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this is bbc news, i'm ben brown. the headlines at midday. theresa may promises mps a bold new offer on brexit, to try to get her deal through parliament before she leaves office. the new national rail summer timetable comes into effect today — train companies say they've learned lessons from weeks of chaos on the network last summer. a bbc investigation finds a fall in the number of prosecutions for revenge porn — even though there are more reported incidents. #0h # all i know # loving you is a losing game. triumph for the netherlands in this year's eurovision song contest. but despair for the uk, which finished last. kompany parts company with his club — the manchester city captain is off
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to anderlecht as player—manager. and, the rise of the machines. click looks today at recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence. that's in half an hour, here on bbc news. hello. good afternoon. the prime minister is proposing what she calls a new bold offer on brexit, as she prepares to bring her eu withdrawal deal back to mps for a final vote. extra protection for workers‘ rights is expected to be at the centre of the proposals — but both conservative and labour mps say they're sceptical about the prospects of the deal getting through the commons.
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let's ta ke let's take you through the possible next steps in the brexit process. because the uk remains a member of the european union, this thursday, 23rd may, british voters will take part in elections for the european parliament. the government's promised mps another chance to vote on brexit — by bringing forward the withdrawal agreement bill to the house of commons in the week beginning 3rd june. if the bill is not passed, the default position is that the uk will leave the eu on 31st october without a deal. the international development secretary rory stewart told andrew marr that he thought the conservatives and labour are pretty close in terms of what they want from a brexit deal, and explained how he would like to deal with the parliamentary deadlock over brexit. number one, it's about building those coalitions in the house of commons and in the country for a deal.
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so, i would want to go to parliament and say, "we are taking no deal off the table and we are taking second referendum and remain off the table," and i effectively want to lock... you are going to legislate for this? yes, i want to legislate for this. i effectively want those 650 mps locked in a room talking about what practical brexit deal they want. we've wasted two and a half years with people either talking about something that doesn't make sense and is unnecessary and damaging, which is no deal, or trying to remain in the european union. on tuesday the cabinet will consider plans for a series of ‘indicative on tuesday the cabinet will consider plans for a series of indicative votes in the commons to establish which proposals could command a majority in the house. labour leaderjeremy corbyn told the andrew marr show he doubted this would work. we've had indicative votes before when we had the grieve, as it was called, grieve proposals in which there were non—binding indicative votes, which actually, nothing was agreed at the end of it. i think it's unlikely that it will actually take us much further forward. i think the government has to come up with
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legislation through negotiation with the eu. at the moment the extension goes until the end of october. but the idea they can produce a bill at the beginning of june and get it through all of its stages by the end ofjuly is... very difficult. ..very, very unlikely. that's the labour leader talking to andrew marr. joining me now is parliamentary reporter at the press association, alain tolhurst. thank you forjoining us. first of all, theresa may making a promise of all, theresa may making a promise of a bold new plan on brexit. do you think that's going to help her get her deal over the line in the commons? well, it is hard to see what she could possibly change that would win over enough people if you think about where parliamentary parties are, there is clearly a group of conservatives who will vote down any deal come what may, and there is a lot of labour mps who would prefer a second render referendum who would vote down anything that would get brexit to be started so it is difficult to see what changes she could make and given we have had six oi’ could make and given we have had six or seven weeks of talks between
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labour and the conservatives that have come up with pretty much nothing, what she pulls out in the next couple of weeks is hard to see how that could get it over the line. you don't think she could possibly win over some labour mps?” you don't think she could possibly win over some labour mp5? i think so. win over some labour mp5? i think so. she got sort of around 50 odd votes was the closest she got last time but i think some of those feelings have hardened since then i don't think the number will be a lot higher and therefore she would require quite a lot of labour mps to come around and it doesn't really seem like they want to do that. plus, for them, although it would deliver brexit it would also throw a lifeline to a prime minister who clearly is on the way out, so whether they would want to do that, they would have to weigh that up as well. where will that leave us if she loses again and cannot get her brexit deal through again? where are we then? i think, brexit deal through again? where are we then? ithink, as brexit deal through again? where are we then? i think, as proven by her conversation with the 1922 committee, at that point she would have to set a timetable for her to leave and therefore a process for a new conservative leader, a new prime minister, to come in. what they
