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Union leaders hold fresh talks with ministers three days ahead of

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planned strikes by public sector workers. The Government has

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condemned the planned a walkout by teachers and civil servants over

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their pensions, but unions stand firm. We are sorry about the

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disruption but we think we have to defend the pension scheme.

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The international criminal court has issued arrest warrants for

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Colonel Gaddafi and two of his closest allies.

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A major shake-up at the Ministry of Defence - it is aimed at tackling

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waste, red tape and rivalry between the armed forces.

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David Cameron announces deals worth �1.4 billion with China but denies

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trade was being secured at the expense of human rights.

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In hot water, but they are delighted - and why engineers have

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rolled beneath the streets of Newcastle in a bid for a greener

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future. And I am at a baking hot at

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Wimbledon where Andy Murray is due on Centre Court for his 4th round

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Good afternoon. Ministers and union leaders will

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hold fresh talks as lunchtime ahead of planned strikes by public-sector

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workers on Thursday. Or to three- quarters of a million teachers and

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civil servants are set to walk out in protest at plans to reform

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public sector pensions. The strike will close schools and is likely to

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cause widespread disruption if it goes ahead. Unions are threatening

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more action in the autumn. They are gearing up for the walkout.

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This morning, members of the Civil Service union were reminding

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workers about Thursday's strikes will stop as many as three-quarters

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of a million public sector employees could join the action,

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including thousands of teachers in England and Wales. Two teaching

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unions voted to join the protest. Since February we have been talking

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to them and asking them to shift on the idea we have to pay 50% more,

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work until 68 and get less from the RPI and CPI in retirement. We have

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not seen any sign of movement on any of those questions. What do you

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say to those parents whose lives will be disrupted because you're

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members are going on strike? don't want the strike to happen, we

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want the Government to talk and tell us these things will be put

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right. We are sorry about the disruption but we think we have to

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defend the pension scheme. Trade union leaders are meeting to talk

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tactics ahead of Nick associations with ministers later. They are

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trying to hammer out an agreement about the future of public sector

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pensions and the Government says these strikes shouldn't happened.

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The discussions are going on now. We have a meeting today and another

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one next week. The idea it is remotely appropriate to contemplate

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strike action while the discussions are going on is wrong. It is

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inappropriate. The Education Secretary said parents could help

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keep schools open on Thursday. In Leeds, the worry is how they will

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get to work. I feel sympathy, but I won't get paid so it does not help

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me. I think the teachers have a point. I think public sector

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workers in general are getting a card deal. It is going to mean I

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have to get childcare to go to work. Thursday's strikes seems very

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likely to go ahead, but it is the prospect of a bigger walkout in the

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autumn that could focus talks across the negotiating table today.

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At the moment there seems little room for agreement. The Government

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is clear pension age must rise and contributions to pensions must

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increase. But a leaked documents shows that the unions this agree on

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those core issues. Despite the rhetoric, talking continues and the

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two sides will meet again next month.

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Our industry correspondent is here. Talks might be continuing but it is

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very unlikely they will avert strikes on Thursday? Indeed, not

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least one of the unions are striking over a whole range of

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issues, not just pensions, they are striking over jobs and pay. They

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won't be discussed in these talks will it is likely the strikes will

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go ahead on Thursday. We have learnt how far apart they seem to

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be. We have heard the Government, a Danny Alexander coming out and

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giving specifics on what the Government wants out of the talks.

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It wants to see people move from final salary schemes to clear

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average schemes. He wants people to work longer and to contribute to

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more. A paper the BBC has seen which is the trade union basis for

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discussion they passed to the Government last week, the trade

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unions have made it clear that on the pension age, they think they

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should be no presumption of increases and no change without

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agreement. On contribution rates they say they believe there is no

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case for increased contribution rates except where they are agreed.

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The bottom line is, at this stage the trade unions want a set of

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principles to the agreed and not a set of specific. They think the

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specific should be left to the schemes specific discussions so

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that discussions, the firefighters and teachers discussions, the

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details to be discussed their butts and principles to be discussed now.

