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A warm welcome

to BBC World News Today.

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I'm Celia Hatton.

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Our top stories:

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US lawmakers scrabbling

for a solution to fund

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government operations - before

the money runs out at midnight.

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A new front in the Syrian conflict.

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Turkey intensifies its shelling

across the border -

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into a Kurdish controlled region.

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Scientists take a major step

towards one of the biggest

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goals in medicine -

a universal blood test for cancer.

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And fancy travelling

in a tube at 1,000kph?

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We'll look at what some

engineers say could be

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the future of transport.

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Hello and welcome

to World News Today.

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We start in the United States,

where the federal government

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is on the verge of being shut down.

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If the Senate doesn't

approve new budget measures

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by midnight local time -

that's ten hours from now -

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many services will be frozen.

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The House of Representatives passed

the legislation on Thursday,

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but it's not certain there is enough

support in the Senate to approve it.

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Live now to our correspondent

in Washington, Gary O'Donogue.

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We've got ten hours to go before a

possible shut down but this same

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group of Democrats and Republicans

have come to last-minute deals

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before, is a shutdown inevitable?

They have. It will be the fourth

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time that Congress and the President

reach an agreement to temporarily

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keep the government open while

long-term budget negotiations take

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place. You mention the Senate

impasse. Donald Trump has invited

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the head of the Senate Democrats to

the White House for a one-on-one

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meeting that is going on right now,

we don't know of anything will come

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of it but there were meetings bit

green them back in September where

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they reached in original agreement

first the immigration protections

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for children who were undocumented

migrants.

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migrants. Perhaps behind closed

doors, they can come up with

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something again. It is getting very

late in the game, only ten hours

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before the government shuts down.

If

there is a shutdown, who will get

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the blame?

The polls have pointed

towards the Republican because they

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control the White House and both

changes as -- chambers of Congress.

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I find that these sort of shutdown

since Jewish is, whoever was the

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least popular going into them of the

ones who get the blame and right

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now, Donald Trump Ozma popularity is

languishing. He came to Washington

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campaigning on being able to change

the way things are done, change the

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way the system runs here. Another

shutdown would not be a change to

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the gridlock we have seen over the

years.

How would shut down effect

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the US as a whole? The Foreign

Secretary has said that arguments

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over the budget and possible

shutdowns have done more to damage

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US military readiness than any enemy

in the field. Is that fair?

Without

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a long-term budget agreement,

defence spending won't go up. That

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is one of the sticking points, and

they could be mandatory cuts in

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defence if they don't meet an

agreement. If there is a government

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shutdown, 50% of the civilian

defence employees get put on furl L,

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people will continue to work and

vital civilians will work but

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underpaid but training and

maintenance will get suspended until

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government reopens, which could

affect written -- Military Cross the

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net. The budget director tried to

downplay the impact that a shutdown

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would have, saying that national

parks would stay open, mud

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operations would continue, things

like trash pick-up, the postal

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Service, that would continue to

operate. But the longer this drags

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out, the more implication it has

prolonged the programmes.

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All of this comes

as Donald Trump prepares

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to celebrate his first

year in office.

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Our correspondent Laura Trevelyan

is in Pennsylvania -

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one of the key states that

unlocked his path

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to the White House.

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Donald Trump won the great state of

Pennsylvania I just less than 1%,

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just over 40,000 votes, but that was

enough to give him all the electoral

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college votes and send him on his

way to the White House. If he is

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going to be re-elected, winning a

state again will be crucial. One of

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the reasons he won here is because

his message to Make America Great

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Again really resonated in

Pittsburgh, known as steel city, and

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also along the whole of the Mon

Valley here in western Pennsylvania,

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formerly an industrial heartland,

and now an area where manufacturing

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is in decline. I went to talk to the

blue-collar voters who likes Donald

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Trump's message to find out how they

are feeling about him now.

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The Mon Valley in western

Pennsylvania is the

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birthplace of US steel.

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This factory was once

owned by the 19th-century

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magnate Andrew Carnegie.

