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He campaigned on a promise to junk Obamacare.

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Right now Congress is debating the replacement bill.

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This is Donald Trump's first real test as President,

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Will his make or break strategy pay off?

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More details emerge about the man who carried out Wednesday's terror

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He was a British Muslim convert, with a string

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In the splendour of the Vatican, EU leaders put the troubles behind them

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to celebrate 60 years of the union. And this extraordinary ancient site

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was under the control of so-called Islamic State. Now they have been

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driven out and we return to Palmyra to see the extent of the damage

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done. Donald Trump promised to drain

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the swamp if he became President. But his first experience of cutting

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a deal with Congress in Washington has a real sink or swim

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feel about it. He's been working frantically to get

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enough support for his replacement for Obamacare to be passed,

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but it's still not clear And that's because even though

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the Republicans have a majority, some of Mr Trump's own party are not

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happy with his proposals. This is the scene live in the House

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of Representatives in Washington, where the vote is due to take place

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at any time in the next The live coverage comes

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directly from Congress. When voting does start,

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we expect a live tally to appear on the screen,

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with 216 representing a majority. Live now to our correspondent

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on Capitol Hill, Laura Bicker. My goodness, it's a real high drama

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in Washington. What can we expect? When can we expect the thought? We

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are hearing that the vote has been delayed a little further. It was

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going to be 3:30pm. It will now be 4pm. He cannot... You can even feel

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the drama in Capitol Hill because there are a number of people running

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backwards and forwards. It's not just arm-twisting but are breaking.

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Republicans are trying to push forward this thought. -- this vote.

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What is at stake? There are millions of Americans watching this closely

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to find out how they will be covered by health insurance. We are hearing

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that maternity care, mental health care will not be in the bill. That

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means that a number of woman will not be covered by their insurers.

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There are various people that will be extremely worried about what is

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in this bill. Then you look at the sticks politically. Republicans and

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Donald Trump have made this a key campaign pledge. Bradley after

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rally, he shouted repeal and replace Obamacare. Now the deal-maker

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doesn't seem to be able to push forward its ultimate steal. His

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first test as president. --/ ultimate deal. Now they are going to

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vote on it despite maybe not having the fit to be in hand. It's

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extraordinary, isn't it? Republicans have control of Washington and the

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agree that Obamacare has to be changed. Who we have Donald Trump

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have with this business card saying just vote on it and regarded. It

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could backfire, it's a cunning strategy because it forces the hand

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of Republicans. The problem is that there aren't moderates in the party

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that good at this goes too far. -- that feel that this goes too far.

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There are conservatives that believe this doesn't go far enough as well.

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They want to peel back more of the so-called Obamacare measures. These

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two sides cannot agree. They can't come to some consensus. Donald Trump

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has tried to meet with both eyes and tried to convince and tinker with

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the bill. He's been here on Capitol Hill all week. He still cannot seem

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to find a compromise that would fall. It is a cunning strategy in

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some ways, handing an ultimatum, it forces the hands of conservatives

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who for seven years have said they want this bill repealed. Then they

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have to go back to the conservative districts and say, I didn't do much

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at all true I wouldn't. There are those moderates that I worried that

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they have to face their constituents and says, Gloucester health care

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because devoted to quickly. -- we lost your health care because we

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voted to quickly. Laura saying that this thought has

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been delayed by another half hour. We are expecting this in just under

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one hour's time. The row over the health care fraud is not the only

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story coming out of Washington at this hour.

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-- The row over the health care vote is not the only story coming out

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of Washington at this hour - we're also hearing that

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the investigation into claims Russia interfered with the US Presidential

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election is to hear from Donald Trump's former campaign

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That's causing ripples because of his alleged links

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with a Russian oligarch before he signed up

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Here's the committee chairman Devin Nunes.

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The counsel for Paul Manafort contacted the committee yesterday

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to offer the committee the opportunity to interview his client.

