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An airport in Paris has been entirely evacuated and all flights

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redirected after a man was shot dead by security forces.

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He wrestled a soldier to the ground and took her rifle.

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Police said he was on a security watch list in a country that

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remains on high alert for terror attacks.

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Once again French security forces scramble to deal

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with an incident in the capital, this time at Orly Airport.

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These elite officers know that a man inside,

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who tried to grab a soldier's gun, has been shot dead

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but they don't know if there are any other suspects

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still on the loose in the terminal, or if there are explosives.

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Meanwhile, thousands of passengers poured out of the building

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after being ordered to evacuate and are now stranded.

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TRANSLATION: He was holding a soldier by the neck.

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And at the same time, he was holding on to her weapon.

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When we saw that, we realised it was really serious and reran away.

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The security forces have not found any other suspect but say the man

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who was killed was known to the intelligence agencies and had

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shot and lightly injured a police officer in the city earlier.

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Part of the airport may remain closed until this evening

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with anti-terrorism officials now dealing with the case.

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Gordon Brown has entered the debate on whether there should be a second

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referendum on Scottish independence by calling for a "third

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The former Prime Minister says it's possible to balance the call

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for autonomy with the need for continued

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He called for more powers to be devolved after Brexit.

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Here's our Political Correspondent, Iain Watson.

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This is everyone's flag. Everyone's country. Everyone's culture and

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everyone's streets. At the 2014 referendum

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he was credited Gordon Brown says voters in Scotland

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shouldn't have a stark choice between independence

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and the Conservative Under my proposals we keep the

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Barnett Formula and keep the fiscal transfers, but we bring the powers

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to deal with agriculture and fisheries back to the Scottish

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Parliament. So you have the powers and you have the resources, the

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Conservatives won't give you the powers, and the nationalists can't

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raise the resources, we can do both. His solution is to strengthen the

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Scottish Parliament after Brexit. It would take powers back

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from Brussels, get control of VAT rates and negotiate treaties

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with other European countries. So the world has changed, but it

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hasn't changed the way that the Scottish National Party want it to

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be. The world as changed in the sense that we've got to face up to

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the post Brexit realities, but it doesn't make the case for

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independence stronger. I'm afraid it makes the case weaker, but it does

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make the case for what I am proposing.

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Here at the SNP conference they are not too chuffed. They think Gordon

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brown is trying to overshadow Nicola Sturgeon's big speech, but they say

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even if his ideas were credible, Labour would simply have no means of

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delivering them. The Labour Party is in third place in Scotland. It's not

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even a political force. The Labour Party is divided in Westminster.

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Labour basically couldn't deliver a pizza!

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Nicola Sturgeon intends to keep her focus on full independence.

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Live now to our Scotland Editor, Sarah Smith, who is in Kirkcaldy.

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So Sarah, why is Gordon Brown intervening now?

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Well, he says that this third option, as he calls it, is an answer

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to Scotland's constitutional question. So he's speaking out now

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in the midst of this battle between Nicola Sturgeon and Theresa May over

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whether there will be another referendum on Scottish independence.

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Gordon brown says that can be avoided if more powers were

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transferred to the Scottish Parliament and people were to adopt

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his plan, but the problem for the Labour Party is it is very difficult

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to get voters to listen to them at a time when they are watching the

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battle between the SNP and the Tories play out and there is a

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credibility issue, Gordon brown is promising new powers for the

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Scottish Parliament during the 2014 referendum and there is a perception

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that they simply were not delivered so people may not believe him this

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time that more powers would be coming to Scotland if there isn't a

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referendum on independence. Sarah, thank you.

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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, on the second day of their official

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visit to Paris, have been meeting survivors of the Islamist attacks

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Our Royal Correspondent, Nicholas Witchell, is in Paris.

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It is 16 months since those attacks in November 2015. This city has been

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reminded this morning of the nature of the threat and the need for

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vigilance by the incident at Orly. But the military hospital in Paris

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the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met two people caught up in the

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attack on the Bataclan and a restaurant in the city that night.

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They sat in a room with them. They heard about what happened that

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evening. They heard about their recovery which has been both a

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physical and a mental recovery from the trauma of those attacks. Also,

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William and Catherine met veterans of World War II and that's a

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reminder, you know, that Royal visits are about the bigger picture

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of the relationship between two countries and the message of this

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Royal visit, of course, is very much that the relationship between

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Britain and France is so multi-layered, is so robust that

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Brexit need make no material difference to it.

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Nick, thank you. You can see more on all of today's

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stories on the BBC News Channel. Hello there. A very good afternoon

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to you. It is a cloudy story out there for most of us for the rest of

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the day and if you're settling into take in some of the Six Nations

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action expect cloudy skies overhead at our matches in Edinburgh, Paris

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and Dublin. Could be just the odd spot of rain around as well. That

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really is the story for most of us this afternoon. This from one of our

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Weather Watchers in Worcestershire earlier on.

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