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

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the world. Here are the headlines. Russian police say they have

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detained 500 people in Moscow alone as anti-corruption protests take

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place across the country. In Germany a bruised foot Chancellor angler

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Michael as her party looks set to keep our. -- Angela Merkel. A

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special report on Yemen's humanitarian catastrophe, two years

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into the conflict the story of little boy whose life has been to

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inspect ever and England beat Lithuania at Wembley in their World

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Cup qualifier, thanks to a second-half goal from Jamie Vardy.

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Hello and welcome to the programme, thousands of people have been taking

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part in anti-crushed chin -- antique or rough chin protests across

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Russia. After a call from the opposition leader. Pictures from

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Moscow show people being detained and scuttles breaking out. The

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police say that nearly 500 people have been arrested in the capital

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alone including the opposition leader. They are thought to be the

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biggest in five years. Demonstrated here and in more than ?100 in cities

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across the country called for the Prime Minister to resign, the

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protest, ahead of presidential elections next year with President

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Putin expected to seek a full time in office. From Moscow he was our

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correspondent. Here on Pushkin Square in the centre

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of Moscow and the crowd is chanting, There several thousand

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people who have covered The Russian authorities say

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that this anti-corruption protests But people have come

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onto the streets anyway. There is a very heavy

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police presence. A short while ago one

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man tried to unfurl an anti-Putin poster on the statute,

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but the police pushed their way into The crowd were shouting,

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disgrace, let him go. The level of corruption is too high

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in Russia right now. It is hard to live in

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corruption atmosphere. So now the riot police

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have moved on to Pushkin The police have been

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telling the crowd all afternoon that this

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is It looks as if the right

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police intend to clear the Meanwhile we hear that

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the opposition activist and anti-corruption campaigner Alexei

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Navalny has been detained by police He is the man who called

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people onto the streets, not only in Moscow

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today, but across Russia. Well, the riot police have now

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cleared protesters from Pushkin And they are lined up all the way

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down through the Main Street People came out in

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Moscow today to protest against corruption in

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the Russian government. But this sends a message

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to the crowd that fighting corruption is not a priority

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for the Russian authorities. Let's speak to the director of the

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director for Russia at the University of Wisconsin. How

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significant you the these protests are? Extremely. The Putin

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administration, for the last recent period has served a steady diet to

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Russians of nationalism, anti-western sentiment and tried to

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secure its authority by convincing Russians that Russia's geopolitical

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prominence is more important to them than their own economic well-being.

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This strategy has appeared to work but the events of today suggest that

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it may be beginning to falter. So, you say that this protest is

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significant, giving President Putin will be bullied by then? I'm quite

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sure he will be. Throughout his term in office he's been quite concerned

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prospect of so-called coloured revolutions, he's witnessed regimes,

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mostly suddenly in Ukraine being taken down by protests from

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discontented citizens in these countries and he has attempted to

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blame these on the interference of the United States and its allies in

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the panel affairs of its countries. A lot of its policies have been...

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We saw of course most recently in Russia in 2011 and 2012 following

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the elections and the presidential elections of that period in which

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reports of falsification of election results led to massive street

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protests. The regime dealt with that successfully through a series of

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heavy-handed measures and following that it initiated this recent

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campaign of using an Thai western propaganda to distract the Russian

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people from the economic woes will stop -- anti-Western propaganda. The

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fact that the spite of the fear of replies all and the possibility of

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arrest and potential of violence that individual Russians are so fed

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up with the system they are are willing to risk their own personal

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well-being it must be a sign of concern to the regime. Briefly,

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could you give us a sense of how influential the opposition leader

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is? He is a controversial figure, I think the regime has been successful

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as portraying him as a corrupt person himself it is not so much

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about his implements personally, it is more about the fact that Russians

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are fed up with corruption and the opposition has hopped onto this very

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effective messaging, so whether or not he ends up being the leader to

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galvanise this movement I think it will pose a problem for birth Putin

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administration for the current administration. -- the current...

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Meanwhile in neighbouring Belarus - police arrested demonstrators -

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demanding to know where friends and family are after a major protest

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people were detained on Sunday in the capital Minsk.

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About 400 people were arrested on Saturday while taking part

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in an unsanctioned protest against the government.

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In Germany - Exit polls in the state of Saarland -

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indicate that Angela Merkel's party has won the regional

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Supporters of her Christian Democratic Union -

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known as the CDU - have already started celebrating.

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The Saarland election is widely seen as an indicator to a general

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A Conservative candidate said in six months' time.

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A Conservative candidate said tonight that she had not expected

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such a clear victory her wildest dreams and I'm expect that Angela

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Merkel had neither. The reason why it is interesting is it is the first

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regional vote to be held since the former president of the European

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Parliament took hold... His appearance back on the German

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domestic political scene has given the social Democrats a real boost.

