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Our top stories: The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has

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addressed a mass rally to mark a year since an attempted

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The former British Prime Minister Tony Blair says EU leaders

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are willing to compromise - in order to persuade

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if we were looking at this from the point of the view from the interests

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of the current three, one option would be to Britain to stay within a

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reformed European Union. And thousands march

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through Hong Kong after Chinese Nobel Peace Prize winner,

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Liu Xiaobo is buried at sea. The first woman to win

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the top prize in maths, Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani has died

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at the age of 40. Also coming up on Sport Today:

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All the smiles belong to Spain's Garbine Muguruza

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as she beats Venus Williams Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. We begin in Istanbul -

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where tens of thousands of people have gathered to mark

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the anniversary of the failed military coup

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against President Erdogan. A year ago today, a faction

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of the army tried to seize power And it is at the spot

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where the soldiers surrendered The failed coup resulted

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in the deaths of 260 people - And in the aftermath,

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more than 150,000 state employees, including academics and government

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officials have been sacked. In the last hour, President Erdogan

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has been paying tribute to those who lost their lives -

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here's what he had to say. TRANSLATION: The barrels of the

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tanks hijacked by the coup plotters were full of bombs and loaded with

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ammunition. There are some planes were full of the deadliest weapons,

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these were used against our citizens without mercy. They did not show any

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hesitation but what did our nation who stood up against them have? My

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people didn't have guns in their hands, they had in their hands only

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their flags, and even more effective weapon, their deep faith. With me

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now is Michael Daventry, freelance journalist based in London. You've

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been listening to what President Erdogan had to say, give us a

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flavour. It is one of the most religious, pious speeches of his

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career, without a doubt. President Erdogan is a very faithful man, he

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has built his politics around religion but even from him in a

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country like Turkey which has such strong secular foundations, for him

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to be talking with such strong alleges undertones, it was quite

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remarkable. Quite an aggressive speech, he said he wanted the chop

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the heads off of traitors. Would you make of that? There has been talking

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turkey of reintroducing the penalty. It was abolished about 17 or 18

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years ago as part of Turkey's attempt to join the European Union.

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That is beginning to slowly backtrack and the President's

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supporters repeatedly called for the death penalty, and he is playing a

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very coy aim, occasionally he will say yes it is time we introduced it

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and all traitors to the nation should be executed, but then he will

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also be slightly withdrawn because he knows if it is reintroduced, that

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will be the end of Turkey's EU membership bid. Another rally

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happening and Ankara, how do you think the countries with acting on

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this either speak? It is worth pointing out it was a traumatic

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night. It was for me, I am a Turkish citizen, I grew up in Ankara, I

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can't quite find the words to describe the feelings to see tanks

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driving down the roads were I grew up. It was a deliberate action of

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destruction and terror, it was dramatic in so many ways. Turkey is

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entitled to express little bit of anger at the top and with that as it

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is in the pic of unity that the president would like everyone else

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to think. He commands the support of precisely 50% of the country. There

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was a referendum three months ago and the result was a bit in doubt

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but the point of it was it exposed the country is definitely divided

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but the president commands only half of that support. Who are his

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supporters? They are a new middle path that has been created over the

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last 15 to 20 years. These are people who has lives drastically

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improved, better schools, better jobs, better health care, things

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like pensions and mortgages, lots of things we are used to in the West

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were brought to a vast section of conservative right wing Anatolian

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people, so they rewarded the resident with their support. But

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because he has a very rigid way of thinking, he isn't always the most

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tolerant person when it comes to different unions and that has become

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more evident in the last few years when the successful alliance of

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Liberals and left wingers that he got when he first came to power

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about when the Allies began to disintegrate.

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Thousands of people have marched through the streets of Hong Kong

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following the burial at sea of the Chinese Nobel Peace Prize

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The largely silent crowd walked to China's representative office

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to show their support for Mr Liu, who died on Thursday.

