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Jim Broadbent and Charlotte Rampling star in the sense of an ending, we

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will get James King's thoughts on that and the rest of the cinema

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releases in the film review. Hello and welcome to our look ahead

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to what the papers will be With me are journalist

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and broadcaster Helen Croydon and Business Editor

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for the Independent, Tomorrow's front

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pages, starting with: The Mirror says North Korea

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and the US are edging towards a nuclear war -

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it says Kim Jong-un threatens a "merciless response"

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to any provocation. The same story

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is on the Times front page, with China warning that a conflict

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could break out at any minute. The Telegraph concentrates

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on comments from CIA director Mike Pompeo, who has said rogue

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states should take note of Donald Trump's forthright

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military decisions in Syria The Premier League is set

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to announce a record loss due to new accounting rules and the fall

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in the value of sterling, that's according to documents seen

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by the Financial Times. The Daily Mail says learner

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drivers will soon be tested on whether they can follow

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directions from satnavs The Daily Express leads

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with the tension surrounding North Korea, with the country vowing

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to target American bases The Guardian reports on North Korea

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too, but also headlines the news that some doctors are being offered

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?95 an hour by hospitals And the i says teachers

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are preparing to take legal action to stop academy schools

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selecting pupils. They slip that in there to catch me

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out. Let's get on with it. Helen, journalist and author, Josie Cox,

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business editor with the Independent, we will start with some

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frightening is perhaps, the Daily Mirror. Absolutely, this headline

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will ravage US soldiers: we have seen other headlines like this but

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nothing quite as brutal. And it really sums up the weight of the

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rhetoric is heating up. We must emphasise it is Korea saying that.

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There is a lot being said. That is absolutely right. But nonetheless,

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this is starting to sound like fiction, quite frankly. Something

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more out of a thriller novel than anything I have seen before. What I

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think is interesting here is China's role. China is obviously a friend of

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North Korea, but at the same time, Trump has also seemed to turn

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towards China a little bit, and he is actually asking China to use

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their leverage to preventing from escalating to much. While Trump is

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playing very hard ball here and saying "We will bomb you if you are

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not careful" basically, at the same time, there is an element and a bit

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of a sense that he is saying "Help us out here, we don't in -- don't

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want things to end..." Trump is perhaps changing his tone, we all

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remember when he first became president he and noise China by

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going against convention and saying, we are not bothered about doing

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trade with you, he called up the leader of Taiwan, made a little

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friendly gesture towards them, and now he has kind of gone back and

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said, actually, China, we are serious... I think Trump is kind of

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realising that all these big things he said at the beginning of his

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presidency, like" I will get rid of ISIS, get tough on trade with

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China", things are heating up and he is having to backtrack on a lot of

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those things, and the complexity of everything comes to the surface. Yet

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the message that the Daily Telegraph are putting out is coming direct

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from the CIA, who appear to be happy with this... Yes. The CIA as we all

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remember when Trump first came into office was at loggerheads with him

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and investigating him over his links to Russia. And now they are saying,

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yes, this is the right thing, we should be showing our military might

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to North Korea. But while I think, why didn't he do that before, we do

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have to show the military might, because this is scary stuff, they

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claim they can bond South Korea within minutes, -- bomb South Korea

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within minutes. They have threatened to attack US bases in Guam and

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Japan, but one part of me thinks, well, rather than do it now than

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later, because North Korea is only going to get stronger in its weapons

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testing, but equally, why didn't they do it sooner, for it got to

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this stage, it is we don't know the scale of the strength of North

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Korea's programme. The site is the only nuclear weapons test site in

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the world, that North Korea use. This is why people are so jittery

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because it is the only one that a jest -- exists. Josie, let's turn to

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the Guardian. And yes, North Korea is on the front page here, with a

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picture of Kim Jong-un, but the story that we are going to

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concentrate on concerns money, hard money, ?95 an hour if you are a

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doctor, and a senior one at that. Crisis at home as well as abroad by

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the sounds of things, it is all bad news these days. This is a story

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about a hospital in Peter Brock -- Peterborough, ?95 a shift, you are

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almost pocketing a grand day. But while this sounds excessive, they

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are offering this because there is no unavailable, we are in a crisis,

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we get headline a day on the poor conditions within the NHS, the

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problems, the shortfalls, I am just concerned that all this bad press

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around the NHS, which is not getting any better, is just going to breed

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even more problems, because how as a junior doctor would you have any

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appetite to go and work in a system that is so dysfunctional? If the NHS

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were a business, as a model, straightaway leaders of the business

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would say, right, we have not got enough staff, if we are having to

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pay ?95 an hour, literally in desperation, the first thing they

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would do is recruit more people, invest in training, that is what any

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good business would do. But I'm not sure that is what the NHS is not

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doing. This article shows the sheer desperation of staff calling on

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doctors, saying we are really desperate, why has to that point?

