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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 Jim Waterson, who's the political editor

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And the public appointments adviser Jacqui Francis.

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Decently giving up their Sunday evening!

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The cover of the FT features a stark warning

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from President Trump over North Korea.

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The Telegraph also carries the President's comments

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on its front page, ahead of his first meeting

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The I focuses on the row over comments made by Michael Howard

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The same story is on the front page of the Metro, with the paper

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highlighting the former Tory leader's claim the Prime Minister

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would even consider war to keep the territory.

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The Express says 20-minute walk a day could save your life,

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following a report by the British Heart Foundation that

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three quarters of heart patients take no exercise at all.

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Donald Trump's warning to the Chinese is the Times' lead

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tomorrow, with the President saying he would take unilateral action

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if necessary to halt Kim Jong-un's nuclear programme.

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The Daily Mirror carries a photo of the daughter of Tracey Wilkinson,

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visiting the scene where her mother was stabbed to death

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alongside her brother Pierce in Stourbridge last week.

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We have to start with Gibraltar. Tonight of all nights. Fighting talk

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on Gibraltar. The Defence Secretary insisting the UK will defend the

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Rock all the way and Lord Howard comparing Theresa May potentially to

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Margaret Thatcher should it come to it. He did not quite mention war,

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did he? I think he's said this has been mentioned and that obviously

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Theresa May will strongly defend and support Gibraltar. For some reason

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it was translated into Margaret Thatcher and possibly tanks and

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invasion. I am not sure how that happened and I am sure Theresa May

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is pleased he is incommunicado as she works out how to roll back from

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the idea that we will invade Gibraltar. The direct comparison was

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made? A former Conservative leader Michael Howard was doing the rounds

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on the shows this morning and said comments to the effect of, we were

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willing to defend the Falklands and would be willing to do the same

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again. We are not going to war with Spain. They are a Nato member. We

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would have to defend them against ourselves if we did. We would tie

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ourselves in not. You have someone like Michael Howard willing to talk

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this language and willing to say we will use military force to defend

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our landed interests. It gives you an insight into the mindset of the

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people coming up with this. And maybe the people they appeal to,

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that kind of talk would have a residence, even if it is only

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metaphorical. Absolutely and what happened for some people, when they

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heard about the letter sent, it was civilised, like, we will do this and

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that and will negotiate and was not as hardliners some individuals

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wanted, I think so Michael Howard, saying this is what we want to hear.

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How one is this? It is one thing to appeal to the constituency you think

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it will resonate with but another thing to start the negotiations.

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Lord Howard will not be part of it. It comes back to the latter invoking

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Article 50, it did not have a mention of Gibraltar, which

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surprised some EU officials and Spanish diplomat saw the opportunity

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and put in a line on the response letter. It is a misalignment of the

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two letters, which may be as simple as someone forgot to put on line in

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one letter when it was drafted in Downing Street, but we end up four

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days later with talk on the front pages we might have an armed

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conflict. That will not happen. It is all about the language and

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mentality we can learn from this. The Telegraph newspaper is connected

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to Brexit as well, Spain buoying Scottish Nationalists as the row

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over Gibraltar intensifies, saying Spain has abandoned plans to stop at

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independent Scotland, should Scotland achieve that, from joining

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the EU. There have been concerns from some Scottish interests that

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Spain would not want to see an independent Scotland act ceding to

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the EU because it might give Catalonia ideas. This might be more

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important of the two Brexit stories tomorrow. This gives Scotland and

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Nicola Sturgeon and the SNP a free pass on a key issue in the past,

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with the argument being if you declared independence, before the UK

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left the EU, you would not be able to get in the club. This clears a

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major hurdle for Scottish nationalism. It makes life easier to

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make the case it would not leave them outside the EU. This is another

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front on which tensions will be raised between Madrid and London. I

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am sure everybody is wondering, is this a quid pro quo for something

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else Spain feels aggrieved about, for example the idea of security

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arrangements and sharing details. If you want to play that card, OK, we

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will play this card, saying we will not say anything about Scotland if

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they want to join. I wonder behind the scenes what messages have got

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mixed up that people are saying things like this. It is a lot of

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sabre rattling before the negotiations. You wonder if there

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will be temperate language when they negotiate. Of course. This is people

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setting out their stall. Going in and waiting to see what everyone

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comes back with. On Scotland getting independence and getting in the EU,

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there has been a change of thinking from Spain on this. Staying with the

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Telegraph, police warn they'll changes will help release criminals.

