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This is BBC World News Today, I'm Ben Bland.

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An attack at the Israeli embassy in Jordan leaves one dead and two

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Eight people are found dead in the back of a truck

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in the US state of Texas - police believe they were

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Candid confessions about Princess Diana,

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20 years after her death, princes William and Harry

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open up about regret, grief and memories they cherish.

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And in sport we have news from cricket, golf and cycling

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as British rider Chris Froome wins the Tour de France for a fourth time

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and immediately sets his sights on a record-equalling fifth victory.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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We start with an update on the attack on the Israeli embassy

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in the Jordanian capital, Amman.

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A short while ago, local police confirmed one Jordanian citizen

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was killed and two people wounded - including one Israeli.

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Security forces have sealed off the embassy

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which is in an affluent part of Amman.

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The Israeli authorities are not commenting on the incident,

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and for the moment have imposed reporting restrictions.

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Our Middle East Editor Alan Johnson has more.

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The Israelis are saying nothing about whatever has gone on at the

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embassy in demand. In fact they have imposed restrictions on reporting.

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What little we know has come from Jordanian sources. They say there

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is, as you said, one local person, a Jordanian man, killed in a shooting

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incident will stop an Israeli was wounded. The area around the embassy

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is now a subject of a major security operation. We have no idea exactly

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what motivated this attack. What sparked this. But in the absence of

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more information, there's bound to be speculation in the region and

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beyond. That this incident was linked to the current tensions in

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Jerusalem, and as you know, there are some very strong feelings there

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regarding Israel's position of new security measures at the holy site

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known to Muslims as the Ron and to dues as the Temple Mount. There is

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strong feeling that in Jordan. There have been a series of demonstrations

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during the day. There is speculation that this attack on the embassy may

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have been linked to the tension surrounding Jerusalem.

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Eight suspected illegal immigrants have been found dead at a car

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The were found inside a truck parked outside a Walmart store.

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20 others, also believed to be illegal immigrants

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were found in the truck alive but in a critical condition,

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some are suffering from heatstroke or dehydration.

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Police say the driver has been arrested and charged -

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and they described the incident as a human trafficking case.

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Earlier I spoke to our Washington correspondent Laura Bicker -

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I began by asking her what we knew about the victims.

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Police say that at least two of them were school-aged children, the rest

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seem to be ages between 20 and 30. As you have just mentioned, they are

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certainly treating this as a smuggling, human trafficking

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incident. Unfortunately, this is not an isolated incident. In this part

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of the US. San Antonio is about 150 miles, 240 kilometres from the

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Mexican border, and border patrols have reported within the last month

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finding at least two such tractor-trailers nearby, one with

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over 70 migrants, one with over 40. When it comes to trying to prevent

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this kind of incident, Donald Trump has obviously proposed his border

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wall, which would cost $20 billion. But the number of border control

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officers has been stepped up over recent months, and there have been a

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number of raids to try to round up illegal immigrants and send them

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back. But experts say that by hardening the border patrols and by

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hardening the Borders, what it does mean is that more people will turn

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to the likes of smugglers and pay them to try to get a new life in the

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United States. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news: The new White House communications

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director, Anthony Scaramucci, has appeared on Sunday shows

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in the US. He said on FOX that a top priority

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is to stop damaging leaks from within the White House -

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and that he will take "drastic Earlier, Scaramucci deleted his

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old tweets in which he shared views contradicting those of President

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Trump. More protests have taken place in

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Poland's capital Warsaw, over government plans to reform the

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Supreme Court. Critics say the measures would undermine the powers

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of the judiciary. Thousands of protesters have taken to the streets

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in recent weeks to oppose the bill. Israel has installed cameras

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at an entrance to the al-Aqsa mosque This comes amid extreme tension

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surrounding security Palestinian worshippers have

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vehemently objected to Israel's setting up of metal detectors

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in the area. That follows the killing

