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BBC world News today. President Trump accuses Barack Obama of

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tapping his phone during the election campaign. The Obama camp

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denies it. Francois Fillon tries to keep his campaign alive after

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another of his homes is raided. Another low in the relationship

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between Malaysia and North Korea, the North Korean ambassador is told

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to leave Kuala Lumpur. We have all the sport including a fractious

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showdown between Manchester United and Bournemouth.

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Welcome to the programme. There is never a dull moment in Washington

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politics. Donald Trump took to Twitter claiming the Obama had

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tapped his phones at Trump Tower during the election campaign. The

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president offered no evidence for the claims and a spokesman for

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Barack Obama has strongly denied the allegations, saying neither

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President Obama or any White House official ever ordered surveillance

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of any US citizen and any suggestion otherwise is simply false. It comes

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after a rocky few weeks for the Trump administration which has seen

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the sacking of the national security adviser Mike Flynn and questions

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hanging over the Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Both over alleged

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contacts with the Russians. From Washington, this is for Rebecca. --

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this is Laura Bicker. There is a protocol

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between Presidents, even across the political divide -

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a peaceful handover of power even In a tirade of tweets Donald Trump

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has trashed this tradition. He accused Barack Obama

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of ordering a wire tap on his Trump Tower phone,

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not in one, but in four tweets. What a contrast to his

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tone during this week's It appears this was not the pivot

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to a different kind of president So were the Trump

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Towers phones tapped? The conservative news organisation

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Breitbart seems to think so, Did this article start

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the Twitter cascade? But no president has

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the power to order a wiretap, only the FBI can do that,

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with a warrant from court. President Trump is now facing calls

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to produce proof of his claims. We can speak to Laura who is in our

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Washington bureau. You said that President Trump has been asked to

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produce evidence, has he? No, he hasn't. We know he went off to play

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golf at 930, after he sent those messages and we have heard nothing

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more from him, not even since the former president Barack Obama issued

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his denial. Saying he had no involvement in this. Why is it

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important for him to say this? Because the White House has always

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tried to be seen as separate from an independent investigation when it

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comes to the FBI. But look at the evidence for maybe the fact that the

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phones were tapped. We know from some media reports that back in the

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summer the FBI went to court asking for a warrant to tap phones, and

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that warrant was initially denied and then later in October it was

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allowed. These reports but out in January, but that what was said

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then. It was denied, but never confirmed. President Trump seems to

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be suggesting that by the way, that was true all along. Something he has

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always dismissed as fake news. That is one issue for President Trump.

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The next issue, if he doesn't produce proof, is this just a simple

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distraction technique, because as you have mentioned it has been

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another rocky week. He had a great cheese day night by many standards,

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he was presidential, many people said, but a few hours later there

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was controversy surrounding his Attorney General Jeff Sessions -- he

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had a great Tuesday night. So this cloud that is Russia that hangs over

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the White House, this controversy does not seem to be going away. He

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can't shake it. Is this a distraction technique? What do you

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make of the response from barrack Obano, it was fairly swift? --

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Barack Obama. It was swift and robust because this is a serious

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charge and when it comes to President Obama's time in office

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they were keen to be seen as separate from any independent

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investigation so that was important for him to do. Under the

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circumstances and under these very serious charges. Laura, thanks for

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joining us. We can go to France. It has had an eventful week for the

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centre-right political candidate Francois Fillon. Police have been

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searching his country home in relation to a scandal over payments

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to family members, that is after his Paris home was searched on Thursday.

