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On the eve of election day in France, hackers release a trove

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of documents targeting Emmanuel Macron's team.

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New protests in Venezuela as US officials meet with the Leader

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So near and yet so far - Kenya's Kipchoge runs the fastest

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marathon in history, but WON'T get into the record books.

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And - it's something the fashion world has been criticised

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for time and time again - thin models.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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With less than 12 hours to go before voting starts,

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France's Election Authority - has warned the media

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against spreading information hacked from the campaign of the centrist

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Aides to Mr Macron say the hacking attack was intended

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James Reynolds has sent this report.

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Emmanuel Macron arrived last night for his final interview,

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assuming that his campaign was basically done.

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But whilst he was speaking, documents stolen from his team were

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Coming in the last hour, his team said this

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intervention is an attempt to destabilise democracy, as happened

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In the past, Emmanuel Macron said that

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Russian-backed hackers were out to get him.

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One cyber expert said this hack looks different.

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It is very low-level, compared with what they

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That was a highly creative and high-end information war

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What we are witnessing now is very low-end, very amateurish.

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But many French people braving the Saturday drizzle do not know

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On this, the day before the vote, the French media is

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banned from doing any in-depth political reporting.

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It shows Emanuel Macron has capable enemies.

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It may not change the course of this election.

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Many French people have already decided which way they will vote.

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And some have already cast their ballots.

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These French citizens in Canada have made an early start.

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47 million voters here in France will soon follow.

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So how is that data leak affecting the mood in France?

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Our correspondent Karin Gianone is in Paris.

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Already this election had been an extraordinary one.

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Who in France would have imagined that on the eve of the second

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round of its presidential election we could have ended up

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with these two candidates, the far right Marine Le Pen,

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and Emmanuel Macron, the centrist candidate,

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who only set up his campaign in the last few months?

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But in the very last hours, at this latest twist came. This massive dump

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of date her. I have been talking

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about this with my guest, Tristan Mendes France,

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an expert in social media at As far as we know, there was a leak

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on a forum last night at 8:30pm, and those documents became viral

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half an hour later on social media. Today there is a hashtag

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called #Macronleaks, As for the timing,

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it is rather strange. It came hours before

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all the restrictions about what you can say

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about the election came into force. It means that neither candidate can

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comment on the content of this. Nobody understands why,

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just two days before the presidential election,

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it has come out. There is supposedly

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a huge amount of data. It cannot be processed in 48 hours,

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so it's impossible for anybody to estimate the damage that

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could come out of it. I don't think it will impact

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tomorrow's election, but it might impact later,

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specifically in a month, for the election of the members of

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Parliament. So perhaps it's too late

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to do anything tangible for the presidential election

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tomorrow, but in six weeks' time, we have this key vote that

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Emmanuel Macron is counting You think that could

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make a difference? There could be one month

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of smear campaign, extracted from the information in those

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documents that have linked, and that could be problematic

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for Macron if he becomes elected. If he doesn't get a majority,

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how will he implement his policy? In terms of the origin of this

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attack, there have been allegations against Kremlin-backed agents

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previously targeting Everybody is looking

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towards the Kremlin, Nobody will ever have

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absolute proof, only hints. The French Electoral Commission has

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come out very strongly, telling the media and people

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using social media that they mustn't It's a question of legality,

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but it's pointless today. The environment online

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has no frontier. Even French-speaking media

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in Belgium are able to speak about this horrible story,

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so I understand the French position, That was Tristan Mendes France,

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from the Sorbonne's School That was Tristan Mendes France, from

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the Sorbonne's School of Journalism. Just to remind you, as we go

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into Sunday's final vote, An IPSOS poll published

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in Le Monde newspaper puts Emmanuel Macron,

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the centrist, on 63%. He is the clear favourite in this

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presidential election. We will be bringing you special

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coverage on the BBC of the results as they come out late on Sunday. We

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will be bring you a special programme presented by Christian

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Fraser from 7:30pm GMT. Thousands of women have led

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a march in Venezuela's capital of Caracas in

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the latest anti-government At least 36 people have been killed

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and hundreds injured It comes as Donald Trump's national

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security adviser met with Venezuela's Leader

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of the Opposition on how to bring The daily wave of protests against

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the government of Nicolas Maduro continues across Venezuela. In the

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capital Caracas thousands of women marched on the Defence Ministry,

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dressed symbolically in white, urging the government to end what

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they said was the brutal oppression of its opponents and free hundreds

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of political prisoners. Some of these protesters have husbands and

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family members in jail, they say in prison for opposing a corrupt

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regime. But the government and the Armed forces, which remain loyal so

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far, are not backing off. More than 30 people have been killed in a

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month of demonstrations. President Maduro has vowed to ride out the

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storm, accusing Venezuelan's enemies abroad and what he says our business

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elites at home, waging a campaign of destabilisation. But what should be

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Latin America's wealthiest and most stable nation is punch-drunk from

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years of instability. Many young people say they have no future here.

