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We are watching Kenya as we await the announcement of a final result

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of their collections. We are eminently awaiting the result. Life

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at the commission of the election count centre. Let's listen in. To

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each and every one of you for putting the confidence in us to

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deliver credible collection. Ladies and gentlemen, this year, like any

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other election year, there were a number of challenges which we

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overcame in order to deliver a fair and free election. Over 200 court

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cases have had to be dealt with, procurement of election materials

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and services. Through all this, the commission remained focused on

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delivering its mandate. There are many lessons that we have learned

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from this electoral cycle that we believe will strengthen our

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institution, ways of quicker transmission of election results for

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example. Allow me to express our greatest gratitude to those that

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contributed to the successful completion of the 2017 elections.

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Firstly, the people of Kenya, our number-1 stakeholder. You have

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entrusted us this responsibility. To all our staff across the country and

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our families for the sacrifices, thank you very much. To the stuff,

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you have long hours and sometimes for corn Street. -- for corn Street.

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-- to the staff members. The majority of you have demonstrated

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core values of transparency and integrity. For your sacrifice and

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dedication, we all you all recognition and gratitude, we are

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truly proud of all of you. -- we all owe you.

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APPLAUSE All stakeholders, parties,

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candidates, the country, I believe you will agree that the commission

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has been successful and we can discuss issues of concern. In line

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with the policy of transparency, we have held many consultation meetings

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for which we have been successful. The African Union, United Nations,

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NDA, Commonwealth Secretariat, east Africa community, European Union, we

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are grateful for your support. We wish to express our special

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recognition to the election management bodies within the east

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African community, Senegal, Namibia. Especially the professor energy of

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your four pence wise counsel. -- in Nigeria for his wise counsel. I'm

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pleased to note that all the local and international observers agree

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that the 2017 elections regrettable, fair and peaceful.

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APPLAUSE -- were credible, fear and peaceful.

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We thank the observers for the preliminary report and look forward

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to final reports, which will be incorporated in the final evaluation

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of the election. We welcome the media for -- we think the media for

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their role. We would also like to thank U for our patients as we relay

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the information. According to the great American statesman Abraham

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Lincoln, the best argument against democracy is the art rich

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conversation with the average photo. -- is a conversation with the

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average water. Today we have been given the responsibility of

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disclosing the results. APPLAUSE

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Before pronouncing the results of the election, we wish to remind you

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of the results in accordance with the law. The tallying of the

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presidential votes is done by the Presiding Officer at the polling

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stations after the closing of voting. The result is then signed

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for and countersigned by the agents are candidates of political parties.

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Once this form is filled in, the Presiding Officer is required to

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scan the form and send it along with another document for the returning

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officer in the national tallying centre. The result is final, when

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announced. All the results are collected, tallied and aggregates

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are found in order to inform the fort back. The returning officer and

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enters the result of the election and economic -- economically

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transmits them. The final decision by the tallying of is final. The job

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of the national tallying centre is to collate and tally results from

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the 290 returning officers. They record the results. That is our role

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and what we have been doing here. The chairman of the commission as

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the returning officer in respect of the presidential elections then

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announces the results of the presidential election. We are a

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candidate has meant the concessional thresholds, garnering 50% plus one

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of the total votes cast in at least half the countries, then the

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chairman shall declare such a candidate as having been duly

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elected as president of the Republic of Kenya. In this regard, Kenyans,

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by the powers vested in me... OK. Ladies and gentlemen, I am told that

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the results have to be signed first. I would like to thank you for

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listening to me... LAUGHTER

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I'll be back to announce the results. Thank you very much.

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APPLAUSE You are watching BBC World News.

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We are watching live. We were expecting that result of the Kenyan

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general election. As we heard there, nothing goes completely smoothly. We

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will be kept waiting a bit longer because the results have re-signed

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first. As we heard, they really were very precise about this whole

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election procedure because ten years ago there was incredible violence in

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Kenya after that disputed election win 1100 Kenyans diet, 600,000 were

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displaced, following that election. This time round, it has been

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peaceful and this time we are expecting imminently... Now, we have

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been waiting for this result. We are waiting for them to be signed and I

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believe that is what is happening right now. Once we see that we can

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expect to get this resolved. Whether it's Uhuru Kenyatta, the incumbent,

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the president that has been in power for 4-5 years. Or will it be the

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opposition, Raila Odinga, the opposition says that they do not

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accept the provisional results but they say they are not prepared to go

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to the courts to fight those results. It will be interesting to

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see finally, once confirmed, what the opposition will do. We assume

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that Uhuru Kenyatta will be announced as President. Stay with us

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on BBC World News. We promised to bring this results to you when we

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get it. Let's move on. President Donald Trump

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has stepped up the war of words with North Korea,

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saying that the US military is "locked and loaded", with plans

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in place if Pyongyang acts unwisely. The rising tensions have forced

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world leaders to encourage German Chancellor Angela Merkel

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said there could be no military solution -

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adding an escalation of the rhetoric Russia's Foreign Minister said that

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he believed the risks are very high and offered a plan to ease tensions.

