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22/03/2016

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Hello, and welcome to our look ahead to what the the papers will be

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With me are France 24 correspondent Benedicte Paviot,

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and the Editor of Newsweek in Europe, Matt McAllester.

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Welcome to you both. Tomorrow's front pages, starting with... The

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Financial Times, and it, like most of the others, lead unsurprisingly

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on the attacks in Belgium. The FT says so-called Islamic State has

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struck at the heart of Europe. The Metro carries a picture of the

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suspects thought to have carried out the airport bombings. The i says a

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manhunt is under way for one of the men, wearing a white coat, who

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survived the attacks. The Express highlights that the other two

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suspects were wearing one glove, possibly to hide the detonators of

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their bombs. The Telegraph calls the trio the black gloved suicide squad,

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and the bomber who got away. A picture of two of the battered and

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bloodied survivors dominates the front of the new day. Bloodbath in

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Brussels as the headline in the times. While the Mail wonders how

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many more Islamic State terrorists are ready to strike in Europe. So,

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let's might begin. As I was saying, all the front pages are dominated by

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the same story, exactly as you would suspect. Let's start with the

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Telegraph, Benedicte. The black gloved suicide squad and the bomber

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who got away. This is the picture of the men in the black gloves, it is

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sinister. Previously, sometimes after bombs, whether it is

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imperative on the London, Madrid, Frankfurt, unfortunately, take your

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pick, since it is the favourite soft target of bombers and terrorists,

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actually since the 1980s, airports, train stations, underground

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stations, and what the Daily Telegraph says is that these men may

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have looked like ordinary airline passengers as they pushed their

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trolleys along the departure hall of the Brussels airport. But they were

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anything but. Says the Daily Telegraph, they were hell bent on

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causing as by dangerous destruction on a massive scale. The suitcases

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contained not clothes but bombs. The two men on the left, allegedly were

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wearing black gloves because they were hiding a trigger. Even if

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somebody had pounced on them and had detected their evil, they would have

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blown themselves up. The man on the right is on the run, allegedly. Now

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he is interesting, because there has been a photo on Twitter published a

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few hours ago by the Belgian federal police. He is a man, it is not

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confirmed, he may or may not be a man who was previously known. His

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name is unfortunately very familiar to a lot of French people since the

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13th of November. This man's fingerprints were found on some

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suicide belts. He is a very close, if it is him, accomplice of Salah

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Abdeslam, who of course is tonight still in a Brussels jail awaiting

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extradition to France. And his true identity it seems is known. It is

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interesting, mats, because the interesting, mats, because the

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Telegraph mentions him. It is not entirely clear. They say here is the

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prime suspect. It is not entirely clear if he is the man in the hat

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though, is it? No, there is a huge amount before we dive into anything

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that is not known about this man, who is now the most wanted man in

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Europe. He seems to be potentially a bomb maker. We were saying earlier

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that he was not wearing a glove. That is a key indicator,

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potentially, that he was not a suicide bomber. And that he may have

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made these bombs and intended to escape. We are guessing, we are

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going with the tiny little clues that we have. You mentioned tiny

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little clues. It is interesting, Benedicte, in the Times, which

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carries the identity picture on its front page -- the identical picture.

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It too mentions this prime suspect, and picks up what you were

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mentioning, his traces of DNA were found on two explosive belts in the

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Paris massacres. That is right, the 13th of November infamous Paris

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attacks, multi-location, exactly what is feared around Europe and

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other places like London. That is right. His DNA traces were found,

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underlies the times, an two explosive belts. One used on the

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attack at the Bataclan Theatre, the other at the Stade de France. That

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is where the French president was actually at a football match, and

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where, thanks to the vigilance, actually, of the security teams

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there, the men were forced to explode their belts outside the

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stadium, and did not manage to either kill the president or indeed

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the thousands of people watching, or the death toll would have been even

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higher. Matt, what do you make of the times? There is another little

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clue, we are looking for these tiny clues, and that is that in the same

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neighbourhood, allegedly, that this suspect lived in Brussels, the

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police today found an explosive device, the Times says, chemicals,

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and here is the key bit, and Isis Flagg, according to prosecutors.

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Anybody can on an Isas flag. It is easy to come by. But the fact that

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they found one might be a dotted line between what happened today at

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this man, and the people in Raqqa in Syria, their headquarters, the

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capital of the so-called caliphate of the Islamic State, who clearly

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are showing that they have the ability as Al-Qaeda at once did and

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maybe still has two reach out into the capital is, Madrid, London,

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Paris, and now Brussels. The other interesting detail, I don't think it

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is in the Times article, but very much on French media, is the fact

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that they found a bowl with nails. What this seems to possibly a credit

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is the fact that -- in all with nails. An attack like today, the two

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tax we have witnessed, the first in the airport and an hour or so later

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near the EU institutions, the parliament, you know, the council,

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would indicate that possibly this was a preplanned terrorist attack

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that was brought forward. One French expert was actually saying, usually,

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bombers will not bomb where they are then going to go and hide. For

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example, Salah Abdeslam went back to Belgium wants he had gone to Paris.

