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all the latest from the European challenge cup as Sale Sharks plague

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Newport Gwent Dragons. That is all in sports day -- as Sale Sharks

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played Newport Gwent Dragons. Welcome to our look ahead to the

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papers,. Penny Smith and Liam Hannigan are with us. Let's have a

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look at some of the This reverse to the road between

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Britain and Russia as a Republican enquiry concluded the former Russian

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spy Alexander Litvinenko was probably killed with the approval of

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President Putin. The same story year, saying the Kremlin views the

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verdict as blatant provocation. The Guardian has the same story as well

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but also reports that one of Britain's top gynaecologists advises

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that a fifth of maternity units should close to ensure mothers get

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better care. The FT's top story is that US and European stock markets

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have recovered a little after the European Central Bank prepared to

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launch a fresh stimulus package. The deliberate claims the Conservatives

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could snub UK steel firms and use cheap imports to build new Royal

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Navy ships. The Daily Telegraph front page, news that the murder

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rate in England and Wales has risen sharply for the first time in a

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decade. The big story that has dominated the

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headlines, nuclear fallout and in front of the Metro, not often that

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the head of state of a country that we are supposed to have diplomatic

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relations with is accused of being complicit in murder. Probably

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ordered the murder. He prominent critic of blood in your

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Britain, Litvinenko. -- prominent critic of Putin. Probably! The fact

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it was this radioactive Loney, which was put in a pot of green tea --

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radioactive polonium. It was served out at a London hotel, the other

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thing fascinating is that it is like something out of spy thriller, the

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two people perhaps did not know what they were handling since they left

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traces of it virtually everywhere. It was down the sink, all over the

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handles and it is still some confusion about why one of them made

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their son shake the hand of Litvinenko. A still don't know quite

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why that may have happened. Because he probably didn't know that it was

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radioactive polonium! Actually, you have to say hats off to the British

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police, and also those who found out that it was polonium because it was

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a very short time from ingestion to death in the ICU and meanwhile they

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find out what it was and then they could have just gone round and said

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we have to decontaminate everything because it could cause a danger to

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the public and instead they went round, found out where everything

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was undiscovered the situation. The Russians are not saying hats off to

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the British police, you are a scholar of all things Russia, the

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think this is all made up, part of a grand plot against the Kremlin. This

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verdict or semi-verdict will provide some comfort to Litvinenko's widow

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and son. 328 page report, what has happened now is the Russians have

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reacted publicly, calling it written provocation. We great that are

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purely criminal case has been politicised and darkened the general

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atmosphere of our bilateral relations, said the Russian Foreign

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Ministry. Of course, at the moment, there seems to be a thawing of

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relations between Russia and the West, conflict in eastern Ukraine

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has died down. The Russians are increasingly seen as key in fine to

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bring some kind of resolution, temporary or otherwise, to events in

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the Middle East and indeed the rapprochement with Iran involves the

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UN Security Council plus one, the so-called P five plus six plus

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Germany and the Russians are key in that. There are obviously a lot of

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high politics going on here, as well as the death of a man and a grieving

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widow and son. Given the fact that we have a report that labels

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potentially Vladimir Putin as complicit in murder, probably

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complicit in murder, is there anyway that Britain should be backing, or

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England should be backing Russia holding the World Cup in 2018? The

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whole thing spreads out, the worst thing... We all know from watching

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yes Minister and yes Prime Minister that there are all sorts of deals

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that are done despite whatever goes on. You can totally understand why

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Mr Litvinenko's family wants the government to expel all Russian

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intelligence officers based in London. They want retribution. The

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point is, as we know, is that unfortunately, Isis in particular,

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for example, it is global now. While the rhetoric to is strong, there is

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actually no talk of additional sanctions to Russia at all, it

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strikes me as Penny has intimated, that what Whitehall and the

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government really want to do is now draw a line under this case and move

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on. That was on the front of the i. The FT, European stocks and US

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stocks rebounding, it was a bit of a bloody day on the markets yesterday

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on the day before, fears over following oil prices and China's

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economy but things seem to be getting back the little bit. I've

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hope you would see dead cat bounce. LAUGHTER

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She just attacked me with a robot wrist! We have got the NHS story to

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come! We have had a very turbulent time on

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markets, not only this last week, in fact pretty much since before

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Christmas since the Federal reserve raised interest rates for the first

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time since 2006. This week the FTSE 100 hit a four year low, we entered

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what we call a bear market territory, it doesn't mean furry

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animals running around with little pots of honey, it means that the

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stock market has gone more than 20% below its previous peak, or there

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are proper fears and stomachs churning falls. What happened today

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is that Mariel ... He will do whatever it takes to save the euro,

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he was the European Central Bank, it is now printing money, 80 billion

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euros per month, the not printing physical knocks, they are expanding

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their balance sheet, take my word for it! Know what he is saying, we

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might see even more of that monetary easing, that money will eventually

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find... It is quantitative easing. If I could interject... Thank you.

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Dragi Is doing what the Bank of England and the Federal reserve have

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been doing. In the middle of the global financial crisis, the Federal

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reserve on by government picked up the quantitative easing pattern. The

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ECB mostly sat out for quite a few years on the bank of Japan came in

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and now the ECB is the main kind of liquidity providing service. You'll

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like a delicate dog that has been told you are a bad dog, there are no

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more bones. What does it mean for people? There are some people out

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there who think it will be all OK if the central banks keep expanding the

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money supply, but many people out there that think this cannot go on.

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What happens if it cannot go on? The markets collapse and we have 2008

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all over again. I'm not predicting anything. Mum, don't worry. A lot of

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people are talking about 2008 scenario over again with the proviso

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that last time we had a lot more room for the move for governments to

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increase spending and borrowing and cut interest rates. A lot less

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ammunition in the locker this time around. All the levers have been

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pulled, that's the phrase I've been hearing. Our banks are in a better

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place than they wear then to stand up? We won't have to bail them out.

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You're looking at me like it is my fault. It is your fault she has got

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a dodgy wrist! She tried to slap you. Will you not cause another

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crash! Oil rigs in the Financial Times.

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Running out of time. Good story. This is the rig standing idle as the

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oil price fall hits the North Sea. The number of operational rigs have

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gone from 57 to 27 and it could be 19 by summer and this is because of

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the price of oil, the price has fallen so much that we have noticed

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because our gas and electricity bills and our petrol bills have gone

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down! Oil is down 70% since mid-2014 and in mid-2014, the SNP put their

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budgetary plans together with the $110 per barrel, now it is at $30

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per barrel. Not just in the North Sea, and the US as well. You have

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the Iranian oil coming on tap as well. That will be an oil glut so

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prices will probably fall even further. I suspect we are from ugly

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pretty near the bottom now. In the end, the solution to cheap oil

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prices is cheap oil prices, what do I mean, when oil prices get really

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cheap as in the North Sea, production becomes an economic,

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which causes the eventual supply crunch which pushes prices back up.

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Onto the Guardian. Close fifth of maternity units. President of the

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Royal College of obstetricians and gynaecologists saying there should

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be a big expansion in the number of midwife led units, and shrinking the

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consultant led units, creating overly large baby factories. I was

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actually born at home and you wonder if we shouldn't go back to that

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point of having more midwives going to people in their own homes for...

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There can be problems but my mum, she had the first baby in hospital

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and the other three were at home. You have to find midwives for that.

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We need more. And the consultant shortage, which is the message from

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Doctor David Richmond of the Royal College. We will leave it there. We

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will look at more of the stories behind the headlines in an hour or

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so. Much more coming up on BBC News. Now it is sports

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