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An apparent chemical attack on east Mosul has left 12 people,

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And as many more remain trapped in the conflict in Mosul,

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a captured commander of so-called Islamic State tells us using human

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US police search the home of a man arrested in connection with recent

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threats made to eight Jewish organisations.

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Another blow for the French presidential candidate,

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Francois Fillon, as his spokesman resigns, adding to a slew of

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This is the scene, being streamed live

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from an Animal Adventure Park in New York State,

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as millions of followers wait and wait for April the giraffe

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Thousands of civilians are fleeing from the besieged city of Mosul

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as Iraqi and coalition forces try to defeat so called

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Islamic State, which has occupied the city for almost three years.

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Hundreds of thousands of people are still trapped in Mosul and,

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in a BBC interview, a senior IS commander, who was recently

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captured by Iraqi forces, has justified the group's practice

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111-year-old boy suffered severe burns and blistering. The Red Cross

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has condemned this use of chemical weapons, but haven't identified what

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kind they were. Hundreds of thousands of people

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are still trapped in Mosul and, in a BBC interview, a senior

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IS commander, who was recently captured by Iraqi forces,

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has justified the group's practice Next to the rubble of Mosul's

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bombed-out university, a new campus It was only opened two days ago,

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but aid agencies say it For these people, freedom of sorts

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after almost three years under There are thought to be

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750,000 civilians trapped Under siege without food or water

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and in fear of their lives, It is one of the worst

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crises in the last decade. So, yes, if you can see around

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and you talk to people, Fighting is still heavy

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but government troops say they are easing Islamic State's

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grip on Mosul, its last With IS threatening to kill those

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who leave the city and relentless shelling from the government side,

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escape is not easy. This family was inside the western

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part of the city this morning. As they escaped, there was fighting

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going on inside their house. Two members of the security forces

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that freed them were killed. According to these civilians,

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many more are being kept by so-called Islamic State

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as human shields. This man tries to defend

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the practice of using A senior Islamic State

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commander, he has admitted to sending suicide bombers,

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including boys, At a detention centre

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where he is being held in northern Iraq, he spoke to the BBC

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in a rare interview. TRANSLATION: Anyone who is in danger

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hides himself behind the others. It is like if you're

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drowning, you might drag In order to survive,

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people do everything they can, even if it means using

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humans as shields. That warped logic is

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rejected by this man, having escaped Mosul with his family

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of six and surviving for now Under IS, having a simple Sim card

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for a phone, or a woman refusing to cover her face,

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can mean certain death. TRANSLATION: My kids have not been

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to school for three years and we lived in constant fear

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of upsetting the Islamists. IS might be facing imminent defeat

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in Mosul, but the scars run unimaginably deep for those

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who suffered at their hands. In the US, a 31-year-old man has

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been arrested and charged with making at least eight bomb

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threats against Jewish centers. Police have been searching the home

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of Juan Thompson in Missouri. Federal officials have been

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investigating bomb threats made against nearly 100 organisations

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in three dozen states. Prosecutors said he was also charged

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with stalking his ex-girlfriend. Our reporter Nada Tawfik

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in New York updated us For more let us go to

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Nada Tawfik in New York. In theory, this was revenge for an

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ex-girlfriend and it caused so much anguish and damage. Absolutely, once

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he broke up with his girlfriend is when he started this campaign of

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harassment. He sent e-mails and made phone calls to several Jewish

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community centres, childcare centres and schools in her name and in his

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name, showing that she was trying to frame him. Some of the e-mails were

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horrific in nature. He said that she wanted to kill as many Jewish people

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as soon as and he said that she wanted to create another new town,

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of course referring to the case in December 2012 when 26th of June were

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shot. Police have now arrested Mr Thompson and charged him with

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cyberstalking in relation to these incidents. Narine a lot more is

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coming about about this man and one he was. A former online left leaning

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publication said she was a journalist with them and was fired

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because he fabricated stories and saucers. If you look at his Twitter

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feed, on that feed there were several times when he referred to

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his ex-girlfriend is trying to frame him. Again, part of this story he

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created that investigators have now said he'd used as a campaign of

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harassment against his ex-girlfriend. Investigators are

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also trying to work out these 100 threats to various Jewish community

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centres. There is a chance that is an allegation that he could be

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behind those as well, is that correct? We know for example that

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police in misery are now questioning him in regard to the cemetery there.

