14/06/2014 The Papers


14/06/2014

No need to wait until tomorrow morning to see what's in the papers - Martine Croxall presents a lively and informed conversation about the next day's headlines.


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The England team arrive at the stadium for their World Cup clash.

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Kick`off is in half an hour. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be bringing us tomorrow.

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With me are Oliver Brown, Chief Sports Feature Writer

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from the Telegraph and Kate Devlin, Political Correspondent at the

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Herald. Let's look at tomorrow's front pages

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and we will start with the Observer. That says Labour is calling for

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cross party talks on how religious education is conducted in the State

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sector as the paper highlights its own survey on the funding of Faith

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schools. The Independent on Sunday highlights

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the crisis in Iraq as Iran offers to help and the US sends an aircraft

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carrier to the Gulf. The Mail on Sunday says the Prime

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Minister, David Cameron, has issued a pledge to tackle extremism and

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reassert British values enshrined in the Magna Carta. The Sunday

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Telegraph highlights how the number of families that pay inheritance tax

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will rise this year. The Sunday Times has more allegations about the

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Qatar World Cup bid. FIFA ignored warnings about a terrorist attack

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closing down the event. The Sun carries a story about Mick Jagger

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and his alleged relationship with an American ballet dancer. Well, lets

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begin now. And this evening we're going to start with the Independent

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and the story that's been dominating our news about now, the problems in

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Iraq, Iran, the US, all pledging to join in and the Independent there

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with the headline, "Baghdad fights back." Kate. It is very interesting.

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Baghdad is fighting back, but also the US appears to be fighting back

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as well and in the Independent it points out that the US is sending an

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aircraft carrier to the Gulf which is a different change from Barack

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Obama who on Friday said to the Baghdad Government that he expected

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them to really show now that they could do something about this

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insurgency and his quote was, "We can't do it for you." Which is a

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very strong message to be sending and now 24 hours later, it doesn't

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appear as if the American president has 100% confidence that they will

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be able to do that. Oliver strangely bringing together two old opponents,

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America and Iran looking as if they might go together on this? A bit of

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an unholy alliance. Barack Obama wants flexibility in the options he

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has. He has been adamant not to send ground forces into the area. He has

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got the Fifth Fleet in Bahrain and he has the option of sending

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missiles from Turkey and Qatar. Maybe we should see it as at least

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the Iranians are willing to co`operate. Otherwise with these

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forces, only 60mph from Baghdad that there would be a serious escalation

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otherwise. We were speaking to a London School of Economics expert.

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He said this was unprecedented this possible co`operation between

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America and Iran and it is odd that it should come about? Indeed. You

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have got to factor in national interests into all these things as

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well. Of course. Decades of antipathy and problems and they seem

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to be po continuationly thinking `` potentially thinking about

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co`operating. Let's come back to the UK and The Telegraph. I guess we

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should give this one to you Oliver being a Telegraph man. The headline

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is, "Middle`class face tax sting. " What the story is about, as property

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prices have gone up so many more people will find themselves paying

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inheritance tax. The single most remarkable part of this story the

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inheritance tax threshold remains as ?325 thou. In the US `` ?325 thou.

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The Americans don't know how lucky they are. It is the breaking of an

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electoral promise and George Osborne said that he would raise the

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threshold for inheritance tax to ?1 million. That won't change until at

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least 2018. But I think there are two fundamental injustices to this.

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The taxing of assets such as family homes bought with income taxed when

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it was earned in the first place and also that this gives a whole new

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meaning to the notion of being taxed to the end. Surely, accumulating

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wealth to pass on to the next generation and ensuring that one's

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children are, you know, are not saddled with this kind of tax burden

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is a fairly natural human instinct. Kate, there would be a lot of people

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arguing hang on ?325,000 for a couple is a lot of money and if you

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have got that much money, you should have to pay something on it? One of

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the repercussions, why this is happening is because of the

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increases that we have seen in the London property market and if a lot

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more people are being left more money by their parents, I wonder

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what that would do to the London property market. This money does

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need to come back into the system. It is complicated how you want to do

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that. But I do think we are in an election year and it would be very

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trog to see where this `` interesting to see where this goes.

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It would put more pressure on David Cameron and in March he was tackled

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on this issue by a pensioner and he said that inheritance tax should

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only be paid for by the rich. Are you suggesting this is bait offered

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before the general election? I think the parties will be looking at these

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issues. OK. In the past the Liberal Democrats have signalled that ` they

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talked about a mansion tax. This is a tax that the Conservatives talked

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about. That was the stumbling block 325,000 remained so because the

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Liberal Democrats blocked any move favoured by Osborne to shift it to

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?1 million so we can blame them for this burden for the next four years.

