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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Italy mourns the 300 victims of Wednesday's earthquake.

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A state funeral is held in one of the worst hit towns.

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TRANSLATION: My colleagues and I were the ones

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who arrived straight after the earthquake struck in the middle of

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the night. We wanted to rescue people and being here was the least

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we could do. The last buses carrying armed rebels

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and civilians have been evacuated from the besieged Syrian

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town of Darayya. And why Donald Trump's doctor says

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he'll be the "healthiest individual And flying just a few thousand

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kilometres from the swirling cloud tops of Jupiter, a Nasa probe hopes

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to capture pictures of the planet's weather systems.

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Despite the aftershocks - a mass funeral has been

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in central Italy for the hundreds of people killed after

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At least 290 people lost their lives.

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President Sergio Mattarella, seen here comforting one victim,

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and Prime Minister Matteo Renzi both attended the main service.

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Mourners applauded as coffins were placed in hearses

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A local bishop pledged that communities would be "rebuilt

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Earlier the Italian President visited Amatrice -

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There, more than 230 people lost their lives.

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Officials say the search for survivors will continue

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until they are certain that no-one else was alive.

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Our correspondent James Reynolds sent this report.

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This morning, in a municipal gym, Italy improvise a state funeral.

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The country's president tried to comfort each family.

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He has declared this a day of national mourning.

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The coffins of more than 30 victims were lined up.

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They will all be buried in the ground that claimed their lives.

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During the service, a bishop announced

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In this hall, on this day, consolation came without words.

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TRANSLATION: When the earthquake struck, my friend tried

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Among the congregation, there were a number of rescuers

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taking their first break from the relief efforts.

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TRANSLATION: My colleagues and I were the ones who arrived

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straight after the earthquake struck in the middle of the night.

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and being here was the least we could do, to be year.

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This for Italy is its most intense period of mourning in years.

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The country will hope that this ceremony and these crowds will have

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given some consolation to the families of the dead.

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This man just wants to see what has happened to his house.

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Firefighters took him through the ruins of his village

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We left the house a couple of days before the quake, he says.

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His neighbour, who was here, was killed.

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Relief workers allow survivors to pick up belongings

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They carry away pieces of their old lives which they will

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James spent the day in Amatrice and he told me how people are coping

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almost three days on. A lot of the town isn't here any

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more. It a lot of the survivors have been moved to sports tents. Most of

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the people you see in the town are rescue workers, firefighters, even

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police officers and the army as well and structural experts. This has

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become an area which they will still tried to recover bodies and try to

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rebuild. What about the rescue effort, is

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there any hope any survivors will be found? Not from anybody my

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colleagues and I have spoken to in recent days. You can probably hear

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that a digger is going past. The relief work is still continuing but

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nobody expects anyone else to be found. The most recent body to be

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pulled out of the rubble was on Wednesday evening and that was

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several days ago and they don't effect any change. 2500 people have

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been made homeless, what talk is there of the reconstruction effort?

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I think that is still too early, but it is something New Year people

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talking about amongst themselves. My colleagues and I were in a small

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village on Friday and they said they didn't think there was any future,

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that it would simply be raised to the ground and people moved

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elsewhere. The arm not just worried about losing their past, they are

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worried about losing their future. They think their memories have been

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destroyed and they are not sure where they will live in the future.

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And there's much more detail on the Italian earthquake

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You'll find latest updates, stories of people who survived

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the tragedy, and aerial photography of the affected areas.

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Or you can download the BBC News app.

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Let's go now to the Syrian town of Darayya,

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which has been under siege for four years.

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Well, a deal struck between the government

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and rebel groups has meant that all rebel

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fighters have left the town, according to the army.

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Leaving Darayya, perhaps never to return. The last buses taking rebel

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fighters out of the town on the outskirts of Damascus which held out

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for four years. Fighters chose to keep their personal weapons and have

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headed to revel in areas north of the capital, with their families.

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Convoys of buses took thousands more to reception centres and an

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uncertain future. Soldiers celebrated their passing, hailing

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the exodus as a big victory for President Assad.

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TRANSLATION: After five years of military

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operations by the Syrian government forces, don't riot -- Amatrice is

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finally liberated. Later, the armed residents and rebels will be

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relocated. As the evacuation unfolded, mouth on talks were being

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held in Geneva between John Kerry and Sergei Lavrov. Represent a size

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on opposite sides. They reached the concrete agreement on a way to start

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abortive peace talks but they say they are getting closer and

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discussions are continuing. Mr Kerry said that they had at least achieve

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clarity. Something which is lacking on the ground in Syria. A new twist

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emerged this week as Turkey launched an incursion this week, targeting

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Islamic State fighters and Kurdish forces. They are part of an alliance

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which the US force banks. That offensive has been intensified.

