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The Indian embassy in Washington has expressed deep concern over the

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killing of an Indian in Kansas in what is believed to be a racially

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motivated attack. As a vigil is held for victim is, his wife said they

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had grown anxious about racial hatred after the election of Donald

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Trump. I just could not sleep. I was talking and then I was like, he will

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be safe in this country. I am so worried.

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The exodus of civilians from western Mosul -

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as Iraqi troops push deeper into territory held by Islamic State

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Also coming up, the woman linked to the murder of Kim Jong-Nam -

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says she got 90 dollars to take part in what she thought was a prank.

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Claudio Ranieri says goodbye to the Leicester City players

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The Indian Embassy in Washington has expressed deep concern over

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the killing of an Indian man and the injuring of another

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More than a hundred people gathered for a vigil in Kansas honouring

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the victims of what authorities suspect was a possible hate crime.

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Sri-Nivas Kuchi-Bhotla died shortly after Wednesday's attack,

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his friend Alok Mada-Sani, also from India, and an American

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Adam Purin-ton, a white US Navy veteran

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has been charged with first degree murder

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Our correspondent Rajini Vaidhyanathan is outside

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the bar in Kansas - where this happened

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The two had moved from India here to Kansas and both worked for a tech

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company, Garmin, and it was a nice evening on Wednesday and they

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decided to come for a drink after work, something they often did. They

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have been friends a long time. Through the course of the evening,

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things got tens after a man approached their table and started

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talking to them and by the end of the evening both were victims of a

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gun attack in which the Indian man was killed. His friend survived the

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incident and he is still recovering at home. He spoke earlier.

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He randomly comes up and starts pointing fingers. Obviously, he

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started with Sri-Nivas because he was closer to his table. We knew

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something was wrong with the way he started the conversation and he was

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pointing his finger. That is not something you see everyday. What did

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he say? He came towards me and said, which country are you from? Are you

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here illegally? Police are investigating the

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possible motives, including the possibility that this was a hate

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crime. Other witnesses in the bar have reported that the attacker

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said, get out of my country. That is what is being investigated. The

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man's wife is travelling to India to perform his last rites. I also spoke

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to her yesterday. She told me a little bit about her fears about

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hate crimes in the United States. When the recent elections happened,

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he was watching it so closely. I was so worried. I just could not sleep.

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I was talking to him and I was like, he will be safe in this country. I

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am so worried. I think the hate crime will be more open now. Will it

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be safe for asked to go there? Will it be safe for us to go to the

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office? I am so worried, I am so worried. He held me like this and

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said, don't worry. We should be OK, we should be OK.

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Sri-Nivas loved America, a country he loved working in. His wife said

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he was a hard worker and would leave the office late everyday. He was

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dedicated to this country and his wife said when she comes back from

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India, she wants to come back to America, she also loves this

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country, despite her concerns she expressed. We are hearing that one

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Indian society in the US is advising national is not to speak in their

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local dialect. You have been in Kansas, what people you there? I

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went to a vigil at a local church is not too far from the bar, which has

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reopened, I should say. It opened at 11 o'clock on Saturday following

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what happened. But the mood at the Interfaith vigil, there were

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Americans, and Indian Americans are many said they loved this area and

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think it is a united community and so they are not concerned about

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living here, specifically, but they are devastated about what happened,

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because many people here the two then. Thanks.

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Tom Perez, a former member of President Obama's cabinet, has

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been elected as the new national chairman of the Democratic Party.

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After beating Keith Ellison a congressman from Minnesota.

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Mr Perez then appointed him as his deputy.

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The role of chairman is seen as critical with the Republicans

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holding majorities in both the Senate and House

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After his successful campaign, Mr Perez made this

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Someday they are going to study this era in American history and study it

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alongside the know nothing movement and will ask the question of all of

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us, where were you in 2017? When we had the worst president in the

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history of the United States, and we will all be able to say, whether you

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are sitting here, outside, or whether you are looking across

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America, we will be able to say, the united Democratic party led the

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resistance, ensured that this president was a one term president

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and elected Democrats across this country from the school board, to

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the Senate, to the state attorneys general, two secretaries of State

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and Senators and governors, to District six is. To New Jersey and

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Virginia. Next year, we are going to have a market correction in all of

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these states, like admiring -- like Maryland. That is what we are going

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to do. The new chairman of the Iraqi troops are pushing

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deeper into western Mosul in their offensive to drive out

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so-called Islamic State This area of Mosul is the last

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IS stronghold in Iraq. The militants are surrounded,

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along with an estimated three-quarters-of-a-million

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civilians. Our correspondent Wyre Davies

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is at an advanced Iraqi military base where American troops

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and advisers are a key part This woman is a victim of

