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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Five years after they were captured off the coast of Somalia, the

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captured sailors tell stories. They say, you eat. You say, I don't like

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that. No, you eat, you eat, even what you don't like.

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Islamic State launch another counter-attack -

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this time at Rutbah, near Iraq's western border.

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Migrants living at the camp known as The Jungle in northern

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France are told it will be demolished within hours.

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Chelsea's Pedro scores the fastest goal of the Premiership season

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as his team defeat Manchester United.

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For nearly five years they were held as hostages

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after being captured on their ships off the coast of Somalia.

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But their families never gave up hope.

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Now 26 Asian sailors have arrived in Nairobi after finally

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They have been telling their incredible stories to our

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correspondent. This is what freedom feels like.

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Relief, joy. Recalling their memories. But for some of the crew,

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it was a lot to handle. Four years in captivity is a long time and it

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took its toll on these men. They took desperate measures to survive.

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It was like the walking dead. How did you survive? Eat anything. Even

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if it is something you don't like. But you feel hungry, you eat, you

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eat. You don't say, I don't like that. You just eat, you eat

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everything. Whatever you are given? Yes. Rat, we cook it in the forest.

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After almost two years of negotiations, they are freed and

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being received by members of their diplomatic missions in Kenya. It's a

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sign of how intense a problem piracy has been off the coast of Somalia,

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not just for commercial activity but for general seafarers across the

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ocean. Patrols by international navies led to a sharp decline in

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piracy in these waters. But it meant little for the hostages already

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seized, especially those that are not Westerners. These poor guys,

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their ships were not insured. Their ships got racks and then they were

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brought ashore. -- got wrecked. The Pirates assumed it would be the same

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as the big, highly insured ships. It is not. Getting them to change their

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demands, down to what you might term compensation for the local

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community, that is the challenge. Is that why it took so long to get

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them? I guess so, yes. This video shows the crew while they were still

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being held. Their captors, keeping a close watch. Today they are free.

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Some of them say they will return to their jobs at sea. A brave move,

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after their ordeal. It's almost a week on since

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the military offensive to re-take But now the so-called Islamic State

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have opened up a new front The group claims it has re-captured

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more than half of Rutba, The Mayor of Rutba says IS fighters

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gained access through sleeper cells. Well the attack comes just two days

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after Islamic State fighters tried to take the city of Kirkuk,

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which is just south of Mosul. It's thought as pressure builds

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on IS in and around Mosul the group is trying to divert attention

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away from the battle. Our correspondent Shaimaa Khalil

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is in Irbil in Northern Iraq. The Peshmerga forces have launched

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a two pronged offensive towards Mosul today,

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from the north-eastern side, They were supported by coalition air

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power and we understand that they are now as close as nine

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kilometres away from Mosul itself, and have captured

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a number of villages. But we're hearing of a separate

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attack by so-called Islamic State in the southern

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Anbar Province today. The Mayor of the city of Rutbah has

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said that the so-called Islamic State fighters have entered

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the city from three different directions and that they have

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clashed with the police forces He has also urged the Iraqi

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leadership for reinforcements. We understand the battle

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is still on going there This particular city

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was recaptured quite recently from the so-called Islamic State,

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four months ago it was recaptured. But now, it seems, it is still quite

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heavily contested today. That, plus the Kirkuk attack

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that happened on Friday, shows the pattern now by IS that

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could want to detract from the fighting in the main

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battle, which is Mosul, In another development,

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Turkey says ITSforces in Iraq have taken part in the offensive

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against so-called Islamic State. That's despite the Iraqi

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government's rejection The Turkish Prime Minister,

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Binali Yildirim, says that Turkish artillery has helped

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Kurdish Peshmerga force He said Turkey had been invited

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to assist the Peshmerga. A look at some more

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top stories this hour. Several people have been killed

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in a crash between a tour bus Firefighters had to use ladders

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to pull victims from the windows. It's thought the passengers

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were returning from a casino. At least 30 people

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were taken to hospital. Spain's Socialist party has ended

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ten months of political deadlock by agreeing to allow

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the conservative Mariano Rajoy to The country had faced the prospect

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of a third general election inside a year.

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The chief whip of South Africa's governing political party has called

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on its entire leadership - including President Jacob

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Jackson Mthembu said fraud charges against the finance minister

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He said the current government were worse than the apartheid state.

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UN peacekeepers stationed in Haiti are helping the authorities

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recapture more than 170 inmates who broke out of jail. A guard and an

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inmate were killed in an exchange of fire during the escape. It happened

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at a prison north of the capital, Port-au-Prince.

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French officials are making final preparations to demolish the migrant

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camp in Calais in France, known as the Jungle.

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Thousands of leaflets are being handed out telling

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migrants to leave before clearance work begins on Monday.

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This is information about the eviction.

