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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Officials in New York say last night's explosion in Manhattan

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However no evidence of a link to international groups

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This is a very serious incident, it's going to take a lot of careful

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investigation to get to the facts, to get to the truth.

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Emergency talks at the UN after America expresses regret

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for an airstrike in Syria which Russia says killed

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Russia's prime minister says his United Russia party has won

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the country's parliamentary election.

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President Putin says the party won because people trusted it.

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TRANSLATION: Based on these exit polls, we can say our people have

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faith in the party even though we cannot deliver all we want to

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achieve. And after a summer of unprecedented

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sporting action, Rio prepares to say goodbye to the Paralympic

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Games. Officials in New York

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say an explosion in Manhattan last night,

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which injured 29 people, But they've said there's no evidence

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of a link with international groups Security has been heightened

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in the city - an extra 1,000 police officers

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are being deployed at bus stations, The blast took place in a district

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of Chelsea. Everybody has been released from hospital.

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These are the sort of scenes that New Yorkers have dreaded for years.

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The frightened aftermath of an explosion in the heart of Manhattan.

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This was the moment the bomb went off.

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A fireball that came within an incredibly loud bang.

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It had just gone 8.30pm, the middle of a Saturday night.

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The aim clearly was to maximise casualties.

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It was like close and people were running for their lives.

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I turned around and saw smoke shooting up over the tops

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of the buildings and frankly began running.

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The blast ripped through Chelsea, a fashionable neighbourhood

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where the bars and restaurants are always crammed at the weekend.

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The police released a photo of a mangled container,

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the possible source of the explosion.

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Into the New York night rushed the emergency services

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Dozens were injured, though none sustained

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As forensic teams started to comb the streets for clues,

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reports came through a second device had been found a few streets away.

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We're just approaching 1am and the police have just issued

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an emergency alert saying there was a suspicious package

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They are telling people to stay away from their windows.

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This is what they found - a pressure cooker with wires

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Similar to the home-made bombs left at the finish line of

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The device was taken away by the bomb unit in

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a specially-designed trailer so that robots could examine it.

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The New York authorities are saying that at this stage,

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there is no evidence of a connection with international terrorism

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but the investigation is still in an early phase.

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We know there was a bombing but we have a lot more work to do

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to be able to say what kind of motivation was behind this.

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Was it a political motivation, a personal motivation?

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An extra thousand police officers are now protecting this city,

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a high visibility presence at tourist sites like Times Square.

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September is always a time of heightened security

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Only last week, New York remembered the most traumatic

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day in its history - 9/11 - this week, world

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leaders gather here for the United Nations General Assembly.

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Well, a knife attack in Minnesota, has now been claimed

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A news agency linked to the group, says the attacker responsible

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was a "soldier of the Islamic State".

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The attacker stabbed at least eight people at a mall,

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before he was killed by an off-duty police officer.

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Police say the suspect made at least one reference to Allah

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17 Indian soldiers have been killed in the most deadly militant attack

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in years in the Indian-administered Kashmir.

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All four of the attackers were killed.

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Carrying guns and grenades they stormed a base in Uri,

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close to the Line of Control with Pakistan in a pre-dawn ambush.

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Indian Home Affairs Minister Rajnath Singh reacted by calling Pakistan

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It is the deadliest attack on security forces

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It comes as violent protests against Indian rule

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in the disputed region continue, with a strict curfew imposed.

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More than 80 people, nearly all anti-government protesters,

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have died in more than two months of violence.