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there of two Israeli policemen. Hundreds of people marched

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on the streets of Moscow today to The rally, which was monitored

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by city authorities, comes amid increasing government

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control over online activities. Demonstrators also demanded

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the resignation of the head Earlier, I spoke to

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Roman Dobrokhotov, editor in chief of The Insider,

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a Moscow-based I asked him what impact

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the government's proposed legislation would have on websites

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like his own. I'm not sure for now, because all of

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this suppression of the Internet is continuing very quickly. I think

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this is the result of the latest protests of the opposition, because

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as we have seen, there are lots of young people who don't watch TV any

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more. They use mostly the Internet to get information. So, it is more

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and more difficult for the government to control the thoughts

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of its people to enforce propaganda. I think this is the main reason of

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the restrictions. We see more and more Internet websites like ours

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being closed or put under control of the government. It's actually very

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likely that our website also will face some problems, not because of

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this law, because it is more about Internet messages, but still. We see

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the atmosphere is changing. That is why people are protesting. I suppose

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the argument the Russian government would make is that the controls they

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have introduced are designed to tackle extremist content, to deal

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with terrorist threats and that they are necessary. A lot of examples of

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terrorism terrorists being caught, because of laws about the Internet,

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but we see dozens or maybe even hundreds of examples of protesters,

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opposition party members, who had some problems with the government.

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Because of these new laws. Some of them were arrested or even

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imprisoned. Especially in this context, as we already spoke about,

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when we see that the Internet is now the main challenge for the

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propaganda, I think it is the real reason of this restriction. My

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understanding is that there was new legislation passed by the lower

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Houses of Parliament the use of Virtual Private networks, and

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anonymous messaging apps like telegram. Just explain why those

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steps of such concern to you. That is very easy. We already have some

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blacklisted websites, which are like oppositional Internet newspapers.

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People use VPNs to reach these websites. We see more and more of

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this blacklisted oppositional or just Internet newspaper websites,

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and of course the government want to prevent people seeing this content.

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Seeing this text. That is why they impose these new restrictions, and

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of course we also can suffer from that, because if they blacklist our

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website, not only like Facebook and other social networks, but also VPNs

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will be very important to read our content.

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She was one of the world's most photographed and

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recognisable women - and we've now had a glimpse

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into the family life of the late Princess Diana.

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Her sons - Princes William and Harry, have spoken candidly

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In a television documentary marking 20 years since her death,

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Prince William says he regrets that his last conversation with his

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Our Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell reports.

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To the watching world, she was the princess whose image

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It was a glamorous but necessarily limited

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Now nearly 20 years after Diana's death in the car accident in Paris,

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her sons William and Harry have spoken in an ITV documentary

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about Diana, the mother who did so much to shape their childhood.

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We felt, you know, incredibly loved, Harry and I.

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And I'm very grateful that that love still feels there.

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It was that love that even if she was on the other side

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of the room, as a son you could feel it.

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The person who emerges from William and Harry's description is a woman

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When everybody says to me, you know, "So, she was fun,

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All I can hear is her laugh in my head.

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And that sort of crazy laugh where there was just pure

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One of her mottos to me was that you can be as naughty as you want,

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And they talk about their mother's death.

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They recall the last time they spoke to her and they reflect

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on the overwhelming public reaction and how they coped with the week

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As William himself has said, it is a tribute to Diana

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from her sons in which they recall the woman they hope

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come: Our correspondent

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tries to get answers from the Russian pop star who set up

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the controversial meeting between a Moscow lawyer

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One person has been killed and two others wounded in an attack

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Eight people have been found dead in the back of a truck in Texas,

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in an incident police suspect is linked to people smuggling.

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Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior advisor Jared Kushner will testify

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this week in front of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.

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Some of the questions will focus on his meeting

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with a Russian lawyer - a meeting which Mr Trump's son

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That meeting was set up at the request of singer

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Emin Agalarov who's an old acquaintance of Mr Trump.

