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Hello, this is BBC World News. Our top story. President Trump is still

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searching for a National Security Advisor. His second choice but the

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top post says no thank you. Under mental questions about the

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future relationship with the EU and Russia. It is a fair demand that all

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who benefit from the best alliance in the world carry their proportion

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of chair of the necessary cost to defend our freedoms.

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Princess Cristina, the sister of the Spanish king is cleared and tax

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fraud trial but her husband has been given a six-year jail term.

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And diplomacy with bear hugs and head locks, how Iran took on the

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United States and one. -- won.

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A day after President Trump told his Administration was running like a

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fine tuned machine, it has been called to be in disarray.

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The former naval admiral chosen by President Trump

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to be his national security advisor has turned down the job.

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The president returned to one of his favourite themes, of wing in jobs

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back to America. He has been speaking to a factory in South

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Carolina. As York resident, I am going to do everything I can to

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unleash the power of the American spirit. And to put our great people

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back to work. This is our mantra, by American and higher American. We

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want the Bucs made in America, made by American hands.

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Our correspondent Gary O'Donoghue is in Washington for us now.

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It must be quite unusual for someone to turn down the offer of such a

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prestigious job, particular when it has got to the stage there name is

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being mentioned soap publicly in connection. Yes, you are talking

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about the National Security Advisor. That is a conundrum, frankly. It is

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bad enough losing your NSA within the first four weeks of coming into

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office and that has derailed this presidency little bit in its early

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days. But putting it about that they wanted Bob Harwood, the Vice Admiral

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who had been the centre of command as well, you really want to make

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sure he differently was to do it before you start putting that idea.

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-- the deputy centre of command. He said he would rather stay at the

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defence company. They are still costing around. The reason it is

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important is Security Advisor is one of the absolute inner circle. They

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are there to bring everything to the President in terms of security,

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defence, and intelligence. They are the conduit for all the other parts

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of the executive branch. They are in the situation room when something

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big is kicking off, advising the presidency. It is a crucial role. He

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will need to get someone in place pretty soon on that. We have seen

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President Trump trying to retake the initiative today with this trip to

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the Boeing factory in South Carolina. That is playing to his

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base, and his dominant theme of bringing jobs back. Yes, it was

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actually not a bad speech. It looked pretty controlled, he pressed a lot

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of buttons, in terms of American jobs, the American dream, American

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innovation, standing there in front of that great big Boeing dream

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line-up they have been building, a symbol of American achievement. The

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jobs issue is the thing that really did get him Alex did. It was the

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thing that resonated Djibouti with those parts of America, particularly

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the belt where jobs have been disappearing and probably still are.

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He will tell you the jobs are all coming back. He will put tariffs on

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American companies that move jobs outside the US. We will see how

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successful that is as a policy. But this was a strongly economically

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nationalist speech in that sense and that is what we have come to expect.

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The slogan is America first. US vice-president Mike Pence

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is to become the latest representative to shed light

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on what Trump's America First policy He will speak at the Munich

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Security Conference later. The conference is happening right

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now - US policy towards Russia, the Middle East and Nato

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are all on the table. And on Nato, the new US

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Defence Secretary, James Mattis, insisted that Nato countries shared

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a strong bond against instability. But he stressed the need for members

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to contribute their fair share. President Trump came into office and

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has thrown down his full support to Nato. He too espouses Nato's need to

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adapt today's strategic situation for it to remain credible, capable

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and relevant. It was noted last week that it was a fair demand that all

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who benefit from the best alliance in the world currently a

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proportionate share of the necessary costs to defend our freedoms, and we

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are committed to keep those freedoms intact for the next generation. Lyse

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Doucet has been following the events. We are here for the annual

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security forum. There is real diplomacy, real negotiations going

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on behind the scenes and sometimes even on public that forms to tackle

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the world's red crisis. There is of this year because of the uncertainty

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and quite some anxiety about the new policies emerging from President

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Trump's new team in Washington. Most of all, there is concern about the

