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broadcasting in the UK and around the world.

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The headlines: The US Vice President gives a full commitment to NATO

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While the Russian foreign minister - announces

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a new ceasefire for Ukraine - due to start on Monday.

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President Trump gets ready for a campaign-style rally in Florida.

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We'll be asking what that means A huge storm over California brings

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flooding and high winds, triggering some massive sinkholes.

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Another arrest in Malaysia in connection with the murder

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of Kim Jong Nam - the half-brother of North Korea's leader.

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Non-league Lincoln City beat Premier League team Burnley.

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The UN says it is a conflict that has claimed more

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Now, Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has announced

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a new ceasefire between Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists.

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He was speaking after a meeting with his Ukrainian, German

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and French counterparts at the Munich Security Conference.

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The contact group agreed the ceasefire would start and their

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withdrawal of heavy military hardware will begin.

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But optimism might be in short supply.

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Earlier the Ukrainian Foreign Minister told reporters he was "not

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at all" happy with the outcome of the same meeting.

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It was the latest in a series of highly anticipated events -

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the day started with an assurance to Nato allies by US

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Vice President Mike Pence that America would be unwavering

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A show of strength to counter what many see as a growing

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Massive deployment of US military might in Europe underlines how

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America has been the predominant power in Nato since the end

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Now there is a US president who has called this alliance obsolete.

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So, at this Munich Forum, anticipation and anxiety

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about what message President Trump's deputy would bring here.

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What we were most looking for were the messages coming out

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from the leading members of President Trump's team,

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Everyone says they have been reassured by what he had to say

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about the transatlantic alliance and the belief in Nato.

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There is so much relief here about what you had to say,

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doesn't that make you worry that Europe was worried about your

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commitment to the transatlantic alliance and to Nato?

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I think President Trump has made it clear that the United States stands

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strongly with the North Atlantic Alliance.

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But the president has also made it clear that we expect our allies

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to keep their word, to live up to the commitments they have made

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There was a clear message on Ukraine, too - a call to Russia

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It was not what Russia's top diplomat wanted to hear in Munich.

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Sergei Lavrov accused the West of being stuck

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TRANSLATION: The historic period that can be called the post-Cold War

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The main result, in our view, has been the failure

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As leaders come and go in Munich, there seems to be greater

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clarity this transatlantic friendship will hold.

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Real proof is yet to come in what happens on the ground.

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Well coming up later in the programme -

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Lyse has been speaking to the former US Secretary of State -

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To get her views on the Trump administration.

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To Florida, where he is about to hold a campaign rally. The White

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House has said the president will speak directly to the American

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people, it is unusual for one to hold a rally so soon after coming

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into office. Let's speak to David Willis. What does the White House

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mean by campaign style rally? Well, you can read into this what you

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will. At face value, this is part of his campaign, would you believe, for

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2020, for real action. At I think more relevant late, this is a way

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for the Donald Trump to promote his own version of events over the last

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four weeks. Those four weeks having been channelled jewellers, we have

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seen protests, we have seen leaks, we have seen unfavourable court

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decisions. He insisted at a press conference the other day that

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everything is going swimmingly that is not the way it has been dipping

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it in the media, and that is why Mr Trump is taking aim at the mass

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media. He went on Twitter last night to say that they were the enemy of

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the American people, as he put it. Part of the appeal of going out on

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the sort of campaign rallies is that he gets buoyed up by the crowds, it

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energises him, and it enables him to deliver his message directly to the

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people who voted for him and put him in the White House. He does indeed

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seem to enjoy these rallies. Stay with us a moment because the

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American woman who was at the centre of the US Supreme Court ruling which

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legalised abortion in America has died. Norma McCorvey was known under

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the pseudonym James wrote when she took legal action to terminate

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pregnancy. She later waived her right to anonymity and became an

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anti-abortion campaigner. Norma McCorvey died at an assisted living

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Centre in Texas. David, how is this news being taken over there? It is

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very interesting because Norma McCorvey is not a name that a lot of

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people know here in the United States but she was part of one of

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the most landmark court cases in modern history. She was 22 at the

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time she was unmarried and unemployed and pregnant for the

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third time, she wanted to have an abortion, she was living in Texas

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and abortion was illegal in Texas at the time so she filed a court case,

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little knowing that this court case would work its way all the way

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through the appeals court system to that highest court in the land, the

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US Supreme Court, where she went under the pseudonym of Jane Roe.

