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Our top stories: Celebrations as South Africa's Jacob Zuma

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Kenyans are also voting for a new president -

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Counting begins after thousands of people cast their vote.

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Athletes at the World Championships are struck by the norovirus -

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Botswana's track star is a casualty - he's out of the four

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I was ready, I was top of my game to come here. I was ready to make

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everything possible. I came here for a medal.

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And Hong Kong closes more beaches as a palm oil

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Well, it's closer than anyone thought, but South African president

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Jacob Zuma has survived a vote of no confidence in parliament today.

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Mr Zuma would have been removed as president if over two-hundred

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MPs voted against him, but only

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Celebrating his success, he declared his ANC will win a big

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majority in the general elections in 2019.

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I've just come to say thank you to all of you.

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Those comrades who are in Parliament need

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the support from the membership and supporters.

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To demonstrate that the ANC is there, is powerful, is big.

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Tellers about the reaction there. Yes, those who supported President

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Jacob Zuma celebrating, as you have seen, but there are those who did

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not want this vote of no-confidence to be defeated. Who are also the

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ANC. They are slightly uneasy tonight because perhaps the witch

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hunt begins, even though this was a secret ballot. People are beginning

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to wonder who voted for who and who abstained. Remember, there were 26

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votes from the ANC which supported the opposition motion, and there

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were nine abstentions. So it means that about 35 people from the ANC

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did not want their leader to continue as president. And

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therefore, there must be questions now coming out of the ANC

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headquarters. And that means there is quite a bit of time for the

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opposition to press on those vulnerabilities, that division

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before the next elections. That's very correct indeed. The opposition

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leader has already vowed to continue the fight. They smell blood because

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they've already now seen with clear-cut evidence on the ballot

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vote that there are divisions in the ANC. He divisions that we have been

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talking about for months now, which were largely within the ANC in its

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own structures, in the villages and the townships of this country have

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now reached the backbenches of Parliament. So opposition parties

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are vowing to continue with the fight and this means that it's going

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to be a long road for President Jacob Zuma until December, when the

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ANC meets for its elective conference, when he's supposed to be

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stepping down after serving two terms as party leader. Is there any

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sign that he is humbled or in a mood to compromise after this eighth

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no-confidence vote? Clearly, President Jacob Zuma, after

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surviving this eighth no-confidence vote, is now in his ninth life.

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There is no way he could be compromising now. Eagles victorious.

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He never gives up. Remember, Jacob Zuma stayed in prison for ten years

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with Nelson Mandela while fighting against Wightman Daugherty rule, so

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he does not give up easily. Most people see this as a loss for him,

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given what has happened with ANC MPs, who voted with the opposition.

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But for himself, he sees this as a victory. He is buoyant and he hopes

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to get to December. There are some rumours that he had offered this

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morning to resign, but there is no confirmation whether that is true or

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not. Thanks for bringing us right up to date there.

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In Kenya, the first polling stations are declaring their vote tallies

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Voting is still taking place in some other polling stations,

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Throughout the day, people waited in long queues to vote.

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The incumbent president, Uhuru Kenyatta, who's standing

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again, has said he would accept the will of the people.

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His main rival is his longstanding opponent, Raila Odinga.

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Security has been tight, as Tomi Oladipo reports.

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In the darkness before dawn, they waited.

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Some voters camping overnight, hoping to be the first in

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In thousands of polling stations across Kenya, they turned

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Here in Nairobi, Kenyans have been queueing, braving

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the cold and the rain, waiting to exercise their right to vote.

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Now, once this process is done then all

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eyes will be watching as the results come in.

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It's the race for the presidency that's attracting the

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The incumbent president Uhuru Kenyatta is seeking

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re-election, but hoping to replace him on his fourth attempt is Raila

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Odinga, a veteran opposition candidate.

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The winner would need more than half of the votes to avoid

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Competition is also fierce at the lower levels of

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But it will all be down to what the people decide.

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We're hoping for a successful election and

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I really hope that the Kenyans keep peace after the election.

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No matter who wins, we will still be Kenyans.

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First, I want to exercise my democratic right, and secondly I

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want to vote for the right people for the next Government

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and for development of our country and of course for my

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children's future, yeah.