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transatlantic relationship. James Mattis began the conference. Michael

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Fallon, there has been comments from many of those attending St that you

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weren't convinced by the speech. He repeated the commitment that

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President Trump has already even. Our Prime Minister Theresa May was

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told that America remains 100% committed to Nato. Secretary James

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Mattis has been in Brussels with me for the last two years, with Nato

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ministers and we are in no doubt that America is continuing to commit

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to Nato. But the anxiety is such that even the chairman of the Munich

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Security force said he wanted to hear from the United States that

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they would not try to break up the European Union and destroyed the

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killers that had been in place since the Second World War. -- back

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pillars. This is the Munich security forum. You get some uncertainty

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about new policies of the new administration, particular make

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changes. Republican and Democrat and vice versa. That is inevitable. But

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on the commitment to Nato, we are in the town that America is behind the

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Alliance, they want Europe to do more to contribute more, we agreed

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all that two and a half years ago, we agreed we would each spend two

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and a half percent. In Britain, we do spend 2%. America was the other

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countries to step up as well. Given the hour-long press conference that

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President Trump gave yesterday, would you be worried about it? We

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all handle these things in different ways. One thing, chaotic, ramming is

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another. This is the beginning of the new administration for a very

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new president. What is important is to judge this Administration on what

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it actually does, not what was said during the camp aim. Over here,

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secretary James Mattis has reassured all the allies that Nato remains

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behind the Alliance. General Mattis has also been tasked with drawing up

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a new plan with looking at Islamic State. You have said then is to be

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more pressure on them in Syria and a lark -- Iraq. There is talk that

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America could consider putting troops on the ground in Syria. Will

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that be a good idea? We need to keep the momentum up. Half of Mosul, the

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second biggest city in Iraq has been liberated. Some 2 million fewer

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people live under the Daesh rule now than did. We need to keep up that

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campaign and help the Iraqis, and we're helping with air strikes, with

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intelligence, and with training. British troops have trained merely

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40,000 Iraqi and Peshmerga troops. We will not deploy combat troops on

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the ground but we are going to help local forces regained control of

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their country. You've just come back from Iraq. If President Trump

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decides it was more aggressive, kinetic action for a sonic State,

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will question back him in that special relationship? We are making

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probably the August two and reviews. Would you change if evident from

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changes his condo Bijan? -- will you change your contribution if

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President Trump changes his? We've been doing this for two and a half

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years now. Many of the towns occupied in the Iraq have now been

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lit related. We want -- liberated. In the end, the fighting has to be

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done by local troops. Defence Secretary Michael Fallon, thank you

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per room at for joining us here in unique. Just getting underway, much

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more coming from behind-the-scenes. One woman arrested in Malaysia over

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the killing of the half brother of North Korea's leader has said

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she was duped into thinking she was part of a comedy show prank -

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that's according to Indonesia's national police chief who's been

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briefed by Malaysian authorities. Kim Jong Nam died after being

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attacked at Kuala Lumpur Meanwhile North Korea has made

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a plea to Malaysia to release We strongly urge and demand from the

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Malaysians side not to be entangled with the political plot via the

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hostile forces towards us. And want to damage the image of our republic.

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And to release the body, immediately, without any conditions.

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A Spanish court has acquitted the Princess of being... Her husband was

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found guilty of fraud and tax evasion and sentenced to six years

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in jail. For more on this, we can speak to Raphael Timmy Gell, editor

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of Elle Pace. Raphael, good to see you. Tell us more about this case.

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It sounds extraordinary. It has been a very extra merry case. A very long

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trial, almost seven years of a trial. It came at a time during

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probably the worst economic and political crisis that Spain has

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suffered in decades. The public romance with the monarchy, with the

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institution that lasted so many years had started to erode because

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of the public behaviour of the former King, and then when this case

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erupted, the public anger towards the monarchy became more and more

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intense. Now, as you probably know, the King abdicated and his son, King

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Philip, the sects, and the public knew what the outcome of the trial

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would be because the public persecution had renounced to push

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against -- push a case against Princess Christina. But still, it

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has been a very dramatic, of every hard case for the Spanish monarchy.