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Our North America correspondent Nick Bryant reports.

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After fire and fury comes locked and loaded, not the title of some

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Hollywood summer blockbuster, but the words of America's

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commander in chief, who described his country's state

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These are the latest pictures of B-1 bombers stationed in Guam,

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the motto of this squadron, "Fight tonight."

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President Trump reminded people of that on his

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He's deploying social media to ratchet up his rhetoric.

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Military solutions are now fully in place, locked and loaded,

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Hopefully Kim Jong-un will find another path.

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And last night, there was another personal warning

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He has disrespected our country greatly.

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He has said things that are horrific.

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And with me, he's not getting away with it.

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He got away with it for a long time between him and his family.

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As the government of Japan deployed missile interceptors to guard

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against North Korean rockets, international leaders essentially

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TRANSLATION: I believe that, I'm firmly convinced that an escalation

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of rhetoric will not contribute to a solution of this conflict.

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TRANSLATION: When a fight has nearly broken out,

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the first step away from that dangerous threshold should

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be taken by the side that is stronger and smarter.

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Amidst this verbal brinkmanship, it's emerged that the Trump

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administration has been secretly talking to North Korea

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about Americans in prison there and deteriorating relations.

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The news came as America's Defence Secretary emphasised diplomacy.

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You can see the American effort is diplomatically lead,

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it has diplomatic traction, it is gaining diplomatic results.

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And I want to stay right there, right now.

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The tragedy of war is well enough known.

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It doesn't need another characterisation beyond the fact

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Holiday-makers on Guam, the island North Korea has

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threatened with missiles, still seem unfazed.

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But amongst the beach reading this morning,

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a fact sheet from the Guam government warning not

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My colleague as their fries. It looks like a bit of a pattern here.

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Donald Trump with the fighting talk and then his administration trying

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to play that down. Offering some more peaceful measures. We are we? I

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don't think there is any sign that Donald Trump is going to let up on

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his war of words but what we see is a difference of emphasis coming from

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his senior ministers. As we just heard, the Defence Secretary

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emphasises diplomacy, Rex Tillerson owner of this week said that

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diplomacy is the only way forward. Donald Trump is trying to, Jim Matus

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has said that as well, is to show that America does have the military

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remains. What is confusing about this is when is the point where

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Donald Trump thinks he needs to use these military remains in order to

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enforce the line that the US is taking. -- these military means. No

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option has been ruled out, everything is on the table and that

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seems to include a pre-emptive strike. The concern is that this is

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how Kim Jong-un will reject and that could -- will read it and that could

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inspire him to pull the trigger first. Thank you very much.

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So how are people in the south of the peninsula reacting to crisis

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Yogita Limaye in Seoul has been finding out.

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Fierce reactions have come to be expected of North Korea.

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In the US, it now seems to be becoming a pattern.

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The president makes strong remarks, then a member of his cabinet tries

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Analysts I've been speaking to say they so far don't believe that

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either side will act on the threats they are making but when you are in

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such a heated situation, a few days ago in Pyongyang

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there was a mass rally, a big show of strength,

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anti-American slogans, and in that situation,

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when you don't have a line of communication open

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with North Korea, even the slightest miscalculation could be dangerous.

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We have to remember that war can break out with a really small

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That's what people are worried about.

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At this point, I don't think they are strategically

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But really unfortunate things happen that can trigger the war.

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Here in South Korea are concerns about were all of this is heading.

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The country's top security adviser spoke to his American

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counterpart this morning and, during that conversation,

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the US is reported to have agreed that it will not launch any

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pre-emptive strikes on North Korea without informing Seoul.

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On the streets of this city, people go about their lives as normal.

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They are getting worried about this repeated exchange that we are seeing

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between North Korea and the US but at the moment they don't see

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At least 36 people have been killed in Egypt's worst rail

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Around 120 people were injured when two passenger

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One train was travelling from Cairo and the other from Port Said

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when the accident happened in the northern coastal city

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The cause of the collision is still unclear.

