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straight sets defeat to Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. ``

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there are no excuses. Hello, and welcome to

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our look ahead to what the papers With me are broadcaster Penny Smith,

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and Sarah O'Connor, economics correspondent

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of the Financial Times. It feels weird introducing new as a

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broadcaster because you are my colleague as well. The Independent

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says the BBC has lost highly sensitive information about a

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military unit. The BBC says it would be inappropriate to comment while an

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investigation is underway. Pensions are rising to meet salaries. People

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are denied life`saving operations because of age discrimination within

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the NHS. The Marrero `` Mira reports that a UK citizen in Syria has

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tweeted a picture of himself with bombs. And the pool of international

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talent available to British business has been shrunk by curbs on

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immigration. There have been a lot of stories on the NHS in the last

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few days. NHS defies law to deny pensioners vital surgery. Shocking.

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They are saying that the law is supposed to state that as a doctor,

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you were supposed to look at how fit somebody is for surgery and whether

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this will improve their life. There is supposed to be no age barrier.

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There is no `` that is the law. The writing is so small. Because of age

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discrimination, the Royal College of surgeons has warned that elderly

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people have been denied life`saving operations. Almost no ages ``

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patients over the age of 75 are getting surgery for breast cancer or

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call bladder surgery. It is alarming inexcusable. The point is, why

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should they be denied? 75 is the new 65, and people are keeping fit

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longer. Why should people who are possibly going to live into their

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80s and 90s going to be denied treatment when somebody who is

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younger but it was a smoker, heavy drinker, over eight, never does any

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exercise, as the operations? That seems to me to be wrong. We are

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living so much longer. Why should we spend the last decades of our lives

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in abject pain? Sarah, he comes your department. A lot of it is economics

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as well. A huge strain on the NHS. Won the NHS has been protected from

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the west of austerity. He has been in the right thirds. We are seeing

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all kinds of strain. This is just the latest story. When you have a

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population growing older that needs more health care, keeping the NHS

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budget in line with inflation is not enough. I would imagine we would

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need to start to see more of these problems. This is actually illegal

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if this is happening. You wonder if they will have to change the tax

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rolls, because the whole thing about National Insurance was that we all

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fall `` thought National Insurance was about paying for the NHS. People

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did not mind that. There is this feeling that we all love the NHS. It

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is a lovely, cuddly element. It is like an unwieldy cuddly animal. It

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is an expensive cuddly animal. I do wonder if we are going to have to,

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if we care about the NHS, to stump up more money, because that is what

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will need to happen. People have horrific NHS experiences, and those

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are the ones you read about. People also have fantastic NHS experiences.

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My parents could not present hard enough. They do not make the

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headlines. And to the Guardian. Another NHS story. NHS Cancer care

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faces privatisation. Firms are to tender for 1.2 billion contracts

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according to the Guardian. End of life services are open for bids.

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Some private Cancer care will take you to an NHS hospital. They do

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already if you are praying for private care, the NHS provides good

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enough care for it to be deemed needing to pay extra premium. ``

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paying for private care. It is not all kids are cared there is

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potentially going to be privatised. `` Cancer care. It is commissioning

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group areas in Staffordshire. People could say it is the thin end of the

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wedge. ?1.2 billion worth of money, and there are various camp ``

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companies such as Richard Branson's company who are interested in

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bidding. There will not just provide the services, but make decisions

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about treatment and who gets them. This will be Cancer care open to

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non`private patients, right? Or is it only private patients? This will

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be open to everybody. It would just be run by the rabid sector. So this

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is it the NHS. Unison as saying they have grave concerns that potentially

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this is handing over all decision`making on cancer and end of

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life care to private companies. In other words. People worry because

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anything that is done for profit, you feel, will not be done for the

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benefit of patients. It may be a wrong thought, and there are

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examples of profitable companies which actually do look after

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people. But there is this worry that in the NHS, you come in and you are

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not seen as a person, you are seen as a statistic. You are seen as a

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statistic. You are seen as somebody who may reel in the budget. As I was

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saying earlier, some NHS cancer hospitals are as good as private

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Cancer care as well, but clearly, the feeling goes back to what we

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were saying before. It is about economics. Andy Burnham says the

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public had not given the government permission to put the NHS up for

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sale. Probably a national mood. Onto the express. Their lead story is

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about pensions. Pension pay`outs are up each year. Over 65 is now earn

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close to the average salary. We have to read into this a lot. We issue in

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their getting good pensions, but this is presumably be in come of

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pensions. So they are working. Increasingly, pensioners are also

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working. So there is a couple of reasons for that. Because interest

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rates have fallen so low, which is something we will talk about later,

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when you buy an annuity it doesn't go far, so people are having to work

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longer to keep standards of living going. Pensions themselves, state

