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

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With me are journalist and broadcaster Rachel Shabi,

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and deputy political editor at the Telegraph,

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Tomorrow's front pages: The Metro leads with news that the British

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public have helped raise more than ?75,000 for the family

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of the murdered Polish lorry driver whose vehicle was hijacked and used

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The Times says the Queen is apparently disappointed

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with Theresa May, after the PM declined to share plans for Brexit

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The Financial Times says China has warned Donald Trump that

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co-operation is the only way forward, after the US

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President-elect appointed a China hawk to run a new White House

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The Daily Telegraph highlights claims that some of Britain's

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leading universities are becoming no-go zones for Jewish students,

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The Daily Mirror leads with the story of shoppers diving

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for cover, as e-cigarette batteries blow up inches from a pram.

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The Guardian says violent and abusive men are being allowed

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to confront and cross-examine their former partners

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And the Daily Express warns that the UK faces violent Christmas

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storms, with 90 mph gales and torrential rain.

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The story of the week has been the attack on the Christmas market in

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Berlin. We will start with the times. German spies knew that the

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suspect had talked of a suicide attack. So much is coming out about

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this man, the chief suspect in this appalling atrocity. Yes, Anis

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Amri... When you get these horrific events there is always this clamour

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to try and find answers about why it wasn't stopped and build better

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protections for the future. There are a string of quite worrying

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snippets which are coming out about what the intelligence services in

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Germany knew about the lead suspect. The Times brings out a couple of

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them tomorrow. This bloke had talked about a suicide mission, the

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security services had talked about him saying that maybe I will go on a

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suicide mission but they dismiss them because of suggestions were too

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vague and they didn't think they were that credible. He was also seen

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visiting a mosque for the attack which was linked to Islamist. And

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the third debt which is still worrying given the person is on the

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run, is that footage of him has emerged going to a mosque close to

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the Christmas market. Taken together it does raise questions about why he

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wasn't apprehended. Our security correspondent Frank Gardner pointed

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out that the problem is that if you were to keep tabs on everyone with

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links to Islamist group or said something vaguely dodgy than you

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would be tying up so many people, at an enormous cost, that you just

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can't do it. You do have to prioritise. And the fact that this

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man seemed to be grandstanding, didn't really seem to have a

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definite plan, in terms of a terror attack, made the German authorities

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think he is not someone we should continue to pursue. I think that

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sounds right. It is not just that you would be chewing up resources,

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it is that you would actually be requiring a more powers to do those

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things. And that is always going to be a balance, whether you think we

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should give up more powers in the fight against terrorism. And of

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course we are all terrified, and this was a horrific attack, and we

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would all like there to be answers. But it is interesting, this whole

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thing of lorry attacks, you can Paratoo a country like Israel, which

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has much more surveillance. -- you compare it to. At levels which other

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countries would not be comfortable with, a higher level of security, a

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level that we might not be OK with. But it also can't deal with these

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random lorry attacks. We are dealing with something quite different, and

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it is not necessarily that our security and police services are

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doing anything wrong. It might actually be that they are doing all

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they can. The changing nature of the threat is something that is

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certainly keeping everyone on their toes, and everyone guessing. If

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there is an upside to this horrible story, then perhaps it is this. Go

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fund the Berlin hero, British cash floods in for a Polish trucker's

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widow. The Polish trucker whose truck was essentially hijacked in

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this awful terror attack in Berlin, and who put up a tremendous

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struggle, it sounds like, to try and stop this attack from happening, or

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to try and make it less brutal than it actually was, try and steer it of

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course, it sounds like he really put up a tremendous fight to try and do

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something, lost his life. And since then, a lot of donors have answered

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a call from Dave Duncan, who put up a crowd funding for this Polish

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man's wife, and his widow, and his teenage son. They have managed to

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raise ?75,000 so far, which is wonderful and heartening, obviously,

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at an awful time. Just before Christmas, as well, to lose the

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breadwinner, this is something that might help a little bit. But also

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shows, I think, just the level of violence that must have existed

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inside that cab, as he tried to wrestle with this guy, who was

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aiming for this Christmas market. And this poor man, this Polish

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driver, tried to stop the carnage that was about to unfold. He got an

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indication of what was happening, and fought and gave his life to try

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and stop it, and an unimaginable tragedy for his wife and teenage

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son. You just hope this outpouring of kindness and generosity, from the

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Brits and others, hopefully sends a message. Indeed, all right. The

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front page of the Telegraph. Now clearly, salt is something that Mr

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Putin and Mr Trump only put on their chips. It is terrifying. It is

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absolutely terrifying. Just to explain Salt, the strategic Arms

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Limitation Treaty, it is what Reagan and Gorbachev used to bring down

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their stockpile of weapons. Now we have these two leaders talking about

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increasing their stock piles of weapons. Can you imagine a more

