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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The headlines: What impact will the reopened FBI investigation

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into Hillary Clinton's emails have on the US election?

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Could the move jeopardise Clinton's lead over rival Donald Trump -

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with just ten days to go until election day?

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Hillary has nobody to blame but herself for her mounting legal

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troubles. Her criminal action was wilful. Even the director noted that

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this new information may not be significant, so let's get it out.

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Iraq's Shia militias launch an attack on Islamic State

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The aim to cut off their supply route to Syria.

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Also coming up, how an all-female Saudi mobile show -- mobile phone

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shop is helping women keep their privacy.

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Chelsea thrash West Brom 4-0 to end Pep Guardiola's worst run as

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manager. The head of the FBI has

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defended his decision to announce a further investigation

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into Hillary Clinton's email use James Comey said not making

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the bureau's position public would be misleading

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the American people. Mrs Clinton has called

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on the FBI to give full and complete facts immediately -

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her presidential rival Donald Trump says it's the biggest

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scandal since Watergate. Ten days to go and this is not the

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conversation Hillary Clinton wanted America to be having.

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Once again, her e-mails are being investigated by the FBI,

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and once again she says she has done nothing wrong.

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So we do not know the facts, which is why we are calling

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on the FBI to release all the information that it has.

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Even Director Comey noted that this information may not be significant,

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Hillary Clinton has been dogged by one question in her bid

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to become president - did she mishandle classified

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information while she was Secretary of State because she used a private

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rather than government protected e-mail server?

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The FBI cleared her in July, but said she had been careless.

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The new inquiry is thought to be linked to this man,

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the disgraced former Congressman Anthony Weiner.

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The FBI is looking into his e-mails to see whether he sent sexually

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He used to be married to Hillary Clinton's

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Investigators seized the couple's devices.

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It is thought the e-mails may have come from there.

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In an internal memo to staff, the FBI director James Comey said

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he felt an obligation to investigate these e-mails.

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He said he was unsure of the significance of this

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discovery, but he made it clear he is aware that the announcement

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In the middle of an election season, there is a significant risk

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This is a gift to Donald Trump, who has nicknamed his

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The investigation is the biggest political scandal since Watergate,

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and it is everybody's hope that justice at last can be delivered.

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Hillary Clinton will hope America has heard enough about her e-mails

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that they have already made up their minds.

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Or will they have second thoughts about casting their ballot

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for a candidate still under suspicion by the FBI?

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Well Donald Trump has been addressing supporters

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In the last few ours he told them the FBI was right

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to release the details, despite reports the Department

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Now the Attorney General is fighting the SPI because the FBI finally did

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what was right. But also something that should have been done a long

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time ago. Well, we've been getting

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a lot of reaction on this development from both sides

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of the political fence. Here's just a little of

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what commentators have had to say. I believe the FBI should provide a

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lot more information than they have up to now. There is massive

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speculation. Nobody knows quite what the details are and the FBI itself

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doesn't even know whether it is significant or not. We need more

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information to help voters make a judgment. Otherwise, Republicans

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will play politics with this and I'm fortunately, the FBI will have

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played into the Republican politics if they don't provide more

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information. They already had issues with what they said Clinton did but

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they said there was no reason to go further. For them to open it up now,

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my God, there is something there. And with WikiLeaks releasing

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information every day about the foundation, about the e-mails, about

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the e-mails between Clinton and her campaign people, it is painting a

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picture that she cannot be happy with. It is in the best is dress of

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the FBI, the American people, the campaign, to have a full airing of

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what this is. The second part of this is Donald Trump thinks this

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will help sway the election but what you really need is a proactive

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vision and something to campaign on, not just hope that there will be

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some sort of e-mail that will help sway the election, which I do think

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it's going to happen. The timing is not good for Hillary Clinton but I

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don't think the FBI director had a choice. He had an obligation to

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alert Congress when his actions deviated from the testimony he gave

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Congress. He was stuck between a rock and a hard place, this was

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unprecedented but yet, here we are. Donald Trump is to be careful not to

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gloat about. This is nothing to gloat about. This is a real blight

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on American politics. If you want more background on this latest twist

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and much more, go to our website. There, you will find analysis.

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Let's go Iraq now where Shia militia fighters have launched an attack

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against so-called Islamic State militants west of Mosul

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as the offensive to retake the city continues.

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Members of the Shia-dominated Popular Mobilisation Forces say

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they are advancing on the town of Tal Afar.

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Their intentions, they say is to cut off Mosul,

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Islamic State's stronghold in Iraq - from Raqqa - the groups's

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The Apple for Tal Afar could be important. Its population was once

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around a quarter of a million, mixed around soon ease and Shia. It was

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overrun by so-called Islamic State fighters after a two-day battle in

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2014. Since then, IS has used Tal Afar as a base for its leaders and

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as a key link between its operations in Iraq and Syria. According to a

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spokesman, the Shia militants took them by surprise by attacking on

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three fronts. After 78 hours, we have liberated nearly ten villages.