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But will the Government go for that? We'll see what comes out of

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these talks this afternoon. Arrest warrants have been issued

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for the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi and two of his closest

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allies for alleged crimes against humanity. The decision was made by

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the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Rebel forces claim they

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are making advances in the west of the country, less than 50 miles

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from Tripoli. It has been 100 days since Britain became in military

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airstrikes on Libya. In 100 days of operations there

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have been 5,000 attack missions. The mandate from the UN is to

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protect Libyan civilians. Britain is a key participant and says it

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has damaged or destroyed more than 500 targets associated with the

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Gaddafi regime and its forces. NATO admits there have been civilian

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casualties. In this attack, a small boy was among the dead, but NATO

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maintained the house was a legitimate target. The rebels,

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fighting last week along the coast, insist Colonel Gaddafi is under

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increasing pressure, as does NATO. His officials dismiss the

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suggestion. The leader is absolutely with us. He is leading

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the country every day. He is leading the Daily matters of the

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country and helping us conduct the crisis. He is strong, very high in

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morale and spirit. As if to underline such claims, state TV

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recently showed Colonel Gaddafi meeting tribal leaders. Now, the

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judges at the International Criminal Court have turned Colonel

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Gaddafi, one of his sons and his intelligence chief into

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internationally wanted suspects commissioning arrest warrants. In

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the rebel stronghold of Benghazi, some say it is not international

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just as they want for Colonel Gaddafi. We're not going to wait to

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see him in jail outside Libya of the exile somewhere, this man says.

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The Libyan people want to punish him themselves, he and his sons

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perpetrated many crimes against us. It may be clear for now, where the

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rebels, the military and political and diplomatic efforts will take

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them, even from the Nato-led coalition. But the rebels say they

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hope Colonel Gaddafi might be out of power before the Muslims

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observed at Ramadan in August. In a moment we will speak to Andrew

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Harding in Misrata for reaction to the issue of those warrants. But

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first to Mark Doyle who was with rubble forces to the west of

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Tripoli. The rebels have come down from the

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mountain, south-west of Tripoli and the position they hold I visited is

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a couple of miles behind me up this road. It means the rebels have a

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position approximately 30 miles from Tripoli. I have been yesterday

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and today and it seems this position is fairly stable, although

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all morning I have heard happy weapon -- heavy weapons being fired

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in his desert plane which is on the approaches to Tripoli. I have just

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heard some NATO jets overhead as well.

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Our World Affairs Correspondent, Andrew Harding in a Misrata force

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of the issue a these arrest warrants is seen as significant on

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the part of the international community, any reaction to it

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there? Quite a reaction. There has been sustained gunfire throughout

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the city since the announcement came through. People firing guns

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and heavy weapons into the air in celebration. Cars are blaring

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behind me. Most people saying, we just want Gaddafi out. When you

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press them, people say it would be great if he was put on trial, but

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if it were to end this conflict more quickly, people would be happy

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to see him in internal exile under house arrest with his close aides

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and his family. Most people seem to see that as a realistic way out.

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Andrew Harding. A major shake-up of the Ministry of

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Defence has been announced, aimed at tackling waste, red tape and

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rivalry between the armed forces. The Defence Secretary has vowed to

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bring spending at the MoD under control. Reforms will likely mean a

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cut in the number of senior officers and the Defence board.

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Caroline Wyatt has the details. The aim of these reforms is to

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streamline and simplify decision- making at the MoD, added, which has

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had many problems. The Defence Secretary has announced reforms

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aimed at slimming-down Dickie decision-making committee, the

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Defence bought from 12 to eight, taking single service chiefs of it

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but allowing them more control and autonomy. Automatic, it could mean

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some job cuts at the top, with fewer senior officers and perhaps a

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ministerial post to go, to reflect the cuts being made to other ranks

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and civil servants. We need to get changed, and we need

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to get changed quickly. The question is, can you bring all of

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the armed forces, civil servants along with us? I think we can, if

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they see the reforms have a clear direction. And I think if they

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believe they offer. Even though Britain has the fourth-

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biggest defence budget in the world, and currently spends nearly �34

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billion annually, roughly 2% of GDP, the National Audit Office reported

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in 2009 highlighting a black hole, anything from �6 billion, to �36

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billion in equipment over the next decade, without the funds to pay

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for it. Some critics say the problem of bureaucracy at the MoD

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is long-standing. Every time you try it, it sounds marvellous cut

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out the waste, centralise and put it under one a two people. But the

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fundamental problems of not enough money and too many demands on that

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money will still be pertaining. You might change the architecture, but

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I have yet to be convinced it will do what everybody hopes it will.

