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hello. i'm alpa patel with bbc world news. our top stories. the indian embassy in washington has expressed deep concern over the killing of an indian in kansas in what is believed to be a racially motivated attack. as a vigil is held for victim is, his wife said they had grown anxious about racial hatred after the election of donald trump. ijust could not sleep. i was talking and then i was like, he will be safe in this country. talking and then i was like, he will be safe in this countryli talking and then i was like, he will be safe in this country. i am so worried. the exodus of civilians from western mosul — as iraqi troops push deeper into territory held by islamic state also coming up, the woman linked to the murder of kimjong—nam — says she got 90 dollars to take part in what she thought was a prank. the dream is over.
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claudio ranieri says goodbye to the leicester city players after he was sacked by the club. cello. the indian embassy in washington has expressed deep concern over the killing of an indian man and the injuring of another in a shooting incident in kansas. more than a hundred people gathered for a vigil in kansas honouring the victims of what authorities suspect was a possible hate crime. sri—nivas kuchi—bhotla died shortly after wednesday's attack, his friend alok mada—sani, also from india, and an american man were also hurt. adam purin—ton, a white us navy veteran
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has been charged with first degree murder our correspondent rajini vaidhya nathan is outside the bar in kansas — where this happened the two had moved from india here to kansas and both worked for a tech company, garmin, and it was a nice evening on wednesday and they decided to come for a drink after work, something they often did. they have been friends a long time. through the course of the evening, things got tens after a man approached their table and started talking to them and by the end of the evening both were victims of a gun attack in which the indian man was killed. his friend survived the incident and he is still recovering at home. he spoke earlier. he randomly comes up and starts
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pointing fingers. obviously, he started with sri—nivas because he was closer to his table. we knew something was wrong with the way he started the conversation and he was pointing his finger. that is not something you see everyday. what did he say? he came towards me and said, which country are you from? are you here illegally? police are investigating the possible motives, including the possibility that this was a hate crime. other witnesses in the bar have reported that the attacker said, get out of my country. that is what is being investigated. the
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man's wife is travelling to india to perform his last rites. i also spoke to her yesterday. she told me a little bit about her fears about hate crimes in the united states. when the recent elections happened, he was watching it so closely. i was so he was watching it so closely. i was so worried. ijust could not sleep. i was talking to him and i was like, he will be safe in this country. i am so he will be safe in this country. i am so worried. i think the hate crime will be more open now. will it be safe for asked to go there? will it be safe for us to go to the office? i am so worried, i am so worried. he held me like this and said, don't worry. we should be ok, we should be ok. sri—nivas loved america, a country
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he loved working in. his wife said he loved working in. his wife said he was a hard worker and would leave the office late everyday. he was dedicated to this country and his wife said when she comes back from india, she wants to come back to america, she also loves this country, despite her concerns she expressed. we are hearing that one indian society in the us is advising national is not to speak in their local dialect. you have been in kansas, what people you there?” went to a vigil at a local church is not too far from the bar, which has reopened, i should say. it opened at 11 o'clock on saturday following what happened. but the mood at the interfaith vigil, there were americans, and indian americans are
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many said they loved this area and think it is a united community and so think it is a united community and so they are not concerned about living here, specifically, but they are devastated about what happened, because many people here the two then. thanks. tom perez, a former member of president obama's cabinet, has been elected as the new national chairman of the democratic party. after beating keith ellison a congressman from minnesota. mr perez then appointed him as his deputy. the role of chairman is seen as critical with the republicans holding majorities in both the senate and house of representatives. after his successful campaign, mr perez made this statement to delegates. someday they are going to study this era in american history and study it alongside the know nothing movement
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and will ask the question of all of us, where were and will ask the question of all of us, where were you and will ask the question of all of us, where were you in 2017? when we had the worst president in the history of the united states, and we will all be able to say, whether you are sitting here, outside, or whether you are looking across america, we will be able to say, the united democratic party led the resistance, ensured that this president was a one term president and elected democrats across this country from the school board, to the senate, to the state attorneys general, two secretaries of state and senators and governors, to district six is. to newjersey and virginia. next year, we are going to have a market correction in all of these states, like admiring —— like