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This corridor is considered the main artery in the mainline for the

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Islamic State group between Mosul on one end and Raqqa and Syria on the

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other. Victory for the government backed Shia militias. The city could

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be left in circled. Meanwhile, to the south of Mosul, the Iraqi army

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is claiming a new victory over IS, saying it has taken another town.

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But it is the involvement of the Iranian-backed Shia militias that is

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raising concerns, mainly that the axle of Mosul could aggravate

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sectarian tensions. In the past 24 hours, the Iraqi army has driven IS

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fighters out of a predominately Christian town. It had been occupied

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by two years and during that time, churches were destroyed. Many

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Christians abandon their homes and lead towards the autonomous Kurdish

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region. The battle for Mosul is expected to be the biggest since the

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invasion of Iraq 13 years ago. Well, Turkey's President Erdogan

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is unhappy with the increased involvement of Shia militia

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in the operation to recapture He has warned of a different

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response if Shia militia groups cause terror in the city

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of Tal Afar which is home He said Turkey would also aim

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to reinforce it's troops in the town President Erdogan has also been

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speaking about the death penalty in Turkey saying the government

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will submit a bill to Capital punishment was abolished

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in Turkey in 2004 - but in the months since a failed

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coup, Mr Erdogan has called Tens of thousands of taken to the

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streets of Taiwan for a gay pride parade. Many called for the

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legalisation of same-sex marriage. Taiwan is more liberal than much of

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Asia but moves towards marriage equality have stored.

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Spain's conservative leader, Mariano Rajoy has won a vote

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of confidence in the country's parliament to end 10 months

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His centre-right People's Party will form a minority government -

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after most deputies from the main opposition Socialists

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Mr Rajoy, who has been acting Prime Minister -

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says he'll name his new cabinet on Thursday.

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His party has been hit by corruption allegations.

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France's President has urged Britain to take its share of migrant

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children who remain in Calais after the camp known

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President Hollande has been touring one of the temporary refugee centres

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set up for those who have been moved from the camp.

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He said the clearance of the camp had been a success.

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And that makeshift encampments that had sprung up in Paris would be

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The Jungle camp had been seen as a key symbol of Europe's failure

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to deal with the worst migrant crisis since World War Two.

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TRANSLATION: There are 1500 miners isolated in Calais, ... The UK needs

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to accompany these miners to the centres and do their part. In a

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short period of time, we will be able to effectuate the totality of

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what was called the camp of Calais. The headlines saying the jungle has

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been completely cleared are not really telling the real story.

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Hundreds of young people are still on site. 1500 of them on-site, those

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are the people that Francois Hollande has been talking about. You

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can see the hillside over there. That was covered in shanty houses

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this morning but the mechanical diggers have been moving through,

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taking them down as they go and overhear, this is the new jungle,

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these shipping containers and there are dozens of them that our home for

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those 1500 people. They are having a bit of a kickabout before the dinner

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siren sounds this evening. Conditions are better for them than

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in the tense but this is not where they want to be. Beyond them, there

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are more tends to be cleared. Fully clear the site will take the diggers

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a few days but finding a permanent home for these young people, that

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could take far longer. The criminal investigation has been launched in

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Italy after the fatal collapse of a road in Milan. Some viewers may find

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the following footage disturbing. The bridge gave way on Friday under

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the weight of a heavy goods vehicle. The collapsing masonry crashed

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vehicles and killed a man and injured five others. The highways

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agency requested its immediate closure. Stay with us here on BBC

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News. Still to come, smiles all around for Pep Guardiola as

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Manchester City bead West Brom to go talk the English Premier League. --

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top of the English Premier League. This is BBC World News Today. Here

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is our top story. The head of the FBI has defended his decision to

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announce a further investigation into Hillary Clinton's e-mail use,

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ten days before the presidential selection. Let's stay with that

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story. I spoke to Brad Blakeman, a Republican strategist and former

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aide to President George W Bush, I asked him what he thought about the

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timing of the FBI announcement just ten days before Americans had to the

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polls. Certainly the timing is not good for Hillary Clinton but I don't

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think the FBI director have a choice, he had an obligation to

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alert Congress when his actions may deviate from the testimony he gave

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Congress so he was stuck between a rock and a hard place, this was

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unprecedented but yet here we are. Donald from Nice to be very careful

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not to gloat about this. This is nothing to gloat about. This is a

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real blight on American politics. Donald from Nice to take the high

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road and tell the American public what a shame this is that Hillary

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Clinton has put our nation and her party in this predicament. This is

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all self inflicted. If Hillary would not have had a personal server we

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would not be in this predicament and if she had turned over what her

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e-mails, then there would not be once dubbed the FBI to turn over.

