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White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer is currently

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A very warm welcome. We will continue listening to this press

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briefing. Yesterday, we were told that the president expects the FBI

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investigation will be wrapped up with integrity. Today the president

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tweeted and called it a witchhunt. How does that help wrap that

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investigation up with integrity? The President... He wants to know very

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clearly... There is two pieces of this. What was not a's involvement.

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The President's concerned about any entity is attempting to influence

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the election and the second is this false narrative that we continue to

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fight every day that has been debunked by intelligence

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individuals, members of Congress who have been briefed over and over

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again. That is where I think he is concerned as well as many American

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people who are concerned that there is this false narrative being

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perpetuated out there. That is the knot of this. I talked to a former

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FBI official today who said that the President's implicit threat to

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former FBI director James Comey indicates that the president is in

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head words out of control. I would like you to respond to that. Is he?

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That is frankly offensive. Two questions about the FBI's director

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selection process. You said the names are coming from the Justice

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Department right now. Is the president consulting with Democratic

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congressional leaders as well, or Republican congressional leaders on

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this, or is he just getting names? That is a good question. I know that

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obviously he will take input from them. I do not know what

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conversations he has had so I will be glad to check on who he has

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spoken to or maybe speaking to. So that is Sean Spicer, the White

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House press secretary speaking there and refusing to comment on a lot of

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questions that have been put to him by the press that are gathered,

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mainly saying that he cannot comment on these tapes that President Trump

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himself mentioned on Twitter. No further comment from Mr Trump on

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James Comey, the head of the FBI and his firing and not aware of any

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recordings that were made either. So here is some of what Sean Spicer had

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to say earlier. Did President Trump record his conversations with former

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FBI director James Comey? I assume you are referring to the tweet and I

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have spoken to the president and he has nothing further to add on that.

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Why did he say that and what should we interpret from that? As I said,

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he has nothing further to add on that. Are their recording devices in

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the oval office? For a third time, there is nothing further to add on

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that. Does he think it is appropriate to threaten someone like

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James Comey? I did not dig it is a direct. He has simply stated a fact.

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-- I do not think it is a threat. We now go to our correspondence. I

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think the tweet warned James Comey against linking any information

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because he would have hoped there were not any recordings. That sounds

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and read like a threat to the rest of the world so it is not clear what

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was meant by that and what he was intending on whether he has any

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tapes of these conversations and certainly the whole mention of

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takes, even in quotation marks in his tweet, is absolutely reminiscent

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of the next in Iraq, something he has been accused of emulating this

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week in the treatment of James Comey himself. -- emulating the Nixon era.

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Were shocked by the tweet saying he was thinking of cancelling the White

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House briefings, because up until recently we did not know this was

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going to happen? The tweet went out first thing on Friday morning. No, I

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am not shocked by that because he has an absolute love- hate

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relationship with the publicity machine, with the media machine. It

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is something he drives off of and also something that he despises as

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per players of fake news, as he would put it. I think was more

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shocking was the other tweaks this morning where he said there will --

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although I am an active president, you can't expect people to go one

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speak on my heart and to always speak with perfect accuracy. In

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other words, inviting people to be sceptical or doubtful about what

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they hear coming out of the spokesman's mouth. Now, journalists

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tend to be doubtful and sceptical people. That is in the nature of the

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job. But you do not normally you the other side saying, "Don't believe

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every word we say." We heard anything further about James Comey

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and his firing, because he is now saying that it was all his decision.

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James Comey has not given any interview since his firing and I

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would be surprised if he does any time soon. Some of his friends have

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been suggesting that any dinner back in January the president asked him

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for a pledge of loyalty, which he declined to give. That is also the

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dinner where the president says James Comey gave him an assurance he

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was not being investigated and there is lots of disagreement there but we

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will certainly wait with bated breath for any account that James

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Comey decides to give of his firing because so far we have had just a

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letter that he wrote to his staff saying presidents can sack FBI

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director is for no reason or any reason. OK, we will leave it there

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for now. The United States and China have

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announced a trade deal. The unexpected agreement gives US

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farmers, energy companies and financial services access

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to China's huge market. It also reflects the warming

