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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The headlines: Tony Blair puts himself on a collision course

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with the British government as he asks Britons to rise

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The former Prime Minister kicks-off a campaign to find a way out

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of what he called the government's plans to "rush over

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The people voted without knowledge of the terms of the exit. As these

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terms become clear, it is the right to change their mind.

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President Trump's search for a National Security Adviser goes

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on after his second choice for the top post says,

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Also, the latest twist in the killing on the half-brother of North

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Korea's leader. After more than 20 years at Arsenal,

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what next for Arsene Wenger as he hints he could be managing

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another team next year. The former British Prime Minister

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Tony Blair has launched a campaign to persuade people in the UK

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to change their minds He said the current government

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was set on leaving the EU "at any cost", which would damage

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the economy and weaken But the speech has been ridiculed

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by Leave supporters, with the Foreign Secretary,

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Boris Johnson, accusing Mr Blair of insulting

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the public's intelligence. Here's our political

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correspondent, Carole Walker. A rallying cry from

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the former Prime Minister. Time, he said, to rise up and force

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a rethink on the decision The people voted without knowledge

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of the terms of Brexit. As these terms become

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clear, it is their right Our mission is to

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persuade them to do so. He said he would expose the risks

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of the current plans for Brexit, damage to the economy and jobs,

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put the break-up of the UK He said controlling immigration had

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become the government's main consideration as it took the country

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towards not just hard Brexit, I would actually question

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whether the referendum really provides a mandate for Brexit

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at any cost. We will withdraw from the single

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market, which is around half We will also now leave the customs

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union, covering trade This impacts everything from airline

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travel to financial services The Prime Minister has been

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meeting her French counterpart this afternoon as she prepares to begin

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the formal Brexit She said she will seek

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the greatest possible access to the European single market

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through a new free trade agreement. Will you take the advice

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of Tony Blair? Ministers are scathing

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about Mr Blair's intervention. We heard all these

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arguments last year. It is insulting the intelligence

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of the electorate to Tony Blair believes the government's

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approach to Brexit is being driven by ideologues passionate

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about the move to take Britain out of the European Union

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and that the Labour Party is failing But some will doubt

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whether he is the man to lead a popular movement to overturn

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the Brexit vote. Tony Blair did not say he wants

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a second referendum. Do you really think you are the one

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with the popular appeal to get a different answer if you did get

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a second go? This is a free country,

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so I have a right to speak and you have the freedom

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to listen or not. You don't want to listen to me,

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you don't want to listen to me. I know there will be

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a volley of abuse that will come my way for speaking,

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but I am speaking because I believe And he still has some supporters

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in the party he used to lead. Whether you love him or loathe him,

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I think he is somebody He has huge experience

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of politics at the top level. But Theresa May is unlikely to be

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swayed by warnings from one of her predecessors as she embarks

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on the complex and difficult negotiations to take

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Britain out of the EU. A day after the US President Donald

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Trump told a news conference that his administration was running

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like a "fine-tuned machine", senior Republican Senator John McCain has

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said it is in disarray. His comments came after the former

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naval admiral chosen by President Trump to be his

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National Security Advisor While the search for a new security

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adviser goes on, the president returned today to one

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of his favourite themes - talking about jobs and

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the American economy. I would do everything I can to put

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our great people back to work. This is our mantra, by American and

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higher American. We want products made in America, made by American

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hands. Let's focus on the lingering

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questions about his team, including Wyatt is so to find and national

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security adviser. But that question to the deputy assistant secretary of

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defence, former, of Middle Eastern policy. There has been turmoil at

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the highest ranks of the White House. There are several different

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individuals or fractions who are vying for power with this president.

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The dismissal of Mike Flynn, who might have been the best choice to

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begin with, has thrown the National Security decision-making process

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into turmoil. The fact that Bob Harward, losing to be the first

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choice of the president to replace Mike Flynn has now turned the

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position down, citing family and financial reasons, but it seems that

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the chaos of the White House seems to have played a role than that. It

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has left the United States and many of our allies and confused as to

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hide the president makes decisions, how this White House makes

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decisions. We might have Cabinet secretaries and place, in terms of

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the Secretary of State, secretary of defence, but they don't have a lot

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of people underneath them. This is a dangerous time for the US National

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Security Council at eight and it is incumbent the White House to set the

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ship of State straight sooner rather than later. I suppose, if people are

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not following the minutiae of politics, they don't live in

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Washington, DC, the Mitre students that this is all just political

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matter nations and ultimately somebody will be advising him on

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security matters -- matters, so what does it really matter? From the very

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beginning, this administration was not necessarily prepared to govern.

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The president himself like the idea of running for president, enjoyed

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it, but was not prepared to govern. At this point in 2009 when the Obama

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administration came in, you already had undersecretaries of state, not

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just nominated but confirm, and putting in teens in the departments

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of defence and state ready to implement the President's policy.