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would then do it is difficult to say. the parliamentary arithmetic would still be the same at that point so you'd have to be looking at may be possibly an extension of article 50, or a second referendum, 01’ article 50, or a second referendum, oran article 50, or a second referendum, or an election, or if someone like borisjohnson, a or an election, or if someone like boris johnson, a hard or an election, or if someone like borisjohnson, a hard brexiteer was to become the leader, you could be looking at a no—deal brexit when the article 50 extension runs out on october the 31st. and what about the idea of more indicative votes? it's like groundhog day, isn't it? it's the same thing over and over again expecting a different decision. the same way the arithmetic for a withdrawal agreement has not changed, i don't think the arithmetic for indicative votes has. ido arithmetic for indicative votes has. i do think feelings have hardened and you could end up with a farcical situation again where no option gets a majority. ithink situation again where no option gets a majority. i think it is another role of the dice, but i don't think it will make much of a difference. in terms of the theresa may premiership, when do you see that finally expiring? how much more time how she got left? it's difficult to
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say. she's lasted a lot longer than people perhaps thought she would, especially given the few months she has had. we have got as close as we possibly can, she's given a date about when she will give a date, but it looks like come what may the withdrawal agreement bill coming through in the first week ofjune will precipitate the start of anything, so it could be perhaps, if she was to miraculously pass, she could give herself a bit of a grace period until the summer and then resign, and therefore, a new leader would take over at conservative party conference. if she loses that, then i think that timetable will be perhaps contracted and she may leave the week after that. what impact do you think the european elections are likely to have on the political landscape? it's interesting because i think the tories have done, they have understood clearly for quite a while they are going to do very badly so i think they are factoring that in already, and i think if they... we had a second poll today that had them in single digits
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today, so i think if they had a bad go at it they can say, we were expecting that. but if we do see nigel farage's brexit party getting up nigel farage's brexit party getting up to 30% and getting a whole chunk of seats it could see that result towards a ha rd of seats it could see that result towards a hard brexit being hardened and if the remain parties, discounting labour, but all doing very well, again, you could see pressure being put on towards a second referendum. it is being seen asa second referendum. it is being seen as a protest by a lot of people towards the sort of option they want going forward. alain tolhurst, parliamentary reporter at the press association, thank you very much indeed for your insight and analysis. scotland's first minister nicola sturgeon has previously said she wants another referendum on the uk's membership of the european union. speaking to andrew marr, she said that her party had tried to find a way of leaving the eu they felt was acceptable, but had been prevented from doing so as the conservative and labour parties had insisted
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on ending free movement. weeded, for a period, although we a lwa ys weeded, for a period, although we always said that staying in the eu was our preference, that's what we wa nted was our preference, that's what we wanted and what the majority of people in scotland voted for. —— we did, fora people in scotland voted for. —— we did, for a period. and people in scotland voted for. —— we did, fora period. and i make no apology for this as a reasonable politician, we did try to seek if staying in the eu wasn't possible if single market customs union membership could win a consensus as an alternative to a hard brexit. neither of the main uk parties were prepared to talk about that seriously, and also now, of course, it is possible to keep the uk and scotla nd it is possible to keep the uk and scotland in the european union. and ido scotland in the european union. and i do think putting the issue back to the people is what should happen. nicola sturgeon talking to andrew marr. a 16 year—old boy is said to be in a stable but serious condition after being shot in the leg in sheffield. emergency services were called just after midnight in the the spital hill area of the city.
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police investigating the shooting have appealed to people who heard or saw anything to come forward. a bbc 5 live investigation has found that the number of prosecutions for revenge porn in england and wales has fallen, despite an increase in reported incidents. laws were brought in four years ago to tackle the problem. but while reports have more than doubled, the number of prosecutions has fallen by nearly a quarter. we can talk now to folami prehaye was a victim of revenge porn herself before the new law was introduced. following her experience, she set up the victims of internet crime: speak out website as a support group for people who have been through the same thing. thank you forjoining us. first of all, what is your reaction to the news that the number of prosecutions appears to be falling? it's not surprising, to be honest, because, you know, there's a few things not
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in place for victims. the current crime is very much puppetry to lead and it needs to be victim led. there is no anonymity for victims to be able to come forward and speak out and there isn't enough training for the police currently in place. this term, revenge porn, ithink the police currently in place. this term, revenge porn, i think you're not very comfortable with that terminology. no, the terminology that should be used is sexual abuse because ultimately somebody is using your images that were of a sexual intention and they are abusing them, abusing you with them online. whether you are abused online or off—line, ultimately it is abuse. tell us your experience of this abuse. personally, you know, what happened to me was very similar to what happened to most people. that is, you know, my images got shed online via facebook by my ex partner. he also put them on porn