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Written in black and white in several different languages,

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confirmation that the process to close the camp will begin

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Amid the mud and squalor, some defiance.

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One migrant from Iraq, who did not want his face shown, said

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he will refuse to leave the Calais area.

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I will sleep on the street if they remove the camp.

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The final hours of the Jungle have been tense, clashes last night

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between migrants throwing stones at the police and the police

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The authorities say they reserve the right to intervene if people do

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The French authorities said they are not just shutting

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the Jungle for humanitarian reasons, but also because of law and order.

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They have had enough of some migrants night after night trying

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to get on lorries bound for Britain and the effect it is having

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One top official says things must change.

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TRANSLATION: On both sides of the Channel we are on the eve

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of an important day, the day of the dismantling

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We have worked towards it for two months.

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This is where the migrants have been told to report to on Monday morning.

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They will be asked for their name, age and nationality and be taken

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to reception centres across France, where they will be given the chance

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The message is, please follow the process the authorities have

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in place, it is their best chance for safety.

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200 vulnerable children have been brought to the UK this week.

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Many will still be at the Jungle as the bulldozers arrive.

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The American telecoms company AT has agreed a deal to buy the media

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The deal is worth more than $85 billion, making it the biggest

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corporate takeover so far this year. It will give AT control

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of Warner Brothers, the news channel But some critics have warned that it

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concentrates too much media power. Our business correspondent

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Joe Lynam reports. It's the gothic fantasy

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which millions of people pay Game of Thrones is made by HBO

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and owned by Time Warner. And it's one of the reasons why AT

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is paying ?70 billion to own it. Time Warner is big.

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Very big. Apart from HBO, it owns CNN

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and the Warner Brothers Studios - This is the home of Harry Potter.

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The merger allows them to raise their sights a little bit higher. It

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brings together two very different companies. AT is the platform, the

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means we use to access the internet. Time Warner is the content, the TV

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shows and movies we want to watch. Warner Brothers is a huge company,

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Harry Potter is a huge franchise. AT is buying a huge media company

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with a lot of content, in hand and in the pipeline, to keep people

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watching the screen. Merging two media giants could deprive customers

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choice and might be resisted by regulators.

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The would-be next US president, Donald Trump, has already

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As an example of the power structure I'm fighting, AT is buying

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A deal we will not approve in my administration

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because it is too much concentration of power in the hands of too few.

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But if the deal does go ahead, don't expect other giant media

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The battle for our eyeballs is merely getting started.

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Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:

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Another Dutch winner for the title of world's best DJ.

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We find out why the Netherlands produces such good party animals.

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An historic moment that many of his victims have waited for four

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decades. Former dictator in the dock, older, slimmer. As he sat

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down, obedient enough. Dawn, as the sun breaks through the piercing

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chill of night, it lights up a biblical famine. Now, in the 20th

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century. The depression conclusion, in Argentina today it is cheaper to

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paper your walls with money. We have had problems in the past with Great

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Britain, but as good friends we have always found a good and lasting

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solution. Concorde bowels out in style after almost three decades in

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service. An aircraft that has enthralled many admirers for so long

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taxis home one last time. 26 Asian sailors have been

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released from captivity, five years after they were first

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captured on ships off Reports

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from Iraq say Islamic State militants have attacked the western

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town of Rutbah, in their latest apparent attempt to divert attention

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away from the battle for Mosul. The minority groups in Iraq have

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suffered greatly at the hands of Islamic backroom.

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Tens of thousands of Iraqi federal troops and Kurdish peshmerga

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are taking part in the assault on the city.

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Dr Suha Rassam is a former assistant professor of medicine

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Life in Mosul has been hell. The Bishop was kidnapped in 2005. The

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other Bishop was murdered. A young priest was murdered in front of his

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cathedral. Many priests were killed and many Christians were attacked.

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Everybody had to pay money. Everybody has to pay monthly

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protection money. I have a friend in Japan, she told me how hard it was

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and how many times she has been threatened to convert to Islam, or

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to leave Mosul. In the end, she had to leave. Life in Mosul has been

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very difficult, until they were completely kicked out after IS took

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control. What are Christians saying now as towns and villages are being

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taken back by the coalition forces? Are they hopeful they might

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be able to go home? That is a very difficult question

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to answer, because we are still in the very beginning

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of the Battle of Mosul. The first town or village to be

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completely controlled is Bartella. Qaraqosh, they have entered

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Qaraqosh, but the battle hasn't yet finished, and there

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are still pockets of fighting. They have reached from the north

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area of the Nineveh Plain, It's very near,

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once they have taken that area, I think going into Mosul

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becomes easy. so we are still a way away before

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entering the city of Mosul. But even after the complete control

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of Mosul, there are many,

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many problems to be solved before the Christians ever think

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of going back to Mosul. You know, Iraq has to get rid,

