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Our top stories... Donald Trump's mantra

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on the campaign trail: we'll repeal and replace ObamaCare.

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Now his plan appears dead in the water -

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They are going to come to us and say, how do we fix it? How do we fix

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it? How victims of abuse

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at a world-famous choir school A report says hundreds of boys

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were abused over six decades. On the 200th anniversary

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of the novelist's death, Jane Austen is unveiled on the UK's

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new ten pound note. Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. Repeal and replace -

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the phrase became a rallying cry for Republicans as they promised

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to scrap President Obama's reforms to the US healthcare system,

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which came to be known as Obamacare. But just six months into office

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President Trump and his party have Last night, it became clear

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the Senate simply doesn't have the votes to push

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through a new plan. failing ObamaCare now and work

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on a new healthcare plan that The Senate Majority Leader,

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Republican Mitch McConnell took up the same cry but the votes simply

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don't look as if they are there. And what about the millions

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of Americans whose coverage Just a short time ago President

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Trump addressed the setback. I am disappointed. For so many years

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I have heard repealed and replaced. I am sitting in the Oval Office

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right next door. Pen in hand. Waiting to sign something. And I

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will be waiting and eventually we will get something done and it is

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going to be very good. ObamaCare is a big failure. It has to be changed.

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We had to go to a plan that work. We need a much less expensive plan in

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terms of premiums and something will happen and it will be very good. It

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might not be as quick as we hoped but it is going to happen.

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I am joined by Buddy Carter from Georgia. Congressman, thank you for

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joining us. Your party promised to repeal and replace ObamaCare and now

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it looks like you'll struggle to do either those. I do not think we will

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struggle to repeal it and that is what we need to do. We said all

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along we would repeal and replace. We now have an opportunity to repeal

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it. That is the part we should take at this point. How would repeal work

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without a replacement already in place? Well, keep in mind that all

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along the way we have said we will have a stable transition period

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here. There is going to be a glide path, if you will. We never said we

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would turn the switches off and it would go away overnight. That is not

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the plan. We always said we would have a transition. Yes, it will take

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maybe two, three years to wind down but we will wind down and have

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something to replace it when the time comes. But it begs the question

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Republicans have been saying for almost eight years that they want to

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get rid of ObamaCare. Why was there not already a plan in place? We have

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been working on a plan. I was part of the commerce committee that had

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27.5 hours of committee meetings where we passed up the American

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health care act. I voted for it when it was voted out of the house. I

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think it is a good plan. Obviously any plan we come up with is going to

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have to be tweaked and mass arched over time. We understand that. At

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this point we are not ready to agree. -- mass arched. -- and looked

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out over time. We need to repeal this bad failed wall in ObamaCare

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and get started with what we want to replace it with. Some of your Senate

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colleagues say they do not even want to go ahead with a repeal. The

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repeal is the only pathway for us right now. I do not understand how

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people who have voted in the past four repeal cannot do so again. We

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voted for it last session at the session before. Full repeal. You

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pull up the same bill we had in 2015 and vote for it again the way you

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did last time. Where does this leave millions of Americans who could be

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in limbo for the next two years if this repeal goes ahead? We said all

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along we are not going to pull out the rug from under need anybody. We

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will have a stable transition. It is not going to happen overnight. It

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will take time to wind the programme down, this failed programme of

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ObamaCare. It will take a while to wind it down. We will continue to

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rip work on a replacement as we have been. We will have it in place by

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the time we wind down this failed ObamaCare. You need to get the

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Democrats on board but that is unlikely, isn't it? If we repeal

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ObamaCare we can start focusing on health care cost. That is going to

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be bipartisan. That is going to help with the insurance markets as we

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decrease the cost of health care through more competition and

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choices. Then we will have insurance companies who are going to be

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competing for our business. That is what we want. A robust and vibrant

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insurance market competing for business. Not us begging or

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subsidising them in order to keep in the market. Congressman, thank you

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very much for joining us. And for more on the politics

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and fallout for the Trump administration I am joined

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now by David Catanese, Senior Politics Writer for US News

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and World Report. Thank you very much for joining us.