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Many have tried to reform the MoD in the past and it has not always

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worked, with the Department going through immense uncertainty and

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upheaval cutting civilian and service personnel. How these plans

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are implemented will be key to the chances of their success.

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An inquest will take place into the death of Christopher Shale, close

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friend of the Prime Minister who was found dead at Glastonbury

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yesterday. Mr Shayler, the chairman of the Conservative Association in

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Mr Cameron's constituency in West Oxfordshire, is thought to have

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suffered a heart attack. The body of a man who died on a

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Greek island 11 years ago has been exhumed in County Durham.

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Christopher Rochester fell from a balcony on holiday and the doctor

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who treated him was found guilty of negligence. When his body was

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returned it was missing a kidney. His family believe it was removed

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illegally. The Greek authorities have called for further DNA samples

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from his remains. The clothing chain, Jayne Norman

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has gone into administration after closing its 90 stores on Saturday.

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600 jobs are at risk. Habitat outside London, owner of Dolphin

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bathrooms and mauve and kitchens also went into administration.

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Businessmen have signed up business deal with China for more than a

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billion pounds. The Chinese premier met with David Cameron in Downing

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Street today. The Prime Minister rejected suggestions the trade was

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secured at the expense of human rights, saying the UK was

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encouraging to Chinese Government to make progress on issues of

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politics and democracy. This report does contain flash photography.

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China UK summits are more frequent these days and not just about pomp

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and ceremony. David Cameron sees premier Wen Jiabao as a partner for

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growth, a key player to opening up China to British business. With

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every smile and handshake, there are hopes the targets of the �60

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billion of bilateral trade by 2015 will be reached. And vital for

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Britain it is not only about a more imports, today new deals have been

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signed to export pigs and poultry as well as retail and legal

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services to China's growing millions of middle-class consumers.

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This summit is mainly about trade and business, but human rights on

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the agenda. The British Government is arguing Justice and the rule of

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law are essential if China's economic progress is to be

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sustainable. David Cameron was asked if in Britain's eagerness to

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do business with China, he was helping to prop up an authoritarian

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regime. We are different countries, different history is and different

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stages of development. We should show each other respect. But we are

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very clear that political and economic development should go hand

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in hand, one supports the other. And Wen Jiabao stressed china

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responded better to co-operation than criticism.

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TRANSLATION: China and the UK should respect each other, respect

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the facts, treat each other as equals and engage in more

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corporation than finger-pointing and resolved properly, issues

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through dialogue. Dialogue is the buzzword, both

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sides hope along with growth and business comes more communication

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and understanding of each other's Our top story this lunchtime: Union

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leaders are holding fresh talks with ministers three days ahead of

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planned strikes by public sector workers.

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Coming up: All eyes on Centre Court as Andy Murray battles for a place

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in the quarter-finals. So far his match with Richard Gasquet is going

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with Sir. Still to come: The rest of the

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sport including how the UK's Scientists in Newcastle have hit

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the jackpot in their quest for renewable energy. A team has struck

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naturally occurring hot water after drilling nearly a mile deep into

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the earth's crust. They are ultimately hoping to use the steam

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produced to heat homes in the area. Fiona Trott is at the site in

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Newcastle. This is the kind of drill that was

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used in the Chilean miners rescue and yet here it is, at Newcastle

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city centre, a stone's throw from St James's Park. Because scientists

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had a strong suspicion that there was hot water deep beneath the

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ground and finally, they have been proved right.

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It is a rare sight in a city-centre and it is hard work. For four

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months, this drill have gone deeper and deeper into the earth's crust,

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passing fossils over 300 million years old, and now it has hit the

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jackpot. Steaming hot water has finally been found. Scientists are

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thrilled. Absolutely over the moon. It has been a long time coming and

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it is as low carbon as it could get. The carbon footprint of this

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operation ends when their drilling rig get out. The drill is coming on

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to 2000 metres below Newcastle. After sandstone, the boredhole will

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reach port of up to 80 degrees Celsius. -- will reach water. That

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will then be pumped up to the surface. This project has captured

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the imagination of school children. Coal is not a renewables substance

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but back there, that is renewable because they can get water that is

