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straight`sets win at Queen's. We will have all of that covered in

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Sportsday in 15 minutes after The Papers.

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Hello. Welcome to our look ahead to The Papers. With me is Michael

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Booker, the Deputy Editor of The Daily Express, and the freelance

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journalist, Samira Shackle. We will start with the Telegraph. Iraq is

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facing a return to the days of civil war.

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The Metro is leading on the online abuse the Harry Potter creator JK

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Rowling has received after she made a ?1 million donation to the

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campaign against Scottish independence.

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The Mirror shows the pitch England will be playing on for their first

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World Cup match against Italy. The Guardian claims that Passport

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Office staff have been told to relax the rules to help clear the backlog

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of applications. A protest by black cab drivers

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against a new taxi`hailing app makes the front`page.

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The Express says walking 6,000 steps a day could reduce the pain of

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arthritis and increase the chances of not getting the condition.

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We will start with the Daily Telegraph and the story that is

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dominating a lot of the headlines. Iraq, Michael. It looks as if 11

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years of occupation, well not occupation, some might argue

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occupation, but certainly after the invasion by Western forces, billions

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pumped into the Iraqi military and the police force. Doesn't seem to

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have had any effect? None whatsoever. Judging by this, they

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say they are heading towards civil war. It appears it is the darkest

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days of civil war all over again. We are talking about four cities in the

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hands of militants. The US`trained army that is supposed to be there

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country, laying down their arms and country, laying down their arms and

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running off effectively. They have 30,000 of them running off when

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there were 800 militants against them. You wonder what backbone that

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entire army has. It seems to be spreading further. They are in

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charge of towns, cities, oil refineries. Here, the political

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debate is about ` David Cameron, you supported it at the time in 2003,

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there seems to be the argument about that in Parliament. That is all well

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and good for the future. Let's get back to that in future as to why we

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were there. There looks like movement to get involved again. This

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is it. If, Samira Shackle, and the suggestion is they have got within a

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few hundred miles of Baghdad now, they march on Baghdad and they take

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over huge swathes of the country, including the capital. I mean, is

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there going to be a push towards Western forces having to get

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involved again? I think that is something that is going to be

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discussed and there is a difference, a distinction to be drawn in terms

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of the political debate between something like getting involved in

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Syria, which many people said this will be another Iraq, getting mired

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in a messy sectarian conflict where there aren't necessarily right sides

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and wrong sides. It becomes something quite different when you

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are talking about terrorist networks seizing control of the whole

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country. The potential threat of that to Western nations will

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probably shift that debate. It is probably in that event more

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comparable to the situation in Mali where French troops went in and

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prevented this takeover of the country. It will be interesting to

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see how it plays out. It was interesting a few weeks ago with

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Obama talking about Afghanistan and leaving some troops there to help

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out. It is almost as if they have seen the mood music in Iraq and they

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don't want a repeat of that in Afghanistan. They have already seen

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Iraq is a basket case. It is collapsing into anarchy already.

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There is absolutely no appetite anywhere for Western forces to get

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back into Iraq is there? Not really. There isn't. There will be no public

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support for it. William Hague has said there won't be anyone going in

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in that way, there will be a humanitarian response. Once you

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start humanitarian response, it is easy to get a "mission creep." There

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will be a huge amount of public opinion against that. To a lot of

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people, we lost a lot of our troops out there. We don't want to see

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anymore out there. Let's stay with the Daily Telegraph. Diplomats warns

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of passport delay chaos. You have a passport? I do. You will be OK

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getting off on holiday? CYAN I have already been on holiday. A lot of

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people, it would seem, could be well and truly ` they have a lot of

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problems, frankly? It does affect a lot of people at this time of year.

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There seems to be so many facets to this. It is quite difficult to get

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excited about a scandal which amounts to lots of piles of

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documents. When you think about the effect that those documents not

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being processed has on so many people, it is easy to see why there

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is outrage. Michael, the suggestion on the front of the Guardian, if we

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move on to that, passport chiefs relax rules to clear backlog, fewer

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checks on overseas applicants revealed in a briefing note? Yes,

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this was sent out on Monday, the Home Office have already said they

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weren't aware of it and they will be withdrawing it. This was to drop

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checks on counter signatories, this is from people who were applying

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from overseas. There is the security aspect of this, which is quite

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worrying, which is what the Guardian have picked up on. It's clear that

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there is a huge problem there. It's passport`gate! Staff have said to

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the Guardian, the change could aid fraudsters who have applied for a

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document. Yes. Something has to be done. This isn't the right way about

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going about it. The Home Office say Ministers are unaware of this

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document, that the Guardian says has been leaked. And have instructed Her

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Majesty's Passport Office to withdraw it immediately. So they are

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withdrawing something that they are unaware of? That is the way the

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Government works! They are making it clear they don't think this is true?

