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Westminster prepares for a battle over Brexit as ministers tell MPs -

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don't stand in the way of the Government's Bill.

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Labour says it will fight for changes to the Bill

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in the Commons tomorrow, putting them on a collision

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What we can't have is the, the either house of Parliament

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reversing the decision of the British people.

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On the front line in Iraq, as the Iraqi Army makes more gains

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We've heard three car bombs going off in the distance,

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we've also had a lot incoming mortar fire.

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You can hear now the sounds of battle.

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Violent clashes in the Netherlands between the police and Turkish

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protesters, as the diplomatic row between the two

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And Tottenham on their way to an FA Cup semifinal,

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after demolishing London rivals Millwall.

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The Brexit Secretary, David Davis, has called on MPs to reject Lords

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amendments on the Brexit Bill passing through Parliament

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and to give Theresa May a "free hand" in negotiations

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Mr Davey say it would not be acceptable for par. To try to

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reverse the will of British peep. If MPs pass it Theresa May could

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trigger Article 50 this week. Our chief political correspondent

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reports. Theresa May wants to get on with it.

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For months she has vowed to kick-start Brexit talks by the end

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of March. But some here in Parliament are fighting to get

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safeguards written into law before the negotiations begin.

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Today the Brexit secretary tried to reassure MPs and peers they would

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get a vote on the Prime Minister's final deal with the EU. But... What

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we can't have is the, the either House of Parliament reversing the

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decision of the British people. They haven't got a veto on it. What does

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it mean otherwise? People talk about meaningful votes. What does it mean.

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Peers have defeated the Government twice, and Labour's standing firm.

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What we say to the Prime Minister and I wrote to her on Friday,

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reflect on what the House of Lords has said by majorities of nearly

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100, they have sent back two important issue, this issue of the

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EU national, reflect on it. Don't have this obsession with getting

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Article 50 triggered this week. The two line Brexit bill is still making

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its way through Parliament. Last week, the House of Lords made their

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change, the Government will try to overturn these in the Commons

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tomorrow. If they succeed, the bill returns to the Lords almost

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immediately, and if they give away, the final stage of Royal Assent

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could be completed tomorrow night. So the Government has Parliamentary

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hurdles to get over this week but ministers seem confidence that

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Theresa May will be able to stick to her original plan. Formally telling

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the rest of the EU, that the UK is ready to started negotiating its

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exit and attention is turning to exactly what kind of deal, if any,

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the UK can get. The Prime Minister has said publicly

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that no deal for the UK is better than a bad deal, but that would mean

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tariffs on exports under World Trade Organisation rules.

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My fear is that what this is really about, is us deliberately, not the

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Prime Minister, but others deliberately ensuring that we have

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no deal. And no deal pretty soon and in that event, we jump-off the cliff

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on to WTO tariffs and nobody in this country, the people don't have a

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say. Mr Davis admits the Government is preparing a

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contingency plan in case there is no deal but he doesn't think it is

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remotely likely. It will be tough. There will be tough points in this

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Negredo, but it is in everybody's interest that we get a good outcome.

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Parliament's debate about the bill isn't over but after Mondays of

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talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be under way.

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Iraqi forces have made more gains in west Mosul -

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the largest city still under the control of the

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Government troops, backed by a US-led coalition,

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recaptured the east of the city in late January, after more

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Now they say a third of the west, which is almost completely

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Around 600,000 civilians are believed to be trapped inside.

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Our Middle East correspondent Orla Guerin is with Iraqi forces -

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you may find parts of her report distressing.

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Caught below, hundreds of thousand of civilians.

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This is the place where IS proclaimed its Caliphate,

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here it was born, and here Iraqi forces say it will die.

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On the ground, they are advancing, but struggling to hold

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Then frantic gunfire towards a threat overhead.

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An IS drone maybe carrying explosives,

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This is as far as we can go for now, as you can hear there is a lot

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of gunfire in the area, there are snipers in

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We have cover here, so we won't be moving from this position,

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but within the last half an hour or so, we have heard three car bombs

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We have also had a lot of incoming mortar fire, you can hear now

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The IS fighters that are in this area are putting

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Troops using every weapon, even home-made rockets.

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Then, the rush to retrieve a casualty.

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We can't say how many have paid with their lives, Iraqi forces don't

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But commanders say they have to defeat IS here, or fight them

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And as the fighting rages, more weary civilians leave

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scarred neighbourhoods, where they have been caught

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Few may have endured more than this man.

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IS put an anti-aircraft gun near his house.

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An air strike, targeting the extremists, brought

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My daughters were under the concrete of the house.

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They didn't let me see them before they were buried.

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As well as losing his daughters and his

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He prays God will destroy IS, as they have destroyed Iraq.

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Orla Guerin, BBC News, Western Mosul.

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Dutch riot police have broken up a rally in Rotterdam in support

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of the Turkish President, as the diplomatic row between

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The Turkish family affairs minister, who'd tried to join the protesters,

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has been escorted by police to the German border and expelled.

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Negotiation, but it is in everybody's interest that we get a

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good outcome. Parliament's debate about the bill isn't over but after

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Mondays of talking about the talk, formal negotiations will soon be

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under way. Wanted to campaign ahead of a

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referendum in Turkey, hoping to win over Turkish expatriates.

