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crossing from Turkey to Greece. In the next 30 minutes, we take a look

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at how virtual reality could change are mantic relationships, in Click.

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-- our romantic relationships. Wellcome to look ahead to the

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papers. Withers, Kevin Schofield and a journalist on the channel, France

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24. The front pages, starting with the news of Nancy Reagan, which

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broke tonight. We will begin with the international version of the New

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York Times. An influential First Lady who always put her husband,

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President Ronald Reagan, at the centre of her life and became a

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political figure in her own right. The Financial Times says she was

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fiercely protective of her husband and was a significant influence on

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his presidency. The Telegraph says that she was a First Lady of

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elegance who left her mark on the world. It says America's political

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elite has been paying tribute to her. The Daily Mail refers to the

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direct -- the resignation of the Director General of the British

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Chambers of Commerce. The metro says...

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Says that the Royal Navy will be intercepting people smuggler boats

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in the Mediterranean. The I says... And The Mirror reports that the man

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accused of stabbing a pregnant woman in Sutton Coldfield is her former

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partner. The Guardian says that David Cameron will announce that

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British servicemen will be returning what it calls "Refugees" trying to

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reach Europe from Turkey. Let's start with the headline in the Daily

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Mail. An honest man knifed by Number Ten. This is John Longworth, Kevin,

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who has resigned as director general of the British Chambers of Commerce.

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He said that he thought Britain could have a brighter future outside

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the EU. A couple of days ago, he said he was giving his own personal

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opinion. The BCC is to remain neutral throughout the campaign. At

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the conference afterwards in a TV interview, he said it was his

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personal thought that Britain could do well outside the EU. He was then

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suspended by the BCC, which, in itself, was quite a controversial

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move with accusations that Number Ten had got involved and put

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pressure on him to be suspended, given that Number Ten is in favour

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of remaining in the EU, and tonight, he has quit altogether. This one is

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going to run and one, I think. It has been denied Downing Street had

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anything to do with it and had leaned upon him. That he had got the

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all clear to say what he was going to say. The Daily Mail says that

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friends insist that John Longworth had cleared his comments in advance

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with the president of the BCC, a former adviser to Labour's Ed Balls.

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Liam Polworth, the Eurosceptic former Defence Minister is accusing

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the government of intimidation, he says, "I want to know what contact

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might have been made, what pressure might have been applied, if it

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happened, they should come clean about it." This is getting ugly.

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This is blood on the carpet. I don't think there has been an outright

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denial from Downing Street. What was interesting on The Andrew Marr Show

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was when Andrew Marr asked Boris Johnson whether he thought, whether

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he was accusing Downing Street of angering and in this, it seems that

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Boris Johnson was agreeing, he was not accusing Downing Street of this.

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Obviously, Downing Street will need to move quite quickly to stop

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rumours or to come clean, one or the other. Let's move on, looking at

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stories to do with asylum. The Guardian, UK deploys troops in

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refugee crisis. The Royal Navy is to get involved in the NATO mission.

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Not a complete surprise. This has been hinted that for quite a long

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time by Number Ten, certainly by the PM. There will be an amphibious

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landing ship. This operation will start in the coming days. What the

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Prime Minister wants to do, that is why he is sending in these troops,

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under NATO, is very much to stop what he calls the business model of

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the smugglers. What these smugglers are doing is putting people, as we

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know, in a Nancy the boats. We have had more drownings yet again today.

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-- in unseaworthy boats. The Greek by Minister is saying that there are

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tens of thousands of refugees lining up on their border, with the closure

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of the Macedonian frontier. Clearly, there was this meeting on Monday

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which Mr Cameron will be going to. Immigration, once again, has become

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a big problem for the EU to handle. And we know how determined these

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people are. They have travelled miles and risk incredible danger.

