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Our top stories, America defends its decision to drop a huge bomb on

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Islamic State militants in Afghanistan.

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The man in charge of the operation says it was the right weapon for the

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target. The enemy had created bongos,

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tunnels and extensive minefields. His weapon was used on those

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obstacles. Is the North Korean leader preparing

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for another nuclear missile test? China warns tensions are so high

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that conflicts could break out at any moment.

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This is the scene live at the Coliseum in Rome as Pope Francis

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leads the Good Friday procession. And in sport, Jenson Button is back

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in the driving seat for a guest appearance at next month's Monaco

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Grand Prix. Hello and welcome. It was the right

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weapon for the target, America's most senior military commander in

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Afghanistan has defended the decision to drop a huge bomb on

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Islamic State militants in a remote area in the east of the country.

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This is the first time the US has deployed in combat the massive

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ordinance air blast bomb, referred to as the mother of all bombs. The

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Afghan doc-mac says 36 militants were killed and no civilians

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although Islamic State denies that. -- the Afghan Government. Frank

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Gardner reports. dropped an an Isis tunnel complex

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in Afghanistan. The weapon used is called MOAB,

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or massive ordnance air burst, also known as

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the mother of all bombs. This was its first

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time used in combat. This was the right weapon

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against the right target. We will continue to work

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shoulder to shoulder To eliminate this threat

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to the Afghan people, especially the people of this

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region, and indeed Local villagers confirmed that Isis

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fighters had set up bases in the mountains behind them,

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and said the bomb But the strike was condemned by both

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so-called Islamic State How could the United States use

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Afghanistan as a ground for experiments, for testing weapons

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of mass destruction? President Trump's targets now

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include three major problem areas for the US - Afghanistan,

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Syria and North Korea. The massive weapon that the Pentagon

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has used in Afghanistan is intended to send a message to its enemies,

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that you're not safe underground. In Syria, the Trump administration

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will be hoping that last week's cruise missile strike would deter

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Presdent Assad from any But North Korea is

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the biggest gamble. Mr Trump is hoping that

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sending his powerful naval armada offshore will deter any

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further nuclear tests. The question now, though, is,

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can he manage three global It's very possible that if these

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three scenarios come together, Syria, Afghanistan and North Korea,

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it would overwhelm the policy-making capabilities

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of Mr Trump's administration. It would overwhelm the strategic

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planning capabilities of the Pentagon, and it

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would overwhelm the resource But President Trump

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and his entourage now feel they are on a roll,

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tackling head-on the foreign policy challenges that

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the previous administration There is now the risk that ramping

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up the rhetoric could lead America into more conflict,

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or that in the absence of any swift resolutions,

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Mr Trump may simply turn his back on foreign adventures and focus

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instead on domestic issues. We can speak no to someone from

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George Washington University. I asked whether it was the right

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weapon for the dollar. It is pretty accurate. You would not be using a

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$50 million apiece weapon frivolously, or just to send some

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message of Telegraph something to the North Koreans or the Russians. I

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think there was not significant intelligence about the identity of

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the people who work in this complex, and that they were high-level

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operatives of Isis, and of course, there is the logistics, what kind of

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weapon would be used in a decisive air strike and would lead to the

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outcome desired? How significant was this target Iraq? We are talking

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about at 300 metre long network of caves and tunnels, a significant was

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hitting this location? That decision was taken to use this particular

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weapon, it means that there was a significant complex that could not

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be taken out by any other weapon, at least not in a decisive way, and of

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course, the people inside were not some low-level operatives, they had

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to be senior officials who were actually involved in the day-to-day

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planning and operations of Isis attacks in the country. A lot is

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being said about Donald Trump's strategy or the lack of it. What do

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you think he is going to do going forward? Is there a strategy or are

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these one-off strikes? So, when we talk about strategy, we have to keep

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in mind that a change in government in terms of a new political party

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taking office or a new head of state coming in, it does not mean that

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were there will be a new strategy as such. There will be new ideas that

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will be brought to the table from the new staff of the President,

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trying to deal with the same problems their predecessors were

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struggling with. So that is something to bear in mind when we

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talk about strategy. At this point, there is no good strategy. There are

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a set of options that not all of them, most of them are on a scale, a

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sliding scale of bad to worst. This is a difficult situation and does

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not matter whether Trump is an office or if somebody else had been

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knighted. If Hillary Clinton, she would have faced the same problem.

