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And one of the most eagerly anticipated football matches, the

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Champions League final, reaches its climax.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Reports from the Iraqi city of Mosul say dozens of civilians have been

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killed while fleeing a neighbourhood held by Islamic State fighters.

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Exactly how they died is not yet clear.

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But there have been reports of the militants targeting civilians

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Iraqi government forces retook eastern Mosul back in January.

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They began a new push this week to capture the remaining

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part held by Islamic State in the west.

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The latest fighting is focused on Al Zanjili

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They are escaping. They decided to gather their children and take their

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chances in the streets of this war zone, fleeing neighbourhoods

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controlled by the militants. There was danger all around, from the

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militants and the attacking Government forces and their US

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allies in aircraft overhead. TRANSLATION: I went out to bring

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water from a nearby place. We were about 200 or 250 people, and a

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member of Islamic State walked amongst us. Minutes later, a plane

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struck the crowd. He managed to escape and we were hurt. In amongst

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the families came the casualties. In one place, many did not survive,

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their bodies were left lying where they fell. There is this account of

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what happened. How the slaughter here unfolded. In the last two days,

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IS has been shooting people escaping from this area in the street. I saw

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over 50 dead bodies yesterday. We work with the Americans to give

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smoke and Iraqi tank, and we followed behind them and rescued one

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little girl and one man. While the civilians tried to flee, the battle

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for Mosul rages on. There has been a month after month of intense street

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fighting. Every house is being fought for. But the soldiers are now

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closing in on the militants' last Bastian, Mosul's historic old city

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and the few areas around it. For some, those who made it through the

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front lines, there is relief, a sudden sense that, at least for now,

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the worst is over. Alan Johnston, BBC News.

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Days after President Trump pulled the United States out

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of the Paris climate deal, France and India have reaffirmed

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At a meeting in Paris, Mr Macron said they stood

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India is the third-largest greenhouse gas emitter in the world.

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Mr Modi said the Paris climate agreement was part

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TRANSLATION: We are in favour of this Paris agreement and we will

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Even if this agreement did not exist, we will ensure that

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future generations receive something good from ours.

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-- future generations receive something good from us.

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Actually, it's about something that can protect future

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generations, that can give rise to a new Hope.

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It's not simply just about the protection

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of the environment, it's about our common responsibility

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The deputy leader of Afghanistan has survived a bomb attack at a funeral

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in the capital, Kabul. That the seven people were cold and over 100

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injured in the explosions. The funeral was taking place of the son

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of a prominent politician. He was killed yesterday during clashes

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between demonstrators and police. From Kabul, we were sent this

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report, which contains images find upsetting. Bloodshed in a

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graveyard. Mourners were targeted in the cemetery as they were burying...

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Survivors describe the carnage they had witnessed. TRANSLATION: There

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were explosions everywhere, and I saw my hands and face were burning.

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There were parts of human bodies lying all around me. After that, I

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had to get to hospital. This is the third time in four days that dead

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and injured Afghans have been brought to emergency hospitals

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across the city. Kabul used to be one of the most secure places in the

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country, now it seems it is one of the most dangerous. Relatives

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gathered, anxious for news of their loved ones. This man was describing

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how the suicide bombers blew themselves up one after another,

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when suddenly gunfire rang out. It turned out to be warning shots from

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the police, but it's a measure of how tense the city is. Kabul is

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still reeling from a blast on Wednesday which killed 90 people.

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Many residents are furious with the authorities for not providing better

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security. One of the leaders of the unity Government was at the funeral

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today, and I asked him why so many attacks seemed to be succeeding. I

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would say that we will raise this issue very seriously within our own

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system. You are not resigning? If that would have been the solution,

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that would have been the first thing I would have resorted to. Them is

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real anger here at the rising tide of violence, but it seems no one,

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not the Government and not the international community, knows how

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to stop it. He's a fellow with the Atlantic

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Council's South Asia Center. He joins me live from Washington. A

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tragic few days in Afghanistan. As the Government lost control of the

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country? They have been fighting the insurgency on multiple fronts. It is

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not just the Taliban that are active in Afghanistan, but according to the

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top US commander in the country, there are at least 20 other militant

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terrorist groups active in Afghanistan and Pakistan in the last

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couple of years. At least 20 of them are involved in breast activities in

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the country, including an affiliate of Islamic State. Their results of a

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Pakistan -based network which Afghan intelligence has said was behind the

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recent truck bombing in central Kabul on Wednesday. Needless to say

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that this year and last have been the years of survival for the Afghan

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Government. Often times, their ability to take on each of the

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insurgent groups that operate in the country and be effective at it is

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overstretched, but it does not mean they are losing control over their

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security situation. We saw in our report that

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The Government controls much of the territory, but occasional attacks in

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places like Kabul and other urban areas do happen. The reasons behind

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it is attributed to a failure of intelligence on the Afghan part. The

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Afghan security forces are also on the front line and they are fighting

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very bravely, which has also led to an alarming number of casualties.

