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women's World Cup finals in Canada after beating Wales 4`0. And more

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gold medals for England in the athletic Championships and aquatic

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Championships. That is after the papers.

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Welcome to our look ahead at what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow, I am joined by Jennie Bond and the journalist Rob Merrick.

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Let's look at the front pages. The Metro leads with the comments of

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a fellow hostage, Didier Francois, He says he "roughly" recognises

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the man behind the beheading. And the Daily Express saying as

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many as a thousand British Jihadis who fought in Iraq and Syria could

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be back on the streets of the UK. The Daily Telegraph says

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the net is closing in on the Jihadist who killed Foley,

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with the SAS on standby. And the Guardian leads with

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a call from MPs to toughen domestic The Daily Mail has the same comments

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from the fellow hostage, Didier Francois about the identity of the

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man doing the beheading. The Independent newspaper

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has an image of the Yazidis who have apparently converted to Islam, it is

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a video released by Islamic State The Daily Mirror leads with

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a different story, saying the footballer Paul Gascoigne is in

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trouble because of his alcohol It is of no surprise that all of the

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papers apart from the last one are dominated by the news that has been

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going on this week. The Daily Express, the headline "Jihadist

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killer on our streets. " The first paragraph, as many as 1000 British

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jihadists fighting in Syria and Iraq are believed to

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threat in Britain from the jihadists returning but sometimes I think that

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these headlines, they think of a number and they double it. I don't

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know where they get the number of 1000 from. The Downing Street says

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that it's best estimate is that 400`500 have gone to Iraq and

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Syria, a much lower number. You think that most people who have gone

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out there to fight will stay there to fight, which is what they have

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gone to do. There is a threat at home. It strikes me, the Daily

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Express is talking about ministers being urged to introduce tougher

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border checks to stop the fanatics coming home, ironic in the week

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where we have read more about the disaster, the Borders Project, an

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attempt to toughen the border checks, which failed to do the job

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and was three costly. `` very costly. This is going to dominate

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the papers now. Of course, with every reason, but we have to be

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careful not to have what may be called scare stories. This is a

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frightening headline, Jihadist killer on our streets, is it backed

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up? Are they feared to be back? It is frightening to think, to know

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that this chap, "John", might have grown up in London, but we have to

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be aware of scaring ourselves and the population. The Daily Express

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has taken a UK perspective. Indeed, same story, a different angle,

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hunting for this character, John, the headline in the Metro newspaper.

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All of the papers will be trying to do their own investigations. Yes, a

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number of people in the security services say that the net will close

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quickly on John, with social media the way it is, they can track him

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down. I think this is quite frightening, the freed hostage,

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Didier Francois, who was locked up for seven months with James Foley,

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and one would assume clearly knows who is holding the other hostages

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and who killed him, he can only say, in a measured way, when asked if he

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knows John, he would say that knows John, he would say

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"recognised is a big word. " He is terrified, if he talks, then the

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guys who are being held, may get it. He was warned of that. An

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intriguing insight into the mind of the hostages who have been freed,

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their motive is to try and save the lives of the people who are still

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out there. It isn't clear, I suppose the quote suggests that he doesn't

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really have any idea who the person is, he may think that the person was

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there at the time, that's a long way from identifying him meaningfully.

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The person may be identified soon. It is indicative of the Catch`22 we

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are in, this man feels he cannot talk even though he we have two

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consider whether Ransomes should be paid, a huge ransom was asked. Some

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countries pay them, we and America don't, should we? Are the terrorists

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getting more pop the city and spreading more terror by doing what

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they are doing, instead of us quietly paying the ransom? ``

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getting more publicity. If you pay it, you will get more Stooges.

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Talking to the security analyst, he said that this is big business. The

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same story in the Daily Telegraph, the headline, the SAS put on

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stand`by. That was in one or two other newspapers, some alleging that

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they had already gone in. This continues, saying that the net is

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closing on John. It struck me yesterday, talking to people,

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government sources, there is a different focus. The media are

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focused on who he is and how they will catch him. That is part of the

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government focus but are more concerned about the large number of

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Britons who have gone out there, and jihadi John is not the first Briton

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to go to Syria and Iraq and behead someone. Several have done this, the

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difference is that this person is an American. It isn't just about

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identifying John, that is the media focus. One has to question the

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headline. Is the net closing in? I don't know, it seems to be based on

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a former MI6 chief, who said that the long arm of justice was closing

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in as the SAS was put on stand`by. That is the sole fact. You are in a

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sceptical mood! There are other stories but all of the papers are

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dominated for a second day running. Let us look at some of the other

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stories, one of them affecting thousands of youngsters and their

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parents, GCSEs and the legacy of Michael Gove, the former Education

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Secretary, giving the results and added interest. Definitely, there

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was great interest. Michael Gove, no longer the Education Secretary, he

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had to be taken outside and shot, metaphorically, because he was too

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scary for the voters. His imprint is on the results, in particular the

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English results, where I gather there is a 2% fall in the number of

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people getting the right grades, because Michael Gove move towards a

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focus on the exam rather than modular assessments, no longer

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speaking and listening. Interesting about the resits, because the

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government is getting tough on them because they feel it is gaming the

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system. I spoke to a headteacher who was various about the change, saying

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that they take pupils who lack confidence in exams, they ask them

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to sit early, and then they gain confidence to go on and take the

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exam next year and get the grades, which could be important. It isn't

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gaming the system, it is giving them the confidence. I am confused by

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this story because they seem to be suggesting that they are endorsing

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Michael Gove's legacy. Kids who work incredibly hard for these GCSEs, it

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means the world to them, you saw the emotions, they should be judged

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purely on this, the idea that we have league tables and we talk about

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the stories going `` the grades going up and down, it is imperative

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that they are given the confidence to go on learning and measuring it

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the way we do should be stopped. OK, a lot of people shouting and

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screaming, saying it has to be done. The gap between girls and

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boys, very gracious of Jenny not to point it out! It goes without

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saying! Onto the Guardian, this story about the new and passed for

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safety, a drug to treat the it bowler virus `` the Ebola virus,

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which is wonderful news. Yes, if I was unlucky enough to contract it I

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would certainly take an experimental drug. Of course. It takes a long

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time to process these things, to get the permission to try them on

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patients and maybe this is a salutary lesson, if there is a

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chance to use them earlier, it is life`saving. They showed Kent

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Brantley returning to the States, he couldn't walk, he was being carried

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by people wearing those dramatic white coats. What we were hearing is

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that they are far from sure that it is the experimental drug that has

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caused them to get well. It may be a coincidence. They do think they have

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learned things that they can pass on. We have heard that Senegal has

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closed its border with Guinea over the Ebola virus epidemic fears,

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three months after they reopen them. They have closed the border. Changes

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going on there. Very briefly because we almost out of time, the Guardian,

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save British television from US takeover says the Channel four

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chief. They fear that TV is about to be changed for good, for worse.

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Another scare story, about television. I say, here, here, save

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us from an American takeover. David Abraham, who suggests the industry

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is being brought up almost wholesale by US companies, and please don't

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let us go down that road. Is it a scare story, or a realistic

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possibility? He says it is realistic, he says that if you care

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about creativity, speak up now. Wouldn't you be more worried about

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20 years ago, when US television was terrible, you think about the Dukes

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of hazard. Since then we have been bringing those programmes over. We

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will have more later. My thanks to my guests. They will be back at

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11:30pm for the stories making the papers. At 11pm, the latest on the

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attempts to identify the Jihadist who was filmed beheading the

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American journalist, James Foley. Hello I'm John Acres,

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welcome to Sportsday.

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