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Officials are saying they are deeply upset about this decision and that

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really the FBI shouldn't interfere in this so close to the election.

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Again, the FBI didn't have a choice. As a lawyer, I have to say that

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probably they are looking at perjury, first and foremost, and

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there must be evidence showing that the evidence that they had of

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material value differs than the testimony that was given. So, if you

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look at American medical corruption, they seem to have one thing in

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common and it is perjury. It is not the underlying criminal charge that

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matters, it is the perjury. Do you think this could influence the

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outcome of the election? Absolutely. There is no doubt that in the

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closing days of the election, independence are making up their

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minds and this could be a bombshell for them to have a tipping point in

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their feeling that voting for Hillary is voting for somebody who

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will be played by scandal, not only in her past, but as president.

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Donald Trump has some serious allegations to answer as well. That

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will be interesting, in terms of the outcome of this election. Well, I

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think that anything in Donald Trump's past is eclipsed by the

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bombshell announced by the FBI of criminal conduct on behalf on

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Hillary Clinton and those close to her. That I think overwhelms

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anything that we know of Donald Trump that has come before. But,

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again, there could be other surprises for Donald Trump as well.

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It was a case of whatever you can do we can do too at the top

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All three teams that started the day level on points at the top won

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Arsenal had a 4-1 victory at bottom club Sunderland.

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Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp was content his team won

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Very good. The first half, I was not happy with the start. But then we

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started playing really nice football. It was really outstanding,

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what we did then, passing wise and movement wise, it was really good.

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The other members of the leading pack Manchester City also scored 4.

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Sergio Aguero scored two first half goals before Ilkeye Gundogan added

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The end of Pep Guardiola's worst run as manager.

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He had been without a win in six matches.

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But his side are back on top tonight.

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It is the first time in my career, six times without winning is a long

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time. It is complicated but always you have doubt. The principles are

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not doubted at the players, the players with any other one, we have

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to play in different systems, sometimes you make it out.

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Lewis Hamilton's hopes of closing the 26 point gap to championship

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leader Nico Rosberg have been boosted by claiming pole

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Hamilton was more than a quarter of a second quicker

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than his Mercedes team mate, who's struggled to get close

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But Rosberg could take Hamilton's crown if he wins the race

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and the Briton finishes tenth or lower.

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The world number one Anglique Kerber is into the final of the WTA end

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of season tournament after a surprisingly one-sided match

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The German, who has won the Australian and US Opens

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in a breakthrough year, had too much power for the defending

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6-2 6-1 the final score in favour of the German.

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Kerber will face Dominika Cibulkova in Sunday's final.

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What a victory for Cibulkova who beat the russian

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Svetlana Kuznetsova in three sets in the first semi final.

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She looked out of sorts in the opener before bouncing

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Pretty impressive from a player making her tournament debut

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and who is yet to win a Grand Slam title.

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Bangladesh have a lead of 128 over England with seven second

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innings wickets remaining after an enthralling

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In their first innings the tourists were reduced to 144 for 8 before

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a dogged partnership between Chris Woakes and Adil Rashid

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allowed them to build a modest lead of 24.

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But a brisk 59 from Imrul Kays has given the hosts the advantage

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and set up a potentially decisive third day's play

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England suffered a narrow 17 points to 16 defeat to New Zealand

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in their opening match of the rugby league Four Nations tournament.

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A drop kick with 14 minutes to go from man of the match Shaun Johnson

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sealed it for the reigning champions in front of a sell-out

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It was Johnson who scored the last-gasp try to beat England

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A BBC Arabic investigation has revealed more about a disturbing

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new phenomenon - the use of private or sexually explicit images

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to threaten, blackmail, or shame young people -

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We travel to Saudi Arabia where female honour is a highly volatile

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subject and where one mobile phone repair shop is helping women to

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safeguard their privacy. Right, before we go, let me take you

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to Berlin. A zombie flashmob put on a dance

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performance to spooky classics including Michael

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Jackson's "Thriller". Their outfits ranged

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from the classic bloodstained The group say they didn't intend

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to frighten people to death, just before Halloween,

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but to give them a bit FBI director James Comey has

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defended his decision to break US lawmakers on FBI moves to look again

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into Hillary Clinton's e-mail use. Not making it public would be

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misleading, he said. He was aware of a risk of being misunderstood, given

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that the FBI does not know the significance of the newly found

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e-mails. Mrs Clinton has urged the FBI to give full and complete facts

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immediately. Donald Trump has said it is the biggest scandal since

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Watergate. That is it from me and the team. Before we go, we can give

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you these pictures, this is Hillary Clinton in Dakota. We will bring you

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much more in the coming hours. That is indeed it from me and the team.

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Goodbye for now. Good evening. It has been a very

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mild and eight, temperatures as high as 18 degrees in

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