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This is BBC World News Today with me Lebo Diseko.

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The headlines: Back on the campaign trail -

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Hillary Clinton returns to the presidential race

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She says she's "doing great" as she jumps on a plane jetting off

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to the battleground state of North Carolina.

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Meanwhile, Donald trump outlines his plans for the US economy,

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Violence breaks out between far-right extremists

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Britian finally gives the green light for a nuclear deal

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in the country's ambitious space programme.

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Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail in the race

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for the White House - four days after her team revealed

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She will appear at a rally in North Carolina later.

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Meanwhile, her rival Donald Trump has just released results

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from a recent medical examination with his doctor

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and announced his plans for US economy.

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Gary O'Donoghue is in Greensboro, North Carolina,

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How did she look? Did she look in good health? How is she doing? She

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got on her plane about half an hour ago, one hour ago. People who were

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there said she may have looked a bit tired but otherwise looked pretty

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fine. When she comes on to this stage in about two hours, she will

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be heavily scrutinised. Everybody will be looking for signs of that

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pneumonia and they will see what toll it has taken, if she has

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properly recovered. They will want to know, especially this crowd, who

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will largely be supporters of hers, they want to know she is back on the

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front foot and ready to take on Donald Trump began. This has been a

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big blow to her campaign. Four days of constant speculation about if she

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is well enough, up to being president of the United States. A

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forced four day hiatus in the campaign, which she can ill afford

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less than eight weeks from the election. There is a lot of ground

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for her to make up this afternoon. Her performance will be key to that

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today. How does she do that? Kabashi did she take hold of it and turn it

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into a positive story for her? -- how does she do that and take hold

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of it. She will move the debate onto some of the policy issues where she

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thinks she is strong and she will want to highlight, as she has tried

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to do, the lack of governmental experience of Donald Trump, some of

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the things he has said about the US military, for example. Which are

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really damaging politically, in this country. Some of the things he has

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said about women as a way of galvanising the female vote in this

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country. There are things like that where she knows she can land some

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punches. But she has been on the back foot for some time. I think you

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are starting to see the effect of that. You have to be cautious about

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opinion polls. But some of them have had the sampling dates within this

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area where she was unwell, where there were questions about her

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transparency again, and you are seeing a narrowing in the poll of

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polls in terms of the national vote to 1.8% and crucially, crucially, in

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some other swing states, like Ohio and Florida, neck and neck in

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Florida, pretty much. Donald Trump in one recent poll ahead in Ohio.

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What has Donald Trump been saying about the economy and also his

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health record? Has he grabbed the narrative from Hillary Clinton even

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on this day she returns on the campaign trail? I think the

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publication of this summary of his health and physical from last week

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was an attempt to keep the focus on that issue, as you would expect.

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That is what political opposition does. Largely speaking, apart from

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his weight, the doctors seemed to give him a reasonable bill of

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health. It is not as much detail as we had from Hillary Clinton on her

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help. Another batch of data was published by her doctor this week.

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Donald Trump, his big speech on the economy this morning, he is hitting

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some issues which play well for him, talking about jobs, creating more

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jobs, bringing jobs home, as he said, from other parts of the world,

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from Mexico, trying to create more growth in the country and higher

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wages. They play right into the American heartlands and she has to

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have an answer, as well. Thank you for bringing us up to date.

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Far right extremists have clashed with asylum seekers in the town

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About 20 migrants were set upon by around 80

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people, forcing police to call in reinforcements.

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Officers say they were hit by bottles as they tried to keep

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The town attracted negative headlines earlier this year

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when locals cheered as a fire burnt down migrant housing.

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We can speak to an asylum seeker in the area. He told us what happened

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last night. TRANSLATION: Last night, about 140-150 residents of Bauwesen

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attacked a for refugee minors. Most of them come from Syria. They

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attacked them and beat them up. They assaulted them with broken beer

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bottles and smashed glass. In January, exactly on New Year's Day,

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these neo-Nazis attacked the. They started throwing tone -- stones. --

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attacked the campsite. They went to the street leading to the campsite

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and sat and drank alcohol. They used alcohol as an excuse. They told

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police that they were drunk it happened. I have a seven-year-old

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daughter. She goes to school everyday. I am very concerned for

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her safety. She walks alone for less than one mile on her way back. I am

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always scared she might be assaulted physically, or sexually.

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Let's cross to Berlin and speak to our correspondent

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Damien McGuinness who's been following the story for us.

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How have people been reacting where you are? It is interesting because

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it seems quite unclear what started these clashes. A lotta people are

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interpreted according to their own political beliefs, if you like.

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Left-wing politicians and human rights activists across the board

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have condemned what they see as right-wing extremism committed

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against asylum seekers. But the police earlier today and some

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politicians in the region were it happened has said the asylum seekers

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started the violence. What appears to have happened is they were about

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15-20 underaged asylum seekers gathered in the square. This has

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become a meeting point for young people. Both asylum seekers and

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local residents. At the same time and on the same square, there were

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about 80 local residents. Police say young asylum seekers were the ones

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that started throwing bottles at these residents, who reacted

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violently and aggressively with xenophobic comments. Police at that

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stage stepped in to try and separate the two groups and the scuffles got

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even worse. Police say they have now imposed a curfew on the young asylum

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seekers and have also imposed a ban on them drinking alcohol. But a

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lotta people are saying the main problem is right-wing extremism.

