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Kenya's Supreme Court has declared the results of last

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President Kenyatta says he respects the ruling,

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even though it means re-running the entire vote.

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I personally disagree with the ruling that has been made today. But

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I respect it. As nearly 40,000 Rohingya Muslims

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flee Myanmar in the space of a week, the UN calls for restraint

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from Burma's military. The worst floods in decades

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bring misery to tens TRANSLATION: I've lost everything. I

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had a cow and a goat. They were both killed. My house is totally broken

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and I'm just left here sitting by the side of the road!

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And the grainy images which show a close shave for planet Earth,

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as the biggest asteroid for a century passes

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Hello and welcome to World News Today.

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Kenya's opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has described

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the country's Electoral Commission as "rotten" after the Supreme Court

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declared last month's presidential poll "null and void"

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Fresh elections must be held within 60 days.

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After the verdict there were celebrations in

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Mr Odinga's hometown, as well as other opposition areas.

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President Kenyatta said he disagreed with the court's ruling,

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Celebrating a new lease of life, veteran politician Raila Odinga

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gets one more chance to run for president.

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A last-minute decision to challenge the result

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of the presidential election paid off.

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The presidential election held on the 8th of August 2017 was not

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conducted in accordance with the constitution,

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under the applicable law, rendering the declared results

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Outside the court, celebrations erupted among opposition supporters.

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It's now back to the drawing board for presidential candidates.

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I disagree with it because, as I have said, millions of Kenyans

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And six people have decided that they will go

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The judges, however, found no evidence of misconduct

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The judges did not limit themselves to what happened on election day

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Rather, they looked at the electoral process in its totality,

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from voter registration to civic education, as well as

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the campaigning and the procurement of electoral materials.

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So, in a sense, this judgment sets a strong precedent for election

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disputes globally and a high threshold for the

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The court directed the Electoral Commission to organise a fresh

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election but the opposition says it has no confidence in

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And therefore we are going to ask for prosecution of all

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the Electoral Commission officers who have caused this monstrous crime

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The Constitution states that a new election must be

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For now, though, opposition supporters across the country

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are basking in the glory of the court victory.

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One of the big questions is where does this leave the international

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observers who said they saw no sign of anyone manipulating the count. We

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will be live from Nairobi to answer that question in a few minutes's

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time. The plight of Myanmar's Rohingya

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minority risks becoming a humanitarian catastrophe,

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according to UN Secretary He is urging the country's security

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forces to exercise restraint and says he is concerned by reports

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of what he called "excesses during security operations"

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in Rakhine state. According to the UN,

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nearly 40,000 refugees from Myanmar's Rohingya minority

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have crossed into neighbouring They're fleeing fighting

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between Rohingya insurgents Here's the BBC's South East Asia

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correspondent, Jonathan Head. This is the Naf River,

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dividing Bangladesh from Myanmar. It's two days ago, and people

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are swarming across wading, This dramatic exodus of ethnic

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Rohingyas continuing even now speaks of a terrible conflict

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on the other side. Inside Rakhine state,

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Rohingyas are watching and recording from a safe distance the destruction

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of village after village. It's a scorched earth campaign

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by Myanmar's security forces as they wipe out the communities

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which they believe harbour Rohingya militants who, last week,

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launched a series of armed attacks Bangladesh doesn't want

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them but the Rohingyas A stream of humanity, all telling

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the same terrible stories. Of homes burnt, husbands shot dead

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and of flight on foot to the border. But where the river is widest,

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some of the boats floundered. The death toll in six days

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of violence right across northern Rakhine state can only

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be guessed at. Years of repression

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and discrimination have led to this. Public sentiment inside Myanmar

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towards the Rohingyas is almost Now a new generation of militants

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have armed themselves and attacked the Myanmar security forces

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in multiple locations. And the civilian population

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is feeling the backlash. Over the river, the smoke

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from wrecked communities sends an ominous warning that this

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conflict isn't over, Let's take a look at some of

