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Our top stories: A powerful, life-threatening hurricane bears

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As residents prepare for the worst, the state authorities ask

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the President to declare a major disaster.

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At least 28 people have died in Northern India,

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after police used live ammunition on supporters

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

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The US announces tough new sanctions against Venezuela,

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branding Nicholas Maduro's government corrupt and repressive.

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The United States will target the means with which the dictatorship

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can accumulate debt to enrich its corrupt regime insiders and

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perpetuate its behaviour. And it's shaping up

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to be the biggest money Floyd Mayweather takes

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on Connor McGregor in Hello and welcome

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to World News Today. Hurricane Harvey has intensified

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into a category three storm as it The governor of Texas has asked

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President Trump to issue a major disaster declaration,

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hours before the state Texas and Louisiana haven't been hit

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by a major hurricane Officials say Harvey could also

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bring life-threatening flooding As you know, this is a hurricane

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that will calm in land and then is expected to hover for a long period

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of time. They could be days. During that time, there will be a

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tremendous amount of rain. It will be dropped on miles upon miles of

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Texas. This is going to lead to what was described earlier in our

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conference call as record flooding at multiple locations, ranging all

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the way from the Corpus Christi area all the way up to the Houston area.

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President Donald Trump has treated President Donald Trump has tweeted

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to those in the path of storm to heed the advice

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of local officials. Just a short time ago his press

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secretary said he will visit it looks like the president will

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make plans to go to Texas early next week. We will keep people stood on

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details of those as they are formed up.

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The storm is expected to make landfall near Corpus Christi -

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that's where Don Champion has been watching the Hurricane come

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Within the past two hours, we started to feel the tropical storm

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force winds move into this part of the Texas golf course -- Texas golf

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course to. Hurricaine Harvey is coming into the region. It is meant

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to be a catastrophic event. This is the bay at Corpus Christi. This

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morning the water is much lower than it is now. I've checked before

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coming on air and the storm surge year is already up to feed and the

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water is starting to splash over at this wall. By the end of this

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weekend, I can guarantee you that this very spot will very likely be

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under several feet of water as the storm surge just in on dates these

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coastal areas before Hurricaine Harvey makes landfall. The storm is

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expected to strengthen even more before making landfall sometime

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tonight or early Saturday morning just north of where I am standing.

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The big danger that officials are worried about is the flooding that

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is expected with the storm. More than 30 inches of rain is quite

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possible in parts of this region. Just to give you an idea of how much

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that is, the city of Corpus Christi typically gets dirty inches of rain

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in one year. They will get that in a matter of the few hours. There are

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dire concerns and serious concerns for officials here. As you can see

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behind me, remarkably there are still plenty of people here who have

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decided to stay put and tried to ride out the storm. A lot of them

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coming over to the core still area and taking pictures and ticking in

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the site. -- the coastal area. This will become ever more dangerous as

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the day goes on. 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 to get out of this region safely. Stay safe. Thank

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you. Some breaking news now and reports of a shooting in the Belgian

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capital Brussels. Soldiers are said to have shot a man who attacked them

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with a knife. The man is in a critical state in hospital. That is

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being reported by the Reuters news agency. The man was 30 years old and

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not known for terrorist activities. The soldiers were lightly injured in

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the attack. We will bring you more from that story when we get it.

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At least twenty-eight people have been killed in clashes in India

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

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of Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh had gathered in the town of Panchkula

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

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and police responded with rubber bullets and then live ammunition.

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The self-styled "guru in bling" is renowned for his flamboyant taste

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He was convicted of assaulting two members of his sect 15 years ago.

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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 godman Guru,

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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.

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And there have been clashes elsewhere, too.

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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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He estimates 50 million people and the fear is,

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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,

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sports a huge beard and has a taste for enormous motor cycles.

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He has been dubbed "the Baba of bling", and stars in his own

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movies and pop videos and, despite his extraordinary

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appearance, he's regarded as a living saint by many

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

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involving those who claim exceptional spiritual powers.

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Guru Ram Rahim says his sect is a social welfare and spiritual

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group, but he's 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 and also why the authorities

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A little earlier I spoke to the BBC's Neha Bhatnagar

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who told me things were beginning to calm down.

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At the moment because it has night-time in India, the situation

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is under control but very tense. It looks like there is not any large

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scale violence but small instances that are being. Large parts of north

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India are under lockdown which has affected the train and bus services,

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people were leaving their offices early. The capital, Delhi, which is

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not next-door with all this happened. The tension is quite

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palpable still there. A lot of security forces on the ground. More

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than 2000 people have been arrested in quite a large part of north

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India. There is a prohibiting order that means more than 45 people are

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not allowed to gather together. We do fear this could lead to more

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violence and clashes. We are still waiting for the whole of the weekend

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and the sentence will only be given on Monday, that could be delayed. A

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lot for the security forces to deal with the given his massive and

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future following. He is a very, very popular man, isn't he? Tens of

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thousands, millions he says around the world. Was that violence to be

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expected in any way? Where the Government for warrant for this?