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So you have to make the best of the situation, you take it one day at a

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time, hence one-off strikes, and you do it not in a coherent fashion but

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in a fashion that sort of makes sense for the reality on the ground

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as it unfolds. Let's turn to North Korea.

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North Korea has vowed to mount a "merciless" response to any US

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provocation following comments from President Donald Trump

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that the isolated regime's nuclear weapons programme

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Meanwhile, Pyongyang is thought to be preparing for a massive

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military parade tomorrow at which its latest missile

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Our reporter John Sudworth is with a group of foreign

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journalists invited to witness the event - his movements are being

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In North Korea, the spectre of war looms large over daily life.

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These girls are singing about being soldiers...

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while, not far away, real ones crowd into a shrine

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to the country's founding President, General Kim Il-Sung.

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These are scenes akin to a religious pilgrimage, but of course,

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in honour of a still ruling family dynasty

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who have at their disposal all of the myth that would rival any

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And as the country prepares to display its devotion

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at the anniversary of Kim Il-Sung's birth this weekend,

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there's an awareness of the rising tension with America.

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TRANSLATION: We should have the nuclear weapons.

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If we do not have nuclear weapons, the nuclear weapon of another

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TRANSLATION: It doesn't matter whether the Americans make

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the situation on the Korean peninsula tense.

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We feel safe because we have the great leader, Kim Jong-Un.

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This week, the current ruler, Kim Jong-Un, held this meeting

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where his late grandfather was honoured.

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He is also thought to be planning a massive military parade

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as a powerful tribute, and a message of defiance.

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This is a country where art and armaments are blended

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in singular purpose, to demonstrate to the watching world

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that its nuclear ambitions will not be stopped.

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The historic centres of injured places like Aleppo and Homs, once

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the scene of fierce fighting like empty Andamans. In some places the

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first tentative signs of rebuilding are underweight. Lyse Doucet reports

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from Homs, the site of the first major reconstruction.

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From the ruins of war, some life begins to return. And a bit of

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rebuilding. This is the first restoration project in the ancient

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quarter of Homs. Some of the worst battles took place here. This is the

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leading architect who has designed the roof of the souk. TRANSLATION:

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The importance of rebuilding is not just about stones, it is about

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trade, a social hub where people from all religions can meet and

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spent time with each other. We saw how such wonderful places were

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destroyed and we are rebuilding the social Fabric.

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The workers you see around you from Homs, they understand the city,

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understand its pain. Walking through this ancient market

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is a walk through the story of Syria going back thousands of years.

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TRANSLATION: This public bath dates back to the Ottoman Empire. He

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explains how the ceiling was built in the way to best thing in the

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light. -- bring in. Down to the depths of the old city,

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with another architect. This is the main hall. It was covered by hashes.

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It has been cleared now. Would have been fighting in here? Yes, there

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was a main battlefield here. It is not easy to rise from the ruins. We

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have to contemplate over this, and we have to realise how important it

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is, to listen and to come up with something good out of it.

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She has just written a book about how architecture matters, it has to

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be part of rebuilding Syria. All of the oranges are growing! This

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is what I am talking about in the book, about how generous the old

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cities were. They were generous even with the planting. Making green

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space. This is what we had in Syria, we had something very beautiful and

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ancient, and very harmonious interwoven in our lives and our

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daily lives. We vandalised a lot of it, and we miss treated a lot of it,

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so maybe we have the chance to start over now. They worry that this

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chance will be missed. How to build on a painful past, this roof

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punctured by shrapnel inspired a new design was done now they say Syria's

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cities have to be rebuilt to bring communities together, not tear them

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apart. Lyse Doucet, BBC News, in the old city of Homs.