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in relations between Our business correspondent

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Karishma Vaswani has more. broadly speaking it gives American

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credit rating agencies and credit card companies, financial services

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basically, access to China's all-important market,

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the middle-class. In particular, American beef

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exporters will also be able to sell their products in China

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after years of being banned and China will also accept shipments

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of US liquefied natural gas. Now, in return, China

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gets to sell its cooked poultry products to the US,

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but frankly, this isn't just a deal Now, typically the criticism

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from foreign investors who are doing business in China, they

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say that it is usually China that It is what President Trump

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has been saying on the campaign trail,

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and he has promise to make China play by

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the rules again and open up its markets

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to American businesses. This deal looks like

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he has gone some way to getting what he wants,

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but Beijing isn't one to give This weekend, China is hosting

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the one belt, one road Basically its coming out party

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to the world, if you will. And it wants global

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recognition for this Now, part of this trade deal

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includes the US sending some of its representatives to the summit,

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something that previous Soldiers in Ivory Coast have opened

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fire in at least five military They're shooting in the air

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in protest at a deal made with the government to scrap plans

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to give them back pay and bonuses. It follows a televised apology

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by a spokesman for the soldiers Candidates in Iran's presidential

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election exchanged barbs in their final debate on Friday,

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accusing each other of corruption The current president Hassan Rouhani

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is contesting the election, to be held next week,

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along with five other candidates. European officials are discussing

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with the US whether to broaden The US brought in restrictions

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in March forbidding passengers from carrying laptops in their hand

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luggage if they were travelling The UK announced

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a similar ban soon after. US officials have already

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warned that the ban Hospitals across England have

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been simultaneously hit Hospitals across England have

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been simultaneously hit A short time ago, the Incident

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Director of the National Health service issued a statement

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to reassure patients they WILL be able to access emergency services

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in the same way they normally A computer virus has caused IT

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systems to fail and has led to many of hospitals having

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to divert emergency patients. It appears organisations

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in other countries may have A major incident has been declared

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by NHS leaders in England and hospitals like this one

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in Colchester have been experiencing serious computer problems

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after a cyber attack. inside the door said that

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all the computers have gone down, and they are not sure

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whether the doctors can If it is x-rays,

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breakages, what have you, hospital trust covering

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North Lincolnshire, IT systems were closed for three days

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as the result of a cyber attack last Hundreds of operations and patient

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appointments were postponed, people were told to get to A

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only if it was really necessary, there were warnings that

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NHS IT was And today staff looking in at other

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hospitals found this on their screens, with a message

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saying, your files are encrypted, if you want to recover them,

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you need to pay up. Ransomware, a hidden

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programme used by criminal The NHS is vulnerable,

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because typically it has not invested enough in computer

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security, using old computers and systems and if they don't keep them

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properly patched they will keep In a statement, NHS Digital,

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responsible for IT, has said: One doctor at this hospital

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in Mansfield told us how it was a patient with severe back pain,

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which could potentially And we had to divert her

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to another hospital, Queens It is getting a bit

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difficult for us. It takes an awful lot of time

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for us to process the Some hospitals warned

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local people they were experiencing significant IT

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and telephone problems. Some GP practices have also reported

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significant problems. We will bring you some breaking news

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and it appears that Italy's highest court has upheld the 16 year jail

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sentence that was imposed on the captain of the shipwrecked cruise

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liner, the Costa Concordia. 32 people died when the vessel hit the

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rocks of the Italian island in January 2000 and 12. The captain was

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also convicted of abandoning ship before his passengers and crew were

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clear of the Costa Concordia itself. James Reynolds is in Rome for us.

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James, just tell us what took place today in court. This was the

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definitive ruling by Italy's highest court. It had to consider an earlier

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ruling by a lower court, which had convicted the captain on multiple

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counts of manslaughter, on causing a maritime accident and abandoning a

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ship before its passengers and crew were safe. Italy's highest court has

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decided that that sentence and verdict is sound. That comment of

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Italy's justice system, is that. It now means that the captain will

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begin to serve his 16 year sentence. Under the way that Italian law

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works, you did not have deserved his sentence until it was finally

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concluded. It has now been concluded. His lawyer says that he

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is on his way to hand himself in to begin serving his sentence. Have we

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had any reaction yet from the family of those who died? A lawyer spoke on

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the steps of the court, saying that this is finally justice at last.

