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As polls close in Venezuela's constitutional referendum,

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Nicholas Maduro calls the unofficial vote "meaningless", but it adds more

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A scandal over horsemeat - police in Spain accuse an organised

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crime group of trading meat that's unfit for humans across Europe.

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Swiss tennis star Roger Federer makes history by taking a record 8th

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And for all you Time Lord fans, the new Doctor Who is a woman

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Polls have closed for Venezuelans voting in an unofficial

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referendum on government plans for a new assembly that

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Millions of people took part in the symbolic consultation,

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which follows months of political violence.

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Improvised polling stations have been set up in more

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Earlier, our correspondent explained what was behind the vote.

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He can see opposition to the president and has plans to create a

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caused additional Assembly. This ballot was used to show the

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Government and the world that most people in this country want a

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change. There are already thousands of people floating not only in

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Caracas, the capital, but around the country and the world. In Colombia,

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Spain, the US and the UK as well. The opposition wants to send a

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message in the middle of an economic crisis and in the middle of three

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months of protests where 100 people were killed. The Government is

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carrying out voting for the cause additional Assembly election in two

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weeks. -- the constitutional. You can see the signs of how Venezuela

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is so divided right now. Thousands of opposition

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demonstrators in Poland have been protesting outside parliament

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in Warsaw against judicial reforms which one of their leaders has

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called a coup d'etat. The new legislation gives control

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over the body that nominates I spoke to our correspondent

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Adam Easton a short There has been a considerable crowd

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that has turned up outside the Polish parliament to voice their

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protest against these very controversial reforms, which, as you

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say, essentially, the people have come to protest say it allows the

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parliament which is dominated -- the parliament to appoint their own

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people as judges. This legislation. People protesting here have been

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protesting against the Government for the last 18 months. They see

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this as the latest attempt by the Government to a road democracy by

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demolishing the rule of law and destroying Democratic checks and

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balances. What has been a Government response? The Government is

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basically saying that this is the same as the courts. The Government

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says that these are a few thousand people in Warsaw who are the elites

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of the country, if you like. We have popular support and we are doing

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very well in opinion polls, trouncing the opposition parties.

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And in fact we have support from the many people here in changing the way

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courts are run. They say that the courts are corrupt and inefficient,

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not democratic, do not serve the interests of the public. Many people

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here in Poland would agree with that. Even some of the people

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protesting in Warsaw outside Parliament would agree that the

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process is not perfect. But they would say that this is no way to

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improve the current system, by essentially handing power to the

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Government to take control of the body that appoint judges. Briefly,

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how likely is it that the legislation would change as a result

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of the protests? Extremely unlikely in my opinion. Parliament has

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approved it now and it only goes to the President for signing. The

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president as a lawyer. He is a former member of the Law and Justice

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party and is given no indication he sees anything wrong with this.

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Adam Easton was seeking to me earlier. -- speaking.

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

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Israel has reopened the extremely sensitive holy site in Jerusalem

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known to Jews as the Temple Mount, and to Muslims as

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But many Muslim worshippers have refused to enter the area on account

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of new security measures that the Israelis have put in place.

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It was closed for the first time in decades on Friday after two Israeli

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policemen were shot dead by Israeli Arab gunmen.

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Police in Bangladesh say four suspected Islamist

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after a tense stand-off lasting several hours.

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The militants had barricaded themselves in a house

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on the outskirts of the capital Dhaka.

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They reportedly threw bombs at security personnel

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after they tried to storm the building.

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Spanish police say they have dismantled an organised crime group

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that was trading horsemeat across Europe that

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65 people were arrested in Spain and charged with various crimes,

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including money laundering and animal abuse.

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The investigation carried out in coordination with Europol dates

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back to the detection of horsemeat in beefburgers four

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A short time ago, I spoke to journalist Guy Hedgecoe in Madrid.