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It's basically made it unconstitutional for individual

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states to bad abortion. Ironically, Norma McCorvey herself went from

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being in favour of abortion to a very staunch opponent of it after

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converting to Christianity. So, she died at the age of 69 in Texas

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assisted living place but she will have certainly seen as having made a

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concern will -- a considerable mark on the history of this country.

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In the Gambia - Adama Barrow has been publicly sworn in as president.

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He was first sworn in last month in neighbouring

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Senegal, at the height of the country's political crisis.

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His predecessor, Yahya Jammeh, had refused to step down

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after he lost the election, but was forced into exile.

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A Muslim cleric who was jailed for life in America for plotting

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terror attacks in the 1990s has died in prison.

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Omar Abdel-Rahman, who was blind, was seen as having inspired

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the 1993 bombing attack on the World Trade Center,

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A train has derailed in Belgium killing one person and injuring 27.

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The rail operator says the passenger train was travelling from Lurr-vuhn

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to Brussels when it left the tracks and one of the carriages toppled.

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Three of the injured are reported to be in a serious condition.

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A fourth man has been arrested in connection

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to the death of Kim Jong-Nam, the half brother of North Korea's

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There are still a lot of unanswered questions surrounding the apparent

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murder at Kuala Lumpur airport last week, lets take a look

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

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with the political plot by the hostile forces towards the PPR

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Khairy who want to damage the image of our Republic, and to release the

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body immediately without any condition.

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Lots more on Kim Jong-un man on our website.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come: Sport will look

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at the gold news from Australia - including an unlikely

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This is BBC World News Today. I'm Alpa Patel.

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The latest headlines: The Russian foreign minister,

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Sergei Lavrov, says a ceasefire between Russian-backed rebels

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and the Ukrainian army will come into force on Monday in eastern

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President Trump will be holding a campaign-style rally.

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The White House says - the President will speak directly

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Now let's return to Munich - where a Security Conference

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Today saw the first major foreign policy address

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for the Trump administration, delivered by Vice

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Some Nato allies had questioned President Trump's warning

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that the US might not uphold its commitment

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to former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.

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This Munich Security Forum has been described as one of the most highly

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anticipated and that is largely because top Appomattox wanted to

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hear what messages would leading members of resident from 's team

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bring here. They have been reassured by statements that have come out

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from Vice President Mike Pence that says they value the Nato alliance

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and their relationships with Europe but how far did those statements

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going reassuring European allies here and what do they make of the

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emergency -- emerging policies from the US administration? Former US

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Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is here. Welcome to the

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BBC. What did they say to you here? People you have known for every long

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time in European and American diplomacy, how worried are they

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about these mixed messages coming out of Washington? I think people

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are glad to be at this conference because it is at a time when people

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are try to sort out who is thinking what, a time of uncertainty. I think

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they were encouraged by the words of the secretary of defence and the

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vice president but what they are really looking for our actions and

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trying to figure out also the extent to which the President of the United

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States is really echoing some of these words. I think it is for them

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to verify and that is what they are talking about. It is quite

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extraordinary that people feel they have to mention values that should

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be taken for granted by now in the world in which we live, a sort of

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post-World War II order, what does that tell you about the anxiety in

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Europe about the way things are going? I think it is interesting

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they mention that because I have to say there has not been enough

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discussion of values and benighted States. I am chairman of the board

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of the National Democratic Alliance that is based on the really common

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aspect of our basic Western values so I do wish we would talk about

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them more. I am glad that the Americans being asked those

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particular questions. We have the official administration and the

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members of Congress here and I think those are issues that need to be

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brought up. You have been hearing reassuring statements here but back

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home in Washington where you live, there is concern about what has been

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described as nails in the White House, are you worried? Well, I am,

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having been in two White houses, President Carter and President

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Clinton's and the bottom line is we are a country who knows how to make

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decisions. I think all I'm doing is looking at what the news is coming

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in, St who is going to be National Security Advisor, ex-person has

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turned it down because he has not got the staff he wants, those are

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basic questions and I do find it travelling -- troubling. Madeleine

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Albright talking to our chief correspondents Lyse Doucet.

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Between one - and three-hundred thousand people have taken

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to the streets of Barcelona as part of a series of protests calling

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They want the government to allow in more people who have fled Syria

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Spain has so far taken in just 1100 of the 17,000

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refugees it promised to accept in September 2015.

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And in Paris there have been protests in support

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Two police officers were injured and 13 people

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The demonstrations come after a young black man

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was allegedly raped with a police baton earlier this month.

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The 22-year-old - identified publicly only by the name Theo -

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There's been a big shock in the FA Cup as for the first time in 103

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years, a non-league side has made it through to the quarter-finals.

