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Melbourne but was later penalised for breaking new rules on fuel. All

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of that to come in Sportsday in 15 minutes, after The Papers.

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

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tomorrow. With me are the media commentator David Davies, and

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Philippa Kennedy, the ombudsman for the Sun. We are going to start with

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the Telegraph, which leads with the news that more than 2 million more

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people have started paying tax at the 40% rate since the coalition

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took power in 2010. A photo of possible aeroplane parts off the

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coast of Australia dominates the front of the Guardian. As it does on

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the front of the Mirror, saying it supports the theory that the plane

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flew on for seven hours before crashing. And the missing jet is

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also the front page lead on the Express, which suggests that a

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bungled hijack may have been responsible for the plane going so

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far off course. In the Sun, a very different story, an interview with

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the Prime Minister by the comedian James Corden, while the Financial

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Times looks at pension schemes are and how they have been affected by

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the Budget. The Daily Mail has the same story. I suppose it is no

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surprise that the search for the missing plane continues to dominate.

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Let's start with the Daily Mirror, which has the headline... They are

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using some of that satellite imagery. This is the story that

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everybody is talking about. The number of theories about this is

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incredible. I hope it isn't the jet, because if it is, then it means they

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are all dead, instead of one of the many theories that perhaps the jet

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has landed in some remote island and everybody is safe. But I think that

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is so unlikely. I do not know if you have ever done any sailing, but in

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the middle of an ocean like that, it is two miles deep. How on earth they

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are going to even think of mounting a rescue, no, a salvage operation,

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is going to be horrendous. The Malaysians do not have those kind of

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submarines, or any of that kind of equipment. If it is there, of course

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crunch indeed. And they are saying that it is a notoriously area, where

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there can be a lot of garbage. These there can be a lot of garbage. These

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pieces of James Corden look substantial, but as Philippa says,

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two miles deep, and the comparable loss of that plane from Rio to

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Paris, the Air France plane, which went down, and that was only, I say

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only, one mile deep, and that took two years to find, after they had

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found some wreckage, to find the black box. And then of course, even

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when the debris is found, it is finding the black`box and then

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understanding what happened. It could be some considerable time. The

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Mirror is talking about another theory, that the plane flew on for

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seven in fact, my father`in`law piloted a plane in Perpignan, and

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something like that happened. There was a fracture of the exhaust

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system, the air conditioning system, so everybody indeed, it flew into

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the mountain, a DC nine, I think it was. Terrible. I have never been a

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good flyer, are you? I never even thought about it before. But these

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are the sort of things which stop people from taking flights. And of

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course, it is on the front of several papers, but it is all

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speculation. We do not know. Moving onto the Mail, which has the

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headline... David, the Mail has made a real campaign of this, hasn't it?

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They have, and they are very pleased with the Chancellor for what he has

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done. But of course, there are problems with the consequences. And

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some of those consequences are virtually immediate. The male is

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highlighting, retirees poised to turn their pension pot into an

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income, Dell Eugene providers with panic calls, fearing they will be

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trapped in shoddy deals. `` deluge. This is a truly radical reform, for

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which this Chancellor, whether you support him and his government or

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not, will be remembered. But it will be really interesting to see, from

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my point of view, the political consequences of this. And the way

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that this Chancellor, who by any standards is, you think of Gordon

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Brown as well, but the most political, politically sensitive, we

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are told, Chancellor, in many moons. He has seen that the grey vote is

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the vote that the Tories must have, to have any chance of being the

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biggest single party. And of course, many pensioners do vote, it is a

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high turnout. But it is interesting, 24 hours after the

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Budget, we are beginning to pick apart what is going on. I was

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speaking to a financial analyst earlier, who was saying that now,

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many people who think they might live longer will keep annuities, but

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that will mean the annuity providers might give less per year. We were

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speaking about this earlier, you are just getting nothing for your money

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these days. I might well go and buy the Lamborghini! If I thought I

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could get into it! I am pleased you have mentioned that. Moving onto the

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Guardian, it goes on the pensions story, with that very comment, from

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the pensions minister. If people do get a Lamborghini and end up on the

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state pension, that is their choice. Well, the thing about it is that

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people who have saved more responsible people like us, hey?!

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What am I going to do, go and blow it, by force, or whatever?! I think

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they are the sort of people that can be trusted to make their own

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decisions. But having temptation... It is just this wonderful, colourful

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phrase. The minister who made this comment, Steve Webb, the Pensions

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Minister, it is interesting for me that he is the person who has said

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this. The only one of those Lib Dem ministers who is very well regarded.