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I knew him for nine years, says this girl who has just buried her friend

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and fellow youth orchestra member. It hurts me so much to see him taken

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in the bloom of his life, just 18 years old. Venezuelan has the

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world's second largest oil reserves, yet in cities across the country,

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people are so poor and hungry, they are looting shops for food, even

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when there is nothing there for sale. With an inflation rate of

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900%, Venezuelans are used to queueing for basic goods at

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subsidised government markets. But food and medicine is scarce. Hugo

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Chavez's socialist revolution failing the very people who

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supported it. Thousands remain loyal, and chav is's success in

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Nicolas Maduro has rejected calls for the release of political

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prisoners. After a week of increasingly violent protests,

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opposition leaders met senior members of the Trump administration,

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Washington accusing Mr Maduro of disregarding the rights of his own

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people. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news... The former head of the Palestinian

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militant group Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Ismail Haniyeh,

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has been elected as He succeeds Khaled Meshaal,

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who has led the movement The election took place

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using a video link between The British Prime Minster Theresa

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May says she's grateful for the support her Conservative

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party received in the local elections, but she says she's taking

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nothing for granted ahead The Leader of the Opposition Labour

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party, Jeremy Corbyn, has admitted Tens of thousands of Polish

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opposition supporters have taken taking part what they called

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a Freedom March through Warsaw, to protest against what they see

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as curbs on democracy imposed The opposition has accused

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the governing party of trying to stack the constitutional tribunal

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with sympathetic judges and of manipulating radio

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and television coverage. Pupils from two girls' schools

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in the Indian capital, Delhi, have been taken to hospital

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for treatment after a chemical The substance, which is thought

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to have been used in pesticides, caused eye and throat irritations -

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as well as breathing difficulties. Police say they'll be

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taking legal action Our South Asia regional

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editor, Charles Haviland Details emerged rather slowly

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throughout Saturday. First we had reports of a few dozen schoolgirls

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being admitted to hospital for treatment, but later in the day, the

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official Indian news agency said more than 300 had been admitted,

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from two schools, and several teachers needing treatment. The

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symptoms were problems with their eyes, throats, and breathing

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problems, from this leakage from a container truck at some kind of

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storage depot in Tughlakabad in the south of Delhi. It appears these

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were chemicals imported from China for use in pesticides. Do we know

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how some of the victims are? The doctors have been saying from the

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start that they are OK and no one is in danger. What we heard towards the

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end of Saturday was that people are being discharged and going home to

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their families. That seems to be the situation. That said, we have had

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some people saying they are out of danger, and others simply saying

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they are stable, which sounds less certain. The Indian media have not

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given a very full account of what has happened, and haven't prioritise

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the story very much. These sorts of leagues are not actually unusual in

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India, are they? They do happen from time to time. There was one of three

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years ago in Chhattisgarh, with a smaller number of people being

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affected. There is an issue in India with supervision. The police have

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said that legal action will be taken in this case because Hazard

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materials were not being stored responsibly. Others are saying that

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this material should not be close to these schools at all.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come...

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Models who are extremely thin are to be banned

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from the catwalk in France - but will it work?

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We'll get the view of a fashion editor.

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computer hackers release a huge cache of documents which they say

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New protests in Venezuela as US officials meet with the Leader

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There's been a reduction in fighting in Syria since a Russian-led

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initiative took effect - to halt the country's six-year war.

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The Russian defence ministry says it has registered 15 violations

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Also, Russia and the United States have agreed to resume the operation

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of a bilateral memorandum to prevent mid-air clashes in

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Syrian government aircraft in action. There are reports of

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shelling and gunfire elsewhere in the country, but the violence has

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eased following the international plan to create for de-escalates a

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Sion Jones inside Syria. Russian and US staff have... In a phone call,

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representatives agreed to work on additional measures. Russia says a

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new initiative to create demilitarised areas in Syria can

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pave the way towards more substantive negotiations.

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TRANSLATION: The most important thing is that the implementation of

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the memorandum can help cease the military action and therefore end

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the Syrian crisis at a practical level. The initiative is of

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significant meaning to the political process in Syria. The deal to create

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de-escalation zones in the major areas of conflict in Syria took

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effect in midnight on Friday. The initiative was proposed by Russia,

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President Bashar al-Assad's most powerful ally. It is backed by

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Turkey and Iran. With the deal coming from two strong back backers

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of the regime, some say they are not too confident about it.

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TRANSLATION: The revolution is very damaged. It is strangled, and the

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Syrian people are killed in these so-called de-escalation zones. The

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regime and the Russians are the only beneficiaries. Failure of peace

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efforts are familiar story in this conflict that has claimed 300,000

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lives since 2012. So how effective the current plan will prove to be is

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highly uncertain. The Nigerian government says 82

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girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in northern Nigeria have been released.