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This administration was not prepared for the challenges of filling the

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key roles in the national security architecture, not just in the

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National Security Council, but in the Department of State and the

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Department of defence. As a result, there has been more chaos than

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usual. This is something that is really quite unique. Mike Flynn

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lasted just over 20 days as the National Security adviser. The

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previous document to last the least amount of time lasted a year. This

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is unprecedented in terms of the turmoil we are seeing in the highest

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levels of the national security community right now.

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And Mr Trump has got through another key appointment.

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The US Senate has confirmed his choice to head

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He's Scott Pruitt, the Oklahoma Attorney General.

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He was chosen in spite of concerns by Democrats and green groups

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about his views on climate change and his ties to the coal

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Mr Pruitt has sued the Environmental Protection Agency more than a dozen

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One woman arrested in Malaysia over the killing of the half brother

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of North Korea's leader has said she was duped into thinking she was

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part of a comedy show prank - that's according to Indonesia's

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national police chief, who's been briefed by Malaysian authorities.

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Kim Jong Nam died after being attacked at Kaula Lumpur

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Meanwhile, North Korea has made a plea to Malaysia to release

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We strongly urge and the manse the Malaysians side not to be entangled

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with a political plot by the hostile forces towards the DPRK, who want to

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damage the image of her country. And to release the body immediately

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without any condition. The American food giant Kraft Heinz

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says it will continue to press for a takeover deal

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with the Anglo-Dutch firm Unilever, despite its initial

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bid being rejected. The offer, which would be one

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of the biggest ever corporate mergers, amounted to ?115 billion,

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which Unilever said "fundamentally Pakistan's security forces

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have carried out raids across the country, killing

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and arresting dozens It follows the suicide attack

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at a famous Sufi shrine in the south The attack has been claimed

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by the so-called Islamic State. The prime minister, Nawaz Sharif,

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says his nation is fighting a war Spain's Princess Cristina has been

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cleared of tax fraud related charges following an investigation

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into her husband's However her husband

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Inaki Urdangarin, was sentenced to over six years for fraud

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and tax evasion. More than 300 people have broken

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through a fence separating the Spanish territory

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of Ceuta from Morocco. Most of the group are believed to be

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migrants from sub-Saharan Africa, Video footage shows them using clubs

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and shears to create gaps The German Defence Minister,

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Ursula von der Leyen, has warned the United States

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against damaging European cohesion. Speaking at a security

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conference in Munich, he said the US tone on Europe

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and NATO had a direct impact The new US Defence Secretary,

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James Mattis, has given a new assurance that American

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security is permanently tied 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 his full support to Nato. He, too, spices need to's the

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adapted today's strategic situation for it to stay credible, capable and

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relevant. As the Minister noted last week, it is at the demand that all

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who benefit fund the best alliance in the world carry the proportionate

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share of the necessary costs to defend our freedoms and we are

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committed to passing those freedoms in tact the next generation.

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Least to set has been in Munich speaking to those involved.

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Many of the world's top diplomat and secretaries have been here in

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Munich. There is real time diplomacy here, real negotiations going on

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behind the scenes, and even on the public platforms to tackle the great

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crisis of the world. There is a buzz this year, largely because of the

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uncertainty and 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. Let's hear from Britain's Defence

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Secretary, Michael Fallon. General Mathis said he was committed to

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Nato, but there have been comments from many attending that the weren't

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convinced by his speech. He repeated the commitment that Donald Trump

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gave to Theresa May when she went to Washington, that America remains

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100% committed to Nato. We are no doubt that America has a continuing

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commitment to Nato. Even the chairman of the Munich community

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Forum said he wanted to hear from the United States that they would

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not try to break up the European Union and destroyed the pillars that

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have been in place since the Second World War. That is quite

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extraordinary. Nobody is suggesting that America wants to break up

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Europe. This is the Munich Security form! You get uncertainty over a new

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administration, particularly when it changes from Democrat Republican or

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vice versa. On the commitment to Nato, we are in no doubt that

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America is behind the Alliance. They want Europe to do more to contribute

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more. We agree that two and a half years ago. We all agreed we would

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spend 2% and in Britain we do. America wants the other European

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countries to step up as well. If you saw British prime ministers given

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more than an hour press conference the President Trump came gave

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yesterday, would you be worried about the leadership in your

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country? We all handle these things in different ways. This is the

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beginning of the new administration for a very new president. What is

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important is to judge this administration and what it actually

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does, not what was said during the campaign. Over here, temp three has

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reassured all the allies that the two remains behind the Alliance. If

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President Trump decides he wants a more aggressive, kinetic action for

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Islamic State, will Britain back him in that special relationship? We are

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making probably the second biggest contribution... Would you change

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Britain's engagement of President Trump changes his? We will keep

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making the contribution we are making. The RAF flying six nights a

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week in this campaign and we've been doing it for two and a half years.

