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Texas mobilises more resources to help those affected

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by Hurricane Harvey, the biggest storm to hit the US

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There is particular concern about Houston and also New Orleans, which

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suffered under hurricane country now.

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The King of Spain leads thousands of people in a march of defiance.

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And we countdown to one of the biggest, and richest

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boxing matches ever, as Floyd Mayweather and martial arts

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star Connor MacGregor face off ahead of their big fight in Las Vegas.

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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It will take years to recover from Hurricane Harvey.

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That's the message from America's head of disaster relief.

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Thousands of people have been forced to leave their homes,

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and though Harvey has now weakened to a Tropical Storm,

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there are warnings of deadly floods and storm surges to come.

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Rockport town, where it made landfall, is the worst hit.

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One person is known to have died there.

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So far, the only known fatality from the storm.

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Tens of thousands of homes are without power and there

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are warnings of flooding in several areas.

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Our correspondent James Cook is in the city of Corpus Christi.

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This is what a category four hurricane means in reality.

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Searching in the wreckage to find out if your

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It seems like Dan got out in time but others like Judy stage

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No, I stayed in my shaking bed, waiting for the roof to come.

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And then later quietened down and there was a tree in my yard

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On the shore front of Rockport, in the eye of the storm,

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these men who live in their boat are lucky to be alive.

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This is a really poor neighbourhood and a lot of people say

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they do not know how they will rebuild their lives.

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This is what they endured through the night.

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130 mph winds which left nearly 250,000 homes

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It was the strongest hurricane to strike Texas since 1961.

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It is still too early for a comprehensive assessment

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of the damage, but it will be costly.

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What is your worst-case scenario here?

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For a community the size of Victoria.

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We have never seen a forecast for that amount of rain, the worst

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The storm is inching inland, bringing huge amounts of rain.

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The flooding has begun and the information is that it

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In the last hour, the Governor of Texas held a news conference -

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he said "dramatic" flooding is now his primary concern.

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The state and various other agencies remain very active in the search

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and rescue process and that will be the foremost task that we undertake

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We have focused on working with and supporting evacuees,

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especially from around the Corpus Christi area,

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We saw James a little earlier - he told me more about

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the destruction left in the storms path.

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Conditions have improved since last night, when it was really dramatic

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and vicious, this storm rolled in. A building came clattering to the

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ground. Palm trees have come down and a tree has come down into this

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house. But further up the coast, where there is no mobile phones

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signal and no ability for people to get in touch with the emergency

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services, the damage is more severe, particularly in Rockport where the

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eye of the hurricane came ashore. There, quite a lot of houses have

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been damaged and some businesses have been damaged as well as have

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three homes for elderly people from which people had to be evacuated

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last night. For them, a very difficult night. A lot of people

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decided to stay put, many saying they had nowhere else to go. What

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kind of help was available to them? Resources are beginning to move in.

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But when we were in Rockport, it was just beginning to arrive. We have

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come directly from there just now. There were Sheriff's officers going

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door-to-door and checking whether anybody was in the houses. There was

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also some help coming from neighbours and friends. We spoke to

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people who were going door to door just checking to see if the people

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they knew had survived. Because quite a lot of people rode out the

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storm and there are probably two main reasons to that. One woman said

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she did not have the money to leave. It is a poor area, Rockport, with

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many trailer homes which have been damaged. And the other reason is

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that this storm intensified much faster than originally predicted.

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Forecasters did not expected to come ashore as a category four hurricane,

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the second most powerful category. And we are still expecting further

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flooding? I think that could yet be the most significant element of this

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hurricane. It is moving slowly across Texas but this fear is that

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it will stall, perhaps for several days. It will not remain a

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hurricane, but it'll be a serious storm with a lot of rainfall. That

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could cause very big rainfall. There is concern about Houston, the

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fourth-largest city in the United States which is prone to flooding

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and New Orleans, which under Hurricane Katrina and which still

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does not seem to be entirely ready for this kind of event.