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The BBC's Sarah Rainsford caught up with him at a concert in Latvia,

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and tried to get his comments on the ongoing controversy.

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Can I just ask you what information you were trying to pass on to Donald

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Trump junior? No Donald Trump questions, please. I am an artist,

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performing. You said the e-mails were false. Ie Same Donald Trump

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junior was lying? No thank you very much. I'm with some friends there.

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Can I ask you one question? The e-mail says you had... Give me some

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primacy. I beg you. Is there a reason you won't answer the

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question? The Director General of the BBC,

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Tony Hall, has said work is already happening to address the gap

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between the pay of men The difference in salaries became

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clear after the corporation published a list of broadcasters

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and entertainers paid more Earlier today, some of the BBC's

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most prominent female broadcasters wrote an open letter

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demanding 'immediate action'. Our media correspondent

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David Sillito reports. Alex Jones of The One Show,

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Mishal Husain and Sue Barker, more than 40 of the most famous

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female presenters at the BBC, calling on the corporation to act

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now to end its gender pay gap. Good morning, friends,

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thanks for tuning in... That list was the trigger

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for the letter today, publishing In the top 20 names

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was only one woman. The best paid men were being paid

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more than twice what the top This open letter to the papers said

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that this week's annual report confirmed what many have long

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suspected, that women were being paid less

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than men for the same work. On the whole, I think

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it is fantastic that so many wonderful women have been prepared

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to put their head above the parapet. We got stick, we knew

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we would get stick, But it isn't just about, in fact

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it is not about getting whacking great pay rises for women

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who are already well paid. It is about pay parity and getting

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fairness for everybody. The letter today says that the BBC

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has known about the pay disparity for years,

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we want to go on record to call When programmes such as Women's Hour

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went on air 60 years ago, equal pay for equal work

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was a pressing issue. The fact it remains an issue

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despite law changes in the 1960s and 70s after pressures

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from the women's movement is a sign of how tough

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it is to find quick solutions. Attitudes about age

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and experience and authority affect the pay divide,

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but it is also worth noting that in the top 20 there is not a single

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black or Asian presenter. It comes at a time where the BBC

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is facing opposition over plans to change terms and conditions

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for the rest of staff, who are paid The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says

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this taps into a wider issue This gender pay gap is appalling,

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we would insist on a strong gender pay audit of every organisation,

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and we would also look at a 20-1 ratio between the chief executive

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and lowest paid staff in every In response, the BBC said today

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the overall pay gap is 10%, less than the national average

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of 18% but it needed to go further The director-general said

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he is confident that next year's Jordan Spieth has won

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the Open at Royal Birkdale. He was in stunning form

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on the back nine of his final round to finish on 12 under,

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three ahead of fellow China's Li Haotong

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was third on six under, with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy

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tied for fourth a shot further back. He started the day leading,

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finished it winning, Jordan Spieth's three shot lead had

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evaporated by the time he reached the 13th,

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that is his ball in the shrubbery. Miraculously he walked away

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with a bogey, out of the lead. Arnold Palmer once said,

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success depends less on strength of body and more

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on strength of mind. When many minds might have been

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melted, Spieth unscrambled His tee shot at the next

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hole nearly went in. After that, that never

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looked like missing. Birdie, eagle, two more birdies

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followed in the next two holes. He turns 24 on Thursday

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with a third major title. The only other man to have done

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that, a certain Jack Nicholas. Hosts England have won a dramatic

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women's Cricket World Cup final at Lord's, beating India

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by nine runs to claim Anya Shrubsole was the England hero,

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sparking an Indian collapse with six wickets, including

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the match winning moment. India were cruising towards a first

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World Cup win at 191 for three chasing a modest target of 22,

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but when Punam Raut fell for 86 the capitulation followed and India

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lost their final seven wickets for just 28 runs to spark those

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English celebrations. Britain's Chris Froome has been

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crowned Tour de France He crossed the finish line in Paris

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for a third successive victory - a 54 second margin of victory

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unchallenged on the final The glory of a stage win

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on the Champs-Elysees went to the Dutch sprinter Dylan

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Groenewegen. From Paris, our correspondent,

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Richard Conway. This was a very closely fought Tour

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de France but in the end Chris Froome showed his dominance with an

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emphatic ride in Marseille in that time trial on Saturday. The 14 mile

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22 and a half kilometres, he showed he was the rider of his generation.