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And Web you start fixing the NHS? That is the problem. And it all

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might -- also makes you question quality of care, in these desperate

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situations. If they're sending out e-mails over Guardian is reporting,

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SOS e-mails, essentially. We must point out, if you do get a chance to

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pick up the paper, and you are tempted to go see your GP or you'll

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will nurse, this is that AMD doctors -- A doctors, don't have a go at

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your local nurse, this is for senior doctors in A Let go to and other

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extreme, and it is a zero our contract, this is your area of

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speciality, Josie. This is a story in the FT, based on an interview

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with Matthew Taylor, who was Tony Blair's former policy chief, and

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last October made headlines when Teresa may hide him to lead and

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independent review into working conditions -- Theresa May. The gig

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economy is exploding at a rapid rate, which is causing problems.

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What he is proposing is that we introduce a premium on minimum wage,

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the people who actually do zero our work have our contracts. -- zero

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hour contracts. Which would give employers less incentive to mark

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around, basically, and call them up at 7am and say they don't need to

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come into a shift. There are several problems here, first of all it will

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not sit well with employers because they have so many other pressures

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facing them at the moment, the rise in business rates, minimum wage has

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gone up, and on top of that we have a load of economic uncertainty

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coming into play as a result of Brexit. It doesn't solve the

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problem, putting a premium on the pay rate is only going to be a very

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minimum amount per hour, whereas you have rules instead, perhaps to give

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them notice, you cannot just cancel a shift on the day that the work is

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supposed to be done, perhaps fine the company instead. I don't think

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that adding another pound or two now will deter these things. -- pound or

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two and ally. We will stay with money, car loans could be the source

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of the new financial crisis. A very quick summary? Just as we are

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getting out, the wounds healing of the credit crunch crisis, which was

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all caused ire at borrowing too much money, it is now transpired that we

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are borrowing too much money on cars. ?30 billion a year, is

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shocking when you look at the figure. When comes to cars, in a way

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it is worse than houses because we never really pay it back, because as

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soon as you pay back your car is appreciated, and you want a new one

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or you will upgrade your car. Cars are depreciating items, so to borrow

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so heavily on it is double danger, even more dangerous than borrowing

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on a house. Josie, I am desperate to get to men and height, how is that

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for a tease. Very quick summary of the Telegraph, again, the EU is to

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axe its green targets, or rather that EU -- the UK is to axe the EU's

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green targets. The UK is at the moment committing to getting 15% of

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all its energy from renewable sources by 2020, it does not look

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like that is going to happen, those targets look way too ambitious, and

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effectively the UK is saying, right, let's cut the targets, Brexit is

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happening, it might be irrelevant anyway. Let's turn to the Times,

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this is on page three. Very important news. Man has not always

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been statuesque, we are not at our peak height. There is this myth that

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as centuries have gone on and we have got healthier Batman's height,

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-- that men's height, it doesn't mention women, but men's height has

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gone up. The peak -- the peak of male height was in the 1600, just

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after the Black death, in fact. And then we regressed, and they think it

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was that after the Black death which killed so many millions of people,

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we all had my land -- more land per capita, so we were at our peak

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health, more food, and we were at -- at our peak height. Josie, men's

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height, does it matter? What a question. Does it matter to you as a

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woman? You can be honest. No. My partner is 6-foot fight, so I... You

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have got to say yes! Whether it is an indication of health, I am not

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sure these days. It gives a nice short little look into abolition and

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how history... The reason women are supposedly programmed to be

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attracted to a taller man is because it symbolises strength and the

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ability to better hunt and fight... My husband is over six foot. That is

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it for the papers tonight, thank you Josie and Helen. Stay with us here

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on BBC News, because coming up next is the film review.

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