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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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Phase two of the operation to retake the city of Mosul gets under way.

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It's the last stronghold of so-called Islamic State in Iraq.

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Iraqi forces say they've captured several villages as thousands

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of troops advance on the western half of the city.

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I'm now above the village and they are about to do smarter it strikes.

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You look at what happened last night in Sweden. Sweden?

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Sweden asks for clarification after the US President refers

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to an apparent terror attack there, which never happened.

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The American company, Kraft Heinz, withdraws its proposed takeover

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A SpaceX rocket successfully blasts off from the historic Cape Canaveral

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launchpad used for the moon landings half a century ago.

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Iraqi government forces are making significant progress

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after stepping up their offensive against the Islamic State group

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in the city of Mosul - hundreds of armoured vehicles

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and thousands of men are involved in the operation.

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The battle could see Iraqi forces denting the militant group's hold

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across parts of northern and western Iraq that were seized two years ago.

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Last month the government won back the eastern part of the city

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and the advances of the last 12 hours or so take them within

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Fears have been voiced about the safety of thousands

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The BBC's correspondent Quentin Sommerville

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is with the Iraqi army and sent this report.

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Just after sunrise, Iraq began what it hopes is its last major

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battle against the so-called Islamic State.

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Thousands of men and hundreds of armoured vehicles in a line

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The Iraqi army are starting their assault on Western Mosul.

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They have reached their own defences.

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Armoured vehicles are lining up, getting ready for the Islamic State.

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They are only a couple of kilometres over that way,

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They are dug in, the assault in Western Mosul has started.

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Leading the attack, Iraq's emergency response division,

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Some of these men were surrounded by IS two years ago.

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Today, they threw everything they had at IS.

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We are now above the village which is their main target.

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They are about to call in some artillery strikes.

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The captain tells me there are three IS fighters in a yellow building

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down there and car bombs were targeting them now.

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There were four car bombs in total, but soon government

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They killed 13 IS fighters without taking any casualties.

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This village is small, but it's important, it's

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the gateway to Mosul proper and the city's airport.

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Hidden inside another house, away from surveillance aircraft,

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another car bomb disguised as an ambulance.

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In these streets, though, a critical advantage - no civilians.

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In western Mosul there are three quarters of a million people

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It took these men just six hours to take this village.

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They made good progress but with overwhelming force.

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Beyond here is another town and another village.

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That town overlooks Mosul Airport and the city itself.

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From here on in, the going will not be nearly so fast.

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As we have heard, eastern Mosul was liberated by government forces two

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months ago, we got this view on life in that part of the city. The long

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awaited operation to take the western side of most was happening,

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in this side there is mixed feelings about people who are happy about the

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news of the operation. Suicide attacks took place. And this year 's

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presence has been increased, however that has not stopped people from

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coming out to the market. We're so happy that our brothers in the Iraqi

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army are liberating our brothers in the West. The Westerners had been

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heard by the tragedies of IS. They have really suffered from hunger and

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thirst. So we are so happy about the start of the operation. Thank God we

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are in high-spirited and there is good relationship between Mr G

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forces and the people, we feel safe, God willing things will be stable

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soon. A senior member of the new US

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administration has distanced himself from Donald Trump's assessment

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of the media as "the The President made

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the comments during a rally on Saturday in Florida -

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but his Defense Secretary, James Mattis, had this to say

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when he was asked what he thought I've had some rather contentious

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times with the press, but no, the press as far as I'm concerned

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are a constituency that we deal with, and I don't have any issues

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with the press myself. Mr Mattis is not the only

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Republican to speak out Senator John Mccain told the NBC

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programme 'meet the press' that attacking the media had overtones

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of dictatorship... If you want to preserve

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democracy as we know it, you have to have a free and many

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times adversial press, and without it, I'm afraid

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that we would lose so much of our individual

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liberties over time. That is how dictators get started,

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with tweets like that? With - no, they get started

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by suppressing a free press. In other words,

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a consolidation of power. When you look at history,

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the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press,

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I'm not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator,

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I'm just saying we need to learn Let's go live to

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Washington and speak to our correspondent -

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David Willis. There is little sign that he's

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trying to censor the press but he's certainly trying to discredit it and

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in turn led Subasic we have got the media fighting back against that,

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and catching him out if and when they can. How is that viewed in

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America, in a country that according to recent polls doesn't trust the

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press anyway. That is a good point Chris, what we have had from

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President Trump over the last few days, is increasing bellicosity if

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that is the right word, towards the mass media. He went on Twitter the

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other day, to say that they were the enemy of the American people. That

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is strong stuff, it is going a lot further than he has gone in the

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past. Body clearly does believe that the media has misrepresented his

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first month in office, there have of course been protests. There have

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been problems though the administration links to Russia, has

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been the resignation of General Mike Flynn, the National security

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adviser. But President Trump believes it is all going swimmingly

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and that is why, he went on the campaign trail. Last night, going to

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Florida, giving that speech, as if he was campaigning for office, he

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says he is campaigning for office in 2020. This is because he can

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circumvent the mass media at gatherings like that, he can get his

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message directly to the people who act should put him in the White

