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This is BBC World News Today,

I'm Geeta Guru-Murthy.

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Our top stories:

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Thousands demonstrate

across Russia in support of calls

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by the opposition leader

for a boycott of presidential

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elections in March.

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Alexei Navalny is himself

briefly detained.

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Alexei Navalny is Russia's most

prominent opposition figure and

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Vladimir Putin's most vocal critic.

He has been barred from running in

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the presidential election, he is now

being arrested by police.

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Ingvar Kamprad, the brains

behind the Ikea furniture empire,

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dies at the age of 91.

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And a dramatic rescue

for a French climber

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from a deadly Himalayan mountain.

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But the search for her Polish

climbing partner is called off.

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Also coming up,

a tearful Roger Federer

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wins a record-breaking 20th

Grand Slam

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with a five-set victory

over Croatia's Marin Cilic

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in the Australian Open.

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Hello and welcome

to World News Today.

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In the last hour, the Russian

opposition leader, Alexei Navalny,

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has been released without

charge after his dramatic arrest

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earlier by police

at a rally in Moscow.

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His supporters have been

demonstrating across the

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vast country on Sunday, calling

for a boycott of what they claim

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is a rigged Presidential

election in March.

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This is the moment

Mr Navalny was seized by police

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just after he arrived

in Pushkinskaya Square

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in the centre of the

Russian capital.

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He was trying to address

hundreds of protesters

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who'd gatherered there.

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The BBC's Steve Rosenberg

was at the protests

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and witnessed Mr Navalny's arrest.

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CHANTING

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It isn't easy taking on the Kremlin.

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Alexei Navalny has been jailed

three times in the last year.

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He has been barred from

the upcoming presidential election.

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So today, Mr Navalny called

his supporters onto the streets.

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Alexei Navalny is Russia's

most prominent opposition figure

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and President Putin's

most vocal critic.

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He has been barred from running

in the presidential election.

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He's now being arrested by police.

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This was no softly, softly.

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We saw Mr Navalny

surrounded by police.

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Seconds later,

he was thrown onto the ground.

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Then the politician Vladimir Putin

cannot bring himself

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to mention by name was dragged

into the police bus.

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His supporters called on voters

to boycott the election.

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All the candidates, they believe,

are hand-picked by the Kremlin.

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They are candidates

that Putin approved.

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And we do not have candidates

that we want to have.

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There is little doubt that Vladimir

Putin will walk this election,

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with the help of Russian TV,

which maintains his macho image,

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portraying him as a cross

between action man

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and father of the nation.

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And Mr Putin enjoys far more airtime

than any of the other candidates.

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But the Kremlin still needs

people to come out

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and vote for Vladimir Putin.

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That is why calls to boycott

the elections

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are making the Russian

authorities nervous.

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Steve Rosenberg, BBC News.

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Earlier I spoke to Leonid Ragozin,

a Russian journalist

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who's covered Alexei Navalny's

political movement in depth.

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I began by asking him

why the authorities

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want to arrest Mr Navalny.

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Navalny has created the best network

of headquarters in different regions

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of Russia, and he has made an

unprecedented breakthrough into the

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Russian regions, he really expanded

the geography of the protests, and

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he has discovered and brought these

younger people who are manning his

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protests. It will take a long time

in Russia before it will end up with

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a transition to another kind of

government. But Putin is entering

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his lame-duck period of presidency.

The six years will be manifested by

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a lot of infighting in the Kremlin

and the growing movement led by

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Navalny will be a factor in the

equation.

Is there not a fear about

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what could happen to Mr Navalny,

Putin's grasp on power is so

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enormous.

Peas a hostage to Putin

and his life is at risk, but then

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Putin is a hostage to Navalny, and

the consequences of doing something

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to Navalny would be very grateful

the regime, and that is why Navalny

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himself is not in jail, and that is

because of his significance, because

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there is real power behind Navalny.

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Let's take a look at some of

the other stories making the news.

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Dozens of people have been killed

after heavy fighting

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in the Yemeni port city of Aden.

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It followed clashes

between separatists who want

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independence for south Yemen

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and forces loyal to

the Saudi-backed government.

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The Yemeni government

has called for a ceasefire

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and urged Arab allies to intervene.

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Turkish media say the military

have used improved

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weather conditions to resume

air and artillery strikes

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against a Kurdish militia

in northwestern Syria.