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Our Diplomatic Correspondent James Robbins reports

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Not our usual image of the Netherlands.

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This was the wound the dog left behind as riot police

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used considerable force against Turkish demonstrators.

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They were angered by the Dutch government's refusal

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to allow their politicians to attend a campaign rally in support

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He is counting on the backing of more than a million Turkish

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citizens living in Europe to expand his powers back home

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But his minister for families wasn't allowed to address them.

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The second Turkish minister turned back by the Dutch government.

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TRANSLATION: In Holland - Holland as a country that speaks

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of freedom and democracy - we were faced with very

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we should treat women in Turkey. about women's rights and tell us how

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All this followed President Erdogan's far stronger

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language at a rally, denouncing the Dutch as "Nazi

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Those words have infuriated several European governments,

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including Germany's, mindful of the Nazi

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occupation of Holland during the Second World War.

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With are willing to deescalate, they do not help and are unacceptable.

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But this is also the collision of two electoral campaigns in Turkey

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The Dutch go to the polls first on Wednesday.

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It's been a tense campaign, dominated by the anti-immigration

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He blames the Prime Minister for allowing immigrants in,

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It's unclear how the weekend violence and the extraordinary

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diplomatic crisis with Turkey will influence Dutch voters, making

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big choices against a background of rising populism across Europe.

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The intelligence services are to provide the political parties

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with advice on protecting themselves against hackers.

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It will come from experts at GCHQ's National Cyber Security centre.

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Several politicians have been calling for more assistance,

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saying they fear that hackers might try to influence future elections.

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Rail workers in three parts of the country

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go on strike tomorrow, as the dispute that's caused months

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of chaos for Southern Rail commuters spreads to the north of England.

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Conductors working on the Merseyrail, Northern

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and Southern services are walking out in a row over their future role.

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Danni Hewson is at Liverpool Lime Street station.

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Aren't 2,000 workers are expected to go on strike tomorrow, with the

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north expected to bear the brunt of disruption, there are 19 main picket

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lines at driver depots across the affected network which stretch from

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here in Liverpool up to Newcastle and down to Sheffield. Of course it

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is not just rail users who are being advised to allow extra time for

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their Jonnies to and from work tomorrow. -- journeys, the road

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network is expect to be congested and rail users consider alternative

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transport. It may have been business as usual today but here in Liverpool

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and right across the north, commuters are bracing themselves for

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chaos. From midnight rail workers with the RMT union will begin a 24

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hours strike affecting thousands of passengers.

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I don't know how I am going to get home. We will just have to see what

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desort out tomorrow. It will be packed. A lot of people will be

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strand and won't know where to go. If you are not from the area. The

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companies affected are Northern, the UK's second largest operator which

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serves passengers across the north including Leeds, Manchester,

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Sheffield, Newcastle and Liverpool. Only 40% of their services will run.

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Mercy rail which serves mainly Merseyside will run trains every

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half an hour rather than 15 minute, and Southern which will still round

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90% of services. The row was triggered by proposed

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changes to the role of the onboard guard, changes the union says risk

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jobs and safety. We believe that services operated on a driver only,

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driver controlled operation are fundamentally less safe, and every

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train in the UK should retain a second safety critical person

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onboard. Efforts to resolve the dispute in

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recent weeks have broken down. Operators say they need to modernise

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and safety won't be compromised. We put safety at the heart of

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everything we do. The Rail Regulator has the indicated this is as safe as

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conductor operation of the doors, this isn't about who opens and

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closes the door, this is about giving customers what they want. For

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now, both sides are at an impasse and few expect tomorrow's disruption

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will be the last. In football, Leicester City have

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confirmed the appointment of Craig Shakespeare

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as their new manager. Shakespeare will be in charge

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until the end of the season, having won both his games

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as caretaker manager, following the sacking

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of Claudio Ranieri last month. Tottenham Hotspur are through to

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the semi-finals of the FA Cup, after thrashing League one Milwall

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6-0 in the last Cup game to be Millwall had already knocked out

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three Premier League teams on their run to the quarterfinals,

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but as Katie Gornall reports it was the Premier League

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side which progressed. Tottenham were already on their way

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to Wembley, it is where they will play next season while their new

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home is finished. But here was their chance to travel there early for an

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FA Cup semifinal. First they had to get Bassong Millwall, a team on a 17

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match unbeaten run, and when Harry Kane limped off after six minutes

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they looked like it could be a frustrating afternoon. The England

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striker was replaced by Eriksen who one swing of his boot turned the

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momentum in Spurs's favour. Great finish from Christian Eriksen. In

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their rush for a second goal Son fumbled his first touch but he made

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up for it. He makes amend with a beauty. He has played in the shadow

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of Cane for much of the season but his movement was too much for

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Millwall and he scored again after half-time. Viewing wouldn't get much

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easier for Millwall's manager after Spurs added a fourth. The fifth goal

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of the game, the first for Janssen after open play, there was more for

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more after Son completed a hat-trick. This was the last FA Cup

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tie to be played at White Hart Lane, but to natural's tournament

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continues.

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