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This was expected. Most news reports start with just as expected, given

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his following. There is criticism that the administration where

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underprepared. They were not caught unaware that could be have prepared

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better? The Prime Minister treated saying he is distressed with that. A

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lot of people have said, the Government should have done enough

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to make sure that there is enough security on the ground. The Chief

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minister of that state has been heavily criticised for this. If you

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look at what is happening on the streets and these pictures of

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violence, if you turn to social media and Facebook and Twitter,

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people are coming out and criticising massively. Here is a

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

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kind of support that India and people in India show for him. There

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is anger amongst people. What is the image that the country is

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showcasing? What is the Government doing? How come 28 people have been

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allowed to die in this kind of perhaps preventable situation?

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A court has found two white South African farmers

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guilty of attempted murder after they forced a black man

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into a coffin and threatened to burn him alive.

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The judge said it was clear Willem Oosthuizen and Theo Jackson

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had intended to kill Victor Mlotshwa.

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The two farmers were arrested after a video of the attack

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The video of the assault caused outrage here in South Africa. It

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highlighted racial tensions in farming communities. Two white

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farmers shoving a black man into a Coffin, threatening to bury him

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alive. The accused him of trespassing on their farm. The two

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men were arrested after the video of the attack was widely circulated on

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social media. We said the only wanted to teach the victim a lesson

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and meant him no harm. But the judge is missed their claim, saying it was

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clear their intention was to commit murder. In relation to this, I find

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you both guilty. With attempt to cause previous bodily harm, I find

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you both guilty. I find you both guilty. Shortly after the verdict

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was delivered here in court, the visibly emotional victim told me he

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was relieved that justice has finally been served. As mother

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welcomed the verdict. All I am asking is for harsh prison sentences

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for these men. The ordeal left my son deeply traumatised and I am

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happy his attackers have been found guilty. Various political parties

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supporters protested against racism outside the court. The convicted men

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will be sentenced in two months' time. Many he attended the trial are

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hoping the judge will deliver lengthy jail terms. Let's have a

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look at some of the other stories making the news now.

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At least fourteen people, including five children,

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have been killed after an air strike hit a residential area

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Witnesses said two buildings in the south of the city,

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which is controlled by Houthi rebels, had been destroyed.

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The former Thai prime minister, Yingluck Shinawatra,

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has fled the country, hours before a verdict was to be

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delivered in her trial for criminal negligence.

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She faces up to ten years in jail over a rice subsidy scheme.

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More than 20 people have been killed in an attack on a Shia mosque

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in the Afghan capital, Kabul, as worshippers gathered

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The incident began when a suicide bomber blew himself up

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Two gunmen then stormed the building.

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They were killed by special forces after a siege lasting several hours.

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The United States has announced new financial

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sanctions against Venezuela, designed to further isolate

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The measure bans dealing in the bonds of some

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Venezuelan public companies, including the state-owned

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Earlier this month the US imposed sanctions

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on President Maduro himself - and some of his closest aides -

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A short while ago President Trump's national security

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H R McMaster explained the latest sanctions.

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This order demonstrates more clearly than ever that the United States

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will not allow an illegitimate dictatorship to take hold in the

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Western Hemisphere at the expense of its people. Through the President's

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strong action, the United States will target the means with which the

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dictatorship can accumulate debt to in rich its corrupt regime insiders

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and perpetuate this repressive behaviour.

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Our correspondent Will Grant has been following the latest

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It is a tough one. On the one hand, it is clearly targeted exactly where

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it is going to hire the Venezuelan utmost, it's crippled economy and

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flailing energy sector. For an oil giant like Venezuela, attacking the

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state run energy company is a serious step. Many people have

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advised the Trump Administration to not take that route. I am in Cuba

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which has been under economic sanctions for a decade and the

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argument by the previous administration in the White House

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was that it was not working. There are a lot of observers that suggest

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a similar thing could happen in Venezuela, in fact what the

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sanctions would end up doing is hurting the tourists the most and

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conversely strengthening his hand. -- the purist the most. What has

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been the reaction? The vice president has come out and say they

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are analysing it. There has not been a huge amount yet. That is waiting

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in the wings. We can be sure that he will come out with the normal

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firebrand vitriol against the Trump administration. We can expect them

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to throw it back to Washington and say it as an example of imperialism,

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neoimperialism in Latin America. These are the things that have a lot

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of weight. Let's not forget that the Trump administration said a military

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option is still on the table. These are things that are not taken

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lightly when it comes to Latin America, the suggestion of military

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option or economic sanctions. We are all been focused towards Venezuela

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and it might create some sympathy among the other states in the region

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that otherwise might be challenging and criticising them.