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The historic cemetery where 200 Jewish tombstones were vandalised

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and turned over. We don't know why he is a suspect in that yet, but we

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know he is being questioned. We are seeing if there are any other ties

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or clues that would link him to the other incidents. Officials had been

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very swift in their condemnation of this. The US Attorney General says

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whatever the condemnation, the said it was un-American. They have said

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it strikes at US democracy. Jewish groups have been meeting with the

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FBI in Washington about this. Ahead of the charges. The FBI gave

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assurances that all of these threats would be fully investigated and it

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would look to make more arrests. In this polarised political

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environment, he saw threats that have increased recently, that the

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Jewish community is very concerned about. Gas, understandably so. Thank

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you very much for clarifying all of those details. Our correspondence

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reporting from New York. Staying in the US and Donald Trump

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is calling it a witch hunt. But the pressure on America's top

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law officer continues to build. Jeff Sessions say's he'll step down

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from an FBI investigation into alleged Russian interference

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in the US elections. Democrats say the Attorney General

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lied under oath in failing to declare he met Russia's

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ambassador twice during At the centre of the latest

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allegations of contact between the Trump administration

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and Russia, the Attorney At his confirmation hearing,

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he'd failed to tell the Senate about two meetings

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with the Russian ambassador. Senior Democrats accuse him

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of lying under oath. President Trump says

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he still has his full confidence. Jeff Sessions has resisted pressure

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to resign, but he has now removed himself from any investigations

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looking into the election campaign, including allegations

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of Russian interference. The reason I believed

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I should recuse myself is because I was involved

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in the campaign. To a degree, I think it would have

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been perceived but I wouldn't have been objective in participating

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in an investigation that might I did not confirm or deny

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any investigation. I just felt like I

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should clear the air. But he's denied he did anything

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wrong, and describes what's been said about his meeting

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with the ambassador as unfair President Trump has come

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to his defence, tweeting: The real story is all the illegal

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leaks of classified and other information.

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It is a total witch-hunt. This is Russia's ambassador

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to the US, Sergey Kislyak. It's a post he is held

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for almost a decade. There has been a furious response

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from Russia to allegations in some US news reports that he is a spy.

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The Foreign Ministry describing it as a media provocation

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and a stunning charge. And when Russia's Foreign Minister

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was asked today about the continuing controversy over his ambassador

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meeting Jeff Sessions, his reply echoed words

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President Trump had used earlier. TRANSLATION: I can only

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quote the phrase that has Saying that all this closely

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resembles a witch-hunt. Or times of McCarthyism,

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which we thought had long passed Mr Trump's son-in-law and senior

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adviser, Jared Kushner, was with Michael Flynn,

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who has since been sacked as national security adviser,

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when he met Ambassador Kislyak after the election.

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Daniel Boettcher, BBC News. For more on Russia's reaction

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to this story here's the latest from our correspondent

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Steve Rosenberg in Moscow. I think there is a recognition here

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that not only is Jeff Sessions under pressure, but also Donald Trump is.

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That we've have optimism that the state media was pumping out,

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building up Donald Trump of the night in shining armour is going to

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rescue Russian relations. That may have been misplaced. I want to show

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you some Russian newspapers from today, do you get a flavour of what

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the media is thinking here. This is from a popular tabloid which is

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pro-Kremlin. One of its headline is Trump should get his teeth stuck in

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and not give up his own guys. This is advice from the papers with

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regards to Jeff Sessions. The paper says that he should actively fight

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for Jeff Sessions because he is loyal to him. The paper says if

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Donald Trump is weak, he will give him up, but if he is a fighter, he

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should get his teeth stuck in and not give him up, otherwise, they, in

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other words, Trump's opponents will find more links with Russia and

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tried to paint the US administration as a team of cheats. The headline

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here is Donald Trump is repeating the mistakes of Richard Nixon. What

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does it mean by that? It says that Donald Trump has committed a

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colossal mistake in getting rid of Michael Flynn, his national security

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adviser, because that created an opening for his opponents to exploit

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and make their opening bigger. They will increase tax on the president.

