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Dramatic scenes in Charlottesville as an organiser of last night's

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rally is for to wait from the microphone.

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The US top military chief arrives for talks in South Korea as tensions

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between the United States and North Korea intensify.

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Kenya's defeated presidential candidate urges people

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Also in the programme: Streets turned into rivers in Nepal

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as the death toll from flooding and landslides rises to at least 49.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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One of the organisers of Saturday's far right rally in Charlottesville

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that resulted in a woman being killed by a car was for to abandon a

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media briefing following protests. Meanwhile the White House defended

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President Trump after it was claimed he didn't go far enough in

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condemning violence by white supremacists. Laura Bicker reports.

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After a violent day of division, Charlottesville has come together

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to pray, to show that this city condemns the hate brought here

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The Virginia governor went from row to row,

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hugging worshippers in this Baptist church.

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He promised to keep politics out of the pulpit,

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but there is a message he felt he had to give.

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It is about politics in that the political rhetoric

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in this country today is breeding bigotry.

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The streets here simmered with tension yesterday before

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finally erupting into violence, as white supremacists

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The group, which included members of the Klu Klux Klan, said

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Counter-protesters and anti-racism activists challenged them.

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Police tried to disperse the crowd but this day

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A car, at speed, rammed into protesters.

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Shocked witnesses captured the aftermath.

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The crash killed 32-year-old Heather Heyer, who had fought

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Many others are still being treated in hospital.

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Those who captured the scene on camera said they were not shocked

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The police have charged a 20-year-old James Alex Fields

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The Nazis who came to town yesterday clearly had the intent

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You don't come to town with shields and helmets and weapons

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and have a militia with automatic or semiautomatic weapons

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around their shoulders if you are here to peacefully

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Others, who have lived here all their lives,

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say the scenes do not represent Charlottesville,

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and they want politicians to challenge those responsible.

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It is important to call these people what they are -

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I don't understand why that is so difficult,

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They're not hiding this behind a statue, they didn't come

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here because of a statue, they came here because

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just as David Duke said yesterday, they came here to fulfil the promise

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of President Trump and take their country back.

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This city did not want bigotry on its streets.

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Its people now want to remember those who died trying to challenge

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Well, within the last couple of hours, Jason Kessler,

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one of the organisers of the Unite the Right Rally, has been giving

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a statement about the trouble that flared up at the weekend.

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But that media briefing had to be cut short after protests.

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The BBC's Joel Gunter is in Charlottesville

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We're in downtown Charlottesville where Jason Kessler, the organiser

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of yesterday's white nationalist rally, tried to give a press

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conference but he was drowned out by shouts from the cloud of shame and

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thug and murderer. He spoke for a few minutes before the cloud chased

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off the street. He was met riot police who got into the police

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station. The riot police formed a defensive line with shields and it

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looks like Kessler has now been taken out in an armoured vehicle.

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There are still a large group of protesters on the streets making

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speeches. Tensions in Charlottesville remain high.

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There is no imminent threat of a nuclear war with North Korea -

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so says the Director of the CIA, Mike Pompeo, amid heightened

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Mr Pompeo says the US intelligence had a good idea

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of what was going on in Pyongyang and that he wouldn't be

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surprised if it carried out another missile test.

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Meanwhile, the head of the US military, General Joseph Dunford,

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has arrived in South Korea for talks on the two countries' defence

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alliance, as well as North Korea's nuclear and missile threats.

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He will meet President Moon Jae-in and the Defence Minister on Monday.

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General Dunford will also visit China and Japan

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On the Pacific island of Guam, people turned out in large numbers

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They are now potentially in the firing line as the stand-off

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between the US and North Korea continues.

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Pyongyang has threatened to fire missiles toward this island

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which is home to major US military bases.

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We're here to pray for leaders of those countries to remain calm

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and think about the people and the lives of the

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In Japan anti-aircraft systems were deployed at the weekend

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to shoot down any North Korean missiles aimed at Guam.

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This area of southern Japan would lie on the flight path.

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This is the most serious crisis in the region since the end

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of the Korean War in the 1950s, according to some military experts.