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Even in that region, the president of that region recently said Saxony,

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the land, the state where this village is located, said it does

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have a problem with right-wing extremism. The country is now

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debating it and it is not only seen on the one hand as an issue of a lot

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of asylum seekers, and possibly substandard accommodation, but also

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an idea of right wing extremist behaviour and how you can deal with

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that. Thank you. The British Prime Minister has given

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the green light for Britain's first At a cost of ?18 billion pounds -

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that's $24 billion. The reactor, Hinkley Point,

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will be built by the French company EDF, with significant

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investment from China. Supporters say the plant is vital

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to reducing Britain's reliance on fossil fuels,

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but critics argue the deal Here's our Political Editor Laura

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Kuenssberg. Were they really going

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to stop the engines, drive the diggers away

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and give up on years of preparation,

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chuck away millions already spent? Statement, the Secretary of State

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for business energy and industrial Ministers did pause

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and they are now pressing go. Hinckley unleashes a long overdue

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new wave of investment in nuclear

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engineering in the UK, creating 26,000 jobs

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and apprenticeships, providing a huge

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boost to the economy. Under the ?18 billion

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deal the new Hinckley The Chinese plan to build another

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nuclear plant at Bradwell in Essex. The government will take a special

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share in that and any future projects, giving them some more

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control over infrastructure The deal was first

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signed last year amid a welcome for the Chinese leader that

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could hardly have been more lavish. There were nerves around Westminster

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about the huge cost, The Chinese involvement

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in new nuclear But with a change of boss,

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a change of heart. one of Theresa May's first acts

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was to delay the decision to pour The government created a crisis,

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they sent shock waves through the industry and unions

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alike, risking a diplomatic dispute with one of our key future trading

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partners and in the end, all they have done is pretend to give

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themselves powers which they already Ministers say there will be

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an important new framework to check up on all new big

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projects, and they hope Hinckley will keep

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the lights on at Big Ben

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and everywhere else. The risk is controversial

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and expensive. When Theresa May moved into number

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ten, the National Security Council already been agreed

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and those close at that

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stage said there is no fundamental difference

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between But imagine she had gone

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ahead straightaway. The brand-new Prime

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Minister would have been waiving through one of the most

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controversial deals in history, There is no difference

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and one has to wonder high diplomatic price,

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potentially a high price in terms of cost and investment,

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was it worth it? Now there is an official go-ahead

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next stage on the ground can start, but no project like this has been

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All the fuss and political hopes for Hinckley could

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Now a look at some of the days other news...

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An explosion on a tourist boat off the Indonesian island of Bali has

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killed two people and injured at least 14 others.

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Police say an Austrian woman was one of the dead.

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The identity of the second victim is still unclear.

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Officials have ruled out a bomb, saying a short circuit near the fuel

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French riot police have fired teargas and stun grenades

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Some of the protestors, who are angry about labour reforms,

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At least one demonstrator and five police were injured.

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It's the latest outbreak of violence over the controversial

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new laws, which were pushed through by the socialist

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Serious negotiations on Britain's exit from the European Union cannot

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begin until the end of next year - that's the warning from a former

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Herman Van Rompuy, the former president of the European Council,

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said discussions on the main issues would have to wait

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until after elections in France and Germany in May and September.

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A former hitman from the Philippines has told a congressional hearing

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that the current president, Rodrigo Duterte, personally shot

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dead a government agent when he was a city mayor.

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Edgar Matobato also claimed that Mr Duterte ordered him and other

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members of a death squad to kill about one thousand suspected

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These are explosive allegations related

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He rid the city of crime but there have

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been startling claims as

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The Senate has been holding an investigation and a

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former hit man has been giving evidence.

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Edgar claims he was part of a

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death squad that killed 1,000 criminals and political opponents.

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TRANSLATION: They have been ordering us to kill,

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we do not even know the

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names of their victims, they just call and ask us to kill someone.

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He said one victim was fed to the crocodiles and the president

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personally killed a government agent with his submachine gun.

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credibility of the President, I'm just telling the truth about what he

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The President's spokesman said there had already

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been an investigation into the allegations,

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The government office said they were lies and

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But there are uncomfortable parallels with his

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Either you will kill me or I will kill you...

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3,000 drug suspects killed in shoot outs with police

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The president faced a storm of criticism but remains

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unrepentant as the death toll rises.

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If I am the one facing the grief, what 100 lives...

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Shocking though these accusations are, they will not,

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come as a surprise to most people in the Philippines.

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They knew his reputation when he was still mayor

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of Davao and elected him president anyway.

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The last time Russians voted for a new parliament, in 2011,

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claims of ballot-rigging caused mass street protests.

