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broadcasting in the UK and around the world.

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After hours of confusion, confirmation that one of Asia's most

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Karimov Islam Karimov has ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist

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We'll look at what it means for the country and its appalling

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A total recall of Samsung's flagship phone, the Galaxy Note 7,

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Hurricane Hermine lashes Florida - the storm is now heading up

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NASA releases spectacular new images of Jupiter taken by it Juno probe.

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It is jaw-dropping. You see these images looking down the pole.

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President Kariomov of Uzbekistan has died according to national TV.

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The 78-year-old led the central Asian country for more

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than a quarter of a century with an iron fist, often repressing

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The death of Islam Karimov could mean a power vacuum

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He hadn't been seen in public since mid-August.

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President Karimov will be buried in the city

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The Russian delegation at his funeral will be headed

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Uzbekistan - a landlocked country in central Asia -

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has spent most of the past 200 years as part of Russia, and then

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the Soviet Union, before it emerged as an independent nation in 1991.

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With a look back at his life, here's Rayhan Demetrie.

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Islam Abdug'aniyevich Karimov's election as president of independent

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Uzbekistan followed the break-up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

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Those were the only elections when a genuine opposition figure

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stood against the former Communist Party leader.

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His critics and opponents were swiftly imprisoned

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Mr Karimov jailed thousands of devout Muslims, suspected

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of ties to radical Islam, and insisted that Uzbekistan

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was following its own version of democracy.

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But this was a democracy in which free speech and freedom

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After surviving an assassination attempt in 1999, President Karimov

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started a new wave of oppression against his opponents,

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Human rights organisations have said that hundreds of peaceful protesters

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were killed by government troops after an uprising

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The question now is - who will replace him?

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President Karimov's eldest daughter Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva was once

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a favourite to succeed her father but she fell out of grace over

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business scandals and an extravagant lifestyle and is currently

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The country's long-serving Prime Minister Shavkat Mirziyoyev

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and his deputy, Rustam Azimov, are among the possible successors.

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Loathed by his critics and described as one of the most brutal dictators

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of our time, President Karimov's death leaves Uzbekistan facing

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President Karimov's health had sharply deteriorated in recent days

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- on Monday his daughter said he'd suffered a brain haemorrhage.

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heard from the Turkish Prime Minister, sending his condolences

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before the official announcement, and also the Georgian President.

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Something peculiar going on. We do now have that official

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statement. It was read out on state television in Uzbekistan by a very

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sombre looking newsreader. Talking on but half or reading a statement

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on behalf of the government and Parliament. Talking of their huge

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grief. They wanted to inform the country of the death of their dear

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President. They described him as a great historic leader. They said his

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name was synonymous with peace and stability. He has led Uzbekistan for

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25 years and now he has gone, the big question over who will succeed

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him. Potential for significant uncertainty and instability in

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Uzbekistan because he never pointed the successor.

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How brutal were those years? It was indeed one of the most brutal

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regimes. What stands out is the massacre of 2005. I remember it very

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well because I was in Aber 's Irish am right after it happened when

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hundreds of children were gunned downed by the troops. There were

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peaceful protesters sitting there, waiting for him to come and talk to

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them. But that was just the culmination of the repression that

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was happening before and after. For years and years. He was shutting

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down any opposition and threw in jail anybody who he believed could

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challenge the regime. Torture, unfair trials, defined the criminal

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justice system. Just this year, there

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is a new report about unfair trials in Uzbekistan were without

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exception, convictions were based on torture. Despite the documentation

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of human rights abuses and the massacre in 2005, President Karimov

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never faced any international justice? He never faced any justice.

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That leads us to a very important point about the fact that all these

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abuses were allowed to continue unabated without any accountability

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by his international counterparts, including Russia. It included the

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United States, which for a very long time has had interests related to

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the operations in Afghanistan and particularly the European Union. But

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then they lifted them. All of that was happening pretty much place in

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the international community, who chose to ignore it. His supporters

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say these curbs on freedom and brutality kept up the law and order

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in a country that might otherwise have been split apart by rivalry

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between clans and different factions. For sure. That is the

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excuse they use for years. Almost everybody thrown into prison was

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charged with some activity. After the global war on terror was

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announced, that played very well into his international agenda. But

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that cannot hide in anyway and justified the abuses that his regime

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is responsible for. It is not just him. It is pretty much anybody who

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took office and said of him, marred by this record of human rights

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violation. Would this change anything at all? Will it

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change the regime? It is very unlikely to change the regime. There

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is one hope, though, that it might change the international attitude.

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It is a moment for the international community to rethink its

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relationship with the dictatorship in Central Asia.

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The electronics giant Samsung is recalling millions of its latest

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top-of-the-range smartphone, after reports that a small number

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2.5 million Galaxy Note 7s have been sold worldwide just a fortnight

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The flagship product was due to be rolled out in the UK today.