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They are polling neck and neck with Angela Merkel's conservatives and he

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stands a very good chance of knocking her from her perch in those

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elections in September. You have the CDU and the social Democrats neck

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and neck and that is why all eyes were on this very small German

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state. Looking at these exit polls, Angela Michael has had a nice prize.

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It looks as though when it comes down to the privacy of the voting

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booth, the electorate actually have not given in, if you like, to this

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so-called effect of Martin Schulz. Pretty

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surprisingly is old if the exit polls are to believe. And certainly

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the Conservatives will be patting themselves on the back because this

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suggests to them they will make a stronger showing, November. But

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Martin Schulz has said that the countdown to the general election is

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a marathon and not a sprint and there are six months yet to go. A

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lot could change in time. To Bangladesh where the army said that

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troops have shot dead two suspected militant -- Islamist militants holed

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up in apartment blocks and Friday. in the five-storey building -

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which is in the north At least six people were killed

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on Saturday in two bombings Security officials said they were on

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the look of this had helped the last few months, six people including the

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police officers were killed in last night's explosion targeting security

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forces. The so-called Islamic State said it carried out the attack. The

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whole area has been cordoned to avoid further casualties.

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TRANSLATION: We could not sleep tonight as powerful explosions

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rocked the whole area. Our children are very scared. We cannot move out

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of our house. We never thought we would live beside a militant down.

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I'm standing 200 metres away from where suspected Islamic militants

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are holding up a strong position for the last 72 hours. Bangladesh's

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security forces including army commanders have joined the

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anti-terror operation. The militants are responding with sustained

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gunshot and explosions. Bangladesh's is facing this threat of Islamist

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military seat for the last two years. More than 35 Islamist

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militants have been killed in anti-terror operations conducted by

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the security forces, but this time this is not going to be an easy

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victory for the security forces. Army commanders have rescued 78

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civilians from the House, but the operation is not over yet.

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TRANSLATION: To militants killed, we think there are more inside the

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building, we will continue our operation. -- two militants are

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killed. They believed that Bangladesh leads Islamist militants

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have a strong connection with the so-called Islamic State, but the

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Bangladeshi government says they are home-grown. If it is proved that

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they are responsible for the recent... Bent it marks a new stage

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in battle with best's fight against militancy. -- then it marks. The

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British Home Secretary Amber Rudd has demanded access to encrypted

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messaging services in terrorism cases. Her comments to the BBC,

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after it was reported that the man who killed four people in

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Westminster last week was an WhatsApp two minutes before he

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carried out the attack. Here's what he had to say. There should be no

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place the terrorists to hide and we need to make sure that places like

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WhatsApp and other places like that have no...

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It used to be that people would steam open envelopes or just

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listen in on phones when they wanted to find out what people were doing -

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legally, through warrantry - but on this situation,

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we need to make sure that our intelligence services

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have the ability to get into situations like

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Still to come, did dinosaurs originally come from the UK?

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Let there be no more wars or bloodshed between Arabs and

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Israelis. With great regret the committee

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decided that South Africa should be not included in the competition.

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Streaking across the sky the right heart wreckage to gasps from

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onlookers in Fiji. -- the wreckage. This is BBC world News today. The

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latest headlines. Russian police say they have detained 500 people in

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Moscow alone as anti-corruption protests break out across the

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country. In Germany a boost for Chancellor Angela Merkel as her

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party looks set to keep power in this state of Solomons. It is been

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two years since the start of a Saudi led military campaign in Yemen,

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supporting the government against rebels

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So far almost 8,000 people have been killed and 42 thousand injured.

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Already one of the poorest countries in world, the conflict has seen

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millions of Yemenis, including children,

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Mai Noman reports from Aden, one of the cities that

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witnessed intense battles in this on-going war.

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Coming back to Aden for the first enters the war started in Yemen,

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I can see the signs of this brutal conflict on the city and its people.

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He was four when a missile fell on his house.

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He lost a finger and both of his legs.

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After taking control of the capital, rebels from the North stormed

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the southern city of Aden in March 2015.

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A four-month vicious battle began between Houthis

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Shortly after the fighting began in Aden, Saudi Arabia led

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a coaltion and joined the war, bombing Houthi targets

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Now, over two years later, the front line continues to shift,

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but these battles leave behind long lasting scars on the many families

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This boy and his brother are among 10 million Yemeni children who have

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According to Unicef, there are 1.6 million children

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displaced, 500,000 starving and thousands have been injured.

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Many children show signs of distress.