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maryland. that is what we are going to do. the new chairman of the democratic national committee. iraqi troops are pushing deeper into western mosul in their offensive to drive out so—called islamic state from the country's second city. this area of mosul is the last is stronghold in iraq. the militants are surrounded, along with an estimated three—quarters—of—a—million civilians. 0ur correspondent wyre davies is at an advanced iraqi military base where american troops and advisers are a key part of the mosul offensive. this woman is a victim of islamic state's latest tactic in its desperate bid to avoid defeat in mosul. the 55—year—old mother of seven from the eastern part of the city was hit in a drone strike. her leg shattered. "i was lying on the ground and people were pointing to the sky from where the bomb came", she told me. one of dozens of drone attack victims they've treated at
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this hospital. this is pretty new for this conflict, but also for conflicts all over the world. these mortars can be very effective and the impact on the population really, really brutal. this is video eulogises the use of commercially available drones to drop bombs and grenades. an organisation which governs according to brutal feudal codes adapting modern technology to lethal effect. drones are yet another threat for government troops now pursuing fighters from so—called islamic state into the narrow streets of mosul. after days of fierce clashes on the edge of the city. but from a field just to the south, big american guns are helping to sway the battle perhaps decisively in the government's favour. this is an overwhelmingly iraqi military operation but the role of american advisers and troops, so—called boots on the
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ground, is also critical. us artillery pieces pounding targets in mosul. american commanders are reluctant to divulge too many sensitive details, but say us military support will be decisive. the fight in western mosul would be a tough fight for really any army in the world. so the iraqi army, the iraqi federal police, again will face a tough fight. it will be a lot of house—to—house fighting. the enemy is cornered. they don't have any choice. but to fight. a kurdish reporter, shifa gardi was killed today covering the government advance into mosul. a handful of refugees fled in the opposite direction but there are an estimated 750,000 civilians still trapped inside the besieged city. wyre davies, bbc news, northern iraq. the aid agencies are preparing for a
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huge number of civilians from mosul. 0ne huge number of civilians from mosul. one person told us about what they have been hearing. 0ur teams have seen families who have just escaped from the actual fighting will stop to the places where our teams are operating. they are talking about horrible stories of snipers shooting women and children. those who are trying to escape. it is, and has resulted in killing and injury among them. also some families are just separated. everybody is running for their lives. those people trapped in the west of the city under the control of islamic state, what are your fears of them? first of all their safety and secondly the longer this conflict continues, there will be a danger of people running out of food
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and water and medicine and everything. what do you know about the geography of the area? we hear about narrow streets. what do you fearfor about narrow streets. what do you fear for the people trying to escape? that is our worry, especially in the old part of the city where it is estimated over 400,000 people will be living. narrow streets and old houses. with the fighting people could be at risk whether they are staying or trying to escape. given the numbers involved, are you worried about mass casualties? we would be worried about mass casualties but at the same time it is great to hear the iraqi forces and government have taken iraqi forces and government have ta ken civilian protection iraqi forces and government have taken civilian protection as a priority of this operation and we hope it materialises on the ground. if there are many casualties, our agencies ready for that? we are not ready. we are unable to reach into
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old parts of the city and we are only able to support families who are escaping from fighting. a 73—year—old man has died after being severely injured when a man drove his car into pedestrians in the south—western city of heidelberg. police say the driver was a german who was armed with a knife, and fled after the impact, but was tracked down by police. he's been taken to hospital. police say they are not sure of the motivation behind the attack. two other people who were injured have both been discharged from hospital. the un's peace envoy for syria says suicide attacks on two government compounds in the city of homs were designed to derail the current peace talks taking place in geneva. at least 30 people were killed and dozens injured. the former al-qaeda affiliate, the al—nusra front, which now calls itself fateh al—sham, said it carried out the attack.