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On top of that it has been announced the Conservative Republican party

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will meet to discuss his candidacy. Under fire but the fight, Francois

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Fillon takes to the stage at a rally outside Paris. He enjoyed the

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backing of supporters, but within his own party that support appears

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to be fading. TRANSLATION: My friends this campaign is a strange

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fight, you are courageous, and they want to intimidate you, I'm being

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attacked but what they are looking for is to defeat the recovery of the

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nation. And the Wylfa change that you are representing. I'm asking

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you, do not abdicate, never renounce, your commitment must

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continue. Fighting allegations he used taxpayer money to pay his wife

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and family members for work they did not do, senior members of his

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campaign are heading for the exit. In the past days his campaign

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manager and a spokesperson have quit and there are calls for him to step

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aside. TRANSLATION: This is a countdown, it is like to explode our

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political family and I don't want it. On Monday the Republican party

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were made to discuss his failing campaign, and many believe the door

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could now be open for ex-Prime Minister Alain Juppe to step in, he

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was convincingly defeated by Francois Fillon in the party primary

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in the vendor, but a recent poll suggests he is now the party's best

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chance in the presidential election -- in November. Marine Le Pen faces

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her own legal troubles. Also accused of misusing funds. But while her

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numbers hold, Francois Fillon's continue to fall as he goes about

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trying to salvage a presidential election, he was once favourite to

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win. We can get other news now. The Polish government have confirmed it

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will not back the current president of the European Council Donald Tusk.

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For his second term. The country's Foreign Minister said a Polish

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member of the European Parliament will be put forward instead. The

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governing Law and justice party has long opposed Donald Tusk, and a

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member of a rival party who was formerly the Prime Minister. Sinn

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Fein are celebrating their best ever showing in elections to the Northern

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Ireland assembly. With all the votes counted they have won 20 76, just

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one behind the pro-British Democratic Unionists. -- 20 six.

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Gerry Adams described it as a watershed election and the two

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parties now have three weeks to agree a new power-sharing coalition.

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Malaysia says the North Korean ambassador must leave the country in

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the next 48 hours. The two nations have fallen out after the death of

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the estranged half brother of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un am. A

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North Korean held in Malaysia says he is the victim of a conspiracy by

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the Malaysia authorities. He was accused the lead actor -- he accused

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the police of threatening his family. This is our Pacific editor

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with her assessment. It has been a spectacular deterioration of ties

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between these countries and we would never have predicted this a month

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ago. But right from the starting point, when we first heard about the

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death of King John Mann, the North Koreans took a strong stance, saying

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the ambassador was out in front -- Kim Jong-un am. Questioning the

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Malaysia authorities investigation and the identity of the person who

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died at Kuala Lumpur airport, demanding the body to be returned.

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It was almost every day. There are more accusations and more questions.

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You never would have guessed that they are relatively friendly

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countries by watching the way he spoke about Malaysia in his

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discussions with the media. It is no surprise the Malaysians demanded an

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apology and no apology was given, and so that led to his expulsion

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today. Staying in the region, the families of passengers on board the

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missing Malaysia aeroplane MH370 have launched a campaign to raise

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funds for a private search, they won $50 million to Sweden area north of

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the previous search zone, -- they want $15 million. It disappeared

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nearly three years ago en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Prime

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Minister of Somalia says more than 100 people from a drought hit region

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in the country have died of hunger. In the past two days. A drought was

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declared a national disaster on Tuesday and the United Nations

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estimates that five meeting people are in need of aid. UN agencies say

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100,000 people are facing starvation. Stephen O'Brien is the

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emergency relief coordinator for the United Nations and he is visiting

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the South Sudanese capital. This is the first time we have potentially

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been faced with this drought. We need to meet these needs across the

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area. I've spent the day here and I could see thousands of people who

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have had to wade through marshes. I met with a grandmother who is

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nursing a ten-month-old grandchild who was malnourished and his parents

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had gone missing after an attack on their village. The challenge is so

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difficult was we have to say for the potential for the famine to spread,

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is something. What we need from the local

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government, and I've had discussions with the Prime Minister,

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we need access. Access when you have terrible

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security conditions over the country One worker has died here,

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bravely delivering aid. They need to be able to get

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to deliver and we need Stay with us here. Still to come,

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first look inside the ancient Syrian city after being retaken from

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so-called Islamic State for the second time.

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Suddenly the plates and tables crashed and it was just a matter of

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seconds as the ferry lurched onto her side. The hydrogen bomb, the

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Americans have successfully tested a weapon whose explosive force dwarfed

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that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. I heard the news earlier.