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There is a real risk by miscalculation probably more

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than anything else and by rather unbalanced rhetoric of something

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happening that no-one intends and I think it is very dangerous,

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I think we are closer to there being some sort of fighting

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in the Korean peninsula than we have been since the ceasefire in 1952.

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Despite this, US President Donald Trump is not

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turning down his rhetoric, including his recent statement

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that the US military was locked and loaded.

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I hope that they are going to fully understand the gravity

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of what I said and what I said is what I mean so hopefully

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they will understand exactly what I said and the meaning of those

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words, those words are very easy to understand.

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On Monday the US' most senior general, Joseph Dunford,

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will be in the South Korean capital for meetings with

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The Americans say there is no imminent threat

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of conflict and the diplomatic track is continuing.

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But tensions are likely to rise even higher in a week's time when yet

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more planned military exercises involving the US and South

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Korean Armed Forces take place in the region.

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Another show of force to try to convince North Korea to

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Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci says

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there are people inside the white is working against Donald Trump. He has

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given his first TV interview since being sacked after just ten days in

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office. Speaking to BBC News, he said there were parts of the

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establishment trying to reject the President. The president is not a

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representative of the political establishment so people have decided

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to reject him. It's like he has opened the doors for billionaires to

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open the Washington political system. The members of the political

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class do not like that. So ease fighting an enemy within the White

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House? There are members inside Washington, also in the White House,

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that are not necessarily abetting the President's interest. Name

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names. I have named some names and there were some strategic changes

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and there will be more, the president is realising he has to

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bring in the witness to him and he has to bring in a different

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strategy. The Kenyan opposition leader

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Raila Odinga has given a defiant response to international calls

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for him to respect the results of At a rally in the capital Nairobi,

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he urged his supporters He said he would announce his full

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course of action on Tuesday. Our correspondent

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Alistair Leithead has more. They believe the election was stolen

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and have taken to the streets. Opposition presidential

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candidate Raila Odinga toured his stronghold

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in the capital, the first time he has appeared in public

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since losing the election. He urged his supporters not

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to accept the result. They knew they would be defeated

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and would have to steal, he told the crowd, that is why

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they had come to kill innocent people, shoot them,

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put them in body bags Dozens have been injured and some

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people killed this weekend The question was whether

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the opposition would accept They are calling for mass

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action and for people Much of the country has

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accepted the result. I wish to declare

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for Uhuru Kenyatta. President Kenyatta was declared

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winner on Friday night, beating his rival by a wide margin,

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and has a second term in office. International observers declared

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the process broadly free and fair and the Electoral Commission

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dismissed claims the ballot In a place with a history of ethnic

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post-election violence, The opposition leader has done

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little to urge peace and is now taking his election challenge

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to the streets. In Nepal, 49 people have been killed

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in floods and landslides, and there are fears that

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number will rise. Rescue forces have been deployed

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and the Prime Minister has called BBC World Service's environment

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correspondent, Navin Khadka is in Kathmandu and has more

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on the worst affected areas. We are talking about the plane lands

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that border India so this is the rivers and river alerts, where they

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meet the Ganges, so this is massive rainfall in a short space of time.

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The rivers have broken the embankments and so you have water

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everywhere, but the scale we are seeing now, a similar thing was seen

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in 1993 and since then there have been other incidences but not of the

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scale. Scientists predict this will carry on with the longer prediction

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of massive rainfall in a short space of time. The issue right now is

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about the maroon and submersed places everywhere, houses, schools,

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farms, and the government has admitted it is overall brand, the

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resources are not there and people are stranded so there is a huge

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challenge. There is no electricity or telephone so communication is a

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huge issue and that is a massive challenge and the movement has been

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hindered, and there for a government rescuers and officials have admitted

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it Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. Iran's parliament has overwhelmingly

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approved a bill giving more than half-a-billion dollars of extra

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funding to its missile programme It's a response to the latest US

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sanctions against Tehran. Iran's chief nuclear

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negotiator said the new bill - which also sanctions US military

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officials - does not violate Gay rights activists have been

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assaulted after taking part Dozens of people held flags

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and banners in a peaceful parade While leaving the event,

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a number of the activists were targeted with pepper spray

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by unidentified men. At least 11 people have been

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arrested for looting containers that had fallen from a cargo

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ship in Brazil. Locals went out in small boats

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to the floating containers, They took consumer goods,

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including bicycles, air Stay with us on BBC

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World News, still to come... More on the mystery of what happened

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to a Swedish journalist who went missing after riding on this

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privately built submarine. The big crowds became bigger as the

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time of the general approach. But the lines of fans became longer,

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police prepared for the huge job of cloud control.