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0ur correspondent rami ruhayem is in beirut and told me how the bombings could happen in a city supposedly under tight government control. this is an infiltration, not a battle. whoever did this probably fateh al—sham, the rebel group which claimed this attack, managed to get through to this well guarded, highly sensitive spot, a couple of well guarded, highly sensitive spots, to carry out this attack. this has happened before. the regime has faced attacks in area it controls before. several of them in homs, mostly before. several of them in homs, m ostly o n before. several of them in homs, mostly on civilian targets. this one unlike the others was not on a civilian target but possibly on a target that matters more to the regime than other targets, because of the nature of the targets will
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stop intelligence headquarters and quite high profile casualties, as well. and a group believed to be behind the attack, are they involved in the putative ongoing peace talks, which are due to take place? no, this group came into existence in its current form a couple of weeks ago. it used to be called fateh al—sham. in the first statement by its leader, they explicitly rejected negotiations and said they are not going to lead anywhere. the only way to continue the revolution, they said, is to continue the armed struggle against the regime and this is probably one of the most successful manifestations of their strategy. of course, this is a
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manifestation as well of al—nusra, there is fierce focus from the start of the syrian uprising till now, on fighting the regime and rejecting all the western backed and golf arab backed attempts to find a way —— gulf. to find a solution to the regime. still to come... lavish birthday celebrations that the zimbabwe president robert mugabe who turned 93 this week. benedict will in his own words be hidden from the world for the rest of his life. the latest headlines. a vigil is held for the victims of a shooting
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ina held for the victims of a shooting in a kansas bar in which an indian man was killed in what is believed to bea man was killed in what is believed to be a racially motivated attack. in an exodus of civilians from western mosul as iraqi troops pushed deeper into territory held by the so—called islamic state. malaysian officials say the kuala lumpur international airport is safe and has no radioactive or hazardous materials. the announcement came after security experts carried out a sweep for any traces of the toxic nerve agent that killed the half brother of the north korean leader. police said kim jong—nam was assassinated with a lethal dose of vx, a chemical listed by the un as a weapon of mass destruction. even though the search was conducted in 11 days after the murder, police say not a single medical emergency was reported. the screening process was
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carried out at areas and locations related to this case. as a result of this screening process, we confirm number one, there is no hazardous material found. number two, it number one, there is no hazardous materialfound. numbertwo, it is free from any form of contamination of hazardous material. and third, it is declared a safe zone. indonesian diplomats have visited one of their nationals held as a suspect. the woman repeated her claim she is innocent and thought she was taking pa rt innocent and thought she was taking part ina innocent and thought she was taking part in a prank. she told indonesian officials that two korean or japanese looking men gave her a substance that looks like baby all to wipe on the face of a man and paid her $90. according to her she
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got 400 ringgits. there is plenty more on this story on the website including a closer look at exactly what vx nerve agent is. go to the website. there's been a lavish birthday party for zimbabwe's president, robert mugabe, who turned 93 this week. mr mugabe is defying calls to resign. the oldest president in the world said this week that "the majority of the people feel that there is no acceptable replacement". shin—gai nyoka reports. organisers are saying they want to throw one of the biggest parties in africa. what does it take for such a big budget birthday? 150 cattle have been slaughtered for food and thousands of people brought in to join the celebrations and there is
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plenty of cake for officials, but not everybody is celebrating. some groups said the party abused power and forced impoverished people to make donations. a protest group said the feasting should stop until the country is fixed. as we speak hospitals are in crisis, doctors have been on strike the last two weeks. the government said this is not an weeks. the government said this is notan ordinary weeks. the government said this is not an ordinary party, that they wa nt to not an ordinary party, that they want to revere an african icon that is president robert mugabe. the latest sport. thanks. scotland have secured a long—awaited victory over wales. their first have secured a long—awaited victory over wales. theirfirst in have secured a long—awaited victory over wales. their first in a have secured a long—awaited victory over wales. theirfirst in a decade. tommy seymour‘s try put the scots back in front after liam williams scored for wales. then scotland secured the win with a wonderfully worked try.. a great pass from stuart hogg to tim visser. scotland won it 29 points to 13.