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websites. i was in a dark place, i went through lots of emotional states and it was a hard place to be. i think you would like the scope of this kind of legislation to be widened, to be extended. is that right? it does need to be widened and i've done a bit of work with the law commission who is currently looking at this. and the fact that anonymous rights is not in there, the fact that the word threat does need to be in there, they are fully aware of the impact this has on victims. so you are saying if somebody threatens to do this, to use revenge porn, as it's called, that shouldn't itself be a crime, is that shouldn't itself be a crime, is that right? the threat isjust as bad as the act, it still puts the fear factor the victim. so, we are ina fear factor the victim. so, we are in a situation now where the number of reported incidents is going up but the number of prosecutions seems to be falling. that's according to
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the figures that we have obtained. what do you think about that, and what can be done about that? i think more awareness needs to be raised, especially with vulnerable groups. i'm currently doing a lot of work with the lgbto community around image —based sexual abuse. more information needs to be done in schools with young people, social media platforms need to be held to account and the training element for police to be able to understand from the victim was my point of view also needs to be able to take place. who better to train a police officer than a victim themselves? so they understand how it feels to be in that state. you mentioned the lgbt community, because this isn't only something that happens in heterosexual relationships, or indeed, only happens to women. definitely not, it is the majority women reportedly but it is very,
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very much widespread within other communities, the asian community, the black community, young people, the black community, young people, the lgbt community, but it needs to be recognised as abuse and different forms of abuse. thank you for your time, folami prehaye, who was a victim of revenge porn, and now has set upa victim of revenge porn, and now has set up a group called the victims of internet crime: speak out, it is a website. thank you very much for your time. ok, thanks. this year's eurovision song contest had it all. russia had singing in the shower, the australians were on bendy poles and there was a half—time performance from madonna. the netherlands triumphed for the first time since 1975 — but it was despair for the uk's entry, which finished last. our correspondent, david sillito was there. from tel aviv, israel, this is the grand final
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of the eurovision song contest, 2019! it was, from the beginning, trademark eurovision... inside the auditorium. chanting: taking part in eurovision means you join a racist mission! but in amongst the throngs of fans, there are also protests, an argument that because of israel's actions in the occupied territories, it should not be hosting the eurovision song contest. i think the world should not allow israel to host events like this because having events like the eurovision here is masking away the reality of the occupation. and the heavy security, a reminder of the israel that wasn't on show. and in jerusalem, there were chaotic scenes. a police charge against religious protesters. they were objecting to eurovision taking place on the jewish sabbath. but inside the event, there had been fears of protest but all passed
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off peacefully. and with some considerable spectacle, this swaying performance from australia. # when you call my name # it's like a little prayer # i'm down on my knees #. the interval act, madonna, who had faced criticism for playing israel, but there were some doubts about whether this was a douze points performance. the thing that brings all of these people here tonight is music. so let's never underestimate the power of music to bring people together. meanwhile, the uk's michael rice performed with gusto but once again it wasn't to be the uk's night. # bigger than us #. instead, the winner, the netherlands. # all i know, all i know # loving you is a losing game # oh, oh,
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with me in the studio now is pauljordan — aka dr eurovision. thank you forjoining us. you were in israel during the week. this was pretty controversial song contest just by the fact it was in israel. yes, of course, a eurovision in israel was never going to be far from controversy. there were boycotts, in particular ireland and iceland but i think calls for boycotts are iceland but i think calls for boycotts a re not iceland but i think calls for boycotts are not in the spirit of the event, it's about bringing people together and for one night setting aside our differences and taking to the stage and having a bit ofa sing taking to the stage and having a bit of a sing song. the singsong ended up of a sing song. the singsong ended up with the netherlands winning. let's talk about that festival. we will come onto the uk's miserable performance in a minute but the netherlands, first time they have won it since 1975. it is a big deal for them to have won it after so long, four years the netherlands failed to qualify in the semifinals and they were all sorts of discussions about why they do badly but eventually they got their act together literally, they got the record companies involved and have
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now rewarded with a great placing and victory. can we learn some lessons from them? i think so, it is challenging, the team at the bbc try ha rd challenging, the team at the bbc try hard but without the record companies' involvement you will not get the great songs and songwriters coming through. michael, the uk singer, a very good singer, good voice and a good performance but ultimately it wasn't good enough on the night. so it was down to him not being a star, if you like? not necessarily a star but i don't think the song was strong enough. he himself is a good singer but i don't think we can also blame it on brexit, ireland gave us our only points and they are the country we have the tense relationship with at the minute, so ultimately it's the music on the night that won. would you like to see more mainstream or better—known singers taking part, or representing the uk? i'd like to see contemporary acts and contemporary songs, songs which would be in the charts in the uk. at the minute our eurovision entries are so far apart from what is in the charts, so we need to be a bit more daring and look at this from the point of view of actually having as a launch pad