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Idiot Amin, Uganda's brutal former dictator, has died at the age of 80.

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He is being buried in Saudi where he lived in exile since being

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overthrown in 1979. 2 billion people around the world have seen the last

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total eclipse of the sun to take place in this millennium. It began

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its journey off the coast of Canada, ending after the sunset over the

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coast at the Bay of Bengal. This is BBC World News. The latest

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headlines... One of the organisers of Saturday's far right rally in the

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US city of chocolate spill was booed after he tried to give a news

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conference at City Hall. The US top military chief says in North Korea

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there is no threat of an attack by the dated states.

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More on the mystery of what happened to a Swedish journalist who went

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Police in Denmark searching for a missing Swedish woman say

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they've found no clues on the submarine where

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The owner and designer of the submarine escaped when it sank.

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Investigators have begun scouring the Nautilus, looking for clues to

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help solve the mystery about what might have happened aboard on

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Thursday night. A freelance journalist whose work has been

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published internationally has not been seen or heard from since. This

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was raised off the sea bed on Saturday and brought to learn

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overnight it was drained. No one was found inside that forensic

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specialists will continue their work. After he was arrested on

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Friday, the owner said he had dropped the journalist off on one of

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Copenhagen's Islands on Thursday night. A police spokesman said he

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had not given a different explanation of what happened during

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the voyage. The spokesman would not elaborate. He also cast doubt on the

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account that the Nautilus sank when he was trying to repair an issue

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with the ballast tanks. He told journalists that the submarine had

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been sunk deliberately. Meanwhile the search for the journalist or her

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body continues. Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari

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has broken his silence after spending much of this year

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in London for medical treatment. He said there had been

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a "tremendous" improvement in his health and that he feels

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"ready to go home". But it is still not clear

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what he is being treated for, and his prolonged absence has

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sparked protests in Nigeria. Haruna Shehu is from the BBC's

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Hausa Service and explained more. The presidency has not disclosed

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what the president has been suffering from and although a lot of

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people have been criticising the silence of the disclosure of the

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President's illness, what people, especially the presidential aides

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are saying, is he is entitled to some kind of privacy, that it is not

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necessary for him to disclose what they want he is suffering from. The

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fact that the president has been awake in London and has appointed an

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acting president is enough so people should not worry about what he is

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suffering from. A lot of people are saying that the president should

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either go back to the country or resign and allow the acting

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president his own full presidential powers to discharge the duties of

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the office of the President but what the people who were closed to the

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president are saying is that there is nothing wrong, the president has

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transmitted power as the queues at -- as the constitution says, if he

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is going to be away for a period of 90 days, he should hand over power

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to his deputy, which she did, and in that case there is no constitution

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clause that had been violated, and then the acting president has been

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performing smoothly so there is no cause for alarm, according to those

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who were close to the president. It's time to get all the sports News

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now. Lucy, thank you.

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The 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships are nearing

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a conclusion in London with seven golds on offer on the final night.

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South Africa's Caster Semenya took her third world

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Semenya, the defending Olympic champion, ran the fastest

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time of the year so far, Kenya's Hellen Obiri took gold

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in the 5000 metres after picking up the silver at last year's Olympics

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in Rio while Kenya's Elijah Motonei Manangoi upstaged his teammates

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Timothy Cheryiot and Asbel Kiprop to win gold in the men's 1500 metres.

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Romelu Lukaku scored a double on his official Old Trafford debut

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as Manchester United beat West Ham 4-0.

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Jose Mourinho's team were a constant threat against a poor Hammers side,

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Lukaku finishing smartly with a goal in each half.

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Antony Martial made it three in the 87th minute,

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and Paul Pogba rounded things off with a well taken finish

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from outside the box in the 90th minute.

