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weather spreading from west to East, later on on Tuesday. An unsubtle

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glut of things. Stage and for the forecast.

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'S is in the news. In Iraq and apparent chemical attack on East

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Mosul has left 12 people including children injured. As many more

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remain trapped in the conflict, a trapped commander of so-called

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Islamic State says using human shields is justified. As members of

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the Northern Ireland assembly are elected it seems Sinn Fein and the

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DUP will remain the largest parties. Police search them home of a man

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associated with recent threats to a number of Jewish centres. And are we

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there yet? This is the scene streamed live from animal adventure

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Park in New York State for April the De Graaf to finally give birth. --

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April the De Graaf. Welcome to the programme. 12 Iraqi

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civilians have been injured in what appears to have been a chemical

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weapons attack in the city of Mosul. Two shells were fired into the

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Government held east of the city from the Islamic State controlled

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West, releasing a fouls then gas. 111-year-old boy suffered severe

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burns and blistering. The International Committee of the Red

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Cross has condemned the apparent use of chemical weapons but it hasn't

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actually identified what type they were. This comes as thousands of

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civilians continue to escape the embattled city. In BBC interview, a

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senior IAS commander recently captured by a it Iraqi forces, has

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justified the practice of using so-called human shields.

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Next to the rubble of most will's bombed out university, a new campus

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has been built. A refugee camp on the 30,000 people. It was only

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opened 2000 -- two days ago, but aid agencies say it will be full within

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a week. For these people freedom of sorts, after almost three years

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under the rule of so-called Islamic State. There are thought to be

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750,000 civilians trapped inside westernmost soul, under siege

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without food or water and in fear of their lives, some have managed to

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escape. It is one of the worst crises in the last decade. If you

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can see around you, if you talk to people, you cannot deny this.

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Fighting is still heavy but Government troops say they are

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easing Islamic State's grip on most will. Its last major stronghold in

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Iraq. With IAS threatening to kill those who leave the city, and

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relentless shelling from the Government side, escape is not easy.

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This family was inside western part of the city this morning and as they

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escaped there was fighting going on inside their house. Two members of

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the security forces that feat freedom were killed and according to

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the civilians, many more have been kept by so-called Islamic State as

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human shields. This man tries to defend the

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practice of using human shields. He has admitted sending suicide bombers

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including boys to attack cities. He spoke to the BBC in a rare

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interview. TRANSLATION: Anyone who was in

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danger hides himself behind others. It is like if you'd are drowning you

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may drag someone down with you, even a member of your family. In order to

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survive people do anything they can even if it means using humans as

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shields. That warped logic is rejected by this man. Having escaped

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Mosul with his family of six and surviving the now for in a cold

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refugee camp. TRANSLATION: Under IIS, having a Sim

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card for a phone or a woman refusing to cover her face, could mean

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certain death. My kids have not been to school for three years and we

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lived in constant fear of upsetting the Islamists. Islamic State may be

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facing imminent defeat in most soul, but the scars run imminently deep

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for those who suffered at their hands.

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Results are being declared in the Northern Ireland Assembly election

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with a big increase in turnout. With over 50 seats declared so far, early

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results indicate both Sinn Fein and the DUP are polling strongly. The

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election was called after Sinn Fein withdrew from the power-sharing

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executive in January. Let's cross live to speak to the BBC's Anita

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McVeigh who is in Belfast. What's the story so far? Hello. The

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four votes for the fall Belfast constituencies are being counted.

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The turnout has been one of the big stories of the day so far. Remember

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there was an election here in Northern Ireland just ten months

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ago, last May. And yet voter turnout is up by 10% this time round. In

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some constituencies that turnout was up by as much as 13%, so the

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electorate is really invigorated, certainly not put off by the second

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election in less than a year. Let me just give you an indication of where

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we are. Nudging towards two thirds of the seats being declared. 53 out

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of 90s declared. Topping the poll at the moment is Sinn Fein with 23.

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That is the Republican party, Sinn Fein, who would like to see a united

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Ireland. Then it is the Democratic Unionist Party, they are on 14. The

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Ulster Unionist Party have seven, in one of the dramatic turns to this

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day so far their leader Mike Nesbitt said he would be standing down

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because of his party's performance in these elections. He had appealed

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to people to vote across traditional community lines and transfer their

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votes to other parties who he said would bring about change in Northern

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Ireland politics. But it doesn't look like were going to get change,

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is the bottom line, because it looks like Sinn Fein and the DUP will

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still be the largest parties and a number of the smaller ones have

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collected around nine seats between them. We are seeing an increasingly

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polarised electorate. Remind us why these elections are so important.

