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The former Editors of the Sun and the News of the World are to be

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charged with conspiracy. Andy Coulson and Rebecca Brooks are

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accused of making unlawful payments to public officials.

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Attacks continue on Gaza, but Israel shelves plans for a ground

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invasion as efforts continue to try to broker a truce.

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We'll be reporting from southern Israel, where missiles are still

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being fired across the border from Gaza.

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A senior trader who lost a bank �1.4 billion is found guilty of

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fraud. The Church of England votes this

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afternoon on whether to ordain women bishops.

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Trimming the number of tariffs - the Government tells energy

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companies there should be fewer deals.

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And scientists warn that 95% of Britain's ash woodland could die

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from the fungal disease which has spread across the North Sea.

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On BBC London: the mayor is accused of breaking a housing promise as

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only 10% of homes at one of the Good afternoon, and welcome to the

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BBC News at 1.00pm. Four former journalists at the Sun and the News

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of the World are to be charged over alleged corrupt payments to public

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officials. They include Andy Coulson, who went on to become

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David Cameron's head of communications, and Rebekah Brooks,

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News International's former Chief Executive. An employee from the

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Ministry of Defence is also facing charges. Mr Coulson and Ms Brooks

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are due to be tried next year over separate allegations of phone

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hacking. Here's June Kelly. She was the most high-powered woman in the

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newspaper business, close to successive Prime Ministers. Now

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Rebekah Brooks is facing a fresh charge. She's accused of being part

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of a conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office. She's

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already due to stand trial on two other counts - phone hacking and

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conspiracy to pervert the course of justice, and another charge today

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for Andy Coulson, the man who followed her into the editor's seat

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at the News of the World, already in court over hacking and perjury

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allegations, he's now accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in

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public office. Once David Cameron's chief spokesman, these latest

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charges against him go right to the top of the British establishment.

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They involve the Royal Family. It is claimed while he was at the News

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of the World he offered payments to public officials in exchange for

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information including a Royal phone directory known as "the green book".

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It has contact details for the Royal Family and members of their

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household. Today in a statement Andy Coulson denied the new

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allegation against him and said he would fight them in court. Accused

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with Andy Coulson is Clive Goodman, once the world woorl's Royal editor.

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He's already served a jail term for phone hacking. The new count

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against Rebekah Brooks goes back to her days as editor of the Sun and

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also involves the tabloid's long- standing chief reporter Jon Kay and

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administrative defence employee Patina Barber. In a statement, the

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Since her evidence to the Leveson inquiry, there has been a focus on

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Rebekah Brooks's friendship with David Cameron and the nature of the

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charges against Andy Coulson mean more embarrassment for Number Ten.

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Let's talk to June, who is here now. What happens in all of these

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investigations? What happens in terms of the mechanics of this is

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both Rebekah Brooks Jerry Hall and her partner Anton Du Beke and the

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others who have been named today will have to attend a police

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station either today or in the coming days where they'll be

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formally charged. There will then be an appearance at magistrate's

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court. In terms of Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks, as we were hearing

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there, they're both facing other charges. The phone hacking trial is

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due to get going next autumn, but because of these other charges

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they're facing, the authorities were already trying to work out the

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choreography of all of this. This this morning will only add to their

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difficulties. We should say Rebekah Brooks has always denied all the

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charges against her, as has Andy Coulson. Of course, politically,

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this is difficult for Number Ten, and this morning it was noticeable

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that the Prime Minister, when he was thrown a question about this,

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didn't respond. June, thank you, June Kelly.

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Israel says it has put plans for a ground operation in Gaza on hold as

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talks continue in Egypt to try to secure a truce. The UN Secretary-

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General, Ban Ki-Moon, has been in Cairo as part of diplomatic efforts

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to stop the fighting. Ln the next hour he's expected in Jerusalem for

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talks with the Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

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Overnight, there were further Israeli air strikes on Gaza while

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Palestinian groups launched a handful of missiles into southern

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Israel. Katya Adler is in southern Israel now.

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Well, of course, there is much talk and speculation here in Israel as

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well as in Gaza. I am right here on the border - about this possible

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ceasefire. Israeli air strikes into the Gaza Strip, Gaza rockets fired

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here into Israel. They are continuing, but with less intensity

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than in the last few day, but getting an actual ceasefire

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agreement - that's going to be complicated because both sides are

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demanding guarantees. Just to give you a sense of how exposed to one

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million Israelis feel who live close to the border, this is the

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Israeli town of Sterot, when a siren wails warning of attacks,

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they only have a few seconds to run for shelter as we found earlier

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today. Of course, mean time in gauze Starks more than a hundred

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people have been killed since the beginning of this current Israeli

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military operation. In Gaza today, there is a sense of cautious relief.