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House. Let's just talk about Sweden if we can, the comments that he made

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about Sweden in Florida, at that rally. Any response from the White

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House or any of the governmental departments to Sweden's request for

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some clarification. Not yet, this is very interesting because this is

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something that came up at that rally in Florida last night. He was

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talking about immigration controls, one of his pet subject and he talked

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about open borders in Europe and how they had led to terrorist attacks,

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and he cited attacks in Paris, Nice, Brussels, and only the day before in

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Sweden. He said. You look at what is happening last night in Sweden, who

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would believe this? Sweden. Well Sweden didn't believe it because it

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was pretty quiet on Friday night in Sweden by all accounts. The most

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ulcers thing going on by all accounts, was a contest to narrow

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down who would represent Sweden in Eurovision Song contest. That has

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prompted the Swedish Embassy in Washington to ask the State

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Department to please explain what on earth the president was talking

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about. And as soon as you get a response, we will bring it to you in

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Sweden and I look forward to that. Let's have a look at other

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developments around the world. Russian opposition activist,

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Vladimir Kara Murza, has left the country after spending

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more than two weeks in a critical Medical discharge papers said

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he was suffering from the effects He has flown out of Russia

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accompanied by his wife and a medic, A policeman has been killed

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in an explosion near the bullring Police had been deployed ahead

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of expected protests by animal The bullring reopened last month,

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four years after being closed Zimbabwe's president

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Robert Mugabe says both the governing party,

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ZANU-PF, and the country's people see no viable successor to him

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in next year's elections. Mr Mugabe - who turns 93 on Tuesday

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- has been in power since 1980. His wife says he's so popular

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voters would support him Malaysian police are hunting

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for at least four more suspects in the death of Kim Jong-nam,

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the half brother of in the death of Kim Jong-nam,

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the half brother of He died on Monday after

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apparently being poisoned Four people have already been

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arrested over the death but many questions remain unanswered,

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including what will The assasination of this man

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appears to have involved Four have already been detained

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in the poisoning of Kim Jong-nam, including a woman holding

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a Vietnamese passport who could be this person from the crime scene,

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and this woman who says She says she thought

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she was on a television prank show. One North Korean citizen

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is in custody, thought to be the man And now the authorities have asked

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for Interpol's help to find at least four more North Koreans,

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who all entered and exited Malaysia I can confirm today they have

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left our country the very same day People of interest who might

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know how Kim Jong-nam's Four suspects has been identified,

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which could assist us very much Still the question of

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what will be done with. Malaysian law requires his

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family to come in person If still they don't come forward,

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we have to look for the next option. It is unclear whether Mr Kim's

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children could travel to the morgue Or perhaps the law requires

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the presence of this man, the victim's half sibling

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. South Korea's unification ministry

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say they believe Pyongyang orchestrated the poisoning of Kim

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Jong-nam. The man once poised to rule

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North Korea before falling out While Kim Jong-nam was alive

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the thinking goes he remained a threat to his half brother

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and to Kim Jong-un's fragile grip One of the biggest potential

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takeover deals in corporate history is NOT going to happen -

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after the American food giant Kraft-Heinz said

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it was dropping its bid to buy The Anglo-Dutch company rejected

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a bid from Kraft on Friday. Now Kraft has said it has 'amicably

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agreed' to scrap the plan. Our business Correspondent Joe

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Lynam has been watching Didn't quite turn out how we

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expected it? I have never seen such a corporate U-turn, I calculate that

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within 55 hours of the bid being submitted and initially rejected, it

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has now been withdrawn entirely. This brought together some major

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Grable brands that you and I know. Such as -- Major global brand. Such

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as that Adelphia and Heinz baked beans, which is owned by

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Kraft-Heinz, and that would have brought over marmite and other ones

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from Unilever to create a huge player. Worth 55 billion. But it is

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no more, what has happened is that basically it has become very clear

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that it was never going to work and that Kraft-Heinz would have to

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launch a hostile takeover bid and that would have cost it an awful lot

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more money than it was prepared to pay and it wouldn't have made the

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deal worthwhile and also it wouldn't have been a friendly and amicable

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divorce. And if you're wondering why we should care, it is not just such

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a huge takeover bid, a lot of jobs and products at stake? You are

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rights to mention jobs, there are thousands of people working for

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Unilever at the moment to breathing a sigh of relief, simply because

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Craft Heinz is controlled by a Brazilian outfit called the 3G, they

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have a deserved history for cost-cutting, taking a side to

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factories and jobs for the companies they take over. They certainly would

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have run the rule over Unilever factories all over the world saying

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this one has to go. Stay with us on BBC World News,

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still to come: A hat-trick from Harry Kane

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who eases Tottenham Hotspur A full round-up of

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the action coming up. The army defeated in the task it had

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been sent to perform at retreating in good order. It had a terrible

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effect on the morale, and terrified of the repercussions on the streets.

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As the airlift got underway, there was no letup in the eruption itself,

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lava streams in the greater flow down to the sea on the east of the

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island, away from the town at the time being but it could start

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flowing again had any time. The Russians heralded their new

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generation space station with a spectacular night launch, they

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called it, mir, the Russian for peace.