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The destruction caused by this ongoing war can be

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But for children like these, it is the invisible scars that

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in the port is from Yemen and she has written about her experience of

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travelling back to her hometown on our website. -- the reporter. Here

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is Jessica with the sports news. Less than ten minutes remaining,

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meaning that Germany remain unbeaten on the road in the last 44

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qualifiers. England remain in the top of group F after they picked

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Lithuania 2-0 in Wembley. It was a special day for Jermaine Defoe who

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scored on his first appearance for the England team in modern three

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years. Our reporter has more. The build-up to this match had been

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overshadowed by the terror attack on Wednesday. There were odd police,

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flags were flying at half-mast and before the match there was a brief

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laying ceremony followed by a minutes silence around the ground

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which was impeccably observed. After that, motion before the game, the

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match itself was relatively uneventful. England took the lead

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after 20 minutes when Jermaine Defoe recalled, he scored slotting home

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from close range. What a comeback from Jermaine Defoe. Lefty Wayne yet

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nearly equalised just before the break after a mistake by the keeper,

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but England led 1-0 at the break and joined the second half they added to

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their lead substitute Jamie body who scored England's's second goal from

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-- 's Jamie body. Not exactly a vintage performance by England but

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it kept them firmly on course for the World Cup finals in Russian

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eczema. Let's -- in Russia next summer. Scotland are hosting

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Slovenia in England's group F. A must win game in Scotland who have

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managed four points from their ball game said Bob. It is currently 0-0

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Hampden Park. Slovakia are beating Malta. Northern Ireland are to -

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zero up against Norway, if it stayed that way there will be back up to

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second place and on course for a play-off place, Poland are up

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against' in group E. The same group sees the mania playing Denmark where

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it is goalless. The Netherlands coach each has

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he has been sacked after Dave Webb beta-2- zero on Saturday to leave

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their qualifications hope an hanging by a thread. The Netherlands are

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from five games. Beating Lewis Hamilton in second place in

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Australia. It is that a's first win since the Singapore Grand Prix in

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September 2015, more evidence perhaps of Mercedes domination being

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over after the introduction of faster cars. Hamilton started in

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poll but that'll had an advantage on pace and tyre wear and took control

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after Hamilton got stuck after a pit stop. Hamilton's new team mate came

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third. This driver has won the tour of Catalonia. His team-mate was

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that. He had a great start to the season, he ... He was first on the

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one-day tour of Murcia for the fifth time. This is his second tour of

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Catalonia title. That is all the sport from now. Back to you.

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Jessica, thank you a much. The first dinosaurs may have

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originated in the northern hemisphere, possibly in an area

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that is now Britain. That's one of the conclusions

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of new research on the subject. It suggests that the current theory

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of how dinosaurs evolved and where they came from may

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well be wrong. Fossilised bones that capture a time

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that dinosaurs ruled the Earth, By measuring how they changed over

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the years, researchers worked out how they are related,

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and how they evolved. But a new reassessment published

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in the journal Nature, which suggests that that theory

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which has lasted 130 The current theory is that there

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are two main groups of dinosaurs. One, which includes the Stegosaurus,

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and another, which has two branches. The vegetarians such

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as the brontosaurus, and the meat eaters,

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such as the savage It turns out that the meat eaters

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are in the wrong group, It also shows that the very first

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dinosaurs did not originate in what is now East Africa,

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but much further north, possibly We've taken dinosaur origins,

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which originally were thought to be southern hemisphere,

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and brought them into the northern hemisphere, and it could well be

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that dinosaurs originated even What we have here is a key

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specimen in this analysis. And here is the fossil that led

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to this shock finding - a primitive dinosaur the size

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of a cat was found in It was an animal like this that led

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to the creatures that dominated this The new family tree will mean

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that we will have to rethink our ideas of how they evolved and spread

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across the globe. This is a fairly major change

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to our knowledge of dinosaurs. We have had a system

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in place for 130 years, we thought we understood

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the relationships of these big groups of animals,

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but it may be that we have a major This re-evaluation of fossils

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challenges a theory that has been accepted since the Victorian era,

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and so will be controversial. But if it is proved to be correct,

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textbooks on the subject There has been angry reaction in the

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United States because a child was not allowed to board a plane because

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she was wearing leggings. It stated that her leggings did not meet the

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past dress code. Now here in the UK it's Mother's day

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- so we thought we'd show you these pictures of four white tigers -

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born at a zoo in the central The cubs - two females and two males

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were born 5 days ago - And as you can see they've

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all been taking it easy. White tigers are extremely rare

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and owe their appearance This private safari zoo, specialises

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in breeding white animals, That is it from me and the team

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thank you for being with others. But by the now. -- Byford now.

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