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And coming up after the papers, the Film Review takes a look at Piers

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Brosnan and Emma Thompson's new film, The Love Punch.

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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 the barrister Sophia Cannon, and Tim

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Montgomerie from The Times. The Financial Times claims that

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Barclays is poised to announce it is to pull out of parts of its

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commodity business. The paper says an announcement is due later in the

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week. The Daily Telegraph features the new portrait of the Queen taken

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by David Bailey and released to celebrate her 88th birthday

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tomorrow. The paper leads on a letter which 55 public figures have

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signed which accuses David Cameron of fostering alienation by his

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insistence that Britain is still a Christian country. A striking

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picture of the Pope graces the cover of the Guardian, greeting crowds

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after his Easter mass. The paper also reports on how the shootout at

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a Ukrainian checkpoint is threatening the Geneva peace deal.

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The Independent highlights a report which it says shows teachers are

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facing an increasing amount of online abuse by pupils. The Times

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says the Chancellor may soon find some room for tax cuts, according to

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some latest research on consumer spending. The Mail reports on the

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rise in skin cancer cases since the 1970's being blamed on more holidays

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taken abroad. The Express highlights the improving survival rates for

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people with skin cancer. And the Sun reports on how the graves of some

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World War One heroes have become neglected because they are not being

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officially maintained. Let's begin with the Daily

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Telegraph. That headline, which is not in any of the other papers,

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David Cameron divides Britain over faith. This letter, signed by 55

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prominent people, was saying that he is at risk of alienating people. I

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think this is nonsense. If David Cameron or the PM was a Muslim, and

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it talked about his Islamic faith, then people would not have dared

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criticise him for saying that. If he was an atheist and talked about

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that, people would say it was great that he had the courage to do this.

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All he is doing, is he is a man who has been deeply comforted by his

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religious faith over the last few years, particularly after the death

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of his son. He is talking about his fate, and they think it is

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regrettable that people are trying to shut him down for saying this. He

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is not in any way trying to stop other people from different faith

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traditions having their say, playing their full part in British public

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life, and they think what we have here is some people who quite enjoy

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taking offence doing exactly that. You think it is Christian bashing? I

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think he is trying to alienate Ukip. He has alienate some people by not

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allowing `` by allowing gay marriage, and that has pushed some

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people to Ukip. We always knew that David Cameron, and Tony Blair, who

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couldn't wait to convert to Catholicism, have been prime

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ministers of faith. Coming out at this time, at this stage, saying it,

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it is a political move. I see him as someone who spends far to much time

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following politics, and he has given a number of Easter messages. That is

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including before the gay marriage issue. Perhaps people are paying

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more attention to what he says now, because it is before the general

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election, but he is not saying anything very new from things he

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said last time. I want my PM legislating, not proselytising. The

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article says, we respect the fate of the PM, but we wish to object to the

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repeated characterisation of our country as a Christian country, and

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the negative consequences for our politics and society that this view

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engenders. I think they are wrong, this is a Christian country. Through

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a quirk of our political system, we have an established church and state

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and they are linked together. In this we are going to have them

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disestablished, this is a Christian country and we have to support that

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in any way, shape or form. We have this idea that our church and state

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are knitted together. And think what is great about our country, is that

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you can send your child to a Christian, was long, Jewish school,

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a school with no religious background. Anyone of any religion

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can serve in the House of Representatives. We are one of the

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most tolerant societies, and what these people try to do is that ``

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they tried to say that you can have any faith except Christianity. We

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will move on, it is thought the French President has information

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that points to the fact that Bashar al`Assad has continued to use

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chemical weapons. I think 2014 will go down as the year of the

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dictator, and also the year of people in the West doing nothing.