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Can you outline this. Broadly speaking the story is that police

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will have to charge offenders, alleged offenders, within 20 days or

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release them from prison. There have been cases particularly around long

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crime investigations into historic child abuse and also stuff about

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journalists with phone hacking where people were kept on bail months and

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years and never charged but also having their name besmirched and

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unable to work. The issue is is it more fair to people let off

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eventually without charge? Or is there a risk you end up letting off

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people who are guilty because the police have not within a month found

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the evidence. The College of Policing think it is the latter and

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dangerous. They give the example of the Soham murders. They say it takes

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longer than people think. It is not like CSI, you tap into a computer

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and it tells you information. You wonder if it will mean that people

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are arrested over and again. It is possible. Some of the journalists

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cases, close to our industry, use or careers ruined with no charge, then

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reading across into other cases not as well reported, there must be

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people whose lives have been ruined because the police have not got

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round to finding evidence so it seems a fair balance. The Financial

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Times, telling us it has an exclusive interview with President

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Trump. If China is not going to solve North Korea, he says, we will.

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That headline is on the front pages tonight. Clearly cross about the way

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North Korea is behaving. China is one of North Korea's few allies, but

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we do not know what sorting North Korea means. No, he is saying if

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they don't, we will. As you said, slightly worrying, because I wonder

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when things are not going well domestically, sometimes leaders

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think, let's look abroad and see what we can do. A pre-emptive

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strike, I presume, is one of the things they are thinking about or

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covert operations in North Korea. But who would want to go there?

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Sabre rattling is one thing but if you say that to North Korea, they

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might easily call your bluff. He is said arranged that man it might be

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something he decides to do. The missile tests have caused such

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tensions on the Korean peninsula, as well. It is not a complete joke of a

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nation, they have the ability to fire missiles along way. It is on

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the back of comments by the Obama administration, it is not just in

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Donald Trump's heads. What might be something Donald Trump came up with

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on the spot that if China does not do anything, we will wade in.

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Sometimes politicians go into interviews with a single line they

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want to put across. If you read the transcript of this interview it gets

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the feeling of they said, what will you do if they do not back down?

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Well, I will wade in on my own. Which is worrying if that is how

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policy is made. Perhaps he just wanted to answer the question.

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Terrifying if that is coming about. Setting out his stall before he

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meets the Chinese premier? He is meeting him the first time this

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week. It is part of what he is trying to do. I worry if in the

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Pentagon they say, sorry, what? Did somebody mention, get your boots on,

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we are off somewhere. Perhaps he is trying to say he has put pressure on

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the Chinese before he meets them. There could be sanctions. China has

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failed to step in. In South Korea they have a political crisis and are

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less willing to act tough. It is basically down to Mr Trump to work

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out what he wants to do. This will not bounce China into doing

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anything. They will do something if they want to do it but him having an

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exclusive and they are reading the Financial Times of thinking of

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course, Donald, we will do what you want us to do. Send them a note and

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saying, please stop doing that? We can look at the Times newspaper and

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aired a -- air disaster fears over a poor standard of English among

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foreign pilots, meaning perhaps communication in the skies when

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things get tricky is not as clear as it might be. It is worrying that

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this is more than once before we have had pilots... I understood they

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double-check and speak carefully in a particular language to ensure if

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they do not understand they asked them to repeat it but one assumes if

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you are a pilot, you have the same standard in terms of communication,

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no matter what country you are from. You would have thought. This implies

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not. There is a case where a pilot has gone on the wrong way without

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being clearance which the air traffic controller thought the pilot

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did not necessarily understand instructions. The main concern is

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pilots based overseas are in some way getting around, all being guided

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through the language tests. They can fly the plane, the issue is whether

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they understand what local controllers are telling them. Shall

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we finish with the Express. They love a health story. We are being

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told to walk. Obviously not enough doing it. A daily walk, experts tell

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20 million lazy Britons to get more exercise. That always goes down

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well, to be called a couch potato! The point is simple. The British

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Heart Foundation are concerned patients they see do not do any

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exercise. This front page could have been run at any point and probably

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has been over the last 50 years. It says if you keep walking you will

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get fit. If you keep eating healthy food you maybe will have a healthier

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life. The moment this breakthrough is the moment the Express will go

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out of business. Maybe we need is the Express to remind us. It says in

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some regions, the figure is as high as 97% of people being physically

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inactive. There are lots of ways we are told we can change that. It is

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difficult to acquire new habits and easy to acquire bad ones. Take the

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stairs, get off the bus they stop earlier. But the real thing is the

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cost of 1.2 billion to the NHS and increasingly we are told we have to

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take care of our own health because some of the things we do cost the

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NHS so much more. This idea we should do more exercise. 20 minutes,

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of daily walking, which I'm sure we all do already? We are doing our

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bit. I certainly do. That is because I have a dog and she insists upon

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it. We will be back at 11:30pm. You can

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also see all the front pages online on the BBC News website. We will be

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back in 42 minutes with Jim and Jacqui.

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