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

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

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

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

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preparing to rule out trade sanctions against Russia because of

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fears the Ukraine crisis could derail the global economic recovery.

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According to The Guardian rifts are opening between Europe and America

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

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with the headline: Deadlines and denials.

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

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party to prepare for power and another coalition Government.

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Life-saving statins could be prescribed to more people according

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to The Express. And the picture shows Prunella Scales battling

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Alzheimer's. Lance, Ukraine threat to global

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economy. Britain prepares to rule out sanctions as Russia issues

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

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

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

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response to the Russian intervention, that hitting the

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Russians through economic means would be the only real serious

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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talking about possibility clamping down on visa deregulation but tiny

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things in the overall picture because they're absolutely

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

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

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Crimea. You talked about reservations the Europeans might

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

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

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

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potentially threaten the global economy, is he thinking in those

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

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

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

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willing to consider military responses. It gets complicated,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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of coalition Government. Clegg has told the Liberal Democrats to

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Michael Portillo was seen to be campaigning for the Tory leadership

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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for that. Now it is time the Sportsday.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Katie Gornall. Coming up: Alan

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Pardew is charged by the FA with improper conduct for headbutting

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David Meyler. International cricket's longest

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

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from the international

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