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It was a good performance with confidence level is very high, with

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a team coming through the second half, winning 1-0 and playing to win

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in their more comfortable way and I think it was a very positive

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performance with a good reflection of the confidence levels we have.

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So United move top of the table on goal difference courtesy

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of their victory while the team who finished second last year,

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Tottenham, were also winners in their opening match as Delle Ali

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and Ben Davies second half goals saw them win 2-0 at newly promoted

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Newcastle United who had Jonjo Shelvey sent off

:21:11.:21:12.

The world's most expensive footballer, Neymar,

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made his Ligue Un debut for Paris Saint-Germain

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But it was in the relatively smaller surroundings

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The forward, who signed for over 260 million dollars,

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Is now part of a team that is winning 2-0.

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Defending champions Monaco opened their campaign at Dijon

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Neymar's former club Barcelona are currently in action

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against Real Madrid in the opening leg of the Spanish Super Cup.

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It is still currently goalless after about 20 minutes played but

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Barcelona have looked more likely to take the lead in that one.

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While the Italian Super Cup which is played over just the one

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leg at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome features Juventus and

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Lazio Ciro Immobile with a penalty at 32 minutes.

:22:10.:22:12.

The final round of the US PGA Championship sees overnight leader

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American Kevin Kisner tie for the lead.

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He and Hideki Matsuyama are both on seven under par.

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Pre tournament favourite Rory McIlroy finished one over.

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Jordan Spieth was looking to become youngest to achieve career grand

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slam but finished well back on two over.

:22:45.:22:46.

World Number one Dustin Johnson four under for day

:22:47.:22:48.

Defending champions England scored ten tries against Italy as they made

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it two wins out of two in Pool B of the Women's Rugby World Cup.

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Arguably their only downfall was goal kicking that saw them land

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England's next game on Thursday will be a pool decider

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against the United States who beat Spain 43-0.

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Elsewhere New Zealand and Canada scored second wins in Group A,

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the Black Ferns 121-0 winners over a hapless Hong Kong who've

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conceded 209 points in two games while scoring none.

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While hosts Ireland were 24-14 winners over Japan in Group C

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and France are leading Australia 34-0.

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After weeks of public divisions between members

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of the Cabinet over Brexit, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond,

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and the International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox,

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have made a joint pledge that any transition period will not be

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The two have previously put forward opposing views on Brexit.

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Here's our political correspondent, Ben Wright.

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Not always heading in the same direction.

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While the Chancellor Philip Hammond wanted Britain to stay in the EU,

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Trade Secretary Liam Fox has long believed in Brexit,

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and in headlines over the summer, their disagreements over what should

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happen after Britain leaves the EU in March 2019 have been clear.

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Writing a joint piece in the Sunday Telegraph,

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they say there must not be a cliff edge break when Britain leaves

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They will seek a time-limited transition period with the EU.

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But during this period, Britain will leave the EU single

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I think it is actually very encouraging because over the last

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three or four weeks we have seen conflicting signals sent out

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by various numbers of the Cabinet, and now it does look as though

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someone has said to Mr Fox and Mr Hammond we need to see unity.

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The customs union sets EU-wide tariffs.

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The single market allows free trade and the movement of people.

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Ministers say the UK can leave both while still giving business

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confidence during our departure from the EU.

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It sounds worryingly to me as if the price Philip Hammond has

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had to pay for a transitional arrangement has been to sign up

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to us leaving the single market and the customs union.

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I think that is a dreadful mistake for the future of our economy, jobs,

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It's in Brussels all this will have to be hammered out.

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The EU insists progress must be made in sorting out the terms

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of the divorce before the UK's future relationship

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And one issue the EU wants clarity on is how the border

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between Northern Ireland and the Republic will

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This week the government will publish its formal

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position paper on the issue, expected to include

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plans to give Irish citizens the right to move

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Shooting stars littered the sky last night as the Perseid meteor shower

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You've been sending in your pictures from around the country.

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Up to 100 shooting stars an hour were visible,

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there's another opportunity to see the display tonight.

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That's all for now. Thanks for watching.

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