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The constitutional rights of these marches and their rights of citizens

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of the United States and they should be protected so they don't get their

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heads broken and are sent to hospital. Religious controversy.

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Does it worry you? It worries me but I hope very thing will be all right

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in the end, as they say. -- every ring. Every thing.

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President Trump accuses Barack Obama of

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tapping his phone during the election campaign.

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Francois Fillon tries to keep his campaign alive after

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The H in Syrian city of Palmyra appears to have escaped its second

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occupation by so-called Islamic State with less damage than

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previously feared -- the ancient Syrian city. Recent drone imagery

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released last month showed further destruction to the ruins, but today

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as the government invited media to inspect the UNESCO site it was clear

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that the ancient ruins survived and some experts fears were not

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realised. It was built as a temple venerating Mesopotamian gods, and it

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survived occupation by the Romans, conversions from temple to church to

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mosque and recently to a gruesome stage for executions by militants of

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the so-called Islamic State. But the UNESCO site of Palmyra is now back

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in Syrian government hands and there is less damage to the site and was

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buried. -- than was feared. Government forces drove out IS

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forces from the ruins, the jihadists first took control of the area in

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2015 and after being pushed out they came back again late last year.

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While Syrian forces were focused on fighting rebels in the northern city

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of Aleppo. This is the second time the government has cleared Palmyra

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of the militants. Speaking today a Russian military officers said the

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effort was being supported by the Russian air. TRANSLATION: Over one

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point five monthly Syrian troops overcame substantial resistance from

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the terrorists stashed over one and a half months. On the 2nd of March

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they took control of Palmyra. It was feared that the ruins had suffered

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further destruction after drones and satellite imagery seems to show

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further damage whilst it was under the militants control. But today

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Syria's antiquities chief said there was less damage than archaeologists

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have feared. Palmyra had already lost its famed triumphant arch, its

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central temple of Bell, and dozens of antiquities in the museum. Should

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the militants retake the ruins once more, it is not certain it gives a

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vine. -- it is not certain it could survive or stop it is the evil of

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China's biggest political event of the year, the People's Congress --

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it is the eve of. Beijing has said they will raise the defence budget

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by 7%, which is the lowest rise in military spending in the country and

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around a decade and it comes against the backdrop of growing tensions in

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the South China Sea and Donald Trump's call for a big rise in US

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defence spending. China has announced an increase in military

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spending of around 7% for this year, and it comes days after the United

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States president Donald Trump said America's defence budget should go

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up by 10%. Tensions increasing between the superpowers, especially

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in the South China Sea, and there are fears of a regional arms race

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developing. It has become tradition for the Chinese government to

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announce its military spending increase in percentage terms at

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least, the day before the start of the annual National People's

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Congress. TRANSLATION: Fundamentally speaking the United States is

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probably still worried that China's capabilities might be catching up or

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exceeding that of the United States and in fact China still has a great

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gap with the United States in its capability as a developing country

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but China's military development and construction is to continue. This is

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the second year in a row for China to post a single digit increase in

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East events spending. This followed increments over 10% for two decades

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or more. Some countries have said the official military budget is not

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reliable and be real figure could be much higher. Either way China is

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looking to follow the US pivot to Asia. Washington is winding back

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seen as what is -- is winding back what is seen as Chinese expansion.

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Comparisons are being made between China and America, but only on the

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military front, but also when it comes to issues like free trade, and

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renewable energy. -- not only. We can get some sport. We will start

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with football. Liverpool have moved up to third

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in the Premier League, with a 3-1 victory over

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Arsenal at Anfield. Firmino and Mane gave

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Liverpool a 2-0 lead, before Danny Welbeck

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pulled one back. Wijnaldum then popped up a minute

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into injury time to ensure Jurgen Klopp's side took

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all three points. A lot of focus will be

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on Arsene Wenger's decision to leave Alexi Sanchez on the bench -

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he said it was tactical. I'm strong enough and lucid enough

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to analyse the impact. And I don't deny that

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Alexis Sanchez is a great player. I bought him and I have always

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played him and I think he has done very well for us,

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but the decision like One of the best games we have played

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so far because of the strength We all know what we did in the last