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International efforts to broker a ceasefire have meant fewer Israeli

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air strikes on and around people's homes here. They're grabbing the

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chance to claw back some of their possessions and a bit of a sense of

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normality. The United Nations' Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon, is

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in the region. The United States' Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton

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is on her way. Their message is clear. Once again, Palestinians and

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Israelis live in the fear of the next strike, and this must stop.

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Immediate steps are needed by all to avoid further escalation

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including a ground operation. on the border between Israel and

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Gaza, and people on both sides are cynical about a ceasefire. They say

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they've seen them before, and they never last long. Longer term

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solutions are needed. In Gaza, for example, if you reduce poverty, if

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Israel lifts its restrictions on the movement of goods and people,

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there will be far less support for rocket attacks. Israelis too want

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long-term guarantees. The town of Sterot is only a couple of miles

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away from Gaza. This will not give us an answer for the reason this is

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- this is a possibility not for - this is not for a peace. Sorry.

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Then our conversation was interrupted by rocket fire from

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Gaza. The missile landed just a few metres away from us. This close to

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the border, you have less than 15 seconds to run for cover.

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For these Israeli soldiers amassed close to Gaza, it's a waiting game

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for now. Israel and Hamas are giving diplomacy a chance, but

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there is a keen awareness here that the bloodshed on both sides could

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escalate within minutes. We heard that this morning - we

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heard this morning from the Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu

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who said they wanted to exhaust all diplomatic effort, but if a

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ceasefire wasn't arounded there could be an Israeli military

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incursion into Gaza by the end of the week. In Gaza there have been

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I'mors this morning Hamas was about to announce a ceasefire. Instead,

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the new mill Friday leader there said they were ready for war and

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that it had all just started. International mediators are

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determined to pursue this ceasefire to the good, they say, of civilians

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on both sides of the border. Thank you for joining us.

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There's much more information on the conflict in Gaza and Israel as

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well as all the latest developments as they happen on the BBC News

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website at bbc.co.uk/news. A trader who lost the Swiss bank

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UBS �1.4 billion, has been found guilty of fraud. Kweku Adoboli,

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who's 32, was convicted by a jury at Southwark Crown Court. They're

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still deliberating on five other charges. Our correspondent Emma

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Simpson is at Southwark Crown Court. What happened in court today?

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were colossal losses. In fact, it was the largest unauthorised

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trading incident the City of London has ever seen, and in this trial,

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much of what Kweku Adoboli did was never in dispute. Kweku Adoboli

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this 32-year-old trader, racked up enormous one-way bets - �1.4

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billion worth of losses. He booked fake bets to hide the real risks

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that he was taking. What this jury had to decide was whether he was

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dishonest in doing so. In his defence throughout the trial, he

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portrayed himself as a guilty - a guilty person that it was the bank

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that was - a not guilty person, that it was the bank that was

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encouraging him to take risks that management knew what he was up to,

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that his other traders on the desk knew what he was up to. As for the

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prosecution, they portrayed him as a reckless, out-of-control banker

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who wanted to improve his profits, his status and his bonus, and today

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this morning he was found guilty on two counts of fraud, but not guilty

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on four counts of false accounting, making this the biggest case of

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fraud in British history. He'll be sentenced later this afternoon.

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Emma, thank you, Emma Simpson. 20 years ago, the Church of England

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voted to ordain women priests. Today, it'll decide whether to go

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one step further and allow women to become bishops. The plans have to

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be approved by all three sections of the Church's parliament, the

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General Synod. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, and his

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predecessor, Rowan Williams, both support the move. But lay

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representatives are divided. Emily Buchanan reports.

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After decades of discussion, it's crunch time for members of the

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Church of England's Parliament, the General Synod. Good morning.