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Turkish warplanes have been in action against Kurdish fighters. It

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regards the Kurds as as big a threat as the IS. It is yet another

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publication, raising the stakes in the conflict.

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Let's take a look at some other stories now.

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Russian authorities say at least 17 people have been killed by a fire

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at a warehouse and printing press in Moscow.

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The victims are reported to be migrant workers from Kyrgyzstan

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who worked and lived at the warehouse.

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About 30 French mayors have been urged to follow a court

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ruling which overturned a controversial burkini

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France's top administrative court suspended the ban in Villeneuve

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But a number of mayors have said they will continue

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Facebook has announced that a feature on its site which shows

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which stories are trending will no longer be produced by staff, but by

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an algorithm. It comes after the giant was accused of left-wing bias.

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Physical fitness has become the latest flash point of the US

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Donald Trump's doctor has just admitted he spent just five

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minutes writing a note - which says the 70-year-old would be

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the "healthiest individual ever elected to the Presidency".

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Laura Bicker in Washington has more.

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It started by Donald Trump himself, who said that Hillary Clinton lacked

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the physical and mental stamina to deal with the so-called Islamic

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State group. He also implied that she has the language disorder

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dysphagia. So it went on all week. Hillary Clinton went on a talk show

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and asked the interviewer to feel her pulse, to laugh it off. Then

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everybody remember that last December, Dr Harold Bernstein wrote

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a letter about Donald Trump's health, saying that his laboratory

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tests were astonishingly excellent and his strength and stamina was

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extraordinary and as you imagine, that he would be the healthiest

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individual ever elected to the presidency. So NBC traction down and

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it does seem that the doctor admits writing that note in five minutes.

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While waiting for a limousine. He also was asked about the language

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that he used. He said, I think they're probably picked up Donald

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Trump's kind of language and then just interpreted it to my own. Let's

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talk about immigration. Donald Trump has said quite a few controversial

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comment on that. Is he softening his position on the topic? Well, Donald

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Trump has built his candidacy on his stance on immigration. He says he

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will deport 11 million illegal immigrants and build that "Big

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beautiful wall" on the Mexican border. There has been a softening

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of this stands recently. He told Fox News that certain people could stay

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if they paid their taxes. He went the next day to flip-flop on that

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and said that everybody had to go back. He was supposed to make an

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immigration speech on Thursday. That was cancelled and his campaign

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manager is now talking about the deportation squad that was talking

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about the -- that deportation squad to move these people said that this

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policy was to be determined. We are waiting to see what it stands will

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be. He is due at a rally in Iowa and it will be interesting to see what

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happens there. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come... A lucky escape for some motorist as

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a footbridge collapses on a motorway.

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There is no doubt that this election is an important milestone in East

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Timor. It will take months and billions of

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dollars to repair what Katrina achieved in just hours.

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Three weeks is the longest the great clock has been of duty in 117 years.

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So it was with great satisfaction that clockmaker John Vernon swung

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the pendulum to set the clock going again.

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A day of national mourning in Italy, with a state funeral for 34 more

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The last buses carrying armed rebels and civilians have been evacuated

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from the besieged Syrian town of Darayya.

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Police in Bangladesh say they've shot dead the man suspected

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of planning last month's attack on a cafe in Dhaka that killed

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He and two others were killed in a shoot out after

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Our correspondent Akbar Hossain has more.

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The death of the man is not surprising to many as police had

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declared $25,000 reward for providing information. He is

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described as the organiser of the attack on the cafe in temperate --

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Dhaka. It was attacked after a tip-off was received. Suspected

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Islamic resistance were shot dead in the operation along with the man, a

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Canadian who returned to this area a while ago. Police said they had been

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following him for a long time. We completed our preparation overnight

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before conducting the raid. Our main anti-terror operation lasted for one

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hour. After that we got inside the house and found the dead bodies of

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three militants including this man. The photos matched with one of the

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dead religions. It proves that he is the man, that we were looking for

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for a long time. The death of this man has been described as a success

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for ongoing terror raids. Senior officers claimed that he planned the

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whole terrorist attack attack on the cafe and played a role in organising

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a local jihadi groups which is loyal to Islamic State. And the desk is

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facing international pressure following the attack. The Prime

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Minister declared that her government will show no mercy to

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Islamic militants. Police believe that with the death of this man,

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they are on the verge of crushing Islamic militancy in Bangladesh.

