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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The Headlines: A war of words between

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Donald Trump's team says there's a concerted attempt

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to undermine his Presidency -- and vows to fight "tooth

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All change in the Gambia: West African troops enter

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the capital, preparing the way for the man who won

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A shock for France's former Prime Minister Manuel Valls,

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as he trails behind a left wing rival in the battle

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for the Socialist party's presidential nomination.

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And in Sport - we will look at the wide-open field

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The top seeds in both draws have been eliminated.

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The White House has vowed to fight the news media "tooth and nail,"

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over what officials see as unfair attacks on President Trump.

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The new administration has taken issue with the number

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of people who attended the inauguration on Friday.

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President Trump claims at least a million people

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turned out, but aerial photographs appear to tell a different story.

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With more - here's our North America Editor Jon Sopel.

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The weightiest issues on the planet were discussed

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at Donald Trump's inaugural address, but what the president is in a white

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rage about are suggestions that the crowds for him were not

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as big as they were for Barack Obama eight years ago, even though

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the evidence is incontrovertible, as these two photos,

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each taken 45 minutes before the inauguration

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But last night, journalists were summoned to the most

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extraordinary White House briefing to be told they were lying.

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This was the largest audience to ever witness

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This kind of dishonesty in the media, the challenging,

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the bringing of our nation together, is making it more difficult.

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There has been a lot of talk in the media

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about the responsibility to hold Donald Trump accountable,

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and I'm here to tell you that it goes two ways.

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We are going to hold the press accountable as well.

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Earlier in the day from Donald Trump, on a visit

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to CIA headquarters, a similar attack, though this time

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As you know, I have a running war with the media.

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They are among the most dishonest human beings on earth.

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They sort of made it sound like I had a feud

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But, hang on a minute, how do you reconcile the suggestion

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that it's all got up by the journalists when he

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He accused the intelligence services of leaking material against him,

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and suggested their behaviour made it seem as though we were

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And today, key lieutenants were intensifying their attacks.

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There is an obsession by the media to delegitimise this president,

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and we are not going to sit around and let it happen.

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Our press secretary gave alternative facts to that.

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Look, alternative facts are not facts, they are falsehoods.

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Part of this can be put down to Donald Trump's obsession

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with the size of his crowd, but there is deliberate

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It seems the White House wants to undermine the conventional media

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so that Donald Trump is able to present his own version

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of reality through Twitter and Facebook without any mediation,

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and say to the public, who do you believe, me

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And while this battle plays itself out, the satirists are making hay.

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This is their take on what Vladimir Putin makes of it all.

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I am glad to see so many people showed up to your inauguration.

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So where does the Trump administration's approach

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Josh Lederman is White House Correspondent

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for the Associated Press - he was in Saturday's press briefing,

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when Sean Spicer outlined why he thought the press was inaccurate

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in its reporting of the crowds at the inauguration,

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and then declined to take any questions.

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What was your reaction? This was a stunning departure from what the

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White House press corps was used to under previous administrations and

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as far back as we can recall. I think journalists in the US are not

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exactly sure what is going to be the approach point forward. Journalists

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are used to getting some criticism from politicians, that is natural

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and part of the process, we are supposed to have an adversarial

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relationship which is OK. What we are not used to our things being

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stared from the podium which are demonstrated be false, things that

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we would have to go away on sale at the press secretary in front of the

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presidential seal just said the most people attended Trump's inauguration

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of any in history, that is actually not true. I think you'll see

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aggressive attempts by the press corps to try to fact check the Trump

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administration in real-time, to push back and continue to do our jobs in

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the way we did under previous administrations even if the

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circumstances are different. You spoke about fact checking in but are

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there other strategies reporters can use, for instance Donald Trump in a

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previous press conferences and speak to CNN, he called them fake news and

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could bus feed fake news, is there another reporters can take to come

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together and tackle this? One thing journalists are keeping in mind is

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the fact that the White House and the press office I'm not the only

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conduits for information. There is a massive federal bureaucracy filled

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with people who serve in both administrations and we are going to

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turn to for information about what the administration is doing. There

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are lawmakers in Congress, members of the US Congress who are also

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getting information from the administration and from their own

