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The Chancellor does a U-turn on plans to raise national

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insurance contributions for some self-employed.

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All smiles, just a week ago, as he announced

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Now, the Prime Minister changes the tune.

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We will bring forward further proposals, but we will not bring

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forward increases to Nics later in this parliament.

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The climbdown follows a backlash from Tory and opposition MPs alike.

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We have a Government U-turn, we have no apology and we have a Budget that

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falls most heavily on those with the least broad shoulders.

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My goodness, isn't it welcome that the Prime Minister today has

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admitted she is for turning with her screeching, embarrassing

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We'll be looking at what caused the Government to change its mind.

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A Royal Marine, who shot dead a Taliban soldier,

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has his conviction reduced from murder to manslaughter.

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The election in the Netherlands, an exit poll suggests

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the Prime Minister has seen off a challenge from Geert

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Millions in Somalia and across the region

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are threatened with famine, British charities launch

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There's the goal that Manchester City

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And it's provided by Leroy Sane to throw them

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And, will this goal be enough to keep Manchester City

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A tough night for Manchester City in the Champions League.

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Is this the Monaco goal that knocks them out in the last 16?

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The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, has been forced into a U-turn over

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last week's Budget plan to increase National Insurance contributions

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He told the Commons today that the plan will not now go ahead.

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The Government had faced a backlash by Conservative backbenchers,

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business groups and usually supportive newspapers accused

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of breaking a general election manifesto commitment not

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Labour has called it a "humiliating climbdown" and warned that

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Mr Hammond now has a ?2 billion black hole in his budget.

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Here's our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg.

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If Number Eleven is your front door, changing your mind about what's

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Shifting only a week after your Kodak moment,

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Your Treasury colleagues, seven days later, keeping shtoom.

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REPORTER: Mr Clarke, does this represent

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Worst still, when it's your boss who makes the announcement

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at the biggest political event of the week.

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THE SPEAKER: Questions to the Prime Minister.

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The trend towards greater self-employed does create

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We will bring forward further proposals, but we will not bring

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forward increases to Nics later in this Parliament.

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Tax hikes for two million self-employed people,

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We've just heard the Prime Minister is about to drop the national

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insurance hike announced only a week ago.

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It seems to me like a Government in a bit of chaos here.

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The PM and her next door neighbour hardly looked too concerned.

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A Budget that unravels in seven days.

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But the idea would have broken a Tory manifesto promise

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and they were then lambasted for a total change of heart.

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We once had a Prime Minister who said that the lady's

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My goodness, isn't it welcomed that the Prime Minister today has

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admitted she is for turning with her screeching, embarrassing

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Is that why they want to abolish Spring Budgets because they just

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Number Eleven and Number Ten only made the decision

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at 8.00am this morning, choosing humiliation today...

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REPORTER: How humiliating is this tax U-turn for the Chancellor?

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..over a row that could have run for months.

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REPORTER: Can the Chancellor stay in post?

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The man himself, charged with managing the nation's accounts,

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had to explain how his careful spreadsheet calculations

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This Government sets great store in the faith and trust

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of the British people, especially as we embark

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on the process of negotiating our exit from the European Union.

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By making this change today, we are listening to our colleagues

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and demonstrating our determination to fulfil both the letter

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and the spirit of our manifesto tax commitments.

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Number Eleven had defended the idea, Number Ten had done too,

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but the atmosphere soured over the weekend.

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Sources suggest, on Monday, a group of senior MPs told

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So today, in a move one former minister branded as "extraordinary",

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We made it very clear that it was not something

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We would campaign against it, we'd vote against it

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So I think it's shown, in some ways, he's a strong Chancellor

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in the sense that he's admitted he's made a mistake and he's done

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The ground hadn't been that well-prepared.

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The mathematics didn't add up, in terms of getting the votes

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for the legislation that would have been needed.

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So what we've got is a delay and, I suspect, some hard thinking

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about what the best way forward is, but we will have to

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He doesn't look that bothered, strolling in the sun on his way back

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REPORTER: Humiliated today, Chancellor?

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Reputations round here are hard won and easy to lose.

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Laura Kuenssberg, BBC News, Westminster.

