at all. It said

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dress should be in keeping and respectful of good public manners.

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For many French people, good public manners is not wearing something

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like that are keenly. -- burkini. How do you legally defined that?

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That is the problem when it comes to public opinion. Absolutely but again

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I am talking about the law. Public authorities shall not tell people

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how they should dress. It was even more than good manners as well. It

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was good morals, which is even worse, if you ask me. The council

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clearly stated that there were no public order disturbances and the

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Merit cannot restrict access to public beaches if a statement was

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not proven, and that was the case. Hopes are fading in Italy of finding

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any more survivors under the thousands of tonnes of rubble

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following Wednesday's earthquake. The official number of people

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killed stands at 267. The 6.2-magnitude quake hit

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in the early hours of Wednesday, 100km north-east of Rome

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in mountainous central Italy. The rescue and recovery

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effort remains centred on three small towns,

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Pescara del Tronto, This is Pescara del Tronto,

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taken from a satellite You can see the red-tiled roofs

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of the houses. Piles of rubble where most

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of the buildings stood, As hopes fade that more survivors

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will be found, we're beginning to find out more

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about those confirmed dead. Many were enjoying summer

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breaks in the mountains. Amongst them were three foreign

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tourists from Britain, This is the road to

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the village of Sommati. Two British families,

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the Henniker-Gotleys and This is the house in which both

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British families were staying. And you can see that the damage

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is dramatic. Both families have paid tribute

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to the work of those relief workers Their neighbour, Nando Bonnanni,

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was the first to reach them. TRANSLATION: I shouted and called

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out for Maria and Will, There was nothing we could do

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with our bare hands. They were sleeping in a room

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on the ground floor and it The Burnett family from London

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lost their 14-year-old son, His school called him a much

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loved and admired boy. 50-year-old Maria Henniker-Gotley

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and her 55-year-old They were from Stockwell in south

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London. They were always fun, you could

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always have a laugh with them. It's just shocking that you go off

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on a lovely summer holiday and, you know, we won't ever see

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them again, really. Many survivors are left

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with a simple, powerful question. Why did so many buildings fall

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and so many people die? 11-month-old Elena Sofia

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has no idea that she, She and her mother, Sonia,

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are recovering in hospital. I freed myself and started asking

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for help, but everyone So I went back and with my hands

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I freed my daughter from the rubble. I could only see her little foot

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and I just pulled her out. The worst hit town, Amatrice,

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will soon begin to hold This town, and others,

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will have to find new ground And you can keep up to date

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with the latest with regard to the Italian earthquake

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by visiting our website. We have reports, analysis,

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and the latest casualty figures. Simply go to bbc.com/news

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or download the BBC News app. A suicide bomber driving a truck

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laden with explosives has hit a police headquarters in south-east

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Turkey, cooling 11 The huge explosion targeted

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a checkpoint in Cizre, and left the nearby riot

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police HQ in ruins. Turkey's Prime Minister Binali

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Yildirim blamed the banned Kurdish PKK militant group,

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and vowed to retaliate. Cizre is a predominantly Kurdish

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town near Turkey's borders It was the scene of clashes

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between Turkish security forces Zimbabwe's riot police fired tear

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gas and beat up opposition The protestors were demanding

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urgent electoral reforms The High Court had issued an order

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sanctioning the march to go ahead. This is part of a growing wave

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of streets protests in the past months against President

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Robert Mugabe's rule. The riot police had

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cordoned off an open space christened the Freedom Square

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in the capital, early morning. They beat up protesters,

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fired tear gas and used water cannon to displace growing crowds marching

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to the square. In central Harare there were running

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battles and a number The police continued

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to maintain a heavy presence, patrolling the streets

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and with water cannon. Organisers of the march say

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the people's anger is growing and this could be the beginning

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of worse things to come. And I think, in my view,

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it must not relent. It must continue to express itself,

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the level of desperation So that we are able

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to solve this problem. It appears that when people succumb

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to fear and intimidation, But I'm very glad that

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Zimbabweans are beginning We have learned that scores

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of people were injured in the skirmishes and many

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are receiving treatment It is not clear why the police

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defied a High Court order. Organisers say they will not be

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discouraged and continue with protests until fundamental

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electoral reforms are effected ahead Now a look at some of

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the day's other news. At least nine people have been

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killed in an attack on a seaside restaurant in Somalia's capital,

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Mogadishu. A car bomb exploded outside a beach

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club in the Lido area. Police say two of the attackers

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were killed and another The Islamist group Al Shabaab stages

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regular attacks in Mogadishu. Police in Brazil have charged

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the American swimmer Ryan Lochte The 12-time Olympic medallist had

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claimed he and three team-mates were robbed at gunpoint

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during the Rio Games, The maximum penalty is 18 months

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in jail, and the 32-year-old could be tried in his absence,