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Our correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones is at a technology show in Berlin,

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At Europe's biggest technology show, it's Korea's Samsung

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And its star product this year is the Galaxy Note 7.

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This super size smartphone has won rave reviews in the US

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and Asia and was due to go on sale in the UK today.

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This American man posted a video on YouTube claiming his Galaxy Note

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Similar reports arrived from around the world.

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Be careful out there, everyone rocking the new Note 7.

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Samsung held a press conference to announce a radical move.

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The company was halting sales and recalling the Note 7.

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A battery issue was behind the Note fires, although just 35 out

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of 2.5 million customers had reported problems.

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35 is a big number and I think Samsung is doing the right thing

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in siding on caution and taking the devices off the market,

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figuring out why there is an issue with the cells in the battery,

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This news could hardly come at a worse time for Samsung.

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Not only does it overshadow the launch of the Note

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7 and the many other products on display here,

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but it comes just a week before its deadly rival

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At an event in California next week, Apple is expected

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Its sales have disappointed lately, allowing Samsung to pull ahead

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But will such bad publicity affect the way the Samsung brand is seen?

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We asked some phone owners in Leicester.

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You don't know if it could happen again, or any other phone.

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I am not opposed to Samsung products.

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I think they make good TVs and even good cellphones, until I read

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But I think that would put me off purchasing it, for sure.

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It probably wouldn't put me off, and the reason being that large

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In Berlin today, Samsung continued to show off the capabilities

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of the Note 7, which even works underwater.

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But customers will now need reassurance that they won't need

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to take drastic action with a phone that catches fire.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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A large explosion in the southern Philippines has killed at least

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12 people and injured several dozen more.

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The blast took place in a busy night market in Davao, the hometown

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of the Philippine President, Rodrigo Duterte.

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Pictures from the scene appear to show a street

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littered with broken glass and overturned restaurant chairs.

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The cause of the explosion has not yet been identified.

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Several hundred Syrians have been evacuated from a rebel held town

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near Damascus in the first stage of a deal between rebel

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The agreement to move the people out of Moadamiyeh gives the rebels

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amnesty and restores the area to government control.

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More than 2.5 billion people around the world live

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in areas that may be vulnerable to outbreaks of Zika -

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that's according to a new study into the spread of the virus.

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Researchers found that people in countries like India, Pakistan,

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Indonesia and Nigeria could be particularly vulnerable

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For the first time in more than a decade, Florida is in a state

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The storm system, called Hermine, hit the coast just before 6am GMT,

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that's two in the morning local time, east of Tallahassee.

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As the hurricane moved inland, it's been downgraded to a tropical

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storm but its heavy rains and high-speed winds

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have already left tens of thousands without power.

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The worst of the wind and waves hit in the early hours of this morning.

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The tide was the highest since records began. It may not been the

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most powerful the state has ever seen but she packed a punch. Towns

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across Florida were beaten a battered for hours. The historic

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village bore the brunt of her wrath. Vanessa Edmonds has lived through

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dozens of hurricanes. She was prepared for the worst. There is a

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lot of clearing up to be done at her home and businesses in tax. It was

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really bad here. I have lived here all my life. It was pretty bad. Work

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is underway to restore power and clean water to this part of Florida.

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Tens of thousands of homes lost supplies but there is an added risk.

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This state is also fighting the Zika virus and standing water can help

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infected mosquitoes breed. It is incredibly important that everybody

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does their part to combat the Zika virus by dumping standing water, no

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matter how small. The tropical storm is barrelling its way from Georgia

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to the Carolinas, threatening further flooding. In some places,

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the hurricane has left in her wake trail of utter devastation but

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warnings were in place for days. The people of this state no storm could

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have been a lot worse. Still to come: we hear how Mrs Trump

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is suing Britain's Daily Mail online over claims she worked as an escort

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in the 1990s. She received the Nobel Peace Prize in India's slums. Mother

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Teresa was a wonderful example of how to help people in need. We help

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to identify the bodies. We took them back home. Hostages appeared. Some

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running tried to escape the nightmare bind them.

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Britain lost a princess today. Described by all to whom she reached

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out is irreplaceable, an early-morning car crash in Paris

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underpass ended a life with more than its life of courage and

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passion. After hours of speculation,

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Uzbekistan's state TV has confirmed the President Karimov is dead.

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Samsun has recalled its flagship galaxy model after reports of

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exploding batteries and suspended sales of the device.

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Melania Trump - the wife of the Republican presidential

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candidate Donald Trump - is suing the Daily Mail Online

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for libel, saying the newspaper alleged that she was an escort

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Her lawyer says the claims are 100% false.

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The Mail Online has published a statement in which it

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retracted any suggestion that the allegations were true.

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Melania Trump, the wife of Donald Trump has,

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like most other prospective First Ladies, faced a good

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There was that speech to the Republican convention

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which bore more than a few similarities to one

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You work hard for what you want hard in life.