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Well, the scrapping of the rise in national insurance

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contributions leaves a big hole in the Chancellor's budget plans

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Mr Hammond has already pledged to increase spending on social care,

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so where does today's U-turn leave the public finances?

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Here's our economics editor, Kamal Ahmed.

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It was a tax rise, and a gift - to the headline writers.

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The Chancellor knew he had a problem when he sat down to breakfast

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the day after the Budget faced with an avalanche of

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He was trying to tackle this issue, the new world of work and the growth

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in the number of self-employed, who are taxed less than employees.

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Many supported the increase in national insurance contributions,

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and expressed their disappointment that today, politics seems

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This is a disappointing move, that the increase in Class 4

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national insurance won't be going ahead, because that

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increase closed some of the discrepancies

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between employees and the self-employed in our tax system,

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and it largely hit the better-off self-employed with the lowest

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earning self-employed not losing at all.

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This was Philip Hammond's rather neat budget plan a week ago.

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He made three big spending commitments.

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More money on social care - ?2.4 billion.

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And more money for business rate relief and education -

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It was claimed that those costs would be balanced

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by two big tax rises - a ?2.6 billion tax rise

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on dividends from shares people own as an investment,

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and the controversial one, a ?2 billion increase in national

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insurance contributions from the self-employed.

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That has now been scrapped, leaving Mr Hammond with

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The big promise at the last election - this government

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would not raise direct taxes, so limiting its room for manoeuvre.

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A problem summed up in a tweet this afternoon by the Government's

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own employment adviser, Matthew Taylor.

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It was never sensible to put in a manifesto a pledge that

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you wouldn't increase rates of national insurance

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Those are the three biggest taxes that we have by far.

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To tie your hands for five years for those three big taxes never

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He's not the first and he won't be the fast last Chancellor to see

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a budget unravel over failures to see political

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Mr Hammond has said he WILL fill the ?2 billion black hole caused

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by today's U-turn at the next budget in the autumn.

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It is for the moment completely unclear how.

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Our political editor, Laura Kuenssberg, is at Westminster.

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A bad day for the Government, but will they be able

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to shrug it off or will this cause lasting damage?

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I don't think that something as big as significant as this just comes

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out in the wash. I think there is a stain that will hang around. Two

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many main reasons for that. One, having budged on this, there is a

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sense in Westminster - what next? They were scared off by a group of

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backbenchers and by the prospect by defeat in the House of Lords. A

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question for Theresa May and Philip Hammond, they folded within a week

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on this one policy. With such a difficult agenda of things they have

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to get Donetsk in the next few years, how much will they be

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prepared to stick to things when the going gets rough in times to come?

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The second question is, again, for both Number Eleven and Number Ten,

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in terms of their political antennae. When this became so

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quickly and obviously a big problem, in terms of a broken manifesto

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commitment, how on earth, in the preparation for the Budget, had they

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failed to see it coming? In politics, as everywhere else in

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life, there are practical calculations. There is a sense that,

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in the end, the Government thought it just wouldn't be worth carrying

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on here. I'm told, in the last couple of days, both Theresa May and

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Philip Hammond went backwards and forwards whether to justify the

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policy with some kind of fudge or whether to act decriesively as, as

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they have done, and put it out of its misery. In the en, they did go

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for the short, sharp shock, but I think there is long-term damage

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particularly for Philip Hammond, the Chancellor. The now, above all else,

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the resident of Number Eleven is meant to be a safe pair of hands.

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That indeed, until tonight, was Philip Hammond's reputation.

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Reputations are hard to come by and they can disappear very quickly.

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Here is the safe pair of hands having carried out and taken a

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politically dangerous action. Laura, at Westminster, thank you.

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A Royal Marine, who shot dead an injured Taliban

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fighter in Afghanistan, has won his appeal against his

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Sergeant Alexander Blackman had his conviction reduced

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to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

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The judges concluded that he had been suffering from a mental illness

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Here's our defence correspondent, Jonathan Beale.

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Claire Blackman's led this long, but never lonely, fight to have her

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Today, she arrived at court hoping for good news.