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They're in mind, of course, this was more than five years ago that this

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happened and the captain throughout the time has suggested that he was

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not to blame. The families disagreed. Now, essentially, the

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court has sided with the families, saying that the captain's bad

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handling of the ship, his decision not to steal it properly, his

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decision to abandon the ship before everyone was safe, is an issue for

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which he has deserved 16 years in prison. And Italy itself, of course,

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I am just thinking ahead to the sort of reaction that would have been put

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into place in terms of safety of other cruise liners. Has there been

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any such reaction since the incident? There have been a lot of

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investigations and thoughts about how the cruise industry might try to

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work and that particular operator was fined 1 million euros. But by

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and large, this court's verdict was about the actions of one man. It was

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about his bad decision-making on that night and Italy's justice

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system has concluded that his actions caused the death of 32

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people. James Reynolds in Rome. Thank you for that.

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In Venezuela people are continuing to take to the streets

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in their thousands to protest against the government.

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The situation is becoming increasingly violent as riot police

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Over the past month nearly 40 people have been killed.

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Vladimir Hernandez has spent a day out on the streets

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Scenes like these in Caracas are happening almost every day.

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Thousands of Venezuelans are taking to the streets all around the

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These people are asking for a fresh election against President

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The inflation rate is estimated to be at over 700%, and

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"I am angry because of the economic crisis," this man says.

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"I want to recover the country where I grew up," this woman says.

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And this young student says she doesn't want

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more young people dying in the protests.

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But, like so often, it is not long before things turn nasty.

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And this is what protesters here in Caracas get every time

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The National Guard throwing tear gas at them.

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The Government says they are cracking

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down on unauthorised protests and accused the political

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down on unauthorised protests and accused the political

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This man is the latest victim of Venezuelan's

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"You Are a hero," shouts and protest is. His Friends Say He Loved Playing

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Football. HE WAS ALLEGEDLY SHOT IN THE CHEST. Scenes of anger and

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frustration as another young man loses his life as a result of the

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political unrest here. Away from the protest, I have come to one of

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Caracas most deprived areas. I am here to meet a demonstrator who lost

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a kidney over a week ago after he says being shot at a protest. When I

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reached his home, we watch the video which showed the moment of death of

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a fellow protest. He later told me that this had been the first time he

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had cried in a decade. TRANSLATION: We need to keep

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fighting, but we need to find an alternative, because they are

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killing us. It is guns against rocks. Despite the rising

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casualties, more protests are planned for the coming days, and

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with the economy in such dire straits, more and more Venezuelans

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say they are willing to take the risk because they have nothing left

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to lose. South Africa has been hit by violent

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demonstrations this week. Protestors demanding houses and jobs

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have been clashing with police in several townships south

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of Johannesburg, putting pressure of President Jacob Zuma's government

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to deliver on election promises. At least 70 people have been

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arrested for public violence. The government has admitted

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that the issues behind the latest wave of protests are genuine

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and deserve a response. Nomsa Maseko reports

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from Johannesburg. A sense of calm returns

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following days of protests. The demonstrations were led

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by communities who feel marginalised and neglected,

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protesters up in arms over The week-long unrest,

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dubbed service delivery protests, Poverty and stubbornly high

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unemployment 23 years after the end of apartheid has angered many,

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piling pressure on Labelled coloured under apartheid,

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not black, not white, the community of Eldorado Park south

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of Johannesburg feels unheard Some have even openly declared that

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life was better under white minority rule while others say

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the protests are justified. The government must act to build

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houses firstly, then the community, but take the government seriously,

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but if they don't start, we will not stop until our

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demands have been met. But our protests in South Africa

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is to start to build. Locate the streets, no cars pass,

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no-one goes to work, That is how we put this

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government in action. This woman has been on the housing

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waiting list for more than 20 years. She lives in a one-bedroom house

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with family members. I feel frustrated, I feel very

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disappointed in all of this. Now because of us young people

