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Hello, this BBC News. We will take a look at the morning's papers in a

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moment that here are the headlines. More storms are respected to batter

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the UK in the coming days, engineers are still working to reconnect

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thousands of homes across the UK which remain without power.

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Talks aimed at settling contentious issues left outstanding from the

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peace process in Northern Ireland have broken off for the evening and

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are set to resume on Monday. The family of a soldier killed in

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Afghanistan say he was an exceptional young man. Captain

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Richard Holloway was killed in action on Monday.

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Student supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt have clashed

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with police at the prestigious Al-Azhar University in Cairo, one

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person has been killed. And how football is helping to

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rebuild Afghanistan's fortunes after years of war as well as other

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features from across the world in Reporters later on.

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Welcome to our look ahead of what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. I am joined by Jeremy Cliffe from The Economist and Craig

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Woodhouse from The Sun. What a better way to meet them over the

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front pages. The Observer warns that millions of homeowners will be

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plunged into debt and could lose their homes in the wake of even a

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small rise in interest rates. The Sunday Times leads with a warning

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from the prime minister saying senior MPs are fearing for the

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future of the United Kingdom. The Independent on Sunday has an

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exclusive report that the Government is to set up a register for women

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undergoing breast implant surgery. The Mail on Sunday from page says

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that Romanians and Bulgarians will flock to Britain in much greater

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numbers than thought previously. The Sunday Express is leaving with the

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plight of storm victims who did not receive enough help. The Sunday

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Telegraph reports that hundreds of pregnant foreigners are flying to

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the UK just days before the birth in order to receive free care on the

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NHS. Its front page also features the BBC's Fiona Bruce standing next

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to the most expensive painting to have been uncovered by the Antiques

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Roadshow. We will start with the Observer

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which is a worrying headline for many people, mortgage rises which

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may plunge many into perilous debt. We have got used to having such low

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interest rates that we have maybe forgotten what it is like to have

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mortgage rates go up month by month. We have been living on virtually 0%

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interest rates which is great news if you have got a mortgage that

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terrible news if you have savings. This story is worryingly predicting

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that everybody knows that interest rates will go up in the not too

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distant future, we are thinking sometime after 2015 which has now

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been linked to the unemployment rate. And so many people who can

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afford a house only because rates are low will not be able to afford

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them, possibly around 2 million people depending on the speed at

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which rates go up. We have seen this before, people just hanging on as

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long as mortgage interest rates are level and we know people are

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struggling to pay bills so this would add yet another further

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squeeze. . As the bigger picture, the piece charts that people should

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have used the low interest rates to pay off their debts and have not

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done that but this overlooks the fact that real wages have been

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falling for several years and to keep up the same standard of living

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they are used to, people have been looking to debt to fill the. I

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wonder if people have savings to fall back on because the temptation

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when you look at the interest rate is to say, it is good for mortgages

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but it is so low for savings, what is the point in saving? Lots of

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people have done that and this story mentions the fact that a quarter of

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people asked by a survey paid for Christmas by borrowing. One silver

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lining is that interest rates will not go up until about 2015 so if you

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have got a mortgage, you should squirrel money away between now and

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then to provide a financial offer. And Mark Carney and the committee

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that sets interest rates, have a choice about whether they do this.

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There is a tacit understanding between Mark Carney and George

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Osborne. There has been an assumption that the Bank of England

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keep interest rates loose and tight cuts have been running in

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conjunction with that. If interest rates are going up, it means and

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implement is going down and the economy is ticking over, bad news

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for mortgage owners but good news for savings if they go up. Tories

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fear Scots will break away, this is a warning to David Cameron in The

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Sunday Times that it might be a yes vote for independence. Ward Forsyth

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-- Lord Forsyth has warned David Cameron that he needs to get

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involved in this. Polls suggest that most Scots will vote to stay in the

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union but this is interesting, Lord Forsyth is telling David Cameron to

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go up to Scotland and get involved. Not many Scots like the Tories at

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the moment that is what the election showed so there is a debate to be

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had as to whether a conservative figure in the prounion campaign

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would be a good thing or bad thing. Alistair Darling is doing most of

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the legwork. Absolutely and there are Tory critics saying he is not

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doing a very good job and the campaign is not being run in a very

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good way but many Tories would be delighted if Scotland disappeared

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because it would mean 50 Labour seats disappearing for ever and I

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cannot say that publicly but there are plenty of them saying that in

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the Westminster Parliament bars. The detail of how a break would be

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managed will cause problems potentially for those who want an

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independent Scotland. We have an article last week saying it is not

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that straightforward about how quickly Scotland could become a

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member of the EU in its own rights are lots of detail to be picked

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over. But the detail is where it is at. There is a middle third of the