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Our correspondent in Cairo, Ranyah Sabry.

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The sad news is that this death toll is likely to rise. It has already

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risen. The number of casualties is 37 and the number of injured as 123.

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These numbers are expected to increase throughout the night as the

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search for bodies through the wreckage continues. It is a major

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accident, if you've seen the pictures. One train was stationary

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and the other collided on its back. Preliminary cause is that the person

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responsible for warning becoming trended not notice and not

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warranted. -- warning for the coming train. It was close to the city of

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Alexandria, the second-largest city in a just and where people had to

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for the summer vacations. That is what thousands of these people were

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intending to do. Just explain to us how busy. You said thousands of

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passengers. These trends are some of the cheapest trains -- these trends.

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There is no strict regulation in terms of having a specific chair

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allocated to you by your ticket. This is why it's always packed, the

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carriages, back with passengers. The price for the railway trains has not

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increased in the past year, although the Egyptian Government took the

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decision to focus the pound in 2016, sending the price of transportation

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through the sky and trains remain at the cheapest. This is why it is the

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means of transportation for many of these were Egyptians. -- of these

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poor Egyptians. With me is our Middle East

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editor Sebastian Usher. Absolutely devastating for Egypt by

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the string caches -- these train crashes have happened before. What's

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been the reaction so far? The president has expressed his sorrow

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over what happened and has said, as is normal in these circumstances,

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anybody who is found to be responsible will be punished. You

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need to go about 2013, 2012, to the last major train accidents in Egypt.

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Rather than being trains running into each other, these were trains

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at level crossings hitting buses. In one, it was attributed to the person

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that was supposed to be watching over the level crossing, they had

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fallen asleep. Trained Remainer and inexpensive -- Michael to remain an

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inexpensive mode of transport for people of every class. -- Michael to

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remain. The management and Ezra structure has backed behind for

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years and years. This will be fuelled again by this accident, the

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feeling that there isn't enough concerned by the Egyptian

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authorities, even though this is a lifeline for people. There is talk

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of investment for this particular line. Thank you very much. We will

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go back to Nairobi, where we expect the result of the Kenyan general

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election. We heard earlier the commission focused on exactly how

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the selection has been carried through and, as the result was

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expected, we were told it has to be signed. Leadsom gentleman. -- ladies

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and gentlemen. Allow me to continue my speech.

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LAUGHTER By the power was vested in me, and

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will meet to provide you -- allow me to provide with you the final tally

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of the election results. These are the results from the countries. The

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role requires I read all of them. -- the counties, the law requires. I

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will start with Mombasa. 580,006 and 44 registered voters. 580,006 and 44

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registered voters. Mohammed, 1004 64. Representing 43%.

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Next candidate, 0.4%. The following candidate, 0.1%. The next candidate,

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19 Everest APPLAUSE Representing 28.9 7%.

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The following candidate, representing 0.2%. Joseph William

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1271, representing 0.37%. The next candidate, 69.76%. The total vote

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cast, 342,347. This is 100% of vote. This means that there were no

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spoiled votes. The next county. 281,102 and registered fortress. --

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focus Mac. 3.8%. Uhuru Kenyatta 43,694, 23.59%.

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These are life images from Nairobi, the national electoral centre. We

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still await the Electoral Commission, McWhirter, to announce

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the results. We believe that at the moment the announcement is going

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through constituencies. There are 40 constituencies. When we get the

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final result, we will bring that, I promise.

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36 people have been killed after a coach crashed into a wall

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It was travelling from Chengdu in the south west to central China

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The cause of the crash is still unclear.

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49 people were aboard this bus when it slammed into the wall

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of a northern Chinese expressway on Thursday night.

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More than 30 of those passengers were killed on impact,

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The coach was travelling to Chengdu city to central China.

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Highways around the tunnel were blocked for hours,

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and vehicles diverted in the wake of the crash.

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It is still unclear as to what caused it.

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But deadly road accidents are common in China.

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Traffic regulations are often flouted all go unenforced by police.

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Overcrowded coaches are common across the country.

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In 2015, more than 58,000 people died on Chinese roads.

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High speeds and aggressive driving contributing to the death toll.

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We are still awaiting the results from the Kenyan general election. We

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will bring that to you as soon as we can.

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The weather was a little bit disappointing for most of us today.

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Pretty overcast. The weekend is looking good. Sunshine it will be

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around and it looks mostly dry. Potentially a bit of rain.

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