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Who do you blame for all of this? You have to blame Republicans in

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Congress. Even before President Trump was on the scene they had

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campaigned on a repeal for seven years. They control the house and

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Senate. They finally got it through. But the Senate could not deliver. I

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think part of it is they were never really prepared for this moment. A

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lot of people did not think President Trump would have the

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Presidency. It was easy to be in opposition and campaign against

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ObamaCare rather than craft a new plan that they could get around. Now

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we have conservatives on one side of the issue and moderates on the

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other. And they could not agree. This looks dead in the water. How

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damaging is this for President Trump? Many people who voted for him

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did so because they wanted ObamaCare repealed and replaced. I think it is

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tremendously damaging to him in Washington. This guy campaigned on

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being a deal-maker, who could go to Capitol Hill and put people in a

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room and have them come together. He has failed on that. Congressman from

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the Republican Party said they health care is tied to the other

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parts of his agenda, tax cuts which they had to get the revenue savings

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from health care to produce tax cuts and reform. That may be in peril. I

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was out country and the Republicans on the ground still support

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President Trump. They blame Congress, that they could not get

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their act together and get on the same page. I think Trump supporters

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will stick with him on this and put the finger up at Congress. What do

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you think the president must be thinking right now? We have seen him

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on Twitter. The statement coming out earlier today was a bit baffling. He

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was going to blame the Democrats even though it was a Republican

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Party problem. Republicans have majority and could not get it

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together but he said the Democrats are obstructing, he is going to try

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and blame them. I do not know if that works short-term or long-term.

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What I think will be interesting is if there are some moderate Democrats

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to put forward plans to want to try and fix ObamaCare, rising premiums

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are a problem and in a lot of state we have Democrats in difficult

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re-elections next year tried to play ball and say we have to do something

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to compromise but it does not look like anybody is in a compromising

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mood right now. Both sides are frustrated at what happened.

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Democrats are happy and see it as a victory. Where does it leave the

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rest of President Trump's agenda? You mentioned tax reform and he

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needs to work with Congress on these things. And he needs to get his

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party together. He has to decide as well as the Senate Majority Leader

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if they are going to move away from ObamaCare, just say that we could

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not get it done and move on to tax reform or infrastructure reform.

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They are the other big priority is the president has put forward. I

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think there are worries about tax reform, being able to do that

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without ObamaCare but maybe you go ahead with a simple tax-cut,

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something popular on both sides, or you do something bipartisan on

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infrastructure reform, something important to a big state senators

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with crumbling roads and bridges. But that is going to be TBD. I give

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very much for joining us. -- thank you very much.

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The father of an Australian woman fatally shot by a US police officer

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has called for justice, hours after her death

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Justine Damond was shot in Minneapolis, Minnesota

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after calling police to report a possible sexual assault

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Authorities are now questioning why the officer's body cameras weren't

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turned on and an investigation is currently underway.

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A cry for help that went horribly wrong. Shortly before midnight on

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Saturday, police in Minneapolis got a report about a possible sexual

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assault. 40-year-old just Dean Damond made the call, explaining a

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crime was under way in an alleyway near her home in a quiet suburb of

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the city. Two officers arrived and shortly after one of them drew their

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weapon, fired, hit and killed just Dean. How and why she was shot

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remains a mystery. Police have said little other than it was tragic and

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they are investigating. She was supposed to be married in August.

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She is an Australian who moved away from family in Sydney to be with her

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fiance in Minnesota. They are all grieving their sudden loss. Justine

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Damond was a beacon for all of us. We only ask the wider justice shines

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down on the circumstances of her death. The death is a loss for

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everyone who knew her. She touched so many people. With a loving and

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generous heart. She was the teaching of so many and living a life of

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openness, love and kindness. As her loved ones mourned her death they

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also pressed the police to reveal more information about wide-body

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cameras worn by the officers were not switched on during the incident.