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In the Daily Mail today, there was a retraction of another

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story which had asked questions about her immigration status

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Given Mr Trump's position on immigration, it was a highly

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They also looked at allegations that she had worked as an escort.

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Today, in a statement, the Daily Mail said this...

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His lawyer is the man who recently represented the wrestler Hulk Hogan

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Charles Harder, here on the right, said the accusations were 100% false

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It is not just the Daily Mail, another blogger has been cited

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in court papers with a warning to other media outlets.

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Of course, it is not the first time Donald Trump has taken

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issue with the press, banning some papers from his rallies

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His stance on immigration is a central pillar of his campaign.

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He also needs to enthuse conservative America.

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Melania Trump's reputation is an important electoral asset.

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It is not just the Daily Mail, another blogger has been cited

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Marin Cilic has lost a third-round stage at Flushing Meadows, beaten by

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the American. He is the seventh seed in this year's tournament and lost

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in straight sets. He won the mixed doubles gold in the Olympics in Rio

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and has reached the fourth round at the US Open for the first time in

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his career. There, he will play Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the first man

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through to the last extreme today after a straight sets victory. Novak

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Djokovic is playing against the Russian. In the women's draw, last

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year's runner-up has made it through as well. The seventh seed eventually

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came through 6-3 in the decider. There was a shock once a walkover

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went out. She was beaten by the Ukrainian in three sets. That is in

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part to her 54 unforced errors. Also through, Joe Hanna can't. She isn't

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around four. You can keep up-to-date with the progress of Novak Djokovic

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and all the others on the BBC sport website.

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The club appealed the FA charge. It was rejected today by an independent

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disciplinary panel. Pep Guardiola has left the at the city's 25 man

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squad. He will not be able to play. Clubs are only allowed 17 overseas

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players in their squad. The Ivorian would have been in 18th. He has been

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out of favour so far this season. He has been included in Manchester

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United's 25 man squad. The 32-year-old had said he will be

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ready if the team needs me after turning down possible moves away

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from Old Trafford before the transfer deadline Bernie Ecclestone

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has announced that monster will be retained as the head of the Italian

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Grand Prix for the next three years. The site has been a permanent

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fixture since back in 1950. On the track today, Lewis Hamilton was

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fastest. The world champion is aiming to extend his lead in the

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driver's standings of the Nico Rosberg. The Tour de France champion

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Chris Froome remains 54 seconds behind the leader. The British rider

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stayed in the peloton to keep tabs on him. Valerio Conti broke away to

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win the stage. Tomorrow's stage to the Pyrenees could see Chris Froome

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launch an attack on the Columbia leader. More than 1 million

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applications have been received for next year's world athletics

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Championships are been received. The Olympic Stadium will likely be using

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Bob's last before retiring. NASA has released spectacular

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new images of Jupiter The pictures show the swirling

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clouds of the planet at both its poles -

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views that no previous mission has Scientists say the mission will give

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an unparalleled understanding of the largest planet

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in our solar system, as our science correspondent

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Rebecca Morelle reports. Jupiter is never seen before. For

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the first time, its South Pole is revealed. Covered in swirling

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storms, many even bigger than they are. In the north, it is thick

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atmosphere is far bluer than scientists imagined. Now they want

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to find out why. Here, and infrared view. At the top, you can see

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Jupiter's Northern lights. And this sound? It was captured as Nasa's

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spacecraft at through the charged particles that created the

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spectacular light show. Look at these images! There are coming from

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Jupiter. It is jaw-dropping. You see these images from over the pole.

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Lift. Nasa's billion-dollar mission blasted

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off in 2011. The start of a 3 billion kilometre voyage to the

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solar system. The spacecraft reached its destination in July, grabbed

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into orbit by Jupiter's gravitational pull. Jupiter

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dominates our solar system. It is located at past Mercury, Venus, the

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Earth and Mars. It is fast. More than 1000 earths would fit inside

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it. This mission will last for 20 months. It takes Juno two weeks to

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orbit Jupiter so it will only go around 37 times before it burns

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up in the atmosphere. It means, for the first time, we can peer into the

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thick clouds. We will study Jupiter's features including the

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great red spot and storm that has been raging for centuries and

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because Jupiter has hardly changed the billions of years, this mission

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could tell us about the origins of the solar system. This mission is

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the latest to inspire a new generation at Leicester's National

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space Centre. Nasa is now inviting people to go on to the Juno website

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to get involved. From early November, visitors can go onto the

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website and vote for targets they want the image. We can see certain

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areas that have never been photographed before. This is the

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first batch of images to be sent back to work. Many more will soon

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follow. Their remarkable detail will now be pored over by scientists.

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They say Jupiter is like nothing they have ever seen before.

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After hours of speculation Uzbekistan state television has

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confirmed that President Islam Karimov has died.

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The authoritarian leader has ruled the country for more

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President Putin has offered his condolences.

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And Smartphone giant Samsung has recalled its flagship Galaxy Note 7

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model following reports of exploding batteries.

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It's also suspended sales of the phone.

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