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or the Iraqi government, whether the central government

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in Baghdad or the new government in Mosul, has to get

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rid of sectarianism, has to get rid of the terrorist

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group to persecute minorities, has to produce a constitution

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that is completely, you know, gives equal rights to all, which

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the present constitution does not. And you have to change

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the minds of people, from the way they thought

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when I lived there. If you want more on that story, you

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can go to the website and you will find all the latest of elements,

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including why other regional powers like turkey are so interested in the

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conflict. There are only 16 days until the US

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presidential election, and much of the recent focus has

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been on controversies On Saturday, he again promised

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to sue every woman who had accused him of sexual assault

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as soon as the presidential Meanwhile his rival,

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Hillary Clinton, says she no longer cares what her Republican opponent

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says and will focus There is a lot that we invented in

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America and we need to get the jobs, products and exports from doing it.

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As your President, I will work with business, labour, colleges and

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universities to make that happen. And we are also going to do more to

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support small business, because it will create two thirds of the new

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jobs in America. Right now, we're not doing enough. Lets get some

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sport. Manchester United manager

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Jose Mourinho experienced a torrid time on his return

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to Stamford Bridge to face his old team Chelsea as his

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side were beaten 4-0 Strong words between the managers

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at the end of the match, as Mourinho was left frustrated

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on his return. His opposite number Antonio Conte

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had been whipping up the crowd inside the stadium as he watched

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goals from Ngolo Kante, Eden Hazard Gary Cahill and Pedro

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secure a comfortable win which moves Despite the defeat, Mourinho was

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trying to find positives. The team played well, if you can delete the

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defensive mistakes that we made. Courtois had more work than David De

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Gea. Their central defenders have more work than my central defenders.

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We were in control for long periods, we put the ball in the box many

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times, we had chances and half chances. I told the players at

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half-time, if we score and it is 2-1, the game is different. But it

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was not for is to score 2-1, it was for them to score another on the

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counterattack. I am pleased that it increases the confidence, I am

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pleased for the players. Every day, I see the commitment. They deserve

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this. Mourinho is not the Chelsea manager, ignore that caption. You

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know what we're talking about. Manchester City on top of the

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Premier League, only just. It's now five games without a win

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for Pep Guardiola's side. The difference between the first

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half and the second half, it depends on the play and the manager. So

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credit to the players, the way they upped the tempo? Of course. They

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changed the game, I didn't. When we are playing that well, we are able

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to do whatever we want. When you equalised, did you think you had

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foundation to win it? Yes, but it is not easy. Southampton defender well,

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they have good players, good central defenders.

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Chicago Cubs are into the World Series for

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They beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-0 in game 6 to take the National

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League Championship Series by four games to two.

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They'll now face Cleveland Indians in the World Series,

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which the Cubs haven't won since 1908.

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Standing on the platform afterwards, looking at the ballpark, fans with

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the W flags everywhere. I think about the fans, their parents,

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grandparents, great-grandparents, everything that has been going on

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for. The coaching staff, they get to get to go to the World Series, from

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a financial perspective, that is great. Baseball coaches do not make

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much money and people don't think about that. I think about them and

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their families. Tomorrow's final day of the first

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Test between England and Bangladesh Bangladesh need just 33 more runs

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to record their first test Bangladesh were 253 for 8

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at the close of play on day four, so England need just two more

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wickets if they are to win it. I am not sure many players will get

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a lot of sleep, with 30 needed and two wickets. Although the wicket

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will be turned more than we would expect from day one, it been a very

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exciting game and both sides have played very skilfully. The way

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Bangladesh have played to get up to needing 30 tomorrow morning, they

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have shown a huge amount of skill. We have shown a lot of character to

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stay in this game and we will come back fresh. There in the closing

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stages of the United States Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton is currently

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leading. Championship leader Nico Rosberg is second at the moment.

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That is all of your sport for now. Now a DJ from the Netherlands has

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been named the best in the world. Martin Garrix was given the title

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by DJ Magazine, with more Dutch DJs dominate the dance music

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industry. The BBC went along to a dance music

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festival in Amsterdam to pick up Definitely need to be

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a geek a little bit. You need to know about the equipment

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you use, producing music, I have been playing

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piano for ten years. By the age of 12,

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I discovered dance music. I actually started to mess around

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on my computer, making At the age of 14, I signed my

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first record deal. Let's leave you with these pictures

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now from Mexico City where the streets have been

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overrun with zombies. Thousands got dressed up

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for the zombie walk. The tradition started in the US

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but has since spread to Europe All you need is some face paint and

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a bit of imagination. Pretty cool. That's it from me and the team.

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Goodbye for now. Hello, good evening. We are going to

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see some changes over the week ahead. It starts fairly quiet, a

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little chilly, patchy frost and fog with

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