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

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Hello and welcome to our look ahead to what the papers

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With me are the broadcaster Penny Smith and Liam Halligan,

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the economics commentator for The Daily Telegraph.

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"Nuclear Fallout" is the Metro's headline.

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It refers to the row between Britain and Russia

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after a public inquiry concluded the former Russian spy, Alexander

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

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

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The Times claims Russia could be linked to seven political

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assassinations apart from Litvinenko.

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The Guardian features the same story but also reports that

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one of Britain's top gynaecologists advises that a fifth

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

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

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recovered a little after the Central Bank prepared to launch

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The Mirror claims that the Conservatives could snub UK

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

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The Daily Telegraph's front page highlights the news that

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the murder rate in England and Wales has risen sharply

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And finally, the Sun has more on the inquiry

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

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

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

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

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Litvinenko. And the suggestion is that other assassinations were

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

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

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

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

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

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

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should provide some relief to the grieving widow of Alexander

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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claims that British soldiers went on a killing and torture spree

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following a fierce battle in southern Iraq in 2004. Documents

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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governments to house a certain number of families fleeing the civil

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

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identify families rather than taking families who make it to Britain

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

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

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

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

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council has been granted an exemption by the government on this

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

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to provide temporary accommodation to flood victims. That would make

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

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

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what is happening internationally and we need to sort ourselves out

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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on something here using Freedom of Information and some other dry

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Families using elderly relatives to steal cash. This is contactless

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

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

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tripled. These are horrible people stealing from elderly residents,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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professor of computational neurobiology in California. I'm not

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

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

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

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

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unlocking the design principle for how hippocampal neurons deal

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

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

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

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