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But we have proof? What is that? If we believe that Bashar al`Assad is

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using chemical weapons and killing his people, we should have stepped

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in in March. It wouldn't stand up in a court of law, to think that. Sigh

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and there is more than a whiff, isn't that? We know that chemical

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weapons were used in the civil war. Bashar al`Assad's troops possessed

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those weapons, even if he didn't use them himself he was responsible for

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their safety. At that time, remember Barack Obama saying that it is a red

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line and if it is crossed we will take action, President Putin the

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main sponsor, he looked into Obama's eyes and said, these people

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don't mean what they say and I will take advantage of that. You are

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agreeing wholeheartedly with that? Wholeheartedly. It is a slippery

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slope on where we go. Staying with Syria and Ukraine, look at the

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Financial Times. The picture on the back of the pope informal downs the

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Vatican, with Easter Sunday being a major highlight of the Christian

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calendar. The Pope leading prayers for peace in Syria and Ukraine. The

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Pope is doing more than the EU and the West by saying, pull your finger

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out and get this done. In Ukraine, it is an orthodox question country,

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and it should hopefully listen to this pontiff. I know they have their

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own pontiff, but there is the idea that this Pope is saying more about

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world peace than the UN and the EU at the moment. I think one of the

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things is, other Christian leaders notice as well, this is an age of

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extraordinary Christian persecution. The wars and conflicts that we are

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seeing in the Middle East mean that the Christian populations of that

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region, who once lived quite peacefully in coexistence with

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Muslims and other people, are being driven out of the region. Syria was

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a place were particularly Christian worship was free. Now, Christians

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are very embattled as they are in Iraq and Egypt and other places, and

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a pink one of the reasons why the Pope is so clear and anxious about

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this decision, is that he is here from the frontline about her serious

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the situation is. A charming picture on the Guardian. This shows why this

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Pope is so popular. He must be up there with Justin Bieber, the Queen,

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Kim Kardashian... He is well`known, he is well and well liked. Not very

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often you say that about a Pope. The main stories about Ukraine and the

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shootout we have been reporting on that Sloviansk. The Ukrainian crisis

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is showing all the signs of hitting the wrong way. We had a little bit

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of hope last week when we have those breakthrough talks between America,

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Europe and Ukraine, but the trouble is now that you have so much

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intermingling of these little green men, basically Russian troops that a

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well`equipped but don't have the insignia of the official Russian

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army, with Ukrainian paramilitaries, Ukrainian army, and there is no one

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really in control any more. Of course there is! Vladimir Putin is

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in control! He has been in control from the start. And the West has sat

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on air like an old man trying to satisfy his wife, sitting at the

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front door with a half cocked gun while Vladimir Putin is sneaking up

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the drainpipe. It is that clear. We can't do anything unless we want to

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do something, and we are not, we are impotent. Back to the UK, we are

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going to look at the Daily Mail. A huge rise in skin cancer cases since

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the 1970s, claimed on Sunshine getaways. Everybody remembers the

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carry on film where they are all going off to Costa Del Sol. Appears

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that it is the, the Costa Del Kill. There has been an increase... If you

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look onto the Daily Express, a very different story. They must wonder

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who has got the story right, because that is the success in war on skin

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cancer. Because eight in ten people survive, and it is the most common

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cancer in the UK, it is survivable if it is recognisable. You have to

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check your skin, and you have to make sure when you go on holiday

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that you don't burn, and that you do cover`up. As brown as IM, I myself

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got burnt, and I have children who are mixed race, and you have to be

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so careful. One person who appears to have very good scheme would be

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Her Majesty, and distorted for her 80th birthday tomorrow, taken by

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David Bailey. It is a beautiful picture, one of the most attractive

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features of anybody's face is always there smile, and here is a beautiful

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smile from the Queen. It has taken Her Majesty for the front page, and

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not Kate! It shows our monarch in her prime, she looks beautiful for

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her age, and 88! Charles must be thinking, 20 more years! She looks

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fantastic. He would be taking the throne any time soon. No, not from

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that picture. Thank you for your time. Stay with us on BBC News,

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because at midnight we will have the latest on the ferry disaster in

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South Korea, as transcripts are released of the moment he ferry

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started to sink. Up next, The Film Review.

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