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Our top stories: The French president, Emmanuel Macron,

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has honoured the victims of last year's Bastille Day truck attack

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in Nice during commemorations there to mark the anniversary.

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Just a few hours earlier, Emmanuel Macron was playing

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The French President promised nothing will break

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Did Donald Trump's sun beat a Russian spy?

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Also in the programme: Two teenage boys are arrested,

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after acid was thrown on people's faces in attacks in London.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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France's President, Emanuel Macron, has promised that his country

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will never forget the names of the victims of the Bastille Day

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attack in Nice, which happened a year ago today.

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86 people died when an extremist drove a truck into crowds

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who'd gathered to watch a firework display.

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One of the highlights of the commemorations

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in Nice was this board, showing the names of the victims.

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It was made up of a mosaic applied by relatives of those who died.

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Mr Macron attended the ceremony in the southern French city

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after leading the French national day celebrations in Paris, where

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Our Paris correspondent, Lucy Williamson, has

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Today's events were not about the ties between men

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Even so, the growing personal alliance between Donald Trump

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They were joined as symbols of their two nations by Armed Forces

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from both America and France, beginning with a fly-past

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Their soldiers led the parade together,

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in tribute to America's role in World War I.

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The US is an ally of theirs, sometimes you don't think

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so, but France is there for us and we are there for them.

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I did not vote for President Trump but he is the president

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Speaking to crowds in central Paris, Emmanuel Macron thanked the US

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for the choice it had made a century ago, and said that France

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with a military band playing music by Daft Punk.

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The changing culture here is mirrored by

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The security threats have changed over the past few years,

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repeated terror attacks have refocused attention on safety

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at home and the values that France has chosen to protect.

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The ceremony ended with a military band playing the city anthem

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of Nice, scene of the last major terror attack in the country

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Tributes were laid in Nice to the 86 people who died in the attack

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This afternoon, President Macron flew from Paris, to join

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The debate still hangs over this country as it pays tribute

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today to its values, its history, to the idea of France.

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Journalist David Chazan joins us from Paris.

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This has been a real day of reflection for the country, starting

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with the morning's offence with that huge military parade, a real display

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of friendship after a rocky start between Emmanuel Macron and Donald

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Trump. What do you think of the relationship now? It has fastly

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improved. When you think back to when they first met and they had

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that white knuckle handshake when Mr Macron was clearly determined to be

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just as physically vigorous as Mr Trump often is in shaking hands, not

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letting Mr Trump's hand go. It is not that long ago since Mr Trump

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said he would never visit Paris because it was not Paris any more

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because the authorities had not done enough to stop terrorist attacks.

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That has all changed. They appeared together repeatedly and Mr Trump

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described Paris is one of the world's most beautiful cities, it is

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peaceful and he said he would come back. Mr Macron, his wife, Mr Trump

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and his wife had dinner at a restaurant in the Eiffel Tower which

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was a tremendous opportunity for Mr Macron to showcase Paris and France

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as a tourist destination because one of the economic effects of the

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series of attacks that France has suffered in the last couple of years

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has been a fall in the number of tourists. The authorities are very

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determined to show that it is safe to visit France, and I think Mr

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Trump's visit has helped enormously with that as well as asserting

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French influence in the world and giving Mr Macron a chance to show

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that France is a big military power with that big parade by the Armed

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Forces this morning. And of course you talk about the security concerns

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of the country. We are a year after that horrific attack in Nice and a

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devastating attack, 86 people lost their lives. Today we saw the

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ceremonies and poignancy of me is trying to come to terms with what

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happened a year on, how is Nice coping? The were very sombre

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ceremonies today and the mood is one of sadness. I went in Nice the day

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after the attack last year and I stayed there for ten days, and it

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struck me that many people told me they were extremely angry because

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they thought that the attack had been able to happen because of

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security failings, because the authorities had not deployed enough

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police, they had not made sure that the lorry that was used to plough

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into crowds of people could not get into that area because there are

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local rules in Nice prohibiting heavy vehicles from being in that

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area, and I went back to Nice a few weeks ago and a lot of people said

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they remained angry. But President Macron did a very good job today of

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addressing some of the concerns. He was not in office when the attack

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happened. He reassured people that the government would not turn its

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back on those that had been affected by the attack and they would do

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everything in their power to stop attacks like this happening again.

