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This is BBC world News today, broadcasting in the UK and around

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the world. The headlines. The White House asks Congress to investigate

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whether President Obama ordered wiretaps and the trump campaign. The

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former director of national intelligence denies the claim. There

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was no such wiretap activity mounted against the President-elect at the

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time as a candidate for against his campaign. Francois Fillon insists he

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will not pull out of the French presidential race. My campaign goes

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on despite the defections. Nobody has the power to force me to

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withdraw my candidacy. It is my decision and I have been reassured

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by this show of support. Everyone thought it would be a failure and it

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was a success. Iraqi forces are trying to retake muscle from Islamic

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State reported to be closing in on the main government buildings in the

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city. In sport, Harry Kane scores twice as Spurs close the gap with

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Chelsea at the top of the Premier League.

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The former US director of national intelligence, James Klapper, has

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denied there was any wiretap on Donald Trump what this election

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campaign. President Trump has alleged that his phones were tapped

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by the Obama administration without offering any evidence and has asked

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Congress to examine the claims. For North America correspondent, Nick

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Bryant, reports. On the Sunday talk shows

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this morning one main Trump claiming the Trump campaign

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was wiretapped by President Obama. In his extraordinary

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twitter tirade Donald Trump accused his predecessor,

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Barack Obama, of being a sick wiretaps at Trump Tower

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in a Watergate style conspiracy. This morning, the White House issued

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a statement asking that as part of their investigation

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into Russian activity, the Congressional intelligence

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Committee exercise their to determine whether executive

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branch investigative powers But the White House has produced no

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evidence to back up the President's claims of criminality and seems

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to be hoping these congressional Let's get the truth

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here, let's find out. I think the bigger story is not

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who reported it, but is it true? I think the American people

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have a right to know if this happened because if it did,

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again this is the largest abuse of power that

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I think we have ever seen. Senior Democrats have

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labelled Donald Trump trying to distract attention

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from the Trump team's To understand this, this

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is the deflector in chief, no jobs, no infrastructure

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built, no nothing. But America's former Director

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of National Intelligence claims At this point you cannot confirm

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or deny whether that happened? This weekend has seen pro-Trump

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rallies around the country, celebrating his successful speech

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to Congress, but the week that began with the presidential reset has

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ended once again with Russia. Our correspondent in Washington is

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Laura Baker. I asked if James Clapper's categorical would make any

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difference. We have had no reaction from the

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White House. The statement stands. They want the congressional

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committees to investigate whether or not there has been an overreach and

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abuse of power, according to the deputy White House spokesperson this

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morning. They are saying that if it is true, and they seem to be basing

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their claims in part on reports in newspapers, Breitbart News and other

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conservative radio shows, but there was wiretapping in Trump Tower

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during the presidential campaign and they said that was an abuse of power

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and it needs to be investigated and are calling on Congress to do that.

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Opponents of President Trump says he sends these tweets to deflect

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attention from things he does not want to be discuss. Has he been

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successful? When it comes to the discussion in Washington, this is

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consuming all news programmes right across the nation. It is the one

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topic, it is an astonishing claim by President Trump, that his

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predecessor has carried out wiretapping on his own Trump Tower.

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When it comes to the presidential rule book, there is an unwritten

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rule that when you hand overpowered you do not criticise the

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predecessor. He has blown the Rob Webber. When it comes to what was

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being discussed in Washington, that is making headlines. Nancy Pelosi,

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the Democrat, is calling him the deflector in chief because it is

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reflecting from the controversy over whether or not his campaign had

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contact with Russian intelligence. Francois Fillon has used a TV

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interview to say he will not withdraw from the French

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presidential race. The centre-right candidate is under pressure to quit

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over corruption allegations. On Monday, the party Braswell meet to

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discuss his future. Mr Fillon addressed thousands of supporters in

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Paris. If there was only slight doubt at

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the end of this rally speech, he never spelt out that he would be a

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candidate to the end. People thought he might be sending out a signal. In

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this interview he was asked that question directly, are you going to

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withdraw her candidacy and he said no. I don't see any reason to and no

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one can make me good. That seems pretty clear. Tomorrow is another

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day and know there are negotiations going on and phone calls flying all

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over the place, but as things stand, he comes out from this reinforced in

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his belief that there is a large part of the centre-right electorate

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that is behind him and he would be betraying them were she to step

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down. He says I am willing to talk to the other leaders, the party

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bigwigs, but my position is stronger today than it was before. That is

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what Mr Fillon is saying, what about the polling and the general chatter?