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In its heyday, it

employed thousands.

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Donald Trump tapped into the sense

of industrial decline,

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winning by promising to put

America first.

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Over lunch, I asked

Donald Trump voters

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for their verdict on year one.

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It seems like he cares

about the working class,

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he cares about the people

who are trying to make

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a living and have businesses

and things like that.

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Small businesses, I think he cares

about stuff like that.

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Some of the stuff he

does, I agree with.

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Like that tax cuts, looking out

for the working class people.

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But I'm not a big fan

of all the rants on social media.

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I think we can do away

with all of that.

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How are you feeling about that vote?

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A little disappointed.

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Juan Lacey, a small-business owner

in the Mon Valley hoped Mr Trump

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would run the government like a CEO.

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So, does this former Obama voter

regret switching to Trump?

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When I went into the voting booth

and pulled the lever,

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I was satisfied.

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I'm having buyer's remorse.

Why?

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Because it is not consistent.

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John Fetterman is a Democrat

in Trump country.

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When you get out into some of these

areas that no-one has visited,

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no-one has taken the time to care,

left it really open and rife

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for someone to step

in like Donald Trump,

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and say, I'm the guy

that can fix this.

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The populist mayor of Braddock

with a tattoo of the town's ZIP code

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counsels his party to understand

Trump's appeal.

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It has got to be more than Trump

is awful, vote for us.

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I think it has to come

back to an earnest,

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progressive, populist message.

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In his inaugural address a year ago,

Donald Trump promised people

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in towns like Braddock

that he would give them

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back their jobs and their dreams.

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As an early electoral test

here in Pennsylvania

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of whether the voters feel

he is delivering, there is a special

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election in the state,

in what should be a safe

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Republican seat.

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But the president

is taking no chances.

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A real friend and a spectacular

man, Rick Saccone.

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That is the candidate here.

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Mr Trump doesn't want

to lose this election,

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and he was in the Mon Valley

on Thursday with this message.

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Very simply, your paycheques will be

much weaker because under our tax

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cuts, you will be keeping more

of your hard earned money.

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-- much bigger.

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The question is whether Mr Trump

can get the credit here

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for an improving economy.

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Or if the heat generated

by his tweets and feuds

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is distracting even his supporters.

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Well that is the question of course.

In his inaugural address a year ago,

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Donald Trump talked about the

forgotten people of America and

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promised them they would be

forgotten no more. He described what

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he called American carnage, which is

something many people here in the

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declining manufacturing towns feel,

where you see homes in fact trees

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ordered up, so the question is

whether these could tax cuts for

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individuals and the corporate tax

cuts which business leaders here in

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Pittsburgh have welcomed will really

improve the economic situation in a

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sustained way or whether Donald

Trump himself just can't get out of

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the way. The tax cuts have yet to

take effect. Do you think that if

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this vote was rerun again today, how

would Donald Trump do in

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Pennsylvania?

Look, he won

Pennsylvania but just over 40,000

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votes which is almost nothing.

Hillary Clinton outperformed

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expectations in Philadelphia and

Pittsburgh, she does incredible it

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well in the Metrocentre is. Donald

Trump got the benefit of the doubt

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from people who the message that

Hillary Clinton was part of the

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problem, they liked something

different. They felt he had his

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business background, they had seen

him on The Apprentice, he seemed

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like the real deal. My sense of it

is that that vision that he

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presented of himself to the

electorate is not quite as bright

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and shiny as it was a year ago. One

person in a report said he has by's

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remorse. It was a very close

election last time and I'm sure the

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next one will be very close to. --,

too.

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If all that has left

you feeling a little confused -

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don't worry - because you can find

much more on our website.

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Our team has explained

what a US federal government

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shutdown might mean,

how it can be avoided,

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and what it's meant when it has

happened in the past.

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While the battle over the US

federal government budget

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has been rumbling on,

we've also seen a significant

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announcement about a change

in America's military policy.

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says

that instead of a past focus

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on terrorism, US national security

is now focusing on competing

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with great powers

like China and Russia.