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In 2013, a military court found Alexander Blackman,

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better known as Marine A, guilty of murdering a wounded

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But today, the Appeal Court concluded it wasn't murder.

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There was a tear in her eye when she heard that news.

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Outside court, she and her supporters savoured the moment.

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We are delighted at the judge's decision to substitute manslaughter

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This is a crucial decision and one that much better reflects

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the circumstances that my husband found himself in during that

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The incident, in 2011, was all filmed on a helmet camera.

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This the moment when a helicopter opens fire on two Taliban

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We're not allowed to show what happens next when the patrol

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reach him, we can only play the audio as Blackman

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Obviously, this doesn't go anywhere, fellas.

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I've just broken the Geneva Convention.

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But three leading psychiatrists told the court that tough

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tour had taken its toll on Blackman's mental health.

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Clearly, what had happened to him, during the time

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that he was in Afghanistan, on that particular tour,

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is his ability to think rationally and to exercise rational judgment

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had been slowly deteriorated and degraded.

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The Appeal Court concluded that Alexander Blackman was suffering

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from an adjustment disorder when he killed that insurgent.

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But speaking for the first time, those who served alongside him

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in Afghanistan say there were other pressures, too.

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It wasn't evidence heard in court, but among those Marines

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with Blackman on that patrol, there's plenty of sympathy

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I think it's just another day in Afghanistan and that's the way it

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goes out there and none of us got hurt, so it was a successful day,

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Claire Blackman will still have to wait to be reunited

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with her husband, he's no longer a murderer, but he's

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The court has to decide on that sentence, but the man known

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as Marine A could soon be freed from prison.

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You can see more on that tonight in a special Panorama,

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in which some of the men who served with Sergeant Blackman speak

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It's called Marine A: The Inside Story.

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Polls have closed in the Netherlands, where voters have been

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Exit polls suggest Prime Minister Mark Rutte's centre-right

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Liberal Party has won the most seats, seeing off Geert Wilders'

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Turnout in the Netherlands topped 80%, with extra ballot papers having

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The election had been seen as a litmus test for populism

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in Europe, ahead of the French and German elections

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Our Europe editor, Katya Adler, reports from the Hague.

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It's not often that Dutch politics are the focus of so much attention.

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..wanted to stifle immigration, close mosques and leave the EU.

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He WAS riding high in pre-election polls.

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Would the protectionism and nostalgic nationalism of Brexit

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and Donald Trump win the day in mainland Europe?

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Geert Wilders's party is now the Netherlands' second-largest,

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So, is the populist trend dead in the water?

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It's tempting to make sweeping statements,

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but Wilders doesn't need to be in government to influence politics.

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This is his main political rival coming to cast his ballot this

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Mark Rutte is the Netherlands' current Prime Minister from,

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according to exit polls, the country's largest party.

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He's described as a liberal, but he adopted some of Mr Wilders'

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immigrant-sceptic language in a bid to attract votes.

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Expect to see more mainstream parties borrowing populist

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rhetoric in elections across Europe this year.

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This is a small country, there's only about 13 million

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But the resonance of this election is huge.

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Europe is transfixed, and the result will be pored over

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for any possible political clues as to what might come next

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in elections in big hitters France, Germany, and possibly even Italy

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But aside from right-wing populism that has certainly

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played its part in this election, there is another trend evident.

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The Green Party, left-leaning and pro-EU, soared in popularity here.

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In Germany and in France tonight, similar-minded

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Katya - although we won't get full results for a few hours yet,

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it looks like the outcome that many politicians in the Netherlands

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and across Europe had dreaded will not come to pass?

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Well, Geert Wilders himself tonight tweeted that the Dutch Prime

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Minister had not got rid of him yet. And as I pointed out in my report,

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he has already had considerable influence on political discourse in

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this country, even from the opposition. But for most people

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here, yes, as soon as those exit polls had been confirmed, Mainz will

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turn to the painful process of coalition building to form the next

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Dutch government, with the main parties shunning Geert Wilders as a

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partner. The fact that he will not be the Netherlands' next Prime

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Minister, the reaction to that is likely to be short lived because

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minds will be turning out to France, and the president election, just

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five weeks away. The shadow, or the light, depending on your politics,

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of Marine Le Pen, looms very large there indeed.