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We thank Mr Manafort for volunteering

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and encourage others with knowledge of these issues to

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voluntarily interview with the committee.

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Here in the UK, Police say they've made two more significant arrests

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as they try to establish whether the man who launched

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the attack on Westminster was working alone or with others.

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More details have also emerged about the attacker.

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He was 52-year-old Khalid Masood, who went under several different

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names, including Adrian Elms and Adrian Ajao.

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Here's our special correspondent Lucy Manning.

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The face of Khalid Masood, the face that confronted police

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The face that looked out of the car at pedestrians

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The 52-year-old was known by a number of names.

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Born Adrian Elms in Kent, by the time he was at this boys'

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secondary school in Tunbridge Wells, he was called Adrian Ajao

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School friends remembered him as a sporty pupil who liked

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Adrian was a nice lad, a fun guy, always laughing,

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always joking, worked reasonably hard, good at sport,

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But Khalid Masood was soon developing

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In this sleepy Sussex village where he lived in his 20s,

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at the local pub he slashed a man in the face with a knife

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Didn't have a very good reputation, definitely.

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I remember he was a bit of a troubled character,

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I think would be the way to describe it.

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A family friend said this was not the only time he turned violent.

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A chap was looking at him, and I were sitting at the pool

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table, and he took umbrage against the landlord for looking at him

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like he was, the landlord was looking at him, and he flew over

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the bar, he got a glass, he was going to do him.

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Khalid Masood spend time in three prisons.

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Around ten years ago, he worked in Saudi Arabia.

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It is not clear when he converted to Islam, but he started

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using his current surname at least 11 years ago.

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His mother now lives in a remote farmhouse in Camarthenshire,

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They have not been in any sort of contact with their sun

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for well over 20 years, I understand.

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When it comes to terrorism, unfortunately, nobody can be

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responsible for the action of their children.

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We now know he launched his terror attack after staying overnight

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He seemed happy, staff said, untroubled by

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That he was about to leave his hotel room to drive to London to kill.

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He was joking and smiling and friendly.

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He was a lovely guest, the receptionist said she liked him,

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and she even put comments in the system as a nice guest.

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There was nothing in his conduct or demeanour which would have

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let me get a feeling, there was something

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And he's just on his way to commit mass murder.

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Detectives have searched the hotel and there have been

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In Manchester, a car was taken away by police in Didsbury.

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Two arrests described by senior officers as significant were made

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Police are still trying to build a picture of the man who came

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They say their main aim now is to try and work out

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if he was acting alone, inspired by terrorist propaganda,

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or if they are others still out there who encouraged him,

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supported or even directed this attack.

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But it's clear there are still gaps in the police chillies knowledge.

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We are appealing to the public today to say, if even in hindsight now

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you realise something about Khalid Masood,

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something about his associates, his movements, now is the time

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A bright student, turned violent man, turned terrorist.

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Prince Charles, who's heir to the British throne,

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has been visiting some of the victims of Wednesday's

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He went to King's College Hospital in South London to talk to patients

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and some of the staff who'd treated them.

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Afterwards, one patient, Travis Frain, tweeted this

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photograph of the Prince of Wales at his bedside.

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The father of the pilot who deliberately flew

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a plane into the Alps killing 150 people has marked

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the second anniversary of the crash by holding a news conference

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The official report into the German Wings crash found

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that Andreas Lubitz may have been suicidal and locked himself

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in the cockpit before flying the aircraft into the mountainside.

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But his father, Guenther, told reporters that Andreas was not

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depressed and may have been overcome by fumes in the cabin.

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TRANSLATION: We didn't choose today to hurt the other victims' families,

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we chose today because we think that today people will listen to us and

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hear that our son wasn't depressed at the time of the crash.

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With this report we are just looking for the truth.

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That claim has been badly received by the relatives of those who died,

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one of whom described it as an affront to all of the parents

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It's also received a barrage of criticism online.