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sources who can help us and the American people understand what is

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going on. Daryl kinds of groups outside of government that will be

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working to try and hold the government accountable that'll have

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their take on the situation. I'm interested in how this relationship

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was Sean Spicer, Donald Trump and the rest of the administration, how

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it compares so far with the last administration. There is really no

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comparison. What we're seeing in the Trump administration is them trying

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to use what he called yesterday, a running war with the media, as a

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tool to posture and to position himself to remind his supporters

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that he is still fighting against the establishment, whatever the

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establishment means. The reality is here is that Donald Trump is the

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establishment, he is the most powerful person in the country up

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and arguably the world. He directs the entire federal government so it

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is a bit of a transition for him to be in the place where he is now

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calling the shots. All of the responsibility is on him and he will

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be the one taking the flak if he is not able to deliver on the promises

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he made. Just in time, we have lost timber thank you.

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Mr Trump has also announced that he plans to start talks

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on the trade deal which exists between the US, Mexico

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He made the announcemennt on the NAFTA agreement

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at an oath-taking ceremony for White House staff.

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I will start renegotiating on Nafta, on immigration,

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and on security at the border, and Mexico has been terrific,

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The president has been really very amazing, and I think we're

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going to have a very good result for Mexico, for the United States,

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for everybody involved - it's very important.

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Just time to tell you that there's a new BBC programme starting Monday

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on Donald Trump's first hundred days and all the key

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It's hosted by Katty Kay in Washington,

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And it begins at 1900 gmt here on BBC World News.

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After a week of political uncertainty...

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arrived in Gambia's capital Banjul, in preparation for the return

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of the man the people elected president, Adama Barrow.

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Citizens cheered as the troops arrived.

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ECOWAS had threatened intervention should Mr Barrow's predecessor,

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Yahyuh Jam-meh refuse to give up power after losing the elections.

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He left the country in the early hours of Sunday morning

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There is a great sense of relief here in the capital of the Gambia

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following the departure of the former leader. Life is picking up

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after three days of a total shutdown where people stayed home in fear of

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violence as West African States were mounting against the former

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strongman in order to have him step down. There was a declaration issued

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by the United Nations and the regional bloc ECOWAS saying they

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would work together to ensure that there is no witch hunting of former

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members of the regime and its supporters and that they would

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prevent the seizure of assets and property is lawfully belonging to

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the former presidents. They also said he was leaving at the Gambia

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temporarily and he had the liberty to return as a citizen of the Gambia

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and the former heads of State at the time of his choosing. People here

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are waiting for the new president to return to the country. There will be

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celebrations than birds he said he would return when the path is clear

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and so I think they are conducting security sweeps throughout the

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country to make sure the conditions are met for his own safety.

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The Israeli authorities have approved the construction

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of 566 homes for settlers in occupied

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Jerusalem's deputy mayor said the the rules of the game had

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changed since the inauguration of Donald Trump.

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The Israeli government lays claim to the whole of Jerusalem,

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while the Palestinians see the occupied east as the capital

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Emergency workers in central Italy are continuing to search

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for survivors after an avalanche engulfed a hotel.

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At least five people are known to have died --

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Poor weather conditions are hindering the rescue efforts.

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Nine people - including four children - have so far been pulled

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alive from the rubble of the hotel in the Abrootso region.

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The first results from France's centre-left primary

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election have come through. Benoit Hamon from the left

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of the Socialist Party received the highest number of votes,

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The former prime minister Manuel Valls has also made it

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through to the second round after receiving 31

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The run off for the party's presidential nominee

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Tell us more about these two men. Voters will face a clear left right

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choice now in the run-up because Manuel Valls represents the social

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Democrats right-wing because he was in office for three years and Benoit

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Hamon who came first in the primary represents the left-wing comedy

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angry protest wing that wants to rip up the rules in Europe and rip up

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globalisation in terms of trade and very much more angry and

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antiestablishment left. It will be interesting to see which of these

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goes through. The arts are clearly with because they third placed

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candidate today is also on the left and the will put his weight behind

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Benoit Hamon so that should mean gets the nomination next week. Where

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does this place the Socialists when they do have the candidate in terms

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of general elections? Of course we cannot talk about these will

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painting the overall picture which is the Socialists in general are in

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such bad odour it is highly unlikely either candidate will win the

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presidential election. They are deeply unpopular and on top of that

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outflanked on either side of the left and right who are doing

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stronger in the polls. Whoever wins next week has an uphill battle.