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Lincoln City are have beaten Premier League Burnley to make it

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Lincoln play in the fifth tier of English football.

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Sean Raggett was the hero heading in a late goal...

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It's the first time the club have ever got this far

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I am lost for words. I didn't know what to do in the celebration. The

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fans were amazing. It is unheard of, it is crazy.

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That was by no means the only FA Cup shock of the day.

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League One Millwall beat Premier League champions

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Leicester City 1-0 to secure their place

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Despite being reduced to ten men for much of the second half,

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Shaun Cummings grabbed the dramatic late winning goal to put the Lions

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It was very disappointing. We played well in the first half. We played so

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so in the beginning of the second half. When they played ten D 11,

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they played better than us, with more desire, more heart, and they

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deserved to win. No such problems for

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Premier League leaders Chelsea. They easied past Championship side

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Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0. Pedro and Diego Costa

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with the goals in the 2nd half. In the days other ties Championship

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side Huddersfield earned a replay against Manchester City -

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it finished 0-0 Middlesbrough beat Oxford United 3-2

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but the winning goal didn't come Gareth Bale scored on his return

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from injury as La Liga leaders Real Madrid beat Espanyol

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2-0 on Saturday. Alvaro Morata's header gave Real

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the lead in the first half to help his side move four points

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clear of second-placed Barcelona, That was before Welshman Bale sealed

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the win, following three months out Afterwards, he said it

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would take him a few weeks to fully gold medallist Mo Farah has raced

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for the last time indoors. He won the 5000 metres

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at the Birmingham Grand Prix He has already said that this

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will be his final year on the track, he'll bow out

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at the World Championships in London in the summer before

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switching his attention Amazing support from the crowd. And

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everyone. I can't believe it is my last race. I have had it right to

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wear indoors, something must come to wear indoors, something must come to

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an end. It is weird thinking about it, I have had great support from

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everyone. It has been amazing. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is through to

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the final of the Rotterdam Open final after beating Tomas Berdych

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in straight sets. It's the Frenchman's

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400th career win. It was a dominant display

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from Tsonga who needed just one break of serve to win the opening

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set against the 2014 champion. An early break in the second

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made it a relatively Tsonga will face either

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Belgium's David Goffin or fellow Frenchman Pierre-Huguet Herbert

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on Sunday. during a so-called weather bomb -

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a particularly dramatic storm - which has hit the US

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state of California. Heavy rainfall has been

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accompanied by winds of more Hundreds of homes have been

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evacuated due to fears of mud On the line is Terry Anzur,

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anchor for KFI News in Los Angeles. What are conditions

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like at the moment? At the moment, we are getting a

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little bit of a break from the rain and they have lifted the evacuation

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orders in the neighbourhood of the burn area where the water that came

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down yesterday had turned the streets into Withers of mud. Rivers

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of mud. People can go back home but they had to walk home because a huge

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clean-up effort is going on. We have just had some pictures in of fire

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truck which fell into a sink hole, absolutely unbelievable pictures.

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How are emergency crews coping with all of this? It shows you that the

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first responders are victims of this huge storm, just as much as regular

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people. This fire truck was on in a state 15 yesterday responding to an

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accident that involved a truck, when the pavement began to crumble and

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your the fire engine. You can see in that video the five engine just

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tumbles over. Good to know that all six firefighters who were working on

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that engine were able to get away but now it is just sitting on its

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side out in love San Bernardino County officials say it, cost some

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$3 million to repair the highway. It is good to know nobody was hurt in

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that. Tell us what are the challenges emergency crews are

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facing. Well, of course, there are lots of power outages and that is

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largely because we have been in a drought for six years and now, all

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of this rain, all at once that we needed so badly, has caused the

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trees to come out of the loose soil and fall down onto power lines and

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onto people's home. The other problem we have, sinkholes, opening

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up in the pavements. People driving down the streets minding their

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businesses, and suddenly, there was a big hole in the road. Two cars

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tumbled into a sinkholes yesterday, another one has opened up in another

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community and police are just trying to warn people to stay away from

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those areas. How unusual is this for California? This is crazy. Friday

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night traffic come holiday weekend, it is always bad here at the front

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of this has hit, everybody was on the roads. We had freeways that were

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filled up with water. The big trucks were having trouble getting through.

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This is very unusual, I have been covering traffic here for very many

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years, and I have never seen a thing like it. Thank you for being with

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us. If you want to get in touch with me about that story or any other,

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you can get in touch with me. That is it for now. Goodbye.

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It has been a mild springlike day across many parts of the country. We

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saw sunshine across southern

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