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Some of the country's major charities have launched an emergency

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appeal to help an estimated 16 million people facing

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Four countries - South Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia -

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are acutely short of food, water and medicine.

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The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has visited

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the Somalian capital, Mogadishu, where a national

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Our Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports.

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The vast, bone-dry plains of Somalia.

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It has hardly rained here for three years.

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Many are already dying before they can reach help.

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With 3 million people on the verge of starvation here, the sense

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But this is a hard place to help, a famously dangerous country.

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The capital Mogadishu remains volatile, with several attacks

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here this week blamed on Islamist militants.

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Today, the Foreign Secretary flew in- in part to

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The safer Somalia becomes, after all, the easier

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British support here takes many forms, but in truth,

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the immediate threat of famine now overshadows everything.

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Talking hard cash at the command centre for

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The British government has already given ?110 million.

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One of the things we're trying to do is, because we put 110 in,

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and I think we're trying to get other countries to come in with us.

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To those thinking about digging into their pockets

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for the appeal back in Britain, would their money be well spent?

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It would be very well spent in my view.

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You have probably 6.2 million people who are at risk of famine.

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These guys are trying to reach out to about 3 million people

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of the most urgent cases, and you've got cholera now

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on the rise, kids dying of cholera in this country,

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There are very simple ways of addressing these problems,

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and the cash that we're giving as the UK is, I believe,

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It's six years since Somalia's last famine.

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In those days, the country was even more dangerous, and aid agencies

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As alarming as things are right now in Somalia,

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it's clear that lessons have been learned from the last famine,

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when so much aid was either stolen or blocked from reaching

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Plenty can, and no doubt will, go wrong here, but right now,

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for those in charge, there's more confidence than panic.

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This morning, Somalia's new president insisted that aid

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Of course we will run this operation in a more transparent

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And so, millions here in Somalia and across the wider

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A brief look at some of the day's other other news stories.

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12 police forces have sent files to the Crown Prosecution Service

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in relation to Conservative candidates' expenses incurred

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On Saturday, police questioned for six hours the Conservative

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MP for South Thanet, Craig MacKinlay, over allegations

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that local campaign spending limits were breached.

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Two Russian spies have been charged by the US Department of Justice

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with the theft of Yahoo user accounts.

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in 2014 and affected 500 million accounts.

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The stolen data included names, email addresses, telephone numbers,

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dates of birth and encrypted passwords, but not credit card data.

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Southern Rail and the union Aslef have reached a new agreement aimed

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at resolving a long-running dispute over who opens and closes

:22:38.:22:40.

A previous deal between the two sides was rejected by union members.

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Police in India have begun a murder investigation after an Irish woman

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Danielle McLaughlin, who was 28, was from Buncrana in County Donegal.

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She had been a student in Liverpool and had a British passport.

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Three animal charities have won a legal battle at the UK's highest

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court against a woman who was left out of her mother's will.

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Heather Ilott's mother left most of her ?500,000 estate to charities,

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but not a penny to her daughter, when she died in 2004.

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Mrs Ilott successfully appealed her mother's

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But now the Supreme Court has overturned the appeal.

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Our legal correspondent Clive Coleman has the story.

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For generations, families have been falling out over wills.

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When Heather Ilott's mother died in 2004,

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she made it crystal clear that she didn't want her

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She disapproved of her choice of husband, and even insisted any

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claim Heather might make after her death be

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Animals can't tell anyone about the cruelty they suffer.

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Melita Jackson left almost all of her half ?1 million fortune

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to three animal charities which she had no connection to.

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In 2007, Heather Ilott challenged the will and was awarded ?50,000

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on the basis that her mother hadn't made reasonable provision

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But in 2015, the Court of Appeal raised that to ?160,000.

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This court unanimously allows the appeal...

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Today, the Supreme Court restored the original ?50,000 sum.

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In a really powerful judgment, seven justices here at the highest

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court in the land have reaffirmed a fundamental principle of English

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law, that anyone, you or I, can leave our money to whoever

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we want, even if that means our children getting

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Money from wills makes up around 50% of the animal charities' income.

