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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The headlines: Donald Trump hits out again at the intelligence community,

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The US Congress is briefed on the report into Russia's Jack King of

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the US election. -- hacking. Donald Trump hits out again

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at the intelligence community, blaming them for releasing

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allegations linking him with Russia. A baby girl stolen 18 years ago from

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a hospital in Florida has been found, alive. Dying from the cold:

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the UN warns that refugees and migrants struggling to survive in

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Europe's wintry weather. -- are struggling.

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Intelligence agencies have briefed the US House of Representatives

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about their investigation into Russia's alleged

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campaign to influence the US presidential election.

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Also today, the president-elect has sent out another barrage

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of early morning tweets, accusing his opponents of making up

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He's promised a report into hacking within 90 days,

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as our North America correspondent Nick Bryant reports.

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There are storylines that could easily come from a Cold War

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spy thriller, and plot twists involving sex allegations

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and potential Russian blackmail that even the TV series House Of Cards

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But this is reality, not a show, and the first episode of Trump

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the Presidency airs in just one week's time.

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For now, Donald Trump mainly delivers his lines on Twitter.

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"It now turns out that the phoney allegations against me were put

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together by my political opponents and a failed spy

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Totally made-up facts, by sleazebag political operatives,

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Probably released by intelligence even knowing there is no

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My people will have a full report on hacking within 90 days."

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On Capitol Hill today, lawmakers received a behind closed

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doors briefing on the unverified dossier and Russia's

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alleged interference in the presidential election.

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And many are left demanding more answers.

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The American people are owed the truth, and there is a great deal

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of evidence to say this is an issue of high interest to the American

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people - the strength, the integrity of our own democracy.

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a senior US official confirming today there were frequent contacts

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between Donald Trump's top national security adviser and Russia's

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ambassador here in Washington, and that those contacts took place

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on the day that President Obama expelled dozens of Russian

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officials in retaliation for the alleged hacking.

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It again raises questions about the Trump team's

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All this as Barack Obama performs his final acts, and one

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of them took his deputy completely by surprise.

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I am pleased to award our nation's highest civilian honour,

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I can say I was part of the journey of a remarkable man, who did

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But Washington moves on - it's always been a city

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And this time next week, this capital, this country, will be under

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The House of Representatives has voted to start the process of

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repealing Obama care. The US House of Representatives,

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where the Republican Party has a majority, has voted to begin

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the process of repealing Mr Obama's landmark Affordable Care Act,

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known as Obamacare. Our correspondent Laura Bicker

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explained more about Republicans say people have lack of

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choice now, and they believe it is Government overreach. They

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campaigned, and Donald Trump made it a key pledge, to replace it and

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repeal it. Repealing it might be the easy part, but replacing it is far

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more tricky. And that is because parts of it are still popular,

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including that mandate, which means that people with pre-existing

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conditions have to have health insurance, so they get health

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insurance that they otherwise would not get. So there is a worry that if

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they pull that rug away, what will be left? So now we have even a few

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Republicans who are voicing their concerns. But Paul Ryan, the house

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speaker, and the senior elected Republican in the house, has already

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said that they will find a way to make a smooth transition, although

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we have yet to hear the details of that.

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A woman has died in the US with an untreatable

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infection that could resist all available antibiotics.

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The case occurred last year, and details have just been released

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in a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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She was infected with Klebsiella pneumoniae -

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which normally lives in the gut without causing disease.

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Helen Branswell is a senior writer on infectious

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She told me health authorities will be deeply concerned about the case.

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Some of the details are not known, as is always the case, her name and

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personal details have not been released. What is known is that she

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was a woman who was in her 70s, resident in Reno, Nevada or that

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area, but had been spending quite a bit of time in India in the two

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years prior to her death. She had an accident of some sort, and broke her

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femur in the right leg, which is the big bone in your thigh. After that

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she developed a bone infection in that bone, and also in her hip, and

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over the next couple of years she was in and out of hospital a lot in

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India. As recently as last June, as a matter of fact. That is kind of a

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risk factor because India has quite a high rate of some of these

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superbugs that we've been hearing a lot about lately. Then she went to

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the United States, she was cared for in a hospital in Reno, Nevada, and

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was quite sick, and they try to cure her and could not.

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What does that mean, and how worrying is it?