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We know it has been a rough few weeks for him and we know the rest

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of the party are very concerned because the polling shows that if he

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runs, he will not make it to the second round, it will be Macron and

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Le Pen. That is where the pressure is coming from that is bursting at

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the end of asked week with all these defections, people saying this is

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hopeless, we were supposed to have this on a plate and now we do not.

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It is time to get another candidate going, so let's get Alain Juppe

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going. This will give them pause for thought and make them realise this

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is more complicated than they realised. If only for the simple

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fact, which is inarguable, but Mr Fillon does have the legitimacy of

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the primary behind him and if he steps down and Juppe takes his

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place, there are a number of people who voted for Fillon who will sit we

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did that with four Alain Juppe and we didn't vote for him for a good

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reason, which is that he is a soft, centre guy and we don't want that.

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The real danger is that there will be a big loss of votes on the road,

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maybe the Marine Le Pen, if Francois Fillon is hosted by Juppe. Police

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are hunting for an attacker who shot a signal and doesn't leave the

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country Seattle. The victim was approached outside his house before

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he was shot in the arm. The attackers led to a fresh outcry in

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India following a deadly gun attack on two Indians in Kansas last month.

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Police in New York investigating the damage to two stones at a Jewish

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cemetery in Brooklyn set no evidence of vandalism has been found. They

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said they had since have come down as a result of long-term neglect and

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environmental factors such as soil erosion. There has been a series of

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vandalism is at Jewish cemeteries this year. On a visit to Israel, the

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New York governor described as an as reprehensible. It is disgusting, it

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is reprehensible, it violates every ten at the New York State tradition.

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New York state, five it's definition, is a celebration of

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diversity. We believe in the spirit of inclusion and we live by

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discrimination of no one. The principles of Europe are built on

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Iraq, they will not change and the political winds will not change

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them. In your state governor speaking there. China faces major

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challenges in its attempt to overhaul its economy, the world's

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second-largest force of the premier told the opening session of

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Parliament in Beijing that he is targeting and half percent in the

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coming year, lower than last year. Among other commitments there was a

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pledge to pollution. He made a pledge to make the skies again.

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Chairman Mao would still recognise the Chinese parliament, rigid,

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authoritarian and unapologetically Communist. Every year, the delegates

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to hear their leader 's warn of the increasingly complex challenges

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faced by a modern capitalist economy. Potential risks cannot be

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overlooked, he says. Warning that reforming the Chinese economy is the

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process is filled with promise, but also accompanied by great pain. He

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spoke of the need to combat industrial overcapacity and to

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reform what he called zombie enterprises, the bloated state own

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stacker producing far more coal and steel than the market needs. Similar

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pledges in the past have proved hard to fulfil. Had he pledged to make

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the Chinese sky is blue again, outlining further targets for

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emissions cuts, once again these promises have been made before. The

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Chinese parliament has very little control over the weighty issues of

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state, the big political and economic decisions that have been

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made weeks in advance by the Communist Party leaders behind

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closed doors. The Premier also warned against growing

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protectionism, a thinly veiled reference to the policies of the new

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US president, and a reminder that as well as the economic risks at home,

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China is facing challenges on the international stage.