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He died in hospital while serving an 11-year prison sentence

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Out at sea in and loan location, the remains of Liu Xiaobo were placed in

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an urn. The ashes were committed to the water with his wife and

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relatives looking gone. After the ceremony, the authorities put the

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eldest brother in front of the camera to praise the Communist

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Party's humanity. TRANSLATION: First of all, on behalf of my family and

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especially my brother's wife, all the things the government has done

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since my brother's death were all down the request of my family. Each

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and everyone met with satisfaction. He was led away before it journalist

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could ask why the Nobel laureate was buried at sea. Was it so his

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admirers would have nowhere to go to remember him? Liu Xiaobo's wife has

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been under house arrest since her husband one the Nobel Prize in 2010.

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Her mental health has deteriorated. An official suggested she is now a

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free woman but that has not been tested. Liu Xiaobo was given the

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Nobel Prize after calling for political change in China. In

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prison, little was heard of him, then suddenly a few weeks ago, the

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authorities announced he was receiving treatment for liver

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cancer. China's leaders despised him and what he stood for in life, they

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try to control the manner of his death but the Nobel peace prize

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brings worldwide recognition so even China had no choice but to honour

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his passing. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. China has warned India will face

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embarrassment if it doesn't pull its troops from a region in the

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Himalayas claimed by Beijing. Chinese negotiators said there was

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no room for negotiations until India withdraws. India said it wanted to

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stop the Chinese from building a new road. Leading Democrats have voiced

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their control -- Leading Democrats have

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voiced their concern over the fact that a former Soviet intelligence

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officer was present when President Trump's eldest son

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met a Russian lawyer during last It happened at a meeting

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Donald Trump Junior attended in which he was promised damaging

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information about his father's Senators in Poland have approved

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a controversial bill to reform The vote came in the early hours

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of this morning after more Polish opposition parties

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are concerned the law gives parliament, which is dominated

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by the right-wing Law and Justice Party, the power

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to choose who becomes Former British Prime Minister Tony

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Blair has suggested that some EU leaders might be prepared to change

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the rules of the single market to keep Britain

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inside the European Union. He says the views of voters

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could have shifted, and the British might be willing to stay

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inside the EU if changes were made, such as stricter

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controls on migration. His comments have been

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dismissed by both senior Our political correspondent,

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Eleanor Garnier reports. Balancing the needs of the UK

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economy at the same time as getting control of Britain's borders

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is a key issue in the Brexit debate but a former Labour Prime Minister

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has suggested political change in France has opened

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the path to compromise. Tony Blair claims the EU could be

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willing to make concessions on the free movement of people

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to allow the UK to stay Britain benefits enormously

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from that freedom of movement. However the question is,

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where there are changes to it, not alteration in the indivisibility

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of the printable but qualifications to it, around the things

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that concern people. But those claims directly contradict

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what those in Brussels are saying, that the UK must accept free

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movement without I'm not going to disclose

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conversations I had within Europe, but I am not saying this

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on the basis of a whim. Some of those who campaigned

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to leave the EU says there is no The EU has made it absolutely clear

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that the four freedoms including freedom of

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movement are indivisible. They took four minutes

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to agree these guidelines, It's complete nonsense,

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another attempt to undermine Brexit. Campaigning in Southampton

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the current Labour leader rejected the position of his predecessor

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and says his party respects Anyone is entitled to give their

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views and I listen to all of them. The views we have are that we want

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to see tariff free access to the European market,

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protection of EU Nationals and of the rights and consumer

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rights we achieved through This latest intervention

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from Tony Blair will not change the government's

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approach to negotiations. Ministers say the former

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Labour prime minister that he is out of touch with voters

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yet Mr Blair has reopened the debate on the central issue of Brexit,

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a decision he says is the biggest country has faced since

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the Second World War. Once, he helped determine

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Britain's place in the world. Now this former Prime Minister must

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settle with commenting Laws on buying and carrying

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acid are to be reviewed by the British Government

