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As Iraqi forces close in on so called Islamic State

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in the heart of Mosul - the militants launch

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a counter attack, we report from the front line.

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The fight here is at extremely close quarters.

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This is the most forward position the Iraqi troops have.

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Around 150 people are killed after an oil tanker

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explodes in a huge fireball in Pakistan's Punjab province.

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In Britain, 60 high-rise buildings fail safety tests carried out

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We begin in the Iraqi city of Mosul and reports from there say

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fighters from so called Islamic State have mounted

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a counter attack in districts to the west of the Old City -

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The army has told the BBC that British fighters

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Earlier, the Iraqi military said it had captured

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almost all of the area - our correspondent Orla Guerin,

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and cameraman Nico Hameon, have sent us this report

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But troops from Iraq's emergency response division

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The target here - a hospital complex.

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Getting a chance to see how the fight is being taken

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Well, the fight here is at extremely close quarters,

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this is the most forward position the Iraqi troops have.

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They tell us that the nearest IS position is just 15 metres away,

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and when they are firing here, the distance is so small

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that sometimes they can see the faces of the IS militants.

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The troops here, mostly young, determined to end a reign of terror.

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"Daesh came and killed civilians," says Ali Mahdi,

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"They destroyed life in the city, our duty is to bring

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Here is the hospital building where commanders say about 200

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foreign militants are holed up, including some Britons.

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"That is what our intelligence tells us," says Colonel Falah al-Abdan,

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"And also we heard them speaking on the radio -

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we can tell their nationality from that."

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Now their caliphate is turning to ash,

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their positions being pounded from above

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Part of the final push to eliminate an enemy

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that once controlled a third of Iraq.

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Years of conflict in Yemen have destroyed

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The collapse of water and sanitation systems has left almost 15 million

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people without access to basic health care.

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As a result, easily treatable diseases such

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as cholera are spreading at an unprecedented rate.

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More than 200,000 people are believed to be infected,

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and more than 1,300 people have already died - a quarter

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Dr Richard Brennan is the World Health Organisation's Director

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He joins us now live. Good to have you with us. Talk through the

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particular challenges are facing in Yemen, giving the damage done to

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infrastructure. The conflict has been going on for a

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couple of years but that has been on the back of decades of

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underdevelopment and political tensions. There has been intense

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conflict over the last two years, divided government in Yemen so there

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is a government based in the northern city, the southern city,

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which has the backing of international communities, the

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legitimate government. There are huge problems with access to people

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in need because of conflict. There are major political cliches to get

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access to people in need because of the divided political situation. As

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you rightly say, a lack of support for the health system over the years

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has really resulted in major deterioration in the infrastructure

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any health service available so we estimate now that 14.8 million

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people do not have access to basic health care. Along with that, health

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care workers, among the best and brightest, have left the country or

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not being paid and many have not been paid for eight months. So

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defend very difficult to get these health care workers to come to the

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facility. There has been a big international effort to address

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these problems, massive cholera outbreak that you mention but the

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hurdles are substantial indeed. You have dealt with other conflict

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zones and trying to reach people in desperate need, how does the

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situation compare with what you have seen elsewhere?

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This is certainly amongst the toughest that I have been faced

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with. There are more people in need of humanitarian assistance generally

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in Yemen today there now are in any other country around the world. It

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is a tough situation for the committee globally right now. The

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WHO, we have great emergencies, major crisis and, normally would

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with expect one of those every couple of years, we have seven

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ongoing at the moment. Including Syria and a rock, Somalia, south

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Sudan and so on. The Yemen situation which has been declared one of the

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pre-famine situated globally right now is at least one of the top two

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or three in terms of... Need and level of difficulty in which to

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work. OK, Richard, many thanks for that.

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Apologies for the glitches on the line but thank you for persisting.

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At least 150 people have died after an oil tanker

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caught fire in Pakistan, according to the authorities there.

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More than 100 other people are in critical

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The fire started after a tanker carrying 50,000 litres

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of petrol overturned on the outskirts of Bahawalpur

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Villagers rushed to collect the fuel and a dropped cigarette may have

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Hundreds of local villagers flocked to the scene of the overturned

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In this impoverished area, they collected fuel in buckets,

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jerry cans, and even empty water bottles.

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But moments later, grief and anguish -

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thousands of litres of petrol went up in flames,

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Early reports suggest the blaze began when someone lit a cigarette.

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TRANSLATION: The oil tanker capsized, people

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The local traffic police asked people to leave,

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warning it may explode, then suddenly there was fire.

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TRANSLATION: I had already taken some petrol, I was about to fill

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another can but felt dizzy due to the fumes so decided not

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Dozens of the injured had to be airlifted to hospital.

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The nearest burns unit is around 100 miles away from the site.

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Medical teams worked flat out to assist the injured

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Some in Pakistan have blamed the victims for rushing

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towards the scene of the accident, but in other quarters

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there is a sense of anger that people here are not educated enough

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about basic safety issues, and that poverty forces them

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to risk their lives for a few litres of free petrol.