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Islamic State's latest tactic in its desperate bid to avoid

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defeat in Mosul. The 55-year-old mother of seven

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from the eastern part of the "I was lying on the ground

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and people were pointing to the sky from where the bomb

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came", she told me. One of dozens of drone attack

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victims they've treated at This is pretty new for this

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conflict, but also for These mortars can be

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very effective and the impact on the population

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really, really brutal. This IS video eulogises

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the use of commercially available drones to drop

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bombs and grenades. An organisation which governs

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according to brutal feudal codes adapting modern

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technology to lethal effect. Drones are yet another threat

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for government troops now pursuing fighters from so-called

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Islamic State into the narrow After days of fierce

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clashes on the edge of the But from a field just to the south,

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big American guns are helping to sway the battle perhaps

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decisively in the government's This is an overwhelmingly Iraqi

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military operation but the role of American advisers

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and troops, so-called boots on the US artillery pieces

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pounding targets in American commanders are reluctant

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to divulge too many sensitive details, but say US

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military support will be decisive. The fight in Western Mosul

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would be a tough fight So the Iraqi army, the Iraqi federal

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police, again will face It will be a lot of

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house-to-house fighting. A Kurdish reporter,

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Shifa Gardi was killed today covering the government

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advance into Mosul. A handful of refugees

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fled in the opposite direction but there are an estimated

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750,000 civilians still trapped Wyre Davies, BBC

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News, northern Iraq. The aid agencies are preparing for a

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huge number of civilians from Mosul. One person told us about what they

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have been hearing. Our teams have seen families who have just escaped

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from the actual fighting will stop to the places where our teams are

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operating. They are talking about horrible stories of snipers shooting

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women and children. Those who are trying to escape. It is, and has

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resulted in killing and injury among them. Also some families are just

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separated. Everybody is running for their lives.

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Those people trapped in the west of the city under the control of

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Islamic State, what are your fears of them? First of all their safety

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and secondly the longer this conflict continues, there will be a

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danger of people running out of food and water and medicine and

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everything. What do you know about the geography of the area? We hear

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about narrow streets. What do you fear for the people trying to

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escape? That is our worry, especially in the old part of the

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city where it is estimated over 400,000 people will be living.

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Narrow streets and old houses. With the fighting people could be at risk

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whether they are staying or trying to escape. Given the numbers

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involved, are you worried about mass casualties? We would be worried

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about mass casualties but at the same time it is great to hear the

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Iraqi forces and government have taken civilian protection as a

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priority of this operation and we hope it materialises on the ground.

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If there are many casualties, our agencies ready for that? We are not

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ready. We are unable to reach into old parts of the city and we are

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only able to support families who are escaping from fighting.

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A 73-year-old man has died after being severely injured

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when a man drove his car into pedestrians in the

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Police say the driver was a German who was armed with a knife,

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Police say they are not sure of the motivation behind the attack.

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Two other people who were injured have both been

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The UN's peace envoy for Syria says suicide attacks on two government

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compounds in the city of Homs were designed to derail the current

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At least 30 people were killed and dozens injured.

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The former al-Qaeda affiliate, the Al-Nusra Front, which now calls

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itself Fateh al-Sham, said it carried out the attack.

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Our correspondent Rami Ruhayem is in Beirut and told me how

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the bombings could happen in a city supposedly under tight

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This is an infiltration, not a battle. Whoever did this probably

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Fateh al-Sham, the rebel group which claimed this attack, managed to get

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through to this well guarded, highly sensitive spot, a couple of well

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guarded, highly sensitive spots, to carry out this attack. This has

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happened before. The regime has faced attacks in area it controls

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before. Several of them in Homs, mostly on civilian targets. This one

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unlike the others was not on a civilian target but possibly on a

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target that matters more to the regime than other targets, because

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of the nature of the targets will stop intelligence headquarters and

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quite high profile casualties, as well. And a group believed to be

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behind the attack, are they involved in the putative ongoing peace talks,

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which are due to take place? No, this group came into existence in

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its current form a couple of weeks ago. It used to be called Fateh

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al-Sham. In the first statement by its leader, they explicitly rejected

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negotiations and said they are not going to lead anywhere. The only way

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to continue the revolution, they said, is to continue the armed

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struggle against the regime and this is probably one of the most

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successful manifestations of their strategy. Of course, this is a

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manifestation as well of Al-Nusra, there is fierce focus from the start

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of the Syrian uprising till now, on fighting the regime and rejecting

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all the Western backed and golf Arab backed attempts to find a way --

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Gulf. To find a solution to the regime. Still to come... Lavish

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birthday celebrations that the Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe who

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turned 93 this week. Benedict will in his own words be

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hidden from the world for the rest of his life.

