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Andy Murray is through to the finals. `` wins silver.

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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 Kate Devlin, the Westminster

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correspondent for the Herald, and Amol Rajan, editor of the

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Independent. The Daily Mail headlines the police

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search of a property in Berkshire owned by Sir Cliff Richard, in

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connection with an allegation of a sexual nature dating back to the

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1980s. Sir Cliff says he's totally innocent.

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The Sun says the pop star faces questioning by police when he

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returns from his holiday in Portugal. That story also features

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on front page of The Daily Telegraph. The paper also headlines

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the thousands have been saved from Mount

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Sinjar. The Financial Times leads with the news that eurozone recovery

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has shuddered to a halt. The Guardian reports that the UK is

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ready to arm Kurds to help forces fighting IS. And it pictures

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teachers jumping with joy after the success

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Staying with A`level results, the Times says exams are ending the

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class divide as poorer teenagers are ignoring debt worries and are

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surging into universities. Finally, the Independent pictures the

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controversial Russian aid convey bound for the Ukraine. It has exams

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on the front page, too. It's headline ` 'Gove gets his A`level

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results'. `` its headline.

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That's one of my favourite headlines tonight. Let's look at The Daily

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Mail. One of a number of papers that has the allegations regarding Sir

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Cliff Richard on its front page. I'm totally innocent, it says. Police

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raid his home after claims of sexual assault. He denies that there is any

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truth in these allegations. He is out of the country at the moment but

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says he will co`operate with police fully. Moving onto the Times. It

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poised to armed Kurdish forces against

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help tackle the jihadists who have taken over a huge swathe of Iraq and

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Syria. and meanwhile large swathes of Syria

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and north`western Iraq have been taken over by the Islamic State.

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What this story signifies is that Britain is now involved in military

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operations in Iraq. It's a different Iraq to that which was invaded by

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the West many years ago and it is different involvement. Technical

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support, surveillance. But Britain is engaged in that region again. The

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idea is to help the PKK, this Turkish group, fight the onslaught

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of Isis. `` Kurdish group. The UK and US will want to make that

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distinction, but it is not troops on the ground. That's right, but I

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think they will also be quite keen to make sure that it answers the

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people they've been quite annoyed about all week, the people who think

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something must be done. We've seen quite a few Conservative MPs, some

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very high profile, former senior army people as well making that kind

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of argument. There's been quite a bit of frustration in Downing Street

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about that. People have been putting a lot of pressure on without

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understanding how difficult it is to make these decisions. This will at

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least say, we are doing something. But the public point of view surely

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will be somewhat moved by the plight of the Aussie `` Yazidis in

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particular? The line that came out today, they say things are as bad on

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the mountain as they fault. The Yazidis, the persecuted minority,

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are being helped, which is a good thing. `` are as bad as they feared.

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But people will be moved by the humanitarian situation and they will

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also be moved by what IS are doing. These guys are mediaeval in their

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outlook and are killing on site at the moment. There will be some

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impulse to try to resist their advance. Staying with the Times, the

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A`level results. Exams and class divide, it says. A`levels results

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sees poorer people surging into university and A`level pupils from

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Ashford in Surrey who are invited to form part to open their envelopes.

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It will be interesting to see the divide between what girls and boys

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are getting. Often we say girls surge ahead. We haven't got the

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break down yet. Interesting if this headline turns out to be true, that

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people say it will cost me money but I'll go anyway to university because

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in the long run it will pay me to do it. I think it's a great picture for

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lots of reasons. It is a version of the classic girls jumping up and

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A`level results and they look so happy. So pleased. It is probably a

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really good year to be going to university. We saw today that people

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are getting offers of iPad is, `` iPads, one university is offering

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students free flights home. But I just wonder if maybe there is a bit

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of a sting in the tail, that more people are going to university...

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The government says it is what it wants to do but they also say it

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will cost a lot of money. The way they say they will pay for it is

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they will sell off the student loans book. Vince Cable said that wasn't

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going to happen a couple of weeks ago, not least because they wouldn't

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be able to get enough money for it. There's a financial reckoning coming

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form this today. `` coming from. Political context is interesting.

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The way in which the Times have presented this. This idea that the

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results and is the class divide comes after years of protests over

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tuition fees. Many people worry `` people worry that's resulting in

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some people not going to university. We have some evidence that free

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schools are sending people to top universities. This is a politically

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loaded story. Let's look at the Guardian Row. We have to give the

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teachers some credit. Jumping for joy. `` Guardian. People from

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Bristol celebrating their success. What strikes me as peculiar is all

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these years when teachers have been knocked because their results have

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gone up, this year they aren't getting criticised even though

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results have gone down a little bit. It seems back to front. I don't

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think teachers can win. They feel very persecuted. They get all this

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interference. I don't want to compare them to the Yazidis, which

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is very different, but teachers in Britain feel they can't do anything

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right. A `` A`levels is a wonderful story of achievement. We should be

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applauding all of the students today. Absolutely. The Independent.