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They haven't really, I mean in all the years of coalition, they haven't

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really managed to convince more people about this mansion tax idea

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is a good one. It has problems because people would be potentially

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property rich, but cash poor. And if you are taxed on a large lump sum

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and you live in London for instance where property prices has gone crazy

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that if it goes down to your children they too have got to pay

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the high prices in order to afford a property. It is a double`edged sword

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and one that's difficult for anyone to square the circle. On to the The

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Daily Mail. Sorry on to the Observer next because it links in with a

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story about the Mail. On The Observer, headline, "Taxpayers' cash

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should not be used to fund Faith schools, say voters." This is that

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they have done this survey and it shows clearly that actually people

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are anti`funding these sorts of schools? Absolutely. It shows a

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clear majority who think that public money should not be used, but it

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shows 60% who think the schools promote division and segregation and

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I'm probably a little bit surprised at how high these poll numbers are

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actually. I went to a faith school and I have to say I am, I do think

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there are problems with them. I grew up in Northern Ireland. I went to a

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Catholic school and I do think that part of the problems that continue

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in Northern Ireland are about the sectarianism. It is unfortunately

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and not through anybody's intention, but it is caused by being in

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separate schoolsful I am sure many of the schools would say the

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standards of exam qualifications are better than many other schools, so

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whether it is a faith school or not, the standard is better? Labour are

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keen not to antagonise parents. Mr Hunt said they represent an

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important part of the electoral landscape. It is striking if you

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take the figures in a global sense that there are 6,800 Faith schools

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in the UK, but only 18 of them are Muslim and I think within this

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Observer article the Church of England came out with a statement

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saying that no one could credit bly argue that that they are hot beds of

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extremism and you have to imagine that the majority of those schools

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aren't fostering those views and aren't liable to be infiltrated by

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extremists. This is a background to the Trojan horse story and that's

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why I jumped the gun. The Mail is a story that's similar, but different

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if that makes sense with the headline, "Cameron tells UK Muslims

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be more British." And what being British is about and those so`called

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British values that's very much up for debate. I'm uneasy about this up

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surge. Michael Gove said that he didn't regard it as terribly British

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to have this statement of British values and that seems to be exactly

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what David Cameron is doing. He mentioning he wants more muscular

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reassertion of British values pointing out that it is the 800th

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anniversary of Magna Carta next year, but it happens to be the year

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of a general election and you have to get to the penultimate paragraph

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of this Mail on Sunday splash to find out how he identifies these

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values and the acceptance of personal association social

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responsibility and a free press. I'm uncomfortable, we are one step away

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from being like the Americans. I seem to remember the last Prime

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Minister who thought that was Gordon Brown and it didn't do much for him.

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I think there is an argument to be made here that you know, there is

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probably something, but I do feel that it's such an uphill battle and

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it is interesting that they have kind of gone for this because I do

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think it will be a struggle to kind of convince people. The University

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of Manchester looked at the 2011 census and around 14% of some

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Britons anyway were prepared to say that they were British. It is quite,

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maybe it's, we are a bit under stated as British people. Maybe

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that's one of the values. All right. Well, of course, tonight it would be

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wrong not to mention the World Cup even in the press review. The first

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match taking place at the worst possible time for Fleet Street

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because all the papers have gone to press, but the Sunday Times going

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with the headlines, "FIFA ignored own terror alert." The Sunday Times

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coming out with explosive stuff about this. It is explosive. They

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have done superb work on this story for the last three weekends it has

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been a must read. What I'm slightly wary of, I don't think they have

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found the smoking gun, but the latest revelation is fascinating and

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the person in charge of the security operation at the 2010 World Cup in

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South Africa warned FIFA that it would be a terrorist to hold a World

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Cup in Qatar due to its proximity where the Al`Qaeda presence and it

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seemed that FIFA ignored this. There is detail about the corruption. We

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ought to say allegedly ignored that. We don't have the response back yet.

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No, but the fascinating detail about this engrained culture of corruption

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at FIFA. Chris Eton saying he received a wonderful watch and

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cufflinks from the country's ruler. Kate, trinkets? I agree they have

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done sterling work on this. I think I probably do wonder about the

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terrorist story. I just feel it is very, it is probably difficult to

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find any country in the world that wouldn't potentially be a terror

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risk when you hold this kind of event. Briefly, we have got a

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statement from Qatar saying that allegation that they are involved

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statement from Qatar saying that allegation that they are in paying

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officials is baseless and designed to tarnish their reputation. It goes

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on saying following successive weekends of headlines, officials are

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fighting back and they say that their mref is they are without ``

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belief is they are without merit. We will have more as the papers come

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out. Thank you very much. Of course, now just quarter of an hour before

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kick`off. I was going to ask your prediction for the score. We will do

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that in an hour's time. prediction for the score. We will do

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that in We will catch Kate and Oliver back at 11.30pm for another

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look at the store ies making the news tomorrow. Here, Iran offers to

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help Baghdad and Washington stop Sunni insurgents from capturing more

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territory inside Iraq.? Coming up next, it's Reporters.

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