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Hello I'm Karin Giannone, welcome to BBC World News.

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Violent clashes in Venezuela as the country holds

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US bombers fly over the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang's

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And British Royals lead commemorations to mark 100 years

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And coming up in Sport: Germany's bid for a seventh consecutive

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Women's European Championship title is over a dramatic Danish comeback

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It was always likely to be a highly charged

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And Venezuela's vote for a new assembly has been

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Several people have been killed - including two politicians.

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President Maduro is widely expected to secure a victory

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that could allow him to change the constitution.

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But opposition parties in the oil-rich nation

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The BBC's Will Grant reports from Caracas.

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This is a very poor sector other low income neighbourhoods in the east of

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Caracas, one of the biggest shantytowns in Latin America and

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order a government supporters have been turning out to vote. It has

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been a slow and steady stream to the polling stations, not the huge

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queues we are used to seeing snaking around the block during the days of

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President Hugo Chavez. There are controversial elements to this vote,

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particularly these points of registration which opposition

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members of Parliament say are basically a form of control to make

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sure government employees are voting. Nevertheless, those who have

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turned out so far say this process is legitimate and necessary for the

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peace and security of Venezuela. Today the people will decide the

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sovereignty of this country. So, through the constituent assembly the

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people will execute -- exercise popular Power, others do not want

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the people to decide the future and want to control things in the hands

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of the few, that is what we are taking on with this vote. As much as

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some are preparing to vote today, others are getting ready for the

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other side of the coin, the opposition protest.

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TRANSLATION: We are going to keep turning out to

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defend democracy in Venezuela. It sounds poetic to say I am prepared

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to give my life but the young people have a beautiful saying, they can

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take our lives but not liberty. Anything I can do as an individual

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and a Venezuelan I'm going to do. So voting will continue throughout the

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day and all though this most controversial of votes in Venezuela

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perhaps the most controversial of modern times in the country is going

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ahead peacefully so far, it does seem like confrontation is still on

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the horizon. What is the latest on the violence so far? Having said

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things were largely peaceful and at that stage in the day it appeared

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they were, things have gotten far worse as the day has proceeded,

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there has been sporadic clashes in the east of the city and other parts

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of the country we have heard of several politicians being killed on

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both sides so it is unfolding into quite a violent chaotic and anarchic

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election day. This is such a controversial vote with the

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opposition completely boycotting the election that that will hand victory

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to the president, no doubt about that but it will not be a victory

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that is clear and is uncontested, it'll be a victory of just his most

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supporters and those as I indicated in the report who may have come

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under pressure to turn out and vote in the first place. Whatever happens

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it doesn't appear this will take those steps towards pulling

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Venezuela out of its economic malaise, its security and crime

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situation and violence and this will go one way beyond this individual

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vote about a new constituent assembly. We'll grant, thank you.

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The United States has stepped up its response to the latest

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Two US Air force bombers have flown directly over the Korean peninsula.

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Earlier, President Trump expressed frustration with North Korea's

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neighbour China saying Bejing wasn't doing enough to halt

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US B-1 bombers dominated the sky as tensions mount over

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Escorted by fighter jets as part of a drill it was a direct response

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to what is being seen as an increasingly

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The US president is blaming China, Pyongyang's biggest trading partner,

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Taking to Twitter President Trump said:

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Taking to Twitter President Trump said:

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Historic ties have become looser and Chinese imports of North Korean

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coal have been cut after UN sanctions last year.

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China also condemmed Friday's second ballistic missile test.

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This powerful rocket flew faster and further than the one before

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and could soon be armed with a nuclear weapon.

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It's all about getting America to listen.

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The North Korean side is definitely sending a message

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The missile is aiming at the United States.

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They are saying we are going to talk to you.

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More joint military exercises a sign that force is not being ruled out,

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though pressure is mounting for a diplomatic solution.

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A pre-emptive strike could destabilise the entire region,

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but how long is Washington prepared to wait?

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Here in Seoul, South Korea depends heavily

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But the very presence of tens of thousands of US forces here feeds

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into Pyongyang's propaganda, that it is under threat,

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With the military on high alert the Korean peninsula feels more

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Avoiding an ultimate confrontation is now key.

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A visiting professor at Georgetown University Centre for Security

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studies in Washington, I asked her how dangerous this current situation

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is. I do not think it's any more dangerous than has been Franklin the

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last 64 years. We just passed the anniversary of the Armistice and the

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tensions on the Korean peninsula have always been high because the

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Korean War has technically never ended. Some would say that is

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extraordinary given what we have seen with the latest missile test

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with North Korea, the most powerful yet. Well, yes it may be the most

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powerful yet but the point it is not so much this task test, it is

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problematic the series and consecutive and ongoing testing that

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North Korea is doing because it indicates North Korea is no

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progression towards steady and greater development and it is the

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totality of the picture that is alarming. There is nothing

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particular about this strike, I think, that raises the threat level

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any more than at other times. When we see American bombers flying over

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the Korean peninsula, how much of the message is that sense to

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Pyongyang but also to Beijing saying if you will not do much about this,

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we might? Well, that is certainly one perception that is received by

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the audience but I think the bigger and stronger message is one of

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deterrence, it is not so we're practising because they're going to

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make runs of bomb droppings, that is not what they are for, they are to

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show the strength and unity of the alliance which is very important to

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South Korea's defence and also Japan and all of US allies in the region.