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Many of the times that Daesh occupied have been liberated. In the

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end, the fighting has to be done by local troops that have the support

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of the local population. Thank you. We will watch in the months to come

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what happens on the ground. Much more to come, both at the public

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Ponton also behind-the-scenes. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come: We hear how a British soap actor is

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trying to make it in Bollywood. Tony Blair urges Britons to

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reconsider Brexit, saying people voted without knowing the true terms

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of the deal. President Trump's search for a

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national-security adviser goes on after his second choice for the top

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post turns it down. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has

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been at the club for more than 20 years but has suggested he'll decide

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whether to stay any longer He's under increased pressure

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after the 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich in the Champions

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League. And our football reporter

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John Bennett was listening as Wenger spoke to reporters ahead of their FA

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Cup game against Sutton on Monday. Composed and determined, it is no

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supplies, really. He has shown his determination in 20 years at

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Arsenal. Asim Wenger looks like a disc -- has recovered from that

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awful night in Munich. He made it clear that far from focusing on his

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future, he is focusing on is next game. What really stood out is the

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comment about still being a manager next season, whether with Arsenal or

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elsewhere. Let's see what happened at one of the most anticipated press

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conferences of the season. Do you feel offended by some of the things

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that you read? No. Why? Because I am used to hate. I've been here for 20

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years. I think in life it is important to do what you think is

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right and all the rest his judgment, and I am in a public job and I had

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to accept that. I think I have to behave with my values and do things

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the way I see my job and accept that everybody can have an opinion on it.

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Did you say to anyone this week that you would decide your future in

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March or April? Yes. March or April? I don't know. If I said March or

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April, it is because I do not know. No matter what happens I will manage

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next season, whether it is here or somewhere else, that is for sure.

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Asim Wenger moving forward, not looking back. People are starting to

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think what Arsenal will be like after he leaves. But to Arsenal fans

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have to be careful what they wish for? What is important is that the

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club makes the right decisions for the future and I did not work year

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for 20 years not to care about this club, because I had many

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opportunities to go somewhere else in that period and I care about this

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club and they care about its future and I think it is very important

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that the club is always in safe hands, be it me or someone else, I'm

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sure it will be. Next up is Sutton United, from the fifth tier of

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English football. They have an Astroturf pitch, a crowd of 5,000.

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Anything less than a big win and the pressure will increase even further.

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Former New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter has apologised

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after he failed a drink-driving test in Paris on Wednesday.

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The three-times World Player of the Year who plays

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in France's top league was stopped in his car in the centre

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of the capital. Writing on Facebook he's said,

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Budapest could decide as soon as next week

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whether to withdraw its bid to hold the 2024 Olympics.

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The Hungarian captial's mayor has said he's considering dropping

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their attempts to host the games while protesters say they have

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collected enough signatures to force a referendum which would ask

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Budapest residents if they agreed that City Hall

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At the moment they're in the running along with Paris and Los Angeles.

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Rome and Hamburg have already withdrawn.

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A decision will be made by the IOC on September 13.

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A British soap star is the latest in a number of Brits

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Alex Avery, who's been in Eastenders, is starring

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in Rangoon, a period drama about the Burmese conflict.

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The movie also stars top names from the Indian film

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industry like Kangana, Shahid Kapoor and Saif Ali Khan

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Bollywood movie Rankine has A* cast, and plenty of music. It is a period

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drama set in the aftermath of World War II. For British actor Alex

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Avery, it is a break-in to the Indian film industry. He is playing

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an English army officer. The usual rules for English actors is one of

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being a major in the British Army. Do you feel that you your typecast?

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I think western actors probably do get typecast, especially British,

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because the imperialistic nature between India and Britain, a lot of

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it is Army centred. Going to India to look for jobs in the movies is

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not the most obvious career choice for an actor is more used to British

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soaps. Most of the rules are in Hindi and go to established Indian

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stars, but Alex is hoping that things will change. If you go back

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to older films, not Bollywood comes necessarily, but Gandhi, passage to

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India, you realise there are rules that British people could play in

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terms of education, legal, journalists, but they are all

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slightly periods. In the last decade there have been a number of

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Hollywood stars who have appeared in Indian films, likes best solution

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and Ben Kingsley. Only ten years ago it used to be if you wanted to make

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a film in India he needed to make her masala movie or an arthouse

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movie. Five people are making movies that are neither. And they have the

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opportunities to make those movies. India is a rich place to make movies

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that could work for a global audience, so I think we will see

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more actors from different backgrounds working in India on

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Indian movies. Mastering the language is the next step.

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Mastering the language is the next step.

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Its not unusual to be asked for directions by someone from out

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Well, unless they happen to be driving a military helicopter.

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A lorry driver in Kazakhstan has captured the moment a pilot landed

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on a highway to ask for help after apparently losing his way.

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The pilot asked how to get to a city in the the north-west

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of the country, much to the amusement of

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The country's Ministry of Defence said the pilot had been taking part

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in a visual 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,

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which sold over 80 million copies worldwide.

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It was created in 1955 to entertain his young son.

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That's it for the moment. The weather is next. Thanks for

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watching. Good evening. There will be a

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detailed look at the weather in the UK at the top of the hour, but right

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now let's look at the weather elsewhere in the world. In

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California, this massive cloud has

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