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Well, people have been warning for quite a while that we are running

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out of antibiotics essentially, that the bacteria are evolving faster

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than we can produce new drugs. Health officials have been worried

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about it a lot. The reason that I was keen to write about this story

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though is because it sort of translates what seems sometimes like

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a theoretical risk into reality. I mean, this is happening. It doesn't

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happen daily, at least not in developed countries, but it is

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happening and it is going to continue to happen, and at

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escalating rates. Is there any concern that, you know,

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the bacteria could have transferred from that woman in the US hospital

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treatment centres that she was being cared for's sure, that would

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obviously always be a concern. The hospital seems to have got very

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quickly that she had a multidrug resistant bacteria, and they are

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slipped her, and health care team that worked on her used what are

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called contact precautions, they were wearing gowns and gloves, and

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they had to obviously washed their hands going out of her room. They

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have tested the health care workers, they have tested people who were in

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parts of a hospital near her, so far there is no evidence of the bug's

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spreading, but experts are saying it is only a matter of time before we

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see more of these bugs in our hospitals.

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A newborn girl stolen 18 years ago from a hospital in the US state

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of Florida has been found alive in South Carolina.

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Kamiyah Mobley's biological family was notified of the news after DNA

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A woman has been arrested in connection with the abduction.

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In the interest of reducing any further trial to this young woman, I

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am not revealing her name. Please remember this young woman was

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abducted as a newborn, and she will need time and assistance to process

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all of this, and we are respecting her privacy and I ask her to do the

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same. She had an inclination, beginning a couple of months ago

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probably, that she may have been involved in this in some way, so we

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were able to deliver that to her today. And again, she is taking it

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as well as you could imagine but she has a lot to process. She has a lot

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to think about is you can imagine. Peter Bowes is in

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Los Angeles for us. Peter, do we know how the police

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tracked this woman down? No, we don't. That is the key piece of

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information that we don't have yet, but it is an extraordinary series of

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events, that we are learning about, going back to 1998, July of that

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year, when this then Ed-year-old -- eight hour old baby was stolen from

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a hospital. A woman apparently posed as a nurse, and she said that the

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child had to be taken away for some treatment because she had a fever.

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She was taken out of the ward away from her mother and never seen

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since. There was a huge search at the time, there was extensive media

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coverage here in the United States, there was a quarter of $1 million

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award for any information leading to what has now happened, and that is a

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tip off that she was apparently living with a woman in South

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Carolina. The woman itself, who's now grown up

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of course, is not being named as we have there. Very understandably.

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That's right, she has been known today by her original name, the one

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that she was given by her family, but we have no other details, and as

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we've just heard from the police officer there, she has a lot to take

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in, this woman, realising that her identity was completely different,

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apparently something has happened, whether it's the tip of or some

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other information, that made her a little suspicious over the last few

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months, and then presumably agreed to the DNA test. And the test has

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just come back and it has confirmed her true identity. As far as we can

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gather there has been no reunion yet with her family, and that the

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police, because she is now an adult, say it is now off to her in terms of

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the circumstances precisely when that happens. How come the police

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are still working on this? Obviously it was a long time ago. It was, but

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it was an unsolved case and this is a case of a mother and a family not

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giving up hope. Over the years some 2000 plus Leeds, tips, were sent

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into the police and they were investigated, and over the years the

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tapes were different, and up until as loosely as a couple of years ago

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police were looking into new information. So this wasn't a cold

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case, this was still a case that was being actively investigated. Peter,

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we will wait to find out more. Thanks very much for now. French

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authorities have launched an investigation into car-maker Renault

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over allegations they attempted to cheat at this -- emission tests. The

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companies share price dipped 4% as a result. Earlier this week Volkswagen

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agree to pay fines for cheating similar test. Pressure is mounting

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on the Gambia's president to speak down. He lost the December election

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but has refused to relinquish power. The delegation of West African

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leaders has arrived to try to resolve the issue before next week's

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inauguration ceremony. -- Labour's former Education Secretary Tristram

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Hunt is standing down as an MP, but says his differences with Jeremy

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Corbyn are in the past. He is the second Labour MP to resign

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in recent weeks. Stay with us here. Much more ahead. All the sport,

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including the latest on Diego Costa, who has been left out of the Chelsea

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squad for this year -- this weekend's match after a dispute over

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his fitness. The industry is nervous of this

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report, this may tend to make people want to stop smoking cigarettes.