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These elections are so important because they are about the future of

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devolved Government in Northern Ireland. In the past, we have had

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direct rule from Westminster and that is one of the possible options

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on the table if, when the members of the assembly elected this weekend,

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when they return to Stormont, the seat of the devolved Government on

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Monday, to begin a process of negotiations, they have three weeks

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to try to work out a number of long-running and deep-seated issues

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in Northern Ireland politics, and at the end of that elects a First

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Minister and Deputy First Minister. I don't think anyone would put money

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on that happening in such a short time frame. If they don't manage to

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do that by the 27th of March, one of the options open to the Northern

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Ireland Secretary, James Brokenshire, is to impose rule from

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Westminster, though that would require an act of Parliament. He

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could also call another election, he could suspend this set the assembly,

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or he could try to create some breathing space to give the

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politicians more time to work out a deal. Take you back to January when

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the assembly collapsed, the final straw as it were was a row over a

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renewable heating scheme, a botched renewable heating scheme, but that

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was just the final straw made a huge deterioration in the ratio between

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the two main parties in Northern Ireland. So it is looking very

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tricky as we look ahead to the beginning of the new week, and those

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three weeks of negotiations, to see how in three weeks' time of devolved

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Government could be up and running again. Thank you very much

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forbidding that into context and monitoring those results.

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Human remains of infants and children have been uncovered as a

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former home for unwed mothers and babies in Ireland. Forensics

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scientists say they have identified significant quantities of human

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remains, including those of babies. Excavations have been underway at

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the site. Digging began after a Government commission was set up in

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response to claims about the deaths of nearly 800 infants between 1925

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and 1961. Authorities say the remains found appeared to date from

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that time. This news is very disturbing and

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will touch everyone's heart. There were of course strong suspicions

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about burials of this kind for some time. It was one of the reasons for

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setting up the commission in the first place. The information I have

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received confirms these suspicions and importantly they trace the

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remains specifically to the period of the homes operation rather than

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to earlier times in our history, such as during the famine.

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Let's turn to the United States where of 31-year-old man has been

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arrested and charged with making at least eight bomb threats against

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Jewish centres. Prosecutors said he was also charged with cyberstalking

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his former girlfriend. Police have been searching his house. Federal

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officials are also investigating bomb threats made against daily 100

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organisations and three dozen states. Our reporter in New York

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reports. Prosecutors allege that once he broke up with his girlfriend

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is when he started the con campaign of harassment. He made phone calls

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of harassment to several places in her name and in his name, showing

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that she was trying to frame him. Some of the e-mails were horrific in

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nature, he's ahead she wanted to kill as many Jewish people as soon

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as possible. He said she wanted to create another new town. Police have

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now arrested him and charged him with cyberstalking in relation to

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these incidents. Now a lot more is coming out about who this man was. A

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former online left-leaning publication says he was a job

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journalist with them and was fired because he fabricated stories and

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stores is. If you go to his Twitter feed, there were several times where

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he referred to his ex-girlfriend trying to frame him. Again, part of

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the story he created that investigators have now said he used

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as a campaign of harassment against his ex. They are also trying to work

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out 100 threats to Jewish community centres. There is an allegation that

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he could be behind these as well. We know for example that police in

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Missouri are now questioning him in regards to the secretary there, the

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historic cemetery where 200 historic Jewish tombstones were vandalised.

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We haven't been told he is necessarily a suspect but we know he

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is being questioned. They are seeing if there are any other ties or clues

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that would lead came to some of the other incidents. Officials have been

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

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whatever the motivation, this is an American. Jewish groups have been

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meeting with the FBI in Washington about this, head of the charges that

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this meeting was planned, they said the FBI assured them that all of

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these threats would be fully investigated and they would look to

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make more arrests. But certainly in this polarised political

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environment, these threads that have increased recently, that the Jewish

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committee is concerned about. Now some of the day's other news.

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The former Haitian President has died at the age of 74. He is the

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only democratically lead elected leader in Haiti's history to serve

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two full terms. His second term will be remembered for the earthquake.

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The American man who was shot while trying to intervene in a deadly gun

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attack has been invited to visit India. He has been praised as a hero

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by Indians. He was shot in the hand and chest when he intervened.

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Turkish president has accused Germany of aiding and harbouring

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terror. He claims a German journalist was a German agent and a

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member of the Kurdish armed groups the PKK. People have condemned the

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arrest of the German journalist as an assault of.

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Mr Fields of another blow on Friday with his spokesman resigning and

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political party withdrawing its support. This is latest fallout over

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allegations that he paid man's of his family for jobs they did not do.

