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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Growing concern for migrants and the homeless,

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as Europe prepares for more snow and cold weather.

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Aid agencies warn that thousands of migrants in the Balkans risk

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freezing to death in tents and temporary shelters.

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Civil rights demonstrations in Washington, as Donald Trump

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The private rocket firm SpaceX resumes operations,

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taking ten communication satellites up into orbit.

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And in football, Chelsea beat Premier Champions Leicester to go

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seven points ahead of their nearest rival in England's top league.

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Serbia's migrant spokesman has defended his country's handling

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of the extreme cold weather that's claimed dozens of lives across

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Ivan Miskovic has told BBC News that many have refused shelters,

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15,000 people are living in tents as far South as Greece,

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including the islands of Lesbos and Samos.

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Aid agencies warn they are at risk of freezing to death.

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It's in the Balkans, though, where the situation

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We'll have that interview with a Serbian official in a moment,

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The cold snap is tightening its grip.

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Claiming more than 65 lives across Europe.

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Causing traffic chaos, power cuts and travel delays.

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The Balkans have been particularly hard hit.

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Temperatures have been as low as -15 for several days.

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There is major concern about the plight of refugees,

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Some are being sheltered in reception centres.

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But 1,200 are living in a derelict warehouse in Belgrade,

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It's very cold, and we are just making fire.

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But still we can keep warm ourselves.

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We're trying to leave this country and go to European countries.

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But we are stuck because of the borders.

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There are calls for governments across Europe to do more.

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It will only take one more snow storm or another cold snap

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and we're going to see some, some children, you know,

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Children are particularly prone to respiratory illnesses

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It's about saving lives, not about red tape and keeping

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to bureaucratic arrangements at the moment.

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River traffic along the Danube, one of Europe's main waterways,

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has largely been suspended in Eastern Europe due to the ice.

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In Wengen in Switzerland, a famous downhill race

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in the Skiing World Cup had to be cancelled because of too much snow.

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More than 40 centimetres fell overnight.

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Powerful winds added to the complications,

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with organisers eventually having to admit the race

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And the warning is that more bad weather is on the way.

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Well, Ivan Miskovic is a spokesman for the Serbian Government's

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This is what he had to say about the situation. At this moment there are

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more than 7000 migrants in the Republic of Serbia. Out of that

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number, 6000 are accommodated in official centres manage that the

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department for refugees, and more than 1000 around the centre of the

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city. What other conditions like? The conditions in the form of sites,

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the people living here are battling with harsh conditions in freezing

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temperatures, so this is inadequate for anybody. We have a campaign

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trying to persuade them to go to the centres, to be accommodated in the

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official heated rooms and Friday will be provided with meals and

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health care. Unfortunately is still got back only 400 people --

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unfortunately only 400 people are being persuaded. There are no women

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or children in the public places in the city centre of Belgrade, so

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there is a good result, but more than 1000 migrants are slipping in

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public places. Whose responsibility is it to sort the situation? The

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state of Serbia is doing everything we can to provide shelter for these

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people and we have managed to provide in a shelter for these

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people, but they are refusing to be accommodated in official centres.

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They are distrustful towards us because they are afraid of being

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deported. In reality, there is not a single real reason for them to be

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outside the official centres, provided by the state of Serbia. The

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good news is that we have provided new capacity in Belgrade, so in the

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next few days everyone will be accommodated officially with heated

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rooms and three meals a day and proper health care. Some charities,

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including save the children, are saying that in Belgrade there are

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1500 migrants, including unaccompanied children, slipping in

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factories added two spaces. -- sleeping in factories and empty

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spaces. Is it not your responsibility to make sure those

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people are catered for? We have done everything we can to persuade them

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to be accommodated in the centres. We have done everything to care

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about them. They are persistent and refusing us, so we hope that the new

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capacity is there will be provided in the next few days are going to be

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suitable for them and they will trust us that nothing will happen to

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them if they are accommodated there. It will get a warm room, three meals

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and proper health care. From the Serbian government departments and

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refugees. It has been a deadly weekend for migrant strength to make

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their way to Europe. The Italian cruise guide says a hundred people

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are missing after the boat sank. Police eight migrants are known to

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have died. For migrants have died off the coast of southern Spain."

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Searching for a 21 people in the Mediterranean Sea.

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Ahead of his inauguration next week, Donald Trump has become embroiled

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in a row with one of the country's most distinguished civil

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Congressman John Lewis said he did not consider Mr Trump

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a legitimate President - prompting an angry response

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In Washington, civil rights protesters have held a rally

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at the Martin Luther King Memorial, chanting "no justice, no peace".

