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At least 28 people have died in clashes with

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Police used live ammunition to dry to quell protests by supporters

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of a self-styled holy man who's been convicted of rape.

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Thousands of Texans board up their homes amid warnings

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of the biggest hurricane to hit the US mainland in

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Two white South African farmers who forced a black man into a coffin

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have been convicted of attempted murder and kidnapping.

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I was able to speak to the victim himself and at Tim how he felt and

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he was visibly emotional with tears on his eyes.

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It's shaping up to be the biggest money making bout in history.

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Floyd Mayweather takes on Connor McGregor in

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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At least 28 people have been killed in clashes in northern India

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after a self-styled holy man was convicted of rape.

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More than 100,000 supporters of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had

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gathered in the northern town of Panchkula ahead of the verdict,

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which saw the guru found guilty of raping two female members

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Thousands of his devotees went on the rampage after the verdict,

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setting vehicles, buildings and railway stations on fire.

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Police responded with rubber bullets and then with live ammunition.

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The self-styled "godman" is known as the "guru in bling"

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for his flamboyant taste in costumes covered in jewels.

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He's acted in films as well as staging pop-music style concerts.

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Ram Rahim Singh claims to have 50 million followers in northern

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Justin Rowlatt brings us our first report.

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Violence broke out almost as soon as the guilty verdict was handed

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down by the court in this town in north India.

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More than 100,000 followers of the self-styled

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godman guru had flocked to demonstrate their support.

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They went on the rampage, burning cars and attacking the police,

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who responded with tear gas and water cannon.

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When that didn't subdue the crowd, they fired live ammunition and there

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This train was torched by an angry mob here

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in the Indian capital, Delhi.

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Elsewhere in the city, buses have been set on fire.

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The guru has an absolutely enormous following.

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The fear is that violence could spread in north India.

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Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh is a charismatic figure.

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He calls himself the messenger of God, sports a huge beard, and has

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He has been dubbed the baba of bling, and starred

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And despite his extraordinary appearance, he is regarded

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as a living saint by many of his followers.

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This is the latest in a series of scandals here in India

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involving ascetics who claim exceptional spiritual powers.

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Guru Ram Rahim says sect is a social welfare and spiritual group,

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but he has been accused of involvement in murder,

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and it is also claimed he persuaded 400 of his acolytes to have

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themselves castrated in order to get closer to God.

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It's that kind of devotion that explains the scale and intensity

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of the violence here in North India, but also why the authorities

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Let's get more on this. With me is our correspondent. Welcome. What is

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the latest on at the moment because it is night-time in India the

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situation is under but still very tense. On the service it looks as

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though there is no large-scale violence but there are still small

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incident is being reported, large parts of north India are under

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lockdown so it has affected train services, bus services, people were

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asked to leave their offices early, even as far as in the capital in

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Delhi which is now, not sort of next door when all of this happened, but

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the tension is quite palpable still there. A lot of troops as a low

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security forces on the ground, more than 2000 people have been arrested.

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Including birds but Zabaleta is riveting order meaning people are

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not allowed to gather together as it could lead to violence and classes.

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We are waiting for the whole of the weekend and the actual sentence will

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be given on Monday, it could be delayed. There is still a lot the

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security forces to deal with given there is a massive following. He is

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a very popular man as we were seeing in the report. Tens of thousands,

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millions of followers he says around the world. Was this violence to be

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expected in any way? With the Government perhaps forewarned or

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armed with this? To be honest this was expected, most news reports

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start with just as expected given his huge followings are a lot of

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criticism that the administration was underprepared. They were not

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caught unaware but could they have prepared better for this? About is

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what is being questioned. The Prime Minister and saying he is quick to

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stress of that but a lot of people have said the Government should have

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done enough to make sure that there is another security on the ground.