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The tragedy casts a shadow over preparations for the Muslim

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festival of Eid al-Fitr, due to take place here tomorrow.

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Instead of celebrations, there'll be funerals.

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Materials used in 60 high rise buildings in the UK have failed

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safety tests done after a huge fire in West London which killed

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Local authorities have been testing the external cladding used on some

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So far, every single sample has failed the fire safety test.

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Thousands of residents were evacuated from other

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blocks in London - but some refused to leave,

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Pendleton in Salford, the latest location where tower block cladding

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is being removed, an unsettling sight for another group of residents

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It has left us, as residents, very confused and very concerned about

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Tonight the Government released new figures

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showing the latest buildings to have tests on cladding.

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They show a 100% failure rate on samples.

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60 buildings have now failed those tests.

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The buildings stretch across 25 local authorities.

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Immediacy is to give advice to the residents, to

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reassure the residents, and ensure those buildings that are high rise

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buildings are as safe as they possibly can

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The Government says it can test around 100 samples in any 24-hour

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period, but at the moment it is only testing

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eight or nine a day, so with

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up to 600 tower blocks in need of testing, unless those samples

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start arriving much more quickly, this is

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Arnold has been a fire safety expert for 20 years.

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He says cladding currently only has to withstand

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flame tests from the front - he says this simply isn't enough.

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Test everything, test every angle, then you will know

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In Camden, entire families have today been hauling their

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possessions away from four tower blocks as safety measures are being

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We went with Maureen and 87-year-old father

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unsure if they should leave their tower.

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Maureen went in and filmed on her mobile phone,

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Afterwards, she seemed satisfied with what was being

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Tonight, residents in Camden who have moved out of their

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tower blocks have been with Muslims celebrating

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small moment of relaxation amid the uncertainties

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Duncan Kennedy, BBC News, in north London.

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

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At least seven people died when the world's second highest

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cable car crashed in the tourist resort of Gulmarg in

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Police say the cable that operates the six-seater cabins snapped

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Hundreds were stranded in the dangling cabins

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The Italian government has stepped in with $19 billion

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The amount is three times higher than originally forecast.

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$5 billion will go to bail out Banca Popolare di

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Vicenza and Veneto Banca with the remainder set

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The Prime Minister defended the use of public money to avoid

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Hundreds of police have lined the streets of Istanbul to try

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and stop the annual Gay Pride march from going ahead.

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It's the third year in a row the march has been banned -

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authorities say it's because of security concerns

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More than 2,000 people in south west Spain have been

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evacuated from the path of a huge forest fire.

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The fire broke out in a pine forest near the city

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It's being treated as a level one maximum threat,

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Windy conditions are making it difficult to bring

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Stay with us on BBC World News, coming up in sport...

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The latest installment in Formula One's great rivalry -

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championship leader Sebastian Vettel takes on Lewis Hamilton

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We have a rightful claim in certain parts of this country. I take pride

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in the words... He believes God told him to plead

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guilty and that was the end of it. They have advised the government

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that the increase in lung cancer is due to smoking tobacco.

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Hello, this is a BBC World News today.

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As Iraqi forces close in on so called Islamic State

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in the heart of Mosul - the militants launch

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And more than 150 people are killed - as an oil tanker

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bursts into flames - in the Pakistani province of Punjab.

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Lewis Hamilton called Sebastian Vettel's driving

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"disgusting" after the two clashed in an incident packed

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A remarkable race that featured three safety cars and several

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crashes was won by Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

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Vettel was penalised for hitting Hamilton's Mercedes

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as they prepared for a re-start following a safety car.

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Hamilton was on course for victory with 19 laps to go in Baku,

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but was forced to stop to replace the head rest on his car.

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He ended up fifth, behind Vettel who's extended his championship lead

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18-year-old Canadian Lance role came in third for Williams.

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Germany and Chile are through to the semifinals

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Germany beat Cameroon 3-1 in Sochi, and the moment of the game came when

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the referee consulted the Video Assistant Referee

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after this reckless high challenge by Ernest Mabouka on Emre Can.

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But it was Sebastien Siani who was wrongly sent off in a case

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It was only after Cameroon's players insisted the players review

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the incident again that he sent off the right person.

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Timo Werner scored twice in a dominant Germany performance.

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Chile advanced after a 1-1 draw with Australia in Moscow.

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James Troisi put the Socceroos on the front foot with a goal just

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before the half time interval but Chile only needing a draw

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to qualify for the last four levelled matters

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through Martin Rodriguez giving them all they required to join

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With a week to go until Wimbledon someone, who knows a thing

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or two about winning it, Petra Kvitova, has won

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just her second tournament back since returning from a knife attack

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The Czech, who's a two time champion at the All-England Club,

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defeated 21-year-old Australian Asheligh Barty, having

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suffered the attack during a robbery at her home in December.

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The 27-year-old's hand was damaged and was out of action until last

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month's French Open, having been told she may not play again.

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And after dropping the first set, came back to triumph 4-6 6-3 6-2.