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Stay with us on BBC World News, still to come

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How would you feel driving alongside one of these knowing no-one

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Driverless lorries will appear on British roads next year.

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The latest headlines for you. 28 people are dead in northern India

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after clashes with police and supporters of a holy man who has

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been convicted of rape. The worst storm of the decade is about to hit

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the coast. Semi-automated, self-driving lorries

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will be tested out on British The trucks will be connected

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wirelessly with up to three lorries The technology has already been

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tested elsewhere in Europe Supporters say it will mean cheaper

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fuel bills, lower emissions Our correspondent Richard Lister

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looks at how it will work. This could be the future. The driver

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in the second lorry is only steering. His speed is controlled by

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a computer which is monitoring what the lead driver is doing. These

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Dutch trials suggest lorries linked by Wi-Fi can drive closer together

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and may have benefits. 10% fuel savings, that is money off the

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shopping bills. Goods in shops will go down, 10% less CO2. Congestion,

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if we get them doing this running smoothly together, we will not have

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the traffic jams. Safety, we can have robots and sensors not looking

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mistakes. This is one of the specially equipped lorries that will

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take part in the British trials. First on test tracks and then on

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2019 the motorway network. This technology is moving fast. Some cars

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can steer themselves, too. The haulage industry wants to catch up.

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Do sophisticated lorries like this need people at all? The short answer

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is yes. Most of British roads are too small and complex. Vehicles like

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this could revolutionise long distance haulage. We are going to

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jump into the vehicle and start the exercise. Les is training the next

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generation of lorry drivers here in Slough. Daniel is about to take his

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test. Neither are keen of sharing the driver's seat with a computer.

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The machine breaks down, which is my main concern, Wi-Fi connections,

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what of that breaks down? Do not think that is a good idea. We should

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be in full control of the lorries we are driving. There are other road

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users. You have to consider that when you are driving these lorries.

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UK waterways are the most congested in Europe. We have more entrances

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and experts. If you have a platoon of driverless lorries, it is

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difficult to see road signs and exit the motorway. With several countries

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now testing this technology, looks like is coming. The UK will have to

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decide if it wants it. Conor McGregor will way M4 at this

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year's super fight. It will break all paper view records after months

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of build ups. McGregor, the biggest star. Former world champion Chris

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Eubank thinks the Irish man can cause a big shock that not many

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expect. Everything is possible. That man in McGregor has the will. I am a

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fan of boxing. I do not choose sides. The one who is willing to

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take deepest and shall mean -- show me what Rocky inspired in me. Going

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beyond the call of duty and doing what is crazy, insane,

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extraordinary. That man is coming from a place of hunger. In McGregor.

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If indeed McGregor boxes him and tries to be clever in that, there is

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only one winner. To me, Mayweather cannot lose that fight. If you bring

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is that Warrior and makes a fight, then everything and anything could

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happen. That is why I am here. That is why I have travelled here to see.

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It is not a farce. It is a farce if he uses his tools the wrong way. He

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is a character, isn't he? Ben Stokes hit a century for England. The story

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of the day was the much improved performance from the tourists. I

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think many people were expecting to be talking about the decline of the

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cricket after day one here, instead they have given a good account of

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themselves. After their defeat at Ed Bastin, the bold expertly. It met

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none of the batsmen in England wanted to find form ahead of the

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Ashes. England once again had to rely on their captain to pass 54 the

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12th successive test. That level is a record. Ben Stokes went further,

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he made 100. Stokes on two occasions, once online. The West

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Indies must be thinking about what might have been. For England, today

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was not good enough. Australia will have watched it with some interest.

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The last a wicket before the close. Cot by Alistair Cooke and the West

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Indies last night workers on the last day of the last test, there

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will be a worry there will be another collapse under U2. Strangely

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frustrating day for both sides but West Indies much better. That is all

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the sport for now. Breaking news coming into us. They are reporting a

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man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm on police

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after two officers received minor injuries outside Buckingham Palace,

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the official residence of the Queen here in London. They seek no other

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injuries have been reported and officers remain on the scene at the

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moment and enquiries are ongoing. The Queen is usually at Balmoral in

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Scotland at this time of year. It is unlikely that she or any of the

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senior members of the Royal family were at home at Buckingham Palace.

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We will get more information on that. The Press Association are

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reporting that a man has been arrested on suspicion of grievous

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bodily harm and assault on police after two officers received minor

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injuries outside Buckingham Palace here in central London. This is in

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to us from the Metropolitan Police. We have no details whether this was

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related to terror at all. We have this information at the moment and

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we will bring more information to you as soon as you can. You can get

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in touch with me on twitter. Stay with us.

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It is a bank holiday weekend for most areas of the country. The

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forecast is in decent

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