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reporters today that he would like to be the one. Manchester United

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make an announcement next week. All of that to come in 15 minutes.

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`` West Brom. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be bringing us tomorrow. With me are

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former government policy advisor and academic Zamila Bunglawala, and

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Oliver Wright, Whitehall editor at The Independent. Tomorrow's front

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pages, starting with The Metro leads on the capture of Michael Wheatley,

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the man known as the Skullcracker, who had been on the run from an open

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prison since Saturday. The Telegraph runs with the same story, reporting

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that the Justice Minister is promising a change in the prison

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release rules as a result of the case. The Daily Express has an

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entirely different story, it's warning that 60 mile an hour gales

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are set to hit Britain in the next few days. The Guardian features a

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photo collage of the social media protest against the kidnapping of

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over 200 school girls in northern Nigeria. The FT reports on Vladimir

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Putin's appeal to pro`Russia supporters in Eastern Ukraine to

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shelve a proposed independence referendum. The Mirror has a picture

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exclusive of fugitive Michael Wheatley, known as the Skull

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Cracker, being arrested after five days on the run from an open prison.

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Supermarkets and restaurant chans have millions of people are eating

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Halal meat without knowing it, claims the Daily Mail on its front

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page. And the Times reports that British SAS officers have joined in

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efforts to find and rescue the school girls kidnapped by Islamist

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group Boko Haram in Nigeria. So let's begin. Let's start with the

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Daily Mirror, this is the Skull Cracker quarter after five days on

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the run, they have a picture of him behind bars. It looks like he is

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handcuffed. It is an extraordinary story. `` he has been caught. This

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is a guy who has been in prison for 34 years now. Actually, he was

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probably on the verge of being released, most times when prisoners

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are about to be released they are put into open prisons which is where

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he was and where he escaped from. Despite the fact he was supposed to

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be released in the next year or so, he still went on the run, as he has

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done twice before. Last time he went on the run he carried out armed

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robberies. It is inexplicable, it defies logic. He is going to be in

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prison for a long time from now on. The government should not be saying

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that they should be changing the law, when they let people out, on

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the basis of this case. It sounds like good politics. It would be an

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effective policy. There is the suggestion that the Justice

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Department is going to look at this case to see if the law needs

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changing. He was in an open prison because he was potentially going to

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be released at some point quite soon in the future. One wonders if he is

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redeemable? After this many years in prison and still committing the same

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crimes it is a good question. We had to look at what rehabilitation he

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has received, before being let out into an open prison, but before we

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start reforming our prisons and the penal system, we need to look at the

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people we haven't prisons, the numbers are horrific. We have to

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look at it in the main. When people are let out of prison, what support

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do have? If this man escaped, maybe he thought he was not going to get

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any help and has gone back to his old ways. It has to be looked into.

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He has announced initiatives in the past, looking in to support that ex`

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offenders do have once they leave prison. It is part of the problem,

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that the sentencing guidelines means that judges hands are tied. They

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have too allow for a certain period when this man is in jail and is then

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released. Is that part of the problem or are judges thinking that

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prisons are overcrowded? The numbers do not stack up, 13 life sentences

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and he is out within eight years and is in an open prison. What does that

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mean to those who were hurt by him? We had to look at why our prisons

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need reforming, what the sentences mean in the long`term and what we

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are going to do with prisoners. Those who have to be released early,

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and those who have not committed as severe crimes as this, some people

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have rehabilitated and do deserve to be back on the streets. Their

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policies are not delivering on better systems for Prison Services.

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It is supposed to be a cornerstone of a so`called civilised society,

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that we allow prisoners the opportunity to be rehabilitated. Of

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course, and it has got to be. It is good politics but bad policy, you

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should not make laws on the basis of cases like this. Let's move on to

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the Times, this is the story which is in traction around the world now,

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British special forces are proudly joining the hunt for those 200 girls

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in northern Nigeria, there is Malala Yousafzai on the front, herself a

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victim of Islamist extremists in Pakistan. It is an incredible

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story, these girls have been missing for over three weeks. The

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international community, including Britain, is supporting this. How do

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we start talking about this issue of reality, that girls are not safe in

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schools? Malala Yousafzai herself was not safe in her school, this is

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not only something confined to Africa but it happens across the

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world. In this case, these girls are going to be sold. It is not that

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they are not safe and not allowed to go school, but they will be sold

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into slavery. That is the threat that has been made. Nigeria has

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questions to answer. How long it has taken for them to do something about

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it. It is good that the international community will support

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them but we have to find these girls. It is not looking hopeful

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that three weeks and we have no sign of where they are in this jungle.