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week and how we played. It's really not usual or whatever

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that you come back like this. So we know what we have to work

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on and we will work, but today everyone can enjoy this

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game and this result. Ten man Bournemouth held on to draw

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1-1 with Manchester United It was a match packed with

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incidents. Ibrahimovic and Tyrone Mings

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could be in trouble Mings appeared to land his studs

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on the back of the head of the United forward as he lay

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on the ground, and then from Zlatan Ibrahimovic missed a penalty

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late in the second half, that would have seen them win

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all three points. We played a phenomenal first half

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and we should be winning three - zero but we ended 1-1, as simple as

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that. Who can I blame? Ourselves. Nobody else. We missed big chances,

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but as I told them at half-time in the second half we played against a

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difference in, with one man less and that gave up to play.

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Leicester City have had back-to-back victories since the sacking of

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Claudio Ranieri. They moved to 15th place after beating Hull.

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Andy Murray has chalked up his first tournament win of the year

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After a shaky start, the world number one saw off

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Fernando Verdasco in straight sets - it's the first time he's

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won this tournament, and means he extends his lead over

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Novak Djokovic at the top of the world rankings.

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He reeled off five successive games to take the first set and he

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continued in the same vein in the second set and clinched victory with

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a powerful serve. Rafael Nadal continues to display the kind of

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tennis which has taken him to 14 major titles as he reached the final

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at the Mexico open, producing a straight sets victory over Marin

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Cilic. His 14th consecutive victory at this tournament which is last won

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in 2013 and he will now play Sam Querrey in the final.

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What a Test series it's turning out to be between India and Australia,

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with the visitors again springing a surprise.

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As Nathan Lyon produced the best haul by a visiting bowler to India.

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He racked up a career best eight wickets for 50 runs

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as Australia dominated the opening day of the second Test

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Only Rahul offered any kind of sustained resistance,

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with an innings of 90 as India were bowled out for 189.

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In reply, Australia closed on 40 without loss -

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they already lead in the four Test series.

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After all the trash-talk Tony Bellew and David Haye will go

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Bellew, the world cruiserweight champion,

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is fighting for the first time as a heavyweight.

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And he starts tonight nearly a stone lighter than Haye -

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I was hoping he would look a little more physically impressive, I was

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hoping I would see some remnants of abdominal muscles of some sort, but

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he looked very smooth and he did not look good in my opinion. It doesn't

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bode well for him. I've knocked out guys who are bigger and stronger and

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more athletic than him so I don't see what he can do other than get

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smashed pretty quick. But short of confidence, David Haye. That is all

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the sport for now -- not short. Cycling on ice is not normally a

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good idea, but I spiking is becoming a booming sport all over the world.

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It is now arrived in the UK and our sports correspondent has been giving

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it a go. -- ice fighting for stop the sum of us, ice-skating can be a

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challenge. -- for some of us. There can be quite a lot of pain and

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humiliation, but now there is a new sport for all of us to get up to

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speed on the ice. Under starters orders and ready to go, one of

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Scandinavia's popular new sports has arrived in the UK. On the Zeiss

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bikes back wheels have been placed -- ice bikes. Some people are afraid

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of ice-skating and falling over and giving it a try but this is more

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inclusive and you don't have to worry about falling over and anyone

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can do it. I've been overtaken again, it takes getting used to,

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especially the way you glide around the corners. There can be contacted

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on these fancy wheel to wheel tussles, and the slightest of nudges

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we'll send you into a spin, even more so in the 400 metre races held

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across Scandinavia and the Netherlands in which riders rich

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fast paces. This sport is changing perceptions of ice and has spread as

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far as Mexico as well as the UK -- reach fast paces was the you are

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pedalling furiously and then you glide around the corner, but what a

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work-out. It is very fast, you can lose it quite hard on the corners,

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but so much fun. Looks like a lot of fun. That is it from me and the

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team. Goodbye for now. Good evening, the weather fronts are

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swinging back across the UK, and it means no two days are the same which

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is welcome news if you lived in Scotland, which was pretty miserable

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today. Hardly worth stepping

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