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Iraqi forces have intensified their push into Mosul. They are now

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reportedly with 80 minutes -- a few miles of government buildings. The

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operation to move into the West which started a few weeks ago has

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445,000 people to flee the city. The refugee camp just south of the city

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is approaching maximum capacity. The people of Mosul endure yet

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another round of fighting between Iraqi Government forces

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and so-called Islamic State. In just over two hours we saw more

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than five buses arriving here. Many children here are too

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young to understand. We were all just running

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and running, the mortars raining on our heads,

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till we got to the Army. Some were grateful for

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the Army's help, but these men said their homes

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were hit by army shelling. The refugees from western Mosul

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arrived here. They have escaped with their lives, but their misery is not

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over. They keep coming, thousands each day. Too many for the

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authorities to cope with. Close by, in another temporary camp, more

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people are seeking refuge. With such an unrelenting flow, authorities can

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hardly keep up. Still to come, taking the message to

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the people. One man's quest to raise awareness of mental health issues

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most people in South Africa. Suddenly, the tables, the chairs,

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the people crashed sideways and downwards and it was just a matter

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of seconds as the fairy lurched on her side. The hydrogen bomb on a

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remote Pacific island. The Americans successfully tested a weapon whose

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explosive force dwarf that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima. My Hart

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went back and back. The constitutional rights of these

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marchers have their rights as citizens of the United States and

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they should be protected, even in the right to test them out so they

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don't get their heads broken and sent to hospital. I know you don't

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want to say too much, but will this religious controversy boarded up

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when you get to the states? Everything will be all right. This

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is BBC world News today. The latest headlines, the White House asks

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Congress to investigate whether President Obama ordered wiretaps on

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the trump campaign. The former director of National intelligence

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denies that took place. After tens of thousands of people support him

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in Paris, the embattled candidate Francois Fillon insists he will not

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pull out of the French presidential race. The United Nations says for

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the first time for countries are at risk of extreme hunger and famine at

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the same time. South Sudan, but on the jury, Somalia and Yemen are all

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under threat. The worst affected is war-torn Yemen. Over 14 million

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people need life-saving food aid. It is reported that in Nigeria, nearly

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2 million people risk my nutrition. In south Sudan, nearly 5 million

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people need the life-saving food aid and in Somalia, nearly 3 million

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people are going hungry. This is what a national disaster looks like.

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Mile after mile of arid, barren land. The worst drought in Somalia

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in decades. Parts of the country have not seen rain for two years.

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For successful crop harvests have been hit, making the scale of the

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looming crisis almost unprecedented. I suppose this is the worst drought

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I have ever witnessed, because before, only if you've regions used

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to be affected, but not the country. This drug is brought people from

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across the country to this region. This is the worst job in Somalia

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that I know of. This region faces some of the biggest challenges.

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Workers at save the children supported health clinics report a

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significant increase in severe malnutrition cases among infants

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coming through their doors. The United Nations warns over a quarter

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of a million children will face severe, acute malnutrition in the

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next few months. In all, half of Somalia faces food insecurity. The

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new president already has the threat from Islamic extremist group

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al-Shabab to take on, but hunger is his pressing priority. I want to

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take this opportunity to call for all Somalis and the donor community

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to help families affected by the current drought. It is imperative

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for us to help each other as the magnitude of this drug is very

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alarming. The Somali drought has been partly caused by the El Nino

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weather phenomenon from last year, which impacted east and Southern

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Africa. As appeals for aid go out to the international community, one

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sign of good news for the region is a year-end forecast that may stocks

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are on their way to recovery. Here is well parried with all the sport.

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Tottenham closed the gap at the top of the Premier League with a 3-2 win

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over Everton. A record club ninth consecutive home win for Spurs.

