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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 Deborah Haynes, defence editor at The Times

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and Jack Blanchard, editor of Politico's new Playbook

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Let's give you a preview of the front pages.

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The Metro has split its front page, with Kate and Kim

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Express The Daily Express doesn't muddy the waters in any way and goes

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all in with Baby number three for Kate and Wills.

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The main story in the Times focuses on cyber attacks on British

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universities, with medical and scientific research apparently

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targeted. The Guardian has an investigation into Azerbaijan's

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elite operating a secret scheme to pay the Europeans and launder money.

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The Sun has a twist on that story, claiming that the baby was conceived

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on their trip to Poland. And the Daily Mail highlighting fears of

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home-grown terrorism in isolated communities.

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Let's kick off. Welcome to you both, the Korean crisis and the story that

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has... Welcome it has been a crisis for so many years, but this one

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seems to be more dangerous than ever before? Absolutely, almost every day

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it brings a new escalation of tensions. Today, we have had the US

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ambassador to the United Nations coming out and using quite blunt

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language, accusing Kim Jong-un of begging for war. Strong quotes on

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the front of The Guardian, war is never something the United States

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wants, we don't want it now but our patients is limited, we will defend

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our allies and territory. I was meeting with academics who are over

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the, planning war games, they are going to be doing it at Kings

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College London yesterday. They have done lots of war games

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about the North Korea scenario. It comes to an end where all parties

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involved realise they have a vested interest in maintaining the status

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quo. While the headlines are terrifying, you wonder if it might

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eventually be resolved without things going horribly wrong. The

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only problem is that I bet none of their war games involve Donald Trump

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being President of the United States. Funny you should say that,

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the new one does. How does it end? Was interesting, and added

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dimension. The Times, saying that they are set to launch more missile

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tests. That will be the task for Donald Trump, if Kim Jong-un keeps

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upping the ante? I think he will, what stops them from doing it?

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People say he is crazy, maybe he is, but he has a clear focus, develop

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nuclear weapons to the point where he feels his regime cannot be

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touched. So far, people are shouting and screaming each time he does it,

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but nothing happens. Really, what can people do to stop him? I would

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expect more missiles to continue to be tested. That is in his interest.

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Some analysts are saying his motivation is the more scared the

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rest of the world is of him, the safer he is. He doesn't want to go

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the way of Saddam Hussein in Iraq or Colonel Gadaffi of Libya. He doesn't

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want to be deposed and he thinks nukes are a deterrent? He kind of

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has a point. He apparently looks at videos of Gaddafi's painful demise

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and sees that... And looks at what happened in Iran, they had a nuclear

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deal to try to stop that regime from pushing forward with the nuclear

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programme. Look at the power that such a small country, with such

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limited resources, that has been a pariah state for so long, and yet it

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is gripping the most powerful man in the world. It is top of his agenda.

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He has got a point, unfortunately. You do wonder whether the Trump

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dimension will actually break the deadlock that we have had to live

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with so long. Let's look at some of the other stories. The Times have a

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story about university secrets being stolen by cyber gangs? Looks like

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the journalists have done freedom of information work, looking at the

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number of successful cyber attacks on different British universities.

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They say it has doubled in the past couple of years. I think it is just

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indicative of the world we are now living in, where so much more crime

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is just becoming an online issue. The really smart criminals, they are

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not going around robbing banks any more. They are doing this kind of

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work. You think of the wealth of information that universities hold,

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or all sorts of different issues, technology, medical research,

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anything else, there is a real financial incentive to do that kind

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of attack. Another university story, this is the head of Oxford

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University attacking what they call pay lies of ministers? It is quite a

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long-running story. The various heads of universities being attacked

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for bringing home massive pay packages at a time when students are

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buckling under the debt they accumulate going to university. I

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guess it is like a fightback. The paper also quotes Jo Johnson, the

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University Minister, well, not quoting him, saying he will announce

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plans this week to stop the upward ratcheting of salaries by linking

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pay to performance. It does seem like it is a bit of a spat. What is

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interesting is that the Government took a pretty big pasting during the

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general election on tuition fees. It seems to be a big vote winner for

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Jeremy Corbyn. We might be seeing a pushback from the government,

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saying, what would the students like to see us doing? One thing we could

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do is look at these massively overpaid Vice Chancellor is taking

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him so much money while the students are paying tens of thousands each

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year. Professor Louise Richardson, who is saying this, from

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Oxfordshire, is earning three and ?50,000 a year, saying that they

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don't get much compared to footballers and bankers? Well, which

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is true. They bring more to society. If that is the bar, people can get

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paid whatever they want! I'm not trying to support it, but you want

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to attract talent. If you want to get the best people in, you need to

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pay them well. The Telegraph, again, just briefly, Britain is losing its

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religion in the words of the REM song. The proportion of the

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non-believers is the highest it has ever been? I don't think it will

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come as a surprise to many people. Britain has been moving in this

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direction for a long time. It doesn't show any signs of changing.