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Thank you. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come. Choose life, choose a job, choose a

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career... Whatever happened to Renton, sick boy and Begley, 20

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years after the film Trainspotting, we will finally get an answer.

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Theresa May says she has 'absolute faith,' in the UK's Trident

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nuclear deterrent system, despite claims an unarmed missile

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veered off course during a test last summer.

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she declined to say whether she knew of the incident, before a crucial

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It didn't go on its preprogrammed flight path which can be anything to

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do with a tiny component, a small transistor or something like that.

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This is an inner missile covered with telemetry indicators and that

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sort of thing, it doesn't have a warhead and it is designed to go

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somewhere where there is no land. Anything could have gone wrong, it

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could've been a component failure or a software glitch. I think as Lord

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West said just now, this is really unusual for this to happen. If it

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did then I'm sure the engineers and the geeks are all over to the

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moment. This is BBC world News today. Donald

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Trump's team accuses the media of a concerted attempt to undermine his

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presidency. A court in Iran's rejected an appeal

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against a five year prison sentence given to a woman with dual British

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and Iranian citizenship. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe is accused of

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security offences. She was detained while trying to leave the country

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with her two-year old daughter after visiting relatives in April. With me

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in the studio is her husband. Thank you for being with us. What is she

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accused of exactly? The formal accusation is national security

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related charges so we don't exactly know but in the court hearing, it

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turns out what she was accused of work to accusations. One of which

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were she was the head of recruitment for... And the wife of a known

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British by which was me. And the basis for that accusation was the

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fact there was a huge media campaign which has been done and a lot of

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people have been calling for her release, there were the best part of

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500 pages of prosecution which was the media coverage. If protesting

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her innocence is proving her guilt. Does she know any of these? She

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would have been in the courtroom so she will know but what she won't

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know now was that today it was announced that she had been

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sentenced to five years and the appeal failed. That was broken in

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the media so we didn't hear that from her lawyer. At the time she was

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having a family visit. We're seeing pictures of Manuel Valls, how are

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you coping? It has been ten months. My daughter has grown lots in that

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time. We have gone through different phases of how hard to spend and how

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hard to adapt the new environment. Now discovering words and working

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out that she lives in London. In the beginning it was terrifying, not

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knowing what was going on and as it has unfolded it has gotten crazy and

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at one point she was accused of overthrowing a regime and now I'm

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accused of being a spy. Different ridiculous stories coming out and

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sometimes it feels crazy and sometimes scary. Where do you go

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from here? We need to take a breath and see what's next. We have been

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battling quite hard to bring her home for Christmas which is where

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the campaign was going and that didn't happen but we had this appeal

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so it was something to hang onto. The minister went out last week to

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see if he could press the case and it's resulted in her case being

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reiterated so we need to think what next and clearly she is caught up in

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a political bargaining chip in all sorts of things so we will have to

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campaign a bit further and draw some breath and think what next. Thank

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you for coming to see us. Let's get some sports for you. Chelsea have

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extended their lead at the top of the Premier League to eight points.

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Diego Costa who was dropped last week in controversial circumstances

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was recalled to the starting line-up for the home game. And he scored the

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first of Chelsea's goals. Gary K Hill, the other goal-scorer. The

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Chelsea manager was delighted to have Costa back and getting goals

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from him again. For him and to finish this big thing, he played and

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played very well, he scored and I'm pleased for him and pleased for our

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team, for the fans and for the club and I think today finish all types

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of speculation. Arsenal have moved up to second place in the Premier

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League but only after late drama at the Emirates. The winner came in the

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97th minute from Alexis Sanchez from the penalty spot. Burnley thought

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they had rescued a point when Andre Gray slotted home a penalty into

:19:57.:20:02.

injury time but Arsenal had another player sent off a dangerous tackle

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and Sanches happy there the end. Leicester City's problems continue,

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they wait for a first league win in the season, they were beaten 3-0 by