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But when you see Donald Trump sending out tweets which has seen

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the frustrated with Beijing, how strong is the Alliance? No, I do not

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think the two have are related. It has taken six months for President

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Tromso come to the understanding that China is not going to act on

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behalf of the United States. That is quicker than previous presidents who

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her last 16 years have relied on outsourcing the Chinese role to

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solve the North Korean problem. President Trump I think his tweets

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are confusing to many people as I do not think this is any different. So

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this is misguided and China is not so much a solution of some think it

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might be? The point is North Korea is often treated as just this

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objective actor that if we can just tweak how we try to change our

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tactics towards North Korea we will get the result. You have to remember

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North Korea is an independent actor and China is acting in China's

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interests. These interest and not much United States or any of its

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allies. That is the problem. President Vladimir Putin

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has confirmed that seven-hundred-and-fifty-five US

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diplomatic personnel are to be expelled from Russia

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by September the first. He added that further

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sanctions against Washington were being considered,

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but would not be imposed yet. New US sanctions on Russia

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were overwhelmingly approved by both houses of Congress on Tuesday

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despite objections A gunman has opened fired

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in a nightclub in the German city of Konstanz near the border

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with Switzerland, killing one person Police say the attacker,

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a 34 year-old Iraqi, was shot in an exchange of fire

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with officers as he left A spokesman said there was no

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evidence of a terrorist motive. An Israeli court has rejected

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the appeal of a soldier Elor Azaria was sentenced to 18

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months in jail for shooting dead a 21-year-old Palestinian man

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who was lying wounded on the ground. The court ruled that the Palestinian

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man did not pose a "real and present danger" and that Azaria violated

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the army's rules of engagement. Police in Australia believe

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an alleged plot to blow up aircraft Four men have been arrested

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after raids on several homes in the Sydney area ,

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and suspected bomb Security has been tightened

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at airports around the country, with passengers being warned

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to expect delays. A suspect is taken into custody

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in the Surry Hills neighbourhood of Sydney, one of four people

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arrested in raids across the city by heavily armed police and members

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of Australia's domestic spy agency. Investigators say they have

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information that the plot to blow up an aircraft involved the use

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of an improvised device. As roads were sealed off

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and properties searched, it has been reported the operation

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was not planned but a rapid The Prime Minister,

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Malcolm Turnbull, says the authorities have foiled

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what appears to be I can report last night

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that there has been a major joint counterterrorism operation

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to disrupt a terrorist plot A woman who said her son and husband

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were among those arrested in Sydney has denied they had any ties

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to extremism, but senior police commanders say the raids were part

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of an alleged Islamic-inspired plot. Additional security measures have

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been put in place at domestic and international airports

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around the country. Australia's national terror threat

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level remains at probable, which means the intelligence

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agencies believe that groups or individuals have the intent

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and capability to carry Since 2014, 70 people have been

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charged as a result of more than 30 counterterrorism raids

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across the country. Still to come, events to remember

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one of Europe's bloodiest ever battles, century ago.

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Nasa has investigated investigation after confirmation astronauts were

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cleared to fly while drunk. The last foot patrol in South Armagh once an

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everyday part of the soldiers Lot Mujdza Judy and danger, now no more

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after almost four decades. Six were white lion cubs are on the

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prowl in Worcestershire Park and have been wrecked met with a roar of

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approval. They are cute. Several people have been

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killed in Venezuela - in violence surrounding the deeply

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divisive election for a new assembly US

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bombers have flown over the Korean peninsula in response to Pyongyang's

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latest missile test. Now, the sports news. The match

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taking place at the moment England and France, deep into the second

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half of the women's Euro 2017 quarterfinal and the winner will

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meet the hosts in the semifinals, England to Leeds with Jody Taylor

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taking the ball into the net on the hour mark. There is 60 minutes

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remaining. Germany were knocked out by Denmark. Their third loss in 26

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years of these championships. Denmark face Austria who won 5-3

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against Spain. Germany play a wonderful passing game and we cannot

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complete them from chances but we were in the way all of the time, it

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was not like open chances they got, they maybe got one that they should

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have scored but we also had one or two that we should have scored on so

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maybe 4-3 us would have been the more fair result but there is too

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good goalkeepers in the goals. I do not think we were lucky today, it

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was not a lucky win, it was a good win. England are closing in on

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victory in a fair test of their series against South Africa. England

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declared on 313-8 Jonny Bairstow making 63. South Africa lost their

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captain without scoring. Ben Stokes on a hat-trick. The four match

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series is currently level at one win each. We have done very well to get

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the four wickets. Hopefully we can get these two at the moment and

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finish it off quickly. Sebastian Vettel has won the Hungarian Grand

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Prix to increase his lead in the F1 championship to 14 points. Lewis

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Hamilton had to settle for fourth but the team is taking a four-week

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break. As the sun sets on this first half of the 2017 Formula 1 season it

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is Ferrari who enter the Formula 1 summer holidays with the biggest

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smile because they dominated here in Hungary. Sebastian Vettel is

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understandably delighted with his days work but is weekend's work.