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really hot. What do you think of that? It is good because I am

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really interested in science and history and it is putting them

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together so it is really good. the university has heeded one of

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its own buildings, hundreds of local homes and some businesses

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could follow, but first, scientists must test the sandstone which

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insulates the water underground. That work will be finished by

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September. Let me explain something about the fans don't. They have to

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make sure there is enough of it to keep the water hot -- about the

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fans don't. The water is pumped through again and again, and that

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is why other cities with the sandstone are watching the project

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carefully. Geothermal energy has been used before but what

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scientists say is so unique about this is the fact they are using

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drills and they are going much deeper into the ground. The deeper

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they go, the hotter the water will be and the more successful this

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project will be as well. The former Justice Secretary, Jack

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Straw, has attacked what he called the racket of car insurance

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companies that sell customers' details to personal injury claim

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firms. Mr Straw said the number of claims companies had doubled in the

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past two years and they should be regulated more closely and their

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high pressure sales techniques curbed.

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The head of the British Medical Association has warned that cuts

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being made to the Health Service were being rushed. In a speech to

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BMA representatives in Cardiff today, Dr Hamish Meldrum warned the

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Government that the medical profession would react strongly to

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any cuts that might be seen as knee-jerk or slash-and-burn.

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Branwen Jeffreys reports. The images in England is changing.

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Plans to give doctors a bigger say over budgets and to encourage

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competition -- the NHS in England is changing. The government has

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promised 180 changes to the health bill. Today, the union said it

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would hold ministers to those promises. We have to ensure that

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those legislative changes match up to the rhetoric of the last few

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weeks. Over the weekend, we have been examining a 180 government

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amendments published on Thursday in minute detail. Insuring what has

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been promised is being delivered. But doctors have gathered from

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around the UK and share another worry. Even where health spending

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is protected, costs are rising faster. Our overshadowing NHS

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reform is potentially an even bigger challenge. The challenge of

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ever-increasing demands, finite resources and the most difficult

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financial situation in all four nations that has ever been faced by

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the NHS in its 63 years. Hospitals in some areas are feeling the pinch.

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In England, this is where many of the efficiency savings are being

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made. The BMA is worried about growing variation in treatment from

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one area to another but managers say the NHS can make its savings

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without damaging patient care. are determined to make the savings

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without reducing patient care. What we are trying to do is make sure

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that where we can get to people earlier, where we can avoid

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hospital admissions because we can treat in primary care, that is what

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we need to do. All the doctors know they are working in a tough

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financial climate. The NHS has to find ways of doing more for the

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fame manage with smack less and in England, within a couple of years,

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it will be doctors, not managers, making those decisions -- the NHS

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have to find ways of doing more for the fame of money with less.

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Police in the Irish Republic believe they have foiled a planned

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bomb attack in Northern Ireland by dissident republicans. They say

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home made explosive material, which was found on a farm in County Louth

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on Saturday, could have been used to make a 500-pound car bomb. Two

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men have been arrested. Mark Simpson is in Belfast.

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Even when Northern Ireland's grim standards, �500 macro is a big bomb

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and even though it was found on the southern side of the Irish border,

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it was destined for Northern Ireland. Obviously police on very

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high alert in Belfast after last week's violence, particularly

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involving loyalists, but they have to keep their eye on dissident

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republicans as well, particularly the group that is believed to have

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been making that bomb. It is a dissident faction known as Oglaigh

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Na h'Eireann. It is relatively new but it is dangerous. The police

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know: They tried to smuggle him one bomb and they will probably try to

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smuggle him more. What is the carb level of threat by

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dissident groups? -- the current level of threat?

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It is as high as it has been in recent years and it is pretty acute

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because we are into the marching season, the time of year we

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dissidents and loyalists are the most active, but the police is

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taking comfort from two things. How quickly they were able to quell the

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violence in East Belfast last week and the level of North-South co-

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operation between the police have never been better, as was evidenced

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by the finding of the bomb at the weekend.

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There were violent scenes in Argentina after the legendary

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football club River Plate was relegated to the second division

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for the first time in its 110-year history. Police used water cannons

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on the enraged crowd after they shouted insults at the players. The

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violence then escalated outside the stadium in Buenos Aires and at

:24:19.:24:29.
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least 25 people were injured as It looks set to be the hottest day

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of the year in parts of the country today and it's no exception at

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Wimbledon where the sun is shining and the British number one, Andy

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Murray, has just begun his battle for a place in the quarter-finals.

