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the first black African to make a test century for South Africa. A

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tough day for England and with one day left in the Test match draw

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looks likely. And the first leg of the Capital One Cup semifinal first

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leg between Stoke City and Liverpool. That is coming up after

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The Papers. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the the papers will be With me are Beth Rigby,

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the Digital Editor of the Times and the writer

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and broadcaster John Kampfner Tomorrow's

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front pages...starting with... The FT leads

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with the bid by Sainsbury's for Argos and Homebase,

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which it says is an attempt to head off the entry of Amazon

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into the UK groceries market. Labour's reshuffle,

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and the sacking of Michael Dugher, That story on the front

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of the Independent, which also, like many papers, carries a picture

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of a tearful President Obama, who has called for

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tougher gun controls. The Metro leads with

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the disappearance of former Police say they have found three

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bodies in the garden of her family The Telegraph says that police

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failed to notice for six weeks that the Briton suspected

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of appearing in the latest IS video The Guardian says that

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David Cameron was forced into granting ministers a free rein

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on the EU referendum after a manoeuvre by

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leading Eurosceptics. The Express says the move

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is a "huge boost" We will start with the Independent.

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The tears of President Obama, the jeering by the gun lobby, on the

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front page. An emotional address from the president saying why he

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would use his executive authority as president to push through tougher

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gun controls. As John and I said in the last time we did a paper review

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after a mass killing in the USA, there was another heartfelt press

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conference from President Obama and today he has decided he will not be

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a lame duck president in his final year, he will finish this and

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finished business, or try to, and tighten the gun controls. Because he

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has been blocked by Congress on this, by the Republican party, he

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has taken the step of taking executive orders to effectively

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force it through over the heads of Congress which has got the

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Republicans up in arms. It will be huge fight. He clearly, from the

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picture of the tears rolling down his face, it's a very effective

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press conference in he surrounded himself with families who have been

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victims of these mass shootings. He really wants to try to do something

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about it. His argument is that he has the majority of the American

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people on his side committee believes, if not the majority of the

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American politicians. So he is trying to play that card by saying,

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I am the president and I will override them and go over their

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heads, to the people. Something like 87% of Americans in the latest

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opinion polls want tougher back rent cheques and yet Congress, the

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Senate, and the household mark of blocked it at every turn. One

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wonders how they managed to get away with that, given the depth of

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feeling and the number of shootings there have been in America just in

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the last six months. Except that the numbers for Americans who actually

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believe in the constitutional right to bear arms is very different. It

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has got some, do I say it, normal Americans believing in that

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constitutional right. Nobody is attacking bad right! This is the

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adage about being divided by a common language. The British, that

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is, the Europeans and the Americans, cannot get this head around this. It

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seems completely bonkers. It is not just having a single rifle, shot

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gun, although that is quite weird in my book. It's having the

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semiautomatic weapons. They can fire hundreds of rounds indiscriminately

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with barely a chat. We just don't get it. The gun lobby has stopped

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almost everything in the last 30 years and everything has got worse

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because of this noxious cocktail of the provision of weapons, they are

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so easy to get hold of. Here in Europe you can get hold of weapons

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comparatively easily but that is doing so he legally, -- illegally.

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On top of that you have social media, which reinforces, as it does

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for the jihadists, or whatever, this idea of distorted heroism. It is

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curious. Beth, you mentioned the idea of the Republicans in Congress

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being against this, Ronald Reagan supported deeper, wider background

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checks in 1991. The anniversary of him being shot! And his press

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secretary actually being killed. It is difficult to comprehend why the

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Republican Party is so behind the National Rifle Association on this

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and is not willing to contemplate any change. The point is, what is

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curious about this is, he's actually asking for minor changes. All these

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are, are changes to loopholes whereby people can go to a gun fair

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and buy a gun without checks. I think it has become an emblem for

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the Republicans of liberty, and the right to carry a gun. And he has so

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much, Case in point, that emotional press conference that he's been

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holding, for years, and each of these shootings, he has turned it

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into his personal crusade. He has personalised it. And that makes it

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even more emotive for his opponents. Biggar you can bet your bottom

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dollar that if Hillary Clinton wins, she is almost certain to get the

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Democratic nomination and then it will be her against who knows who,

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maybe Donald Trump, if she wins she will not go for this as an issue in

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the way that President Obama has. Although she did put out a statement

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to the effect that whoever wins the election needs to stand on the

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shoulders... And then all the Republican candidates came out on

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Twitter and said that he has overstepped his... 87% of the public

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are supporting you and your running for national election? The way that

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politics works, 87% of the people might want it but if your supporters

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don't you have to play to them. OK. The Independent. Jeremy Corbyn is

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ridiculed by the man he sacked. This is getting weird. Yeah. This is the

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only one of the papers we have two putted on the front page. I think

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that's quite good. -- to put it on front page. Reshuffles are the

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perfect fodder for Westminster anoraks. I love that!