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The call was echoed by the city authority. I have questions that I

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hope and anticipate will be answered in the next few days and I share

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those questions with the community. The two officers who responded to

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the emergency call have been placed on leave. In a message on Twitter

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the chief police said she has asked for an accelerated investigation so

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answers can be provided quickly to help many come to terms with a

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heartbreaking tragedy. More than 500 members

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of a world-famous boy's choir in Germany were subjected

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to physical and sometimes That's according to a new report

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published into six decades of abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen

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boarding school. 49 members of the Catholic Church

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are accused of carrying out the abuse, and many more

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of maintaining a culture of silence. The lawyer behind the report said

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pre-school and high-school Preschool victims in the towns

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described the institution as a prison, hell and a concentration

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camp. Many of them called their time they're the worst of their life,

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marked by violence, fear and helplessness. TRANSLATION: These are

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not 547 cases where an individual was affected once, rather it was an

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ongoing practice over decades. With 547 children tormented, abused, ill

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treated and socially harm. They are severely traumatised to this day.

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This upsets me. I thought I had got over it after a battle of 17 years

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but in fact it greatly upsets me today.

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Stefanie Bolzen, a journalist from Germany's Die Welt newspaper

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The report proves that in the early 1990s, there were more than 500

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victims of sexual and physical abuse. Daily beatings, fear and

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intimidation, daily intimidation of very young kids. A shocking result.

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It happened over decades. How did this emerge? It has gone on for a

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long time. Like in Britain, Ireland and other places. People's spoke up.

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It took a long time but since 2010 there has been more evidence of

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abuse of children in institutions, particularly of the Catholic Church

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in why is, in schools especially and this was one of them. It also came

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out, the first people speaking out also went public in 2010. Now seven

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years later the report is out. Shocking findings in this report.

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Some of the victims have been speaking out. Yes, some victims have

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been courageous enough to speak out. And also the church, some

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representatives, have been very active, they have been meeting

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victims, they have encouraged victims but not all representatives

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of the Church have been so supportive. What kind of things have

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the victims said? Very upsetting things. Especially the very young

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ones in primary school. The Regensburger Domspatzen is a quiet,

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more than 1000 years old. Still has about 350 students today. It is a

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boarding school. Primary and secondary school. Half of the school

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is a boarding and the others live at home. Especially in the old days in

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the primary school, the kids were intimidated on a daily basis. They

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were beaten, sexually abused and there was, they said, an atmosphere

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of fear and helplessness. Because the institution was so strict they

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did not know how to articulate their fears. And senior officials in the

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Catholic Church turned a blind eye to what was going on, some of what

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was going on, including the brother of Pope Benedict. Yes, he was

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actually leading the choir for a long time. He said today how sorry

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he felt about it. He is very engaged in helping to find out what was the

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truce will stop but he has also been -- the truth. But they have been

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slow in actively engaging with victims and helping the process to

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be quicker. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. German prosecutors are trying

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to verify reports that a 16 year old German girl has been arrested

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in the Iraqi city of Mosul. The German newspaper Die Welt has

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reported that the teenager, known only as 'Linda W',

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was arrested along with four other women, on suspicion of being a part

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of so-called Islamic State. Iraqi forces declared

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victory over the militant group in Mosul last week,

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but clashes are continuing Prosecutors are investigating

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whether she is the same teenager who was suspected of

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running away to join IS The head of the Spanish Football

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federation has been arrested as part Angel Maria Villar and his son

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were among five people The investigation focuses partly

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on how international games involving Spain's national

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team were organised. Mr Villar has headed the federation

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for nearly thirty years. The Venezuelan government says it

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will go ahead with plans to elect a new assembly which will rewrite

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the constitution, despite threats by President Trump to impose

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economic sanctions if the vote goes The Foreign Minister,

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Samuel Moncada, said Venezuela wouldn't be intimidated by a threat

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from what he called The city of Los Angeles is usually

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associated with movie stars, But behind the glamour

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is another side we rarely see. In the past year alone,

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the number of homeless It's a staggering increase

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which is being blamed on high rents and a lack of affordable homes -

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with Hollywood particularly Hollywood Boulevard,

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home to the Oscars and It's also an epicentre

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for the homeless where the haves When you get off the freeway

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and you see tents all along My kids are kind of afraid to come

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down on the off-chance that somebody will come up to us and try to talk

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to us or ask us for money. Many of Hollywood's homeless came

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here in search of fame and fortune. But more often than not, the city

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of stars delivers shattered dreams. The cost of living here is sky-high.

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Affordable housing even for those in work is scarce.

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This is an increasingly common scene, a makeshift

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In this case, it's right next to a recreation centre.

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It's a far cry from the image of Tinseltown.