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Iraqi forces say they've captured several villages

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in their assault on western Mosul, the last stronghold of so-called

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Sweden has asked for an explanation from Washington after

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President Trump spoke of a security incident there,

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Let's return to our main story - the Iraqi army's renewed

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offensive to recapture Mosul from the Islamic State group.

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already played you one report by Quentin Sommerville who's

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As always, Quentin is also telling the story on Twitter.

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incredible insight into that assault on Mosul.

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And you can see those photos on Quentin's twitter account -

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he is @sommervillebbc - and you can follow him while he's

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A SpaceX rocket has successfully launched

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from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida following a 24-hour

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delay to replace a mechanical part, known as an 'actuator'.

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The Falcon 9 rocket was carrying the 12th Dragon

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spacecraft delivering cargo to the International Space Station.

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This is the first SpaceX lift off from the Kennedy Space Center -

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specifically pad 39A, which was the site of the Apollo 11

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The payload is on its way to the Space Station,

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but the rocket turned around and touched down on a landing pad.

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Here's how NASA spokesperson Jessica Jensen summed up the mission.

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Any time we can get a new pad off the ground, we completely modernise

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We have run tonnes of tests to ensure that the hold downs

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back in a different way than it used to on pad 40.

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We have done tons of ground tests, but we have never made it an actual

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rocket with a payload on top of that.

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So to watch that happen for the first time was just amazing.

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I am sure the team will be out celebrating tonight.

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As of now we are still watching Dragon and ensuring it is on its way

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to the space station safely and it still does checkouts

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But all is looking great, we are not expecting any issues.

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We'll be out tonight if you want to find us.

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There will be some heavy drinking sure among some of our footballers.

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Hello good evening, the draw has been made for the quarter-finals

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of the FA Cup and Lincoln City - after that giant-killing

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against Premier League side Burnley yesterday.

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They could face Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium -

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IF THEY can beat another non-league side - Sutton United tomorrow...

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Jose Mourinho and Manchester United return to the scene of a 4-0

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trouncing earlier this season as they visit Premier League leaders

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Middlesbrough host the winner of the replay

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between Championship side Huddersfield and Manchester City.

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There's another London derby for Spurs, who host Millwall

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and confirmation of what COULD be in prospect a trip to Sutton

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end, Ibrahimovic's introduction made a difference as they beat the

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championships I'd buy 2-1. Rovers are second bottle, but they stunned

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United earlier on Ewood Park. They didn't hold their lead for too long,

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Henrikh Mkhitaryan with a lovely pass for Marcus Rashford and he

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rounded the keeper to make it 1-1 before Ibrahimovic's winner. They

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gave us a hard game and congratulations to them, because

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their approach was brave and strong and a very correct game. He had a

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game in his hands easily. But they had a Brent attitude, -- a brilliant

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attitude and this professional attitude, focus and responsibility,

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we would be in real trouble. Tottenham Hotspur booking their

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place, in a 3-0 win. The striker Harry Kane scored a hat-trick

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against the championship side. Very good, we have not had a few great

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results recently and we wanted to get a win today, we have done that

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and played very well and comfortable and properly should have added a few

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more goals and it is a great game all around and we are happy with it.

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In Spain's Primera Division Lionel Messi's fourth minute goal

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for Barcelona narrowed the gap on leaders Real Madrid to one point.

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They are currently drawing. Real Madrid still have two games in hand

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on the Catalans but the win came as welcome relief after comprehensive

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loss to PSG earlier this week. Elsewhere Valencia picked up an

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important week the Athletic Bilbao, moving them away from relegation

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trouble, also victories for Villarreal and Celta Vigo.

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Wigan have won Rugby League's World Club Challenge

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It's the annual match bewteen the Superleague winners

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The Warriors were facing the Cronulla Sharks at the DW

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Stadium, they led 10-nil at halftime and though Sharks mounted

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a comeback...Joe Burgess's third try secured the win ...22 points to 6.

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Wigan the first English team to lift this trophy in five years.

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Pleased with that, and wanting to perform. Really well. It is not the

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coaching staff, the players have so much desire and so much guts and

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determination to get these winds. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga won

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the Rotterdam Open on Sunday with a 4-6, 6-4, 6-1 win over David

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Goffin. It's also a first ever

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title for the French sixth seed at this event,

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having lost the 2011 The victory against the Belgian

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third seed who was playing his second final in as many weeks took

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just under two hours handing Tsonga That is all of the sport for now.

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Now let's just show you some wonderful footage of some blokes.

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This is Japan. 10,000 were wearing nothing but soon most I'll staff. To

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take part in a 500-year-old tradition. The naked man festival

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takes place every year, at a temple. These men have two scramble for

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sacred sticks thrown into the crowd in darkness. The winners who find

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the sticks are considered lucky men. Not too sure about the spectators.

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Before we go, wanted Tony about Asus of interview coming up later with

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the Hollywood star Angelina Jolie. She talks about why she wants to

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make a film about Cambodia's genocide. From all of us, good

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night. Good evening it has felt more

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springlike in winter this weekend because the

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