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Always good to talk to you, David. Thank you very much. Donald Trump

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had been in Europe earlier on in the week as well.

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Well, President Trump is on his way back home,

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where a barrage of questions about his son await.

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That is because of new revelations that a former Soviet

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spy was in the room when Donald Trump Junior met

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a Russian lawyer during last year's presidential campaign.

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I asked my colleague in Washington, Jane O'Brien, to bring us up to date

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with the latest developments on this rapidly changing news story.

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When this story broke, the meeting was supposed to have been about

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adoption, whether or not Americans could adopt Russian babies, at least

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that is what Donald Trump Junior said. But as the days one, the

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stories started shifting because the New York Times kept finding out more

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and more and when it became clear they would publish another story

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revealing that in fact the whole purpose of the meeting was to find

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dirt on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Junior scooped the New York

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Times and published e-mail exchanges he had with this Russian lawyer or

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at least the person who had set up the meeting. Now it transpires that

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another person was in the room and this person is a US citizen but

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Russian born and had ties to the Russian intelligence. So the plot

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thickens, it becomes more murky, and the big question of all is how much

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did Donald Trump 's senior, the President of the United States, know

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about this meeting? Did it constitute any form of collusion or

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was it as the Trumps are trying to say just a run-of-the-mill meeting

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to find out what they could about the opposition? There are so many

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questions. The Democrats are applying pressure on the Trump

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administration, but so are the Republicans increasingly. And this

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is the big problem for the Trump administration because, as all of

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this is unfolding, you have the Senate on Capitol Hill trying to

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work through a highly contentious health care reform bill. Mitch

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McConnell of the Senate leader has already told them they cannot go on

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the vacation until they sort this out. That is what they want to focus

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on. In the meantime, all of this suspicion and speculation about

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Russia continues to engulf the White House, which means that Donald Trump

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is not giving any guidance to legislation such as the health care

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reform. It is a massive distraction and Republicans have had to deal

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with this ever since they took office and they are becoming sick

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and tired of it. The issue is, at what point do they break ranks and

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say, enough is enough? Two foreign nationals have been

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killed and four others wounded after being stabbed by a man

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at a holiday resort in Egypt. The attack took place

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at the Red Sea resort of Hurghada. The authorities say the two

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killed were German. Initial reports had

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identified them as Ukrainian. The latest reports say two

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of the wounded are Czech nationals. Authorities say the assailant

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has been arrested. What we know so far is that

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two ladies were killed. According to the governor

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of the Red Sea, they were I mean, they were not

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coming for a short visit, but We also know that four

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others have been wounded and they have already been admitted

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to a nearby hospital, where they are receiving treatment

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for their wounds. According to the Ministry

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of Interior, the attacker managed to sneak into the holiday resort

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through swimming from a nearby He stabbed six ladies before

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he got arrested, and he is currently being interrogated

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by police authorities. This is the second incident

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to happen in Hurghada. Last year, in January 2016,

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a couple of attackers managed At that time, these attackers were

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said to have Islamic sympathies. Up till now, we did not know

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what the motivations behind these attacks are,

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but they will definitely raise questions about how tight

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the security measures put in place at such an important

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tourist destination. And the big question will be

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about the impact that this will have on the tourism industry in Egypt

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as a whole, which is Here in London, two teenagers have

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been arrested after a series of acid Five people had acid

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thrown in their faces, One is said to have

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life-changing injuries. The attacks were carried out

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at five separate locations in east London, within the space

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of less than 90 minutes. This report, from our home affairs

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correspondent Daniel Sandford, contains some disturbing

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images from the start. In the aftermath of an acid