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I could not imagine a better comeback. I won a Trophy, about what

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is why I was fighting to play tennis again. I was still able to have

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great motivation to win titles for example here in Birmingham.

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Roger Federer created history of his own by winning his ninth

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The 18-time Grand Slam champion was a straight sets winner over

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Germany's Alexander Zverev in less than an hour.

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The 35-year-old top seed lost his first match

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of the grass-court season last week in Stuttgart to Tommy Haas,

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but was back on track at Halle - culminating in this 6-1,

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6-3 victory over the home favourite Zverev.

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Now to cricket, where South Africa beat Pakistan by three wickets

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in their first match of the Women's World

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Pakistan posted their highest ever World Cup score with opener

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Nahida Khan making 79 as they finished on 206-8.

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In response South Africa slumped from 113 for no loss to 177

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for seven with number nine Shabnim Ismail striking consecutive

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boundaries in the 49th over to secure a win.

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Not so good for South Africa's men, though.

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They've lost to England 2-1 in their best-of-three T20 series.

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Chasing 182 to win, the Proteas came up 19 runs short.

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The two sides will next contest a four-match Test series,

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For the natives of Alaska, the challenge of climate change

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means traditional reindeer hunting seasons are becoming shorter.

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That means changes to farming techniques -

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including larger herds to take advantage of the weather windows.

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Our North America Correspondent James Cook has been

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Reindeer meat is lean, tender, high in protein

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In Finland as part of a cheese soup and in Alaska...

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As ice cream. It is high in carbs and fat. You load up the fat bees

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with lots of berries, different kind of berries and it is pretty tasty.

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Traditionally this land was home to hunters of wild caribou.

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But as temperatures rise, everything changes.

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On the coast of Alaska, people are used to fending

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for themselves, to surviving without outside help.

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But even here, there is now a feeling that the rest of the world

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should pay attention, because local problems

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And while politicians wonder about those problems,

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these people are finding that hunting is harder

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The elders, they are watching climate change and versus

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back in the day when they knew exactly when to go hunting and to do

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Now they have to play with the weather.

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The winters are colder and a little shorter

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and spring is coming earlier

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And so the reshaping of Alaska, with permafrost melting and glaciers

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We have millions of hectares of the most productive

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We can put reindeer on these ranch lands.

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We need reindeer to feed people and so

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I guess it is my job to take the magic out of Christmas.

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Plans are now underway to fly thousands of reindeer to remote

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Rump of Rudolph could yet become an Alaskan delicacy.

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It took him six years from his small stage debut,

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but tonight, Ed Sheeran will be the closing headliner

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at the Glastonbury music festival, in the south west of England.

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Last night the Foo Fighters finally had their chance to headline,

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two years after an injury meant they were forced to pull

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A lot of activity. Mind your head. A sense of what is going on.

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This is the very end of a festival. Three days of music here, a wide

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variety of acts, the consensus seems to be from most people here that it

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has gone obituary well. A didactic -- energetic performances. A range

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of acts across the whole site, ranging from people like grime

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artists to an explosion of disco here on the main stage earlier where

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Barry Gibb played BeeGees classics and now Rogers played some of the

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greatest disco songs of the 70s and 80s. People are now waiting for the

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closing headliner, Mr Ed Sheeran. Tens of thousands of people out

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there waiting to see him. Along with the wonderful weather, Glastonbury

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is usually the other M word, muddy. That has been very little. It has

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meant that most people recorded as being a success. We are relying on

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Ed Sheeran to finish that. Mentioning Ed Sheeran, he is very

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much a mainstream musician, mainstream performer. Do you think

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perhaps Glastonbury has lost some of the edginess, the types of site or

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has that been very much stillbirth, still present?

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I do not think so. Grime artist headlining, you see so much going

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on. If you look at recent years, Metallica playing, Jay-Z a couple of

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years ago. They do like to take something a bit risky and not

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exactly out of the mainstream that the outer edges of that that

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mainstream British music bands that might not want to go see. Look at

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the line-up this year, Radiohead headlining, adored by their fans and

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then Foo Fighters, a great rock band. I know we've got the biggest

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orders from the UK at the moment, Ed Sheeran. He has been dominating the

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singles charts, number one albums, extraordinary. I think the

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combination of all those things across Glastonbury mean that people

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do not feel it has lost its edginess because the kind of music they want,

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they can always find. Just briefly, the crowds there

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waiting in great anticipation. They want to be wild. Any surprises that

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we might have from Ed Sheeran later? No, we are always waiting to find

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out if people are going to have special guest coming in or anything

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like that. Dunn has been playing his cards very close to his chest. The

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kind of artist he is, he just likes to let his personality shine out. It

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would not surprise me if we saw this kind of big celebrities from other

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music artist coming out tonight because he's not really that kind of

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artist, the people that are here wanted CB Ed Sheeran that they love

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from his albums and this year when he has extremely success.

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Have a great evening. I hope the weather holds out as well.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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of the team on Twitter - I'm BenMBland.

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This is BBC in world news today. Thank you for watching.

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