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we have the latest from the European challenge cup. That is coming up.


Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers


With me are the broadcaster Penny Smith and Liam Halligan,


the economics commentator for The Daily Telegraph.


"Nuclear Fallout" is the Metro's headline.


It refers to the row between Britain and Russia


after a public inquiry concluded the former Russian spy, Alexander


Litvinenko, was probably killed with the approval of President Putin.


The i goes with the same story, saying the Kremlin views


The Times claims Russia could be linked to seven political


assassinations apart from Litvinenko.


The Guardian features the same story but also reports that


one of Britain's top gynaecologists advises that a fifth


of maternity units should close to ensure mothers get better care.


The FT's top story is that US and European stock markets have


recovered a little after the Central Bank prepared to launch


The Mirror claims that the Conservatives could snub UK


steel firms and use cheap imports to build new Royal Navy warships.


The Daily Telegraph's front page highlights the news that


the murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply


And finally, the Sun has more on the inquiry


The paper says managers tried to hide accusations that an unknown DJ


seduced a 15-year-old girl, who later killed herself.


Russia in the frame for a string of murders. The picture on the front is


of the two assassins, according to this report, of Alexander


Litvinenko. And the suggestion is that other assassinations were


carried out in the UK, but not necessarily by these two. We have a


328 page report today. Everyone is wading through it. The headline, of


course, is that the FSB probably sanctioned the killing of Alexander


Litvinenko in 2006. Death by polonium in a London hotel. And that


means that the Russian government probably is implicated as well. I


think that what is interesting today, as well as the fact that this


should provide some relief to the grieving widow of Alexander


Litvinenko and his son, who has also been making media appearances today,


is that the Russians have responded in kind calling this report blatant


provocation and a politicising of what is in fact a criminal case. You


do get the sense, however, from Whitehall that despite the strong


rhetoric, the real point of today is to draw a line under this episode.


There is no talk of sanctioning Russia beyond the exist and EU


sanctions still in force... Except that they are considering, Theresa


May is considering, isn't she? She is considering to see if they should


issue fresh extradition requests for these two, one of whom is an MP and


the other is a Russian Army veteran. They said they don't want to call


for a boycott of the World Cup, which is in Russia in 2018. We are


not seeking to punish ordinary citizens. But if they were going to,


today would be the day to do it. But that wider point, in general, asking


for the extradition of these two is frivolous. It ain't going to happen.


If you really want to punish the Russians, you freeze President


Putin's assets. They have already said they will do that. But then on


the other hand, we do live in a global world and at the moment,


Islamic State is a bigger issue than this and therefore... And we need


Russia in order to try and get some sort of deal there. This has cast a


shadow over bilateral relations for a decade between Russia and the UK.


There is a lot of pragmatism, if I can put it that way, at the top of


the British government that we need Russia not only to tackle Islamic


State but also Russia as a member of the UN Security Council in terms of


the rapprochement with Iran, which is also very important. David


Cameron declares war on which can't lawyers. -- witch-hunt. They say


they. Access to public money for foreigners who have not been in the


UK for 12 months. -- they say they will choke off access. This is one


of those stories that you have to undertake. Essentially, they are


saying... And you can see from this headline, pm supports Daily


campaign to prevent the hounding of brave British soldiers. -- Prime


Minister supports. I want to put on my glasses to make sure I don't get


this wrong. Sweeping changes to legal aid agreements. And what it


says is that removing the financial incentive in what would be a legal


first, Number Ten is also plotting to take draconian action against


this person, who has led the charge against British troops. It involves


claims that British soldiers went on a killing and torture spree


following a fierce battle in southern Iraq in 2004. Documents


could have brought the inquiry to an earlier conclusion. The man in


question has said that over the last 12 years many cases of abuse made


against the Ministry of Defence in the occupation of Iraq have been


made successfully. No one is above the law. We cannot imagine that the


Prime Minister is proposing this should change. And what I would say


is that this is really an incredible story. More than 1500 compensation


claims against British voters. And a lot of public money for legal aid.


