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Coming up on The Film Review, Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan starred

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as a divorced couple plotting a jewel heist. Join me and and Smith

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for more on that, and all of the other top releases. `` Anna Smith.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With me are Yasmin Alibhai`Brown, columnist from the

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Independent, and Matthew Green, journalist and author.

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The Observer claims that thousands in a district of Damascus are

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running out of food, leading to relief agencies declaring it a

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crisis that is unprecedented in living memory.

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The Independent on Sunday has a special report on mounting concern

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at global food security, claiming the world is on the brink of a wheat

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crisis. An exclusive from The Mail on Sunday

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on a businessman, re`appointed by David Cameron to head a quango,

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steps down after it was disclosed that he was bankrupt.

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The Sunday Telegraph leads is how Ofsted are looking at putting at

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least six Birmingham schools into special measures.

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The Sunday Times claims that senior Labour figures are concerned that

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basing an election strategy around the cost`of`living crisis may lead

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to the party looking like a one`trick pony.

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And the Sunday Express tells its readers they could be in for a

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refund from an energy firm that's admitted to having faulty meters.

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Let's begin. We are going to start with the Independent. It is more

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their picture story that we are interested in. A year on from the

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terrible collapse in Bangladesh of the textile factory, and Matthew,

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that is a story which at the time you were deeply involved in. Yes, I

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went to Bangladesh at the time to cover the aftermath of the disaster.

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It is perhaps worth remembering exactly what happened. It was a

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4`storey building, known as Rana Plaza, packed with workers. The huge

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crack had appeared in the wall, and the owner of the building herded

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everyone in, and a few hours later it collapsed. It was one of the

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worst disasters in the history of the industry. The Independent is

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saying that some of the victims have still not received compensation, and

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there is a campaign to avoid another disaster. Yes, and I think the

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campaign will be all over the place, including here in London. I think,

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these sorts of accidents are absolutely the responsibility of

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those companies who are out there harvesting cheap labour, and I went

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to India last year and they met people from Bhopal, which was 25

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years ago, and they still haven't had any compensation. They have gone

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blind, had miscarriages, all of this. That can't go on, and it is up

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to us, those of us who love frocks should always be asking the

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questions about, how much are you paying? That was a big campaign at

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the time, wasn't it? Asking consumers to be more aware of how

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their garments are made. Yes, it was very interesting to see the big

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brands, shuffling quietly away, saying it wasn't anything to do with

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them. They were saying they can't be responsible for monitoring the

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safety in the buildings where these items have been produced. There has

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been some progress since then, I think the scale of the catastrophe

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was so big that some of these companies have been shocked into

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action, so the Independent is talking about a new fire safety

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standard that these companies are signing up to. Not all the

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companies, there are still some companies that are holding out and

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not doing the responsible thing. 20 years ago, Bangladesh was right on

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the margins of the global economy, and it is thanks to these companies

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that huge numbers of people have got jobs, particularly young women from

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rural areas who might otherwise be living in extremely isolated and

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bleak existence, they have found some sort of freedom through these

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jobs. Of course, there is a price to be paid. I think shareholders have

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got to be, have to have more of a say in this. It can't just the about

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their profits, because how can you ignore something of that kind? I

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remember after that disaster, there were a few scattered protests,

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companies like Primark, who had clothing made there. I don't whether

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there was a huge groundswell of concern among consumers. There have

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been funds set up by some of the companies, hasn't it? Yes, there

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has. This independent story is about a woman who hasn't received any

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compensation, but it takes a long time. Looking at the Observer, Syria

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is back on the front page, and then you are pleased to see it. I know

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how the media works, I am part of the media, we run stories and we

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leave them. Actually, when it comes to Syria, we can't and should never

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leave this. I know a lot of things are happening in Ukraine and so on,

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but this is the biggest, the most shocking disaster I think in the

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last, I would say since World War II. It is tough to keep the stories

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fresh. When it is the same story over and over again. The Observer

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have done a very strong job here. They have a story about the Yarmouk

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refugee camp, where convoys are being allowed in and people are

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running out of food. These were Palestinian refugees, who already

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work living very well, but were safe and were being fed and getting an

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education, but if we stop covering this story, our politicians.

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Attending to this crisis. We were talking about Ukraine earlier, that

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has dominated the foreign pages and the front pages for the last few

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years, and the link is unfair because the Russian President is one

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of the biggest backers of the Syrian government, months back, there were

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agreements to join with the US, they have really gone out the window.

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Sanctions and tough words haven't really done much. I didn't

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understand why we are much tougher on Iran when it comes to sanctions

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and nonviolent actions we can take, and so non`specific on Syria, I find

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that appalling. The Sunday Times, the story I was surprised to see on

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our list, but one you feel strongly about. Prove UR 18 to watch

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pornography, a new law. Children will be blocked from watching online

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pornography after government moves to make website administrators seek

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proof of age. This is a really good move, if it happens. Parents and

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others have been pointing out the effect of easy access to pornography

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on very young minds, boys as well is girls. It is really having a

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demonstrable impact on the way they think about each other and so want.

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Is it going to work was much a guess that is the question. I don't know,

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but we have got to do something, it has been going on. I want us to stop

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saying that we can't do anything. saying that we can't do anything.

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That is worst in the argument, it is impossible to enforce. Arar the

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story, the sinking of the ferry in South Korea. A fairy hero gave life

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to save others. `` our other story. A poignant story about a 22`year`old

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member of the crew who actually waded through chest high water

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without a lifejacket so that other people, some of these children,

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could try to escape. Of course, she wasn't among the survivors. It

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reminds think of an awful story I read a couple of days ago about the

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teacher who organised the trip committing suicide out of remorse

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and guilt, and saying, perhaps I will be able to teach these students

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in the afterlife. There has been a story of one passenger dying after

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giving his life. Yes, only 17, and he gave his life vest to his friend

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who was drowning. There are still over 250 people missing, young

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people, and these terribly selfless people, really. Let's leave that.

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The Sunday Telegraph, Islamist plot, six schools face special

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measures, this is so `` after the so`called Trojan horse to commit.

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This has been building up, think this is the sixth day `` Trojan

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horse document. This is Ofsted inspections, Ofsted did inspect most

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of these schools. And it has been asked to inspect them again, amid

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allegations of then becoming Islamic. I have no doubt that this

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is going on, but how we investigated, we have got to make

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sure there is trust. We can't storm into schools and start behaving as

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if you are storming into a place where there is a cache of weapons.

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But we have to talk about it. We need to talk about how it is part of

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a much bigger problem. Yes, but we need to do it, seeing that these

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institutions with serious problems. There are many people who want

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something done urgently. We were talking earlier about how there were

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concerns not only about the schools but about other is making extremists

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in places like Birmingham raising funds for extremist groups around

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the world. Let's talk about Saudi Arabia. I know, you think that is

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the subplot. Thank you both very much for joining us. Stay with us on

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BBC News, because at midnight we will have much more on the South

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Korean ferry disaster, which has claimed 36 lives. Up next, it is The

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