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It is nothing to do with them. Right. Ed Miliband has jumped on it

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saying all the cuts are the problem, Theresa May and tens of thousands of

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people are cancelling their holidays. I have not seen that

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evidence. People are being affected. I have chosen this week to renew my

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daughter's passport, I went to the post`office to get the forms and

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there are no forms there. Yes. Usual `` usually, you get it check and

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send, and it comes back within a couple of weeks. Whatever the Home

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Office are saying they are aware of or not aware of, this is not caused

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by a surge in applications. Whatever the different claims, there are

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different things in the Telegraph and the Guardian. Whatever it is, it

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is not what the Home Office said, it is something else, to do with the

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change of policy and something that happened internally. The Metro, JK's

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trolled over her Potter gold. JK Rowling, creator of Harry Potter,

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has decided to give ?1 million to the "no" campaign for Scottish

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independence. She lives in Edinburgh and has done for many years? She has

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Scottish grandparents as well. She is someone who has great values and

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she's got the courage of her convictions. She always says things.

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During the Leveson Inquiry she was very forth night. `` forthright. She

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put this out on her blog today. This is why I'm doing it. Fair play.

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Unfortunately, there's a lot of idiots out there who are bombarding

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her with some nasty things over the internet and they are saying it is

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the cyber nats. A lot of these people are keyboard heroes, they are

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typing away anonymously, should you pay any attention to them? Not sure

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you should. She has had trolls in the past? She has. It is also `

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there is also a sign that as we get closer to the vote, this whole

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thing, this debate is getting a little bit nastier as well. There's

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been trolling on the other side as well? Absolutely. I sort of wonder

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whether it is news anymore if someone does something and gets

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attacked on the internet. That is certainly true that there's quite a

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lot of sniping around the referendum and we can probably expect to keep

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seeing that. I know there were some controversy about David Bowie when

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he said, "Scotland, stay with us." And I think we can expect people to

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have opinions about it and people should be allowed to express

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opinions about it. I hope that that kind of robust political debate that

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we need about that ` and a lot of that is reached through people like

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JK Rowling ` I hope that that nasty criticism doesn't halt that debate

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from happening. The "yes" campaign themselves say we respect her right

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to have this opinion. Alex Salmond has... There are idiots on both

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sides and there always is. The Financial Times now. The only person

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who understands this story is you, Samira.

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which allows you to book a taxi via your phone. It picks up on your GPS

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exactly where you are and links you up with the nearest driver. The same

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GPS system figures out where you have travelled and lets you know the

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fair afterwards and takes it from your bank account. The issue that

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black cab drivers are taking from this is it is essentially a meter

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system which technically is only black cabbies are allowed to use. It

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calculates it for you. It calculates it according to the mileage. The

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issue they are taking with it is that they are being allowed to use

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this metre system when it has already been contested in the High

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Court that the decision will come through in a few months. But they

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are saying black cabbies have to go through four in seven years of

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training to get a licence. But this is like being a minicab driver and

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why should they get the benefits without the drawbacks? As a result

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of that, you have got a picture on the front of the Financial Times

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there, of black cabbies not moving, reading the paper, because they

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parked or their cars in a row blocking up central London. I did

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not realise this is across Europe. It happened in Milan and other

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cities as well. They have picked up a lot of business of the back of

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this protest. A lot of people did not know about it because of this

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protest. It is a bit of an own goal, especially considering the

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High Court decision. So much has been affected by the Internet and

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new media. The knowledge and black cabbies are getting a taste of it

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now. If you got rid of black cabs, you will lose a big part of the rich

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British culture. A lot of people come to London to get into a black

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cab and once you start watering that down, do we want to get rid of them?

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You can see why they are fighting for their jobs. Obviously, no one

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likes the competition. I think something needs to be looked at

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Buchanan preserve it. Are they Luddites? I would not go that far.

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You will not get picked up on the way home tonight! It is the

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destruction of new technology. Maybe we should riot against Buzz hammock

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received. Whatever that is! The Daily Mirror and look at the

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state of the pitch. It has brown lines on it. That means you will get

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your foot caught in it. That is Stoke isn't it? This is supposedly

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Manaus. However, we are the ones with the big lumpy centre forward,

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we will be all right. The Italians with the silky skills. Can you play

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a beautiful game on that, sir Mirror? Identikit! I just wanted be

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over. `` I don't care. I just wanted it to be over. You will be back in

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our's time. Many thanks. Stay with us here on BBC news because at the

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top of the hour we will have much more on the situation in Iraq as

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have seized a second major city in the north of the country. Now it is

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time for Sportsday. Hello and welcome to Sportsday `

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I'm John Watson. countdown is on to the start of the

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World Cup ` we'll be live in Rio

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