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The Reverend Al Sharpton called on all politicians

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We have, not to appeal to Donald Trump, because he has made it clear

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what his policies are and what his nominations are. We come to see to

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the Democrats in the Senate and in the house and to the moderate

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Republicans to get some backbone. We need to send you read here to be

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with me. Live now to Washington,

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and the BBC's Laura Bicker. Al Sharpton was uncompromising in

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his words, but what are these protests and the ones coming up next

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week going to achieve? It is worth remembering when you see

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those thousands marching along the maul, they stop short a few yards

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from where Donald Trump will take the growth of office in six days.

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This march today is one of many double take place over the next

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week. Many people are just trying to be heard. There are a number of

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African Americans to see a Donald Trump. Only 8% of African-Americans

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voted for Donald Trump. When it comes to him being the new

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commander-in-chief, there are some concerns. There is also the lesbian,

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gay and bisexual community holding a march and lawyers are marching in

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some kind of protest as well. The biggest march will be next Saturday,

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which is the woman's march. It started as a small organisation who

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said they wanted to March the day following his inauguration that now

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we know that buses coming the city. Donald Trump has also been

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criticised by the row here's had with the leading civil rights

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campaigner. John Lewis was an icon in the 1960s.

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Here's last surviving speaker of that Martin Luther King march on

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Washington. When it comes to a member of Congress, he has been

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there for 30 years and is very well respected. He has the support of

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many Republicans. During an interview, John Lewis said that he

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did not recognise Donald Trump is a legitimate resident and would not be

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attending his inauguration. He said that he believed Russia got him

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elected. Donald Trump sent a number of messages on Twitter that said

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John Lewis should spend more time looking after his area and dealing

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with crime rather than complaining about the election results. All talk

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and no results. Said this was sad. When it comes to criticism for

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Donald Trump that has come fast and furious. A number of leading

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Democrats and entertainers and also members of Donald Trump's own party

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have elected their of John Lewis. Here are a few of the messages. One

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from a Republican who says that John Lewis and his top have changed the

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world. Donald Trump just insulted one of America's's civil icons. The

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timing of Donald Trump's treat is interesting because this is a

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holiday weekend in the US where many people are spending the time

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honouring Martin Luther King, and they have a day off on Monday. To

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start holiday weekend by treating and criticising is civil rights icon

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has led to some sharp criticism. Thank you.

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Let's take a look at some other stories now.

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Turkey and Russia have decided to invite the United States

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The talks are due to be held this month in the Kazakh capital, Astana.

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But the Turkish Foreign Minister said Turkey remained

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opposed to the inclusion of the Syrian Kurdish

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A major summit of African heads of state has begun in Mali,

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with the talks being dominated by the political

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The Gambian president-elect, Adama Barrow, is attending the summit.

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It comes after West African leaders failed to persuade long-time ruler,

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Poland has officially welcomed 3,500 US troops

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as part of a Nato military build-up on the bloc's eastern front.

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The troops are part of President Obama's

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response to Nato concerns about Russian aggression.

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It's the biggest US troop deployment to Europe in decades.

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Russia has criticised it as "a threat" to security.

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Let's go to Florida now, where a teenager who was stolen

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as a baby from a hospital nearly two decades ago has been found.

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Kamiyah Mobley was discovered after a tip-off.

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The woman who raised her in South Caroline has now been

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This is Kamiyah Mobley with the woman who,

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for all her life, she believed to be her mother.

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They'd seemed a perfectly normal and happy family living in a quiet

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But today, her mother, Gloria Williams, is under arrest,

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charged with kidnapping Kamiyah after she was born 18 years ago

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So in South Carolina, we found an 18-year-old young woman,

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with the same date of birth, but a different name.

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So further investigation revealed that fraudulent documents had been

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used to establish that young woman's identity.

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In interviews with people, it supported the possibility

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that this young woman may be Kamiyah Mobley.

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Just after she was born in this hospital in Florida in 1998,

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Kamiyah was abducted by a woman posing as a nurse.

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But it was only last year that police received a tip

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For her biological family, a moment of huge relief.

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She sounds so intelligent and so respectful and she says

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For Kamiyah herself, disbelief that the woman she loved

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as a mother is now accused of being her abductor.

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Stay with us on BBC News, still to come:

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A beautiful sight with hidden dangers.

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We find out how competition between kite-flyers is putting

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Aid agencies warn that thousands of migrants in the Balkans risk

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freezing to death in tents and temporary shelters.

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Donald Trump sparks outrage after criticising a veteran

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civil rights campaigner who questioned his

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The Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas has warned that moving

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the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem would deal a huge

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blow to remaining hopes for Middle East peace.