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A lawyer for several of the victims' families said Mr Lubitz's actions

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He said, I imagine that Mr Lubitz wants to promote a theory that

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would absolve his son of any responsibility.

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Martin Hoffman, a journalist, asks, Why are the German media

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giving the father of the German Wings pilot

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so much room to elaborate on his absurd theories?

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Let's turn to the conflict in Syria, and in particular the battle

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The militant group has suffered a series of setbacks,

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and earlier this month Syrian forces, backed

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by their Russian and Iranian allies, recaptured the city of Palmyra

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for the second time in the past year.

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Our chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet travelled

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to Palmyra to see what progress is being made in the

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Syria's desert highway, a straight line through the brutal

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Until a few weeks ago, all of this was IS territory,

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IS occupied this site twice in the last two years.

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But they've just lost this prize, Palmyra -

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ancient Roman ruins, precious world heritage.

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IS occupied this site twice in the last two years.

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Their last target, the Roman theatre.

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Smashing its centrepiece and staging their grisly executions,

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slitting throats or shooting soldiers and civilians here.

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How big is the risk that Syrian forces could lose Palmyra again?

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TRANSLATION: We no longer face that threat.

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We've taken back the military airport and the mountains.

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That's almost 70 square kilometres in under a month.

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Palmyra matters but the battles which lie ahead, Raqqa,

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for instance, the IS's self-declared capital, matter more

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That's because confronting IS in Syria means confronting

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Are the west and countries of this region now willing to work

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with President Assad and his Russian and Iranians allies

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In the basement of a deserted building, we're shown what is called

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And the paper trail of its brutal rule.

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Crimes listed in these files include leaving Islam,

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The city of Palmyra, next to the ancient

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People fled IS and the ferocious fighting here, including Syrian

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Russian soldiers are still on the ground demining this area.

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This is where some of the displaced have taken shelter for now.

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An abandoned school in the ruins of another city,

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Including this woman and her five children.

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She remembers the exact moment when IS fighters came to her door.

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TRANSLATION: It was 4:45am, we were asleep and heard a knock.

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I opened the door and saw men shouting at me.

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They came in, weapons in hand, and took my husband had my niece.

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I was told they chopped off his head.

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I was afraid for my daughter and especially my 15-year-old son.

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They took my nephew, who was only 15.

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She doesn't know how her family will cope.

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IS no longer occupies their home but its dark shadow

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Russia's President Putin has held a meeting with the French far-right

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Presidential hopeful, Marine Le Pen.

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Ms Le Pen was invited to the Kremlin, where Mr Putin

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told her that he attached great importance to Russia's

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But he added that he did not want to influence events

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in the run-up to the French election in any way.

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In return, the National Front leader said that if she won the vote,

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she would consider lifting sanctions on Moscow.

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It's the eve of the 60th anniversary of the European Union.

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Saturday marks six decades since France, Germany, Italy,

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Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg all signed

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That treaty paved the way for the modern EU, 28 countries

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And European leaders are gathering in Rome to celebrate the occasion.

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But with Brexit about to be triggered and deep internal

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divisions over migration policy, the future of the union has

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27 leaders have spent the first part of the evening inside the Vatican

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just behind me in a private audience with the Pope in the magnificent

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surroundings of the Regal room, reserved for the most important VIPs

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Perhaps they were seeking some divine inspiration.

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We certainly saw Angela Merkel, the German Chancellor,

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taking notes while the Pope was giving his address.

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But there was, figuratively speaking, an empty chair,

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that of the British Prime Minister, Theresa May, who did not attend

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the events this weekend because of the Brexit

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And here's what the president of the European Commission,

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Jean Claude Juncker had to say about Britain's absence this weekend

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Speaking to our Europe Editor, Katya Adler.

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I will be sad, as I was sad when the vote for the referendum

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For me it is a tragedy to be such a long-standing part of the related

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history of the continent and Britain that I did have an explanation for

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-- I don't have an explanation for that although I have particular...