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He's on Centre Court playing the Frenchman Richard Gasquet in the

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fourth round. They have played each other four times before, with each

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winning twice. Sally Nugent is there.

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I can tell you that today is generally agreed to be the best day

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of the Wimbledon fortnight. It is the fourth round. Plenty of matches

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to watch. And it is baking hot! Andy Murray is on Centre Court.

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Only at Wimbledon. They have camped out in the rain, now it is time to

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swelter in the heat. To cheer on Andy Murray, you must be prepared

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for every eventuality. Hot weather, late nights and nail-biting moments

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of drama. The man himself has to keep a cool head today, with the

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Centre Court roof open and an opponent he knows very well. He has

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won all of his matches pretty comfortably so far and he plays

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very well on grass, he is comfortable on the surface, so it

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will be really tough. Murray and Gasquet have history. Back in 2008,

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with the Frenchman on the brink of victory, Andy Murray fought back to

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win in five gruelling sets. It was the year the British No. 1 came of

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age. He is not likely to let today's high temperatures get in

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his way. You can never get too hot in this country. Sometimes in

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Australia, it can get a bit tricky. There is also a breeze today.

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Murray fans be warned. He said he is expecting a tough match. But

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even Gasquet has hinted the Scotsman has the measure of him.

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has been very good, he is number four in the world since a long time,

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one of the best players. He has done a lot of finals, he won the

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series, so if you really can win and why not this year? Before the

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plane is stepped on court, the biggest cheer of the day was for

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the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. But with the match now under way,

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and Ian Murray will want to make short work of his French opponent.

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-- Andy Murray. Gasquet is currently leading 2-1 in

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the first set but plenty of other tennis today. All of the big four

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men. Roger Federer, Djokovic and Rafael Nadal. One word of warning:

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Although it looks beautifully sunny now, we are expecting rain later on.

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Hotting up in the tennis and of course, whether wives. We might

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only have it for one day there. How At bet with the tennis players

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stepped on Centre Court, it was like opening the oven door. It is

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not pleasant. But just one day of this excessive heat with a big

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contrast across the UK. It is somewhere from London to leadership,

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they could see a 33 today. -- London to Lincolnshire. Big

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differences, 20 degrees colder in Lossiemouth. A big contrast. There

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is Collette air out to the far north and west and over the next

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few hours, it is the last day we will see these hot temperatures.

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Thunderstorms in the hottest areas. They have been starting to break

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out already in the last few hours in south-west England, and these

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will move further east, especially into England. At 4pm, a scattering

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of heavy showers in the South West and Southern Wales. The cloud

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increasing all the way, and into the Midlands as well. Cloudy in

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Northern Ireland with patchy rain. Look at the temperatures as we go

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across these areas. Nothing like 30. Just 12 degrees in the eastern side

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of Scotland. Heavy showers in northern England and the East

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Midlands. Civic heat, into the 30s. But that some will be turning

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increasingly hazy -- but the front- runner will be turning increasingly

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hazy. Hopefully Andy Murray will not make that game last too long.

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We should focus on the heavy downpours moving into the south-

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east of England through the course of the evening. Very gusty winds

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are possible with these, and widespread thunder and lightning.

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Even if you hear some thunder, you might not get too much rain but

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some torrential downpours are possible. A fresh and light

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elsewhere. Still while the warm in the South East but not quite as

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warm perhaps as last night. More cloud in the South East tomorrow

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with thundery downpours. Rain possible in the Midlands and north-

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east England, brighter skies to the north and west. Still rather warm

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enough South East but the last day of the excessive heat. For the rest

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of the week, temperatures will be closer to average. Most places will

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be dry. Back To today, we are very hot across the South East but not

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as hot as in France, where they may break a record for the hottest day

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in June on record. We have dodged Thank goodness it is not 40! Good

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this me! A reminder of our top story:

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Ministers and union leaders will hold talks this lunchtime ahead of

:30:33.:30:37.

planned strike by public sector workers on Thursday.

:30:37.:30:39.

The International Criminal Court in the Hague has issued an arrest

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