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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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US-led coalition forces kill dozens of Syrian soldiers in an air

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strike they mistakenly believed was targeting

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This comes just hours after Russia said the situation in Syria

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This comes just hours after Russia said the situation

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in Syria was getting worse, with President Putin accusing rebels

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A Belgian teenager has been helped to die.

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It's the first case since a law was passed allowing terminally-ill

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Hillary Clinton accuses her presidential rival Donald Trump

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of inciting violence, after he says her armed protection

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should be taken away to "see what happens".

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And the World biggest beer festival the Oktoberfest opens in Munich,

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but there's tight security because of terrorist fears.

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The United States has admitted coalition warplanes fighting

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the so-called Islamic State in Syria may have accidently bombed

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government troops, killing many soldiers.

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The incident happened in the east of the country near

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There are conflicting reports about how many people

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Let's go straight to the BBC's Laura Bicker who's in Washington.

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At a time that the United States is trying to hold together a very

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fragile ceasefire, it may have made a mistake. This statement from US

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Central command admits they were carrying out the time they thought

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they were targeting the so-called Islamic State at that

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However, when they heard from their Russian counterparts that it was

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possible they may be heading and striking Syrian forces, they put a

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halt to those in strikes. No, it does say in this statement that they

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would never intentionally strike Syrian forces and they would be

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looking to see what lessons could be learned. To mitigate it, they said

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they had been tracking this particular group of Islamic State

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forces for some time. They say they have been carrying out strikes in

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this area for some time and they had told their Russian could the parts

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about these coalition strikes. As I said earlier, at this very time when

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they are trying to negotiate and to hold together a ceasefire on a day

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when Russia has been accusing the United States of not doing enough to

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keep it together in Sevier, this happens.

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What chance now of them coordinating an ear strikes?

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That was a Russia's accusation all along. They said they really want to

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negotiate with the United States, they want to know of the positions

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and use their intelligence and it is something that yesterday during the

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White House briefing, a number of reporters brought up that there was

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disquiet in the Pentagon that if the spire holds, that position is known

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to the Pentagon may be made known to the Russians. If the ceasefire

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holds, that is what the Secretary of State, John Kerry, has promised the

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Russians but only if the ceasefire holds. The United States position on

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a ceasefire is that if the humanitarian aid needed in Sevier

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does not get through, there will be no deal on negotiations to fate

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Islamic State and share information. They are kind of at an impasse at

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the moment. The statement has just come through and there are

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developments continuing to happen, so it be interesting as we head into

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the next few hours, to see will happen.

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Getting aid through to where it's needed

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has been made harder because of this twist.

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Now, some believe accepting them would only provide

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short term relief and not a long-term solution.

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Aid has been promised but is yet to arrive in eastern Aleppo,

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Here, people have taken to the streets to say it's not welcome.

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They protest that opening a road for a few trucks

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They want a long-term solution which will allow for the road

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to remain open permanently so some sort of normal life can resume.

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TRANSLATION: We're here to say no to the aid convoys that

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The UN is in partnership with the regime.

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Things are calmer now than before the ceasefire on the Costello Road,

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the only road into rebel-held areas of the city.

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Both the US and Russia say they want the truce to be extended,

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but have accused each other of not doing enough to make it work.

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Washington says Moscow must use its influence with the Syrian

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government to allow aid convoys to reach Aleppo.

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Moscow says they are not being transparent about the terms of the

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ceasefire. The only reason they are not as because the international

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community will immediately find out who is not abiding by the deal.

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As the blame game continues, this is the reality of life for some.

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This family is now living in a cemetery after their home

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TRANSLATION: We have been here for three months and my son

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When our house was hit, his head was hit hard

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Ever since, he has had difficulties communicating.

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The UN says it's still waiting for permits from the Syrian

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government to allow aid trucks into opposition areas.

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But this protest shows their arrival will not be welcomed by all.

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A terminally ill teenager in Belgium has been allowed to die

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in the first such case since a law was passed two years ago.

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Belgium is the only country in the world that allows children

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In a minute, we'll hear from a senator who's been one

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of the driving forces behind the legalisation,

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but first to speak to the local media was one of the country's

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euthanasia experts, who also sits on a Federal Control Board.

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It concerns a miner who was suffering pain from a terminal

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illness. Fortunately, doesn't happen often that young people are

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terminally ill. We have created this is that they can ask the question.

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They don't necessarily need to ask it, but the fact that it is possible

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mix a big difference to the lot of people.

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Supporters of the Democratic Party candidate, Hillary Clinton,

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have condemned her Republican rival, Donald Trump, for suggesting that

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since she backs greater gun control, her bodyguards should disarm.

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Let's take a minute to hear how he put it.