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Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, and his successor, Justin

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Welby, are pinning their hopes on a yes vote to women bishops, so are

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most of the synod members. It means a tremendous lot. I do want to be

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still alive when we have women bishops, and I have been fighting

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this thing for 45 years. It's an important issue. I hope it gives us

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the space to move on and deal with things that are really important,

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issues like what's happening in Gaza and world poverty. But there

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is a minority of evangelicals and Anglo Catholics who are strongly

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opposed. They include women. Actually, it's not a matter of

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opinion or what somebody thinks women can or cannot do. It's

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actually about obedience to your understanding of what the church

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teaches, what's important about the sacraments and what holy scripture

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tells us. In 2010 for the first time more women than men were

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aDaned, 290 against 273. Nearly a third of all priests are women,

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almost a thousand working alongside just over 8,000 male priests. Many

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argue those women have a right to be bishops one day. It would be

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devastating blow to the morale of many, not the least our female

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clergy. It would be a major deterrent to continuing to attract

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into the ordained ministry able women and many able men. But others

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don't trust the safeguards in the code of practise. The code of

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practise cannot enshrine theological conviction. If this

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legislation is not clear, then what hope can there be that a code of

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practise will ever work? Here, it would seem we have reached an

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impasse. The atmosphere in Church House is electric. At stake, the

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future role of women in the Church of England. Those in favour of

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women bishops say the current compromise is workable and must be

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decided on today. Those against want to go back to the drawing

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board. Voting is later this afternoon, a two-thirds majority is

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needed in all houses. The result amongst the laity will be close.

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The BBC News Channel is going to cover that vote live expected to

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happen sometime after 5.30pm. In the last few minutes the Foreign

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Secretary William Hague has officially recognised the new

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Syrian opposition coalition as the sole representative of the Syrian

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people. Our diplomatic correspondent has joined us. What

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does this mean? It amounts to a considerable endorsement of this

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newly formed opposition coalition after months when Britain and many

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other countries, frankly, were very wary and suspicious of a deeply

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divided opposition which appeared felt they couldn't trust. This is

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an investment of trust in the new opposition coalition. William Hague

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said it amounted in a sense to major breakthrough, the formation

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of the coalition, and he said that they should now be regarded

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therefore as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people.

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What does that mean in practise? They'll be invited to send an

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official political representative to London who won't be an

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ambassador. He won't be able to use the embassy or have diplomatic

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status, he or she, but nevertheless will have an "in" to the Government.

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And William Hague announced today that the opposition would get

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considerably more funds and practical and political help in

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their fight against President Assad. James, thank you.

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Energy companies will be forced to reduce the number of tariffs they

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offer under plans to be announced by the Government later today. The

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Energy Secretary Ed Davey is expected to say that firms can only

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offer a certain number of deals and that they should also switch

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customers to the cheapest suitable product. Some consumer groups,

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though, are warning that fewer tariffs might mean some of the

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cheapest disappear. Here's our With energy prices moving higher,

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it is important to be on the right deal and last month the Prime

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Minister said he was going to make that easier for everyone. We will

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be legislating so that energy companies have to give the lowest

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tariff to their customers. Now we know how we will be done - there

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will be a simple choice from a supplier of four tariffs for each

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field, including a standard variable and fixed rate option, and

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people will be moved away from so- called dead on competitive deals.

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Ms people don't switch between suppliers, they just want to see

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the lights on and the heating working, and that is why to project

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the majority of customers, putting them on the cheapest tariff

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available is good news. But the government has got a long way to go

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to convince customers this is a properly competitive market.

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plans mirror those outlined by the industry regulator last month but

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they are an admission that market forces alone have failed to make

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sure the big energy suppliers deliver the best deals for

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consumers. The consumer wants to have a bill which is as cheap as

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possible, and they want to be able to see what they can get as an

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alternative, and they want to be able to switch. The industry is

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entirely committed to that. Labour say the government needs to go

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further, reforming the wholesale market, revamping regulation, and

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today the Energy Secretary insisted the plans would give consumers a

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better deal. We can try to put a cushion between those high global

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gas prices and the bills people pay, firstly by these types of methods,

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through competition and switching, but also through energy-efficiency.

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Whether this will deliver cheaper bills is far from clear, but it

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should at least mean millions of households are not paying over the

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odds. Our top stories this lunchtime. The

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former editors of the Sun and the News of the World are to be charged

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with conspiring to make unlawful payments to public officials.

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Coming on - how even chimpanzees Europe's leading expert on the

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disease that has hit ash trees has warned that it is 95% of British

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woodland would eventually fall victim to the fungal infection.

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Scientists in Denmark say there is no known way to stop the spread,

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but they say the few remaining ash trees which show natural immunity

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could hold the key to replacing those which will be lost.