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The Anatolia news agency said a hill

near the strategic border town

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of Azaz in the Kurdish region

of Afrin was attacked.

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Hollywood actress and UN goodwill

ambassador Angelina Jolie has urged

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world leaders to find a way to solve

Syria's near eight-year war.

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She was speaking

during her fifth visit

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to the Zaatari refugee camp

in Jordan.

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The actress said

it was "soul-destroying"

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for the refugees

to be made so dependent.

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Even if you've never been to Ikea,

you've probably heard of

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the Swedish retail giant

that's now a global brand.

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The man who founded it,

and revolutionised

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the furniture industry,

Ingvar Kamprad,

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has died at the age of 91

at his home in southern Sweden.

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Here's our business

correspondent, Joe Lynam.

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Ingvar Kamprad can safely be

described as a retailing genius.

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Born in 1926 in southern Sweden, he

started selling matches aged five.

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Then seeds and then pencils.

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At 17, he formed Ikea -

named after his own initials

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and the area where he was born.

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Now it's probably the best known

furniture store in the world,

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with over 400 giant shops

and annual sales of $42 billion.

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He was inspired to create the idea

of flatpack furniture when watching

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someone remove the legs from a table

to fit into a customer's car. He

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disowned his previous board for far

right bodies in Sweden during the

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war and lived a modest lifestyle.

His house and possessions did not

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reflect his wealth.

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TRANSLATION:

I don't think I'm

wearing anything that I haven't

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bought at a flea market.

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I want to give a good example.

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If we are going to be

conscious about our economy,

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one cannot just talk about it,

one has to show that.

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The genius of Ingvar Kamprad

was to persuade people

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to come to his store, pick up things

they like if not necessary need,

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pick it up at his warehouse

and assemble it at home.

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We are used to it now,

but at the time it was laughed at.

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Ikea said Ingvar Kamprad,

who was involved with the business

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until recently, would be much missed

by his family and warmly

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remembered by the company's

employees worldwide.

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For more on this,

I spoke to Birgitta Forsberg,

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a columnist and reporter

for the Swedish newspaper

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Svenska Dagbladet.

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You had an exclusive feeling for

people and what they wanted, and he

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always could see people, I mean,

regular people, he always saw them.

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He saw them, and of course a lot of

it was self-assembly furniture,

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which seemed very novel at the time.

Yeah. They were very novel at the

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time as well, nobody had seen it

before, and he also managed to have

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very modern designs at very low

prices, so it was affordable for

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everybody.

And it spread throughout

the world, do you know where it was

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most public

I don't know where it is

most popular!

You don't. And what

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about his grip on the business, was

he always very centrally involved?

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It was very centrally involved and

had a very big need to have big

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control, so we controlled everything

all the time, and he called the

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executives almost every day and kept

being involved with the company,

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even though he was 91 years old, and

he knew which products sold the

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most, which had the highest margins,

he was very much involved always in

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his company.

There has been mention

of controversies in his past, his

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links with fascist parties when he

was younger, for which he then

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apologised, allegations of tax

evasion, links with the use of false

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labour. You know, how do you think

that will affect the legacy?

I don't

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know how he managed, but he had a

very good hand with the media, so

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even though he had connections with

fascist when he was young, this

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whole tax planning which are still

going on, Swedes seem to four give

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him for everything.

And how is he

regarded in Sweden now?

He is an

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icon, seen as Sweden's biggest

entrepreneur ever, seen as a man of

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the people, a person who could speak

to the people, and he is very well

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liked in Sweden.

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Birgitta Forsberg on Ingvar Kamprad.

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Here in the UK, the Prime Minister

Theresa May is coming under

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new pressure about her leadership -

and her policy on Brexit.

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Some Conservative lawmakers believe

she's not being tough enough

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in negotiations to leave

the European Union.

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Others are concerned that domestic

policies are becoming paralysed.

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Our political correspondent

Chris Mason reports.

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If it felt a little bit chilly

for the Prime Minister

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at the World Economic Forum

in Switzerland last week,

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well, the political forecast

isn't looking much sunnier for her

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now she's back home.

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Some of her MPs are fed up

with what they see

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as her merely muddling

along in office.

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And on top of that, some of those

who campaigned for Brexit fear it

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being diluted to such an extent

it never really properly happened.

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It is very complicated,

and that is one of the reasons

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why I have advocated

and supported compromise.