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There is not a street that is unaffected. Huge parts were simply

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demolished as buildings crashed into one another. This woman said she had

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been given no help and no advice by the authorities. She stood outside

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the ruins of her business. Tens of thousands of black children in South

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Africa have taken advantage of laws passed by the country's new

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multiracial Government, and enrolled at formerly white schools.

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Tonight sees the 9610th performance of the mousetrap. The management

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considered whether to cancel tonight's performance, but Agatha

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Christie would have been the last person to want such a thing.

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This is BBC World News Today. The latest headlines:

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Donald Trump has once again hit out at the intelligence community,

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blaming them for releasing allegations linking him with Russia.

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A woman has died in the US from an infection which ripped -- resisted

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all available antibiotics. Disease control experts have told -- called

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it and "Nightmare back bacteria." -- nightmare bacteria.

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More than 65 people have died as a result of icy storms

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Snow and strong winds have hit much of the UK; severe flood warnings

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are now in place on the eastern coast of England with

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In Scotland, heavy snowfall has caused 19 schools

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In France, power cuts have affected more than 237,000 homes as a storm

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swept across Normandy and regions north of Paris.

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And in Germany, wind and snow forced the airline Lufthansa to cancel 125

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Well, the sudden cold snap is severely affecting

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The United Nations refugee agency is urging governments to do more.

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The UNHCR said several migrants had died from cold

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and exhaustion in Bulgaria, and it called on Greece to move

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migrants from poor conditions on islands to better facilities

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Our correspondent Sian Grzeszczyk reports.

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Desperate to get out of the bitterly cold waters,

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these are just some of the 800 migrants and refugees

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that were rescued from the Mediterranean Sea yesterday.

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The Italian coastguard helped them out of the six rubber boats

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Freezing temperatures in Europe over the last week have caused the UN

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to call on governments to do more to help migrants.

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In Greece, the situation was so bad that this ship was sent

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to Lesbos, at the request of the Greek Prime Minister, to house

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migrants amidst health warnings that condition at the main camp

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Hundreds of others in Lesbos are being transferred to hotels.

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I am afraid, but I don't know where I go.

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At the European Parliament in Brussels, a warning about how

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prepared the EU is for a further increase in numbers.

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We are making a call for Europe to prepare

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It may not happen, but we need to be prepared.

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We are very concerned that in a number of situations,

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Europe does not seem to have a plan A or plan B.

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Conditions are also tough at this migrant camp in Serbia.

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More than 1,000 men from Afghanistan and Pakistan are relying on one meal

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a day from volunteers, and having to wash outside

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Concern is growing that more migrants will die, trying to survive

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Hugh Ferris has all the sport for us.

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It's the latest drama with Diego Costa, who's been left out of the

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Chelsea squad for the match at Leicester on Saturday, after a

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dispute with the club's coaching staff. He's got 14 goals so far this

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season, and he is thought to have been the subject of a lucrative

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offer from a Chinese club. It seems as though, after a period of

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relative calm in Diego Costa's combustible career, that the start

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of this week he started to have disagreements with a particular

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member of the Chelsea coaching staff, and that has escalated to a

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point where his manager has decided to leave him basically out of the

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squad, didn't travel to Leicester, he's not going to play at Leicester.

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The key point is, what is behind the issues? And some people are

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suggesting that big offers, big, big offers that cost -- Costa seems to

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be at the centre of, which are coming from China, where other

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players have gone, they might be at the bottom of Diego Costa's anger at

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the moment. Birds a different dispute

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threatening to overshadow the beginning of the Africa cup of

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Nations. The DDR Congo squad boycotted the training session on

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Friday before their opening match of the tournament. They -- the players

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explained the boycott is over bonus payments. They are saying this has

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been happened from -- happening for years and years, and that they

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always prepare well but in the end there is always a problem with

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bonuses. They are Congo play Morocco on Monday, the tournament starts on

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Saturday, the 31st Africa cup of Nations is being hosted in Gabon.