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The Afghan Government has ruled out a new security plan to work on the

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effectiveness of the Afghan security forces, including building the

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offensive capabilities of the force and improving its leadership, which

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I think will prove very useful in the months ahead in the fight

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against the Taliban. This year will be a challenging one nonetheless,

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for both the the goverment and security forces, with setbacks in

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like Kabul. Unfortunately, it seems that before the situation gets

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better, it is likely to get worse. Thank you very much for being with

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BBC World. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. The US Defence Secretary,

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James Mattis, says China's actions in the South China Sea show

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a 'blatant disregard to the militarisation

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of international waters and contribute

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to instability in the region. A worldwide clinical trial has

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reduced the risk of dying from prostate cancer

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by nearly forty percent. The trial is believed to be

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the largest of its kind. And uses a drug to stop more

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testosterone reaching the prostate An outdoor music festival in Germany

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has resumed after a terror threat Organisers say they were given

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the go-ahead after an intensive search of the area found no evidence

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of a concrete threat. It's less than a week before the UK

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general election and the ruling Conservatives are coming under

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pressure over their tax plans. The opposition Labour Party -

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gaining in the polls - says the wealthy are being protected

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from tax rises at the expense of the poor, a charge

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the Government strongly denies. Senior Conservatives, including

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the Defence Secretary and Foreign Secretary, have been sending

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out a strong message If you are worried that income tax

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might rise if we are elected, don't The Conservative manifesto

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is nowhere near as explicit. What people will know

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when they've vote on Thursday, it is the Conservative Party who

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always has and is a low tax party. It is our intention to reduce taxes

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for ordinary working families. What does the Conservative

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manifesto say on tax question at the last election

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David Cameron promise not to increase income tax,

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national insurance or VAT. The 2017 manifesto,

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only the Pledge on VAT Promising to raise the level

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at which people pay the standard and higher amount of tax

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would also amount to a reduction. Theresa May could have

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tough Brexit talks ahead. There is no pledge not to increase

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income tax was that she and her colleagues are talking

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about tax today because they want to refocus attention in this campaign

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about what would happen if a Labour Chancellor moves into

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number 11 Downing Street. Labour says the policy of making

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the better off and big businesses pay more is popular

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and the There is chaos going

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on at the top of the What Labour is offering

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is no tax rises or An increase in

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corporation tax and some other tax increases at the top end

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to pay for social care. Theresa May could be

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finding it is more convivial to talk about

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tax than social care. colleagues are trying

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to stir the enthusiasm of traditional voters

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by saying instincts on

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taxation are the same. Ariana Grande has made a surprise

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visit to fans still in hospital after last month's concert attack.

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The moment of crowning. By a signal given, the great guns of the tower.

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Tanks and troops are patrolling the streets of central Peking after...

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You can see it's mighty tail fin, the only sign left that an aircraft

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had been here. Uefa imposes an indefinite ban on English clubs

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playing in Europe. Today is the 20th anniversary of the release of the

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Beatles LP, Sergeant Pepper 's lonely hearts club band.

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Dozens of civilians are reported to have been killed in the Iraqi city

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of Mosul while trying to get out of an area controlled by the Islamic

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State group. India has promised to go above and

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beyond and cut its pledged under the Paris climate accord following the

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United States' withdrawal from the treaty.

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Is Russia interfering with US politics?

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It's the question hanging over Washington ever

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Moscow has always denied involvement.

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Those Russians whose names have emerged usually

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But this week some were at the annual St Petersburg Economic Forum.

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Our correspondent Sarah Rainsford was there, attempting

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Can I just ask what it is you would like

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Sarah Rainsford on the alleged Russian links to the Trump campaign.

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So, over in America, where has the investigation

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I asked our correspondent David Willis.