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But there is only so far you can go

with compromise without ultimately

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finding yourself in a position

where you are selling out

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on the people who voted to leave.

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The Government says it is committed

to delivering Brexit.

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But you know when a party

is falling out with itself

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when senior figures,

like this man, who is effectively

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the Prime Minister's

deputy, have to say this.

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The Conservative family,

left, right and centre,

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because we are a broad church,

needs to come together

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in a spirit of mutual respect,

because there are difficulties

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in any broad church,

and look at what the bigger

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picture is showing.

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The next stage of Brexit

negotiations is about what happens

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immediately after we formally leave

the European Union

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at the end of March next year.

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For around two years,

freedom of movement will continue.

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The Government will

introduce a registration

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scheme for new arrivals.

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The rights of EU citizens

here and UK citizens in the EU

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will remain the same.

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And EU laws will continue to apply.

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The Labour leader is facing

his own divisions in a party

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that predominantly voted to remain

within the EU, many of whose

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supporters, polls suggest,

would like a second referendum.

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But Jeremy Corbyn says no to that.

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What we asked for and demanded

in Parliament has been a meaningful

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vote in Parliament at the end of it.

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And what happened with this bill

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was it was an undemocratic power

grab by the Government.

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We're not asking for

a second referendum.

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Tomorrow, the rest of the EU

will get together in Brussels

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to sign of its approach

to the transition

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or implementation period.

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Brexit negotiations

are about to crank up again.

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Chris Mason, BBC News.

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This is BBC World News Today.

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New York is gearing up for the 60th

Grammy awards, one of the biggest

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nights of the year for the music

industry, we will cross live to the

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big apple.

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The shuttle Challenger

exploded soon after lift-off.

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There were seven astronauts

on board,

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one of them a woman school teacher.

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All of them are believed

to have been killed.

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By the evening, Tahrir Square,

the heart of official Cairo,

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was in the hands

of the demonstrators.

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They were using the

word "revolution".

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The earthquake singled out buildings

and brought them down in seconds.

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Tonight, the search for any

survivors has an increasing

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desperation about it

as the hours pass.

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The new government is firmly

in control of the entire

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Republic of Uganda.

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Moscow got its first taste

of Western fast food as McDonald's

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opened their biggest restaurant

in Pushkin Square.

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But the hundreds of Muscovites

who queued up today

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will not find it cheap,

with a Big Mac costing

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half a day's wages for

the average Russian.

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This is BBC World News. Russian

opposition leader Alexei Navalny has

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been released without charge after

being detained at a rally in Moscow

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calling for a boycott of the

presidential elections. And Ingvar

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Kamprad, the brains behind the Ikea

furniture empire, has died at the

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age of 91.

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A day of mourning has been taking

place in the Afghan capital, Kabul,

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for more than 100 people killed

in Saturday's bomb attack.

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The attack, using an ambulance

packed with explosives,

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was the worst to hit

the city in months.

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Our correspondent Secunder Kermani

reports from Kabul.

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Hospitals across Kabul

have been at full stretch,

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trying to treat the huge

number of wounded.

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This taxi driver was just metres

away from the explosion.

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TRANSLATION:

There was smoke, shrapnel

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and burning smell everywhere.

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Everyone looked terrified.

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There were dead bodies and injured

people covering the street.

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The Taliban packed this

ambulance with explosives.

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The attacker detonated

them close to a police

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compound on a busy street.

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Over the last year,

Kabul has been repeatedly attacked.

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It used to be one of

the safest places in the country.

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Now it feels like one

of the most dangerous.

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The Taliban and the Islamic State

group both at the moment

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seem to be focusing their efforts

on targeting the capital, Kabul,

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rather than trying to capture rural

territory from the security forces.

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They know that attacks

here will spread fear,

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will generate headlines,

and will undermine the government.

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I asked the head of the Afghan

intelligence service about rising

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public anger with his forces'

failure to prevent so many attacks.

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We are using all our assets,

all our...whatever possibility

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and resources in our hand

to prevent it.

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But you cannot prevent

100% of the attacks.

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Meanwhile, the families

of victims line up

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outside hospitals

desperate for news.

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This man has been going

from morgue to morgue,

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trying to identify

his cousin's corpse.

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TRANSLATION:

I've seen so many dead bodies,

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all the morgues are full of them,

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they are all burned so badly,

you can't even recognise them.