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powerful tweet than one which has overturned 30 years of American and

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Russian foreign policy? It is a scary prospect. Since the end of the

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Cold War there has been a systematic descaling of nuclear arsenals across

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the world, both in America and the USSR, dropping down. And then within

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the space of a couple of hours you have Putin saying we are thinking

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about strengthening the nuclear potential of our strategic nuclear

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forces and then Donald Trump, on Twitter, how else, says he will

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greatly expanded nuclear capability. It is a genuinely terrifying

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prospect that these two nations would begin to get into that. But

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the argument goes, some are suggesting, that the upside of this,

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if there is an upside, that Donald Trump is actually talking to Iran

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and North Korea. Yes. So we are now in a situation where the

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President-elect's quite significant communications about quite

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significant issues via the medium of Twitter are then being decoded by

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his team. His team have to try and understand what the hell he is on

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about. They are saying that you know what, this is actually a deep

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proliferation statement. I can see how you might have missed that, but

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that is what it was -- de- proliferation. I think we need that

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clarity. I am not sure that would bring clarity. Maybe it wouldn't.

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That is part of the problem. Some of these stories are beginning with

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Donald Trump has tweeted again, XYZ, and fundamentally, yes, there is an

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issue with what he is saying, for some people, but it is the manner in

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which he is doing it which is quite concerning. There was a quote from

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Malcolm Rifkind, the former Foreign Secretary, talking about British

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foreign secretaries, where he said they are either dull or they are

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dangerous. He went on to say that Doris Johnson isn't dull. The same

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applies to American diplomacy -- Boris Johnson. Words matter when you

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are in an administration at that level. Going back to the times, the

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Queen frustrated with Theresa May over Brexit secrecy. It seems that

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Theresa May's reluctance to divulge any kind of specifics about Brexit

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have disappointed not just so many of us, but have gone all the way up

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to disappointing the Queen. According to this report, the Queen

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and the Duke were quite looking forward, when Theresa May came to

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Balmoral a couple of months after coming into power, they were quite

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looking forward to perhaps a little bit of a secret exchange of

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information. But unfortunately all they got was what the rest of us are

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getting, which is that Brexit means Brexit, Marm. Does this mean that

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she was holding back, Theresa May, or that she doesn't have anything to

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say? There is political bite to the story which will hurt Number Ten.

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There is a genuine frustration building about the lack of

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information. The referendum was in June, and we are about to have

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January and a couple of months, and there appears to be a frustration

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building about not enough details about where we are heading imagine.

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Is that because she is being scrupulously careful, before making

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any public statement, or is it, as critics say, they are beginning to

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just be totally... Realise the scale of this negotiation process? But if

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even the Queen is reportedly getting frustrated with the lack of

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information, then it does get to the point when this is becoming a

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running narrative. Building up of steam, isn't it? A disturbing story

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on the front of the Guardian. The secret abuse of women in the Family

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Court. Violent former partners are allowed to take part in cross

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examinations. This is a horrifying story about family courts where

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apparently, because of cuts to legal aid, men and women are now

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representing themselves more in these courts, which has created

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situations where people who have been abusive to women are then

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allowed to cross examine them in court, sometimes the hours. A lawyer

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for the south-east who deals with these issues says he has seen this

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happen in hundreds of cases. He has told the Guardian, and he is urging

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that even if it means putting a student liar in the situation, --

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student lawyer in the situation, even if that is what it takes to

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stop these women being cross-examined by sometimes violent

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and abusive partners, just trying to figure out a way where this duration

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doesn't happen, because it is obviously horrific and traumatising.

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It is the adversarial system that we have, isn't it? The example they

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give is really quite horrific. In one case a woman was cross-examined

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for hours by her ex-husband despite him being the subject of restraining

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order. So she has gone to the court and got protection from this bloke,

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and now she is being... Courts are undermining the protections being

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put in place. Presumably people are allowed to represent themselves, but

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do you want to totally withdraw that as a right? Is clearly one of those

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terrible side-effects. And finally, e-cigarette AB horror. Shoppers

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dived full horror as e-cigarette batteries blow up, in a guy's

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pocket. Our jaws dropped at this front page, and the video is just as

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scary. It is out of nowhere and the middle of a supermarket, it bursts

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in his pocket, and having read a little further down, he was actually

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carrying a battery, a spare battery, that goes into one of these vaping

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cigarettes, and that came into contact with something metal. It

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wasn't the e-cigarette itself, but the spare battery. These tiny

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lithium batteries, they are incredibly powerful. We saw those

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phones blowing up and South Korea. And that close to a pram. That is

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the terrifying thing, it is such an EMS. Many, many thanks to you for

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coming in and looking at some of the stories behind the headlines.

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This is my last Papers for this year, so a Merry Christmas to you

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and happy New Year. Coming up now, it is Sportsday.

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