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attack last night... Police officers desperately trying

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to reduce the burning John Moody watched the whole thing

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from the window of his flat. And one of the officers said to him,

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quite firmly, "I'm going to pour this into your eyes,

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keep your eyes open." The guy did exactly

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what he was told because They were just dousing his head

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and his entire body with water, The attack on a 32-year-old moped

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driver here turned out to be the first of five over the next hour

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and a quarter, all in a small area of East London,

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all involving acid being thrown At every crime scene,

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the target had been driving a moped. A 24-year-old man here in Clapton

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was left with life-changing injuries The Prime Minister said

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the attacks were horrific. Police have arrested

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a 15-year-old and a 16-year-old. National statistics for acid attacks

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are hard to come by but in London, they have risen from 129,

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two years ago, to 224, last year, and by April this year,

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there has already been another 66. One of the most high profile recent

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attacks was last month, when 21-year-old Resham Khan

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and her cousin, Jameel Muhktar, were targeted while sitting

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in their car at a traffic light. We are concerned because the numbers

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appear to be going up. We will arrest people,

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we will enforce the law as we can, and we are working

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with the Home Office to see Stephen Timms is one

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of the MPs in east London where the problem is most acute,

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he has been campaigning for a change in the law and will lead a debate

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on acid attacks next week. I would like the Minister to confirm

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on Monday that the possession of acid will be an offence in future

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in exactly the same way that possession of a knife

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is an offence today. I would like the law to be changed

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so that sulphuric acid will only be It seems that some criminals

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are using the laxer rules on acids to avoid the tough laws

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on carrying a knife. The Home Office has promised

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to take action but changes Using the new silk Road to export

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the best of Britain. How UK companies are hoping to take

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advantage of China's push for stronger trade links.

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France pauses to remember the horrific truck attack in Nice a year

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ago. President Macron posted Donald Trump at this year's Bastille Day

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celebrations. Over the past 20 years,

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China has moved from the margins of the world economy

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to a trading superpower. It's planning to finance and build

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a trillion dollar rail route This week, our China Editor,

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Carrie Gracie, has been following that 11,000 kilometre

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route from China to the UK. Today she reaches

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the end of her journey. With Brexit driving the UK's search

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for new markets abroad, is China's Now, here is the question,

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shall we have jam first Lessons in the British

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tradition of afternoon tea She plans to take her pitch

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from an Essex tea room to China. A communist state, perhaps,

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but one with a healthy appetite for the rituals

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of the British ruling class. Her jam is with berries

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straight from the farm. China's consumer is getting

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choosy about food quality. A huge market,

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but hard to stand out. I think mostly at the beginning

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of the journey, we are starting The Chinese are a curious country,

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ought to raise consumers, Another challenge, to cut the time

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from British strawberry farm She is hoping new transport

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routes will help. Once a symbol of British Empire

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and engineering, now it's China's Carrying UK hopes for

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post-Brexit markets. From the British end of

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the New Silk Road back to its start. Three weeks later, and those British

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kids from the train are on display It's a local stir-fry

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which captures the crowd. British companies can

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benefit from China. Peter Bud surveys landmarks his firm

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has helped put on the Beijing map. China's promised billions to build

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across 60 countries. And he worries UK companies are slow

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to seize the moment. There is the degree of cynicism

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about China as the market. A lot of them have had experiences

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way back in the past and they don't It is quite upsetting,

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actually, sometimes. There is more opportunity

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here than we are actually taking. The ancient Silk Road

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was about following opportunity. Back then, it was driven by private

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traders from many countries. The new version is Chinese

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state money and muscle. If it succeeds, it will make

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China a superpower again. Even mightier, perhaps,

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than the empires of old. But if it fails, it leaves

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a legacy of bad blood, which poisons China's future

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and taints even the Turkey has dismissed

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several thousand police, ministry staff and academics

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in a decree for allegedly working against state

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security or being a member The new purge wave comes a day

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before the anniversary of last Turkey has already sacked

