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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The Headlines; hopes are dashed for the thousands waiting

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It's another freezing night as a deal to send buses to fetch

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rebels and civilians is again put on hold.

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But there are now hopes of a deal at the United Nations to send

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Gunmen in Jordan carry out a series of attacks

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in the historic town of Karak, killing at least ten people.

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Poland's political crisis shows no sign of ending -

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And Real Madrid come out on top, winning football's Club World Cup

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for the second time in three years.

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Thousands of people in rebel-held areas of Aleppo are enduring another

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night of freezing conditions - after plans to evacuate them

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Buses appeared at the crossing point in western Aleppo but that's as far

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The failure of a simultaneous evacuation of government

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supporters elsewhere - may have contributed.

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In New York, the UN Security Council has met to discuss

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a monitoring mission for the evacuation -

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and there are reports that a compromise has been reached.

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With the situation in Eastern Aleppo increasingly

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desperate, looking after the frail and wounded is becoming

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With more, here's our correspondent Quentin Sommerville

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If only the ceasefire in Aleppo hadn't collapsed,

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then this might never have needed to happen.

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They are doing the best they can here, but this hospital

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There are none left in eastern Aleppo, so nurses

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TRANSLATION: The child has a birth defect.

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We immediately brought the mother here to the operating

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room for a Caesarean, which we are doing now.

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The mother is in a bad way and her baby boy even worse.

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But everyone here is at their wits end.

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TRANSLATION: As soon as the patient arrived,

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I told the Red Cross that the patient needed emergency

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surgery but there was no answer because the evacuation

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Some of the sick made it out of here on Thursday

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After 24 hours, the ceasefire collapsed.

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There are now 100 badly injured people trapped here.

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He has been stuck here for three days, says this man.

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We have tried to leave but they stopped us.

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Rival factions attacked buses that were meant to free trapped sick

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Only when they are freed will the regime allow convoys

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And only after Aleppo's misery would you consider this salvation.

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The buses that bring them are so crowded there

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is no room for luggage, but here, there's relief.

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TRANSLATION: Rockets, Russian jets and warplanes all bombing us,

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We kept fleeing from one place to another.

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There was hunger, poverty and sleeping in the streets.

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This woman made it here with her twin girls.

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The camp may be crowded but here the sisters can breathe again.

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TRANSLATION: It is better than it was in Aleppo,

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We have new friends walking and playing together.

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There was a food shortage back there.

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We hated life but here we are eating biscuits and everything.

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Every minute and every hour of the ceasefire that is lost,

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is another moment of life denied to the children of Aleppo.

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Well, in New York the Security Council is discussing

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resolution on UN Monitoring of these evacuations - let's

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go to Gary O'Donoghue who is in Washington for us.

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There appears to be movement on this. What more can you tell us?

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They had about three hours inside the Security Council behind closed

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doors discussing a French proposal to put monitors, UN monitors on the

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ground to ensure people could get onto these buses and get out of

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eastern Aleppo safely. That was opposed by the Russians initially.

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We felt there was going to be a stand-off effectively. After that

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three hours they seem to have emerged saying they have some sort

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of compromise resolution they are going to vote on tomorrow or Monday

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morning at 9am local time in New York. So that does give a glimmer of

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hope that there may be some kind of oversight of what is actually

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happening to those civilians in eastern Aleppo. We don't know the

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detail of how it will work but the US ambassador Samantha Power did say

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that she could envisage some of those monitors being on the buses

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when they were moving out of those areas. The question will be the

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extent to which the Syrian government will have control over

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how that works. That's something that was a stumbling block for

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Russians initially. We know that evacuations have been halted for the

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time being. Is it the case that we are waiting for a decision from the

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Security Council for the evacuations to continue? I think it's more

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complex than that in the sense that part of the reason the evacuations

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stopped from eastern Aleppo is because of what happened in these

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other Shia villages west of Aleppo where these buses were allegedly

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burned that were meant to be taking Shia members of those villages out

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of the area surrounded by the rebels. The government was very keen

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to make that part of the whole deal. There was a lot of anger because of

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the sabotage of those buses. That's why to some degree the halt was

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called to the evacuation in eastern Aleppo. Big concern from the

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international community is while there is not anybody around to check

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what's going on and that there could be war crimes committed, there could

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be massacres. People have talked about not having another Srebrenica,

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you remember when those civilians were killed in Bosnia in 1995. So

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that's the concern. So time is of the essence. There are UN people in

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the vicinity. Samantha Power talking about re-purpose and those people to

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be monitors. We don't know how quickly they can be in place to get

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this effort moving. And temperatures are plummeting. Without shelter that

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is the real potential for it, and evermore escalating humanitarian

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crisis in the area. Thank you for that update.

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In neighbouring Jordan officials say at least nine people

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have been killed - including one Canadian

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a series of attacks in the historic city of Karak.

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They targeted two police patrols in separate attacks,

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while gunmen also opened fire at the ancient Crusader castle.

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Armoured personnel carriers racing through the streets of Karak.

