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Sri Lanka the second Test match. And we have news of a winning start for

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Andy Murray at Wimbledon. This will come after the newspapers preview.

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers

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With me are Jason Beattie, Political Editor of the Daily Mirror

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and Colleen Graffy, Professor of Law at Pepperdine University.

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We start with the metro, they are reporting on a young couple who were

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killed by a speeding car. The express catalogues the EU laws which

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they say is ruining Britain. ISIS is the fastest`growing branch of Islam

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in Britain. And we have stories about the care home problems in

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Bristol. We are going to start with the Daily Telegraph, more tax on

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savers than sinners. The Daily Telegraph has done a clever

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comparison, they have taken one tax comparison, they have taken one tax

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take, which the readers care about, and they have compared it with

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another one, which the readers probably disagree with. Because it

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is not them, it is the naughty people who smoke and drink too much.

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And then they have said, this is appalling. Tory MPs and experts are

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warning these taxes at the inheritance tax and stamp duty,

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redundantly hits middle`class families, now you can see why they

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have gone for it `` predominantly. It is a false comparison? A

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completely false comparison. It is true, though, it is penalising

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people who are doing the right thing, they are working hard and

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saving and they want to give something to their families and they

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are getting penalised. The threshold for inheritance tax is ?325,000, and

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that is not very much, if you are taxed after that, especially with

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housing prices in London. The Lib Dems oppose that. There is as a

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gesture in the threshold could be moved up to ?1 million, which is a

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bit fairer in London `` there is a suggestion the threshold. May have

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gone for the story, this is pressure from the Tory MPs on George Osborne

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`` they have gone for the story. It is not about equality. The point is

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right about inheritance tax, with house prices going up so sharply in

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recent years, the threshold is not high enough. People lucky enough to

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own their own home, they aren't making a fortune in equity. We

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should be thinking about the inequality of the tax system `` they

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are making. The other thing could be to scrap the

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are making. The other thing could be to scrap stamp duty for everything

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under ?500,000, that will help everyone. It will make the housing

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bubble even worse. We need more supply. That is already happening,

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but at the wrong price, which we discussed last time. And now we're

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going to move on to something out. I was enjoying that. I would say 30`30

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at the moment, that is a tennis and allergy. `` tennis analogy. Forces

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need strengthening to cope with the threat from jihadists, this is at

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the bottom of the Daily Telegraph? That is right, several stories

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looking at this, NATO has got to be contributing more, there is a story

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about that. Some countries are not even contributing the threshold

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amount for the defence budget and that causes problems. The other,

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there is intelligence which came out earlier about what was happening

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with ISIS, and that they were moving from Syria to Iraq and they were

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planning to take over Mosul and head to Baghdad, we know this from

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Kurdish informants. They tried to alert the British authorities. We

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are now in a position where it will be very difficult. President Obama

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wanted to go down in history as the president who ended wars, but now it

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is looking like he will be the president who will go down in

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history as having lost the war and he does not want that. But he will

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not be putting more troops into Iraq. As a former State Department

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official, how can you explain the fact, intelligence services knew

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about the threat of ISIS for at least five months and they did not

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do anything about it. They wanted Maliki to be more inclusive. And

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also, trying to encourage the Iraqi and their own troops, but a quarter

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of them, the training did not take, let's put it that way. The other

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aspect, those that are joining the fight from Britain, about 500, I

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wish there was more of a campaign with soft power on how are we

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communicating with these young people, this is not a good future

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career choice. I agree. The investment in the Armed Forces or a

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stronger emphasis on soft power, to win round the hearts and minds of

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these young men, before they go off and fight in places like Syria and

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Iraq. I would like to contradict her revisionist idea of history. The

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most recent problems have come back from the appalling handling of the

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Republican Administration. It was a disaster. Maliki was an American

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puppet. The forces were left without any civil service and any police

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force. That was because of a botched job. Balmer wanted a legacy, that he

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brought the American troops out of Iraq `` President Obama. Now it

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looks like he will be the president who lost Iraq. 2009, people said it

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was a stable country. He cannot have that as his legacy. To pick up on

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that point, you say the president could go down as the man who lost

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Iraq, but wasn't it lost in 2003? 2009, after the surge, people said

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it was stable. No one said everything was rosy. Maliki was not

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inclusive enough, they said. They have people in different towns from

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the different factors in Iraq. You are placing the blame on what has

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happened in this country, where hundreds and thousands of people

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have died, as a result of a war, and a situation which was created

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entirely in 2003 by George W Bush. You are escapades in `` that is a

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very strange theory to posit. This is another programme. 40`30? No,

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40`40, now we go to the front page of the Guardian. Peter Greste, he

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has been imprisoned as an Al Jazeera journalist, but he is well`known to

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many of us, he was at a barbecue at my house a few years ago. This is

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the further unravelling of what looked like was going to be hope in

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Egypt's and other countries, they have the travel of the Muslim

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Brotherhood. We now have this country which seems to be slipping

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backwards, a country of great promise, a very young population,

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and it seems to be, or is committing human rights abuses. This awful

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situation, where international pressure does not seem to have any

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bearing on what the Asad regime, the elected government, are doing. The

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Americans give Williams to the Egyptian military. `` millions.

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Qatar is the country where Al Jazeera is based, and Qatar is

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supporting the Muslim Brotherhood, and we can see that Peter Greste, he

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just a two weeks per four, he is an award`winning Australian journalist.

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He can hardly be seen as being in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood.

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`` he just arrived two weeks before. It is a big play to say that they

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are sending Qatar a message, and their support of the Muslim

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Brotherhood, they say, is not sustainable, and so they are going

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to play it out with their journalists. They'll so claimed it

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was because they did not have appropriate presidential, but that

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should be easy to establish. `` they also claimed it was because they did

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not have appropriate press credentials. Other journalists have

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been sentenced. One of them, Dutch journalist, was able to get out and

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do her embassy, otherwise she would be in there, as well. `` get out

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thanks to her embassy. There was a lot of hope. The court appearances

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today, everyone is expecting they will be released.

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today, everyone is expecting they When they went to the court for

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sentencing, there was a sense of optimism, there really was. That

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disappeared pretty quickly and pretty brutally. This was the

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Sudanese women sentenced to death. She was brought up Christian. She

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never considered herself a Muslim, so how could she have converted? The

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hardliners are saying if you have a Muslim father you are a Muslim and

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nothing else changes that. It is a horrific story and we know the

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worldwide outcry about it so it is extremely good now she has been

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freed. I would compare that with what is happening in Egypt to say

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that international outcry was able to get some traction in Sudan

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because she is an individual woman, but for the Egyptians this is going

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to be fundamental for their control of the media. It is fantastic news

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she has been freed. What she faced was horrific. I was worried about

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this story because there was almost an element that because it was

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Christian in a Muslim country, some people campaigning for release for

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using that almost as a proxy to fight an older battle. A lot of the

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protests demanding her release came from within Sudan. This is not such

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a simple crusade. It is good that the government has listened. It is

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an interesting contrast to what is happening in Cairo but you have to

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recognise that was domestic pressure as well. That is a really important

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point. You are going to be with us in an hour.

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At the top of the hour we are going to have much more on the situation

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in Iraq and the situation in Egypt involving those three journalists

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who have been sentenced to seven years in prison for backing the

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Muslim Brotherhood. Brazil look to be on their way

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into last 16 as group winners.

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