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His film appearances included The Remains of the Day

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Welcome to our look ahead to what the papers will be bringing us

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tomorrow. With us are Ben Hsu, economics editor of the Independent

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and deputy editor of the website reaction. It's Rachel 's first time

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with us. This is as shambolic as it often is! Know? Must be me. Let's

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look at the front pages. Some very serious stories on the pages

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tonight. We will be looking at two of them in debt. -- in depth. The

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Times leads with the warning from Moscow that the United States is one

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step away from military clashes with Russia. The FT has a picture of the

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Stockholm attack. Its main story is Syria and what it calls the stark

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shift in US strategy. The Mirror also leads with Russia's warning to

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trump. The male leads on Washington 's message at the UN, that it is

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ready to launch further attacks against Assad. They express also

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leads on Syria, besides an image of the burning truck in Sweden. The

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Guardian says the White House appears to back away from wider

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military involvement in Syria, leaving the world perplexed at its

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strategy. The Telegraph leads with the horror in Sweden. It says the

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attack appeared to target young children deliberately.

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These are the two stories that have dominated our news today. We will

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begin following the fallout of those cruise missile strikes from the US.

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Against that target in Idlib in Syria. I will start with the eye,

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which gives over its front page to a photograph of those missiles taking

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off from the destroyer. Trump 's message to the world, it says. Down

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the side we have a breakdown of the various different aspects of the

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story: the tensions between Russia and the US, a threat to the regimes,

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not just Syria but also Iran and North Korea. How much of a message

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is this? We will have to wait and see. We are hearing about a change

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in strategy. I didn't think it is that clear. Trump hasn't a lot of

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messages to the world since he became president but this is

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obviously his first missile -based one. It's the bus one where he has

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really clashed with Russia directly as a result of the fallout from what

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is going to happen as a result. It is not clear what his strategy is

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towards Assad himself. Busy after a regime change, is it just saying we

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will not stand by in the way Obama did? When Assad previously used

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chemical weapons against his own people. The message is to some

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extent very clear, he is prepared to use military force. In a bigger and

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perhaps more important sense, it is very unclear still. It is peculiar

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that for some observers, Rachel, when Barack Obama withdrew his red

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lines, Donald Trump said whatever you do, do not attack Syria and yet

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here we are. -- drew his red lines. It is a complete role reversal. This

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is a candidate who laughed at Obama and all sorts of mainstream

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politicians at the time for taking America into a costly and Teague

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said -- and as he said at the time, costly efforts overseas. Now he goes

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straight in with missiles. Many John supporters who voted for him in part

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because they wanted a change from the -- many trump supporters, who

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wanted a change from the overseas politics. Yes, they wanted something

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a bit more isolationist. We had some strong torque from many ambassadors

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at the UN today. Is this just a redrawing of those red lines that

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the use of chemical warfare will not be tolerated by parts of the

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international community? To give trump limited credit, he said there

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were red lines and when those red lines were crossed, he acted. Some

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would say he was backed into a corner there. There was not much he

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could do, having presented this show of strength earlier. He did have to

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take action. I think what is interesting about the way the

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guardian presents this is that they say the White House appeared to back

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away from wider military involvement. I know other papers are

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saying that this is just the beginning of further military

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tensions between the US and Syria and potentially with Russia. That

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mixed messaging of where this is going to lead, I think is presented

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in the papers. With regard to the reaction at the UN today, Britain's

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ambassador Matthew Rycroft spoke out in support. Russia said the US has

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broken international law by mounting the strikes. It has done so

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unilaterally and there will be grave consequences. You wonder, how many

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other people will feel that Donald Trump is actually -- has actually

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done everyone a favour given the UN could not get a resolution. It does

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feel like d j vu because we had a similar thing in 2013 when Assad

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used chemical weapons and there was, remember the House of Commons had a

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vote on it and camera narrowly lost after Labour did not back it. Thanks

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to Ed Miliband. Supposedly that put America off doing their own strikes

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in response to this. Some unusual people are supporting Trump and what

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he has done because he has reinforced a red line which they say

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Obama and Cameron and Miller band and everyone, it should have done.

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It has taken bizarrely and America first, isolationist, pro-Russian

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American president - perceived to be pro-Russian- to actually go out and

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do it. The daily Mirror takes it one step further, suggesting Trump is

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now one step from war. Warning that the world is in fear. Arguably

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Bevan, there are many proxy wars going on already, not just in Syria

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but in Iran. There are. -- but in Iraq. Very dramatic language. Trump

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himself has been very categorical in his comments on what this

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represented as an atrocity. The idea that we are one step behind war, it

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seems that a Russian war strip in the Black Sea has been diverted to

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the method. -- warship. There is a bit of... Some headlines are getting

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ahead of the fax. This is no extra regulation -- escalation in US force

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will. For the Russians, they are meant to be protecting Syria. Yet

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this attack has happened on one of their bases. What this really shows

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is that the big players in the Syrian conflict are the US and

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Russia. The Assad regime would not have survived this long if it had

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not been fully support of its allies, particularly Russia. Also it

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Ron. Vladimir Putin has insisted on keeping that regime. -- also Iran.

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It was thought that with Trump being so cosy with Moscow, perhaps that

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would not be such an issue and there would be some progress and a

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geopolitical solution between those big world powers. Obviously, Trump

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is a volatile person and he seems to just throw that out the window here.