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Every two years, Africa's top 16 national sides battle it up to

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become the continent's top team. This year, the battle ground is

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Gabon. Five years after this small oil-rich Central African country

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last hosted the tournament, football is back on the fans are excited. But

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preparations have been slow. Just a few days ago this was the state of

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the entrance into the stadium. It will host group C matches and at

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least 1/4-final. The slow pace of work has not dampened the spirits of

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the people, led by President Ali Bongo. As in tournaments past, once

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the action starts, most of the problems tend to be forgotten.

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Defending champions Ivory coast are still one of the favourites to win

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the term and, despite being without their once talismanic captain Yaya

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Toure, who announced his retirement last year. They are in group C

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alongside Congo, Morocco and Togo. Gabon may not boast the most

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talented squad, but you discount Africa's most prolific striker at

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the moment that your own peril. They are in group A, alongside 2013

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finalists Burkina Faso, four time winners Cameron and newcomers

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Guinea-Bissau. Senegal post the continent's most expensive player;

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they are in group B alongside Algeria, Tunisia and Zimbabwe. Ghana

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are always in the running to win, despite not having lifted the trophy

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since 1982. A different country has won the last four nations cups.

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Gabon is known as the land of the storytellers, but whose legend will

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be the tail to be told by the end of this tournament? -- the story to be

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told. Always very exciting, that's all the sport for now. Here in the

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UK, police in Great Yarmouth and Norfolk say -- and Norfolk say

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thousands of people are refusing to leave their homes, despite advice to

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evacuate because of severe -- the threat of severe flooding. Snow and

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strong winds have continued to hit much of the UK, and the Environment

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Agency have now issued 17 warnings of danger to life. Ben Brown is in

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Great Yarmouth, were issued -- huge storm surge is about to reach its

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peak. It looks pretty wet, then. Yes, actually it seems that it's not

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quite as bad as some people had feared this -- this storm surge. You

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can they possibly just behind be the water; it is not yet up to the level

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of the coastal defences here, so it looks like Great Yarmouth might get

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away with it, and further up the eastern coast of England it is the

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same story, whether high tide has already hit -- where the tide has

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already hit, it doesn't seem to have been as bad as the warnings would

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have had people believe. But further down the coast, the high tide will

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be later on and they are bracing themselves for perhaps more damage.

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It has come over in some places like Scarborough, the water has come over

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a little bit, but not too concerning. 17 severe flood warnings

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were issued by the Environment Agency. That means a risk to life,

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and then more flood warnings as well involving people being asked to take

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immediate action. There have been 5000 homes that the authorities have

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been trying to evacuate here in Great Yarmouth, the military and

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police have been going round trying to get people to leave their homes,

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but say about 50% to 60% have been saying no, they don't want to leave

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their homes, or if they do, they don't want to go to the event --

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official centres, they want to stay with friends and family. A lot of

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people have been staying at their homes, putting sandbags around their

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homes, maybe moving upstairs, taking carpets and mats and their pets

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upstairs in case the waters come in. But at the moment it looks like good

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news for a Great Yarmouth, the waters don't seem to be coming into

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the town. The daughters of former president

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George W Bush have written an open letter to Sasha and Malia Obama

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as they prepare to leave In the letter, Jenna Bush-Hager

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and Barbara Bush offered advice to Obama sisters in their "next

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chapter" - her are some excerpts: "You have lived

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through the unbelievable pressure You have listened to harsh criticism

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of your parents by people who had Now you are about to join

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another rarified club, We stay in touch with

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our Secret Service. There for first dates,

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first days and even You can read the full

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letter on our website, A secondary school in the US has

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apologised after it used the topic of child sexual assault in a maths

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assignment. The Pennsylvania high school based the question around the

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life of the poet Maya Angelou, asking students to work out who

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abused her when she was just eight years old. Parents complained that

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the subject matter was not appropriate for young teenagers.

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Let's move to space. Two astronauts from the International space centre

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have been on a spacewalk. They have been upgrading the space station's

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Power system with new batteries; it took a lot of hours, during that

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time there was no food, no toilet break and apparently their space

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suits became increasingly stiff in the vacuum of space. But it seems to

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have gone well. Thankfully. Well, I am back on Sunday night. That's it

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from me, we are keeping you up-to-date of course throughout the

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rest of the day. Goodbye. There will be a comparative look at

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the weather here in the UK before the top of the hour, but right now

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whether to take a look at some weather stories from elsewhere

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around the world. In the United States we got some relatively warm

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and moist air coming in from

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