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A lot of the most religious people in the UK now are people that have

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moved here from other countries. It's a rarity to meet very religious

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people in this country, and it is only going one way, I'm afraid. The

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Sun have got a story about Theresa May's government wanting the EU to

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hurry up with the Brexit negotiations. That's quite

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interesting. The EU are saying, well, Britain was very slow in

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triggering Article 50 in the first place, and then there was the

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election that got in the way. It is us that have been dragging our

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heels, now we are saying it is them? They have taken the story from

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Politico. We have these negotiations, where they go over,

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David Davis, for about three days, they have an awkward press

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conference and then come back and talk among themselves. We are not

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getting anywhere. Britain has said, let's just stay here and keep

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talking until we get somewhere. At the moment, it feels like total

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deadlock. It seems a smart thing to do. Both sides have to agree to it.

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Time is running short, really. There is not that long to go. There is

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obviously going to be parliament coming back after the summer

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holidays tomorrow. They are going to be voting on various... It is the

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legislation around the withdrawal. It seems like Theresa May is

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potentially going to be in a rough ride there, according to tomorrow's

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papers. Can the EU hurry up, that is the headline in the The Sun. The PM

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demands nonstop Brexit talks? I'm not sure they will be nonstop? I

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don't think so, the EU does not do weekends or Friday. It is a relaxed

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pace. Britain has triggered this, and it is Britain faces to lose at

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the most of it doesn't work. We are the ones under pressure. That is why

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the push for speed is coming from the UK side. It is us that needs

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this. Do you think the US EU EU will be amenable? You would hope so, it

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is in everybody's interests to get it sorted out. Deborah, the big

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story of the day, Kate's third baby. I was kind of thinking, in these

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times of great turmoil and huge events, stressful North Korea

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screaming headlines, it is quite nice to get some happy news, happy,

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soft, fluffy news about another baby. Before her. I feel sorry for

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her, having the whole morning sickness. She had that with all

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three pregnancies. It sounds pretty horrific. I had my third last year.

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Fortunately, I did not endure the morning sickness, but I did have the

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sleepless nights afterwards. It is quite a big jump from two to three.

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Any advice about having three? Just endless patience. Also, the older

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you get, the harder it is to deal with those. She will probably have

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more staff than you. A palace full of staff probably eases the pain.

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Surely want to help your baby. Delighted with the news of the baby?

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I am completely indifferent. They seem like a nice couple, good for

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them. I am not sure I would put it on my front page. Would you put this

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on? Jeremy Corbyn, Tahir and, apparently, with being vegan. --

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toying with being a vegan. There is a bit on the Telegraph as well. The

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Times today lovely job. He was addressing an event at Lush. He was

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talking about how he is eating more and more vegan food. He says it is

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getting so much better. He went to a house and had a lovely vegan wheel.

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But he says, I am not going vegan quite yet. I can tell you why. I was

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speaking to him at Christmas. Do you have Christmas together? Frequently!

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You started talking about his love of cheese. He is passionate about

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cheese. He talked endlessly about different cheeses, he talked about

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smuggling it across borders so he could have his favourite cheese. The

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story says he is being held back from full vegan by his love of

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creamy Somerset Brie? Hasn't held back at least four MPs. A revelation

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in the Times about how there are, at present, four openly vegan MPs, all

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of them Labour. It makes you wonder how many closet vegans there are. Do

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you think it is a vote winner? According to the article, and I take

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all of my information about vegan eating from this article, it seems

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to be about 500,000 people. But more of a proportion of people are vegan

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than MPs are. Half a million, that is quite a lot? Maybe this could

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make the difference. Thank you so much for being with us. I give your

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time. Thank you for your time. Don't forget you can see the front

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pages of the papers online It's all there for you -

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seven days a week at bbc.co.uk/papers, and if you miss

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