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It comes as as major summit is held in Paris -

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seen as one of the last chances to save the so-called

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two-state solution for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Our Middle East correspondent, Yolande Knell, reports

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Jerusalem is meant to be a shared capital for Israelis and

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Palestinians. Living peacefully side-by-side into nations. That is

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how many seed the two state solution to the conflict. But today, Israel

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controls most of the West Bank and East Jerusalem, which the

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Palestinians wanted their state. Over 600,000 Israeli settlers live

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in these areas, captured in the 1967 war. We are going further away from

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the two state solution. The Palestinians were given a chance to

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set up a Palestinian state, but we know that they completely corrupt

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and bankrupt. That many in the international community said that

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settlement expansion is what is undermining a two state solution.

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You'll the issue of the settlements, compromises were made in the past

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but money this attempt brought peace until now. But there are new

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international efforts to push for peace and a Palestinian state to

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neighbour Israel. Many Israelis welcomed the idea because it

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recognises the united Jerusalem as their capital. But Palestinians

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believe it will kill the two state solution. I am a permanent resident

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but I am not a citizen like any Israeli dues in Jerusalem. Since

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1967 more than 14,000 residency cards were revoked by the Israeli

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authorities in the main purpose is to minimise the number of

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Palestinians living in Jerusalem and to ensure a Jewish majority. Recent

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opinion polls suggest most Israelis and Palestinians do still support

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the idea of two states, but only by very narrow margins. On both sides

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there are fears that chances for a peace deal are fading.

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Chelsea are seven points clear at the top of the English Premier

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League after their 12th victory in 13 matches.

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Dropped after a falling out with the coaching staff.

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Their 3-0 win over champions Leicester came thanks to two goals

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And it takes them seven points clear.

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The leaders were without their star striker,

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who's reportedly unsettled by a lucrative approach

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But manager Antonio Conte insists Costa was injured

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and couldn't train this week and that's why he didn't play.

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I think in this situation you can listen to a lot of things. In my

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career and experience, as a coach, if there are problems I'm used to

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solving them in the changing room. I never do a press conference.

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Tottenham have gone second thanks to a 4-0 win over West Brom.

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Their sixth victory in a row in a league.

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Harry Kane got a hattrick at White Hart Lane at the end

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of the week he became a father for the first time.

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The last few times we played they scored first saw it has been a

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while. We had to go out there and get an early goal and try to finish

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the game off and we did that in our best performance of the season. It

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was a great day. While Arsenal also

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won 4-0 at Swansea. Thanks in part to Olivier Giroud's

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fifth goal in as many games. That was enough to take them

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third above Liverpool, Swansea have dropped

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to the bottom of the table. Elsewhere Burnley won one nil

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at home to Southampton - the returning Joey Barton

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with the goal. Hull are off the bottom,

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beating Bournemouth in Marco Silva's Sunderland lost 3-1

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at home to Stoke City. Watford and Middlesbrough drew nil

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nil and Sam Allardyce saw his Crystal Palace side lose

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three nil on their visit The opening match of the Africa Cup

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of Nations produced a shock, as Guinea Bissau scored in the last

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minute to register a 1-all draw It's the first major tournament

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in the country's history. Seth Bennett was watching

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in Libreville. The Gabon fans arrived at the

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stadium with plenty of hope that their national team would provide a

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performance that would live long in their memory. They were treated to a

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great opening ceremony were plenty of national pride was Sean. The game

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was pretty dull for the first 45 minutes but hardly a shot on target,

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but in the second half there was a goal scored from close range. There

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was to be a late twist on this as the ball was played around nicely

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and it got a fix that they were not able to get a second. The fans here

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go home disappointed and frustrated that the home team were unable to

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turn it into a performance, but for the proponents of it was a night to

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remember. The other gaming group a sort the favourite team held to a

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draw. Cameron took the lead in the first half, but then Burkina Faso

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equalised 40 minutes from time. After the South African open, the

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British golfer managed to keep his lead. He sunk five birdies and has

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now played 41 holes since dropping his last shot. He is 17 under for

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the competition, three shots ahead of the world under two Rory McIlroy,

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who is struggling with back pain, but he still managed a third round

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of five under par. That is the spot for now. -- the sport.

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This weekend, the skies above India will be filled with kites

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as the country celebrates one of the harvest festivals.

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Kite-flying is often part of major religious festivals,

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but as Sanjoy Majumder reports, the country's passion for kites

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I had been doing some tight shopping in New Delhi, but this is what I was

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after, a glass coated kite string. It is supposedly banned but it only

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took a little persuasion for one of the shopkeepers to go to the back

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and sell me one. Kite flying can be done with the cotton thread, you do

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not need to use a sharp objects that might hurt someone or kill hundreds

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of thousands of birds. A sport should not be enjoyment from one

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that brings grief and suffering to others.

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The private rocket firm - SpaceX - has blasted off a Falcon nine

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rocket in California, the first since one of its vehicles

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exploded on the launch pad in September.

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Today's rocket is carrying cargo for the Iridium satellite phone

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On this flight are ten spacecraft - the first phase in the roll-out

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of Iridium's next constellation, which consists of a total

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