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It is a very large scale investigation. The Spanish civil

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guard and Europol believe this criminal gang have made around 20

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million euros out of this scam. It has been very complex and it has a

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European dimension to it. That the meat was being repurposed here in

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Spain and the animals were from the north of Spain and Portugal. They

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were going to facilities in Spain to be slaughtered and then the meat was

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being exported. Most of the meat was going abroad. It is a very

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international dimension to this. As you said, it is all linked back to

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this case in Ireland four years ago. The investigation has been going on

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for some time. Said it went outside of Spain and Portugal. Do you know

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how far this has gone across Europe, or maybe father? So far, Europol in

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the Spanish civil guard have said it went to a number of European

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countries. Most of the meat seemed to be going to Belgium and Belgium

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as the European Union's biggest horse meat exporter. From there, it

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was going to other countries such as France, Italy, Romania, all

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countries within the E. That is what we know so far but obviously there

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could be more details to come. -- within the European Union. The main

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gist is that animal is not meant to be fit for human consumption where

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having documentation tampered with and then slaughtered as if they were

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animals that could be eating as regular horse meat. This

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investigation included a lot of money laundering as well. It is

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quite... It includes so many aspects of crime. The 65 people, do we know

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they be charged and there will be some success at the end of this? It

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is a little bit early to know for sure at the moment. What we do know

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is that the people who have been arrested include farmers, Bethany

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Haines, slaughterhouse owners. Anna Lee of people involved in the

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sector. -- veterinarians and slaughterhouse owners.

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One man they believe was overseeing a lot of these activities from the

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town he resided in the Spanish East Coast seems to be a key figure in

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all this. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin

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Netanyahu has been in Paris to commemorate the 75th anniversary

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of the biggest mass arrest of Jews in Nazi-occupied France

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during the second world war. During the visit, Mr Netanyahu also

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held his first direct talks with the French President,

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Emmanuel Macron. With a new president, France's

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finding a new role in the world. But there are moments in history that

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sense of national guilt. Frist of facing up to what was done here 75

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years ago and taking its responsibility, despite the Nazi

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occupation. TRANSLATION:

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It was indeed France which organised the round-up, the deportation which

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led to almost all the deaths of the 13,000 people of the Jewish faith

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who were taken from their homes on the 16th and 17th of July 1942.

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These are some of the men, women and children who were arrested by French

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police and packed onto trains, simply because of their religion.

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13,152 of them. Most are taken to a Schlitz -- Auschwitz. Fewer than 100

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lives. This is the first time an Israeli Prime Minister has been in

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his commemorations. Some feel he is using what happened here to

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strengthen his own position. I have come here to go my head in memory of

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her slain brothers and sisters, slaughtered slowly because they were

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dues. -- solely because they were Jewish. There was politics as well.

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In their first direct talks, President Macron prestige early

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leader for new peace negotiations with the Palestinians. Reflecting on

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history can be tough but both men are shaping the future and that will

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be a real challenge as well. Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come... For fans of the sci-fi series,

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it's a big moment - the new Doctor Who has been

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unveiled and she's a woman. We'll find out more

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about the actress who is Jani bus urge has been shot dead in

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Florida. The multimillionaire was gunned down outside his home in

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Miami. Emergency services across Central Europe are stepping up

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efforts to contain the worst floods this century. Nearly 100 people have

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been killed. Broadway is traditionally known as the great

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White Way but it is now wiped out. It is a reminder of the problems to

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Americans that the energy crisis has brought. 200 years ago today, huge

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Parisian crowd stormed the Bastille prison in the first act of the

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revolution which was to topple the French monarchy. Today, hundreds of

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thousands were on the shone so easy for the traditional military parade.

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Penguins have been staggering Shoreham collapsing after gorging

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themselves on their favourite food, pilchards. Some had eaten so much,

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they could barely stand. -- staggering on shore.

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Polls are closing in an unofficial constitutional

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President Nicholas Maduro has called the vote "meaningless",

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but it adds more pressure on the embattled leader.

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Police in Spain have accused an organised crime group of trading

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meat that's unfit for humans across Europe.

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Let's find out... Let's get all the sporting News. He is Mark Edwards.

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He's the man who just can't stop winning.

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Roger Federer breaking records once again, the Swiss picking

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up his eighth men's singles title at Wimbledon.