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following a spate of attacks which took place

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in London on Thursday night. Five people had corrosive

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liquid thrown at them, including one man who is said

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to have suffered The attacks were carried out at five

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separate locations in east London - within the space of less

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than ninety minutes. It's happened amid rising

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concern about the number of assaults in the capital

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involving corrosive fluids. This report - from Andy Moore -

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contains some disturbing We need to try and get

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water in your eyes... In the aftermath of the first

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attack, police doused He was protected by his helmet,

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and lucky to escape But even so, it was

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a terrifying experience. I took off my helmet,

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and I was just screaming for help, because it was getting dry,

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and as much as it was getting So I was just screaming for water,

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screaming for help, knocking Another moped rider attacked at this

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location was not so lucky. He has life-changing

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injuries to his face. The Shadow Home Secretary called

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the attacks horrific and barbaric. Nobody in their own home needs

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pure sulphuric acid. There are different alternatives

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for just cleaning your drains. No-one should be able to buy

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sulphuric acid unless they're a builder or a workman who needs it

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in the course of their profession, and they should have

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to have a licence. The Government says it's working

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with the police to see what more can be done to combat the growing menace

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of acid attacks. all the latest sport still to come,

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including Spain's Garbine Muguruza who has denied Venus Williams has

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six Wimbledon title. This is BBC News news today. The

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latest headlines. The Turkish president has addressed a wrasse --

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mass rally to mark a year since a military coup was put down.

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Thousands of people marched through Hong Kong to remember Chinese Nobel

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peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo after he was buried at sea.

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Let's go to Iraq - where the government has finally

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declared victory in Mosul against the so called Islamic State.

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It's after a lengthy battle which destroyed much of the city,

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killed thousands of people and forced almost a million

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from their homes Two weeks ago we reported on the rescue of 20

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children who were being used as human shields

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Well, there have been emotional scenes, as some of those children

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Our correspondent Nafesah Kkoonavard has been following their stories

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An emotional moment. After three years apart, this boy can barely

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recognise his father. When the so-called Islamic State attacked

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their village, this man was told he had lost all his seven children, it

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is only now he realises some have survived. For years, the son, who

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has learning difficulties, was held in an orphanage by IS. This was the

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scene when we reported the release of this boy from the orphanage.

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Almost 20 children here were being used as human shields by IS. This

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boy was one of them. Tired and hungry, the children were rescued by

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Iraqi security forces. The pic shows off the kids went viral. This man,

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like many of the parents, saw his child and the BBC report and

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travelled here as quickly as he could. Translation macro when I saw

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his picture, it felt like I was being given all the riches in the

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world. Now they are out of Mosul and the children are safe. But not all

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reunions are going to well. These Yazidi girls were just six years old

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when there were taken by IS. They no longer recognise their family. These

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children have been separated from their families for almost three

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years. They have no memories of their former lives. An uncle tries

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to help her to remember but it is difficult after having lived under

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IS for such a long time. The father shows me his daughter's ID card and

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tells me, he is still shocked. I didn't think I would ever see her

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again. I thought there was maybe a 1% chance but when I saw her pick on

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Facebook and read that they had been three -- freed, I couldn't believe

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it. Abbas and his son are getting ready to leave for home. Like so

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many here, they are together again, ready to try and rebuild their

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lives. Let's get some sports News for you.

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Spain's Garbine Muguruza has won her first Wimbledon title

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with a straight-sets win over five-time champion Venus Williams.

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The 23-year-old won the last nine games in a 7-5 6-love victory under

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Muguruza denied the 37-year-old American a first major

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Which would have made her the oldest female Grand Slam

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She's delighted to see her name enscribed with those

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It was amazing and like I said before, I always look at the wall

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and see all the names and all the history and at the last final, I was

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close, I didn't want to lose this time because I know the difference,

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I really know the difference of making the final, which is in

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credible, but... So happy that it is there now. She played really well,

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she played top tennis, I have to give her credit. I've had a great

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two weeks and I am looking forward to the summer. There is always

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something to learn from the matches you win and the matches you don't

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win. There is definitely something to learn from this but at the same

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time, that is looking back, and it is looking forward, too.