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This is Brussels, in the FT, saying, in a bid to centralise the asylum

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system, risking Eurosceptic aunts -- anger. There is real sensitivity

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about what is done about centralising this system, in advance

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of the British referendum because there is concern that it could sway

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people Bothma could views one way or the other. They seem to be making a

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decision on this. Downing Street's big fear is that it becomes a

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referendum on migration, that there are thousands more coming and making

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their way to Europe and ultimately trying to get to Britain. And the

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concern is that people will decide how to vote on the referendum based

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on their views on migration. There seems to be a bit of movement from

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Brussels that this would change the way things work at the moment. There

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is a convention at the moment which rules that basically, you can only

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claim asylum in the first country in Europe that you arrive at, which

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tends to be Italy and Greece. That is clearly not working. That is not

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working so this is an attempt to try and change that. In The Daily

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Telegraph, charities use public cash to call for an end about, in

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particular, environmental groups, many of whom argue that it is thanks

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to legislation coming from Europe -- calling for an in vote, claiming

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that it is because of Europe that we enjoy better environmental

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protection, cleaner air and clean beaches. Ever sensitivity around

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accusations of bias, particularly with public facing organisations and

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this is quite an important story in terms of charities that are using

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public money to effectively campaign for an in vote. This is

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controversial for the Eurosceptics. The charities watchdog will issue

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new guidance on political neutrality after Friends of the Earth, the

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Wildlife Trust and Greenpeace were all making comments backing EU

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membership and the article goes on to say, "The concerns are we opening

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of an new front in the EU referendum, that will see the in

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campaign dubbed "Project fear" amid claims that it is scaremongering

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about Brexit. We have got so much time to go. We have the BCC Director

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General resigning, we have this guidance, this is really looking

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like it is going to be a car crash of a campaign. It is going to end up

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with blood on the carpet by the 23rd of June. So many people are saying

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on social media and in vox pops when they are interviewed, I just want

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somebody somewhere to give me an overview of what is at stake here,

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before we get into the arguments, we are already down the road on that.

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Let's look at The Telegraph for a second. The story of the death of

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Nancy Reagan at the age of 94, a First Lady of elegance who left her

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mark on the world. She died today. Many years after her husband died,

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having nursed him through Alzheimer's disease. She was a big

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campaigner for that. Interesting because, without being disrespectful

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to the former First Lady who has died, people will, some people will

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remember that she initially did not really, for some people, there were

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quite a lot of critics that she was consulting astrologers, and not

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expecting to pay for expensive dresses, that she spent a lot of

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money as people were losing jobs, on the White House. But then that love

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and fierce support of her husband, that very dignified stance as he

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went through his illness, has endeared her to the American people.

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So this Daily Telegraph article says that the raucous American campaign

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featuring Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton has been put on hold for the

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time being. This is in 1991, is it? 1981. It really does remind you of

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what a different world it was. It is ironic that this has happened, this

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sad event has happened, while the white heat of battle as far as the

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Republican nomination is concerned is going on. A lot of members of the

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Republican Party hark back to the days of Ronald Reagan, with the

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probability that Donald Trump will be the nominee, the party of Reagan

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and Lincoln, could you really have a guy like Donald Trump? And the First

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Lady, how much the woman behind the man who has the power, in one of the

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articles in The Telegraph, I think, said that she was supposed to have

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helped with the rapprochement between Moscow and Washington. They

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were both pure Hollywood products. And of course, Jackie Kennedy, such

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a superbly glamorous former First Lady before her. Let's finish with

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The Guardian, the great pay divide, women at least ?3000 worse off,

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looking ahead to International women's Day on Tuesday. This figure

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is over a career, many years in work -- at least ?300,000 worse off. If

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you come back in 20 years' time... I will have it now, thank you very

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much! Why would you be paid less for doing the same job? The glass

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ceiling does exist. Of course, there has been huge progress. But more is

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needed to be done. Even though legislation has existed for 40 years

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to tackle this. The new legislation has been very influential, I might

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add. It has taken 40 years, and yet still there is this massive gap and

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it is still an issue. There is no justification for it. There is no

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justification for! -- for it. It is because I am outnumbered! That is it

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for The Papers. If you would like to make any comments on Twitter, you

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can tweak to me @MartineBBC. We will have another look at the front pages

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at 11:30pm. Coming up next, Click.

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