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Southampton. Southampton ending their own run of poor form. Cabaye

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and have then -- Gabon have been eliminated from the Africa cup of

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Nations. Burkina Faso topped the table on goal difference. Cameron

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also qualify for the knockout stages. Gabon the first host to fail

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to get past the first round since Tunisia in 94. Andy Murray says it

:20:44.:20:48.

wasn't to be after he was knocked out in the fourth round of the

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Australian open by the world number 50. Murray lost the opening set and

:20:53.:20:58.

then took the second but Spero won the third and fourth. A big

:20:59.:21:05.

disappointment for Murray who had been hoping to win the title in

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Melbourne for the first time. It is one of the biggest days in sport of

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the year in the USA and in the next few hours we know which few teams

:21:16.:21:20.

will contest the Super Bowl. The championship games of the NFL are

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taking place and the New England Patriot are at home to the

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Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC, but first off the Green Bay Packers are

:21:28.:21:33.

buying the Atlanta Falcons. It is currently 17-0 to the Falklands with

:21:34.:21:36.

two minutes to go in the second quarter. England's cricketers have

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finally done something India which they had managed to do all winter.

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Ben Stokes was the star for England with the bat and ball as they held

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on for a five run victory in the one-day international at col Qatar.

:21:53.:21:58.

Ben Stokes had a 39 ball 57 and the total for India was just short but

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they still win the series 2-1. The BBC understands Bernie Ecclestone

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could step down as the Formula 1 chief executive as soon as this

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week. The move would end his remarkable 40 year reign in the

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sport, the American company liberty media is on the brink of completing

:22:18.:22:22.

its takeover and wants to revamp which could see Bernie Ecclestone

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eased aside. That is all the sport for now. When the film

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'Trainspotting' came out in the 1990s, its blend of drugs and petty

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crime in Edinburgh became an unlikely global hit. Now, more than

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two decades later, the original cast and director have re-united for a

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sequel - catching up with the characters as they reach middle age.

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The film had its world premiere in Edinburgh on Sunday evening - as our

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arts correspondent Colin Patterson reports.

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Choose life, choose a job, choose a career. Trainspotting was the

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defining film of the mid-90s cool Britannia. The post was on student

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walls. It dealt with addiction, friendship and had to listen. 20

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years later, the gangs back together. We met the director Danny

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Boyle where it all began. We implied that they run straight from here on

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to this road and then rent and then renting gets hit hit by a car. What

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have you been up to for 20 years? Since Trainspotting Danny Boyle has

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dominated the Oscars with slum dog millionaire and transfer the 2012

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opening Olympic ceremony so why now a sequel to the film made his name?

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Since he made the movie people constantly come at you and talk

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about the characters like they know them and that makes us think that we

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not had an obligation Bert AGT to perhaps turn to it again.

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Trainspotting was about the cutting edge, here we are more than 20 years

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later, how do you make sure this is not just the film equivalent of dad

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dancing? LAUGHING

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The truth is you can't. Part of the responsibility was embracing the

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fact we were making a sequel to a story people knew intimately and how

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we were going to grow up with that. What's really captured the zeitgeist

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in the original was the famous cheese life speech. Choose a 3-piece

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suites... And it's back in an updated version. Twitter, Instagram

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and hope someone, somewhere cares. Delivered once again by Ewan

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McGregor returning in the role of Renton. When it came out we were

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like the oasis of the movie industry in Britain. We represented Britpop

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movies. It was amazing. There are so as part of me that yearns that again

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I suppose. For guys, it's fair to say they have lived a bit, how have

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they age? There was always a moment in every shooting day where it was

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like a 20 later moments where you suddenly felt 20 years had gone by

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since your last playing this guy. So far reviews have mainly been

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positive but it would be audiences that will have their memory

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tarnished of the original. Back to President Tran. We heard from him

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earlier in the programme but in a less abrasive moment today he said

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he would cherish a letter left to him by Barack Obama. I went to the

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Oval Office and Thomas Pieters letter from President Obama. It was

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very nice of him to do that and we will cherish that and we will keep

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that and we won't even tell the press what is in that letter.

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President trumpeted the last word. That's all from me goodbye.

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