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boat who are the swing voters who could go either way depending on

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whether it will benefit the country economically and that rides on

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whether it can be part of the European Union and what currency it

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will views. There is no emotion in any of this debate. We'll blew still

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be on the union Jack? Those are the things that will make English or

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Welsh people sit up and say they do not want it being taken off the

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flag. It is all being very dry at the moment. This is our country. But

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it doesn't matter what the English think all the Welsh link because

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they don't have a vote. For Alex Salmond, his greatest success so far

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has been to summon up some of that emotion and the date of the

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referendum I think coincides with the Battle of Bannockburn. He is a

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man who knows how to use national symbols to summon up passion and

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Craig is correct to say that the prounion side could take advantage

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of that. We will get David Cameron with the union flag on his face!

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Let's look at the Independent. An exclusive on its front page, action

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on implants and their is a breast implant, one of the PIP variety that

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caused so many problems when they began leaking in the women who had

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them done. This is a national register which apparently would

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prevent a repeat of this scandal. I don't know how a register would

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prevent it, surely it is the type of implants you use grid Jamaat it

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seems we have got similar sources because I have got almost the exact

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same story as this. Is yours and exclusive? I was led to believe so!

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At the moment, where as if you have a hip operation or a knee operation,

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it is logged so it is marked with EU have ceramics or metal so there can

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be product recalls -- it is marked so that if you have ceramics. After

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the scandal with PIP, Bruce Keogh did a review of cosmetics and there

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will be a range of things and others by the Government of this is one --

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of which this is one. I imagine there is a slump in confidence

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around things like this, whatever variety. Precisely, there are lots

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of bits of evidence of cowboy activity because they are not part

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of the core services of the National Health Service is. Many have them

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done by private surgeons so people will now ask what they are getting

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when they sign up for these and will look closely at the small print.

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They are trying to stop these people preying on people with poor body

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confidence so they will not be time-limited offers, people saying

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they will give you a boot job for a cheaper price if you make a decision

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by next week. Will it stop people going abroad? I would not think so.

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In The Mail on Sunday, exposed: The true cost of our open borders.

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Apparently Bulgarians and Romanians will come here in far greater

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numbers than forecast. Interesting how we know that. This is a Daily

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Mail story they got from inside the Home Office apparently from one of

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their sources which suggests that some estimates - we're not told

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which ones - two conservative. I have to say, if that is the case,

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then that is all to be good. Britain has got a demographic crunch coming

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and we need hard-working people from Eastern Europe. Those who have come

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from Poland and other EU accession states have worked hard and paid

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taxes to a much greater way than they have claimed benefits. If you

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ask people if they are happy for people to come and work hard and pay

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taxes, people don't mind. It also depends where you ask that question.

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People in areas heavily affected will take one view of the countries

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that have come already and other places will not. Certainly the

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controls on immigration being lifted on Wednesday, that is when we will

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expect the surge. Looking at the Express, with the question, why

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didn't anybody help us? With Cobra meeting, they do not usually meet

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unless there is a serious problem. The Government being criticised and

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energy companies criticised. Things need a proper looking at. It begs

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the question, who can do what? When I was looking at David Cameron

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visiting stricken homes, you have to wonder, this is surely a job for the

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energy companies when it comes to getting the lights back on, for

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local councils when it comes to local transport but what can they

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Prime Minister do? I think the pie minister has been on a difficult

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tightrope, he does not want to be seen to be making political hay but

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he wants to be taking an interest. I do not know what he personally can

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do about this. It is the oversight, there are so many different people

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and organisations involved and I think it is important that somebody

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has a central grip. There are probably lots of people off because

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it was Christmas to try to fix it and there may be worse weather on

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the way. If only we could control that. Let's move on to the Telegraph

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and the final story of this, the picture story of the front page.

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Let's skip to that. The antiques road show ?400,000 masterpiece. This

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was a picture that was found on ten macro. A priest bought it for ?400.

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Ella macro and now it is worth 400,000. I might go and worship at

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his church! He obviously has a delightful paintings. Kudos is due

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to your own Fiona Bruce, who I believe spotted the painting and

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said he should have it checked out, because apparently the chap had

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taken it to an assessor, who said it is definitely a forgery. It turned

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that he was wrong. Yes, and Fiona had said that she had just done a

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whole programme on van Dyck paintings, and she had picked up a

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few tips. I think it will pay for new bells in that church. Quite a

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lot of bells for ?400,000! You would have thought so. Well done to him. I

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am sure they will sound extremely sweet when they chime for the first

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time. That is it for this hour, but we will be back at 11:30pm for

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another look at the stories on the front pages. Stay with us. In half

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an hour, . -- in quarter of an hour, more on the flood devastation.

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