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Here's how he put it.

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We've faced growing threats from

revisionist powers like China and

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Russia, nations that do seek to

create a world consistent with

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authoritarian models top --. Rogue

regimes like North Korea and Iran

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persist in taking outlaw actions

that threaten global stability,

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oppressing their own people and

shredding dead committee and human

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rights.

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One of the areas

where a change in US military policy

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might have an effect is in Syria -

where there's a continuing fight

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against the group calling

itself Islamic State.

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America has worked alongside Kurdish

forces to drive the militants back -

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so it will be interesting to see

how a Turkish offensive

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against Kurdish-held areas

will go down in Washington.

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Overnight, Turkish forces

began a bombardment

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of several Kurdish villages around

Afreen.

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Around 70 shells were fired.

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Turkey says that no ground forces

have advanced on the area.

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But the Turkish Defence Minister has

said his military will remove

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what he calls 'terror lines'

near the border with Syria.

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The US has said the Kurdish

peshmerga are training

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a 30,000 strong border

force in the region.

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The long threatened offensive

against the Kurdish offensive scenes

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imminent. Turkish tanks have been on

the border. Reports that some Syrian

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rebel fighters have crossed in.

We're waiting for the announcement

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of this former launch by Turkey.

Turkey says the white PG in Syria is

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a terrorist group, an extension of

its own Kurdish law -- militant

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group. Ankara has been incensed by

American support for the YPG, as

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Kurdish militias fought the Islamic

State group. The Turkish

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president... They are worried about

the YPG extending their control

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along the border with Turkey so they

are preparing for a ground offensive

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in two flavours. That could start

within hours. This is a perilous

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venture for Turkey which faces five

impediments. First of all YPG

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firepower itself which has proved

extremely effective against Islamic

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State.

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State. The Russian presence on the

ground, they have supported the YPG

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in the past although there are

reports that they have begun to

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withdraw. The Assad regime in Syria

has warned it would shoot down any

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Turkish jet, and the risk of

civilian casualties in these two

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areas. That said, and caress still

seems determined to clear the YPG

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from the areas and another front

looks set to open in this seven

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years civil war.

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Let's take a look

at some of the other

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stories making the news.

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Here in the UK,

Downing Street has said

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there are "no specific plans"

for a bridge linking

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Britain and France.

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The comment came after the UK's

foreign secretary, Boris Johnson,

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reportedly raised the idea

with France's President Macron,

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at a summit on Thursday.

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A spokesman for Mr Macron said

a bridge had been discussed,

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but without any agreement to get

a project under way.

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Pope Francis has made his first

visit to the Amazon

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on the final leg of his trip

to Chile and Peru.

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Speaking to thousands

of indigenous people on the edge

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of the rainforest in Peru,

he said Amazon tribes had "never

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"been so threatened",

and that they "bore deep wounds".

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The Pope added that the region

was under pressure from business

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interests that wanted

to exploit its natural resources.

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New Zealand's Prime

Minister Jacinda Arden has

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announced she is pregnant

with her first child.

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She told reporters the news

was 'unexpected but exciting.'

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The child is due in June -

Ms Arden says she plans to take six

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weeks off after the birth,

before making a full return

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to her political duties.

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Some good news for you now...

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Scientists say they've taken a step

towards reaching one

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of the biggest goals in medicine -

a universal blood test for cancer.

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A team in the United States has

trialled a method that detects eight

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common forms of the disease.

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Ultimately, they're hoping to design

an annual test designed to catch

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cancer early and save lives.

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Here's our correspondent

Fergus Walsh.

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It is ten years since Allie was

diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.

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It is rare for anyone with

the disease to survive that long.

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There is no screening

programme so tumours

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are usually found too late.

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At that test would make

a big difference.

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If we are able to get more people

diagnosed sooner, like me,

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then it is going to make me feel

a lot happier.

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There are only 1% of us who are

surviving like me to ten years.

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And it is a bit of a lonely place.

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And it is a bit of a lonely place.