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The paper notes that Richard Nixon tried the same tactic in 1973 by

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getting rid of his vice president to save himself, but the paper says

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that did not work. This paper it talks about surrogate if they act,

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the Russian ambassador in Washington. It says he is in the

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spotlight which is grating altars are problems with the ambassador and

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the embassy. The paper says the Americans will be running away from

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Russian diplomats in fear, because any contacts will be seen as

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espionage. That was the reaction from Moscow.

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Germany accuses the journalists are being a German agent and hurrying

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terror. The US man who was shot while trying

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to intervene in a deadly gun attack on two Indian men at a Kansas bar

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has been invited to visit India. Ian Grillot has been praised

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as a hero by Indians. Mr Grillot was shot in the hand

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and chest when he tried to stop Malaysia has issued an arrest

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warrant for a second North Korean man in connection with the murder

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of Kim Jong Nam, the estranged half-brother

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of North Korea's leader. The man, who works for North Korea's

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national airline, is thought to have got to Malaysia two weeks before

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the killing at Kuala Lumpur airport. Two journalists in Zimbabwe

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have been arrested over a newspaper report describing

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President Robert Mugabe as being in bad shape when flew

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to Singapore for a medical check-up The editor of the newspaper

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and the journalist were charged with undermining and insulting

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the office of the President. Another campaign blow

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for Francois Fillon, the main centre-right candidate

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in the French presidential race. His spokesman has resigned

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in the latest fallout over allegations he paid member

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of his family for The former Prime Minister will speak

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at a major rally on Sunday, where's he's called for supporters

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to attend in large numbers The BBC's Hugh Schofield said it

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will no doubt be a critical point for the future of his campaign

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after todays resignation. The spokesman was

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a public face for the campaign, so obviously that

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in itself is very embarrassing, but it's not just him,

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it's many, many others, sinking ship is how they would see

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it in the last couple of days. What's happened is that

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we've just seen at this momentum building up,

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kind of haemorrhaging now of support, to the point where we

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really feel that the situation is fluid.

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He is really clinging on by his fingernails

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He has a big meeting on Sunday in Paris.

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He has called for his supporters to come there from all

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over the country to meet him at the Trocadero opposite the

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Eiffel Tower, where he is going to give a big

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speech and he hopes prove that

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he has the bedrock of support of right-wing voters across

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If it turns out there is a very big turn-out there, broad-based

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support, then he can survive, but you know, no one knows

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All one can say is that the pressure is building and

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building and building against him, and this other option in the party

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of Alain Juppe candidacy is taking greater shape as we speak.

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Early results in Northern Ireland's election suggest the main

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pro-Irish nationalist party, Sinn Fein, will win more seats

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Support for the main party that advocates staying part of Britain,

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the Democratic Unionists, has fallen, but it's expected

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Our Ireland Correspondent Chris Buckler is at a count in Belfast.

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The Belfast reputation has long been linked to divisive politics. The

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latest announcement from Stormont has been linked to that. People

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return to the ballot box to make their choice. After the collapse of

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Northern Ireland's power-sharing Government and that is anything but

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a laughing matter. For those who find themselves voting against just

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ten months after the last election. Think there is too much bickering

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and fighting and instead of what they were elected for, instead of

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looking after the people and trying to do something for the people,

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there is too much in-house fighting. I think they are trying to blame

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each other for what is happening in the country. It is a stalemate.

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Nothing is happening. The results of these votes look unlikely to make

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much difference to that stand-off at Stormont.

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CHEERING If walking out of Government was a

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gamble for Sinn Fein, it has paid off. They have increased their share

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of the vote, narrowing the gap between them and their old partnered

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the DUP. A personal success for the only reader and potential Deputy

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First Minister Michelle O'Neill. The Deputy First Minister need to do a

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lot more than anyone else who is elected. They need to step out of

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their comfort zone, make sure they are true to the principles of

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power-sharing and work on the basis of equality. Those words will be

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seen as a direct message to Arlene Foster on the leader who was forced

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out of the office when Sinn Fein brought down power-sharing. The

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ordinary man and woman of Northern Ireland once an assembly up and

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running and working for them. They want all the parties playing the

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role. We are up for that, we have proved we are calling on the other

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parties to follow through with that. Stop messing about the devolution

