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retirement from -- Captain announces his retirement. That's all in 15


minutes after the papers. Hello. Welcome to our look to what


the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me Lance Price and


James Rampton. We will start with The Telegraph. It's saying the UK is


preparing to rule out trade sanctions against Russia because of


fears the Ukraine crisis could derail the global economic recovery.


According to The Guardian rifts are opening between Europe and America


on how to punish Russia. The Metro shows a picture of President Putin


with the headline: Deadlines and denials.


We will go on to The Independent. It says that Nick Clegg is telling his


party to prepare for power and another coalition Government.


Life-saving statins could be prescribed to more people according


to The Express. And the picture shows Prunella Scales battling


Alzheimer's. Lance, Ukraine threat to global


economy. Britain prepares to rule out sanctions as Russia issues


warning to forces in Crimea. We have seen stocks across the world go


down. There is clearly an economic effect of all of this. Yes, and you


would have thought, given that nobody's talking about a military


response to the Russian intervention, that hitting the


Russians through economic means would be the only real serious


alternative, if words are not enough we have to do something practical


then presumably you would think that hitting them in their pockets would


be the way to do it. It seems that the British view, shared by some of


our European partners, is that actually the risk to the whole of


the world economy of that strategy is too great to be prepared to go


down that line which appears once more to tie another hand, if you


like, behind our backs in terms of what are we going to do to back up


the strong words of condemnation? And yet the Americans are bullish


about this and saying they will push for punitive sanctions if at all


possible. They are indeed saying that. But backing up what Lance just


said, I remember Bill Clinton's political advisor always said, it's


the economy, stupid. I think that's what the European leaders are


thinking. Germany, particularly, is being very cautious about this.


Russia provides 40% of Germany's gas. They're going to be terrified


of upsetting the Russians who could easily turn the tap off. That would


have cataclysmic effects on the German and European economy. They're


talking about possibility clamping down on visa deregulation but tiny


things in the overall picture because they're absolutely


frightened of upsetting the Russians and causing more economic upset. On


to The Guardian. US and Europe rifts surfacing as Putin tightens grip in


Crimea. You talked about reservations the Europeans might


have. Obama threatens to isolate Russia, is there a sense that


President Obama feels this is his - he was not running for President


again, this is the kind of issue he has to stand firm on and potential


potentially threaten the global economy, is he thinking in those


terms? There is some politics in it and President Obama has been stung


by the suggestion that his foreign policy has been a weak one, that he


has been too willing to jaw-jaw and not been considered to - not been


willing to consider military responses. It gets complicated,


Syria, everyone believes there is no situation to the Syrian problem


without Russia and one of the considerations I know in the minds


of British diplomats is one of the reasons they want to deescalate the


Crimea crisis as far as possible is they still need Russia in other


aspects of their foreign policy. The other reason there is this split


between US and Europe is, I suspect I am right in saying, that the


American economy is less prone to the precious that James was talking


about from the threat of Russia cutting off oil or gas supplies, for


example, whereas that has a bigger impact in Europe. You used to work


at Number 10, why is it when people walk in there and have a sheet of


paper they don't buy, you know, a little folder and put the paper in


so you can't read what is on the front of the paper! It's happened


again! We are not supposed to know that Britain doesn't want to harm


its own economy by sanctions on... What is going on? They must walk


down the street and see people with cameras and think they're just


tourists to take pictures of Number 10, that they're not journalists.


It's extraordinary. Some people never learn. How many politicians


will be caught out if you forget microphones stay live after you stop


talking, they don't get it. We need Number 10, a Government-issue folder


so people can put papers in them and the public is not forewarned. We


would have nothing to write about! In the interests of freedom of


information we should ask more people to walk down the street...


With transparent folders Open Government, that's what we want. On


to The Daily Star, leading with this one, a key witness shocks the trial,


the opening day of Oscar Pistorius, a global icon, certainly for the


Paralympics and a sporting icon in South Africa. Absolutely. People


have been making comparisons with the OJ Simpson trial here, I don't


think the dpar is examiner -- comparisons are out of place. There


is a 24-hour news channel in South Africa devoted to this trial. If you


say that he has a level of fame of Beckham in South Africa, I don't


think you are underrating his importance. He is a massive star


there. That's why this is such a shocking trial. The very first day


has produced really eye-opening testimony. One of the witnesses


saying she heard blood-curdling screams. He denies that, but there


are questions about if those screams did take place why didn't he hear


it? What was actually going on? This is the first day in a trial that's


supposed to last three weeks. The whole world will be gripped by it


for all that time. Indeed. The trial is being televised but partially.


For instance, his testimony when he actually addresses the court, that


won't be televised live. It poses a real challenge, not just in this


trial but in other celebrity trials that we have seen, the OJ Simpson


one was the famous one, how do you try somebody who is so high-profile?


When justice becomes showbiz which it clearly has done in this case,


it's very difficult to ensure that a fair trial can take place and that


the jury that has to make a decision isn't influenced by everything else.


So perhaps that's less - is that less of an issue? Is a judge's head


turned as much as anybody's He is only human. She. Sorry, she is


human, as well! If I were his lawyer I would be harping on about this and


saying, which I think there is some credence to that, it's impossible


for him to have a fire trial because there's been so much potential


potentially -- a fair trial. This alleged crime happened a year ago


and there's been 12 months of coverage, not only in South Africa


but throughout the world. She may well be hearing these pleas from the


lawyers saying whatever you think, it's impossible to have a fair


trial. It must be discharged. OK. On to The Independent. Five more years


of coalition Government. Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats to


prepare for another term in power. The Independent bases this story on


a poll for the paper that found that 34% of people believe Britain is


better off with a coalition Government. But it means 66% still


think it's a bad idea. There may be a lot of don't knows in there, as


well. That's true. They haven't given us the other figures. 34% is


not a high figure but it's a higher figure than 9% which is where the


Liberal Democrats are, on average n the -- on average, in the opinion


polls. Some to argue they've a right to have a role in Government after


the next election is a bit presum shus of them. -- presum shus of


them. I think they'll do bet better than that. They'll do better than


the headline figure in the polls suggests. They may be right. They


may have an influence on the next Government. It may be a coalition.


But to speak to your party as if that's almost a foregone conclusion


will be seen by a lot of people as presufrp shus. It reminds me of one


Michael Portillo was seen to be campaigning for the Tory leadership


prematurely, setting up campaign lines. Apparently Nick Clegg did the


same thing, setting up a team to prepare for negotiations for


coalition. And that may be perceived as presumptuous for a party sitting


on 9% of the polls. However, if it is very tight between the Tories and


Labour, which it may well be, then even with 30 seats, the Lib Dems


would hold the balance of power and they are quite right to be talking


about the influence that they could have in a coalition. It could well


be so close that began they are holding the keys to Government.


Indeed. You will be back in an hour for another look at the stories


making the front pages. Stay with us for that. At the top of the hour we


will have the latest on the Security Council meeting in New York and all


the diplomatic efforts to resolve the crisis in Ukraine. Stay with us


for that. Now it is time the Sportsday.


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David Meyler. International cricket's longest


serving captain, South Africa's Graeme Smith, announces he'll retire


from the international


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