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Let's take a look at some of the other news.

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A young British woman who was stabbed to death on a tram

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in Jerusalem has been named as Hannah Bladon.

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Two other people were injured in the attack in the Old City.

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A 57-year-old Palestinian man has been arrested.

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Police say the suspect had recently been released

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Police in Italy have arrested a Mafia boss who absconded from

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prison. He has been serving a life sentence for murder, illegal

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disposal of bodies and drug trafficking. He was recaptured after

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police followed his wife and spotted him preparing a barbecue outside a

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flat in Tuscany. Christians are mocking Good Friday

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today. Pope Francis is marking Good Friday

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with the traditional Via Crucis or "Way of the Cross" procession

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around the Colosseum. This is an annual tradition that

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goes back to the 18th-century. It was since revived by Pope Paul VI in

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1964. It commemorates the passion and death through Jesus through the

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readings of prayers along a path of 14 stations, mocking the actual path

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that Jesus walked. These are live images.

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-- marking the actual path. Lots more to come, including...

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This is the trailer that is about to break the internet! The latest Star

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Wars film. As for a sporting legacy, Pol

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Richert's competitors will be chasing her new world best time for

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years to come. -- Paula Radcliffe's competitors.

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She seemed just a slide away under the surface and disappear. -- just

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to slide away. Our main stories on BBC News. Let's

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take you to Pakistan, where the funeral prayers have been held for a

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university student who was killed by a mob after being accused of sharing

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blasphemous content on social media. Blasphemy is legally punishable by

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death in Pakistan but the incident has shocked many.

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A quiet and dignified funeral begins for a young student whose life was

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so brutally brought to an end. His father helps bury his son's badly

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disfigured body, offering prayers for the latest victim to be accused

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of blasphemy and killed in Pakistan. TRANSLATION: In this country there

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is no freedom of expression. They cut people's tongues. They have

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killed my son and laid the blame on him. I am his father. He used to sit

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at home and talked lovingly about the message of the Prophet Muhammad.

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He had been studying communication at a university in a northern city.

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Yesterday a mob of hundreds of young men rampaged through the campus,

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accusing him of splitting blasphemy online. This was his run, when he

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tried to hide from the mob. Amidst the debris, you can still see on the

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war is the philosophical quotes he had written up. From his window, he

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would have seen the mob as they came down the path, breaking into the

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hostel looking for him. Eventually, they found him here. They kicked him

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and beat him. They hit him with sticks and shot him. They dragged

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him downstairs and continue to beat him. All filmed on videos too

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horrific to fully show. Even long after he was dead, they continued to

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attack his body. The police took action, and everybody was

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protective. The University has been closed indefinitely and a number of

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arrests have been made. Close to 70 people have been murdered in

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Pakistan after being accused of blasphemy the last 30 years. This

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incident has shocked many but there has not been the level of a bridge

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from officials that one might expect. -- outrage. TRANSLATION: I

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want justice for my country, and wanted so that nothing like this

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happens to any other child. They did not just attack my son. By doing it

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in the University, they challenged the status of the state should

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ensure justice. The student described himself on Facebook as a

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humanist. Many have been sharing his ratings online and some know seem

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particularly poignant. -- his writings. Now, the sports

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news. Sebastian Vettel looks like the man

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to beat at this weekend's He was the fastest in both practice

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sessions, three tenths quicker than Lewis Hamilton,

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despite his Ferrari breaking Meanwhile, it was confirmed the 2009

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World Champion, Jenson Button, will be making a brief

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comeback next month. Button has agreed to replace

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Fernando Alonso for McLaren The Briton's still contracted

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as a reserve driver for McLaren and will step in while Alonso takes

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part in the Indy 500. Arsene Wenger insists discussions

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about his future will not distract him from his job. He is speaking

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about the PFA -- PFA Player of the Year, Alexis Sanchez, whose contract