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and work for the entire community. The DUP and Sinn Fein have three

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weeks to do a deal. Otherwise, people face the prospect of a

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Westminster Government taking over the running of Northern Ireland and

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beast for a period. To avoid that, Irish nationalists and British

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Unionists must come together again and what might matter is how much

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they value power. BBC News, Belfast. Farmers use them to optimise crop

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yields, delivery companies hope they'll soon play a large part

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in their operations. In Ukraine, campaigners

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are using them to fight corruption. But drones are a controversial

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tactic, as Tom Burridge We want to show people

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that corruption kills. So, they film properties belonging

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to officials which they believe are disproportionate in size

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and value to the salary officials And in this case they say the judge

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who lives here hasn't declared This house that costs

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about half a million dollars, we don't believe that she made it

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in lawful way, that is why we film We have come to meet the judge that

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campaigners are investigating. Ever since pro-European protesters

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forced a president who was friends with Russia from power,

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there has been a massive push And there is a consensus here that

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many of the decisions taken in the past by judges

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were often swayed by money Judge Malvina Danilova says she has

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never been involved in corruption and she claims all of her

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wealth is legitimate. And she argues she didn't need

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to declare the house filmed by campaigners because it

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belongs to her boyfriend. TRANSLATION: Being

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rich isn't a crime. I declared everything I had

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according to the law and I think the activists were intruding

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into my personal life. Do you at least think

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that it is good that civil society is scrutinising the wealth

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of public officials like you? They have branded the entire

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judicial system with a black mark There are a lot of clever

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and experienced judges. Simply dismissing everyone

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just wouldn't be right. So in Ukraine the judges

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are being judged. So is this degree of scrutiny needed

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to clean this country up? A pregnant giraffe,

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who's due to give birth at a zoo in New York State,

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has become an internet sensation. Managers at the Animal Adventure

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Park at Harpursville have set up a livestream,

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which we can see now, so members of the public

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can watch the giraffe, One problem - April doesn't

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seem anywhere close Her plight has attracted

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nearly 20 million views Let's speak to Jordan Patch

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the owner of the Animal Adventure How is able doing? We are doing good

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and she is doing well. She is doing very well. She seems to be standing

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around a lot, what can we expect as she starts to give birth? Bushby

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lying down, I have no idea. Juhasz give birth whilst standing up. A

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good thing about the labour process is they hide all signs of labour

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because the knee while they would not want predators waiting for her

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to become vulnerable. She's going to Mass clues labour resigns from us

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pretty well. In the end, what we are looking for is the baby who is

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starting to appear. When we see those, it will be anywhere from 30

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up and told 60 minutes. It is a very quick process. We are watching all

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of the flies. With the idea to stream this come from? We came up

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with the idea because many of her supporters knew she was expecting

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and people had been checking in to see whether or not she had given

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birth. We thought we would put a webcam up and allow guests to check

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in on her on their own. We did that and now we're receiving a lot more

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interest than we ever expected. You have 20 million viewers. It is just

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so staggering that there is that much interest. Who doesn't like

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giraffes? Look like that is a fair point. She is 15 years old and this

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is her fourth baby. She is pretty experienced. Very much so. She is an

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experienced mother. We are not concerned that she is taking a

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little bit longer than we anticipated. She knows what she is

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doing. We're letting nature take its course. She has never had... She has

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never lost a baby or had a stillborn baby, so you're pretty confident

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this is something that everybody can enjoy watching? Yes, absolutely. We

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do not anticipate any intervention needed by us or any bets. We are

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prepared for any offence. I will advise that in the event is an

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issue, we may to cut the feed to give it a relatively safe learning

:24:51.:24:54.

environment for all ages. 94 specifying that. We wish all of you

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the best of luck. That is fantastic. The anonymous street-artist, Banksy,

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has released his latest But it's completely different

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to anything we've seen before. This time, Banksy has designed

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a hotel, built along the wall that separates the Palestinians

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and Israelis in Bethlehem. An apparent chemical attack on east

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Mosul has left 12 people, Shells were fired into the east of

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the city. This comes as thousands of civilians continue to escape the

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embattled city. A recent capture by Iraqi forces has justified the group

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pot practice of using so-called human shields. You're watching BBC

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