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-- once he went to Paris. There is a theory, although not proved, that it

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could have been a pack that was actually meant for France. Of

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course, this will cost a lot of worry two months before Euro 2016.

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And today the Frenchman is to the interior has again announced more

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controls at the Borders. Interestingly, he has revealed that

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10,000 people since the much more stringent controls on the night of

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the 13th of November, have been turned down at the Borders. What we

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hear a lot in the British press is about how porous these borders.

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10,000 people have been stopped from getting into France. So we come back

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to freedom of movement has well. As you hinted at the beginning, Matt,

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it can be easy in these situations to start to fill the vacuum of facts

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with speculation. A lot of this we just don't know. Nonetheless, a

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chilling headline in the Mail. How many more jihadi bombers are out

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there? A question I suggest a lot of people's clips. I think so. The

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male's key point comes from the Howard of the police agency Europol.

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-- the head of. He warns that as many 5000 jihadist on the run across

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Europe, 700 in the UK alone. That far outstrips the ability of the

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combined intelligence and security agencies to monitor all these people

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around the clock. You know, it takes many intelligence agencies to keep a

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night on one person. -- to keep an eye. And we have civil liberties and

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court orders that are required. But what we do know is that we do not

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know a lot and we have seen that the last few days with Abdeslam. He was

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the most wanted man in Europe, for four months he was living right in

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the heart of the place, the part of Brussels that the police, that

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really everybody has no is a place that has been home to attackers and

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to jihadists. He was living right there. I think that is what feeds

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into this intense anxiety in France and Belgium and I think everywhere

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in Europe, that there are, as the Mail says, how many more are up

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there? We just don't know. We should distinguish between the people who

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were prepared, like the two men with the black loves, who are prepared to

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blow themselves up, kamikaze attackers, who were probably trained

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in Syria, whoever the man on the right, the man whom it would seem is

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a bomb maker. And people who are tacitly hiding, helping, financing,

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in small or big waves, lending their flats etc. It is time that everybody

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kind of grew up, it may seem an obvious thing to say, you are guilty

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of helping somebody, murder, maybe innocent civilians. We duly in open

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democracies. -- Guidolin. I don't think there is any suggestion, apart

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from some people, that we should lose our freedom of speech,

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movement, religion. But how we counter this threat I think is about

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winning hearts and minds. And I don't think we are doing that. Matt,

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I want you to rifle back through your pile of papers, your front

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pages, back to the Telegraph. They have linked the events of today to

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questions over open borders, raised by David Cameron. Tell us a bit more

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about that? It was really raised by Lord Howard, the former Tory leader,

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who this evening has said that the Schengen agreement, the agreement

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that allows freedom of movement within the EU, is acting as a

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welcome sign to terrorists. He made this speech this evening to a think

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tank in London. Earlier today, Ukip chimed in on the same theme. These

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open borders that the EU citizens and member states in joint are just

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a big target -- enjoy. Jihadists in Syria can move very easily and

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quickly through Turkey, Greece and up into Europe. Of course, the UK is

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not a member of the Schengen agreement. We are not. This feeds

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into the other great story of our day, which is the debate over

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Brexit, really. And the anxiety in this country in particular over the

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EU. We are heading towards this referendum on June the 23rd. Like it

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or not, the events of today have almost immediately been politicised.

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David Cameron's comment is that this is inappropriate to even discuss it

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at this stage, today when at least 31 people have been killed and up to

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200 injured and these things should not be discussed. Getting away from

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it is terribly hard, because we were discussing the top of the Express,

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seven migrants tried to sneak into Britain, that Azharullah photograph

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of the three men in the airport. It is a story that is infusing every

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part of our news at the moment. Dominating get, and it will, I

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predict until long after the 24th of June whatever the result is --

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dominating it. We have got the front of the FT, referendum makes waves

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for Brits on Costa Blanca. Briefly tell us what that is? 2 million

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Britons could actually swing the vote. 2 million Britons living in

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the rest of the EU and their votes, they can take part will stop if you

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have lived less than 15 years abroad you can vote. And you could actually

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sway the result. Of course, we know it is also a question of the

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turnout. But who knows how close it is going to be? If we don't believe

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in polls since the last election or before the last election, I think it

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is the most unpredictable, difficult result to predict, and I hope we

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know the result. But we will on the 24th of June. Absolutely. We must

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leave it there. You note... Such a serious day, I am really grateful

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that you have both come into talk to us. Benedicte and Matt, thank you so

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much. That is it from us. Don't forget that the front pages are

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online on the BBC News website, where you can read a detailed review

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of the papers. And you can see us there too, with each night's edition

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of the papers being posted on the page shortly after we have finished.

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Thank you again for our guests. Bye-bye.

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