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The girls were among about 220 students abducted from a secondary

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school in the north-east of the country in 2014. That story is

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breaking at the moment, so we will bring you more details when we have

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them. Now some sport. Here is James. Barcelona and Real Madrid are both

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still battling it out Barcelona surged three points clear

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of Real with a thumping 4-1 win Lionel Messi scored twice

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and there was one each Real though look certain to go

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back level on points - they're currently winning 4-0

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at already relegated Granada. Swansea have moved out of the bottom

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three in the Premier League after a 1-0 win over Everton

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at the Liberty stadium Fernando Llorente got the crucial

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goal in the 29th minute, It was the Spaniard's 13th league

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goal of the season and it Swansea's win means that Hull drop

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into the relegation zone - they lost 2-0 at home to already

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relegated Sunderland. Billy Jones and Jermaine Defoe

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scored for the Black Cats. It was Marco Silva's first

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experience of a home defeat in three To lose our focus like we did in the

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second half, and we conceded two goals and set pieces. That's our

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problem. It's like you come to the past again. Our team in the past

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conceded too many goals in set pieces, because they lost focus, and

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that happened this afternoon. The second goal was offside again, and

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the referee didn't see. That is football, and now is the moment to

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rest, to analyse what happened, and prepare for the next.

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Here are the rest of the day's Premier League scores.

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Crystal Palace still aren't safe from relegation after being thrashed

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City move up the third in the race for a Champions League place.

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Tyson Fury has said he'd easily beat unified heavyweight champion

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Anthony Joshua should the pair meet in the ring.

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Fury has dealt with depression and lost his boxing

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licence after beating Wladimir Klitschko in November 2015.

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Fury says he'll be back fighting in July, on the undercard

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at London's Copper Box Arena, IF his licence is reinstated

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by the British Boxing Board of Control.

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He clearly has scant regard for Joshua.

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I can play with that body-builder like a cat playing with a ball of

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wool. And if I get hit, I will be highly, highly disappointed. If you

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can even land a blow on me. Never mind beat me.

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An attempt to run the first sub-2 hour marathon has failed.

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There were no spectators, just a small number of journalists,

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allowed to attend the event on the Monza racetrack in Italy.

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Only one of the three men taking part, Eliud Kipchoge,

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the Olympic champion, came close to the two hour

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mark, crossing the line in two hours 25 seconds.

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And although it's the fastest marathon in history -

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it won't be counted as an official record, because of the use

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The name was to bring about 10 billion people, and knock out the

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third set. 12 marathons in 12 hours is impossible. So to pass that

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message is really important to me. That's why I was pushing to prove

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that there is no human who has limitations. He is averaging 17

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seconds that every 100 metres he runs. That is remarkable. That is

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all the sport for now. A law in France banning the use

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of extremely thin fashion models Models working there need to provide

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a doctor's certificate attesting to their overall physical health,

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with special regard Digitally altered photos will also

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have to be labelled from October. Earlier I spoke to Debra Bourne

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from the campaign group "all walks beyond the catwalk",

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I asked her The important thing is the serious

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message it sends out to the fashion industry. I don't know how they can

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keep it. Will they send a police officer to every photographic studio

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in Paris what is interesting is the doctors note. This would be valid

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for two years, and as all women know, your weight fluctuates a lot

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over two years. Yes. There's some real problems here in terms of the

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actual strategy and day-to-day managing of this law. I don't know.

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I don't know if it exists when French brands shoot outside of

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London. Many campaigns are shot in New York, the Caribbean, London. But

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the government has done something that is sending out a very clear

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message. Paris has a reputation in the industry in terms of casting for

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putting very skinny models on the catwalk, and that is serious. What

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is your opinion on the labelling of digitally enhanced photos? I think

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it's great. I was part of a government round table on body

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confidence, and this is something we discussed in the UK about bringing

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this in with a kite marking system. It makes it very clear to the

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consumer that this is an animation, that photo is that they could think

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were real have been enhanced and touched up and changed, and people's

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body shapes have changed. I would like to see a world where that

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doesn't happen at all, and where our imagery is far more real, but given

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that we have to change things step-by-step, it is a fantastic move

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forward. France is blazing a trail here with this policy, but isn't it

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down to the individual models and a cultural shift within the industry

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itself? It is, but the model in this picture looks like the most powerful

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person in this planet, but in truth, these are teenage girls, young,

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impressionable women, surrounded by people in the studio, trying to

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adhere to a system they might not agree with, and scared to voice

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change. So the models really need to be protected here.

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An 85-year-old Nepalese man who was attempting to become

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the oldest person to climb Everest, has died at Everest base camp.

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The death of Min Bahadur Sherchan was confirmed by Nepal's

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The former British army Gurkha soldier was trying

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to reclaim the record from Japan's Yuichiro Miura, who

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Our breaking news. The Nigerian government says that 82 girls

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kidnapped by Boko Haram have been released. They were among around 220

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students abducted in the north-east of the country in 2012. Don't forget

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you can get in touch with me on Twitter. That's it from me and the

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team. Goodbye for now.

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