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I'm somebody who has been voting from the first president of

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Kenya and I think now this is the fourth president and I'm here,

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whether it rains or it shines, we are very happy.

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The electoral authority has been under intense

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pressure to deliver a fair and transparent poll.

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This country's stability hinges on the success of

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this process and Kenyans hope that their trust

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Our correspondent Anne Soy is at a counting station

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What's next? Well, this is the main place were the final declaration

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will be made. The Constitution gives the Electoral Commission seven days

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within which to make the final announcement for the presidential

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result, and so they say that they are not in any hurry but results are

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trickling in from polling stations that have already counted their

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votes. The adding up these votes happening automatically in the

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electronic system and then everybody can see the results as they trickle

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in across the country through the Electoral Commission's website as

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well as through their local media channels that are updating people

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live. So up till now, the latest update is that at least an eighth of

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the votes count is already in. By morning, we might have many more and

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a clear indication of how this vote will go. Do you expect security to

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remain tight over the next few hours? Well, that depends on several

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issues. It depends on how the losers in this election are going to react

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and what they will tell their supporters because most of the

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post-election violence that we have seen in the past has happened as a

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result of that reaction from the election losers. The key thing about

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this particular election is we have so many contestants. More than

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14,000 candidates vying for just over 1800 positions. That means a

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large number of them are going to lose, so how they react is going to

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have an impact on the country. Just a final part. It is, of course,

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Kenyan voices that matter here, but our people aware or thinking of the

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eyes around the world that are upon them? Barack Obama works saying it

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was such an important vote to pass peacefully. That's right. I believe

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that Kenyans get the sense that this is an important election not just

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for them but for the region and the international community is watching.

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Indeed, the international observers were here from the Secretary of

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State from the United States, John Kerry, and also former presidents

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from Ghana and South Africa. Monitoring the vote. So indeed there

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is a lot of attention from the international community and that is

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not lost on Kenyans. Thanks very much.

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

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Chinese state media says an earthquake has killed five people

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and injured more than 60 others in the remote province of Sichuan.

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Buildings in the popular Jiuzhaigou tourist resort are said

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The quake measured six-point-five in magnitude.

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The Australian government has announced plans for a postal vote

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Opinion polls suggest a majority of support for gay

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marriage in the country, but the government's pledge to hold

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a national plebiscite vote lacks parliamentary support.

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The voluntary, non-binding vote will begin next month.

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People who've hacked into the computer systems

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of the US television network, HBO, have demanded a ransom

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They're threatening to release a huge trove of stolen data,

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including a script and video summary of next week's instalment of

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The organisers of the World Athletics Championships in London

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have revealed that 30 athletes and support staff have contracted

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Botswana's Isaac Makwala, who was one of the favourites

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for today's 400 metres final, has been forced to withdraw

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Speaking earlier today, he said it was extremely

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disappointing because he was ready to compete.

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UK Athletics Chief Executive Niels de Vos says measures have been taken

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to stop the virus spreading further.

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This is the time when the world's best athletes should be

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Instead, these competitors and coaches today found themselves

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at the centre of a suspected outbreak of the highly

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contagious vomiting bug Norovirus at this team hotel.

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Yesterday, the world's best 200 metre runner, Issac Makwala,

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was forced to withdraw from the event.

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The Botswanan medal prospect one of 30 athletes and support

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I worked hard for this and it is sad for me because I was top

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I was ready to make everything possible.

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Despite saying he was fit to compete, Issac Makwala

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was ruled out of the 400 metre final by the athletics governing

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This usually lasts between 28 and 48 hours.

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The important thing is if people have it, to stay away from other

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people so they're not at risk of passing it on.

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And to be very scrupulous about washing their hands

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when they have been to the toilet or they have vomited.

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In a statement today, the hotel said the following a joint investigation

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with public health authorities it had been discovered that the

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And that strict hygiene protocols have now been put in place.

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World Championship organisers meanwhile said they're doing

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I guess in any event when you have 20,000 people minimum that we have

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accredited coming in from every corner of the world,

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there is a possibility that someone might come in with a bug.