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If you go to the Telegraph this morning, there was a long article

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from one of their writers, who, no great lover of the Lib Dems, who

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praises Steve Webb to the hilt. And he has been in the forefront of

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seeking to reform the pensions system. And I suppose those that

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don't agree with this system just think that if people go and splash

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out, they will be more reliant on the state, and the state will have

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to support them even more? Absolutely. But on the other hand,

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it is quite a nice thought. Let's say you were ill... You would be

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tempted, wouldn't you? Well, not so much of the Lamborghini, but... As

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long as it wasn't yellow. It is a bit like, do you think I could get

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into a Lamborghini, at my age to mark of course! No, it is a big

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thing. For me, you cannot be complaining about the nanny state,

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as people still do, and then you have to take a view on this. For me,

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if you have been saving for as many years, and putting money into

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pension pots for as many years as some people have, surely you should

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have the right to do with that money what you will. We will stampede in

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our Zimmer frames down to the garage afterwards! It will be interesting

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to see how that plays out. Staying with the Guardian, and Ukraine, and

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one senses that along with the Malaysian jet, this really is the

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story of this month, isn't it? It is. It is terrifying. We do not know

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what is going to happen next. Is the West just going to go`ahead with

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sanctions on Russian oligarchs, or do nothing? The Guardian is

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suggesting that they might just blow a lot of hot air into the air, and

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then agree that Crimea should go to Russia. That is what they are going

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to do. And do nothing. The point is, what happens next? I am yet to find

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any person who is uneasy still about the fact that an elected president

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in Ukraine, who fled his country to go to Russia, is disowned by

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everybody. Equally, Putin acts in the way that he has acted, which

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seems to me to be against anybody's idea of international law, and

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really, nobody is going to do anything about either. Because

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everybody does what suits them. The question is, I have been to Don

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Letts several times. `` Don `esque. If Putin starts to move in there as

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well, it would seem to me... It is north of Crimea, and east of

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Ukraine. Very Russian influenced. And you already hear rumblings, and

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there have been demonstrations there as well, and the question is, what

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does Putin do there? And if he moves there, I mean, imagine if George W

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Bush had been president at the moment and Putin had acted in the

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way that he has. Whether you agree with George W Bush or not, it

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doesn't matter. Does anybody think that he would have acted the same?

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In the Telegraph it is a different angle. What's interesting about both

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is they make the point that America is going to start to put pressure on

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Europe to ratchet up their sanctions. There are people putting

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pressure on Obama as well. In the Daily Telegraph there's a picture of

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Roman Abramovich. One prominent American, a leading critic of

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Vladimir Putin as well, is saying that oligarchs like Roman Abramovich

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should be targeted. I think he is playing playground stuff. Abramovich

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is a big mate of Putin's isn't he? What's he going to do? He isn't

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going to do anything. I think there's a lot of sabre`rattling

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going on here. The Conservative MP for Braintree says he thinks Russian

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oligarchs should be included in an expand expanded sanctions reef. The

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story also said Government sources said there was no question of

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sanction sanctions for the pair. I don't know why football comes into

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it. The situation here is very clear in one sense. I don't think for a

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minute that this Government is going to act against the likes of Mr

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Abramovich and Mr Usmanov. Are they Putin's Cronies, as the expression

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is used in several of the papers? Or are they private citizens who've no

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official link with Mr Putin at all? David, you say you don't think that

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that will happen, but do you think it should? I think that if you were

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seriously doing something, taking on this challenge, of course you would

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move in that way. But the reality is that nobody thinks, at the moment,

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I'm saying what happens next is the key thing. If Putin continues and

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moves on to Donetsk and the other countries in the former Soviet

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Union, the ` even certain of the old Baltic states are saying hey, what

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about us? Philippa, I can see the Sun having a lot of fun with this

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story and suggesting ol backs should be targeted. `` oligarchs should be

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targeted. The Sun had James Corden editing today, social worker viewing

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the Prime Minister. I haven't `` editing today, interviewing the

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Prime Minister. Looking at retirement. This one, retired? Help

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others and live longer, is says Lord O'Donnell. People in their mid 60s

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should volunteer to care for elderly people to pro long their lives and

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stay out of hospital. I was looking at the front page tomorrow and it is

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a very old front page. You've got the pensions, the silver voter

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pension story. Then we've got a story about cutting down on salt to

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avoid getting older. And this story is about 60`year`olds. Gus O'Donnell

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saying if you are in your 60s you should be out there helping people

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in their 80s, perhaps getting involved with Meals on Wheels, so

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you don't become lonely and they don't and it will make you feel

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young. I'm not sure from this story, I don't know if you are, as to what

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is the evidence that pensioners who do not volunteer to help others when

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they retire are knocking years of their life expectancy? It comes from

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nowhere. He says, the author of a review which recommends that

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Government should consider the effect of its policies on people's

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happiness. This sounds like one of these people who've spent a lot of

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money on this and a lot of time and they come out with something like

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that at the end. We'll pursue that later in an hour's time. Stay with

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us on BBC News, because at 11 o'clock we'll have more on the

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search for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane nearly two weeks

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since it dispeer. Up next it's Sportsday.

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