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who can't get houses, we have You vote for houses

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you don't get the house, you vote for jobs, you don't get

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a job so it hasn't helped. I don't know what to say but I'm

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struggling with my children. It's only my disability grant

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for this little money. There are concerns that

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criminal elements are infiltrating these protests

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but the grievances remain genuine. Like many communities

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in South Africa, most people just want a piece of land to build

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a house on - a simple request that successive administrations

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have failed to address. Corruption is often cited

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as the reason why the government appears unable to deliver

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on the many promises NASA's 200th spacewalk outside

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the International Space Station has been marred by problems

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after failing battery power and an oxygen leak in a spacesuit

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forced delays and part Two US astronauts were tasked

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to replace an electronics box and install equipment to fix

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a cooling system problem during the walk which was expected

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to last 6-and-a-half hours. The mission was shortened

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because of reduced battery NASA says the two astronaughts

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had to share a vital cable supplying power,

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oxygen, cooling water and communications, after one

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of the spacesuits developed a leak. Europe's most extravagant

:22:34.:22:45.

pop-music competition - the Eurovision song contest -

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reaches its climax on Saturday. It's fair to say that

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the United Kingdom has not done well in recent years,

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but what affect will Brexit have? Even the prime minister has

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warned that British fans Steve Rosenberg is in

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the Ukrainian capital Kiev, Love it or hate it, here's one

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European institution the UK It's the final of the Eurovision

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Song contest this Saturday in Kiev. Lucie Jones is flying the UK's flag,

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but will Brexit mean that it meets In recent years it

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has been hard enough for the United Kingdom to get points

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from our European neighbours when we have been

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on speaking terms with But now that we are leaving

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the EU in an atmosphere of acute disharmony,

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will that condemn the UK to eternal They may be excited

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about Eurovision in Kiev, but Britain's Prime

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Minister Theresa May has warned that Brexit could scupper

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the UK's Eurovision party. Well, is the Prime

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Minister a Eurovision I can't imagine her sat

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with her flag at home. Brexit is so far out

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of my hands and my control. The signs are that

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Europe has not fallen We have discovered that

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even the French love Well - so that France

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wouldn't come last. France is very bad,

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but England is worse, And being happy is what

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Eurovision is all about. The UK hasn't won the

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contest for 20 years. Let's turn now to some live pictures

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from central Portugal, where Pope Francis has

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arrived from Rome. He is on his way to

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Fatima's Sanctuary Square, where tens of thousands of Catholics

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are waiting to welcome him as starts Tomorrow he will be making saints

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of two children who had repeated visions of the Virgin Mary exactly

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100 years ago, during A reminder of our top story: in the

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past hour, the White House press secretary has refused to comment on

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President Trump's tweets that appeared to be a thinly veiled

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warning to the sacked former FBI director James Comey. And in the

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last few minutes, the UK Prime Minister to read MA has said that

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the massive cyber attack on the National Health Service in England

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as part of a wider international attack and there is no evidence that

:25:54.:25:57.

patient data has been compromised. More on this right here on BBC News.

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Goodbye. Hello. The weekend is nearly upon us

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and we will see sunshine and showers. Some areas will escape

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showers and remained dry, particularly across the South. We

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have the influence of some low pressure through the week across

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northern and western areas. Saturday morning will start cloudy. Most will

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be across northern and western areas. Sunshine across the South and

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the East. Showers developing in the afternoon across the Midlands. There

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will be a lot of dry weather and temperatures touching 12 feet -- 20

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Celsius in some places. Most of the cloud across western areas. More

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rain turning to the far south-west later in the day. Most of the

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showers will be across Scotland and Northern Ireland on both Saturday

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and Sunday. It is possible we could see the old heavy, thundery won in

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western Scotland. Also chilly across this North East corner of Scotland

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with a strong breeze. During Saturday evening and overnight, the

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next pulse of rain moving to the south-west. This weather front will

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go northwards and may bring some rain to parts of the country. Maybe

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the odd heavy burst. As it moves through, it brings fresh air. We

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have lost that you midfield to things. Sunday quite a nice day for

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many places. The odd shower around. Most across the North

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