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A bridge over a main motorway in the south east of England has

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A pedestrian footbridge was brought down after a lorry crashed into it -

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showering debris onto the road underneath.

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Fortunately nobody is thought to have been seriously hurt.

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The driver of this truck is counting his blessings.

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The footbridge just misses cab as it fell.

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A motorcyclist is pinned to the ground with suspected broken

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For many others, this was a close call.

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We were literally a few cars behind so we just saw the bridge

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come down and obviously, not really expecting that sort

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of thing to happen, so it was a shock.

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It is thought that the lorry, carrying a digger, may have been

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travelling on the hard shoulder of the east side

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On one of the busiest days of the bank holiday weekend,

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the closure of the bridge caused disruption.

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This is one of the main routes to France.

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There were astonishingly no other injuries in this accident

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and when you get this close, you can see just how many lucky

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-- how many lucky escapes there were.

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Even the driver of that white truck walked away shaken

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As well as the fallen concrete beam, the lorries would have to be moved

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and the rest of the bridge will have to be made safe or demolished.

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Luckily, this is a story of disruption, not a disaster.

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Now some sport. A late winner from Marcus Rushford made sure Manchester

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United keep their 100% start to the season with a 1-0 win at Hull city.

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United put pressure on the defence all game but it was 18-year-old

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substitute Rasch Road who made a difference. He scored in the 92nd

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minute. That gives United their third league went after -- out of

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three. It's an amazing feelings are scored the winner at an away game.

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Just happy to get the three points. Did they manage to give the special

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instructions? He said go on and do my best to help the team with the

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game and that's what we did. Everyone has been together for 90

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minutes and I'm just very happy. Chelsea made it three wins from

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three as well in the league. They are under Antonio Conte now. They

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beat Burnley 3-0 thanks to goals from Eden Hazzard and Willie and.

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There was -- defeated Burnley have three defeats from their opening

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three games. Leicester City got their first win beating Swansea 2-1.

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Jamie Vardy scored his first goal of the season. Mahrez missed a penalty

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before Wes Morgan added his goal after the break. There was a

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consolation goal for Swansea. Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool drew

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1-1 in the early kick-off. Everton have moved up to second,

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their best start to a season in years. Leighton Baines's penalty was

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saved only for the ball to rebound off the head of Shay given for an

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own goal. Sunderland were ahead 1-0 before Jay

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Rodriguez scored for the other side. And Arsenal beat Watford by three

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goals to one. In Florida, the West Indies have won

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the most remarkable match of 2020 cricket with Dwayne Rather taking

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the wicket of captain MS Tony on the final ball. India needed to to win

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and one to force a super over. They had piled on the attack. In the

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first of 2T20 into an -- International is added venue.

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India lost by a single run. Elsewhere in cricket, new South

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Africa -- South Africa are 283 for three against New Zealand. The top

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four or added half centuries. England had taken a 2-0 win in their

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best-of-5 series against Pakistan after a 4- wicket win at Lord's. A

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big score from Joe Root help the host toward their target of 252.

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Pakistan recovered from 2-3 with a century and an unbeaten

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half-century. Game three is at Trent Bridge in Nottingham on Tuesday.

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The world number one Novak Djokovic admitted that he is not 100% fit as

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he prepares to defend his US open title on Monday. He has been

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struggling with a wrist injury which went in first round loss at the

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Olympics and forced him to miss the Cincinnati Masters. He now knows it

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is healing and he's delighted to be back on the big stage. Hopefully,

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physically as well I will be enabled to perform my best. At the moment, I

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know that there is a little room still for me to get better

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physically and hopefully that will be the case in the next couple of

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days. And then when the tournament starts, all the doors are open. You

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can catch up with all the sport on our website. That is all from me for

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now. A Nasa spacecraft has

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made its closest ever approach It soared two and a half thousand

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miles above the planet at a speed of around 130 thousand

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miles an hour. It was carrying a panoramic camera

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on board - and Nasa are expected to release those images

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in the next few days. Jonathan Amos, who told

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us what we can expect. We have never sent a probe close to

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Jupiter, this close to Jupiter during his operational phase. It

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will gather lots of high-resolution images and we have never had that at

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Jupiter. We are expecting something bridges rectangular. The camera was

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not switched on back in July when the probe arrived. The engineers

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didn't want the bother and convocation of having to take pretty

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pictures at the same time. The probe went around Jupiter. It has gone all

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the way around and come back in and the camera is switched on and we are

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expecting for Nasa to release some remarkable images.

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