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the other stories making the news. The speaker of the US House

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of Representatives has urged president Trump not to scrap

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a programme that protects young undocumented migrants,

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known as dreamers, from deportation. Republican Paul Ryan

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said Mr Trump should let Police in north-west

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England say the former national football captain,

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Wayne Rooney, has been They say the Everton striker

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was stopped in his Volkswagen Beetle He's been freed on bail and will

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appear at Stockport Magistrates' Last month, Rooney announced his

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retirement from the England European football's governing body

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Uefa has put the French club Paris Saint-Germain under formal

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investigation in connection with the signing of Neymar

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from Barcelona for a world In a statement, Uefa said

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the investigation would focus on the requirement that

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teams broadly break even. The full impact of the devastating

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floods across South Asia is now Heavy rains at this time

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of year are not unusual, but the monsoon in India,

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Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh Millions of people have been

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forced from their homes. A third of Bangladesh

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is still under water. The BBC's Justin Rowlatt reports

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from Bihar in northern India. Those least able to cope

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are the hardest hit by the floods. Budhia Devi says her

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life has been ruined. My house is totally broken

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and I'm just left sitting The people here are subsistence

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farmers, some of the poorest The floodwaters have

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begun to drain back. Only to reveal the wreckage

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of homes and of lives. More than 500 people have died just

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in this one Indian state, 17 million affected,

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and now there are new concerns - houses, schools, roads -

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they all need to be rebuilt and then of course there is

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the danger of disease. Filthy water, hot weather,

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and the lack of basic sanitation can People remained in water

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three days, four days. Their homes were

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submerged in the water. They remained in the water but due

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to water-borne dieases, they were drinking contaminated

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water, so it's a huge risk. And this is a snapshot from just one

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tiny part of a catastrophe that is unfolding across much

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of South Asia. The region floods every year,

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but this is different. Exceptional rains have

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brought devastation right across the foothills

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of the Himalayas, from Bangladesh in the east, across India and Nepal,

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all the way to the West coast The death toll from the collapse

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of a single building in the Indian financial capital,

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Mumbai, rose to 33 today. Police suspect it was weakened

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by the torrential rains. And 16 people have died

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in flash floods in Karachi, Eid, one of the holiest dates

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in the Muslim calendar, is tomorrow. It is typically one of the busiest

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periods for the city as families More rain is forecast

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across the region. President Trump is expected to ask

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Congress for almost $6 billion to help people affected

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by Storm Harvey in Texas. The latest pictures show

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the devastation to flooded areas The total cost of repairing

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the damage, and compensating residents whose homes have been

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flooded, is estimated In Houston, Texas, and beyond,

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there is little sign After more than four feet of rain

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in less than a week, it could be days before the water

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levels fully recede. Thousands of people have now been

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rescued from their homes, grabbing what they can carry

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and getting out. Overnight, the storm moved

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on to Tennessee, bringing more I was walking in the grass

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and I was walking, and I stepped down, and something just

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swept me up under. My head was hit, I seen

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light up under there, and I came out and I tried to grab

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a tree, and it's And I grabbed onto another tree,

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and I asked the Lord to help me, and I just started pulling myself up

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out of there. The Vice-President, Mike Pence,

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flew into Texas to see This is a key moment

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for the embattled and historically We are here today, we will be

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here tomorrow, and we will be here every day until this city

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and this state and this region rebuild bigger

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and better than ever before. But this level of devastation

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is going to take vast Later today, the White House

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is expected to ask Congress for an initial $5.9 billion

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in emergency funding. But the authorities in Texas alone

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say the state might eventually need People here are

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vulnerable and in need. Recovery and rebuilding is going

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to take months, if not years. Britain's Chief Brexit

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negotiator David Davis, says he's a "determined optimist"

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about the country's future His comments on a visit

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to Washington, come after Trade Secretary,

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Liam Fox, accused the EU, of trying to "blackmail" Britain,

