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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 Martin Bentham, Home Affairs Editor

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for the London Evening Standard, and Rowena Mason, Deputy political

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Tomorrow's front pages, starting with...

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The Daily Telegraph reports on calls for courts to treat Asian gangs

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who groom white teenage girls as racially aggravated criminals.

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It follows the conviction of 18 people in Newcastle yesterday.

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The Independent has a photograph released by the North Korean regime

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Its story is about the standard of rented homes - it says millions

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of people are living in homes that contain serious safety hazards.

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The Independent has a photograph released by the North Korean regime

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appearing to show thousands of people rallying in

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The Daily Mail focuses on the contaminated eggs scandal,

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saying supermarkets are 'scrambling' to clear the shelves of products

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The Times reports that the scandal is likely to be far bigger than has

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been reported. The Metro has the same story,

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and the Food Standards Agency's estimation that 700,000 of the Dutch

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eggs were imported. The Guardian says that people living

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on estate in South London say they will have to leave because the

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buildings have been at risk of collapse for decades.

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Let's start with Donald Trump. Does not feature as much as you might

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expect. Trump's new threat to North Korea. We will see the daily

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Mirror's look later. He is saying that the rhetoric may be has not

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been strong enough. But in the same statement, says we cannot rule out

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negotiations. We're not sure which direction he is heading. They have

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been all the threats flying between North Korea and the United States

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and it is hard to see how Donald Trump could wrap it up further

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having said he wanted to bring down fire and theory on North Korea. He

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said today that wasn't even scary enough. So it is really quite

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astonishing. We were discussing earlier that it is not featured very

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heavily on the front pages, maybe it says something about how people view

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the credibility of the threats materialising into some action.

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Apart from the Mirror, they have a story saying that the US would quite

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like the UK to help them spy on Kim's nuclear bases. It says they

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could be involved but what would be the risk involves two RAF planes?

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Not very much, they are unlikely to be shot down. Whether it happens or

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not I don't know, the bigger risk is the nuclear Armageddon that might

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break out. There is not much risk to our planes, probably. But as Rowena

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says, it is interesting that you have footage of people in why, some

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quite relaxed about it, saying they have heard all about it. People hear

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my filly bit more nervous if we were in the firing line. The interesting

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thing about this was that trump's rhetoric is quite bellicose and Al

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Gore was making the point on Radio 4 that it is not trump being a

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hothead, this is a problem that other illustrations in the past have

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allowed to develop and therefore it is a big problem that is going to

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have to be confronted. And whether this method of his girls put

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pressure on China to exert some influence on North Korea and achieve

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something, it has achieved something through the sanctions of the UN

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Security Council, maybe all these hot words will lead to something

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actually being achieved. On the other hand, there is the massive

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danger that people could talk themselves into something abysmal.

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And North Korea's response is that if all think about putting its

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military plan into action and firing a missile very near to Guam.

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Far more newspapers on the egg story. The Daily Mail... The Food

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Standards Agency saying that 21,000 eggs were affected and it turned out

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to be 700,000! There is a question about not least in the Belgian and

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the Netherlands where they knew about this and the warnings were not

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passed on, and we are discovering this because they have arrived on

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our shelves in greater numbers and without thought. It is hard to get

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too worked up about it given that there doesn't seem to be much health

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risk according to the Food Standards Agency. Fortunately, it is something

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not very desirable, but probably with no negative consequences to

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people eating it. I think part of it, why it is interesting, is that

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although this pesticide not supposed to pose a health to human health,

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there's an element creeping in about a cover-up which is why people are

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suspicious. The numbers went up from 21,000 to 700,000, they think, and

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people might have been eating these eggs for quite a few months. So

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people may be beginning to doubt whether it is more harmful than the

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Food Standards Agency has been making out? Goes back to other

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controversies like Bobo horse meat, this issue of the food chain, --

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like the horse meat scandal, the issue of the food chain, how many

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countries is food going through before it reaches our shelves. Do we

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trust people providing our food and the people monitoring?

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The Times, modern slavery widespread in the UK. The tip of the iceberg

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that we have established. The National Crime Agency saying that

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every large towns and cities probably -- has people involved in

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this kind of slavery whether it is in agriculture or domestic labour.