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Surely the youngest 35-year-old in sport, beating Marin Cilic

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John Watson was there to witness the Fed in full flow.

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A 19th Grand Slam tide of Roger Federer, competing in his 19th

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Wimbledon. This final will not go down as a classic. Marin Cilic, as

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we witnessed on Centre Court today, have some problems. He had a foot

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problem and that led to a straight sets victory for Roger Federer.

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Cilic himself feel disappointed with the way that that match played out.

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We have seen him beat Roger Federer. He pushed close last year and of

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course the team on the way to winning his one and only Grand Slam

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title. But up against Roger Federer today, he released at the Chans. --

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he released it no chance. A straight sets defeat. Roger Federer, the

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records keep someone. He is the oldest male singles winner here at

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Wimbledon and the second oldest grand champion in the open era. He

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came through this tournament playing exceptional tennis and had not

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dropped a set on his way to winning the title. Nobody has done that

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since the great Bjorn Borg back in the 1970s. What now for Roger

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Federer? Of course, it is interesting as he has managed and

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shaped his career in the latter stages... 35 years old, days short

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of his 36th birthday. We saw him miss the French Open and he came

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back after the absence of the end of last year when he went on to win the

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trillion open. Who would ever have predicted that here we would be this

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year, Roger Federer, 35, winning the two Grand Slams he has competed in.

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Interesting detail the thoughts of Boris Becker earlier on, saying he

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believes Roger Federer will go on and win more titles. I guess he will

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pick and choose what one he competes in. But there can be no doubt about

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it. This success, the eighth Wimbledon title for the great Roger

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Federer, once again underlining his staters is one of the greatest male

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canisters of all time, if not the greatest. -- one of the greatest

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male tennis players. Britain's Lewis hamilton powered

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to a dominant victory at silverston to tie the all-time record of five

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career wins in the The Mercedes man led from start

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to finish as he closed the gap on Championship leader,

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Sebastian Vettel, to just one point. The German Ferrari driver suffering

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a puncture approaching the penultimate lap to drop

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from 3rd to 7th. Kimi Raikkonen also suffered

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a puncture while on course Promoting Hamilton's

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team-mate Valtteri Bottas It's the opening day of the women's

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Euro 2017 competition currently And a good day for the hosts,

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who kicked off the 12th edition It was Liverpool forward Shanice van

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de Sanden who gave the 2009 semifinalists all 3 points with the

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only goal of the game. Heading in Lieke Martens'

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pin-point cross from close Denmark or 1-0 up against Belgium.

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About 15 minutes left to play on that one. -- Denmark are 1-0 up.

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And it's pretty much mission impossible for England after day

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3 of the second Test against South Africa.

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The Proteas declared on 343 for 9

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If you're being an optimist, the hosts will have 2 days to chase

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down what would be their highest fourth-innings total to win a Test.

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So South Africa very much on course to level the series at one apiece.

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Well, we are into the final week of the Tour De France

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and Britain's Chris Froome has retained the yellow jersey

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Sunday's 190-kilometre mountain stage

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was won by Trek Segafredo's flying Dutchman - Bauke Mollema.

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It's being called New York's "Summer of Hell" -

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the delays for tens of thousands of commuters as urgent repairs

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are carried out at Penn Station, the busiest transportation

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Donald Trump has promised to be an "infrastructure president",

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but New Yorkers are complaining he's not doing enough for them,

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It's a city of shimmering skyscrapers and evermore

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Where commuter trains move in slow motion,

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where some of the overhead lines that power them are more

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The country's busiest rail route in the Northeast corridor relies

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on bridges based on designs popularised in Britain

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And this is America's fastest train, which slows to an embarrassing five

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miles per hour on the approach to New York.

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Routinely, they come to a complete halt because track closures reduce

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this overloaded network to a single usable line.

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It is horribly embarrassing, especially when I have

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It is almost a third world country when it comes to infrastructure.

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The rail tunnels into New York are in such a bad state of repair

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that it is feared they may be forced to close before new ones are built.

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We got a rare glimpse inside the nerve centre of the rail

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network underneath Penn Station and it felt like

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The tunnel was opened to service when the Wright Brothers switched

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from their model A flyer to the model B flyer.