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perhaps for a new career, new singer. it doesn't necessarily need to bea singer. it doesn't necessarily need to be a big act. what about as a spectacle? it was pretty long, getting on forfour spectacle? it was pretty long, getting on for four hours, wasn't it? it was a bit of an endurance test, the voting didn't start until after 11 o'clock in the evening so i was quite tired by the end! madonna was quite tired by the end! madonna was the half—time entertainment. i did watch that and i was slightly thinking, maybe it was unfair that she was a bit out of tune, or was not just she was a bit out of tune, or was notjust me? i think that's a fair assessment. it is quite ironic considering we have so many good performances before and then someone like madonna comes on and delivers a below par performance. eurovision, they have into interval acts, they have had justin timberlake in the past, it doesn't really need madonna, madonna needed that more than eurovision needed her. madonna, madonna needed that more than eurovision needed henm madonna, madonna needed that more than eurovision needed her. is it growing in popularity? and is is also growing as a phenomenon? what is kind of weird is we think it is a european thing but here it was in israel, australia takes part, what's going on? yeah, it is, it is a huge
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international event and whatever people think of the music per se, is a television production it is very slick, it's one of the best pieces of international broadcasting around. it is unique in the tv year, there is nothing else like it and it's the one thing people talk about more than 60 years after it began. pauljordan, thank you. pauljordan with his views on last night's eurovision. the latest headlines on bbc news. theresa may promises mps a bold new offer on brexit, to try to get her deal through parliament before she leaves office. the new national rail summer timetable comes into effect today — train companies say they've learned lessons from weeks of chaos on the network last summer. a bbc investigation finds a fall in the number of prosecutions for revenge porn — even though there are more reported incidents. olly foster has all the sport for us. hello, there. after 11 years, 360
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games, ten major trophies at manchester city, their captain vincent company has played his last game for the club. he says the time is right after securing that unprecedented domestic treble with victory over watford in the fa cup final yesterday. he is going to return to anderlecht, the belgian clu b return to anderlecht, the belgian club where he started his career. this is how they made the announcement this morning on social media. he is going to be their player manager is welcome his first steps into coaching. he came through the youth ranks at anderlecht at the age of six. here's the former city player paul lake on what kompany has done for the club over the past decade. if you think about when he first came into the club, he was quite an unknown quantity for a lot of city fa ns unknown quantity for a lot of city fans and mancunians alike, but i think the combination of understanding where city are at, combined with the fact he is married toa combined with the fact he is married to a mancunian and a city fan as well, i think he's been able to not
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only establish himself but he has ingratiated himself into the community and genuine in all that he does comment on the back of that you —— he won the hearts and minds of the fans and team—mates and managers alike, and it has been a privilege for city fans to learn about to know him, and everyone has embraced him with open arms because of the personality he is. four league titles, two fa cups, four league cups, he couldn't really have given any more. it is a fantastic way for him to be bowing out, and brilliant that he has seen out the climax to the season because injuries were just beginning to catch up with him at the age of 33. that's right, he's been a consummate pro insofar is keeping himself as fit as he can be, and he's been an ever present captain, whether it is on the grass or off the grass. but certainly of the season for him has been very tough. having this long—standing ca lf tough. having this long—standing calf problem, which may have seen lots of other professionals off, but
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his grit and determination and that he has shown has meant that he's never given up hope of coming back and being that same player. if he wasn't the level of football player he is he might have called it a day totally a nd he is he might have called it a day totally and become a manager. but it just shows you the will and the character that he has that he is not only managed to finish the season in the starting 11, as probably alongside aymeric laporte, they go to centre half, but he's been the captain, the leader, and this season has culminated in that goal, which will be forever in the hearts and minds of city fans alongside the aguero goal. paul lake there. england are playing pakistan in the fifth and final one—day international at headingley. they've already won the series but the world cup squad is announced on tuesday ahead of the tournament that starts later this month. so it's an opportunity for some to make a final push for selection.
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england batting first after winning the toss. james vince and johhnny bairstow have gone. it hasn't affected the run rate. root and morgan at the crease. rootjust reaching half century. currently 145—2 from 19 overs. the american brooks koepka looks to be coasting towards another us pga title. he's on 12 under, seven shots clear in the second major of the year going into today's final round at bethpage black in new york. that's a record after three rounds at this tournament. if he wins he'll become the first player to hold back—to—back titles in two majors at the same time after winning the us open in 2017 and 2018. not even tiger woods did that in his prime. england's matt wallace is in the chasing pack on a—under. johanna konta's is playing in the final of the italian open in rome. the british number one has never won a title on clay. she's up against the czech fourth seed karolina pliskova, very early stages in rome.
