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This is BBC World News Today with me, Lebo Diseko.

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The Headlines: Breakthrough in the European Union's on-off free

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Leaders of the Walloon region of Belgium finally approve it

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We are extremely happy that our requests have been accommodated. We

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always vote for treaties would support our way of life, our

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environment, and support our public services.

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calls it "miraculous" no one was seriously hurt.

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With just 12 days to go before the US chooses its next president,

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Hillary Clinton is joined by Michelle Obama -

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The world could lose more than two thirds of mammals,

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fish and other species with a backbone, by 2020

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You can feel the relief in Brussels and across the Atlantic in Ottawa.

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The European Union and Canada have now finally agreed

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The Belgian region of Wallonia - who'd blocked the agreement

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with objections - has finally come on board.

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Belgium's Prime Minister said the text now has guarantees for

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farmers, and on the controversial dispute settlement system.

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But as protesters gather outside the European Commission, it's clear

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that free trade is a difficult issue, and future deals -

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including with the UK - may be very hard to achieve.

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Behind the doors of the official residence of Belgium's federal Prime

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Minister, a moment of relief after a week of embarrassment.

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The Prime Minister says he now has a deal with the regional

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assemblies, without whose agreement Belgium and therefore the whole EU

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was unable to sign up to free trade with Canada.

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TRANSLATION: The consultation committee just reached

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an agreement about the text that reflected the Belton position and

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an agreement about the text that reflected the Belgian position and

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that is immediately being addressed to the European Commission and the

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In the coming minutes, I'll be talking to commission president

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Jean Claude Junker and Council President Donald Tusk.

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is also scheduled for today.

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French speaking Wallonia led the rebellion.

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Critics say its leaders are playing politics

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to raise their profile in

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They say there are sticking up for European consumers.

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Translation: We in Wallonia are extremely happy that our requests

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We've always voted for treaties that would support our way

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of life, our environment, and which protect our public services.

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So nothing is set up purely to benefit

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individuals, but rather it is overseen by accountable public

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bodies, which legally guarantee equal treatment.

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Well, the economic and trade agreement aims to eliminate 98%

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of tariffs between Canada and the EU.

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That could save European Union exporters more than half a

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Supporters say the deal would increase trade by 20%

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and would especially help small businesses.

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But critics say it gives too much power to big business.

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They're worried that EU regulations on product standards could be

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And that multinationals would be able to sue governments to

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Belgium's internal deal came finally on the day when

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the Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was due

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It is still not clear when the deal will finally be signed.

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But after a difficult week for Belgium's national

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Government and frustration for Canada and the rest of the EU, CETA

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Although there will be no celebrating until it is finally

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With me is our business correspondent Tanya Beckett.

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It is not a done deal yet, is it? No. The area is in the south. It is

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a French-speaking area and is far less affluent than the Flemish

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north. Much of this deal is based on the idea of food products going back

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and forth between Canada and the EU, so that is why they felt themselves

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particularly exposed. They were also feeling that some of the regulations

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that they had in place, as far as they were concerned were a

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democratic matter, would really end up in the hands of multinationals

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and that Canada would end up as a gateway for big US companies. There

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are these type of concerns about other free-trade deals with the US,

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for example, as well. Yes. Neither side looks well out of this. Canada

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looks rather inept and naive and rather inexperienced when it comes

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to diplomacy and the EU really doesn't look in any way unified in

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this does not bode well for the UK, which of course is leaving the EU

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and have to negotiate its trade relationship once again. I would say

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there is an important distinction, though, that what we are talking

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about here is a change in the lower product between Canada and the EU

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and that is what will ultimately happen, whereas with Brexit what we

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are talking about is the EU trying to be establish what it already has,

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so nobody feels ridiculous under threat because of the EU gets it

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right then things would not particularly change. So with the

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Brexit negotiations and the Brexit deal, are there other countries that

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may, like Wallonia, scupper those negotiations? They are unique in the

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way that the parliament works is that you have to have all three

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parts of it agreeing and then it has to be agreed centrally. In this type

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of deal was described as a mixed deal. Meaning that it requires the

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individual approval of all of the EU member state and therefore in the

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case of Belgium it is also its constituent states. That is not

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always the case with a trade deal. Sometimes you can get you to agree

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directly. It depends what it is and whether it contains this mixed

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factor which means it would include services to, but underlying this is