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Next Thursday, the former director of the FBI, James Comey, is due to

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give evidence to a Senate committee. This is the man who was leading the

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investigation into links between the Trump administration and the

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Russians before he was dismissed last month by Donald Trump. Now, any

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evidence from his testimony that Donald Trump has sought to impede

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that enquiry will be seized upon by opponents of the president. It had

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been thought that perhaps the White House might seek executive privilege

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to prevent James Comey from testifying. They can do that if a

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Government official is threatening to reveal secrets, but the downside

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of that, of course, is that the White House then looks as though it

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has something to hide, so no indication at the moment that it is

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going to do that. Meanwhile, a lot of speculation about the possible

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role played by the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in this

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whole ongoing Russian investigation. Tell us more about Jared Kushner. He

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is a person of interest. That's right. Yes, and he is a man who is

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very close to the president, of course, the son-in-law of President

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Trump, but also a special adviser to Mr Trump. It has been reported here

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that he had meetings with the Russian ambassador to the US, and to

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a Russian banker with close ties to the Russian president, Vladimir

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Putin. There are also suggestions that Mr Kushner explore the

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possibility of setting up a secure communications channel using a

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Russian diplomatic facility to enable discussions between the Trump

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Administration and Moscow, the suggestion being as well that these

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meetings between the Russians and Mr Kushner took place in December of

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last year, after Donald Trump add won the election but before his

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administration had actually taken office.

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The singer Ariana Grande has made a surprise visit to fans

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still in hospital after last month's terror attack.

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On Sunday she'll be joined by other music stars,

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in a charity concert to raise money for the victims and their families.

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From Manchester, Philip Norton reports.

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Helping to mend broken hearts and shattered lives.

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Pop star Ariana Grande visiting young fans who were injured

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in the suicide bomb attack at her concert less

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She posted a photo of her visit to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital

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Among those she visited, eight-year-old fan Lily Harrison.

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She suffered spinal injuries in the blast at Manchester Arena.

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Our room was the last room on the ward of the corridor.

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I think I was probably just as nervous as Lily.

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She said, I think I might need to go to the toilet.

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And then, yeah, she just came skipping onto our ward.

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There's been an outpouring of love for the 22 victims who died

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Ariana Grande has returned to the UK for a benefit concert in Manchester

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tomorrow night and many of those injured, including Lily,

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We said, if you want to go, we'll make sure you've got tickets.

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If we get to the venue, or are on the way to the venue,

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and you say you don't want to go, we're more than happy

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Proceeds from the concert will go towards that We Love

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Manchester Emergency Fund, set up by Manchester City Council

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and the British Red Cross to support grieving families

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A huge stage and tight security is in place.

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An effort that would normally take months of planning

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This is where the eyes of the world will be focused tomorrow night.

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Millions of people will watch as Ariana Grande is joined on stage

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by the likes of Coldplay, Take That and Katy Perry.

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This concert will be broadcast tomorrow in 50 countries

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A night of unity, remembrance and a shared love of music.

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Lets get some sport with Hugh. A big match in Cardiff?

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That's right the first man to score in three Champions League finals has

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set his team on the road to history, and he has done it twice for Real

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Madrid in Cardiff. Cristiano Ronaldo struck his first for Real Madrid in

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the 20th minute, his side helping to be the first team to win the

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Champions League twice in a row. Then the Juventus equalised with a

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brilliant overhead kick, a stunning goal that may well have been the

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headline if it wasn't for what happened subsequently. It brought

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Juventus level at the time but then to goals in a few minutes change

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things. There are about 30 minutes of normal time left, and a lot for

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Juventus to do. They are trailing 3-1 in Cardiff.

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The world number one is safely into the second week at the French Open

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tennis after beating Juan Martin del Potro in the third round at Roland

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Garros, getting the better of two fiercely contested opening sets.

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Murray won the first on a tie-break, then the second 7-5, then he

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clinched his place in the last 16 in impressive style, taking the third

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set without dropping a game. It is a big win for the eve. It was

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never going to be easy today. He is a tough guy to play against,

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especially this early in a major. He came out playing very aggressive,

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serving really well at the beginning and it was tough, but I managed to

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turn it around and play some really good stuff at the end, so it was a

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very positive win for me. South Africa have beating Sri Lanka by 96

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runs in the opening match in group B. South Africa made 299-6, Hashim

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Amla scoring a 25th ODI century in his career. The Sri Lankan batting

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was all-out for 203. The British and Irish Lion started their tour of New

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Zealand with a 17-13 victory over the Barbarians. It was expected to

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be straightforward with a side made up of fringe players. The barbarians

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had a 7-3 lead at the break. The lions edged ahead on 53 minutes,

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then the conversion gave them a little bit of breathing space. They

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held on in the end for a scrappy victory.

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Britain's richest horse race, the Epsom Derby, has been won by the

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40-1 outsider Wings Of Eagles, who came from behind, passing several

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horses in the last 100 metres to win. It was the first win for the

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Irish jockey, and the sixth for his trainer, Aidan O'Brien. That is all

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the sport for now. Don't forget you can get

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in touch with me and some

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