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She is very much against the second Amendment, she wants to destroy your

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second Amendment, guns, guns, guns, right? I think that what she would

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do -- what she should do, she goes around with armed bodyguards like

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you have never seen before. I think that her bodyguards drop all

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weapons. They should disarm. Right? I think they should disarm,

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immediately? What do you think? Yes? Take their guns away. She doesn't

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want guns. Let's see what happens to her. Take their guns away. OK? It

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would be very dangerous. Well, here's the statement from

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Hillary Clinton's campaign manager. He says "Donald Trump has a pattern

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of inciting people to violence. Whether this is done

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to provoke protesters or casually or even as a joke

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it is an unacceptable in anyone seeking the job

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of Commander in Chief. He is unfit to be President

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and it is time Republican leaders stand up to denounce this disturbing

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behaviour in their nominee." Aaron Blake is a political

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reporter with The Washington This is not the first time he has

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made similar comments. How has this content? Reaction is a little bit

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muted because it happened only faking it heading into the weekend

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but this is a really -- this is really a continuation of the a lot

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of rhetoric that comes on the border of talking about specific acts of

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violence. He has previously talked about taking guns away from our

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armed guards and he has also said at one point that he believed people

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who supported the second Amendment, the right to have guns, they have

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something to say about the Kent of judges that Halladay Clinton would

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one day appointed to American courts, so she is right, not close

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to the fine before and I think last night he got even closer than before

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to projecting an image of violence against Hillary Clinton -- Hillary

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Clinton. Once again we have seen her on the back foot trying to defend

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these kinds of claims. Defender is one way of looking at it. One way is

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saying that it adds to our case that Donald Trump is not a particularly

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presidential candidate. She is saying that he cant be trusted, she

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is too loose with his lips, that he says things that are outrageous and

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not worthy of the United States president and that is why her

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campaign put that statement last night. They see an advantage in

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continuing to press this case that he is just not a serious and well

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thought out candidate and I think the comment last night and the

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reaction that we have seen to it in some ways play into the Clinton

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campaign 's hands. He has a way of dominating what he called the news

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cycle. What does this do for Americans that are watching? Does it

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create apathy or are they excited by these sorts of contradictions and

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these controversial remarks? Well, it is certainly a campaign unlike

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anything we have seen before, with the kind of comments from a

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candidate like we have never seen before. He is certainly an

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unprecedented type of presidential candidate. But it doesn't seem to be

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something that the American people are impressed with at this point.

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Donald Trump and Helen the Clinton are both the most unpopular

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president candidates in modern history. Donald Trump is even more

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unpopular. There may be that there is some entertainment value share

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but Americans are telling pollsters that they are simply not

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entertained. Let's take a look at

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some other stories now. French police have conducted

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a huge security operation in the centre of Paris

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for what turned out People were warned to stay away

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from a busy shopping district in the city after reports of gunfire

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and even a hostage situation The authorities say the situation

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is now calm and there is no danger. Thousands of people

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in cities across Germany have taken to the streets in protest

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against a controversial trade agreement between the US

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and the European Union. Opponents of the Transatlantic Trade

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and Investment Partnership or T-TIP say it will lower

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standards on food and They also fear it could

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lead to job losses. President Obama says

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he wants to wrap up the deal Thousands of people in Brazil have

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attended the funeral of a famous actor who drowned in a river

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where the crew had been recording scenes for the country's

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most popular soap opera. The death of Domingos Montagner

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on Thursday shocked the country. Stay with us on BBC

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News, still to come. Nico Rosberg qualifies in pole

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position for the Singapore Grand We'll have a full sport roundup

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in the next few minutes. The headlines.

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broadcasting in the UK US-led coalition forces kill dozens

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of Syrian soldiers in an air strike they mistakenly

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believed was targeting This comes just hours after Russia

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said the situation in She's the bureau chief

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there for the Washington Post It's an amazing development today

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with a submission from the United States. What does this mean for the

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ceasefire or any prospect of coordination between Russia and the

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US going forward? It doesn't look very good for the ceasefire. It was

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already in deep trouble and we hadn't seen any of the steps that

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were supposed to happen happen and now we have these allegations that

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the US has killed as many as 60 Syrian troops. The Russians are

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saying that this proves the Americans had to coordinate air

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strikes with them. This is something the US has said and on the happen

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when the fighting stops and aid is delivered to Scythians. Those things

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have not happened. This is putting the ceasefire and a difficult

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position. Just today, President Obama has released a briefing and

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the thought is that there was no other legitimate option but to work

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with the Russians. Is that the view that will be held at the coming

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days? It will certainly increase pressure on the Americans to work

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with the Russians. The statement came out acknowledging that the dead

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people. people.

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you for joining us. Unfortunately, Joel Lane out of Biarritz has

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deteriorated too much for us to stay with it. Thank you for staying

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weathers and for your analysis. -- staying with us.

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Colombia's Marxist FARC rebels say they will continue their fight

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for social justice under a peace deal with the government.