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This is his fourth Tour de France victory and it is perhaps the

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sweetest, given that the French rider pushed him all the way until

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the penultimate stage. In today's stage, the final stage, this was a

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ceremonial ride. A chance for Chris Froome and his team, sky, to sip

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champagne as they rode in to Paris. A chance to reflect on what they

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have achieved over the past three weeks. They can now celebrate this

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victory, celebrate the fact this is the fourth Tour de France title for

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Chris Froome, but also perhaps look at the British dominance in this

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race. Over the past few years, this is the fifth time in six years that

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teams guy have won the race, showing how they have dominated and really

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come to the fore of road cycling. As for Chris Froome himself, at the age

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of 32 or so titles now under his belt, questions are posed about

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where he can go from here. Any comeback next year for a fifth

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title, maybe even the sixth in years to come? That would put him up there

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among the very best riders who have ever competed in the Tour de France.

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That is something he wants, that is something that I think we will be

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talking about when he returns in July next year.

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A Venezuelan violinist who's become famous for playing violin in front

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of police lines at protests has been taken to hospital during the latest

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In a clip posted on social media, Wuilly Arteaga said nothing

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will stop him from taking part in demonstrations.

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Wuilly Arteaga is the sound of Venezuela's opposition. Often to be

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seen and heard with his violin near the front of anti-government

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protests, he is a former graduate of a celebrated music scheme for

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children from poor backgrounds. But like many Venezuelans, he lost faith

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in an increasingly authoritarian, brutal regime. As the protests and

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the government response to them turned ugly, his message was always

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one of nonviolence. Then he too became a victim. Struck in the face

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by an army battle ground, Wuilly Arteaga treated these pictures from

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his hospital bed, still clutching his precious violin. Rubber bullets

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and shotgun pellets would stop our fight, said the musician. Vowing to

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return to the streets. -- will not stop our fight. More than 100 people

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have been killed in four months of clashes between troops and

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protesters who accused the government of being increasingly

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dictatorial and of running down it once wealthy country. After

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pro-government supporters recently attacked the opposition controlled

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Congress, his opponents accused the president of deliberately

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politicising institutions like Congress and the Supreme Court. But

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the president dismissed calls for more strikes this week. Saying he

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would lead Venezuela out of the crisis. TRANSLATION: Work has

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triumphed. Our police who have never worked, let them carry on not

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working. We are, adds. -- we are Conrad 's. The president has

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ominously bound to defend the socialist revolution at all costs

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will stop with arms if necessary. What should be one of the world's

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wealthiest countries is broken. Venezuela's oil wealth corrupted

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away, and the government says its opponents are foreign backed

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agitators bent on destroying the economy. Wuilly Arteaga no longer

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believes in the government and a system he once supported. Like many,

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he thinks constitutional elections called by the government for next

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weekend will solve nothing. He will be back on the streets with his

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violin. Now take a look at these pictures

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which came through earlier. They show the dramatic moment

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on Thursday when a Buddhist pagoda in Central Myanmar collapsed

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and fell into a fast-flowing river. Locals watched as the structure -

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built in 1925 - slid slowly Officials blamed rising water levels

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after heavy rain which may have weakened the base of the pagoda

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on the river bank. And you can get in touch

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with me and the team Another one of those days where you

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may have seen some sunshine but also against some heavy or even

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torrential downpours places. Another view of a big threatening cloud in

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the distance

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