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Collision course. Eastern Europe edges closer to war, why is the

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Western looking the other way? This is an aid convoy, according to

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Moscow, that's taking aid to rebel held areas in Ukraine. The suspicion

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in Kiev is there is some kind of military support mustering on the

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border. The thing that's incredible about this story is that with most

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complex, with most hotspots around the world, you can get a pretty

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decent grasp of what's going on when you speak to state agencies and

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journalists on the ground. The fact is there's an extraordinary

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propaganda exercise going on. There are 300 big vans heading from Moscow

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to the eastern edge of the Ukraine. Moscow says they are full of aid and

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are to support the people of Ukraine. Ukrainians are they aren't

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sure about that, this doesn't make sense to us. So, guitar to know

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what's going on. What we can be sure of is many vehicles are moving

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towards Ukraine and will reach there soon. `` it's hard to know. Someone

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said the other day to me, a Russian friend, why isn't this being

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reported further up the bulletins? Because more than 2000 people have

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died since the middle of April. Yes. There has been a lot of reporting.

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Part of it has been it has been difficult to work out what is going

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on and part of it has been that the international community has

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struggled to respond to this. What this definitely shows is that Russia

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is not backing down. We've had a massive increase in sanctions a

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couple of weeks ago and it's basically a huge 300 law white van

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convoy, saying we won't back down. `` long. Talks over the Stirling.

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This is in the Scotsman. The suggestion is that technical talks

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have or haven't taken place between the yes for independence campaign

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and the Bank of England. In some ways it is an argument over

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definitions but what it really shows is that Alex Salmond is finding it

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impossible to change the conversation and he isn't being able

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to change the conversation away from what an `` what currency and

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independent Scotland would have. This argument on the front pages

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about whether or not they have the technical discussion, not that

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they've actually set you can't have Stirling. It's about whether or not

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the conversation took face. It doesn't make much sense. On the one

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hand, the finance secretary says they have had discussions. The Bank

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of England says they haven't. Presumably they've had some kind of

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discussion but it's a question about whether it is technical discussion,

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what about the currency. It is a strange story. It looks like the

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vote is going to go towards staying together. It is an incredibly hot

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subject. As you say, this issue of the currency just won't go away. You

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are close to the star. He wouldn't have predicted 12 months ago that it

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was all about the currency. Someone decided strategically to go over the

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`` go after the currency. It's a real pound in your pocket argument

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and it seems to be hitting home. At this stage, the SNP would not want

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the main thing... This is on the front of our newspaper as well. They

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wouldn't want a massive row with the Bank of England a couple of weeks

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before this. It would affect their credibility. Yes. I think Mark

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Carney has also left a problem for the UK government, because he

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announced yesterday that he was doing contingency planning for an

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independent Scotland. There's a lot of pressure now on the UK

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government, which has said for months that it is doing no

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contingency planning. The Ministry of Defence insisted this afternoon

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that it was still doing no planning... Coming really believe

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the Bank of England wouldn't do something and have a think about it?

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Contingency planning is what they do at the Bank of England! You would

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hope so! The Ministry of Defence is claiming that it isn't doing it.

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There is a contingency planning committee somewhere, I'm sure. If

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there is a yes vote, I feel a very senior servant will be able to go to

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that `` the Defence Secretary and stay, we just happen to have this

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report. Yes, in a bottom drawer somewhere.

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Let's have a look at the Daily Mirror. Robin Williams and his

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wife, Susan Scneider, on the top. It is right at the top. What are we

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looking at? This is the revelation that in addition to having struggled

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with drink and drug addiction of the years, and anxiety and depression,

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he was having to get used to the idea of having Parkinson's disease.

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It is difficult to speculate on causes but the implication of this

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is one of the things that led to his sad and was a new medical

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realisation. But what we discussed earlier, it is impossible for

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someone like Robin Williams to grieve privately. His daughter had

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to come off Twitter because of the abuse. It makes you feel sick, the

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way people, because they are public figures, can't remain private. The

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other thing is he was sober when it happened. It must be difficult for a

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wife who has lost her husband. Some of the terms being used in very

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premature. Downton Abbey is returning to our

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screens. There is a picture of Lady Edith and Lord Grantham. There is a

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water bottle that was left on the set. I wonder how often that

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happens. It is the difficulty with recreating the period. My heart goes

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out to them. It must be incredibly difficult. They have put so much

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work in. It is inconceivable that it would be this much of a problem

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before Twitter. It just goes out so fast. Ten years ago, they would have

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done another picture. Now they are stuffed. And who cares? We are

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talking about it. That is The Papers. Stay with us after midnight.

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We have more details about Cliff Richard and his apartment being

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searched after allegations of a historic sex offence.

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Hello and welcome to Sportsday. I'm Nina Warhurst. Two days before the

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first ball is even kicked,

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