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into accepting a Brexit divorce bill, as the price for

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beginning trade talks. Here's our political

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correspondent Eleanor Garnier. The Prime Minister,

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showing how it's done. At a meeting with the Emperor

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of Japan, a lesson But it seems her Trade Secretary

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hadn't got the memo. Speaking in Japan, he accused the EU

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of bullying the UK into agreeing a Brexit divorce bill before it

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will start negotiating any We can't be blackmailed into paying

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a price on the first part. We think that we should begin

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discussions on the final settlement, The outcome of this week's

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negotiations in Brussels revealed that money remains a key sticking

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point in the talks. It's clear the UK doesn't feel

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legally obliged to honour Nobody will pretend it was anything

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but a tough exchange this week. But I think the British taxpayer

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would expect nothing less. It's no surprise there

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is a bit of rough-and-tumble It's significant Liam Fox didn't

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repeat the word blackmail when asked A moment perhaps when frustration

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got the better of him. But it's certainly not

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a phrase you can expect Fresh from his talks in Brussels,

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the Brexit Secretary gave a speech to business leaders

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in Washington today. He tried to laugh away his

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colleague's controversial comments. I never comment on other ministers'

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views on these things. Look, we are in a difficult, tough,

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complicated negotiation. I have said from the beginning

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that it will be turbulent. What we're having at the moment

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is the first ripple. And there will be many more

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ripples along the way. Critics here claim Liam Fox's talk

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of blackmail will only This is sabre-rattling

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from a Trade Secretary who is twiddling his thumbs

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because he cannot do anything until the trade position of the UK

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has been resolved with the EU. The Prime Minister rounded

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off her trip cheering on the GB But when it comes to Brexit,

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the government is still searching for some big points and will be

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hoping for more Eleanor Garnier, BBC

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News, Westminster. Drinking too much alcohol causes 3.3

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million people to die every year. That's roughly 6% of all deaths,

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according to the World In many developed countries it's

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so bad that it's considered With this in mind, more and more

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people are choosing to give up alcohol, either temporarily

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or for good. Katie Silver has been speaking

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to some of them and hearing about the programme that's helping

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them stick to it. This might look like a typical catch

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up of women over cocktails, It is because these women

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are all going alcohol free. I was a binge drink,

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so it wouldn't be that I wanted to drink every night,

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but when I did, I was like a different

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person when I was tricky. If I went for a weekend

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away, it was 30 pints They signed up to a programme

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called a one-year no beer. It is the brainchild

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of Rory Fairbanks. Hypothetically, I signed up

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to the 90 day challenge. And then we start sending

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you daily e-mails. Inside is a little snippet

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of the science which links you back to the site where we have broken

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things down into sprints. This is a wider explanation

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about the science behind what you're doing to rewire your brain,

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and a video which is proven People pay to sign up

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to the programme and the challenges you to go 30 or 90 days

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without alcohol, with the help of a Facebook group and a daily

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newsletter as support. He set it up when he realised

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alcohol was causing I was probably drunk two times

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per week on average. It wasn't that acceptable any more

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to be hungover or coming home He aims to change the peer pressure

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around giving up drinking and to give you tactics

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for being in the pub. Stealth drinks are great,

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you tip the barman, put a bit of nonalcoholic beer with lemonade

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into a pint glass and nobody knows. Doctors say while such a programme

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is unlikely to help people with severe alcohol dependency,

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it could help those at risk of developing

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an addiction later in life. I think that the studies

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and the programme is really good for people that have hazardous

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drinking, who are drinking excessively, but not

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necessarily harmfully, who are on a slippery slope

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and will eventually become maybe the dependent drinkers

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in the future. If you have somebody

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in their 30s, that can For these women, getting off alcohol

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is already providing many rewards. Everything I want to

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do, I can go and do. And that's something we can

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all raise a mocktail to. Let's get more now on our top story,

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the annulment of the Presidential The court's ruling is being seen

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as a setback for the international election observers who had praised