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And don't forget, there's much more on our website.

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We've got an animated guide to Hurricanes,

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and a piece explaining what storm surges are, and why

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Thousands of people are marching through Barcelona to demonstrate

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their defiance after the recent attacks that left 15 people dead.

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The procession set off behind a banner bearing

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the slogan "I'm not afraid" the theme of the march.

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Demonstrators were joined by King Felipe, who's the first

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Spanish sovereign to take part in a rally since the monarchy

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Emergency workers took pride of place.

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This main avenue has been changed into a kind of Las Ramblas

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You can see the crowd stretching back into the distance that

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People are chanting in Catalan, I am not afraid.

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Some of the families of the 15 victims are here in the crowd.

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It is also about defiance, in the wake of those terror attacks.

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But there is political tension here, too.

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There are some Spanish flags behind me.

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And in the context of Catalonian politics, that is creating some

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tension because there is a referendum due to be held

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by the autonomous Catalan government in a month and the Spanish

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government says that referendum will be illegal.

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Yesterday, the Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy,

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calling for political unity in the wake of the attacks.

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The atmosphere isn't upbeat, but it isn't downbeat or sombre, either.

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

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The North Korean leader, Kim Jong un, has overseen

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a military exercise simulating an attack on islands

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Earlier, Pyongyang tested three more short-range ballistic missiles.

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The US said one appeared to have blown up almost immediately,

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while the others flew about 250 kilometres.

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Border guards in Bangladesh have accused Burmese troops of opening

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fire on Rohingya Muslims fleeing the escalating violence

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A senior Bangladeshi official told the BBC that he saw

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villagers running for cover when the firing started.

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It was not immediately clear whether anyone was injured.

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Here in the UK, a man who attacked police officers close

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to Buckingham Palace drove directly at a police

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car before reaching for a four-foot sword.

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The 26-year-old man from Luton is said to have shouted

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"God is great" in Arabic as he launched his assault,

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Political colleagues of the former Thai Prime Minister Yingluck

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Shinawat have confirmed reports she has flown to Dubai.

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Her departure from Thailand came just before a verdict was expected

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in a criminal negligence trial, linked to a rice subsidy scheme.

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Ms Shinawat could have faced ten years in jail if convicted.

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Eight people have died and many are injured after a crash involving two

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lorries and a minibus on the M1. A five-year old girl has

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life-threatening injuries. The minibus carrying

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around a dozen people, many believed to be from the same

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family, was travelling Also involved in the accident,

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two large trucks. Images suggest the minibus

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was crushed between the two huge lorries and broken up

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into at least two pieces. It happened in the early hours

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on the M1 motorway southbound carriageway between junction 15

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for Northampton and junction 14 for Milton Keynes,

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and caused huge delays Fresh marks on the road reveal

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the desperate attempt The six men and two women

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who were killed were all travelling in the minibus, as were four others

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who were seriously hurt, All but one have

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life-threatening injuries. Both lorry drivers have been

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arrested on suspicion of causing One is a 53-year-old man

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from Stoke-on-Trent, and the other is a 31-year-old man

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from Worcestershire, who is also being held

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on suspicion of drink-driving. Police say some of the victims may

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not have been from the UK. Some of those involved

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were visiting the UK from India. We're working to keep

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the families abroad informed. The scene facing officers

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who attended was complex and the recovery operation

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was particularly challenging. Tragically, eight people

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have lost their lives. It's our duty to

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establish what happened. The M1 motorway, one of Britain's

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busiest sections of road, was closed here for ten hours

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on a bank holiday weekend that was always going to see high

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levels of traffic with people visiting friends or family

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or major events like the Notting Hill Carnival

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or the British MotoGP at nearby Both lorry drivers

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remain in custody. It is not known if the driver

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of the minibus is among the dead. Exactly what caused this devastating

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crash remains under investigation. In the Philippines, hundreds

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of people have been to the funeral of a teenager who died

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after being arrested Officials say Kian de los Santos