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if he fails to return to Brazil. Turkey has opened one of the world's

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largest suspension bridges It's 1.4 kilometres long

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and is the third to connect the European and Asian sides

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of the country. It's part of President Erdogan's

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drive to modernise Turkey's largest Some critics argue the project,

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along with plans for a new airport and a tunnel under the Bosphorus,

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are harmful to the environment. A Czech hiker has spoken about how

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she survived for a month Pavlina Pizova and Ondrej Petr

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were hiking the famous Routeburn One night her partner slipped down

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a steep ice slope and died. They had been hiking

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in the South Island of the country Following her partner's death

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the Czech tourist hiked some two kilometres from where he fell,

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to a warden's hut in the mountains Rescuers were finally alerted

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after the Czech Consul spotted a Facebook post by concerned

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relatives at home in Here's Pavlina describing

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what happened to her. As you can imagine, the last month

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was very harrowing for me, The tragic accident happened when my

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partner fell and died. After his death, it took me two

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nights in the open before I reached During this time, I got

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extremely cold, exhausted I made a few attempts to walk

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from the hut but my feet and the weather conditions

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and the deep snow Ms Pizova was found by a search team

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on Wednesday and as you can see from that interview

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she is in remarkably good health. Her partner's body has now been

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recovered by police. New files released at The National

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Archives here in London, show that thousands of British

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people who were persecuted by the Nazis were refused

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compensation by the government. Most were from the Channel Islands

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who were arrested and deported Final scenes of the long drama

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in the Channel Islands. May 1945 and Guernsey has been

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liberated after almost five Far away in Germany,

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Channel Islanders too were being freed from often

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brutal imprisonment. Paul and Phil's father Gerald

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was one, caught with two sacks of stolen German coffee

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and sentenced to hard labour. At the war's end he had

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been at risk of death. They were actually on their way

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to Dhaka, they didn't know it at the time,

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the Allies were advancing and the German army

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was in a bit of disarray. Didn't understand they were shooting

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prisoners who were physically Gerald's health was ruined

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by his imprisonment. Letters, one from

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the Foreign Office... In the mid-1960s he was one of 4000

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people applying for compensation as victims of Nazi persecution,

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only a quarter of them successful. Gerald got ?2100,

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around ?28,000 today. The files are now being released

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at the National Archives, those of other Channel Islanders

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are harrowing reading. Frank Tuck describes being beaten

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with a pick handle and flogged "The fear that ruled us

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was indescribable," he wrote. He saw a fellow Guernsey man die

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of his treatment. Jack Harper was sometimes chained

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in a standing position without food all night, by a sadistic

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German guard. And Thomas describes working

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in clothes soaked through that dried on one's back,

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sometimes frozen stiff. Thomas, one of 17 Guernsey policemen

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sentenced for sabotage, was so He got two and a half thousand

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pounds, Margaret Godfrey Do you think he felt the money

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was sufficient or do you think I think they thought

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it was meagre, yes. Today Guernsey is a peaceful

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place, these files are some people suffered

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terribly under Nazi tyranny. Now to an intercontinental love

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story spanning China to Edinburgh. A man has been reunited

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with the loyal soul that helped him cross the finish line in one

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of the world's most gruelling races. Extreme marathon runner

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Dion Leonard was taking part in the Four Desert Race when he met

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Gobi the stray dog in Now, thanks to a crowdfunding appeal

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they are back together. It is a story of, well,

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dogged determination. As Dion Leonard took part

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in a gruelling ultramarathon, a 150-mile run across China's

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forbidding Gobi Desert, he was We spent the whole week together,

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literally either by my side running or in the evening

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she was in my arms during the night, So I knew before I left the race

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that I was going to bring her back. But while he flew back to Scotland,

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just before the dog was due to go into Chinese

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quarantine, she escaped. So Dion flew back to China and began

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what seemed like a hopeless task, looking for Gobi in the place

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she was last seen, Urumqi, a city of 3 million where very few

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people speak English. So, today is day two

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of trying to find Gobi. I've been handing these out

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since 6am, looking around the parks and local areas for dogs,

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and speaking to a lot of locals who actually think

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they've seen Gobi, But China's internet

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came to the rescue. The dog hunt spread like wildfire

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on social media, with messages of support and cash to fund

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the quest pouring in. Before long, Dion had a few leads,

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and Gobi was found. I got some images through on my

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phone and a phone call saying that a father and son had

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found her and we went out there to see her and she ran

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across the room and straight And I'd just walked in the door,

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I hadn't said a word to either. So, Gobi is once again preparing

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for a few months in quarantine and then Dion expects

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to have her home before Christmas. Presumably the first command he'll

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want to teach her - stay. But for now, from me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye. Up and down weekend coming up. Some

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sunshine for many of us but some rain as well. Tomorrow, many others

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will stay fine. But it

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