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Across LA County, an estimated 58,000 people are homeless.

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It's a problem that extends far beyond Hollywood

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Kitty and her daughter thought they could build a better life here.

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We originally came from north eastern Nevada.

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Lost our jobs there, went down to Arizona to family.

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Became homeless and then came out here to start over.

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We're going to go out and actually try to engage.

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Outreach workers from the city funded LA Homeless

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Services Authority head to the streets every day.

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They hand out water and blankets and provide information

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In March, residents of LA County voted for a tax increase to find

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rent subsidies and services for the homeless -

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At the same time we have this population rising so dramatically,

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the voters have given us the resources to attack it.

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That's where the optimism comes from.

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Optimism to a point but La La Land looks different from the inside.

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You wouldn't expect people on every corner, clothes

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People come here to make their dreams come true,

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I don't think they do that so much any more.

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The underbelly of a city in dire need of a reality check.

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Now, if you're interested in the search for extra-terrestrial

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life, South Africa should now be on your radar.

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The first stage of a giant new radio telescope is nearing completion.

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It is so powerful that its makers say it will be able to see

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three quarters of the way across the universe.

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Andrew Harding has been to visit to see what it might find.

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The most empty corner of South Africa. Some of the most sensitive

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information on the planet. The array of radio telescopes. Nearly complete

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now and already probing the far reaches of the universe. The radio

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waves come from space and hits the primary... The head scientist takes

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us closer but for filming here we have to take precautions. These

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receivers are so delicate that any electronic interference could

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destroy them. The dishes might pick up a mobile phone signal on Jupiter.

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With this South African astronomy has become a world beater. Some

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people had the vision and know-how, the guts and support of the whole

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country fundamentally to do this and here we are. It is in Africa. It

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will be world-class science no matter where it is, it happens to be

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in South Africa, which is exciting. Soon they will be 64 individual

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receivers which will join up with an international array which will be

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10,000 times better than today's models. Better at space exploration,

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exploring black holes and the images of our own galaxy. What you have

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here are incredibly sophisticated buckets, designed to capture radio

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waves travelling for so many billions of years across the

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universe that they have within them secrets about what was going on not

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long after the big bang and the more buckets you have and the more widely

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spread they are, the clearer the picture. At the headquarters in Cape

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Town, the biggest challenge now is to work out how to cope with an

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impending tsunami of intergalactic data. We think we can probe the

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deepest recesses of the universe. Who knows what we might find? Maybe

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a never planet. Other colleagues in other parts of the world would think

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focus on poverty problem. -- another planet. We say this is part of the

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answer to poverty. You cannot neglect signs and believe you can

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address your deepest problems. -- science. The distant radio waves

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reaching the African continent. Who knows what secrets they might hold?

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Among the first to use these telescopes are astronomers searching

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for alien life, convinced this network could be their best chance

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yet. It's taken 200 years to put

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the "ten" into Austen, but today this became

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Britain's newest banknote. One of our greatest

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authors now adorns It will go into circulation this

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September. It's taken 200 years to put

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the "ten" into Austen, but today this became

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Britain's newest banknote. One of our greatest

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authors now adorns this latest addition

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to our currency, and all of it unveiled exactly two

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centuries after her death, We really need to look

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at it in the round in order to capture it

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and obviously, Jane Austen -

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it's certainly not based on my opinion -

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but the opinion of the British people, but also leading scholars,

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really, at the top of the pantheon The new tenner is made

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of polymer and has multiple It's also the first Bank

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of England note to have raised dots, to help blind

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and visually impaired people. For Jane Austen's army

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of devotees at today's ceremony, the note is

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a moment to cherish. I like all the little

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touches that they've got going on of Winchester

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Cathedral and the quill. So overall, marks out

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of ten for the ?10? Some people have needed a bit

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of "persuasion" over the Jane Austen Compare it to the original

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portrait it was taken from, it's had critics talking

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of an Austen airbrush. However Jane Austen looked,

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when she died, 200 years ago today, ?10 would have been

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worth around ?1,000. The new Jane Austen tenner

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comes into circulation A stylish addition to a catalogue

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of work universally

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acknowledged to be priceless. Duncan Kennedy, BBC

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News, in Winchester. That is it for now. You can get in

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