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There aren't many of us around,

and I would really like pancreatic

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cancer to become more of a chronic

disease rather than such acute

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deadly disease as it is now.

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Scientists at John Hopkins

University in Baltimore had made

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significant progress towards a blood

test for cancer.

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The team examined blood samples

from around 1000 cancer patients.

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They had one of eight

different common cancers,

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lung, liver, pancreas,

colon, oesophagus, breast,

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stomach, or ovary.

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Now, cancer cells shed bits of DNA

which circulate in the blood

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so the test looks for 16 gene

mutations and eight

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protein biomarkers.

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Overall, the blood test found 70%

of the cancers but that success

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rate fell to just 40%

with small early-stage cancers.

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And this is when you want to detect

it, when there is the best chance

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of the cure through surgery.

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So, a reliable but test

for cancer is some way off.

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But the Francis Crick Institute

in London, which is pioneering

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research in this area,

believes it will come.

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I'm almost certain that the next

five to ten years, we will see tests

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like this become much more routine

in clinical practice to help us

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diagnose tumours earlier and to help

us increase the cure rates

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for patients suffering from cancers.

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The American Cancer a lot test cost

around £350 per patient,

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and each positive result

would need further investigation.

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So, the burden on the NHS would need

to be weighed against the benefits

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of early treatment and lives saved.

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Fergus Walsh, BBC News.

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Rail services are recovering

in Germany after a powerful storm

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flattened buildings,

disrupted travel and killed

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at least eight people.

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It also caused just over

100 million dollars in damage.

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The storm, called "Friederike",

is now headed towards Poland,

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where it's expected to weaken.

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Take a look at these pictures from

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Dusseldorf in Germany -

where the high winds made coming

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in to land rather tricky.

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The winds approached 90 marks per

hour.

The winds are too strong.

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Over the border

in the Netherlands....

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wind speeds reached up to 140

kilometres per hour -

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that's approaching 90

miles per hour.

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More than 60 trucks were reported

to have toppled over.

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Fallen trees also damaged vehicles.

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There was also a near-miraculous

escape at a kindergarten.

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As the hurricane winds across the

North Sea subsided, and the planes

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and trains serving the airport tried

to catch up, people said about

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trying to patch up their battered

homes and businesses. The skips

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cannot contain the debris that has

come down across the country. Trees

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have been rooted. This one came

crashing down on a creche. None of

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the children were -- what teachers

inside the building at the time were

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injured. -- none of the teachers or

children. Dutch meteorologists have

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been accused of leaving it too late

before issuing the highest code red

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weather warning. It took many people

off-guard. This storm is expected to

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enter the record books as one of the

worst to hit the Netherlands since

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records began in 1990. It took just

a few hours to sweep through but

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will take millions of euros to put

parts of the country back together

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again.

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The Californian couple

who are accused of imprisoning,

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abusing and torturing twelve

of their OWN children

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have appeared in court.

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David and Louise Turpin

were arrested on Sunday after one

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of their children escaped

and raised the alarm.

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Police say the children

were fed very little,

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allowed to shower just once a year

and chained for weeks

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or months at a time.

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The couple deny the

charges against them.

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James Cook reports from California.

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Give up that right...

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David Turpin, appearing in court

to deny betraying his

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own children with a bewildering

catalogue of cruelty.

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His wife, Louise, also pleaded not

guilty to inflicting physical pain

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and mental suffering.

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It's also alleged that one

of the couple's daughters

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was sexually abused by the father.

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Prosecutors say the siblings endured

the abuse for years,

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as their parents plumbed the depths

of human depravity.

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One of the children,

aged 12, is the weight

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of an average seven-year-old.

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Several of the victims have

cognitive impairment and neuropathy,

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nerve damage, as a result

of this extreme and

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prolonged physical abuse.

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The children were supposedly

schooled here in their home,

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but the district attorney said

they lacked basic knowledge.

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Some did not even know

what a police officer was.

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They were reportedly

allowed to shower just once

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a year and were beaten,

chained up and tormented.

