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Summary

  1. Hillary Clinton accepted the Democratic nomination for president with "boundless confidence in America's promise"
  2. She mades history by becoming the first female presidential nominee from a major US party
  3. "America is once again at a moment of reckoning," she said, raising stakes for November's election.
  4. Campaign slogan "Stronger together" is guiding principle to overcome challenges, she said
  5. President Barack Obama and Vice-President Joe Biden delivered stinging attacks on Donald Trump this week

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By Courtney Subramanian, Max Matza, Tom Geoghegan and Tim Swift

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Paving the way for the next generation

Thirteen-year-old Christian Harold of Washington ran to be homeroom representative at her school this year.

She had doubts about winning because she knew she would have to rally the boys' votes from her class.

"I realised votes can be affected a lot by gender," she told the BBC's Ashley Gold, noting that the young men in her class were less inclined to vote for her than the young girls.

Seeing Mrs Clinton become the Democratic presidential nominee was inspiring she said, and she hopes she can become the first African-American female president.

"To see that woman are coming to such high positions... I think it's fantastic," she said.

Christian Harold of Washington, DC told the BBC Hillary Clinton's nomination inspired her to also become president.
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Highlights from the final night of the Democratic convention

'You have sacrificed nothing - and no one!'

Besides Hillary Clinton making history tonight, here are a few other highlights from the convention:

  • The father of a fallen Muslim soldier challenged Donald Trump over his Muslim ban, prompting an ovation
  • General John Allen, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, got the crowd chanting "USA! USA! USA!"
  • He appeared on stage with other military veterans and gave Mrs Clinton a ringing endorsement as commander-in-chief
  • Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez appeared on stage to lead a tribute to the families of fallen US police officers
  • Two Republicans who are voting for Mrs Clinton appeared on stage to explain the switch

Key Clinton campaign promises from tonight's speech

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Campaign pledges she mentioned:

  • Creating more jobs with rising wages and pay equality
  • Campaign finance reform and protecting voting rights
  • Addressing climate change through clean energy policy
  • "Building a path to citizenship" for undocumented immigrants in the US
  • Raising the national minimum wage
  • "Common-sense" gun control
  • Rejecting "unfair trade deals" and supporting "homegrown manufacturers"
  • Reforming the criminal justice system
  • Defending civil rights, women's rights and  he rights of the LGBT community 

Trump campaign calls speech 'an insulting collection of cliches'

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The Trump campaign has released a full statement on Hillary Clinton's speech:

"Hillary Clinton’s speech was an insulting collection of cliches and recycled rhetoric. She spent the evening talking down to the American people she’s looked down on her whole life.

Hillary Clinton talks about unity, about E Pluribus Unum, but her globalist agenda denies American citizens the protections to which they are all entitled – tearing us apart. Her radical amnesty plan will take jobs, resources and benefits from the most vulnerable citizens of the United States and give them to the citizens of other countries. Her refusal to even say the words ‘Radical Islam’, or to mention her disaster in Libya, or her corrupt email scheme, all show how little she cares about the safety of the American people.

It’s a speech delivered from a fantasy universe, not the reality we live in today.

Hillary Clinton says America is stronger together. But in Hillary Clinton’s America, millions of people are left out in the cold. She only stands together with the donors and special interests who’ve bankrolled her entire life. Excluded from Hillary Clinton’s America are the suffering people living in our inner cities, or the victims of open borders and drug cartels, or the people who’ve lost their jobs because of the Clintons’ trade deals, or any hardworking person who doesn’t have enough money to get a seat at Hillary Clinton’s table.

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The BBC's Rajini Vaidyanathan is inside the convention hall, talking to the delegate about Hillary Clinton's historic moment. 

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Clinton celebrates the historic moment

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"I'm so happy this day has come .... after all when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit

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Clinton acknowledges a key weakness

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Through all these years of public service, the 'service' part has always come easier to me than the 'public' part

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BreakingHillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic nomination for president

US election: Moment Hillary Clinton accepted nomination

Hillary Clinton has accepted the Democratic nomination for president, making history as the first woman to lead a major party ticket in the US.

"And so it is with humility, determination, and boundless confidence in America's promise that I accept your nomination for President of the United States," she said.

