12/03/2017 World News Today


12/03/2017

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This is BBC World News Today, broadcasting in the UK

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The Iraqi military has gained control of the last road leading out

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We've heard three car bombs going off in the distance,

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we've also had a lot of incoming mortar fire, you can hear now

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Turkey's President Erdogan demands international sanctions

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against the Netherlands, calling it a banana republic,

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The creator of the World Wide Web issues a warning about fake news

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And, Tottenham Hotspur through to the English FA Cup semifinals.

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Iraqi forces have made more gains in west Mosul,

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the largest city still under the control of the

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They claim to have cut the last road out of the city.

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Government troops, backed by a US-led coalition,

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recaptured the east of the city in late January, after more

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Now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely

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But around 600,000 civilians are still believed to be trapped inside.

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Our Middle East Correspondent Orla Guerin and cameraman Nico Hameon

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have been travelling with the Iraqi forces.

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A warning, you may find parts of their report distressing.

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Caught below, hundreds of thousands of civilians.

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This is the place where IS proclaimed its caliphate.

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Here it was born, and here Iraqi forces say it will die.

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On the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold

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Then, frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead.

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An IS drone maybe carrying explosives,

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As you can hear, there is a lot of gunfire in the area.

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There are snipers in position on this street.

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We have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position,

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but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs

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We have also had a lot of incoming mortar fire.

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You can hear now the sounds of battle.

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The IS fighters that are in this area are putting

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Troops using every weapon, even home-made rockets.

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Then, the rush to retrieve a casualty.

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We can't say how many have paid with their lives, Iraqi forces don't

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But commanders say they have to defeat IS here or fight them

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And as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave

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scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught

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Few may have endured more than this man.

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IS put an anti-aircraft gun near his house.

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An air strike targeting the extremists brought

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TRANSLATION: Three of my daughters are dead.

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My daughters were under the concrete of the house.

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They didn't let me see them before they were buried.

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As well as losing his daughters and his home, he lost his leg.

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He prays God will destroy IS, as they have destroyed Iraq.

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Let's go to neighbouring Turkey, where President Erdogan has warned

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the Netherlands it will pay the price after two of his

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ministers were prevented from a rally in Rotterdam.

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Mr Erdogan has again called the Dutch "Nazis",

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and described the Netherlands as a "banana republic".

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The Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has demanded an apology.

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Not our usual image of the Netherlands.

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This was the wound the dog left behind as riot police

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used considerable force against Turkish demonstrators.

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They were angered by the Dutch government's refusal

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to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support

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He is counting on the backing of more than a million Turkish

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citizens living in Europe to expand his powers back home

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But his Minister for Families wasn't allowed to address them.

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The second Turkish minister turned back by the Dutch government.

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TRANSLATION: In Holland, Holland as a country that speaks

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of freedom and democracy, we were faced with very

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It is ugly of Europeans who talk about women's rights and tell us how

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All this followed President Erdogan's far-stronger

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language at a rally, denouncing the Dutch as "Nazi

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Those words have infuriated several European governments,

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including Germany's, mindful of the Nazi

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occupation of Holland during the Second World War.

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We are absolutely willing to deescalate.

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Of course, these utterings of the President of

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the Turkish Republic, they do not help, and they are

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But this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns,

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The Dutch go to the polls first, on Wednesday.

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It's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti-immigration

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He blames the Prime Minister for allowing immigrants in,

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It's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary

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diplomatic crisis with Turkey will influence Dutch voters, making

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big choices against a background of rising populism across Europe.

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Well, I've been speaking to a close ally of President Erdogan.

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Egemen Bagis has also served as the Turkish Minister of EU Affairs.

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He began by telling me why his country's government

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The way members of the governing party are treated are inhumane,

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It is against the EU and the Council of Europe and the United Nations.

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What did you make of the language the President is using?

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He has called the Dutch Nazi remnants.

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Is it appropriate to be using that sort of language?

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The language he uses is a reaction to the illogical actions

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Is it appropriate, given Europe's painful past

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That is not our mistake or our problem.

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But Hitler was afraid of the Jews, he was afraid they were getting too

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strong, and some people in Europe think 5 million Turks

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is quite a lot for Europe and they are getting too strong.

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Are you comparing the modern-day German Government and the Dutch

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I am not comparing them to them, but they are reminding

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of the illogical actions of mankind towards others.

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They should respect that these people have the right to learn

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from visiting ministers, politicians from both ends,

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Nobody is forcing them to meet with these ministers,

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but those who want to come and meet them and learn from them and ask

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This is basic democratic right, basic freedom of speech,

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The President has said that a price needs to be paid,

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We have already announced that the ambassador who was away,

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left Turkey a day before this crisis, will not be welcomed

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We expect the Netherlands, a country with whom we have more

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than 400 years of relations, to explain and apologise why

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they acted in a furious way, because our minister was travelling

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on a diplomatic passport, she the right to go to our

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consulate, she was 30 metres away from our consulate general's

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residence and she was not able to enter her own diplomatic property.