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she is already a breakdown there. 3-1 to she is already a breakdown there. 3—1 to pliskova, i think it is there. rafael nadal will face novak djokovic in the men's final later. there were a couple of important bouts in boxing overnight — deontay wilder retained his wbc heavyweight title by beating fellow american dominic brezeale. wilder made very short work of it too, with a brutalfirst round knockout in new york. up up next he says the door could be open to a rematch with tyson fury, or what everybody wants, a big unification fight against anthony joshua. good win too for britain's billyjoe saunders who took the vacant wbo world super—middleweight title. he beat the german shefat isufi on points at the lamex stadium in stevenage — and can now call himself a two—weight world champion. that's all the sport for now. i'll have more in the next hour. thank you, olly foster, we will see
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you later on. if you're catching a train today, you should be aware of major timetable changes which are coming into effect. train operators say they're adding more than 1,000 extra services per week. last year's changes led to delays and cancellations. here's our business correspondent, katy austin. tannoy: this service will remain here for approximately one minute. a huge overhaul of rail timetables last may resulted in huge disruption. northern and govia thameslink passengers were particularly badly hit. today's shake—up is on a much smaller scale than a year ago. 1,000 extra services are being added across the country, aimed at boosting the economy and catering for growing passenger numbers. the rail operators and network rail say they have learned lessons from what happened last summer and they've worked together to put them into practice.
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they herald the introduction of the winter timetable in december as a success for example, but they will be monitoring these latest changes very closely and say they will be able to respond quickly if there are problems, extra staff will also be on hand to help passengers. the group representing people who travel by train says they need the change to go smoothly. well, we will know by the end of the morning commute on monday, that is kind of the acid test when this is really seen, whether it works or not. sunday is a trial run. monday morning is d—day for commuters, we will be watching on behalf of commuters and seeing how good the information is in particular. last summer's rail chaos led to apologies from the transport secretary and an inquiry concluded the rail industry needed to prioritise the interests of passengers. they are being advised to check before travelling but are also being assured plans are in place to minimise disruption. the final phase of voting in india's general election is getting under way. today's voting draws to an end six weeks of elections and a long, bruising campaign. the ruling hindu nationalist party, the bjp is hoping to repeat its 2014
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performance, when it won the biggest general election victory by any party in 30 years. crohn's disease is a condition which affects the digestive system. it can be a debilitating illness, with no known cure. for many people, surgery is the only way to alleviate their symptoms. still, one paralympian is holding off from having potentially life—changing treatment, in pursuit of his dream, as david mcdaid explains. the trick is to make sure that everything's cooked. if it's, not i can actually end up in hospital. when it comes to food, ali jawad has to take more care than most elite athletes. the 30—year—old is one of around 100,000 people in the uk who suffers from crohn's, a chronic condition affecting the digestive system. you suffer from hard symptoms.
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for me it is extreme fatigue, lack of appetite. you can't absorb nutrients from food. the big one for me is the extreme pain you're in. sometimes it's so severe that you completely pass out from it. ali was diagnosed ten years ago and had to have part of his bowel removed. but the double amputee has still enjoyed success through his sporting career. he has won medals at all major powerlifting championships, including a silver at the 2016 paralympics. ali, though, has completed just three times since then, given the severity of his crohn's disease. last year i got some bad news that, you know, everything we have tried isn't working for me. and i've got two options. one is a stomach bag and the other one is a stem cell trial which has had some sort of success. but within the trial, you have to have chemotherapy. with both options, i am probably going to have to retire. he has delayed that treatment to try to get to next summer's tokyo paralympics. instead, he gets by on strong medication, but that
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means other problems. i cannot recover between training sessions. my fatigue levels are through the roof. the injuries risk is much higher. but also as well, you've got the risks of cancer in the future and bowel damage and kidney damage, like, you've got some really, really severe consequences of taking this drug long—term. his decision, he says, is fully informed and carefully considered as he pursues his childhood ambition of becoming a paralympic champion. i have worked for this gold medal since i was six. you know, this has been my life. if you can't fight for your dreams, then what are you fighting for? also, as well, for me it is proving, not only to crohn's sufferers but to the ibs community, you can push the boundaries of the disease and still achieve, you know, your goal in life. and if this is genuinely my last shot, but i might as well fight for it all the way. so for ali, tokyo success is not just a personal goal but a symbolic


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