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was involved in the drugs trade, But video evidence seems to show him

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being dragged away by plain clothes police officers -

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and his supporters are Our Philippines correspondent

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Howard Johnson reports. Raw emotions on display at

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the funeral of Kian de los Santos. Around 1,000 people packed the small

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church in the north of Manila close to where the high school

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student grew up. Hundreds of others lined the streets

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on the approach to the church, some holding placards denouncing

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the President's war on drugs. 17-year-old Kian was killed

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in a police raid last week during an upsurge

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in anti-drug operations. The official police report

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at the time of the killing said Delos Santos resisted arrest

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with a gun. But this was later contradicted by

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CCTV footage and eyewitness reports. A Senate committee hearing

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into the killing last Thursday heard how the police force responsible

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for the operation only confirmed the boy's alleged drug

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ties after his death The parents of Kian Loyd delos

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Santos have filed murder Three other official

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enquiries into the killing Stay with us on BBC World News.

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Still to come, all the sport for you as Las Vegas prepares for one of the

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biggest boxing bouts ever. This is BBC World News. The top

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stories. American authorities are warning of the possible continued

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impact of the Hurricane Harvey. Spain's King Felipe has led

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thousands of people on a march of defiance in Barcelona in the face of

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attacks by militant Islamist. After victory in Mosul,

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Iraqi forces have been trying to re-take the city of Tal Afar,

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one of Islamic State's last And it seems that victory

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could be in sight. Tal Afar is in the North of Iraq,

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near the Syrian border. Elite forces are believed to have

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raised the Iraqi flag After six days of fierce battle

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in the IS holdout of Tal Afar, the Iraqi army has raised its flag

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from the top of the citadel. Commanders here say they have

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cleared 70% of the city from militants, forcing

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them to leave behind weapons and evidence of how

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they tried to escape. The resistance of snipers,

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there also be the chance, mortars. -- there are also booby-trapped

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cars, mortars. Tal Afar lies in a strategic

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position, sitting on a supply route from the former IS stronghold

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of Mosul to Syria. US and Iraqi military say

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as many as 2000 militants The Iraqi army is fighting

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neighbourhood by neighbourhood to clear the final pockets

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of resistance. Reminders of the terror the group

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left behind in graffiti, but troops tear down

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the symbols where they can. The offensive here follows weeks

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of coalition air strikes, while visiting soldiers in the area,

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the Iraqi Defence Ministry The enemy is no longer able

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to face up to our troops. God willing, the liberation

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of Tal Afar shall be announced soon. Between 10,000 and 20,000 civilians

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are still thought to be in Tal Afar. Even if this battle is swift,

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it won't be the last. There are still more cities

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near the Syrian border Much of northern India

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is still on high alert after widespread violence which left

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at least 30 people dead It was sparked by the conviction

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on rape charges of a popular guru or holy man, Gurmeet

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Ram Rahim Singh. Thousands of his supporters went

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on the rampage after the verdict. Justin Rowlatt has more from Sirsa,

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near the guru's headquarters. This is effectively the front line.

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What you see out here is a convoy of Indian Army soldiers. They are

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ensuring the security of the spiritual headquarters of the guru,

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which is two kilometres away from where we are standing. It is a vast

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complex, 800 acres or more. I was baking trade journalist who spent

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time in there yesterday. He described a palace as the

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headquarters of the guru. He said there is a hotel, a resort, a huge

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auditorium, where the guru's followers could gather to year him

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speak. He said there are thousands of people inside there. -- to hear

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him speak. The RA reckoned that there are 40,000 followers in there.

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-- the Indian Army reckon. They have sticks and other weapons. There are

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other layers of security to protect the central core of the compound.

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They are so well organised, the user 's virtual currency, this token as a

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means of exchange inside the compound. What we have at the moment

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is the Army that you see here containing the people within the

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compound. They want to stop them getting out and causing the kind of

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trouble we saw yesterday. Obviously, there is a lot of tension. The guru

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will be sentenced on Monday and they don't want any more violence. They

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want to know where his supporters are and make sure they are not

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causing any trouble. That is why you see a great show of strength of the

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Indian Army here in this town in northern India.