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we started the championship well at home against ireland. we were disappointed in france but we believe we can do something with this group and we are notjust saying that, whether people believe us or saying that, whether people believe us or not. today we came from a poor first half to build an ice core and beat a very good welsh side. we are going to england for the next game. we area going to england for the next game. we are a group, if we work hard, we believe we can win games. jonnie sexton returned from injury to guide ireland to a 19—9 victory over france in dublin. the fly—half kicked 11 points in what was his first match since he suffered a calf strain playing for irish province leinsterfive weeks ago. ireland's other scores came via conor murray's first—half try and a paddyjackson penalty claudio ranieri returned to the
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leicester training ground. he left the club one point above the relegation zone. they now sit in the bottom three after results went against them on saturday. tonight leicester strikerjamie vardy released a response to suggestions the players were responsible for his departure. he said on social media: i must have written and deleted my words to this chelsea are 11 points clear at the top of the premier league tonight after beating swansea 3—1 at stamford bridge. cesc fabregas scored first, fernando llorente level, but two late goals — from pedro and then diego costa sealed the win for chelsea. we showed great character to start
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the second half and create chances we had. fabregas scored across the barand we had. fabregas scored across the bar and then be scored. we deserved a lot to win the game. now it is important to continue in this way. winning over 29 points to be champions. it is important to know this, for me, my players and fans. to continue with the great focus and concentration. it is looking unlikely anybody will stop chelsea. crystal palace beat middlesbrough1—0. they are out of the bottom three after the win over middlesbrough. patrick van aanholt with the goal. it isa it is a great victory and hopefully we can move on from there. i think the two—week break had a big
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influence on players because we could get a lot of work into the players in all aspects of their game. and today they made a lot of really good decisions. they coped with the pressure very well. the rest of the results... sunderland remain bottom of the table after losing 2—0 to everton. hull city and burnley drew one all. that is all the sport. back to you. a reminder of the menus. the indian embassy in washington expressed deep concern over the killing of an indian man in a shooting in kansas. more than 100 people have gathered for a vigil honouring the victims of what authorities suspect was a hate crime. that is it from me. goodbye. hello, good evening. breaking news
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on the weather front. the irish met service have named storms iwan. it is heading our way and will bring strong winds and heavy rain or not of the magnitude of storm doris, i suspect. ahead of that we have ploughed across england and wales and rain and a south—westerly. through the small hours of sunday the rain will be patchy before getting out into the north sea, leaving dry but cloudy weather. wind and rain gathering in the north and west by the end of the night. most places frost free. it might turn colder in the far north and east of scotland. tomorrow wind and rain moving east across scotland. snow on
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higher ground. the rain will move through northern ireland quickly through northern ireland quickly through the morning and we dry at least for a time. heading to eastern england, doing well, a promising start. cloudy but sunshine getting through. the south—westerly breeze keeping temperatures up to 10 degrees. from the west, more cloud, more of a breeze. we will begin to see rain setting into wales and other parts of western england and the west of wales will see the rain through the day. storm iwan will arrive late morning around the irish sea coasts. gusts up to 60 mph in land and at the coast, around 70 mph. not quite as strong as storm doris but some impacts are possible. quite a lot of rain across the north and west of the uk. snow over scottish mountains. try further east. if cloudy but breezy.
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reasonable conditions at twickenham, but the wind could have an effect. relatively mild. 0n but the wind could have an effect. relatively mild. on monday, pretty windy. rain moving eastwards. followed by sunny spells and scattered showers which could be heavy with hail and thunder and maybe snow over higher ground. feeling colder on monday. that cold airwill feeling colder on monday. that cold air will stick around into tuesday and wednesday. there has been a vigil honouring the victims of the possible hate crime victims of the possible hate crime after an engineer was shot in bar and another wounded. large numbers of the billions are leaving their homes in western owes all as iraqis push into mosul. the woman accused of involvement in the murder of the half brother of north korea's leader has said again she is innocent. she says she was
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paid $90 to take part in what she thought was a prank. claudio ranieri has met the leicester city players to say
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