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looking good. And, in the's progress in the fourth test against India is

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hampered by Manchester's weather. `` England's.

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing

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us tomorrow. With me are Louise Court, editor in chief of

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Cosmopolitan, and Sue Matthias, editor of the Financial Times

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Weekend Magazine. Several of them have the US

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airstrikes in Iraq on the front page. The Daily Telegraph is

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reporting government sources who, the paper says, have not ruled out

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British airstrikes. The Times has the same front page photograph `

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showing American fighter jets on one of their aircraft carriers. The

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Daily Mirror is saying that members of the British SAS have been sent

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out to Iraq. The Independent also leads with the US airstrikes in

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Iraq, showing President Obama speaking to the Jordanian King on

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the phone from the Oval Office. The Daily Mail looks at new guidance

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from the government's health advisory body on the safety of

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drinking alcohol two days in a row. And the Daily Express is warning of

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severe weather ahead, as the remnants of what was Hurricane

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Bertha arrive in the UK on Sunday. We will begin with those on Iraq.

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The Daily Telegraph is the first front page. Britain considers

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airstrikes to avert genocide in Iraq. Obama orders a second attack

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on jihadists. Hundreds of Yazidi women have taken captive. It seems

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we need to be rather careful with the suggestion being made here on

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the front page, because Downing Street are saying to our

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correspondence, but this has not been discussed at all. As you were

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saying just now, it seems that David Cameron is stepping back quite

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firmly from the idea, which has been reported not only by the Telegraph

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but some of the other papers we will be looking out, that British

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intervention could be imminent. In fact, what the Telegraph says in the

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second leg of its story, is that if this situation were to deteriorate,

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that Rajesh forces could take part `` British forces. They are saying

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they haven't discussed it at the Cobra meeting, but what they had

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discussed is the humanitarian effort that Britain will make with these

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airdrops of tents and food and water, for people who are a mountain

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without any supplies. The conditions are terrible, very hot

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temperatures, children are dying of dehydration. You would need 24 big

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US planes every day just to get enough water to the people. It is a

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massive operation that has to step up. But that is all we are

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committing to at this point. As welcome as that would be, the US

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seems to have enough air power to do the job on their own, it would

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appear. Absolutely. And there is talk of the Iraqis doing their own

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initiatives as well. It is not just US planes. We will come to that when

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we look at the other papers. Let's have a look at the Times. The US

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bombs jihadists. A picture of a fighter jet on an aircraft carrier,

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preparing for two sets of strikes. Given that in June, the Americans

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couldn't find the political consensus to mount the strikes, when

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they were asked to do so by the Iraqi government. This time, the

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impetus is greater? Yes, Obama said that they wouldn't be going in

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unless there was a change of government in Baghdad, and that is

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really what everyone has been waiting for, and probably still

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hoping for. Obviously, recent events, the events of the last day

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or two have pushed matters further and much faster. What is interesting

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is that so far we haven't seen the comment pages of the papers, but

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there seems to be very little criticism emerging from any

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direction, regarding the American action. The Financial Times leader

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supports Obama's decision, calling it a risky but right. Also, it

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points out that there is a very real danger of the whole of Iraq being

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overrun by jihadists, if not prevented. I think everyone is

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hoping that Iraqis themselves will manage to master resistance. Let's

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have a look at the FT. This is not troops on the ground, they were

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pulled out in the three years ago. The latest focus and concern is the

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city of Irbil, which is in the Kurdish autonomous area. We

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understand from people we have been talking to tonight that they have

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their own army, who are extremely useful and better equipped than the

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Iraqi army to keep the IAS militants at bay. `` ISIS. I think in a period

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of two months, they have taken something like a third of Syria and

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a quarter of Iraq, so they have made massive inroads, and it is a

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situation that is developing so quickly. Also, it will inevitably

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affect oil. This is happening in the oil`rich parts country, and that

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impact is mentioned. Western forces are beginning to retreat, and the

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airstrikes have coincided with the first signs that fighting in the

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north is starting to have an impact on oil operations. A London`based

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company has suspended its output, amid concerns about stability in the

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country. The effect that will have in prices, it is a big worry. The