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The latest headlines. A vigil is held for the victims of a shooting

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in a Kansas bar in which an Indian man was killed in what is believed

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to be a racially motivated attack. In an exodus of civilians from

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Western Mosul as Iraqi troops pushed deeper into territory held by the

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so-called Islamic State. Malaysian officials say the Kuala Lumpur

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International Airport is safe and has no radioactive or hazardous

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materials. The announcement came after security experts carried out a

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sweep for any traces of the toxic nerve agent that killed the half

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brother of the North Korean leader. Police said Kim Jong-nam was

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assassinated with a lethal dose of VX, a chemical listed by the UN as a

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weapon of mass destruction. Even though the search was conducted in

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11 days after the murder, police say not a single medical emergency was

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reported. The screening process was carried out at areas and locations

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related to this case. As a result of this screening process, we confirm

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number one, there is no hazardous material found. Number two, it is

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free from any form of contamination of hazardous material. And third, it

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is declared a safe zone. Indonesian diplomats have visited one of their

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nationals held as a suspect. The woman repeated her claim she is

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innocent and thought she was taking part in a prank. She told Indonesian

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officials that two Korean or Japanese looking men gave her a

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substance that looks like baby all to wipe on the face of a man and

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paid her $90. According to her she got 400 ringgits. There is plenty

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more on this story on the website including a closer look at exactly

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what VX nerve agent is. Go to the website.

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There's been a lavish birthday party for Zimbabwe's President,

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Robert Mugabe, who turned 93 this week.

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Mr Mugabe is defying calls to resign.

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The oldest president in the world said this week that

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"the majority of the people feel that there is no

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Organisers are saying they want to throw one of the biggest parties in

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Africa. What does it take for such a big budget birthday? 150 cattle have

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been slaughtered for food and thousands of people brought in to

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join the celebrations and there is plenty of cake for officials, but

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not everybody is celebrating. Some groups said the party abused power

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and forced impoverished people to make donations. A protest group said

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the feasting should stop until the country is fixed. As we speak

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hospitals are in crisis, doctors have been on strike the last two

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weeks. The government said this is not an ordinary party, that they

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want to revere an African icon that is President Robert Mugabe.

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The latest sport. Thanks. Scotland have secured a long-awaited victory

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over Wales. Their first in a decade. Tommy Seymour's try put

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the Scots back in front after Liam Williams

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scored for Wales. Then Scotland secured the win

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with a wonderfully worked try.. A great pass from Stuart

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Hogg to Tim Visser. We started the championship well at

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home against Ireland. We were disappointed in France but we

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believe we can do something with this group and we are not just

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saying that, whether people believe us or not. Today we came from a poor

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first half to build an ice core and beat a very good Welsh side. We are

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going to England for the next game. We are a group, if we work hard, we

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believe we can win games. Jonnie Sexton returned from injury

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to guide Ireland to a 19-9 victory The fly-half kicked 11 points

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in what was his first match since he suffered a calf strain

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playing for Irish province Ireland's other scores came

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via Conor Murray's first-half try Claudio Ranieri returned to the

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Leicester training ground. He left the club one point above the

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relegation zone. They now sit in the bottom three after results went

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against them on Saturday. Tonight Leicester striker Jamie Vardy

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released a response to suggestions the players were responsible for his

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departure. He said on social media:

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I must have written and deleted my words

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to this Chelsea are 11 points clear

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at the top of the Premier League tonight after beating Swansea 3-1

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at Stamford Bridge. Cesc Fabregas scored

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first, Fernando Llorente level, but two late goals -

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from Pedro and then Diego Costa We showed great character to start

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the second half and create chances we had. Fabregas scored across the

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bar and then be scored. We deserved a lot to win the game. Now it is

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important to continue in this way. Winning over 29 points to be

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champions. It is important to know this, for me, my players and fans.

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To continue with the great focus and concentration.

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It is looking unlikely anybody will stop Chelsea. Crystal Palace beat

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Middlesbrough 1-0. They are out of the bottom three after the win over

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Middlesbrough. Patrick van Aanholt with the goal.

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It is a great victory and hopefully we can move on from there. I think

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the two-week break had a big influence on players because we

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could get a lot of work into the players in all aspects of their

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game. And today they made a lot of really good decisions. They coped

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with the pressure very well. Sunderland remain

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bottom of the table That is all the sport. Back to you.

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A reminder of the menus. The Indian embassy in Washington expressed deep

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concern over the killing of an Indian man in a shooting in Kansas.

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More than 100 people have gathered for a vigil honouring the victims of

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what authorities suspect was a hate crime. That is it from me. Goodbye.

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Hello, good evening. Breaking news on the weather front. The Irish Met

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service have named Storms Iwan. It is heading our way and

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