-- against British soldiers. And it is a no-win, no fee principle, which


means anyone can get involved. But they have found instances... It has


put a time limit on it and making sure that cases can only be brought


that are sponsored by legal aid by alleged victims who are actually


resident now in the UK. The Express. Migrant houses will go to flood


victims. This is an interesting story, of course. As a result of the


migration crisis, local councils across the UK have been required by


governments to house a certain number of families fleeing the civil


war in Syria. Britain's response has been to go to refugee camps and


identify families rather than taking families who make it to Britain


under their own steam in order to stop an exodus, if you well. Cumbria


has been told to take 30 Syrian families. That was in November.


Since then, we have had big storms and the terrible flooding in the


Lake District and we have had news now that the crisis it can bring


council has been granted an exemption by the government on this


requirement. -- Cumbrian Council. That means those houses can be given


to provide temporary accommodation to flood victims. That would make


sense to a lot of people. One-man is quoted here, Matthew Connolly, and


he says he totally understands there is now a local crisis which eclipses


what is happening internationally and we need to sort ourselves out


first. There is a general feeling that this makes sense. OK. The


Mirror. Ultimate betrayal. Proud industry decimated. I feel terribly


sorry for all of these communities. It does have a whiff of Wembley


miners went to the wall. -- of when the miners. I was born in a mining


area and after the event, you just think... When you look at the


numbers, it is, for example, over 1000 jobs going in one place, 2000


jobs elsewhere. And then more in Scotland. That already is more than


4000. But with those jobs also go so many other jobs and a whole area, an


area that becomes decimated, and it is totally understandable that there


are people saying... I do understand that if you are in the EU, you have


to put these things out to tender and so on, and it is all about


getting the best deal, but at the same time, you cannot help but


thinking that other countries have done it, other countries have bailed


out their industries... Despite all of that devastation and decimation,


they could be using foreign steel to build... The Mirror put their finger


on something here using Freedom of Information and some other dry


questioning of ministers. There will be frigates built on the Clyde. The


Mirror is a feeling that the government may use steel for those


frigates that is sourced abroad. Why would they do that? According to the


Mirror, because they are trying British workers. According to the


government, they are duty bound to get the best deal for taxpayers that


they can. In 2014, the average price of British steel was between 800 and


900 euros per metric ton and the average price of Chinese steel was


around this 580 euros per metric ton. Since then, the pound has got


stronger, which exacerbates that problem. Some people say that the


Chinese are really dumping their steel at low prices in order to


decimate our industry but it is extremely difficult to prove. The


point is that we are all taxpayers and I think there would be a lot of


people who would say that a better deal for us would not be to have


loads of people unemployed and have these areas completely wiped out.


Families using elderly relatives to steal cash. This is contactless


payment cards. I don't like them. I do. It means you can... I told you


that in confidence! Payments have chuckled in the last year. --


tripled. These are horrible people stealing from elderly residents,


mostly women over 80, who do not know that these cards don't require


a PIN number and... Is this really a widespread problem? It seems to be.


According to this charity that has conducted the study, it is a


problem. I must say that despite the potential for abuse, I do think it


is inevitable that there will be a lot more of this. With contactless


card in any form. In the end we will have chips inside our wrists. I


already have that. You can buy the drinks later. The Times. Think big.


You have the biggest brain. Mine is very small. Mine is tiny. If I shake


my head really hard, I can hear it rattling. We are getting to the


point where we walk into a room and we cannot remember what we went in


there four, and yet we can apparently is all 4.7 billion bugs


in our head, including Tolstoy and Russell Brand. Do you want that one


in your head? This is one of those great nerd stories. Is by the


professor of computational neurobiology in California. I'm not


sure I believe that. But don't we just love a Boston story? The part


of the brain that Heelsville memory has capacity ten times greater than


previous thought. -- deals with memory. 670 million webpages. They


say they have unlocked the design principle. We discovered the key to


unlocking the design principle for how hippocampal neurons deal


with... Hippopotamus neurons? I love the idea of hippopotamus roaming all


over the place. Anyone going on holiday this summer, why not take


4.7 billion books with you? And then forget your passport!


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