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Harry Kane scored twice, Dele Alli got the third. Romelu Lukaku was

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also on the scoresheet. Mauricio Pochettino is now seven points

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behind the leaders, Chelsea, who face West Ham on Monday. Another

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fantastic achievement for that group. We feel very proud about

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that. They broke the club record. I think it has made history, it is

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starting to make history, that group. They young players. This is

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only the start of the good things coming in the future. We know they

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are strong, but they have two or three years in a row, two or three

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seasons in a row with the same players and they bought some better

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players and that is all about timing and that is what we need to have in

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Everton. If we get the time, if we get to improve, that is the next

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step for the club and, OK, in some aspects we saw that difference today

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on the pitch. Manchester City move back up to third, one point behind

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Tottenham for the game in hand after a 2-0 win at Sunderland. Sergio

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Aguero and Leroy San Mames with the goals. The first minute was tough

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because we knew, we expected how aggressive they would play, but

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afterwards we controlled the game and we were lucky. We made a good

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first goal, but forgot to have time with 1-0 so that is completely

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different to drawing or losing and in the second half we played really

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good. I don't think you can fault the players for and if that. I just

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think they give everything they can. We lacked quality at times. When we

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did get the ball back and we back quite a lot we give it away and had

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to wait back again. The energy, everything they did, they tried to

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do what we could to get something out of the game. The England

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cricketers have been the West Indies in the second one-day international.

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Then when the three match series with an unassailable 2-0 lead. Then

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plug it took three for 32. Jason Roy hit 54 England. It was a

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half-century for Chris Woakes who, along with Joe group the mid-90, the

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infant with ten to spare. Dustin Johnson has a three shot lead at the

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golf championship events in Mexico. Tommy Fleetwood is the best placed

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British player, four shots back. Rory McIlroy is a shot behind him

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with Ross Fisher ten under par. Great Britain finished second

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overall at the European indoor athletics Championships with seven

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medals and the final day in Belgrade. Boroughmuir in the second

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goal after taking the 1500 metres title, she won the 3000 metres, both

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with victories in chav of record times. Britain won ten medals in

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total, finishing behind Poland with Germany finishing third. I didn't

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know what my legs would do and I tried to hang in there. I was tired

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but I am glad I could do that today. What was the plan at the outset? It

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went well. I just typed on and used my speed at the event and crashed

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the line in protest. As this what Franco. Senior Russian MP has

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proposed that football hooliganism should be recognised as a spectator

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sport ahead of the World Cup in Russia. The unorthodox proposal is

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designed to suck a repeat of the trouble seeing at the Rose last year

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when organised groups of Russian fans, many with martial arts

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training, for the English fans on the streets of Marseille. One South

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African township, close to Cape Town, erasing college graduate is

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taking the fight against mental illness to streets. Andreas believes

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young people have undiagnosed mental issues and the chance of benefiting

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from counselling. He is using a brightly coloured van to spread

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awareness of the problem. Young kids as young as eight or nine, they grew

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up seeing terrible stuff, whether it is someone being mugged or being

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stabbed, violence taking place in their own household. This is my

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mobile consultation van. This van brings services to kids in the

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township who come from a family who cannot afford services from a

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psychologist or a registered counsellor like myself. The kids

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come when the vehicle passes by, they see this funky looking van,

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then they realise it is a psychology clinic. It is an innovative way of

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providing the service, it is more attractive to them than having to go

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and sit in my office and talk to me. I have got this young guy who just

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jumped in, you would like to top -- talk but you cannot come in due to

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confidentiality. My fear is for the young people grow up in any township

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is exposure to substance abuse, peer pressure and other traumas that the

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experience and see and observe each and every day. That might set them

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back from achieving some of their dreams that they would love to

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achieve for the betterment of the community. What keeps me going and

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providing this service for free is that I would love to see a young

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person from the townships succeed and go on against all odds and

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become a role model for the next coming generation. The matter what

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happens, we will keep this mobile unit going through the dusty streets

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of Cape Town. The crude attempt from one month to

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battle mental illness in South Africa. The biggest Gay pride

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festival in Australia has come to an end the fingerprints of glitter in

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its workforce of hundreds of thousands of people gathered on

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Oxford Street in Sydney on Saturday night to survey the 39th annual

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Mardi Gras Parade, one of the most famous and best defence in

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Australia. The parade began as a protest in the 1970s but is almost

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200 foods and there are thousands of marchers who take place. A reminder

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of our top story, the White House has asked Congress to examine claims

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from President Trump that Barack Obama ordered his films to be tapped

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during the election. That is all for now. Thank you for

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