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They would buy food, including pies,

apple pies, pumpkin pies,

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leave it on the counter,

let the children look at it

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but not eat the food.

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About the only thing

the children were allowed

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to do in their rooms,

or chained up, was to

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write in journals.

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We now have recovered

those journals, hundreds

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of them, and we are combing

through them for evidence.

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The 17-year-old who raised the alarm

after climbing out of the home

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through a window had been plotting

the escape for two years.

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One of her sisters made it out with

her but turned back out of fear.

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This case has sent waves

of revulsion across

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the United States and beyond.

0:22:260:22:29

The authorities say the siblings

are doing well but some of them

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at least have almost certainly

suffered irreparable

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physical and mental damage.

0:22:350:22:38

The parents are due

in court again next month.

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If convicted, they

face life in prison.

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James Cook, BBC News,

Riverside in California.

0:22:440:22:52

Moving onto something totally

different.

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How would you like to be

strapped inside a pod,

0:23:030:23:06

and then fired through a tube,

hurting forward at more

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than a thousand kilometres an hour?

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It may sound terrifying -

but one group of engineers think

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it's the future of travel.

0:23:120:23:15

They call it the Hyperloop.

0:23:150:23:17

Rory Cellan-Jones has been

to the Nevada Desert to see it

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in action.

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We heading through the Nevada

desert, north of Las Vegas,

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for a glimpse of what its backers

claim is the future of transport.

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This is Hyperloop, an attempt

to send passengers hurtling

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at 700 miles per hour

through a vacuum tube.

0:23:310:23:33

Many think that is far-fetched

but this project got

0:23:330:23:35

the backing last year of Virgin

with Sir Richard Branson

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becoming chairman.

0:23:370:23:39

In this 500 metre test track,

they say they have shown

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that the technology works,

although they have not yet put any

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human being is on board.

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I think my background in spacecraft

engineering has given me the skill

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set to be able to...

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The head of engineering, a space

scientist recruited from Nasa,

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sees no reason why people

might be scared.

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The Hyperloop is a maglev train in

a vacuum system, or a vacuum tube.

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And, so, you can also think

of it as an aircraft

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flying at 200,000 feet.

0:24:070:24:09

People don't have any issues

flying in aeroplanes,

0:24:090:24:11

and people don't have any issues

going in maglev trains.

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This is simply combining the two,

and allows you to be

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more energy efficient.

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This isn't the only project.

0:24:170:24:20

The electric car type two Elon Musk,

who originally floated the whole

0:24:200:24:22

idea, has proposed a tunnel under

Los Angeles that could carry cars

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or the transformed into a Hyperloop.

0:24:290:24:32

The Virgin Hyperloop team say

they could take passengers

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from London to Edinburgh

in 50 minutes.

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Or cut the journey between New York

and Boston two and a half an hour.

0:24:380:24:41

But making this work in the real

world will mean running several

0:24:410:24:49

of these pipes alongside each other

over long distances,

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perhaps underground,

and convincing governments of it

0:24:510:24:54

being realistic is going to prove,

well, pretty challenging.

0:24:540:24:58

At that giant CES tech show

in Las Vegas, Hyperloop's chief

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executive was wishing that message

that this technology is ready,

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and just needs someone

to push the button.

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I've got 200 of the most brilliant

engineers from industries

0:25:110:25:13

from around the world who have

committed themselves

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to bringing something really

new and important to the planet.

0:25:150:25:18

We can go 500, 600,

and 700 miles an hour.

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That is not what worries me.

0:25:220:25:24

The biggest challenge ahead of us

is to find governments

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and regulators that want to rapidly

introduce this technology.

0:25:270:25:29

Even if some government

do share that vision,

0:25:290:25:32

they share another challenge.

0:25:320:25:40

finding the money and the public

support to build this kind

0:25:450:25:48

of structure many miles

across or under their countries.

0:25:480:25:50

Rory Cellan-Jones, BBC News, Nevada.

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Don't forget you can get

in touch with me and some

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