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The Chief minister of that state has been quite heavily criticised for

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this. But if you look at what is opening on the streets, you look at

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these pictures of violence but on the other hand if you turn to social

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media, people are coming out and criticising massively here is a

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person has been convicted of rape, of two women, and this is the kind

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of support but India and people in India chauffeur them so that is a

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lot of anger and most people, what is the kind of image that it is

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showcasing and what is the Government is doing? 28 people have

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been allowed to die in this kind of perhaps preventable situation. Thank

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you. A court has found two white

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South African farmers guilty of attempted murder

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after they forced a black man into a coffin and threatened

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to burn him alive. The judge said it was clear

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Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson had intended to kill Victor

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Mlotshwa. The two farmers were arrested

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after a video of the attack The video of the assault caused

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outrage here in South Africa. It once again highlighted racial

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tensions in farming communities. Two white farmers shoving

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a black man into a coffin, They accused him of

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trespassing on their farm. The two men were arrested

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after the video of the attack was widely circulated

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on social media. They said they only wanted

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to teach the victim, Victor Mlotshwa, a lesson,

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and that they meant him no harm. But the judge dismissed the claim,

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saying it was clear that their intention

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was to commit murder. In relation to the attempted

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murder of Victor Mlotshwa, In the intent to cause grievous

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bodily harm to Victor Mlotshwa, Shortly after the verdict

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was delivered here in court, the visibly emotional victim,

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Victor Mlotshwa, told me that he was relieved that justice

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has finally been served. Victor Mlotshwa's mother

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welcomed the ruling. TRANSLATION: All I am

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asking is for harsh prison The ordeal left my son deeply

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traumatised and I am happy that his attackers have

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been found guilty. Various political parties'

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supporters protested The convicted men will be sentenced

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in two months' time. Many who attended the trial

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are hoping the judge The United States has

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announced new financial sanctions against Venezuela,

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designed to further isolate The measure bans dealing

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in the bonds of some Venezuelan public companies,

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including the state-owned Earlier this month

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the US imposed sanctions on President Maduro himself -

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and some of his closed aides - We have just had reaction from

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Venezuela to this latest action from the US. The Foreign Minister of

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their has accused Washington of trying to stoke a humanitarian

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crisis. He said, we don't understand it and he has said that they vowed

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the Government of President Nicolas Maduro would defend itself. The US

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ambassador to the United States Nikki Haley said Washington was

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determined to maintain pressure on Venezuela. It is a strong message

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that the people of Venezuela and it is a strong message to President

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Maduro. We are not going to tolerate the dictatorship years trying to

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create and we will not respect the Assembly. Because we are not seeing

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any progress towards lifting up the Venezuelan people and we see more of

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the power grab that President Maduro is trying to do, sanctions are

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another option to send him a message. The billionaire

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vice-chairman of Samsung has been found guilty of bribery and

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embezzlement and sentenced to five years in prison. He was accused of

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making inappropriate donations worth around $6 million to be close

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confidant of the country's former president in exchange for government

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favours. One of those accusations also helped trigger the dismissal of

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the president from office. From Seoul, a warning, this report

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contains flash photography. Jae-Yong Lee is one of the most

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powerful businessmen in the world. Now he's facing a jail sentence

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that is among the longest ever given Mr Lee, has been found

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guilty of paying bribes His lawyers say they will

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go to a higher court. TRANSLATION: As a lawyer, I cannot

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accept any of the legal judgment, We will make an appeal immediately

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and we are confident The case is part of a major

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corruption scandal which erupted in South Korea late last year

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and evoked public anger. Tens of thousands came

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out on the streets. And that triggered

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the removal of the country's she was accused of allowing her

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close friend to accept donations from South Korea's large

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conglomerates in return Outside court on Friday,

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anti-corruption protesters gathered once again as the verdict

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was being delivered. "Samsung is evil",

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one woman shouted. But there were others who were

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unhappy with the court's decision. She, and a group of Park Geun-hye

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supporters, think the whole verdict is part of a government plan

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to eventually prove that the former The verdict that come from this

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court room is about so much more If Mr Lee's sentence is upheld,

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and one of the most powerful businessmen of this country actually

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has to spend a significant amount of time in jail,

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it could be a turning point for the relationship

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between South Korea's big firms Large conglomerates like Samsung

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dominate South Korea's economy and so, even when they've been found

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guilty of corruption in the past, The country's new government though,

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has promised to take And Jae-Yong Lee's trial

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could be just the start. The governor of Texas has expected

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to hold a news conference shortly before the state is battered by an

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ever strengthening storm. McCain Harvey is churning off because as a

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category two storm and could be the worst there in years. As well as

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those heavy winds officials say it could also bring life-threatening

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flooding. Dawn Champion has been braving

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the winds in Corpus Christi, I think that we don't even need

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words to understand what is going on there to stop tell us how strong

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those wins art. Good evening. Within the past two hours we started to

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peel the tropical storm force winds move into this part of the Texas

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Gulf Coast. Of course that is a sign that Harvey is churning ever closer

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to this region. As you mentioned it is expected to be catastrophic for

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this part of the United States. Take a look behind me. This is the Baker

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in Corpus Christi. This morning the water was much lower than it is now.