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or suspended more than 150,000 Critics say some of the dismissed

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are people who are simply in opposition to the government

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and not related to the coup attempt. Roger Federer is one win away from a

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historic eight Wimbledon title. He took the first and second

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sets on tie breaks. And the Swiss then wrapped up

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victory with a comfortable Speak to the team and take

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on a decision that we would sit out and wait

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longer and take time, but I am so happy I did it

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because my life continues after It was the first time Marin Cilic

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and Sam Querrey had reached the last four on the grass,

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and it was Cilic who's gone one step The former US Open champion

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winning in four sets. Unbelievable, especially the way

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this tournament unfolded. I was playing really

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great tennis and today was a really

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hard fought battle. Sam played really high-level tennis,

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especially the first set. He was hitting really

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big from the back After that, I felt I was better

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on the return games, I was making him play more on his service

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games and overall I felt the level An Bastille Day, there was a French

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winner on the Tour de France. South Africa are desperate to make

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amends for that abject collapse on Lord's on Sunday.

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Let's have a look at that scorecard. South Africa ending the day 309-6.

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Dean and Ga, the first wicket to fall. He is the first Englishman to

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do that. A big partnership between Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock over

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100 steadied things for South Africa. The croc eventually falling

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for 68 and Amla 78 before both captains coming back to the side

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after the birth of her side. They were both caught behind by Jonny

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Bairstow of the bowling of Ben Stokes. South Africa finishing the

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day on 309-6. It has been frustrating at times for England's

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bowlers. They will be keen to wrap things up as quickly as possible in

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the morning and then we will see just how good that South Africa

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first innings score really is. Roger Federer into his eighth Wimbledon

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final. We'll leave you with some

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pictures from Florida, where a sinkhole has swallowed

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a house in a modern development. The ground fell away

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in the town of Land o' Lakes - though it's not thought

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anyone was injured. Witnesses say the ground started

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giving way without warning. Sinkholes are a somewhat regular

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occurrence in Florida, due to the large number

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of underground water Don't forget, you can get

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in touch with me and some Let's take a look at some weather

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events making the news around the world. First of the North America

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where we have wild farce in British Columbia, Oregon and California.

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Further east, flooding down to this frontal system which has pushed its

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way south. During Saturday, that will bring southern downpours. There

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could be further flooding possible here. On the India, weather monsoon

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is particularly strong at the moment. We could see further

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flooding in Mumbai. That rain remains very heavy through the

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weekend. Take a look at this footage coming in from the seashore and

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province of southern China. The winds are blowing in those stores,

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really heavy rainfall causing flash flooding. Big thunderstorms as well.

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During the cause of Saturday, we still have heavy showers for

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southern parts of China that stretching up towards the

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north-east, some of those thunderstorms, very heavy rain also

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in the South China Sea. After the winter storm, we are starting to see

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another front during Saturday heading in towards the south. That

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brings wet and windy conditions. Perhaps bringing rain to the likes

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of Wellington. Look at these temperatures in southern Europe. 47

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Celsius during Thursday, the hottest temperature ever recorded in Spain!

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Quite as hot through the weekend. 40 degrees in Seville. It will not be

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quite as hot. Temperatures in Athens 33 degrees with a few showers but

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wildfires burned across parts of Greece, Italy and Spain. Further

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north across Europe, heavy showers including Austria, Germany and

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Poland. Warm and muggy across many western areas including France and

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the UK. In the UK, cloudy feel, humid and muggy. Rain at times in

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the north and west. The sunniest weather towards the south. A cloudy

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scene. Drizzly spots in Wales in northern England. More persistent

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rain in Scotland and Northern Ireland. Toward southern England,

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largely dry and temperatures 18-23d. It will be likely to remain dry at

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Wimbledon. This week fronting the north filters its way further south,

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easing as it does so, but it could bring light rain to southern England

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over Sunday, and much improved the further north with sunshine.

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Temperatures 16-25d. More weather in half an

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