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The Supreme Court acknowledged, charities do an enormous

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amount of good work, and a lot of that is funded

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by the generosity of people like Melita Jackson,

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choosing to leave the money in her will.

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So, that key point, her right to choose,

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I want to leave my money to that charity, and I don't have

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to explain why that was, my decision will be respected.

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Today's ruling is welcomed by Don Day.

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His wife Pat suffered from dementia before her death.

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Following a family rift, he's decided to leave his estate

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to the Alzheimer's Society and not his daughter.

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We've had experience of Alzheimer's, and its dreadful

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effect on two people - my wife's mother and my wife.

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And we decided that we thought that what little we had would make

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a little bit of difference to the research that

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In this battle of wills, a daughter has lost out

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Charity may have been the winner, but it certainly

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Other parents at odds with their children will take note.

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There were more goals in Monaco this evening, as Manchester City tried to

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reach the quarterfinals of the Champions League. Despite being a

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head near the end, it ended in despair for them, as Joe Wilson

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reports. The M4 doesn't normally

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runs through Monaco. But that Cardiff final

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suddenly seems tangible. After the manic Manchester first

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leg, City started here 5-3 up. That meant Monaco already

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had three away goals. And after just seven

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minutes, a home one. Now, City's manager knew

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what he wanted his players to do, If Monaco scored another,

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they'd be ahead overall, Second half, they played

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like time was slipping away. 6-6 overall, and all over,

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because their away goals scored So, of all England in

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Champions League Europe, He was one of the greatest figures

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of the Renaissance - sculptor, painter,

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architect and poet. Amongst other masterpieces,

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Michelangelo is renowned for painting the ceiling

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of the Sistine Chapel. An exhibition which opened today

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at London's National Gallery sheds new light on his creative

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partnership with the less Our arts editor, Will Gompertz,

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tells their intriguing story. As sculptors go,

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Michelangelo was pretty good. Michelangelo is the peak

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of skill and virtuosity. As you can see from

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this marble carving. It shows the virgin

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and child with St John And if you look at the foot

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of Christ down here, that's about to emerge

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from the stone. And Michelangelo wrote so poetically

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about the figure having to be The only snag was,

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while Michelangelo was busy decorating the Sistine Chapel

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ceiling, an ambitious young artist called Raphael had arrived in Rome,

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and started to compete with him for commissions from

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the powerful Pope Julius II. Raphael prospered,

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while Michelangelo toiled. Until he met an artist ten

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years his junior, called Sebastiano. He comes to Rome at that

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moment when Michelangelo Sebastiano becomes friends

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with Michelangelo, and they begin this very fruitful collaboration,

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of which this is the first example. Michelangelo would make

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preparatory drawings, such as this male torso,

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which Sebastiano then rendered in paint, without, it would appear,

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doing much to turn man into Madonna. The colour, the interest

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in the landscape, which Michelangelo was never interested in,

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landscape, whereas of course, Sebastiano has a real poetic feeling

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for this nocturnal landscape, with some ruins on the left

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and the waterfall there. The stakes are raised

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by Cardinal Giulio de' Medici, He commissioned two enormous

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biblical altar pieces, a Transfiguration from Raphael,

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and from Sebastiano, This picture was at the centre

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of the extraordinary rivalry between Raphael and Michelangelo,

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with Sebastiano actually painting on behalf, one

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could say, of Michelangelo. So, in a way, it's a sort

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of proxy battle between Could Sebastiano have done this

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without Michelangelo? Michelangelo is fundamental

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for Sebastiano's development. This sort of heroic, Titanic

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character of the representations, these over-life-sized figures

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who are full of dynamic energy, these come absolutely out

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of the mind of Michelangelo. Their remarkable creative

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collaboration continued even after Raphael's death in 1520,

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but eventually ended in acrimony, with Michelangelo accusing the now

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well-to-do Sebastiano of laziness. Newsnight's about to begin over

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on BBC Two in a few moments. For the last year now, the story has

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been populism on the march. Have the Dutch just decided to stand in the

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way? Will have the latest from me. And we will ask why so many more

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people over the age of 65 are getting married these days.

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