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pensions, have had a triple Bock from the government. It means they

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have been protected in a way that no other welfare spending has been

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protected. `` triple lock. There is a really important theme over the

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past few years, which is that everyone talks about inequality

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getting worse or better. Inequality is actually stable. What is really

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changed is that all people are getting richer. Young people are

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getting poorer, a lot poorer. The big divide is a general way she won,

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not a country one. `` a generation one. We're talking about a huge

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population. It is getting bigger, and we are counting on not having to

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work. That is what they had a penchant for. The other thing is

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that the retirement age has gone up. When you consider how the retirement

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age was and how will you were expected to live, there are actually

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now retirement is where you have a long time to go into your bucket

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list. Throw yourself out of your plane at 16,000 feet. It may be on

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your bucket list. None of those were. I can feel my eyeballs

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reverberating. You'd ever say heads up on this. The Financial Times, one

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of its front`page stories is referring to what Janet Yellen in

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Washington has been saying. No need to lift interest rates. Explain this

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story. This is a really big and important story. Janet Yellen,

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chairman of the US Federal reserve, the biggest central bank and the

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biggest economy in the world, like the Bank of England would is

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starting to think about raising rates, it is still pumping more

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stimulus into the economy. It is having weird side`effects. They are

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buying assets. This is pushing up the price of share prices. Risky

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bonds, house prices. We had dated today about London house prices

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going through the roof. `` data. People are saying, can you stop

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doing this? We're getting weird bubbles in property markets. You

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need to start raising rates. Janet Yellen is saying they don't agree.

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Yes, as prices are rising, but increasing interest rates would not

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be the thing to do. It would send the global economy backwards. When

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you raise interest rates, you suck to mind out of the economy. It is a

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way of dampening economic activity. It encourages people to save. All

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government wants to do is spend. A lot of people are now saving rather

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than spending. They want to get out of debt and put money away. They are

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not doing much for the economy. You lack if you have money in a bank,

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you are actually losing money, because you are getting no interest

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and it is not working for you and not doing anything. In real terms,

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you are boozing, as I understand, with her economics A`level. `` you

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are saying. We will get the decision on is just rates. The US is so much

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weaker than the UK. They are not even thinking about raising rates

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over there. They are thinking maybe they should start doing that. The

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markets were quite jumpy. Onto the Independent. Dedicating most of its

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front`page to a photograph their of very similar images to what we have

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seen on BBC News today of repression, despair, and flames of

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revenge, as calls it. These are the scenes East Jerusalem today.

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Palestinians setting ablaze tyres there. This is in reaction to the

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death of a Palestinian teenager. Following the deaths of the three

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Israeli teenagers as well. That actually is the words you would use,

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revenge. Repression. Despair. Also, just the thought of so many people

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who are caught up in this, and we saw it in Northern Ireland. That

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awful spiral of tit`for`tat killings and all the rest of it. People

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having to live, and I say leave, but actually, for many people, this is

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just an existence. It is so difficult to see where it goes from

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here. I remember reporting in Israel and in the Palestinian territory

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myself, and these images really much happen every week. There would be

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children as young as eight or nine setting fire to tyres, and throwing

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rocks. Usually the response from the defence Force will be rubber bullets

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against rocks. What we're seeing here is an increase in anger, and

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more people coming out, and there are huge ramifications.

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compared with the kind of things you saw? These scenes will be very

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familiar to any journalist who works in that part of the world. What we

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are seeing is a new scale and this is about where do we go from here?

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We have sent in some pretty big guns, I did not mean to say that,

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but we have sent in the best brains, people who are used to dealing with

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diplomacy, people who are used to sorting out things that are a bit of

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a mess, and yet still it carries on. The trouble is it is understandable.

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It is understandable why people get so angry and they throw tires and

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set fire to things and do these things. If you have got somebody who

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knows somebody who knows the person who was killed or tortured, or

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whatever, there is that feeling of getting back. You see it even in

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small places, you can see this escalation from something. If

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everybody said, let's keep calm and stop doing this... There is fear and

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anxiety on the other side of the war of separating. I am saying that is

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what is so awful about this. It is terrible, there is no area where you

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think is anybody looking at this? Let's finish on Andy Murray. We have

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actually got a cartoon on the front page of the Daily Telegraph. This is

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presumably in reference to the antibiotics story. Yes, we are

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becoming immune to antibiotics and the cartoon has got the usual people

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looking at the television screen. One day soon we will develop a

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resistance to sporting disasters and become immune. I think we are

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immune. We were very relaxed about going into the World Cup. We waited

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77 years for a winner and I was so overwhelmed. That sets us up very

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nicely for the sport. Stay with us on BBC News. MPs have described the

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failure to stop the practice of female genital mutilation as a

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national scandal. We will have a special report.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday, I'm John Acres.

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