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The Independent leads with the Mali hotel siege and the headline,
"Another Bloody Friday," a week on from the Paris attacks.
The Guardian shows a picture of a vigil held in the French
capital today and also reports on the Mali attack.
The same story on the FT, showing an injured man being carried away from
The Times focuses on a resolution, now approved by the
UN Security Council, calling on member states to double their action
The Telegraph says Britain is poised to join air strikes against IS
in Syria after senior Labour MPs publicly defied their leader,
The Mirror reports security chiefs are warning Islamic State could be
plotting an attack on British ferries.
The Express leads with the rise in the basic state pension
expected to be announced in next week's Autumn Statement.
And the Mail claims police are to probe a Tory scandal.
We will begin with the siege that took place today in Mali and the
capital, Bamako. It is the main picture and the main headline in the
Independent. Special Forces stormed building to release hostages but the
fate of many guests is still unclear. A very sad picture of a
body in a bag being removed from the hotel. It seems that it is all
over. Very conflicting reports but it appears that they have put an end
to the siege and thankfully the majority of people got out, but not
all. Yes. There were 76 hostages. The raid began before seven o'clock
this morning, so it seems that from varied reports that they have
checked the entire hotel, all seven floors of it, and everyone is out
and accounted for. Because of where it took place, James, there were
French and US forces in the area as part of the peacekeeping force. They
were able to respond quickly. Absolutely. Despite the fact that
this was an obvious security targets, it continues the trend
where we have seen planes, trains, shopping centres in a hotel like
this. There are reports here that the attackers came in a car with
diplomatic numberplates. Absolutely, there were special forces close by
and with the death toll close to 20, it could have been a lot worse.
There are conflicting reports that there were up to 170 hostages at one
point. The outcome is targeted enough.
People who generally go to the hotel, generally it is the target,
they were made to the target. The president of Mali says they are
declaring a national state of emergency in the wake of the hotel
attack. It also goes on to say that 21 people have died. That includes
two militants and seven injured. This is a highly reliable news
source. Moving onto the Guardian. People spontaneously turning up
across the week, not just today, but in the places where these attacks
happened. And this need to be there, this need to applaud and reflect has
happened all week. Absolutely. We are seven days on end it feels like
it was only happening just hours earlier tonight. It was last Friday
that these attacks took place. People were urged to come out, urged
to go to the bars and cafes, but one feels that they did not need too
much encouragement to get out. Parisians wanted to come out and be
defiant and showing solidarity. The Place de la Republique was full of
people singing the national anthem tonight. It is a show of defiance.
But we would be wrong to think that people are getting on with their
lives. There are less and less people now in this world that have
not been touched by terrorism. Paris still has a long way to go before it
even gets back to a sense of normality. Nowhere close at the
moment. Yes, it is defiant, but this is not normal. The Times is thinking
of the concern that so many countries have. The world unites to
wipe ISIS, maps. -- ISIS from the map. Calling on nations to take
action by any necessary means. It is giving permission without there
being a legally binding aspects to this. Exactly. However, this is
quite a move for all of the governments that are involved.
Before, we have the regular standouts of Russia and China,
however it feels like we will get a decision either later tonight or
early tomorrow morning and everyone will be behind living outside of
Iraq and into Syria would air strikes. The UN has essentially been
a bystander up until now on this and there was always the aspect of
Russia and China vetoing any action to go into Syria. But now we have a
united voice and what it means politically, obviously, is that it
gives David Cameron the sort of leveraged that he needed to get a
House of Commons motion through and that puts much more pressure on
Jeremy Corbyn. And it seems that he will still attempt to give his
speech tomorrow where he will make it clear that he still believes that
Western intervention in the Middle East has led to more tax.
Potentially, up until last Friday, there might be more people
suggesting the same. But things have changed so much since then. And this
is looking at the British aspect of this. Britain set to strike ISIS, as
Labour MPs defy Corbyn. We don't know if they will need to define
Corbyn. We have to let the man speak tomorrow but we don't know how many
Labour MPs will follow him. We don't. Last week, there were reports
of 20 and now it seems that number has increased to 60 MPs who are
anticipating that he will be against the additional hour strikes. -- air
strikes. However, they have been quite vocal. Is looking at some of
the quotes... Is pacifist views -- Corbyn's have to -- Jeremy Corbyn's
pacifist views could exclude him from office. Very strong statements.
What does Britain do if it gets a mandate to go into Syria? And that
point is not been stressed enough by David Cameron. It is being stressed
by one Afghan veteran, who is just that Britain has specific tactical
capabilities that would mean that we can help in the fight against ISIS,
but the other issue is what happens when we have that time and space
after we go into Syria? We don't exactly have a great track record in
the west of cleaning up our rubbish afterwards. And one suggests that
the case has still not been made here, an ironclad case, to
potentially get the House of Commons vote. He is not as after a tight
majority. He wants the House of Commons with him on this. He wants
to be able to share the blame and responsibility. He wants a big
number on this. This will concentrate all sorts of mines.
Ferries. -- minds. The cross-channel ferry could potentially be a target.
It is not surprising given the geography of our countries. I think
that it would be wise for us, particularly looking at... Some of
the migrant crises and the refugees and the association with the
migrants coming through the ferry system, I'm not surprised that they
are looking at this. It would be silly not to. This is the Autumn
Statement from the Chancellor. Looking at the bigger pension
pay-outs that everyone will get. They are not overwhelmingly
increasing the pensions. I'm enjoying some of these quotes. This
is apparently cracking news for pensioners, especially after another
tough year for many. What about childcare? What about the cost of
living in central London? How do I go out and buy a house at the moment
with the other factors I have to face as a relatively young person?
The argument for people having pensions is that they are on fixed
incomes. Yes. I have to be patient. Yes. But let us be honest. Pensions
are budgeting. When you have a pension, EU budget based on interest
rates. -- you budget based on. Frankly, we do need some kind of
guarantee against inflation. They will only get ?3 and 35p per week
extra, so don't spend it all at once. Tax shortfall threatening
borrowing goals. He is going to miss this by quite a margin. And it puts
into jeopardy all of the plans that he had to eliminate borrowing by
2019 and 2020. Increases with regards to income tax, national
insurance, corporate tax, VAT... That means we will feel it in other
places. He could always increased taxes. Absolutely. And maybe VAT
could be looked at by George Osborne ahead of the Spending Review. But
missing this target by ?10 billion. I know that George Osborne is a bit
of a political Houdini, but this might be too much even for him. We
will wait to see what he has to say on Wednesday. Thank you for joining
us this evening. That is it from us tonight. Coming up next, Sportsday.
Hello and welcome to Sportsday - I'm Lizzie Greenwood-Hughes.