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It is a really shocking story and modern slavery has been a huge focus

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of Theresa May which she was in the Home Office and tried to carry on

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when she was in Number Ten but the interesting element of the story is

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that prosecutions of slavery and trafficking fell last year from 129

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to 96. It is obviously taking some time for all these new measures that

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Theresa May brought in to clamp down on modern slavery to come through

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and work. To be fair to the National Crime Agency, they made the point

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that rather like terrorism, people are not necessarily charged under

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terrorism offences, they are charged... Well, not normal, but

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non-terrorist related offences. These may have been charged with

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rape or drugs or money-laundering offences. So they may not reflect

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the full picture. What is true, is that the anti-slavery Commissioner

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raised concerns that the anti-fashion -- the National Crime

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Agency and not been acting on information received and more

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broadly, they were saying today that they were shocked by the scale of it

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so it seems as if there has been a slight slowness to get on top of it.

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Now people are getting aware of it and realising the scale.

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Rowena, tell us about this Guardian story, fresh concerns over safety of

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tower blocks. Another shocking story by Peter Walker. It is about some

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tower blocks in south London where hundreds of people have been told to

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leave their homes because there is a different risk to the tower blocks,

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not the fire risk that had such tragic consequences in brimful

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tower, it is to do with gas safety and they have been told that they

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have to switch off all kinds of gas appliances and potentially move out.

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Decamp, is the word they use, decamp for several weeks or days in which

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is a strange word to have to use to them. This is in Southwark Council's

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territory. It says that these blocks, and may apply elsewhere,

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after the disaster many years ago, southern tower blocks were built

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with these big slabs of concrete bolted together on site and for some

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reason, which I can understand what it is, the commendation of those

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concrete slabs and gas, if there's an explosion in one flat, what must

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happen is that the concrete slab breaks and it causes the whole thing

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to collapse. It is saying that these tower blocks were meant to have been

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reinforced, the Council for they had been reinforced, but it turns out

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they have never been reinforced. These residents have been living in

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these blocks which could come down like a pack of cards if there was a

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gas explosion. And it might affect other tower blocks so it comes back

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to the issue about the checks that are done on tower blocks and safety

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and so on and the chain of command in this whole area. And the fact

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that it takes a terrible tragedy like Grenfell Tower for people to be

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checking about this kind of risk. Let's look at the FT. Tiny story

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here. France urges fairer taxation of US tax. Martin, you spotted this,

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what is it about? -- US technical companies. The French and the German

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companies have put some proposals to the next European Council meeting in

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Finland next month and they are complaining that the French economy

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minister has said that as B, which is France's second -- which has

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France as the biggest market has paid something like ?99 in France in

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the past year and they are not paying any tax on the millions they

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are making. It is familiar from Google and so on. These

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multinational corporations which are operating across, making huge

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amounts of money, and not paying tax in the countries they are based on.

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This is a European attempt to find some way of ensuring that what our

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fair taxes are paid by these companies. In the European Union,

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there might be a fair chance of getting them to pay within the

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European Union but it's probably requires an international effort and

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not all countries will feel so inclined.

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That is what politicians have been banging their heads against for a

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long time. You have these international summits and there have

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always been low tax jurisdictions and it has always been difficult for

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the companies that want to do something about it to act

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unilaterally but it seems like France is having a good go at it.

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Let's finish with the Daily Telegraph. When you are drinking

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that chilled diet drink and feeling virtuous because you gave up the

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full sugar variety, we have got bad news. Diet drinks could make you put

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on weight. What is the science behind this? Apparently, if you have

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a diet drink, the body normally associate sweetness with lots of

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calories and burn them off, or tried to burn some of them. And if the

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diet drink doesn't ... With the diet drinks, it doesn't get the message,

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there is a mismatch between the sweetness of the drinks and the

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banning of calories, so it makes you fat and is pointless. Very alarming

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for people who drink a lot of diet fizzy drinks. But I suppose there

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are other reasons that you might drink the strings, for your teeth.

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The bubbles are very good. Drink water. The reward circuits

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don't register the right sort of makes between sweet and calories.

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They don't taste so good anyway, so you might as well the full fat

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version! That it fully papers for tonight.

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You can see all the front pages on BBC's website. If you missed the

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programme, any evening you can watch it later on the BBC iPlayer. Rowena

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and Martin, lovely to see you both. Coming up next, the weather.

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