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Since then, the jailing of activists and tougher laws

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against demonstrations has taken the wind out of

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On the eve of Sunday's parliamentary election, there's widespread apathy

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So, a quarter of a century after the collapse of

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the Soviet Union, are Russians losing interest in democracy?

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We are on a journey to a remote part of Russia.

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Speeding along the northern Dvinar river.

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On board are election officials and a ballot box.

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It doesn't have a polling station, but then

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there are only three registered voters living here.

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It is off to find a place where the islanders can

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vote early in Russia's Parliamentary election.

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With a few tweaks a village kitchen becomes a voting

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After casting her vote, this 84-year-old settles down for a nice

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She has two loves in her life, her flowers and her president.

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When Vladimir Putin raised my pension I cried with

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I do not know what that is, she says.

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I asked the same question here and receive so many different answers.

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Democracy is when there is order and security and no

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It is some kind of struggle for something, she says.

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To these Russians, democracy was all about free and

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Here and across Russia there were unprecedented

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anti-government street protests sparked by vote-rigging in the

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Among the protesters here was Alexander.

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The opposition movement, he said, has faded and with it hopes for

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A lot of the people, they do not think about

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They go for fishing and for the gardens, they

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are thinking about their children, their families and they do not want

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Crucially, most Russians still trust Putin far more than the Parliament.

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The Kremlin rules Russia through a power vertical, with

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Vladimir Putin at the top and all other

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institutions, including the

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Parliament, below him and subservient to him.

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But with economic problems rising, the danger

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for the Kremlin is that if people start to doubt the legitimacy of

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those other institutions they will pin all their hopes on the one man

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At this farm there are as many cows as there are Russian

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MPs, but it is in Putin they trust here.

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TRANSLATION: Our people can ask him directly for

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ballot box is heading off to another island.

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But Russians are not expecting a new parliament to make

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They think they've got a president for that.

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After battering Taiwan, Typhoon Meranti has hit

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south-eastern China, bringing strong winds and flooding.

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Parts of Fujian province are without power -

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but so far there are no reports of casualties.

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Here in Xiamen, in southern China, people are trying to get back

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into the daily routine following last night's storm.

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The warning went out that the most powerful typhoon to hit this

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part of the coast since 1949 was on the way.

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strongest winds to reach anywhere in the world so far this

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year, so you can imagine people were worried.

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370 kilometres an hour, faster than one of this

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You walk around to survey the damage and it seems not that bad

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considering, but the city got flooded with drains overflowing,

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blocking entrances to buildings and housing complexes.

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Military police have been mobilised to bolster the

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They are racing against time to clear debris before

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a second smaller typhoon hits in the coming hours.

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This is the road leading to the main train station,

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perhaps the biggest damage has been to transport infrastructure.

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As you can see the military police are trying

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to clear the road so that people can get better access.

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All this comes during a national holiday, plenty of

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people from this province would have planned a trip away for the mid

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Lots of other travellers would have come here also

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from all over China but instead they will have to be content with a

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long weekend at home, spending it with their friends and families.

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China has launched its second experimental space laboratory.

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It's planning to get a permanent space station in orbit

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The Tiangong 2, or 'Heavenly Palace' - blasted off just after 10 pm local

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Next month, two astronauts will go to the station to do research.

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Space exploration is a national priority for China,

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which is the third country, after what was then

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the Soviet Union, and the US, to launch people into space.

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Well, we're joined by someone who has been watching China's space

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programme evolve over the last three decades - Phillip Clark

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People often refer to this as a new space race but in fact the Chinese

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are not racing anybody. To have a race you have got to have a police

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two people. The Indians do have dreams of racing the Chinese with

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unmanned lunar and Mars missions but China is out there on its own as far

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as manned missions are concerned. So China is not really watching anyone

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and is doing its own thing. What does China wants to achieve? It has

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made it a national priority, why? China regards itself as the new

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superpower. And it looks around the world and it sees that superpowers

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have got piloted space programmes. Therefore, they decided to develop

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their own. It also has the advantage that space technology has got a spin

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off for earthbound uses, because it uses the same technology which has

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been developed for space on the ground. That technology would not

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have been developed otherwise. The Chinese look at it from that point

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of view. You say it is about power and technology but the US is not

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happy about it. Do they have anything to be worried about? Well,

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at the moment there are only two countries that can launch people

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into space, the Russians and the Chinese. The Americans threw away

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the ability to fly people into space five years ago. So if anything the

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Americans can start learning from the Chinese. The Americans will not

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be able to start flying people into space four police two years. That

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will depend -- for at least two years. That will depend on how

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unmanned test missions are going to be. Two astronauts will be going up

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shortly but what will they be doing there? Tiangong 2 will primarily be

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a science laboratory. The crew will spend nearly 30 days in orbit with

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technical experiments being down, remote sensing... Unfortunately that

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is all we have time for on the programme but I know that he will

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certainly be watching this for us as this unfolds. Thank you for watching

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us on World News Today. Next, the weather but from me and the rest of

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the team, goodbye.

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