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other part of this story that perhaps it FT is looking at, where

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other people aren't, if the losses that the ISIS group themselves might

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have sustained. They come across as being this sort of invincible

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jihadists movement and that it is capable of such atrocities that even

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Al Qaeda has disowned them. Yes, in all these papers, the FT is the only

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one which points out and reports about losses which ISIS have

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suffered during this American airstrike. And that is as a result

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of the airstrike, rather than ground offensive is. Indeed. They are

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reporting that a large number of militants have been wounded, killed,

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and evacuated to hospitals in Mosul. It strikes a slightly

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different note, and I'm sure that by tomorrow, far more will emerge about

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whether the balance of the conflict is leading in a direction. The

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impact it is having on airlines is an issue as well. There is a lot of

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discussion about whether airlines should be flying over conflict

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zones. Yes, again, towards the end of this story, there is a report

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about British Airways, which has taken the decision to suspend flying

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over Iraq, Qatar Airways have done that already. It is interesting,

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some continue flying while others don't. It is very worrying,

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especially after the Ukraine crisis. The Daily Mirror have suggested that

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the SAS has gone in, deploying special forces while the US is

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carrying out air strikes. An unnamed source says there has to be boot on

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the ground element. How we can prove that, I don't know. Speculative, a

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little. Some of them are out there, somewhere. The Daily Mail, don't

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have a drink two days running. This is the latest advice from Public

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Health England, which says that one day on and one day off is needed,

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because daily drinking is a contributor to health risks. How

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much? A glass, a pint? We just don't know. It sounds like sensible

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advice, doesn't it? A little bit unrealistic. Completely unrealistic,

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according to one MP. He took great delight in saying it is completely

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unrealistic, people have the common sense to know how to look after

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ourselves. But we don't, isn't that the point? It depends on how much

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you drink each night. You will have this report now, and then there will

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be another one in a month saying that the glass a day is exactly what

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you need, because it controls will BP... There is always a different

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health report that is contradictory to the last one. `` it controls your

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blood pressure. There is an indication here that it is a nanny

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state meddling in our lives. This front page is obviously taking a

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very different approach to the news of the day from all the other ones.

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They have decided completely to avoid it, and give the readers

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something a bit more light`hearted, and a bit nanny state to get our

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teeth into. We always like to bash the nanny state, don't we?

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Absolutely. The football is about to start, as well. The Daily Express.

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Beware storms. We mentioned in the last hour that we are in the silly

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season where there is not much to report, so a weather story needs to

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be reported. Not so this year, because there is plenty in the world

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happening, but the Daily Express is sticking to its weather story. This

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story is coming in from the Caribbean, a 60% chance of hitting

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us, and come Sunday we will be sitting around and it will be like

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autumn outside. I have changed my plans. We were going to be

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travelling, and now I don't think we will. We don't want to be blown away

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in the storm. I would like to draw attention to this wonderful Met

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Office graphic of this big yellow balloon. That is not what you called

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it earlier. No, condom I think was the word that sprang to mind. It is

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like a moon man... `` Moomin.

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The decline in the number of letters being sent. The Royal Mail are

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having an issue about how many collections, what time of day, they

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can possibly from a business point of view sustained. It is not

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sustainable, evidently. The humble letter has been superseded by

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e`mail, and no one is posting anything much any more apart from

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birthday cards, which will be a great loss. But what is booming is

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their parcel service. Royal Mail leads on to fight another day, but I

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think the red postbox's days are probably numbered. They were saying

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that there will possibly be even more will rule postboxes opened or

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staying open, where you can't get to wait post office, you have no choice

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but to use them. `` more rural. There is an age issue here. For a

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lot of younger people it would be a problem, and for older people it is

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a problem. Everyone talks about the future of the Royal Mail, it is

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always the past that people want to preserve. We don't really seem to

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get a delivery necessarily every day. Hour days pretty good. People

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aren't writing you enough letters. I shall have to get my vellum and

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Quill out. The junk mail comes through, that never gets lost in the

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post! Thank you both very much. Stay with us on BBC News. At midnight:

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the Pentagon launches a second round of air strikes against IS militants

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in Iraq. But coming up next it's time for Sportsday.

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