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And the UK has a very tough work ahead to regain the public

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confidence that his father once enjoyed. -- the new king. You

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mentioned that the effect this has on the image of the monarchy, is

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there any sense of how the king is going to try and restore that? Well,

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it is going to be a very slow and tough process. He has started to

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take distance from his sister and from all those past behaviours. The

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institution, the monarchy, has started to put in place new

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accountability and Rawls -- rules. The public behaviour of the new King

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is very austere, in comparison to the former king. He has adhered to a

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very strict constitutional role in order to regain that confidence,

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because as I was telling you, it is going to be very hard. And among the

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royal family and their advisers, there will be mixed feelings about

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the outcome. Well, it is a very sad day, especially for Queen Sophia,

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which has been very close to Princess Christina. In the case of

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King Philip the six, he knew that in order to reserve the constitution,

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he had to distance himself from her. Apart from that political decision,

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the relations with tween them had grown very cold after he found out

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all the things that his brother-in-law had done and all the

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businesses he had engaged in. So, now you have very cold relations

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between the king and his staff and it is indeed a very sad day for the

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Royal family. -- the king and his sister.

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Pakistan's security forces have carried out raids

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across the country, killing and arresting dozens

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It follows the suicide attack at a famous Sufi shrine in the south

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The attack has been claimed by the so-called Islamic State.

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Our Pakistan correspondent Secunder Kermani reports.

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The shrine was packed with men, women and children for the special

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devotional services that take place here on Thursday nights.

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Jihadists believe Muslims who attend shines like this are heretics

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Today the families of the dead began to bury their loved ones.

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This woman's 13-year-old son was among those killed.

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His uncle expressed the family's sorrow.

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TRANSLATION: He only wanted to pay his respects at the shrine.

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I raised him like my own child as I don't have any children.

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He was my own child and they took him from me.

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There have also been angry scenes close to the shrine where locals

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have clashed with police, who they blame for not having done

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We have been telling the police and other officials

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that there was no security and that anything could happen any time

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Security has been stepped up at religious sites considered

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possible targets like this Sufi shrine.

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Paramilitary forces say they have killed dozens of suspected militants

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in raids carried out across the country today

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but Pakistan has now suffered five attacks in five days carried out

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One faction of the Pakistani Taliban has vowed to unleash

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It's not known whether this latest attack by IS is linked to that

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but many here now fear that after a recent significant

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reduction in violence, the security situation

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The US and Iran have gone head-to head in one of the ultimate

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More than 300 people have broken through a fence separating

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the Spanish territory of Ceuta from Morocco.

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Most of the group are believed to be migrants from sub-Saharan Africa,

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Video footage shows them using clubs and shears to create gaps

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The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has launched a campaign

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to try to persuade people in the UK to change their minds about Brexit.

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Mr Blair said no-one knew the true cost of what they were voting for.

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The UK government is expected to start the formal procedure

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Researchers based in New Zealand say they've found more evidence to back

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the claim that the world has an additional continent.

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The land mass, known as Zealandia, is shown here in grey

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Although 94% of it is under water, the scientists say its geology

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proves it was once a land mass in its own right.

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The US and Iran have gone head-to head in one of the ultimate

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Nothing to do with politics this time -

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they were in fact locking horns in the Freestyle Wrestling

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American and Iranian wrestlers battled it out in front of roaring

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crowds in the city of Kermanshah and it was hosts Iran who pipped

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There was initially doubt over whether the match would even go

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ahead after the American team were barred from competing by Iran -

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a retaliation for President Trump's ban on Iranian travellers.

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With me is Nicholas Niksadat from the BBC's Persian Service.