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I chatted before coming on air and the storage -- storm surge is

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already up two beat and they want is starting to splash with this blog.

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By the end of this weekend I can guarantee that this very spot I am

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standing and will very likely be under several feet of water as the

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storm surge just inundate these coastal areas, before Harvey makes

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landfall. The storm is expected to strengthen even more before making

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landfall sometime tonight or early Saturday morning just north of where

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I am standing. The big danger and the big thing that officials are

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worried about here in this region is the flooding that is expected with

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the storm. More than 30 inches of rain is quite possible in parts of

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this region. Just to give you an idea of how much that is the city of

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Corpus Christi typically gets 30 inches of rain in just a year. They

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are going to get that amount of rain in a matter of a few days here.

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Actually they are very concerned and it is very serious for officials

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here. As you can see behind me, remarkably there are still plenty of

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people here who have decided to stay put and tried to ride out the storm.

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A lot of them coming over here to the coastal area are taking

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pictures, just taking in the side. Certainly this will grow ever more

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dangerous for these bugs who dared to do this as the day wears on here.

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This is something the governor here in Texas has been going on local

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media discussing all morning long telling these folks that time is

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literally running out for them to get out of this region safely. Stay

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safe. Thank you. It is one of the most anticipated

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boxing matches in history - former world champion boxer

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Floyd Mayweather is coming out of retirement to fight mixed martial

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arts champion Conor McGregor. Mayweather is undefeated

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in his professional career. Our BBC Sport correspondent

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Richard Conway is in Las Vegas. Richard, we are expecting that way

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in any time soon but all anyone is talking about here is the money.

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Hundreds of millions of dollars at stake for both fighters here. If the

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dollar but the money or is it really about some showmanship as well? If

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you talk to both Callum McGregor and Floyd Mayweather they are

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unapologetic about the cash. Floyd Mayweather telling me earlier this

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week that he wouldn't have taken any other site because it wouldn't have

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paid him not. This matchup offers assemblage chants he deals to make

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hundreds of millions of dollars. The exact figures are hard to pin down.

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It depends on the number of pay-per-view burgesses for TV and

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the details in the contract. Floyd Mayweather insisting he will be a

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very rich man or even richer we should say after Saturday night. So

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to four, McGregor. At the heart of it there is annexed in treating

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sporting contest here. Questioning the legitimacy of the bad given the

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overriding focus on the money, a lot of people, but this is a class of

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styles, Floyd Mayweather -- Floyd Mayweather one of the greatest

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boxers of his generation. The talking is nearly done. The way in

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will happen soon and on Saturday night both men will it in the ring

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to see who is the better man. All will be revealed in 24 hours' time.

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Thank you. It is a week since the terror attacks in Barcelona which

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killed 15 people. The initial unity between the Spanish government and

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Madrid and the autonomous government in Catalonia which ones to hold a

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referendum on independence in a month's time has been replaced with

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finger-pointing over which police force missed information about the

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terrorist plots. Tom Burrows reports. Still bustling. Tourists

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and locals paying their respects. In the town where the attackers lived,

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a father insisting on never saw any sign that two of his boys were

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planning to kill. One of his sons looking relaxed here shopping. Hours

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later they would attack tourists in a coastal resort. The football pitch

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they used to play on. Opposite the family house of the van driver. Some

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of those who knew the men didn't want to go on camera. This man grew

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up with one of the group. He was a colleague to the attacks.