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Last year, more than

2000 civilians were killed

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in just nine months

across Afghanistan.

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This year looks set to be

just as deadly.

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Secunder Kermani, BBC News, Kabul.

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A French climber stranded on

one of Pakistan's highest peaks

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has been flown to hospital

after a rescue operation.

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But the search for her Polish

climbing partner has been abandoned.

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Elisabeth Revol was in northern

Pakistan on Friday.

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They were attempting

to scale Nanga Parbat,

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also known as the "Killer Mountain",

when they became stuck.

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Tim Pattinson reports.

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A dramatic rescue operation

on one of the world's highest

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and most deadly mountains.

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An elite climbing team

was rushed to the rescue

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after two climbers became stranded.

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As part of this daring

high-altitude mission,

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the team was dropped more

than 1000 metres

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below the lost climbers'

last-known position.

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They scaled the mountain overnight,

eventually finding the French

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climber Elisabeth Revol alive.

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A friend and fellow mountaineer

described the rescue attempt.

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They started their incredibly

heroic and extraordinarily fast

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seven-hour climb towards her.

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She was able to start moving,

and that is what, perhaps,

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saved her, because had she stayed

where she was, it's not certain

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at all whether they would have been

able to reach in time.

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Elisabeth Revol has now arrived

in the capital, Islamabad,

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and is being treated for frostbite.

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But the whereabouts

of climbing partner remain.

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Tomasz Mackiewicz had

become separated.

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He was reportedly suffering

from frostbite and snow blindness.

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Now the search has been called

off due to bad weather

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and treacherous conditions.

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Tim Pattinson, BBC News.

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We will keep you updated on that.

Bat get you updated on this board.

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-- let's get you updated on the

sport.

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There were tears from

Roger Federer as he won

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the Australian Open.

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It's a 20th Grand Slam title for him

and a record equalling sixth

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at the event in Melbourne.

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He's now won 10% of all

the Grand Slams in the open era

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after he beat Marin

Cilic over five sets.

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Ominously he said, even at the age

of 36, he will never

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get tired of winning.

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It's so much fun, really,

you know, we all work

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hard, we'll sacrifice

a lot, being away from home

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and all that stuff, but this

is what you live for,

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you know, hopefully one day

when you experience these

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moments, and I have

had so many of them,

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but I can't get tired of them.

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Also thanks to you guys

that keep me going,

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so just a big thank you to always

supporting me, wherever you are in

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the world, wherever I am,

I do feel the love,

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and I want to thank

you very much,

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thanks for being out here tonight.

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Manchester City manager

Pep Guardiola

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says his side haven't

got the resources to challenge

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for a domestic and European

quadruple this season.

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The League Cup finalists

beat Cardiff City 2-0 in Wales

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to reach the fifth

round of the FA Cup

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with goals from Kevin de Bruyne

and Raheem Sterling.

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People ask me, you are invincibles

in the Premier League, I say no, we

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will have a lighter squad, a lot of

players injured in this six months,

0:20:190:20:24

playing all season without a left

back. But that is not my concern.

0:20:240:20:30

Chelsea also made it

through with a comfortable

0:20:300:20:31

3-0 win over Newcastle.

0:20:320:20:33

Michi Batshuayi scored a brace

in a rare start at Stamford Bridge.

0:20:330:20:37

Marcos Alonso curled in a fine free

kick in the second half,

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with the draw for the last 16

taking place on Monday.

0:20:410:20:49

In Spain, Luis Suarez has equalised

for leaders Barcelona in the past

0:20:490:20:52

two minutes against Alavez. Earlier,

John Guidetti put the relegation

0:20:520:20:57

threatened Alavez in front in the

23rd minute.

0:20:570:21:03

Earlier on Sunday second placed

Atletico Madrid scored three

0:21:030:21:06

second-half goals to win at home

against Las Palmas, while a late

0:21:060:21:09

Getafe goal saw Sevilla held,

with Leganes winning 3-2

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against Espanyol, thanks largely

to two Mario Hermoso own goals.

0:21:110:21:15

In Italy's Serie A, Dries Mertens

scored twice for leaders Napoli,

0:21:150:21:18

as they won at home against Bologna,

Milan moved up three places

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to seventh with a 2-1 victory

at the San Siro

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over third placed Lazio,

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while fifth placed Roma

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are currently hosting

sixth placed Sampdoria.