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And we think that is probably what has happened here.

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There has been all sorts of food poisoning and all the medical

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experts, public health, safety, have said it

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Some German and Canadian athletes staying at the Tower hotel are being

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And with six days of competition left, organisers must now hope

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Systematic use of excessive force is being used

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against demonstrators in Venezuela - according to a UN team of human

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rights investigators, which blames security forces

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for at least 46 deaths in recent protests.

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More than 120 people have died since a wave

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of anti-government protests began in April.

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The Venezuelan government has previously blamed

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"Fraud," they chanted in Venezuela's National

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Assembly, which is controlled by the opposition.

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They're angered by President Maduro's

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creation of a new rival constituent assembly,

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and its first act of sacking the chief prosecutor.

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Luisa Ortega had broken ranks with the

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president to become one of his fiercest critics.

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She's now been replaced by this man, a figure

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likely to be more friendly to the Government.

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Ms Ortega claimed she lost job to stop investigating

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alleged corruption and human rights abuses.

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The United States, Brazil and Colombia, among others, say her

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Yet on the streets, it appears there is support

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These people believe the new assembly will restore peace

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Meanwhile, the United Nations says it has

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investigated 124 deaths in Venezuela, including 46 which

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security forces are allegedly responsible for, and 27 by

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It also says more than 5,000 people have been

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arbitrarily detained there since April, with more than 1,000 believed

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The UN criticised what it called widespread

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and systematic use of excessive force against demonstrators.

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The effect is that this is leading to an

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It is leading to widespread human rights

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And what we are seeing is a pattern of violations that

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Excessive use of force against protesters,

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arbitrary detention of people who are protesting, house raids by

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security officers to try to weed out the protesters.

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And to try to crush any form of dissent.

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What we are seeing is is going from bad to

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worse, and the High Commissioner for human rights believes that the

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responsibility for these violations lies at the highest levels of

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Scenes like these from the weekend will be very much in the

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minds of Latin American's foreign ministers as they meet in Peru to

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decide what joint action they can take over Venezuela, which finds

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It's been reported that UN officials have concluded that North Korea has

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created a miniature warhead. If this is confirmed, it would bring the

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country closer to becoming a fully fledged nuclear power. Our

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correspondent is in Washington. Tell us more. Well, if confirmed, and we

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had not had that confirmation yet, then yes it is a significant

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development but not unexpected. I think what's concerning experts at

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the moment is the speed at which they been able to develop a warhead,

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a nuclear warhead, that is small enough to be able to fit into one of

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these intercontinental ballistic missile is that they have

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successfully tested. Now, that would mean that the US for the first time

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is under direct threat from a nuclear strike by North Korea.

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However, it has to be said that there are other technical issues the

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North Koreans have to surmount and that is getting a nuclear warhead

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that would not be destroyed on re-entry into the atmosphere, so the

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threat is growing, but it's not there yet. However, this is still

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very alarming news, if confirmed. President Trump we know is on a

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working holiday at the moment. He hasn't ruled out military force or a

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strike of some kind. He hasn't, but a lot of his advisers are saying

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that there are no good military options because South Korea would be

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in the direct path of retaliation. There are also American troops in

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South Korea and a military option would absolutely be the last resort

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and although nothing has been ruled out, the administration or at least

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Rex Tillerson, the Secretary of State, seems to be more inclined to

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verge towards talks. At least that's the suggestion, than a direct

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military strike at this stage. Thanks very much.

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British model Chloe Ayling who says she was lured

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to Milan for a photo shoot, abducted, and subjected to physical

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and psychological torment in a six day ordeal.

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Today, Chloe's lawyer has been giving more details

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about what happened and says she was told

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by her kidnappers that she'd be sold for sex in the Middle East.

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The BBC's Gavin Lee has been following the case from Milan.

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This is a case that's baffling Italian

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authorities, and it happened on July the 11th, almost a month ago.

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It was only at the weekend details burst

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into light, and it's only now we are getting more

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information of a very confusing and extraordinary and

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baffling kidnapped of 20-year-old Chloe Ayling from south London, who

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came here to Milan for a photo shoot.