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Let's go to Washington now and speak to Lisa Curits,

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a Senior research fellow at the Heritage foundation, ad has

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What is your assessment of this attack and how it will affect

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relations between India and Pakistan? Tensions were already very

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high between India and Pakistan because of these protests which had

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been occurring in Kashmir over the last two month and had resulted in

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80 civilians being killed. But there's attack today, as you said

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was a major attack. It has brought the region to a crisis point. We

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have seen a lot of calls on Prime Minister Modi for some kind of

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retaliation against Pakistan. But in the past, India has shown a lot of

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restraint, take the 2008 Mumbai attacks, when over 170 people were

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killed in those attacks, but the Indian government reacted with

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restraint. But the government will have to look at escalating the

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situation and whether India would be walking into a Pakistani trap. We

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know the Pakistanis want to elevate the Kashmir situation, and this is

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how they do it, by provoking some kind of military crisis. Is it fair

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to say there has been a failure of a long term strategy in Kashmir? If

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you are talking about the civil protests that have been going on

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over the last two month in Kashmir, the Indians need to use a lighter

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touch. They need to stop using these pellet guns, which have resulted in

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a lot of injuries to the Kashmiri people. But we have to separate the

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symbol protests that have been having, which is an issue for the

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Indian government to deal with. The fact this attack was likely carried

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out by Pakistan -based terrorists, so that means there has to be

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something done to convince Pakistan to crack down on terrorists that

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continue to operate on its soil. That is where the US role comes into

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play. The US must do more than simply called for dialogue between

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India and Pakistan. The US has to call on Pakistan to crack down on

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terrorist that reside on the inside of the border. It also must get both

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sides, Indian and Pakistani leaders to tone down the rhetoric. Right

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now, we see the UN General Assembly is going on and Prime Minister

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Sharif is probably going to make a speech there this week. It is

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important he not escalate the situation more by using this

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rhetoric on Kashmir. The same with India. India must refrain from the

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rhetoric on Baluchistan, which it has recently started to raise. Human

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rights atrocities on Pakistan. It needs to cool the rhetoric and that

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should help defuse the situation. Lisa Curtis, thank you very much.

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

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Exit polls following city elections in the German capital,

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Berlin, suggest that Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian

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Democrats have lost ground to the right-wing anti-migrant

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Mrs Merkel's popularity has waned since her decision last year

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to allow more than a million migrants into the country.

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The leader of France's far right party, the National Front,

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says the British vote to leave the European Union has provided

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Marine Le Pen told her supporters that next year's presidential

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election presented a choice between preserving the sovereignty

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and values of France, and opting for a country that was no

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longer in the hands of the French, as she put it.

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A boat accident in central Thailand has killed at least 13 people.

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Around 100 passengers were travelling on a double-decker

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boat on Thailand's Chao Phraya river when it crashed into a concrete

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Several people are still missing, but rain and darkness are making it

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difficult for rescue crews to carry out a search.

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Our Correspondent Laura Trevelyan is in New York.

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There was a press conference a few hours ago and the London mayor said

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they don't know the motivation behind this attack but it wasn't

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linked to international terrorism? We have heard from two New York

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elected officials, first the governor, who announced they were

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going to be 1000 extra police and National Guard officers on the

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street at transit hubs across the city in the wake of this explosion.

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He was speaking this morning, and he said at that point there didn't

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appear to be any international terrorists linked to this explosion

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in the Chelsea neighbourhood of Manhattan last night. Also, a second

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unexploded device, a pressure cooker device was found a few blocks away.

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And then the mayor who spoke after that, would only call this a

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bombing. He didn't say it was a terrorist act, which is what the

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governor said. The mayor said this was a bombing but that is about all

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we know currently. We don't know the motivation, we don't know if it was

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political or criminal. So many more questions than answers. We do know

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the device that exploded, the one that didn't explode and also a pipe

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bomb that went off in New Jersey on Saturday morning, but didn't injure

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anyone, all of those devices are going to the FBI facilities in

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Virginia where they are going to be examined. This afternoon in New

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York, police are carrying on with their forensic evidence, combing

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through the scene of that explosion in Chelsea as they try and find

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clues. Of course, they are looking through surveillance video to see if

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it will provide any evidence about who was behind this. Thank you very

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much. The Russian prime minister,

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Dmitry Medvedev, has said his United Russia party has won

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the parliamentary election. Exit polls indicate that the party

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is on course to win nearly 45% of the seats in the lower