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the election as free and fair. Opposition leader Raila Odinga has

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called for investigations into their conduct, saying

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they had "sanitised fraud". Earlier, the head of the EU's

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Observer Mission responded Well, I can only speak

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from my own EU election observation mission, which is very

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independent, impartial. We have a very rigid methodology

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that we have followed. And in our preliminary statement,

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we have pointed to irregularities. We've always encouraged

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the competent Kenyan authorities to deal with them,

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encouraged all parties who wanted to challenge

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the results to go to court. And, so, we've been clear

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that our work is ongoing. My team was in the courtroom until

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this morning to hear the ruling, to look at the proceedings,

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to see how it went. I suppose Odinga must feel

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vindicated while there are big questions about the judgment, the

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verdict of the international observers. That's right. That is why

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his party has been celebrating because they didn't actually expect

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this victory. And their strategy in court was to challenge the process

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rather than the results. So the Electoral Commission offered to

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provide the documents upon which they relied, but that was an offer

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that was rejected by the petitioner, the opposition coalition in this

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case. This is an interesting judgment in the sense that it looks

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at the process and whether the law was followed in that process rather

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than whether the result, the end result, was credible and whether

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Kenyatta actually won. When he was announced winner, the Electoral

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Commission said he had more than eight points 2 million votes against

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Rail Odinga six million. People saw that as a decisive lead so they

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didn't expect the court would allow that result. And some observers,

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some analysts are saying this is in a roundabout way a rather proud

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moment for Kenya, that the debate around the election and the outcome

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was had in court, in a calm way and not on the streets, not leading to

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the sort of bloodshed we saw previously when there was a

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controversial and close election. That's right. It is a big plus for

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the court, especially. They have asserted their independence and

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shown that they can actually make certain unprecedented decisions. We

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have been talking to some lawyers and they say that across the

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Commonwealth, the judges generally exercise restraint when making such

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judgments but this one, they strictly followed the law. OK, many

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thanks indeed. An astronomer has captured images

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of the biggest asteroid to pass close to Earth in more

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than a century. Asteroid 3122 Florence,

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which can be seen here crossing the background stars,

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came within seven million kilometres The space rock measures five

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kilometres across and is the most substantial since the first

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near-Earth asteroid I'm joined now by Professor Alan

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Fitzsimmons an Astronomer I'm delighted we can speak, how

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close shave was this? In cosmic terms, it is our back garden, but in

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absolute terms, and this is as good as a mile, and although this is

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relatively close to us, it isn't going to come this close again until

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2500 A.D. Is so we are happy to sit back and watch chipped go past and

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perform observations of it to help us understand the nature of these

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asteroids. Would anyone have been able to actually see this without

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specialist equipment? It isn't bright enough to see by the unaided

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eye. But it has been followed tonight and tomorrow night by, to

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astronomers using just small backyard telescopes, so even large

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pairs of binoculars, because this is a very large near Earth asteroids.

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We found 16,000 of these so far in the surveys of our solar system. And

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while many of them are relatively small, this is kind of a big beast.

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It's over two miles across. Because it is so large, that makes it

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relatively bright when it passes close to so it makes it relatively

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easy to see. The asteroid is called Florence. Why Florence? When an

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asteroid has its orbit around the sun well as this one has done for

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many years or many decades, astronomers number it in the

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catalogues and are allowed to give it a name and this one is named

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after Florence Nightingale. It is kind of strange, actually, having an

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asteroid named after one of the most famous people in medical history in

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the UK. And it is foreign astroid, of course, that could one day in

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thousands or tens of thousands of years' time hit us, causing much

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devastation. What a sobering thought end on. Professor, thank you very

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much indeed. Don't forget you can get

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in touch with me and some of the team on Twitter,

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I'm @BenMBland. This is BBC World News, thank you

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for watching. We have a weekend of two halves

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coming up, and here's Y. High-pressure holding on for the

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start of the weekend. Here it is, this finger

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