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Now, her lawyer says she came here first of all.

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It seemed to advertise itself as a studio.

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She went inside, she was abducted by three men in

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balaclavas, who injected her with ketamine.

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She was bundled into a large bag, she was put in the back of a

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car and driven 120 miles to the Italian Alps close to the French

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Now, what's emerged today is the Italian prosecutor saying

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Now, in that time there was one person in

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there, a man who has been arrested, a 30-year-old

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Polish national living in the West Midlands.

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He's charged now with kidnap and extortion.

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All sorts of details about what was going on in the

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week, that she was tied to a chest of drawers,

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that she was released at

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some point, told if she left the house, though,

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The day before she was released, she went shopping for shoes, for

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groceries, and there had been some reports questioning what went on.

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Now, her lawyer today saying that's simply

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because she was afraid that

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So there's lots of questions for the Italian

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The British police are involved, Euro poll is involved, but

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The Metropolitan Police has appealed for information after a jogger

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appeared to push a woman into the path of a bus.

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CCTV footage shows the man running on Putney Bridge

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Police say quick reactions by the bus driver prevented

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7.41am in the morning, a man jogging on Putney Bridge and then this.

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It's the quick thinking of the bus driver that saved the woman's life.

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The police believe the jogger deliberately pushed her.

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When you look closely, you see him raise his hands and make contact.

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The woman's head and shoulders are then on the road

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15 minutes later the jogger came back across the bridge here,

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running straight past the woman he'd previously knocked over.

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Passers-by, as well as those who got off the bus,

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The police say she was shocked and upset, but was not seriously hurt.

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If it hadn't been for good reflexes on the part of the bus driver

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or the level of force was such to push her even further

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into the road, almost certainly this could have ended in a fatality.

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The investigation is focused on finding this man.

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Detectives say they have received a number of useful calls,

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including other people reporting similar incidents

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Those leading the investigation stress they believe this

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But are struggling to understand why anyone would deliberately push

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someone into the road during the morning rush-hour.

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French media are reporting that President Macron is preparing to

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backpedal on his proposal to create an official first Lady position for

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his wife. He is expected to clarify the position of his wife in the

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coming days. Hong Kong has now closed a total

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of 13 beaches as congealed The oil appeared following

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a collision between two ships Official cleaning teams

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have been sent to clear the substance from the beaches,

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but criticism of the government's It's the time of year when Hong Kong

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residents normally head for the beach, but many are now off-limits

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after this latest incident to build a huge amount of palm oil into the

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sea. You could easily mistake these snow like balls as possible from the

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ocean, but this is the Palm oil that has hardened following last week's

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accident. Groups of volunteers have been arriving to help with the

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clean-up. They're worried about the length of time it may take to clear.

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This is the third time this beach has been cleaned and I come

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back in the morning before, it's really sunny, and it looks like it

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has snowed here. Every morning, it looks like it's snowed in Hong Kong,

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and every afternoon it all melted back down into the sea. A number of

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popular beaches have been closed. Volunteers are killing bags. It is

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hard and it's disgusting. Really. These people here are all

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volunteers. Where are you, Government? One of the vessels is

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said to have been carrying 9000 tonnes of palm oil. The Hong Kong

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Government says that just 50 of those have been cleared so far. They

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say the Chinese authorities informed them of the collision two days after

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it happened. This could have been prevented before it got to the

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beach. The Government could have or should have had policies and

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procedures in place once it hit the beach it's too late. It's turned

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into a disaster. Officials say the oil is not toxic and Hamas and that

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the beaches are closed as a precaution, but the spill at the

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height of summer, has left a stench over the area and it could be months

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or even years before the real damage is known.

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Don't forget you can get in touch with me and some

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I'll be back in half an hour with Outside Source.

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Jacob Zuma has narrowly won 21 votes.

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some members of his own African National Congress party.

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Much more online as well. Thank you for being with us.

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Much more online as well. Thank you for being with us.

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Good evening. There's been some dramatic weather in places during

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today. We've seen some vicious downpours and thunderstorms,

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courtesy of this area of low pressure. Rather than clearing away,

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this is just going to keep

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