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house of parliament. The Russian president,

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Vladimir Putin, said the party had TRANSLATION: The turnout has not

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been the highest in Russia but it has been high enough

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to say our people have demonstrated we have a civil society,

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that wants to be in charge We know our people face

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lots of problems, there are numerous People voted for the United Russia,

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even when their lives are not easy. Based on these exit polls,

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we can say people have faith in the party, even

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when we are not able to deliver There is no one else in the country

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able to deliver better than us. Let's go to Moscow to speak

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to our correspondent Oleg Boldyrev. If confirmed, how significant is

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this result for United Russia? United Russia is losing a chunk of

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the vote, it still remains the largest party in the parliament. The

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Russian voters going to bed will face exactly the same composition of

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parties in the Parliament. Although the Communists seem to be coming

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third and the Liberal Democratic party second. In essence, it is the

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same Parliament which used to be there five years ago. And the hopes

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of some liberals, the novelty, now their individual candidates were not

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on the party list, but individually, those candidates will try and be in

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the Parliament. Even though those hopes don't seem to be realised. How

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do you foresee United Russia governing in this next term, given

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what you are saying? For five years, the Parliament has been approving

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pretty much everything the Kremlin was telling them to do. The

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government is initiating most of the laws and is enjoying a good ride in

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the Parliament. There is no reason to expect something will change.

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Some analysts were saying that perhaps now times are more difficult

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for Mr Putin, he needs a more robust Parliament, Parliament which will

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reflect the level of discussion in the society. But this doesn't seem

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to be happening. So far, the only deputy, the only MP which was

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symbolising the liberal lobby in the last Parliament seems to be losing

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to another United Russia candidate. Thank you very much.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come:

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All the latest sports and their reaction as Watford beat Manchester

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United for the first time in many years. 30 hours after the earthquake

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that devastated Mexico City, rescuers don't know how many people

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have died. There is people are alive and people not alive. We have just

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got to help with what ever we've got. It looked as though they had

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come to fight a war. But their mission is to bring peace to East

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Timor and nowhere on earth needs it more badly. The government's case is

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being forcefully presented. The justice minister has campaigned for

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abolition having witnessed one have his clients being executed.

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Elizabeth spent a lot of her time here.

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This is BBC World News today. The latest headlines: A bomb that

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exploded in New York City was an act of terrorism. The governor says

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there is no link to international groups.

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Assyrian warplane has been shot down during an operation against Islamic

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State group. As tensions escalate between Russia and the US over a

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ceasefire. Let's stay with that story.

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The Syrian military says it's lost an aircraft in the east

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of the country where it's fighting IS militants.

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It said the aircraft's pilot was killed in the area

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The jihadist group said the war plane was brought

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But Syrian military officials say they've regained control of areas

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they lost to IS fighters on Saturday after a US-led coalition airstrike

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Russia has criticised that US-led air attack for jeopardising

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The US has expressed regret for the unintentional

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We have the political and media adviser to Bashar al-Assad. She

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joined me earlier from Damascus and I started by asking her if she

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accepts the US apology? It is not enough to express regret, especially

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as events on the ground have shown that probably there is a kind of

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coordination between the United States and IS terrorists against the

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Syrian army. American planes were striking at our army for quite

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awhile,. When IS occupied the hills where the Syrian army was, they

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stopped shelling IS. There is a big question, how could this happen.

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They could not be a mistake, we do not think so. It is terrifying to

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think they are coordinating attacks with IS. It is an awful thought.

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That is quite an allegation, United states says it has been coordinating

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with Russia over its air strikes. What went wrong in this situation?