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The rebels are holding their final congress as an armed group,

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before they transition into a political movement.

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Representatives from FARC are expected to ratify

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the deal at the gathering, the tenth congress to date,

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but the first time they have allowed journalist to attend.

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The BBC's Natalio Cosoy was one of the reporters there.

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This is a road leading to the conference of far. -- -- FARC.

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Everyone has to pass through here. They are sharing the space with

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dozens of journalists who also stay here. Very basic buildings which are

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reasonably comfortable. Of course, a restaurant. In the centre of the

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conference area, this, a big stage on a huge field, as if this was

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something like a pig in -- outdoor festival.

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No they will discuss the agenda, to become a non-armed agenda and agree

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on a peace deal reached in Havana. The world's biggest beer festival,

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Oktoberfest, is underway in Munich but security has been

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tightened this year. The authorities fear that the event

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could be a target for terrorists, following deadly

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attacks in the summer. For the first time, the Oktoberfest

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site is completely fenced off as our Berlin correspondent

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Jenny Hill reports. Balancing old traditions

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with a new way of life. 6 million drinkers celebrate

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Oktoberfest. This year they are searched

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on the way in, rucksacks are banned Last year you are coming up

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to Oktoberfest, you are going there, everybody is happy and this year

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you are coming there, there is a fence, everybody

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is telling you where to go and so, But it is not too bad,

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I say. People can enjoy themselves

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and the people that are here, I say Munich, Germany

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is taking no chances. The Government acknowledges

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that IS is using the refugee crisis It's been a year since ten

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of thousands of refugees arrived at this station and were greeted

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by crowds of cheering Germans. Angela Merkel is struggling

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to reassure the German public, many of whom fear that

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when she opened this country's Mrs Merkel doesn't impress

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the Bavarian Government, either. The refugees are one

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challenge for Europe So, we have to have more controlling

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on the borders, the outset borders of the European Union

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but in Germany, too. For the first time, Oktoberfest

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is completely fenced in. A country that prided itself on open

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borders is now putting up Let's get the latest sports

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news from John Watson. We start in Rio on the penultimate

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day of competition, a day which was marred by a serious

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incident involving a para cyclist The 48-year-old was treated at the

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scene but later died of his injuries. It is the first death at

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any Olympic or Paralympic games since 1960.

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There have been five matches in the Premier League today

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The big story, Manchester City who stretched their lead at the top

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of the table to five points after a hugely impressive 4-nil

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Bournemouth's new star loanee Jack Wilshire couldn't

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They were 2-0 up at half time after goals from in form Kevin De Bruyne

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and Kelechi Iheanacho, the transformed Raheem Sterling

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and Ilkay Gundogan scored the other two after the break.

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So with eight wins out of eight in all competitions at City

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I don't know what will happen in the future, I don't have a crystal ball

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to know what will happen. You start to convince the players, and of

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course, the results help, for example our performance today is

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much better than our first performance against Sunderland. The

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team are getting better and getting better but the result and the

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beginning helpless to take confidence and in the last games we

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played well. Everton moved up to second

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following a 3-1 over Middlesbrough. Third-placed Arsenal were 4-1

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winners at Hull. Alexis Sanchez scoring twice

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and missing a penalty. Reigning champions Leicester

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got their season back on track Now we play very, very well. I am

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very satisfied with our performance after the national victory. It was

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important to win in the Premier League. -- International. We played

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well. I think our fans are very, very happy.

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Lewis Hamilton has a real battle on his hands to retain his

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World Championship title after his nearest rival Nico Rosberg

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took a stunning pole position at the Singapore Grand Prix.

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Rosberg was a massive 0.704 seconds ahead of his Mercedes team-mate

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Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo will be second on the grid in Sunday's race

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with Hamilton beginning the race in third.

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Andy and Jamie Murray kept alive Great Britain's hopes of retaining

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the Davis Cup with a four-set win over Argentina in

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The Scottish brothers beat Juan Martin del Potro and Leonardo

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mayor to cut Argentina's lead to 2-1 in the best-of-five tie in Glasgow.

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Andy Murray and either Kyle Edmund or Dan Evans must win singles

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matches on Sunday to give Britain victory.

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After the doubles Juan Martin Del Portor said he might not play

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The winners of the tie will face France or Croatia

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The Canadian author whose book became the hit film Field

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WP Kinsella published more than 30 works but his

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baseball-themed fantasy novel is what he is best known for.

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Shoeless Joe was adapted into the 1989 film

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Agent says the writer's death was doctor-assisted,

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The remainder of her remaining news this.

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-- is remainder of our main news this hour.

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US-led coalition forces kill dozens of Syrian soldiers in an air

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strike they mistakenly believed was targeting

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The Russian military said at least 60 soldiers had been killed and many

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more injured in the air raids. From me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye.

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