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A close ally of President Erdogan there.

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Let's take a look at some other stories for you this hour.

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The former President of South Korea, Park Geun-hye, has adopted a defiant

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attitude in her first statement since being removed from office

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Following her departure from the Presidential palace,

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Miss Park said the truth would eventually emerge

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She may now face criminal prosecution.

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A bus has veered into a crowd in Haiti, killing 34 people.

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The incident happened in the town of Gonaives,

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north of the capital, Port au Prince.

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Officials say the bus first knocked over two pedestrians,

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The driver then attempted to speed away from the scene,

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ploughing into a group of street musicians.

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South African police say a baby whose apparent abduction sparked

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The baby was discovered by police early on Sunday morning

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and is now being looked after by social services.

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The police have arrested three people, including the baby's mother.

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At least 48 people are reported to have been killed in Ethiopia

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in a landslide at a huge rubbish dump outside the capital,

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Dozens of homes have been buried under the rubble and there are fears

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Desperate residents wait for news at this rubbish

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dump on the outskirts of Ethiopia's capital.

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A massive landslide swept through the site on Saturday,

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Many of the victims were women and children, squatters

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who scavenged for a living in the dump.

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Many people are still missing, and today excavators sifted

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through the rubbish, as authorities searched

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TRANSLATION: I heard that eight children who were studying the holy

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Koran were all buried somewhere in the middle of the rubble.

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This landfill has been a dumping ground for the capital's garbage

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There have been smaller landslides in the past,

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Authorities warned the landfill was running out of room,

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But dumping resumed after a new landfill

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TRANSLATION: We told them not to dump on the top.

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I think the decision by the city's officials to resume dumping

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waste was the main reason for this accident.

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I think around 150 people were here during the landslide.

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Local authorities have vowed to relocate those who live here.

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But for these families, action has come too late.

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The creator of the World Wide Web has used a warning about fake news

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and the abuse of data online. The numbers of dead and wounded

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defied belief, this the worst terrorist atrocity on European soil

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in modern times. In less than 24 hours the Soviet

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Union lost an elderly Sikh leader and replaced him with a dynamic

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figure 20 years his junior. With's we heard gunshots, they

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started firing. We were all petrified.

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Sentenced to 99 years, due for parole when he is 90, travelled to

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Nashville State prison in an eight car convoy.

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What is it feel like to be married at last? It feels fine, thank you.

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Will it change your life? I don't know, I have never been married

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before! The Iraqi military has gained

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control of the last road leading out of the city of Mosul.

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The Turkish president has called the Netherlands a banana republic and

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demanded international sanctions in the worsening dramatic row between

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the countries. A group of British MPs are warning

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that the Government has not sufficiently planned

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for what would happen if ministers can't reach a deal

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with the European Union When Brexit is triggered,

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ministers have two years The MPs say not enough work has been

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done on what would happen For months she has vowed

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to kick-start Brexit talks But some here in Parliament

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are fighting to get safeguards written into law before

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the negotiations begin. Today, the Brexit Secretary tried

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to reassure MPs and peers that they would get a vote

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on the Prime Minister's either House of Parliament

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reversing the decision Peers have defeated the Government

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twice, and Labour's standing firm. What we say to the Prime Minister,

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and I wrote to her on Friday, reflect on what the House

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of Lords has said. they have sent back

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two important issues. This issue of the EU

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nationals, reflect on it. Don't have this obsession

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with getting Article 50 The two-line Brexit bill is still

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making its way through Parliament. Last week, the House

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of Lords made their changes. The Government will try to overturn

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these in the Commons tomorrow. If they succeed, the Bill returns

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to the Lords almost immediately, and if they give way,

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the final stage of Royal Assent So, the Government has Parliamentary

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hurdles to get over this week, but ministers seem confident that

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Theresa May will be able to stick to her original plan,

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formally telling the rest of the EU that the UK is ready to start

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negotiating its exit. Attention is turning

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to exactly what kind of deal, The Prime Minister has said publicly

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that no deal for the UK is better than a bad deal,

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but that would mean tariffs on exports, under

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World Trade Organisation rules. My fear is that what this is really

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about is us deliberately - not the Prime Minister, but others -

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deliberately ensuring And no deal pretty soon,

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and in that event, we jump off the cliff onto WTO tariffs,

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and nobody in this country... The people of this

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country don't have a say. Mr Davis admits the Government