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He has to take the advice at some point from his defence staff and

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national security staff. Relations are ruined, as Ben said. How helpful

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is this to Donald Trump, given that he has been accused of being far too

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close to the Kremlin. This certainly pushes them further apart? The

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cynical way of looking at this action, and it is cynical is that

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Donald Trump has had an abysmal couple of weeks. His ratings are

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historically low for a president at that point in his term. The

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investigation into Russian interference in the presidential

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election has really brought up contacts between the Trump team and

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Russian officials. He has been taking criticism from all sides,

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even from Republicans. Suddenly he gets the opportunity here to take a

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very strong stance and to, I guess, show that all the rhetoric on the

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campaign trail but he could be strong and be the one to protect

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America, that he can put that into action. The fact it is the complete

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opposite action and he said he would do on the campaign, that does not

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seem to matter to him. He is getting a taste of what it is like to have

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two lead, to make decisions. When you are on the campaign trail, there

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is no reality to it. Look at the Daily Mail. Trump hit Assad again.

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Congress are divided on this. Some on Capitol hill are saying, we

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should have been asked to authorise this. What's Trump was arguing when

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he was just a rich businessman in 2013 was that Obama, if he was going

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to strike Syria, needed Congress 's approval. He has obviously done it

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without Congress 's approval. The reality is very different when you

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are in a position of power. What is interesting despite the fact he did

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not go through Congress algae UN, is that he did seem to do it relatively

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by the book. -- Congress or the UN. He informed Russia. He did tell

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people what he was going to do. Which is actually somewhat out of

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character for Trump. You know how impulsive he is and how many things

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he has done not by the book. Do you think that implies he was taking

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advice? He probably had some advice. We must mention there has been a

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very important visitor trying to get Trump's attention. Ordinarily we

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would be talking about the Chinese president meeting Trump and not

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getting a look in. No, actually that is a crucial meeting for America.

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China is in some ways America's most important bilateral ally. They were

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going to talk about North Korea and some of the trade issues that have

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been very close to Donald Trump's heart. This has been completely

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overshadowed by what has been going on in Syria. The response of China

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to the US strikes is actually really interesting. They did not come out

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and condemn it quite as much as Russia did, but they did speak

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against America's use of force. It's not like Trump is sitting there in

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his golf resort in Florida, with an ally on this. That is actually quite

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intense relationship right now. The Times has an headline saying Xi

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Jinping loses face. I think it would sue China pretty well to have this,

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because they do not want a big row with Donald Trump about trade. They

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want to get on with things and not talk about North Korea. They want a

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state visit that looks good because that's what plays well in the

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Chinese media. Let's go to the Telegraph and talk about the other

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big story of the day, this truck attack in Stockholm. Still a great

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deal of confusion about who the person or people who are responsible

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are. Two people have been asked questions was arrested. -- and one

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was arrested. 15 injured, four dead. We do not know a lot at this stage

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but what we do know is that it is the fourth vehicle -based attack on

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civilians in European cities in under a year. Let's show the

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headline on the Daily Telegraph. People spoke of the men's speed with

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which he drove down the street. -- the immense speed. A lorry that had

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been stolen earlier in the day from Newbury. They highlight -- from a

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brewery. It seems to be that they targeted children. Infants by these

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were sent flying through the air. Some horrific images there. As Ben

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said, this is not the first time we have seen an attack of this kind of

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nature. I also, reading it, I thought... This is slightly

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flippant, but this is something Donald Trump almost predicted a few

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months ago where he made a comment about what is going on in Sweden and

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obviously there was nothing going on in Sweden at the time. I think it is

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tragic that two months after that, he is alternative fact is, at the

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time, have come true. The Daily Mail also has the story, using a picture

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the police issued of a man they wanted to question. They were

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questioning someone who resembled the man in this picture. Is this the

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face of a terrorist? We don't know yet. There are some suggestions the

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arrested place after the man now in custody had taken a train out of

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Stockholm. The question is, what was the purpose of this attack? Whether

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it is in fact, a terrorist incident. If it is terrorism, how do you go

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about defending yourself against this kind of low-tech, horrific as

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it is, it is not very sophisticated kind of attack. The perpetrator

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seems to just have hijacked a lorry and driven it at people from not

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very far away. Very difficult to defend against. You can't begrudge

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barriers in every single high Street on the world. -- you can't put crash

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barriers on every high street. Some experts saying it was only a matter

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of time until it happened in Sweden, despite its appearing very safe.

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Reports were saying that the intelligence has been there but the

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legislative framework has not. Extremism in Sweden which is

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considered a very tolerant and open country has been rising. I think it

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is interesting that this attack took place actually close to the scene of

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the last terror attack, or attempted terror attack in Sweden in 2010.

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Thankfully that was a suicide bomber who did not manage to injure anyone

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other than himself. This tension has been brewing for a while. In terms

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of defending against it, it was the Daily Mail who after the Westminster

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attack, of a similar nature, put forward a spread saying, we found

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instructions of how you can use a car or truck to kill people. I was

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thinking, you don't need instructions for that. It's obvious.

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Anyone has these tools. That's what makes it so difficult to defend

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against. That's it for the papers for tonight. Just the two stories

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dominating the headlines of course. Don't forget you can see me from

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pages online on the BBC News website. There are seven days a

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week. If you mist the programme, you can watch it later on I play. I hope

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you will come back, Rachel! You have taken to it very readily, hasn't

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she, then? Thank you very much, both. Coming up next: the weather.

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