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TRANSLATION: All of those who ended up as terrorists and their

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afternoons here, they seemed like normal guys. There was nothing

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strange. We have spoken to a group of women who have just come out of

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the family home, in fact the woman's own children went to the same mosque

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and were taught by the same preacher. They say they never heard

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or saw anything to suggest he was the ringleader of a terror plot. But

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he was known to the authorities in Belgium. In Spanish and Catalan

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newspapers this week, recriminations. Spanish sources

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blaming Catalonia's own police force for not sharing information. Catalan

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sources suggesting the fault lies with the National Security agencies

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in Spain. If I was the mother of one of the children there, I would be so

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cross to sit down in front of the television and watched the police

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fighting between each other and doing this playground conflict. We

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have to be united and not show this image of lack of coordination and

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division, because the terrorist want this. Pro-independence Catalan flags

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hang in Barcelona. One month before the autonomous government here plans

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what Spain says will be an illegal independence referendum. A city and

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a country united in grief, but political divisions have revealed

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cracks in policing. Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news... At least 14 people,

:20:13.:20:15.

including five children, have been killed after an air strike

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hit a residential area Witnesses said two buildings

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in the south of the city, which is controlled by Houthi

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rebels, had been destroyed. The former Thai Prime Minister,

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Yingluck Shinawatra, has fled the country,

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hours before a verdict was to be delivered in her trial

:20:28.:20:33.

for criminal negligence. She faces up to ten years in jail

:20:34.:20:34.

over a rice subsidy scheme. More than 20 people have been killed

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in an attack in an attack on a Shia mosque in Kabul as they gathered

:20:49.:20:52.

after impress. A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the mosque. Two

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gunmen stormed the building and were killed by special forces after a

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siege lasting several hours. A white convicted...

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A white supremacist convicted of racially motivated Moors three

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decades ago in Florida has been executed by lethal injection.

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Mark Asay is the first white man in state history to be executed

:21:07.:21:09.

Semi-automated, self-driving lorries will be tested out on British

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The trucks will be connected wirelessly with up to three lorries

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The technology has already been tested elsewhere in Europe

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Supporters say it will mean cheaper fuel hills, lower emissions

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Our correspondent Richard Lister looks at how it will work.

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This could be the future, the driver in the second

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lorry is only steering, his speed is controlled

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by a computer, which is monitoring what the lead driver does.

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These Dutch trials suggest lorries, linked by Wi-Fi like this,

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can drive much closer together, and that may have benefits.

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That means 10% less fuel, that's money off yours

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It's 10% less CO2, so we're going to be really helping the planet.

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Congestion, if we get platooning, vehicles are running smoother

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together, we're not going to get the traffic jams we have

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We're going have robots and sensors not making mistakes hopefully that

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This is one of the specially equipped lorries that'll take part

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in the British trials - first on test tracks and then,

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This technology is moving fast, some cars can already

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The haulage industry wants to catch up.

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So the big question is, do sophisticated lorries

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Well, the short answer is, yes, most British roads are too small

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and too complex for mighty road trains, but vehicles

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like this could revolutionise long distance haulage.

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So Daniel, what we're going to do now, is jump into the vehicle

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and then we'll pull forward and start the exercise.

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Les is training the next generation of lorry drivers here in Slough.

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Daniel's almost ready to take his test, neither is keen

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on sharing the driver's seat with a computer.

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If a driver sees something is wrong, they can deal with it,

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but if a machine breaks down, which is my main concern,

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Wi-Fi connections, what if that breaks down?

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I really don't think it's a good idea.

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We should be fully in control of the vehicles we're driving,

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there's other road users and you have to account

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for all these things, all these factors all the time,

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when your driving these size vehicles.

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The British trials will have three lorries in a platoon,

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but even that, say some, is too many.

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UK motorways are the most congested in Europe,

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we have more entrances and exits and if you've got a platoon

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of driverless lorries, it's very difficult to see road signs.

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It'll be difficult to exit the motorway.

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But with several countries now testing this technology,

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it looks like it is coming and the UK will have

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Planning your funeral is not the curious of topics but here is

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something to lighten the mood. How about renting a robot to play a part

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in proceedings? In Japan people are being offered the chance to do just

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that, carrying out some of the funeral rites at a fraction of the

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price of the human priest. It might seem a little weird to have

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robots involved in something so religious. In Christianity

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technology and religion are often opposed to one another.

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Perhaps not surprising. Certainly a bit different.

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

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of the team on Twitter - I'm TheSamSimmonds.

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That is it for me. Back a little later with the headlines.

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Hello, a Bank Holiday weekend on the way for parts of the UK and it looks

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like we will see some sunshine and

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