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is preparing a contingency plan in case there is no deal,

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but he doesn't think There will be tough points

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in this negotiation. But it's in everybody's interest

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that we get a good outcome. Parliament's debate about the bill

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isn't quite over, but after months of talking about the talk,

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formal negotiations The creator of the World Wide Web

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has expressed concern about the abuse of data online

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and the spread of fake news. Tim Berners-Lee said

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that he was increasingly worried about three trends which he says

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must be tackled. First, he argues that many

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people have lost control of their personal data,

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as governments around the world He also says that misinformation can

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travel easily around the web, pointing out that sites creating

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fake news are "spreading And finally, he says that

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as political advertising online has become an increasingly-sophisticated

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industry, it needs to Dr Bernie Hogan is from

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the Oxford Internet Institute. It's a really important series

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of issues that are happening. With respect to the first one,

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this is partially in reaction to a lot of concerns about data sharing

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within government organisations, undermining personal

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protection acts. And there is a lot that is being

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done that we don't really know And so there is little

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transparency and little A lot of it comes down to

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the establishment of the source But a lot of these sites that

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are "fake news" are really fly by night blogs that just popped up

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one day and are gone the next. And they're not

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really an established And so that's very

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different from news that we see with bodies from established

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series of professionals that abide by guidelines

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and otherwise take their I think that this is something,

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at least in the UK, where we should lean on Ofcom in order

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to think about what is appropriate Although Ofcom doesn't

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concern itself to the same extent with online

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news organisations. Unfortunately, this

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is a global phenomenon, and so this is not about something that

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abides in Europe or in the UK or in the States, but these

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servers could be anywhere. So we are somewhat at the mercy

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of international online platforms, because they seem to have

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much more control over the quality of this than other

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international bodies. I mean,

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we wouldn't really ask the UN A good day at the office the Spurs.

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Tottenham fans will be happy, their team is true to the semifinals of

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the FA Cup after a 6-0 victory over Millwall. Son scored a hat-trick.

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But there were fears over Harry Kane, who limped off after seven

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minutes. He may have injured the same ankle that kept him out for

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five games earlier in the season. Spurs join Manchester city and

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Arsenal in the last four. Chelsea or Manchester United will complete the

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line-up, they play on Monday. It was important for us to play well

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and score goals and show Now we need to prepare this week

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for the Premier League game against Southampton,

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but very pleased, very happy, Leicester City have confirmed

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caretaker manager Craig Shakespeare will be in charge until the end

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of the season. The Premier League champions sacked

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Claudio Ranieri a fortnight ago Since then, Shakespeare has

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led them to wins over Liverpool have strengthened their

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grip on fourth place with a hard-fought 2-1 victory over

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Burnley. They were far from their best and had to come from a goal

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down. Ashley Barnes scored in the seventh minute, but Georginio

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Wijnaldum equalised and Emory Chan claimed the three points with a

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strike just after the hour. It is important because,

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in the past, we have lost those We know it was not our best

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game, but at this stage, It was all about winning

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and to get three points. I thought overall we gave a good

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account of ourselves. They have only been beaten

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here once this season. The quality of the first

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goal was fantastic. The second goal we were disappointed

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in, but a lot of the game we gave The New Zealand head coach

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Steve Hansen has told the BBC Eddie Jones has instilled a fresh

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work ethic into England's Barcelona's hopes have taken a blow

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in the Spanish league. They lost 2-1 two double TiVo. They missed the

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services of their style striker Neymar. Real Madrid are currently

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level with Real Betis, if they win, they will go top of the league.

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Join a has been knocked out of the Indian Wells tennis by Caroline

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Garcia. The match went the distance, the British player losing on a

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tie-break in the third set. The Frenchwoman is 25th in the world.

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Novak Djokovic plays later. The first Test match between New

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Zealand and South Africa in an attempt was abandoned as a draw on

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Sunday when rain washed out the final day's play. The second Test

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match starts in Wellington on Thursday.

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Tributes have been played to Joni Sledge, from the band Sister Sledge.

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She was 60. Such a familiar sound, the band, made up of four sisters,

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achieved fame in 1979 with their signature June. Other hits included

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The Greatest Dancer. A statement from her family said Joni Sledge had

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loved and embraced life. The main news, the Iraqi military

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has reportedly cut the last road leading out of the city of Mosul

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that is still held by Islamic State militants. The US envoy said Iraqi

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soldiers had taken control of the soldiers had taken control of the

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highway overnight. Pro-government forces have been gradually advancing

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through the suburbs of Western Mosul. They say they now hold more

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than a third of its neighbourhoods, at 600,000 civilians are still

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believed to be trapped inside the West.

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From me and the rest of the team, goodbye.

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