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Boko Haram, the leader, clearly a nutter. He is saying that they are

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threatening to sell the girls into slavery. There is a lot of slavery

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across the board in Chad and Niger. He is not saying that because you

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would do what we want, we do not know what they are doing. We know

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that primarily they want to destabilise the Nigerian

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government. That is the ultimate aim. I am afraid it has proved an

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extraordinary effective way of doing that. It is so difficult. It is

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difficult for the Nigerian government and for countries like

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the UK and the US, to know how they can effectively help. It is all very

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well, you get good headlines, British special forces joining the

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hunt, but I would be a little questionable about how effective and

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how they would be operating in Nigeria. We had to find out what the

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African union is going to be doing about this, they are scented to a

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lot of conflict internally in the states. They know the territory

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better. `` they are sent into. The underlying issue is, in all

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convicts, women and girls are the first one to suffer, they are the

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first victims, and in this case, there are hundreds. Gender`based

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violence, it has been a problem in this case for the last two or three

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years. The Daily Mail reports that many people are eating Halal food

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without knowing it. It is not labelled in supermarkets. I cannot

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get excited about this story, it is an interesting issue, the Daily Mail

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have on the inside of their pages a big chart, they have a bunch of

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reporters doing a big ring around of the major supermarkets and take

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ways, asking about the macro to meet policy. One of their policies are if

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animals were slaughtered after being stunned. `` Halal policy. The RSPCA

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do say that they don't have a problem with Halal meet, so long as

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the animals are stunned `` meat. There is not a quote from anyone in

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the article saying that they do not like the idea of eating this meat if

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the animal is not stunned. So, what is the fuss? If this was kosher

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meat, would we be making such a big deal of it? I am throwing that

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question open. It is an interesting point. We seem to continuously talk

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about Muslims and the issues surrounding this, including halal

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food, if this was kosher meat, would we be saying this? It has ultimately

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been a business decision by these companies, to sell this meet, they

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are not required by law to label it. Perhaps we should look at the law,

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`` meat. So far, it is a business decision that has been made. It is

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economical for them. They do not serve the national market but are

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exporting to markets where this food does have to be halal. There is an

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opinion bit in here about New Zealand lamb being halal, more than

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70% is, because they sell a lot of their meat to Arab countries. If it

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was kosher, I am confident it would not be a headline, but now that it

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is, if the animal is stunned, why is it a big story? It is interesting.

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Let's go to the Independent, middle`aged women on the scrapheap.

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You are a very young woman! Stop digging Clive! What I was going to

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say is that you are not on the scrapheap because you are here on

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the papers section. But I mess that up! It is difficult to know how to

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follow! It is a disturbing for a number of reasons `` messed. We have

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pushed up the pension age. We know that we want women to be work for

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longer. Women want to be in work for longer, but if the jobs are not

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available, 45% of women more are unemployed. Versus 35% of men. Men

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are getting the jobs while women are being told to work longer. It is

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greater inequality in the UK for women to be suffering these types of

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numbers in employment. Women want to work not finding the jobs. A lot

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more men are becoming employed at the same time. We had to know what

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is happening in terms of gender discrimination, is it age and gender

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disc relation they are facing? What is interesting about this story is

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the number of women who get on the government 's work programme `` get

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jobs on the governments work programme. `` discrimination. They

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want to go back to work and want to contribute. Your point about the

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pension age is an important one. You have to ask, why is that? What other

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problems? The Department of and pensions say that the proportion of

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women in work has never been higher but that is not the same. `` the

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Department of Work and Pensions. There have been a lot of headlines,

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especially in the Telegraph, about more women going out to work. The

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cause of economic circumstances, and the current economic problems. And

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we aren't talking about what skills or education women have, which is

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probably very high because they are of the generation that did go to

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university. What the question is, gender discrimination is still very

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real. These women are suffering it, compared to men of the same age.

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What you suspect is happening is because of the change in the

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pensions age and the squeeze on living standards, a lot of women in

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that age group are saying, I do need to go back to work. They have

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probably been out off the work force. Time and their skills may not

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be up`to`date as somebody younger, so they are not being chosen. But

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they have families and have people they are supporting, which is

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difficult. What you do as a society to address that will be important.

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And given David Cameron's inability, the Conservative's

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inability, to connect with a `` with the majority of women voters.

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Staying with the Independent, Odessa, the cultural melting pot

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boils over. This is a report from the Ukraine and is away from the

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focus of things, which has been in the east of Ukraine. It is a

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complicated story. But the key thing is that says this is much murkier

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and the problems in the Ukraine don't just extend in the east. It is

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difficult to see who the good and bad guys are. The messages, this

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isn't black and white. `` message is. It is worth reading, it's a

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great piece. I read bits of it and it looks amazing. This is

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interesting in the context of what Vladimir Putin was seen today, that

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he doesn't feel there should be this referendum on the east of the

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country. He has always known it `` we have always known it's a

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complicated situation and it isn't necessarily a good thing for him to

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take over the whole of the east of Ukraine. Maybe we don't read about

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this internal conflicts as much because they aren't directly

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affected by the sanctions and geographically where it is. But a

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lot of what we talk about in terms of Russia currently is the

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international impact and how we in the West might feel differences. But

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many people are suffering. The article is about people who have

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died and women who have been raped. These things are continuing. It is a

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complex picture. Some things don't get as many headlines. A good

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piece. Very interesting. It has been great having you in. Thank you. Stay

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with us. At the top of the hour, more on the fugitive robber, the

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so`called Skull Cracker who is now behind bars again. Time for

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Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm

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Lizzie Greenwood`Hughes. The headlines this evening: The title is

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theirs to lose. Manchester City put four past Aston Villa to storm to

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the top of the Premier League table. Sunderland make the great escape,

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beating West Brom 2`0, but the result

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