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a very portion trend and that is a suspicion that trade deals do not

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bring uniform wealth. The big figures might suggest that but there

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are always those who lose out. Fantastic you with us. Very

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interesting. Thank you very much. There's been severe damage

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in central Italy, after two strong Hundreds of people have had

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to leave their homes. And many historic buildings

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have been damaged. Rescue teams have been struggling

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to reach some areas but officials say the situation

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is not "catastrophic". The centre of these latest

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earthquakes is about 70 kilometers from Amatrice, where

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an earthquake in August killed James Reynolds is in the region,

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and sent this report. The people of Central Italy have

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always known that they live in But the last two months have

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proven just what that Wednesday night's quakes have

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damaged roads and buildings. Rescue workers have

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helped people from We have a lot of fear and we don't

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know what to do right now because this is a place

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that is about tourism. I don't know how

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we will start again. The church of Saint Salvatore

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is on the tourist It was hit in previous quakes

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and it has now come down. The effects of the two earthquakes

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could have This church collapsed,

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but no one was hurt. And across this region,

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many people have They've also had to get

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through a series of Rescue workers will now have

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to check every road, bridge and One of this country's most beautiful

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regions is also one of its The United Nation's children's

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agency UNICEF has said if the air strikes on a school

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in Syria on Wednesday were deliberate

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they are a war crime. More than 20 children and six

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teachers are reported to have been killed in the strikes

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in a rebel-held village A residential area around the school

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complex was also hit. Russia has insisted it had nothing

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to do with the airstrikes. The UN's humanitarian chief said

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it was up to member states to act. This is not inevitable,

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it's not an accident. It is the deliberate actions of one

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set of powerful human beings on another set

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of impotent human beings. And it can be stopped

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but you the security council have The former British Prime Minister

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and UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown

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is at the United Nations Thank you for joining us. You are

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saying that if this is deliberate, it is a warm crime and it should be

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prosecuted mother and how does that actually help people on the ground

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today? The International criminal Court should be brought in. We

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should find out what has been happening. There have been 98 school

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attacks in the last year and a half and we have 30 children at least,

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perhaps more, who have been mutilated, who have died and two

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were the victims of what is an education atrocity, which is the

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worst one that has happened. If we do not investigate and we do not

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hold people responsible and if we do not prosecute, then this will

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continue to happen. It is time that the United Nations security council

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said that we are putting this to the International criminal Court. I will

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come back to that in a moment, but those prosecutions take a long time.

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What does that differ people in Syria on the ground today? Because

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whoever is responsible is put on notice that they are going to be

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investigated. They cannot do with impunity for too long as Stephen

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O'Brien has said, the international community has stood by and innocent

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children in their thousands have lost their lives as a result of or

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failure to act. Now what has prevented the Security Council

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acting in the last two years is Russia and it vetoed an

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investigation into atrocities two years ago. Today, the Russian

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Foreign Ministry said that they would welcome an independent

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investigation, so in theory, all the security council is now in favour of

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investigating this crime. The security Council should now meet, it

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should agree that the International criminal Court be brought in. If it

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can't agree on the International criminal Court was that prosecution

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authority, it should agree on a separate security Council

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investigation. You cannot have people bombing children in this way

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with impunity. You have got to show that they are going to be held

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accountable if possible, prosecuted by the International criminal Court

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at a later date. Is that the core issue within the Security Council

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that Russia itself says that it has been threatened by Nato and that

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some people might argue that the West has mishandled its relationship

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with President Putin and with Russian? But hold on. This is

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international law. It is a war crime, agreed when we said of the

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International criminal Court that any attack on a school that is

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deliberately seen as something that is a violation of human rights and

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has got to be both investigated and where people are accountable, they

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have got to be prosecuted. Do you think that is adequate? This is a

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clear-cut case that if there is a war crime, then people should be

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held responsible. Now whether it is the Syrian army or the Russian air

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force or whoever has been responsible for this, the means

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exist now that Russia has said it wants an investigation for the

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Security Council to agree on this. We should call the Russian bluff on

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this and hold the Security Council meeting, agree if we can get

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everybody together on this, now that Russia has said it wants an

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investigation that it should happen. We have been waiting for years now

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to have the sort of investigations that would deter people from doing

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this in the future. If people are bombing hospitals, civilians,

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children, is the possibility of a prosecution and adequate deterrent?