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It is definitely time to build a new tunnel.

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New York's Penn Station has been hit by a series of derailments,

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earning it the nickname Pain Station, and that has prompted

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the urgent repair programme of the so-called summer of hell.

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There's absolutely a crisis of infrastructure here.

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Everything behind me relies on tunnels that

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They flooded during Superstorm Sandy and they are starting to go

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There is really a possibility that we are going to lose

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the connection under the Hudson river for the Northeast corridor,

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and then see what happens when almost 100,000 people every day

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have to find a new way to get to and from work.

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Donald Trump has promised to be the infrastructure president,

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but the recent spending bill that he pushed through Congress

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actually withdrew funding for two major transportation projects -

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the tunnels and improvements to the subway system -

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More than 55,000 bridges across the country are

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Making America great again requires modernising

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It's been a momentous day for fans of the global hit

:20:52.:21:07.

In an historic first, the lead character, who has

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become a British icon, will be played by a woman.

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The BBC has announced that Jodie Whittaker

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She replaces the very popular Peter Capaldi.

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Our entertainment correspondent Lizo Mzimba has more.

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Time travel show Doctor Who making history.

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Jodie Whittaker says she is overwhelmed, as a feminist,

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as a woman and as an actor to be cast as the drama's

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in the six months since Peter Capaldi announced he was stepping

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down from the role, there has been a huge amount of speculation about who

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his replacement will be. When he regenerates and this year's

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Christmas Becchio. -- in this year's Christmas Becchio. Regeneration was

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introduced in the 1960s on Doctor Who. An ingenious solution to

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replace an actor leading the lead role. Since it has returned, it has

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consistently been one of the BBC's biggest hits. A successful

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combination of a province I fight format and the charismatic lead

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actor. Expectation for the new Doctor is certain to be high.

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Do you think all fans will welcome a female Doctor?

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Some won't be sure but they should remember that Doctor Who is all

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about change and this is potentially a really big, really

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With the BBC having committed itself to greater diversity,

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it will be hoping that today's announcement will not

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only excite viewers, but clearly demonstrate

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that the time travel show has moved firmly into the 21st century.

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An international robotics competition for young people starts

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It's called the First Global Challenge and aims to help

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young people excel in Stem subjects - science, technology,

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High schools from all over the world will compete for over six weeks

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One of the teams had a trickier route to the finals than most.

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Rejected for visas after two rounds of interviews and banned from

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entering the United States, these young women never give up the fight

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to achieve their dream. After running is Austin flight, the team

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of six Afghan girls landed in Washington on Saturday to represent

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the country in a global high school robotics competition. On Monday,

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they compete against more than 160 countries to build robots that can

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hit balls into goals, hang on bars and balance on balance beams. They

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had been denied entry to the country due to district entry policies

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introduced by US President Donald Trump. The cases become a flash

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point in the debate about Mr Trumpefforts to tighten entrance

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into the US. Critics said the row was emblematic of a broader effort

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to stop Muslims entering the country. An extraordinary

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last-minute reversal was announced on Wednesday when it was reported

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the president personally intervene. A Homeland Security Department

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spokesperson said that the request for the entry along with a chaperone

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had been approved. A banker Trump, advocate and supporter of women in

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science, treated her congratulations. The girls were

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thrilled to be taking part. The President of the United States and

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the people of America supported us in this case, which shows they have

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not forgotten us. Nothing is impossible and everything is

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possible. We have opportunities... For the people of Afghanistan, the

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inclusion of these girls represents far more than entry to a science

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competition. In a country where girls face significant limitations

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in education as well as in personal lives, there is no hope for the

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future. -- there is now hope. The Canadian Prime Minister

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Justin Trudeau has met the son of Syrian refugees named

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after the politician as a thank The two-month-old boy, whose full

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name is Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan, seemed happy to fall asleep

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as the Prime Minister briefly Can he do wrong? Babies falsely been

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his arms. -- do no wrong? Don't forget, you can get

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in touch with me and some Good evening. After a mostly cloudy

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Saturday, things brightened up

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