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ends next summer. There have been reports Sanchez has been offered as

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much as ?300,000 per week to stay. First, I cannot confirm that we have

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offered that. Secondly, we will do, as always, we have to consider our

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financial potential to sustain the wages for the whole squad. What is

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for sure is that what he is paid this year, will it still below? I

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was tempted to say no. Great Britain's cyclists have

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finally won a gold at this year's Track world Championships it's

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in the women's omnium The omnium is a multi event decided

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by points over four different races. Archibald who's the Olympic

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champion, was second going into the final event,

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the points race, but she did enough It's the second world

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title of her career, I feel in pain! But yes, really

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privileged to pull it off in the end. It was an unbelievably gripping

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race, I thought I had lost it in the middle, just chase and be attack,

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Chase and be attacked. Got back on in the end, and pulled it out of the

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bag. The President of the IAAF is

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disappointed by the lack of progress made by Russia and its anti-doping

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reforms. The country is calmly banned from competing in

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international athletics after a report claimed that over 1000

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athletes benefited from a state-sponsored doping programme.

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Lord Coe believes there is still a lack of cooperation and

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transparency. I am frustrated on behalf of the athletes, more

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progress should have been made. It has been harvesting always to get

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athletes back into contention actual competition. But separated from the

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tainted system. -- it has always been our ambition. I am frustrated

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more progress is not been made. Five-time champions Ronnie

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O'Sullivan is in action against fellow enrichment Gary Wilson in the

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afternoon snooker session. It will be the 40th year the Crucible has

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played host to the tournament. O'Sullivan would love to lift the

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famous trophy once more. Sheffield is a great event, it is good

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tournament I look forward to going every year. It should be great.

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Whether it is the 40th with a 21st with a 140th, it is still the

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Crucible. -- or the 140th. Great tournament. If you get to lift the

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trophy, it is an amazing thing. That's all the sport for now.

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You may be used to seeing guide dogs around the office but more and more

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companies are encouraging employees to bring their family pets to work.

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Around one in ten employers in the UK has a dog-friendly policy. Just

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what other pitfalls? It may be possible in big tech but just how

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well would you cope with a pet under your desk?

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Suzannah has been finding out. Brooke, Reggie, Max and Peggy are

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office bodies. The company Kokrak pets at work scheme has proved so

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popular that by the end of the year, around 100 dogs that passed an

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assessment got the road staff pass. -- the company's pets at work

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scheme. The reality is that the dogs probably have between a total of 20

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to 25 dogs and lovers of others in the bar and it is even hear a dog

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barking in the office. But the office. But they are there if you

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want to go and find one to pet. The dogs do not just relieve stress but

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also seemed to help build office camaraderie. It has made me make

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friends. People come and talk to me, I don't think they know my name but

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they know my dog and it starts to open those doors. What about that

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time when she go to the toilet? She starts to get up and pace a little

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bit and looks up at me. We have had the odd accident in the past. Doggie

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daycare costs around 30 to ?40 a day, and I have three of them. So

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for me, it is a big saving. Have there ever been any follow-ups with

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other dogs? Not that I have ever seen. They love chasing each other

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around the park. You hear the odd bark but that is about it.

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I'm not sure I could cope with that! No dogs under this desk, I can

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promise you that. Now to the movie trailer that has

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sent Star Wars fans into a frenzy. I only know one truth.

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It's time for the Jedi to end. It looks good! This is a first look

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at the latest Star Wars film, the last Jedi. It follows on from The

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Force Awakens and it will feature the late Carrie Fisher. The trailer

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was unveiled at a Star Wars celebration in Florida, and you will

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not believe this, it amassed thousands of views online in just a

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few minutes. This one could just break the internet. If you want to

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watch it in full armour go to the BBC News beta site.

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I am looking forward to that one. -- News beta. You can get in touch with

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me and some of the team via social media, we are on Facebook and

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Twitter. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Lots more on our

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website but for the time being, thank you very much for watching and

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I wish you all a very nice Easter weekend.

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