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No, of course not. It is only one of the measures that we should be

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taking. But we have a year of fear because children have become the

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innocent victims of so many of the wars in the middle East and of

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course in Africa. We have stood by and the international community has

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done so little when schools have been militarised, when young people

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have been recruited into militias, and when schools themselves had been

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bombed. And it is time to say that this is enough and we are going to

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do something about it. And if we do not seize this opportunity when

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Russia has admitted there is a need for an investigation, to call their

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bluff or to force an internal investigation, then we will be

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failing all of the children who were put in danger in future. You talk

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about Russia and having to put Russia on notice and called their

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bluff. President Putin is saying that he is holding restraint at the

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moment and actually he intends to continue bombing Syria, rooting out

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what he has called a nest of terrorists, despite the fact that

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they are our civilians there. There is not a great deal of sway that you

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have over Russian actions. I think you're missing the point. There is a

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clear-cut case for a war crime that has been committed. The

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international legislation we have all approved says that if that does

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happen, it should go to the International criminal Court. If we

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stand by when these atrocities are happening and allow children to be

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the innocent and the vulnerable victims of wars that are being

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conducted in this region then we are failing the next generation of

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children. If you try to sidestep the issue and say Russia did this or

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someone else did that or someone else is to blame, you have got to

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investigate a crime when it is committed. We believe was

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intentional. Isn't the real issue the fact that the Security Council

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has essentially been paralysed because of this breakdown in the

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relationship with Russia and many people would argue that the West has

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failed in that relationship? Hold on. I am does pointing out that

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Russia stood out against the security council resolution in 2014.

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It did not support an investigation into atrocities. Now they have said

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and perhaps they will regret saying this but they have said that they

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would welcome and have called upon the international authorities to

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have an independent investigation. If we do not then follow-up and have

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that independent investigation and we are failing the children who have

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died, but failing also those children and those adults who are at

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risk in the future. Now, there are 6 million displaced children in Syria.

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There are two Melbourne refugees children who are now outside of

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Syria. They are a lost generation and if we continue to do nothing and

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stand-by when atrocities are committed and there is a clear-cut

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case for an investigation, then we are responsible, but this is the

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moment when the Security Council could act. OK. Former British by

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Minister and UN special envoy for education, Gordon Brown, thank you.

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

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Japanese carmaker, Nissan, has decided to build new versions

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of two of its leading models in Britain, in what is the first

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major deal for the industry since the UK voted to leave the EU.

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Nissan's decision will secure at least seven thousand jobs.

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The firm said it has been given assurances that its UK-based plant

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Twitter has announced major cutbacks after reporting a sharp slowdown

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The social media giant has confirmed it will shut down its short-form

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video sharing service, Vine, and axe 9%

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Two Yazidi women who fled the Islamic State group in Iraq have

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won Europe's top human rights award, the Sakharov prize.

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Nadia Murad Basee and Lamiya Aji Bashar were among thousands

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of Yazidi girls and women abducted by IS militants and forced

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Both survived and now campaign for the Yazidi community.

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With just 12 days to go until the US Presidential election,

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the candidates are blitzing the key swing states that could

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Hillary Clinton's in North Carolina, while her rival Donald Trump

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He's been facing criticism for taking time out of his

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campaign to open one of his new luxury hotels -

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I built one of the great hotels of the world.

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I'm going to North Carolina right after this and am going back

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But I can't take one hour off to cut a ribbon at one of the great hotels

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She goes, she does one stop because she has no energy.

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She does one stop and nobody complained about that.

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Adele concert all night long, while I'm making two

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speeches and rallies with

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The BBC's Barbara Plett-Usher is in Washington.

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Michelle Obama turning out to be the star of the show, right? Yes, she is

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passionate, she is seen as authentic. She is not a politician

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so she does not have that baggage but she does carry a parity. In the

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speeches she has made already, she is really resonated widely, so she

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is a heavy hitter for Mrs Clinton. They will be campaigning together

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for the first time and she in particular appeals to the

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constituencies like Mullany, like African-Americans, like women, and

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she has been brought with Mrs Clinton to a battle ground state

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like North Carolina where the race is very tight to renew this effort

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to get out the early voters. It all depends on who actually comes to the

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ballot box, so the Clinton campaign is really pushing this to lock it in

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as soon as possible. And issue managing to connect with those

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millennial 's, who may have supported Bernie Sanders before. It

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is interesting because Bernie Sanders really happy millennial 's

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support. They were not keen to switch their support to Mrs Clinton.