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LAUGHTER I love a good reshuffle, I always

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will. The best bit, it is not here, although I read it on Twitter

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earlier, Sunday was asking whether they would complete this reshuffle

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before the Chilcot Report came out! Which would come first? Three years

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already, and today he got rid of Michael Dugher, who was shadow

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culture and creative industries secretary. The only one so far to

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have been got rid of. The response to his sacking has been very strong.

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I would slightly disagree with John. He's a it is a Westminster bubble

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story. The reason that this is interesting is that the whole point

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of this reshuffle, it was after the Syria vote in the House when Mr

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Corbyn felt that Hilary Benn had not supported him and had shown him up,

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effectively. It was also after the old by-election which Labour one.

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Which cemented his position as leader -- the old by-election which

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was won by Labour. This is his attempt to stamp his authority on

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the party which has given him a lot of difficulties since he became

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leader. That's gone well, hasn't it? Interesting because 30 hours into

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this reshuffle, Hilary Benn is still in place as Shadow Foreign Secretary

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and will probably stay there. That is what the Westminster watchers

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think. The only person to have gone is Michael Dugher. It seems that Mr

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Corbyn is not able to make the changes he wants because of the

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backlash within the Shadow Cabinet. Some reports in the Guardian earlier

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suggested that ten Shadow Cabinet ministers had threatened to walk out

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if you removed Hilary Benn. -- if he removed Hilary Benn. It is a window

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into the battle for the heart of the party. The last word. Reshuffles are

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supposed to show the strength of the leader. This clearly has not done

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that. Although there is a great history, Tony Blair always said that

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he would forget people and have to find them jobs, it never goes

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according to plan. An interesting observation is that when David

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Cameron did them he very rarely did. He tried to keep people in place. To

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be an effective opposition if you keep changing your Cabinet ministers

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how will they get momentum against your opponents in a hazard commons?

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Onto the Guardian, the Prime Minister forced to give ministers

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free rein on EU. A similar problem to Mr Corbyn's. It's going to be a

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free vote. And ministers can campaign whichever way they like as

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soon as he comes back from Brussels with a deal that he can give to the

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British people. To be honest, this was not if, this was when. The

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Eurosceptic wing of the party, including some Cabinet ministers who

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were prominently Eurosceptics, like Chris Grayling, Theresa Villiers,

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Iain Duncan Smith, they have all said, behind-the-scenes, we need a

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free vote. Because there will be certain people in Cabinet who will

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feel that they have to resign if they are bound a collective

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responsibility. Eurosceptic MPs were pressing the promised to make this

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announcement at the party conference. He has held and held his

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ground. Because he did not want to do it. He did say two and are that

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ministers would not be allowed to do what they wanted to. They were

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flipping and flopping on this, were they going to do it or not. The

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point is that now Cameron is looking towards the referendum, and is

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looking beyond that, to the yes or no vote, how he will rebuild the

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party, after the event, because it will potentially split it.

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Michael has time made the point that he felt that Britain would look like

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a laughing stock -- Michael Heseltine. It would look as if David

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Cameron had one line on Europe and his cabinet ministers had a raft of

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different ideas about what should happen. Is it clear that if the

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prime ministers loses this vote when it comes, potentially in June,

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you'll have to go? It will be very hard for him to stay, not just him,

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his associates, George Osborne, the mainstream... They would have to go

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as well? I'm just saying that this would put all the events of the past

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years into perspective. This is absolutely massive. The problem that

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David Cameron has is that he continues to struggle to show the

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reforms that he is getting in Europe. If he could already have

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banked them and come back with a paper saying, these are the changes

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that I have got, he could have gone hell for leather on the Yes

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campaign. He hasn't even started to do that yet. The Yes campaign has to

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campaign with one hand tied behind its back. Have got to come in there.

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The Financial Times. Sainsbury's pursues Home Retail. Fascinating. A

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lot of activities around mergers and acquisitions. A fascinating story,

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because you've got a Sainsbury's, a big grocer, Home Retail a big

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non-food retailer and they are competing against Amazon. Amazon

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sells non-food products. A lot of people do all the Christmas shopping

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and Amazon. They are getting drones to deliver the parcels. Sainsbury's

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will be wondering how they can compete not Amazon wants to be a

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food retailer. It's an interesting strategic shift in the market.

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Sainsbury's, one of the biggest grocers... They used to own home

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base and they sold it in 2000. You can't drop eggs off with a drone!

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LAUGHTER They will find some packaging! John

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and Beth, you will be back in one hour. We will look at more stories.

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Stay with us. Now, coming up, it's sports day. -- it's sports

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