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They are responding to a series of shootings in and around

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The security forces desperately tried to establish

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There is panic, confusion and more gunshots.

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This amateur footage shows police and special forces closing

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in on the gunmen who have now taken refuge in the Crusader Castle

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and are still firing on those around them.

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The medieval citadel draws tourists from around the world,

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and there were initial unconfirmed reports that some had

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Others were able to get out as the battle raged around them.

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This is where most of the casualties were found.

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All were Jordanian except for one Canadian woman who was killed.

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Tonight, the city appears calm although it is unclear

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There will be relief the attack is contained but it will be another

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blow to Jordan's reputation as a sea of calm in a region of crisis.

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A look at some more top stories this hour.

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The Islamic State group says it was behind a suicide attack

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in Yemen which left at least 40 soldiers dead.

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They were queueing to collect their pay -

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The head of security in the city is reported to have resigned.

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It follows the killing of 50 soldiers in a similar

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Government troops in Myanmar have taken a key position from the rebel

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Both the military and the insurgents suffered heavy casualties amidst

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intense fighting to retake the Gidon outpost.

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Four US senators are calling for the setting-up of a panel

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to investigate allegations of Russian hacking.

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The US government has claimed that Russia,

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as well as other foreign countries, were involved in cyber attacks

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designed to influence the outcome of the US election.

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Opponents of the Polish government have been staging a third day

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of protests in the capital, Warsaw over the government's plans

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to restrict journalists' access to parliament.

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Demonstrators gathered outside the constitutional court

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today, while opposition MPs continued their sit-in

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A short time ago I spoke to Yarlsaw Vordowcheg,

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the President of the Press Club in Poland, from Warsaw.

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The truth is that the speaker of the lower house is not liking

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He didn't make, when he started a year ago, until now, even

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The government is saying it is not unusual to accredit

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journalists in this way across Europe.

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I don't, of course not because they give as an example

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The European Parliament is very liberal.

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Of course nobody can enter the Parliament room,

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either in Poland or in Brussels but it's easy access

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to all European Parliament members and now we've got easy access

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Yesterday night we met with the speaker of the Senate,

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and we will continue talks tomorrow at noon, Warsaw time.

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He declared that they will not change the rules

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This is the result of the mass protests we organised,

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over 30 of the largest media outlets, Friday, under

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The protest today, without politicians,

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we had no politicians in printed press, radio and television, empty,

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blank pages and the blank screens sometimes on television stations

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How much is the Polish public actually paying

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attention to these protests, given that the government,

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The government is very popular and has so many people

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against the government and people who are pro.

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In the afternoon, after a few hours of our journalist protests,

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which is not political, this is only about the access

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to information and the freedom of speech, the opposition blocked

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the Parliament, saying we want to support journalists,

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and then people went onto the streets and said

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I'm very suspicious when politicians are supporting journalists.

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And I'm very suspicious especially when today,

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the opposition and yesterday, the governing party

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That was the President of the Polish Press Club,

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Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:

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Britain's Prince Harry - his life and charitable work

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in Africa is captured in a new documentary.

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The signatures took only three minutes but brought a formal end to

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three and a half years of conflict that has claimed more than 100,000

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lives. The former leaders put their names to the peace agreement.

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The Rimini and border was sealed and silent today. Romania has cut itself

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off from the outside world in order to prevent the details of the

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presumed massacre from leaking out. From sex at the White House to a

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trial for his political life. The Lewinsky affair tonight guaranteed

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Bill Clinton his place in history as only the second ever president to be

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impeached. Thousands of people are holding out

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in freezing temperatures in Eastern Aleppo as attempts

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to resume their evacuation fail. Gunmen in Jordan carry

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out a series of attacks in the historic town of Karak,

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killing at least ten people. While investigations continue

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into last Sunday's explosion at the Coptic Cathedral in Cairo,

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families of the victims Twenty-four people were killed,

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most were women and children. The Egyptian president has

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blamed a suicide bomber, Mahmoud Shafiq, alleged

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perpetrator of the Church He was sentenced to two years

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in prison earlier this year. He was convicted of belonging

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to the Muslim Brotherhood and of But he fled the village

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before the verdict. Outside his family home,

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journalists waited for hours hoping The only interview she gave was to a

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local newspaper. I couldn't tell if it was a local or

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international number. He does not talk much. He knows our calls could

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be recorded by the police. I don't believe he was a suicide attacker.

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Maybe somebody did it in his name. The explosion, which killed

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and injured dozens of Christians, was claimed by the so-called Islamic

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State. It is hard to verify

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it was Mahmoud who did it. The suicide bomber walked

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through this door to blow himself We can still see stains of blood

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covering the ground and the pews. The blast did not only cause severe

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damage to this place, He lost his dad and she lost her

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husband, the church guard. Nothing is left of him but a mobile

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phone with his pictures on it. TRANSLATION: Every morning,

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the boy asks me, where is my dad? People like her are now having

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to rebuild their lives, but picking up the pieces after such

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a tragedy will not be easy. A Philippine senator who's

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calling for the impeachment of President Rodrigo Duterte,

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has told the BBC she fears for her life -

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but won't be silenced. Leila de Lima, a former

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justice minister, said she'd taken on extra security

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since she began criticising This is what Ms De

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Lima told BBC News. I certainly believe that he is a

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killer. He admitted it. Of course his defenders, his spokesperson will

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try to explain it away by saying it's just part of his bravado and

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probably just a joke. We've had enough of those so-called jokes.