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Apparently the turnout at Sunday's Bradley will be critical in the

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success of his campaign going forward. It is part of the bigger

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thick picture. Is not just him, it's many others. Many others have

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deserted the sinking ship is how they would see it in the last couple

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of days. We have seen this lament building, a haemorrhaging of

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support, to the point where we feel the situation is fluid, it could all

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change. He is clamouring clinging by his fingernails to his candidacy. He

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has a big meeting on Sunday in Paris. He has called his supporters

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to come there from all over the country, to meet him opposite the

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Eiffel Tower where he will give a big speech and he hopes prove he has

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the bedrock of Cepeda support of right-wing voters across the

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country. That may be the crunch. If there is a big turnout and broad

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support he may survive. But no one knows what will happen. All you can

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say is that the pressure is building against him, and the other option in

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the party is taking greater shape. Stay with us on BBC world News. Lots

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more to come, including... Russia echoes President Trump in describing

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the calls for Jeff Sessions to resign as a witchhunt.

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First the plates slid gently off the tables. Then the tables crashed

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downwards. Then the ferry lurched onto its side. The Americans had

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successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarf that of a bomb

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dropped on Hiroshima. The constitutional rights of these

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marchers are their rights as citizens of the US and they should

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be protected even in the right to test them out so they don't get

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their heads broken and sent to hospital. This will just construe

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controversy, I know you don't want to talk about it, but don't you

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worry about it boiling up? I think anything will be all right in the

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end. Welcome to BBC world News today. Our

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latest headlines... As the battle for Mosul continues thousands of

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civilians escape as Iraqi coalition forces try to defeat so-called

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Islamic State. And results are coming in as the first members of

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the Northern Ireland Assembly are elected. It seems the DUP and Sinn

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Fein will remain the largest parties. Let's turn to the United

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States. Donald Trump is calling this a witchhunt but the pressure on

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America's top law officer continues to build. He says he will step down

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from an FBI investigation from an alleged FBI into. It is said he lied

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under oath in failing to declare he met Russia's ambassador twice during

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the campaign. 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. Let's get a full update of all the

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sports news with Lizzie. England set West Indies a target of 297 to win

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the first one-day and international in Antigua. After a shaky start the

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captain hit an impressive century. Ben Stokes also showed why is he is

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so expensive. In reply the West Indies started badly. They steadied

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things but have had a terrible last couple of overs. They are now two to

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4-8. Baby 73 from six overs. Andy Murray is through to the final of

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the Dubai championship. The Scot beat Lucas Pouille in straight sets.

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He will play a Spaniard in the final. Murray has a superb record

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over Vasco winning 12 of their previous 13 meetings. British boxers

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David Hay and Tony Bell you have weighed in ahead of their fight.

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They have had aggressive verbal clashes in the build-up. Earlier

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they were warned about their conduct. Tony is stepping up from

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cruiserweight to heavyweight the first time. His opponent is almost a

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stone heavier than him. He is prepared and ready to perform for a

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two-hour flight. He should never be that weight. He isn't really a

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heavyweight. Not in a million years. Athletically he looks fantastic.

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When you get close to him he is trembling. He doesn't... He's not as

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confident and he doesn't believe the things he's saying. Look at him,

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he's actually trembling. I was hoping he would look more physically

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impressive. I was hoping I would see some residents of some abdominal

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muscles, but he looked very smooth. He did not look good in my opinion.

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I've knocked out guys who are bigger, stronger, more athletic. I

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don't see what he can do other than get smashed pretty quick. It is the

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opening day of the indoor athletics Championships in Serbia. Britain

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took gold in the 60 metres hurdles, in seven point point something

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seconds. I knew it was tight. I thought I'd got it but I wasn't

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sure. I was over the moon. I had to work hard to get back after a slow

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start. A win is a win. I'm really happy. The second round of the world

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golf championship in Mexico is underway. It is one of two events

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now played outside the United States. Here is the leaderboard.

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England lose leads the way on eight under. One man had to change his

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caddie because his long-standing caddie had food poisoning. He's

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doing well in the second round. That is all the sport.

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The British graffiti artist bank C has opened a hotel in the world of

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hotel is metres from the West Bank. It has been described as the hotel

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with the worst view in the world. That is obviously a statement from

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bank C. We are still waiting for April the De Graaf to give birth.

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I'm sure you want is an update! The pregnant giraffe who is true any

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minute but isn't giving birth just yet is in New York State. April has

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become an Internet sensation. These are live images from animal

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adventure Park zoo. The managers there decided to set up this live

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stream which we can see now. I think that is Oliver, the dad, in the

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background, because they wanted this to be an educational experience.

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They feel confident that April will be fine and well as and when she

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finally decides to give birth, in front of around 20 million viewers.

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Good luck, April! If you are heading over to New York this weekend it is

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set to be cold, temperatures just above freezing by day and by night

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it will be widespread frost. At least there

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