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The match that almost take place. Exactly. Obviously, the travel ban

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was a big headline and affected many Iranians and originally it was

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thought the government would retaliate but they changed their

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mind. In fact, the Americans were the first team that arrived, and

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much to a warm welcome from many members of the public. There is a

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portion of the Iranian population that is very eager to show the

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Westerners and Americans, especially, that they want a distant

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themselves from the position of their government and in fact,

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wrestling is one of very few channels of contact between the two

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nations, other contacts obviously happening very tense situations

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between politicians, mainly. In recent years it was volleyball, but

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mainly wrestling revives channels for the two people to have contact

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with each other. And so it was good-natured, despite the political

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tension? Of course. Wrestling is a big sport in Iran. It is one of a

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handful of disciplines where Iranians can winds at world level

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and in fact when world medals at the Olympics. It is an ancient show of

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their identity and culture. It is not a major sport in America.

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Ironically, some of these American wrestlers are bigger stars in Iran

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than they are in their own country and they have their own fans and

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that makes the Iranians -- the Americans so popular in Iran. When

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Americans are wrestling against third parties, the Iranians and the

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crowd usually support the Americans. That is very interesting. And

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something you alluded to a moment ago, even if conversations are

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awkward and difficult on a political level, it is so important to have

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channels like this must sport, weather two nations can come

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together. Exactly because after all you have a chance to see that they

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are normal people like you, you can seal a real, so to speak, persons,

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people shake hands, they stand up for one another's national and is.

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Some of these tournaments in the past five years, three of them have

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been held in the US, in Los Angeles, specifically, whether as a Iranian

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diaspora so it is pretty much like playing at home or the Iranians so

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there is a lot that -- lot of contact from sport, also volleyball,

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and that makes have hope for the future and I think maybe some

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opportunities for mutual understanding that has been shot

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down by politics can be opened through sport. Thank you very much.

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The weekend is almost upon us which means for Donald Trump it's

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almost time to head down to his Florida estate, Mar-a-Lago.

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He's owned the lavish private club and estate for decades,

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but it's taken on a new prominence since he took office.

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It seems destined to become his number one getaway retreat,

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Welcome to the American President's Florida getaway.

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A place where Michael Jackson and Lisa Marie Presley

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spent their honeymoon and actor Charlie Sheen once

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Maralago, Spanish for "sea to lake", is a sprawling, 126-room mansion

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nestled in some of the most expensive real estate in Palm Beach.

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This is a great entrance hall to Maralago.

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Mr Trump bought it as a holiday home back in 1985 for $10 million,

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Back then it was a family retreat and a place to wine and dine

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Never one to miss a moneymaking opportunity, Mr Trump turned it

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A membership here will set you back a cool $200,000, double the price

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Mr Trump has stayed at Maralago nearly every weekend

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since his inauguration and some club members have bragged

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about their access to the workings of state.

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When North Korea tested a ballistic missile

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during the Japanese Prime Minister's visit, witnesses said the two

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leaders gathered with their advisers openly in front of other guests.

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It's not unusual for presidents to have retreats, and Maralago

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Its original owner, Marjorie Merriweather Post,

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was herself a business tycoon who wanted to be

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We really pay a certain reverence to Mrs Post

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She left it to the Government in her will, but the United States

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It took a future president to come along and make Maralago his own.

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It is not unusual to be asked for direction but a lorry driver in

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Kazakhstan has captured the moment a pilot landed on a highway to ask for

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help after apparently losing his way. The eyelid asked how to get to

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a city in the north-west of the country, much to the amusement of

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the two lorry drivers. The pilot had been taking part in the bridge will

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orientation exercise when he lost his bearings.

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Dick Bruna, the Dutch illustrator and author who created

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the much-loved cartoon rabbit Miffy, has died at age of 89.

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He wrote more than 30 books about Miffy's adventures which sold

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The reminder of our main news. President Trump has suffered a

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setback in an attempt to finalise the administration, his latest

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choice for National Security Advisor has turned the job down.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and most of the team on

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Twitter. David plenty more of the stories we have covered on our

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website. Also available on the BBC News app. That is it from the

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programme and from me in the team, thank you for watching.

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