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Chelsea makes the case for her mother

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People ask me all the time, how does she do it? ... Because she never ever forgets who she's fighting for

Chelsea Clinton on her mother
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Vice-president will appear on TV show 'Law and Order: SVU'

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Vice-President Joseph Biden will film an appearance tomorrow in New York City for the dramatic television programme "Law and Order: SVU", which follows fictional NYPD detectives investigating sex crimes. 

During Mr Biden's appearance, he will address "the rape kit backlog and efforts to end violence against women" according to a statement from the White House.

This wont be Mr Biden's first appearance on the small screen. He was filmed for an episode of NBC sitcom "Parks and Recreation".

There is a massive backlog of rape kits in the US, which local and national authorities have been desperately trying to work through. 

Read more BBC coverage of the rape kit backlog

General Allen: We must elect Hillary Clinton

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Retired four-star General John Allen delivered a patriotic endorsement of Hillary Clinton, calling her "exactly the kind of commander-in-chief America needs".

His hawkish remarks are the kind typically found at Republican conventions. 

“The American military will continue to be the shining example of America at our very best," he said, appearing with members of the US military. 

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In contrast with DNC speakers, Trump reaffirms his support of waterboarding

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At a campaign event in Iowa, Donald Trump has continued to support the use of waterboarding as an interrogation tactic. The practice is considered torture and is prohibited by US law.

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Father of fallen Muslim soldier offers Trump his copy of US Constitution

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Khizr Khan, the father of fallen Muslim soldier Humayun SM Khan, appeared with his wife to talk about being a patriotic American Muslim. 

Mr Khan said his son put aside his dreams of being a military lawyer to "sacrifice his life to save the lives of his fellow soldiers". 

But if were up to Donald Trump, he said, his son would have never been in America. 

Mr Khan then posed a question for Mr Trump: "Have you even read the United States Constitution?" 

He pulled out his own copy before saying "I will gladly lend you my copy." 

The crowd erupted into cheers. 

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Backstage with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

The Clinton campaign released these photos taken last night backstage at the Democratic National Convention.

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Fallen police officers honoured in moment of silence

Dallas Sheriff Lupe Valdez appeared on stage to lead a tribute to the families of fallen US police officers. 

Ms Valdez said "it's been a tough time" losing officers to violence, referring to a Dallas shooting earlier this month that left five police officers dead. "Violence is not the answer," she said. 

Wayne Walker, whose son Moses Walker was a Philadelphia police officer who was killed in 2012, spoke about her son's sacrifice. 

Jennifer Loudon, wife to fallen Chicago police officer Thor Soderberg, also asked for community peace. 

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After three days, Democrats lead the TV ratings race

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For the third consecutive night the Democratic convention in Philadelphia received more of viewers' attention than the Republican event in Cleveland lat week.

On Night 3 of the Democratic National Convention 24.03 million people tuned in to watch Senator Tim Kaine and President Barack Obama address the assembled Democratic delegates. The equivalent night of the Republican conference last week drew 23.4 viewers.

In a development that may or may not be related, Donald Trump urged his supporters this morning to not watch as Hillary Clinton formally accepts the Democratic nomination tonight.

Three reasons Clinton might not win

She's enjoyed ringing endorsements from many within her party this week, but how might she fare come the general election?

Here are three things she should worry about.

Three reasons Hillary could lose

How Hillary Clinton's nomination inspires young women

Samantha Wasserman, a 15-year-old from Irvine, California, recently ran for a leadership position in a regional youth political organisation and ended up winning.

After that, a few young men told her they only voted for her because she was "hot", which she found discouraging.

"I want you to vote for me because you think I'm articulate," she tells the BBC's Ashley Gold at the convention. 

"I'm sick of being treated as though I’m an object and that’s all I am. I want to be so much more than that."

Hillary Clinton's nomination inspires her because she has dealt with misogyny for decades, Ms Wasserman said. 

"If you can put that on the back burner and ignore those comments and keep going, and run for something like that, then I can too."

California resident Samantha Wasserman talks to the BBC.
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Spot the difference. Convention dress edition

Finally someone is copying Melania Trump, or would appear to be. 

Congresswoman Joyce Beatty of Ohio seems to be channelling Mrs Trump's sense of style tonight at the Democratic National Convention.

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