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The United States only notified Russia it was going to conduct an

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air strike. Russia did not know where, or against food. They did not

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give Russia any details. Russia would never have agreed to striking

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the Syrian Arab army. One question I ask, the United States, the

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superpower, the greatest country in the world, makes mistakes in

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targeting armies and...? It doesn't make sense to us. The other

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explanation is there is one authority and they wanted to conduct

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this and the other doesn't want to. There is a kind of problem and

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ministering issues in the United States and that is why they are

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finding it difficult to implement what they agree with the Russians

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regarding Syria. Russia says this ceasefire is now in danger of

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collapse. What is Syria's position on this? The Syrian position is that

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we agreed to a truce, we agreed the cessation of hostilities. We agreed

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to a reconciliation, we agreed to any step that would stop the

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bloodshed of the Syrian people. But we are not the problem. The reports

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from the UN said over ten terrorist groups refused the truce and refuse

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to adhere to it. The problem is, there are other interested parties

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who have an interest in prolonging this war against our people. We also

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saw strong words exchanged between Samantha Power and literally

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choking. This isn't helpful in terms of the humanitarian situation. Aid

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is still not getting to the thousands of people who need it? The

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humanitarian aid is reaching thousands of Syrian people

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everywhere that is possible. In the Western media, they never mentioned

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that every single day, convoys are going to all places, Al ACPO, all

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places, where we can reach without any problems. Now the Russians and

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the United States in coordination with the Syrian army are trying to

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make sure this assistance will reach Aleppo or Eastern Aleppo without

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being targeted. But if you allow me one second, the aim of all

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coordination among international targets, not only be to make

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humanitarian assistance to reach people, but to put an end to this

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war on Syria. Syrian people want to grow their crops, want to plough

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their lands, want to go to their factories. And they never, ever

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needed help from anybody when peace and security was secured for them in

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Syria. That was earlier from Damascus.

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The Paralympic Games come to an end with the closing ceremony

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A tribute to the Iranian cyclist who died is expected

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to mark part of the event, before the Paralympic flame

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is extinguished and the flag handed over to Tokyo,

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After eleven days of incredible sporting achievement it's China

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who sit atop of the medal table with a total of 239 medals.

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Great Britain are second with 147 medals, 64 of them gold.

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Ukraine third, improving on their fourth placed finish

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Nico Rosberg has now overtaken Britain's Lewis Hamilton at the top

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of the Formula One drivers' championship after winning

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the Singapore Grand Prix for the first time.

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Hamilton could only manage third place and saw his two point lead

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in the title race become an eight point deficit to his

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It has been an awesome weekend in Singapore. Yesterday with the pole

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lap, and today with a great start. I had a great car in the race. Daniel

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tried to get one past me with the pit stop, but we knew it was going

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to be tight in the end, but it worked out.

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It has been a miserable week the Jose Mourinho. Watford got a

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deserved win and their first over Manchester United in 30 years. The

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setback followed a derby defeat by Manchester City and the Europa

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League last to Feyenoord in the week. It is the first time Jersey

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finish Jose Mourinho lost three games in a row since he was in

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charge of Porto. I cannot control their mistakes. Against Manchester

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City is the result, not the mistakes of the penalty and the red card.

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Today, the story of the game will be the results and not the ridiculous

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situation of their first goal. The holders Great Britain are out

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of this years Davis Cup. Their semi final tie with Argentina

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went down to a deciding singles rubber after World number two

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Andy Murray beat Guido Pella in straight sets to level the score

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at 2-all But Leonardo Mayer fired Argentina into the final

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with a victory over four Argentina, who have been finalists

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four times in the past 10 years, will attempt to win their first

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Davis Cup when they travel Croatia sealed their place

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in the final after gaining an unassailable 3-1 lead over

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France in Zadar. The Croatians led 2-1 overnight

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and Marin Cilic's straight sets victory over Richard Gasquet

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sealed their place in Let's stay with sport because it is

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one of our top stories. The final sporting events at the Paralympic

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games have taken place in Rio ahead of a closing ceremony which gets

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underway in two hours. It will include a tribute to the Iranians

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cyclist who died after crashing in the men's road race on Saturday.

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That is it from me and the team here on BBC World News today. Goodbye for

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now. Good evening. The month of September

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so far has been a show stopper. Let's reflect on last week,

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record-breaking heat,

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