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Well, that was the BBC's Katya Adler speaking to the president

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of the European Commission, Jean Claude Juncker.

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Saturday is going to be a huge day here in Rome.

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The leaders will go to the building on Rome's Catiline Hill

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where the original Treaty of Rome was signed in 1957 but at the same

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time as that we are expecting a huge demonstration on the streets

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of the city and the city is in absolute lockdown.

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There is a huge security presence for the 27 leaders

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who are here and the threat of potential violence

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It is going to be a very big moment for the EU but one

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where they are analysing where to go from here.

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They hope to come away from this meeting with some kind

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of signed document charting a path for

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She'll have special coverage across the whole weekend.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have announced that their son

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Prince George will start at a private school in September

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He'll become a pupil at Thomas's Battersea.

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In a statement, the royal couple said they were

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George with a happy and successful start to his education.

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The headmaster said he was greatly looking forward to welcoming

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Let's bring you more now on our main story this hour -

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Donald Trump's struggle to get Congress to approve his replacement

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for the Affordable Care Act, known as Obamacare.

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Here's Democratic Congressman Steny Hoyer's thoughts on Obamacare -

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We believe this bill is a very positive bill.

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It does have problems, as any proposal would have,

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particularly one that affects so many millions

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of fact, all Americans, but what your point is then,

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we ought to come together and fix those parts of Obamacare

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or the Affordable Care Act that are not working as well as

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The vote is expected at 4pm Washington time -

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that's just over half an hour from now - and it will take

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place here, in the House of Representatives in Washington.

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If it's passed the bill will then have to go to the Senate,

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and that may also not be a straightforward process.

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We've just heard that the speaker has told President Trump Tower the

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health care bill will not pass the house. Simply not enough votes. That

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was the issue yesterday and why it was delayed yesterday. Regardless,

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President Strother says that the slaughter means to go ahead. Those

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are the images their life. -- President Trump says that the vote

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leads to go ahead. Niall Stanage, associate editor

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at The Hill newspaper, My goodness, such a political drama.

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Who knew that health care could be so complicated? What's going to

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happen? Well, as you pointed out in your introduction, this bill is not

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going to get past, it seems. The Republican leadership simply doesn't

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have the votes. They could only afford about 22 defections. By our

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count, there are at least 54 sets to vote against. President Trump has

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indicated that he will leave it there. We don't do if that is a

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negotiating tactic on his part but the future is uncertain. What does

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this mean if he does get defeated, his political clout is going to be

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seriously damaged. I think that's right. Of course, when Donald Trump

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is a candidate, he makes a lot of play out of this idea that he was

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the ultimate deal-maker, as a political uncertainty could getting

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stun. -- he could get things done that other politicians couldn't.

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That claim will have a significant setback dealt with if that thought

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fields. -- if that vote fields. This is going to really harm the real

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election chances in the polls of the mixture. Yes, I think for the

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Republican lawmakers who are very fervently Republican district, the

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call to dismantle Obamacare has been especially strong. One of the

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complications in this process is that the proposed replacement is not

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particularly populariser. The political calculus here is quite

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come together. I see. Of course, let's remember that we've got 24

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million Americans who are looking at this. There are the ones that could

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potentially lose their health insurance if the reforms go ahead.

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We are talking about real people, real lives. They had seven years to

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sort something out. Why have they not done it? Essentially, the

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Republicans face pressure from both flanks of the own party. The most

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conservative members believe this proposal does not do enough to

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completely undo Obamacare. Then you have more moderate members who are

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worried about exactly the point you just raised, the number of people

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who have -- who will lose health insurance. It's not just the health

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care, of course, tax reform. The travel ban issue. It's not looking

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good for President Trump. It's not. We are getting a report, people have

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told me within the past 24 of is that supporters of President Trump

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would have preferred him to do something different first out of the

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gate. An issue of tax reform could be more palatable. President Trump's

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approves -- approval rating is already very low for a new

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president. This could be a blow inflicted on. We will leave it

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