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That is currently goalless.

0:21:320:21:36

China's Li Haotong became

the first Asian player to win

0:21:360:21:39

the Dubai Desert Classic when he won

by a shot from four-time

0:21:390:21:42

major winner Rory McIlroy.

0:21:420:21:43

Li who finished third at last year's

Open Championship also carded

0:21:430:21:46

a tournament record

score of 23-under.

0:21:460:21:48

The 22-year-old will also become

the first man from China

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to break into the world's top 50

when the latest rankings

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are released, while for McIlroy

it was a case of so near yet so far.

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That is all we have got time for,

back to you.

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Tonight is one of the biggest

nights of the year

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for the music industry -

the Grammy Awards.

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This year's ceremony takes place

in New York,

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and a number of superstars are

expected to perform,

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including Sir Elton John,

who will duet with Miley Cyrus.

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In previous editions, the award

has been criticised of racist bias

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against black artists,

but this year it is sexual

0:22:210:22:23

harassment on centre stage.

0:22:230:22:24

harassment on centre stage.

0:22:240:22:29

Singers plan to wear a white rose

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in solidarity to the

Time's Up movement.

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Our reporter Nada Tawfik

is there on the red carpet.

0:22:330:22:39

Nada

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Nada, looking very glamorous, how

much is the sexual harassment

0:22:410:22:46

problem and question on the agenda

there, do you think?

Well, I can

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tell you that here on the red

carpet, we have seen numerous men

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and women wearing a white rose. And

that was really an initiative, an

0:22:570:23:01

idea that came about just a few days

ago by a newly formed group called

0:23:010:23:09

Voices In Entertainment, they wanted

a white rose to stand in solidarity

0:23:090:23:12

with victims of abuse, so many have

been following through with that

0:23:120:23:15

idea and doing just that. One

celebrity I spoke with was wearing

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one and said that the industry has a

powerful voice, so it is important

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that they use it and share their

stories and stories of their

0:23:250:23:28

colleagues, and we know that Kelly

Clarkson, Dua Lipa, they are also

0:23:280:23:33

expected to wear the white rose, and

it is the Grammys, of course, we

0:23:330:23:38

expect there to be a performance,

you know, honouring the Me Too

0:23:380:23:44

movement, and that will come from

Kesha, who has had a long legal

0:23:440:23:50

battle with her producer who she has

accused of sexual assault. He has

0:23:500:23:54

denied that, but it is opposed to be

a very powerful performance of a

0:23:540:23:58

ballot, hair and to him.

And of

course the question of race has

0:23:580:24:05

always been controversial for the

Grammys, are they over that? -- of a

0:24:050:24:12

ballad, her anthem to him.

For the

first time in history, a white male

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is nominated for the top prize of

album of the year, and when you look

0:24:170:24:21

at the top awards, it is from a

diverse list of nominees. In fact,

0:24:210:24:26

for album of the year, it is thought

of as Jay Z up against Kendrick

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Lemar, the two favourites, and they

are artist to have in the past

0:24:320:24:35

called out the Grammys for not being

in touch with hip-hop's influence on

0:24:350:24:40

the music industry and culture, so I

think it will be interesting to see

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how many of those categories do go

to those diverse nominees. Now, it

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is too early to tell if this is just

a blip, or if the Grammys has really

0:24:490:24:54

changed the way it considers music,

and away the academy votes and

0:24:540:24:59

music. There are 22,000 submissions

this year, 13,000 voting members,

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and they say that they have changed

a lot to try and get people to look

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at records that are not necessarily

kind of the past Grammy style, but I

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doing really well on streaming and

are really popular amongst voters.

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Just quickly, what are the other big

names that we should look out for

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tonight?

Well, there is going to be

performances tonight from Elton

0:25:250:25:32

John, Sam Smith is actually

honouring him, performances from

0:25:320:25:36

Lady Gaga, who doesn't have as many

nominations as in past years, and

0:25:360:25:40

there will be a tribute, I should

point out, from the country artists

0:25:400:25:44

who performed at the Vegas concert

where there was a mass shooting, the

0:25:440:25:50

deadliest mass shooting in US

history, they are paying tribute to

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the victims.

Nada Tawfik, thank you

very much indeed.

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Don't forget you can get

in touch with me and some

0:25:570:26:00

of the team on Twitter,

I'm @geetagurumurthy.

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