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They thought she was establishment and not radical enough and morally

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compromised. They had been flirting with independence. But the latest

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poll seems to show a reversing that trend. Now it looks like Mrs Clinton

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will get as much support from Mullany is as Barack Obama did in

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2012 and the reasons for that word because these people were beginning

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to really realise what was at stake in this election and also to realise

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that the independent candidates would not be able to help them out

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with the issues that they wanted help on so it looks as if she is

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stronger on that then she has been. OK, so for the two candidates, less

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than two weeks to go, but what are the key issues they are going to

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want to hone in on? Well, it is really all about getting the vote

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out now so it is going to be the question of closing arguments. They

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will make their statements. Not much different than what they had before.

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Making the case about why they are better to lead the country. Pounding

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their candidate, as such. The focus will be on the ground game, making

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sure that the voters get out. You have these rallies with the heavy

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hitters in the battle ground states. Mrs Clinton had much better

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grounding than Donald Trump does and she will really try to capitalise on

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that. Both of them do still pass to the White House. Donald Trump is

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definitely not out of the race but she has more parts than he does so

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she will be trying to exploit that as well. So that will be the focus

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of the next two weeks. All right. I am pretty sure it is going to be an

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exciting 12 days, if nothing else. Thank you very much.

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The world is facing the biggest extinction of animal life

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Seven in 10 mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and other vertebrate

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species will be wiped out in just 50 years.

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It found that human behaviour was eating, crowding and poisoning

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The Living Planet Report has been published jointly

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by the environmental group, WWF, and the Zoological Society

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The world's wildlife is under threat.

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From African elephants, whose numbers are

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plummeting because of poaching, to Europe's killer whales,

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The Living Planet report looked at 3700 different

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species and it has found that since 1970

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populations have fallen by

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That's a decline of about 2% every year.

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process but we are seeing higher levels of extinction than is

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So we are already seeing extinctions, but yes,

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we would expect those extinctions only to increase if we don't stop

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The researchers say that humans are to

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blame, from overfishing to deforestation and climate change.

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They warn if nothing is done wildlife populations could fall by

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two thirds by 2020, but some conservationists say there is not

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enough data to draw firm conclusions.

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The researchers say that humans are to blame.

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They warn if nothing is done wildlife populations could fall by

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two thirds by 2020, but some conservationists say there is not

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enough data to draw firm conclusions.

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It is true that the overall index is declining. Very markedly. But of

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course it is an overall measure. That is aggregated up from many

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different cases and it hides some really important differences.

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Between species, between different parts of the world, and between

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different habitats. But amid the declines, there have been some

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successes. Wild tiger numbers have now risen for the first time in a

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century. And giant pandas are now no longer classified as endangered. But

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it will be a challenge to reverse a problem that is on such a large

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scale. The president of Venezuela has

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offered a 40% rise in the minimum wage. It is the fourth increment in

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the year. This comes up day after 100,000 people took to the streets

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to protest against the Government. The oil-rich country is facing

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widespread food shortages and spiralling inflation. The mass

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demonstrations came after a recall referendum process, and attempt to

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remove the prime Minster from power was suspended.

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More than a million people in China have signed a petition demanding

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that a captive polar bear be relocated.

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The animal which is kept in a small enclosure in a shopping

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mall, has been described as the world's saddest bear.

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Animal rights groups have released video of the creature,

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in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou.

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They say it's displaying signs of agitation.

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The shopping mall is refusing to give up the bear,

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saying it's not breaking Chinese law.

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Belgian officials say they've reached a breakthrough

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on a European Union free trade deal with Canada.

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The Belgian prime minister said the heads of his country's regional

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and linguistic communities had now agreed a revised text.

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The agreement was due to have been signed today,

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but was delayed by opposition from the region of Wallonia.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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of the team on Twitter - I'm at Lebo Diseko.

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And you can see what we are working on via Facebook too.

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Lots there to look at about our programmes coming up

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But for now from me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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There is a weak weather front making its way across the country

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as we speak but it is not going to bring that much

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Some of it heavy and persistent across north-west Scotland but as it

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sinks further south, it will weaken off substantially.

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