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On Sunday Roger Federer will aim to win a record eighth men's

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Marin Cilic stands in the 35 year old's way...

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Although the Croatian has only won one of his previous seven

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It makes me really happy to mark history here at Wimbledon. I love

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this tournament, all my dreams have come through here as a player so to

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have a chance to get to number eight and be so close at this stage is a

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great feeling, and, yeah, and the Lviv excited, and I hope I can play

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one more good match. You know, 11 finals here, all these records, it

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is great, but it doesn't give me the title quite yet. That is why I came

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here this year. So close now, I just have to stay focused.

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Not least in Nottingham where it's been Day Two -

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of the second Test - between England AND South Africa.

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AND something of a collapse for England in the afternoon.

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Losing their last 7 wickets for just 62 runs...

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Replying to South Africa's first innings score of 335.

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The tourists then ended the day on 75-1 - to lead by 205...

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In Colombo, Sri Lanka trail Zimbabwe by 63 runs.

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That's a "one-off test", in which Craig Ervine

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Upul Tha-ranga - and Dinesh Chandi-mal -

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made 126 between them - in reply.

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In the Women's World Cup, India have beaten New Zealand -

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186 runs was the difference - at Derby - as India skittled

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They'll play Australia - at the same venue in the last four.

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Group winners, England, face South Africa.

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Stage 14 - of the Tour de France - was won by Michael Matthews -

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The 181-kilometre ride - from Blagnac to Rodez -

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The 181-kilometre ride - from Blagnac to Rodez

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finished in a sprint to the line - the Australian taking it -

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ahead of Greg Van Aver-maet and Edvald Boasen-Hagen.

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Team Sky's Chris Froome "regained the race leader's yellow jersey"

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The Briton's lead is 19 seconds over the Italian with

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Lewis Hamilton will start the British Grand Prix

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He was fastest in qualifying by more than half a second.

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That delighted the crowd at Silverstone.

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The Mercedes driver equalling the record of 5

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His rival - Sebastian Vettel - was THIRD fastest;

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fellow Ferrari driver - Kimi Raikonnen will be on the front

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Who trails Vettel in the drivers standings by 20 points.

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English Premier League champions Chelsea have completed the signing

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of French international midfielder Tiemoue Baka-yoko from Monaco.

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The 22-year-old helped Monaco claim the Ligue 1 title last season

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and joins Chelsea on a five-year contract for a reported fee of more

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Now she was a trail blazer in her field of mathamatics.

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Maryam Mirzakhani became the first woman to win

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the Fields Medal, regarded as the Nobel Prize of maths.

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Sadly the 40-year-old Iranian has died in the US from breast cancer.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Professor Mirzakhani's death

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But there has also been criticism on social media at some

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And images have appeared of a photo-shopped image

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Well, one person who knew Professor Mirzakhani well

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She spoke to us about her life and achievements.

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We had known she was ill for a long time. She was a revered and

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outstanding mathematician and the fact that she was Iranian and the

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first woman ever to win this prestigious Fields medal, she was

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just such an icon and role model and inspiration around the world, so she

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will be very sorely missed. It was the way in which she managed to

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combine ideas that perhaps other people knew that she combined them

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together in a completely un-expect it and remarkable way. She actually

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sent me a draft copy of her thesis, her Ph.D. Dissertation, before it

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was finally submitted, and the way she put together ideas which really

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I had known about, other people had known about, but she was able to

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combine things and draw absolutely astonishing and remarkable

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conclusions with them. They're read cleanly and simply. But somehow to

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get to some goal that would be completely unexpected and turn

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around the way you would then to the whole subject. Marion Mr Khan E, who

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the weekend hasn't got off to the brightest of starts. A lot of cloud

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for

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