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Let's bring you up-to-date with all the sport. We are just hours away

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from the multi-million fight between Floyd -- Floyd Mayweather and Colin

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McGregor taking place in the early hours of tomorrow morning.

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Here Las Vegas, the hours and minutes counting down to one of the

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richest fights in boxing history. Conor McGregor set to earn $70

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million and Floyd Mayweather set to earn over $100 million. The build-up

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has been going on and some criticise it as a circus because of Conor

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McGregor's lack of boxing experience. That has not stopped

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bets going in on him. And all to make here has said the big money has

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gone on Floyd Mayweather, ?1.3 million has been bets on the

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American. If McGregor wins, will it be the biggest upset in sports

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history? We will find out. Now to the English Premier League

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where Manchester United have managed to keep a 100% start

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to their season. That's after a 2-0 win over

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Leicester at Old Trafford. Goals from Marcus Rashford

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and Marouane Fellaini kept the run I'm very happy. Our performance was

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very solid and the fact that we lost a penalty at 0-0 and we kept playing

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at the same level of quality makes me even happier because it is a good

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feeling. The team was solid emotionally.

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It was a bittersweet day for Manchester City's Raheem Sterling.

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He grabbed his sides 97th minute winner in their 2-1 win

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at Bournemouth, but was then shown a second yellow card

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He'll now miss City's next match against his former club Liverpool.

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Manager Pep Guardiola was far from happy after the game.

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We play 15 minutes plus 90 minutes. Today sent off the next game against

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Liverpool. He will not be able to play and I don't understand why so

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hopefully they can call me explain. After winning, I can say that. I

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cannot understand the second yellow card.

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In the day's other Premier League matches Crystal Palace

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are still without a win this season - they were beaten 2-0

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It was goalless between Huddersfield and Southampton.

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Newcastle secured their first win of the season over West Ham -

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Miguel Britos was sent off for a terrible tackle

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in the goalless draw between Watford and Brighton.

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World number two Andy Murray has pulled out of the US Open.

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He'd been struggling with a hip injury since losing his Wimbledon

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semifinal match to American Sam Querrey.

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We understand Murray travelled to New York last weekend

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and after a week of practice he decided he wasn't fit enough

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He went on to say his hip is too sore to win the tournament

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and ultimately that's what he aimed to do.

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No decision has been made about the rest of his year yet.

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Lewis Hamilton secured the 68th pole position of his career

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for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix, equalling

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The British driver will be lining up his Mercedes,

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in his two hundredth Grand Prix in Spa on Sunday.

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World Championship leader Sebastian Vettel is also

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on the front row of the grid having posted the second fastest time.

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Vettel has also just re-signed with Ferrari,

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Finnish pair Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen were third

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West Indies are in control of the second Test after an impressive

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Centuries for Kraigg Brathwaite and Shai Hope ensured

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that the Windies reached 329 for 5 at the close of play

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The pair put on 246 for the fourth wicket until Stuart Broad bowled

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Brathwaite late in the day as England toiled.

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Just a quick update from the Women's Rugby World Cup final.

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Between England and New Zealand. New Zealand are at the brink of being

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crowned champions. The lead England 41 to 25 with ten minutes to go.

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Hurricane Harvey has been downgraded to a Tropical Storm Fitow but should

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-- officials are warning that there will be flooding as the storm moves

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inland. One person has died in a house fire in Rockport. The storm

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made landfall on the Texan coastline as a category four hurricane, the

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biggest is strike the US mainland in 30 years. Texas Governor Greg Abbott

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told a news conference that there had been 20 inches of rain in Corpus

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Christi and 16 inches in Huston, another 20 to 30 was inspected on

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top of that. Stay with us for all the latest.

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They weather is set fair for us for part two of the weekend. Not clear

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