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Mercedes have been less to lick their wounds because it was not

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their weekend at Hamilton has cost himself three extra points because

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he gave the third-place back to Valtteri Bottas. His head may have

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been more ruthless. It is a three-week break in the F1 calendar

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and the season resumes at the Belgian Grand Prix in three weeks'

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time. Who will it be, Mercedes Ferrari? Bernhard Langer has won the

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senior open, record tenth major title on the senior tour. The

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Germany when two masters and more than 100 other titles on the mentors

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is in great form. His third senior major of the season winning by three

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shots in Wales. It is fantastic to win any tournament but to win the

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senior Open Championship means a great deal and to have won it three

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times now, second time here is pretty amazing achievement and I

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look forward to defending it next year. Alexander Christoph has won

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the richest one day cyber race. After 100... Came down to a bunch

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sprint on the MoU and Christoph got a late charge from the Denmark man.

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That is the way to spend a Sunday afternoon. It looks beautiful. Thank

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you very much. A service to mark 100

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years since the Battle of Passchendaele is taking place

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in Belgium this evening. The battle was one of

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the bloodiest confrontations of the First World War,

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with almost half a million The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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joined King Phillipe Queen Mathilde of Belgium

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for the service at the The ceremony included

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a rendition of the last post, something which has been heard

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in the town every evening Ben Brown is in Ypres to watched

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commemorations. A very moving occasion. Yeah, 100 years after one

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of the bloodiest battles in human history, what was supposed to be the

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war to end all wars. Passchendaele lasted more than three months but in

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its there were some half a million casualties on both sides killed,

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missing or wounded. A staggering number of casualties and in the end

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the British side and Commonwealth side only gained some five miles or

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eight kilometres of territory. The British side faced really some

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terrible odds on the battlefield, the battlefield had been swamped

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with torrential rain, a sea of mud, many drowned in the mud, machine

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guns and mustard gas as well. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have

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been here for the commemorative events and Prince William spoke of

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the need to remember the sacrifice that was made. The battlefields came

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to define the war for many British and Commonwealth soldiers. The

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defence of the city at such great cost meant it became hallowed

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ground. Winston Churchill said of Ypres a more sacred place for the

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British race does not exist in all the world. 100 years ago tonight the

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British and Commonwealth soldiers would have marched along the road

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behind me whether Menin Gate now stands on their way to the front

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line for the start of the offensive, the beginning of the Battle of

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Passchendaele but many of them would never return. And would die there on

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the battlefield. 4000 relatives, descendants of those who fought at

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Passchendaele have made their way from Britain to Belgium this weekend

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for the commemorative events determined to keep alive the memory

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of their ancestors, they brought pictures, letters and diaries and I

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spoke to one man whose father had fought at Passchendaele and joint

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when he was only 15 years old who fought amid the mud was gassed but

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somehow survived and he told me it is so important that the memory of

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Passchendaele should not be allowed to fade and future generations are

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taught all about it. I spoke to some of the British descendants started

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with Philip Cotterell his great uncle Alfred died in the Battle of

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Passchendaele. These people really gave everything so we could have the

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lifestyle we Leeds today and I think that we are very lucky. I can't

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imagine doing it myself. When you go to the cemeteries and see the number

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that fell during the Battle of Passchendaele and the whole duration

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of the war, it is important to pay respect and to remember so many

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people gave their lives to allow us to be here and live our lives as we

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do today. Between the British, the French and the Allies and the German

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something like 500,000 people were wounded or killed. Unbelievable

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numbers. And we won five miles of land which we then gave up again six

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months later when the Germans came back again. It is the lunacy of it,

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the bravery and to try to remember that must never allow ourselves to

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get into the situations. Well, commemorative events this weekend

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began at Menin Gate with the playing of the last post, it is played every

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evening here as it has been on almost every evening since 1928 and

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on Menin Gate more than 50,000 names are listed of the missing from the

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First World War stop tomorrow many of the British relatives who are

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here will go to a cemetery where thousands of British and Allied war

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dead are buried as the commemorative events continue a century after the

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start of the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the bloodiest

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battles on human history. Thank you. If you want to read more about the

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World War I battle of Passchendaele, you can on our website. You can also

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find information about other commemorations which began this

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evening. Thank you for watching. Hello, it has been all or nothing

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