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Such acts are impeachable. Let's call a spade a spade. That is a high

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crime, committing mass murders. And mass murderers do not only pertain

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to victims of the death squad but also current victims of the current

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so-called war on drugs. There are real security threats against me. Of

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course I take extra security measures, I have my own security

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compliment. But I cannot be cowed into doing and saying what I don't

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want to do and say. Manchester City put their recent

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problems behind them, moving up to second place

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in the Premier League table after beating

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Arsenal 2-1 at the Etihad. City had

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to come from behind. It was Raheem Stirling

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who scored their winner 20 minutes from time,

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but earlier Theo Walcott had opened the scoring for Arsenal

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after just five minutes. City are now seven points behind

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league leaders Chelsea. Of course, it was quite

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similar to Chelsea. With Chelsea, we didn't

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win, and today we did. We have problems with

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important players not That is very difficult to accept

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in a game like that. I believe there is a lot going

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on the moment that is not serious. It is unbelievable,

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but every time the decisions go against

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you, and unilaterally. Spurs are now only a point behind

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Arsenal, in fifth place. They beat Burnley 2-1

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at White Hart Lane. Like Manchester City,

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Spurs also had to come from behind. Danny Rose scored the winner

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20 minutes from time. Earlier Ashley Barnes had given

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Burnley the lead before Dele Alli I think always the Premier League

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is hard to win games. Today we knew that Burnley is a team

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that fight a lot, run a lot, every ball, they

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are ready to challenge. I think the team played

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in a very good way. I think that we fully deserved

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in the end the victory and I am pleased with that because it

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was a difficult win. And in the other Premier League

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match, Southampton won They were 3-1 winners

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at Bournemouth. Elsehwere, Real Madrid have

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won the Club World Cup. Cristiano Ronaldo scored

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a hat-trick as they beat Japan's Kashima Antlers 4-2

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in extra time. After Karim Benzema had put

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Real ahead early on, Gaku Shibasaki equalised

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just before the break. And then the Antlers went ahead

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with this fine strike. The J-League champions,

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who only qualified as hosts, seemed on the verge of the biggest

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shock in the history But Ronaldo equalised

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with a penalty before putting his side in

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front in extra-time. He then

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added his third on the night and the Spanish club's fourth

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to secure the championship. It's Real's second World Club

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title in three years. England's hope of a consolation

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victory in the fifth and final test India batted all the way

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through the third day That's 86 behind England's

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first innings score, with Rahul falling just one run

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short of a double century. On Day 4 of the first Test

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between Australia and Pakistan at the Gabba in Brisbane,

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Asad Shafiq scored an unbeaten century as Pakistan chased

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a daunting 490 runs to win. They began the penultimate

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day on 70-2 and reached Scotland's John Higgins and Marco Fu

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of Hong Kong are into final session Fu is 8-4 up, he needs just

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one more for victory. Prince Harry has been speaking

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frankly about his royal life. at a young age made him

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question his position, but that he now views life "very,

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very differently". Prince Harry looks in his

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element as he helps out in a centre teaching life skills

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to young people affected by HIV. It is run by a charity

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he co-founded ten years ago in the small southern

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African state of Lesotho. Sentebale have helped

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more than 21,000 people, And Harry's clearly

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passionate about its work. HIV/Aids is the number one killer

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of adolescents across sub-Saharan You have a bunch of kids

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who have no idea about HIV. They are not allowed

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to talk about it. And now that we have the drugs and

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pills to be able to give these kids a healthy, happy,

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long life, yet we're not educating them or empowering

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them to make their own decisions. Harry first visited Africa in 1997,

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not long after his mother's death and he says he still feels

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a connection to the continent. I think the first time that I went

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to Africa, I was tiny. I think I went with my dad

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to a Spice Girl concert Not only have I found that escape

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but I have found a way to try and use the name and

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the position for good. In recent weeks, Harry's

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relationship with actress placed him firmly in the media

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spotlight once again. He says, in the past,

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he resented his position and wanted to bury his head

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in the sand. Now, though, he's excited to be able

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to use his profile to help A rare Asian elephant calf has been

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born at Chester Zoo. was born to 12-year-old mother

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Sundara after a 22-month gestation. She's the 19th elephant to be born

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at the zoo in its 85-year history. Keepers say both mother

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and daughter were doing well. Asian elephants are officially

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listed as endangered, and calves are born

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into captivity in the UK only From me and the rest

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of the team, goodbye. Hello. Looks like the Christmas

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weather will be more windy than white and next weekend will be very

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different from this

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