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It is an environmentally disaster, and perhaps a nightmare vision of

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the future for our Rome woodlands. In Denmark at least 95% of ash

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trees have become infected with the Chalara fraxinea fungus. Those that

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are not dead are slowly dying. There is no known way of saving our

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own trees from the same fate. Already, foresters here are losing

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valuable timber. The to is a very big problem, I call it a disaster.

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I am losing a lot of trees and a lot of money. In this forest, it is

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about �1 million. Here you can get a real sense of the devastating

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impact which this disease has. Just short time ago this whole area was

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covered with hundreds of mature ash trees 30 metres high. Now because

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of the disease they have been chopped down and removed. Amid the

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despair stands hope. Very few ash trees, about 2%, seemed to be

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naturally resistant to the killer fungus so they are busy collecting

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seeds hoping their offspring will also be immune. For Denmark and

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Britain, this could be the long- term answer. These trees, we call

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them the hope for the future because a small fraction of trees

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show no symptoms of the disease and these could be the future for ash

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trees. It at the University of Copenhagen, the search is on for

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super trees. The saplings are deliberately infected with the

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fungus. These trees could replace the millions lost.

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In the last hour, the computer giant Hewlett-Packard says it has

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made a loss of more than �5 billion on the value of a British company

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it bought last year following what it calls serious accounting in

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proprieties. What can you tell us about this? It is on the face of it

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a very shocking story. Autonomy was perceived to be one of the great

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software computer success stories of the UK. It was bought by eight p,

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the American computer giant, last year for �7 billion. Now today AHP

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is saying that it is writing down the value of the company by more

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than �5 billion, in other words saying it overpaid by �5 billion,

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but the most astonishing aspect of this is that it says �3 billion of

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those losses relate to what it calls him proprieties and the

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overstatement by the previous management of the value of the

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company. This is in theory extremely serious so HP is taking

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the case to the Serious Fraud Office in the UK and to America's

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Securities and Investments regulator, and it says that it

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wants this investigated from the point of view of possible criminal

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and civil wrongdoing. Thank you. The Office of Fair Trading is

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investigating several pay-day lending firms which offer short-

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term high-interest loans following a review of the sector which

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brought about concerns over aggressive debt collection

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practices. Pay-day lenders have taken over the

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high street, pushing short-term high-interest loans, often with few

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questions asked, and with Christmas coming they are expecting a rush.

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More than a million a year it is using them, one of them is Megan

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who has a job as an airline cabin crew, but carrying �7,000 in pay

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day debt from eight different lenders. When she was 19, two years

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ago, she got hooked on loans that were granted within the hour. If

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they had checked her record, they would have seen she was failing to

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pay bills and now she has to faltered. The stress is quite hard

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of opening the letters and worrying constantly. Sometimes I would go to

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sleep but think I have got to pay this one, and borrow money to pay

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that one. I would lay awake at night. Be Office of Fair Trading is

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investing eating several firms using aggressive tactics and it is

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warning them to check customers' more carefully because around a

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third of them can't pay back the money on time. We expect lenders to

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behave responsibly, lending responsibly, so I think it is

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crucial that they carry out sufficiently rigorous test of

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affordability. Calls it helped to the charity National Debt Line have

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tripled in the last two years from people trapped with interest rates

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which can run to thousands of percent a year. We introduced a

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code of practice in the summer which takes effect next week, were

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there are proper affordability checks. We don't want to lend to

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somebody who can't pay back. Office of Fair Trading is concerned

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to many people are taking out pay- day loans which they can't afford

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to pay back because the lenders are failing to make the most basic

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checks and that is the reason for the clampdown. It doesn't yet have

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the power to close them down instantly so it is relying on

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warnings to restrain them as some families become desperate for cash

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this Christmas. The jockey Frankie Dettori is

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facing a horse racing inquiry in Paris today after failing a drugs

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test whilst riding in France in September. The three-times champion

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jockey could get a worldwide ban of seven months if the is found to

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have breached the rules. He is racing's ultimate showman.

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Frankie Dettori, bubbly, charismatic and successful, but

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today he faced the toughest battle of his career - a hearing at these

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headquarters in Paris. At stake his reputation and future. In September

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he competed at Longchamp racecourse a few miles from here. He didn't

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win any of his former Crone races, but whilst there he tested positive

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for a banned substance. Ever since he won all seven races at Ascot in

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1996, he has been sports biggest celebrity, from it even captain on

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this TV show to a touch bearer at the Olympics. Did he was banned how

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racing would miss him. He has also run restaurants, his name is on

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products, in magazines, he is on TV shows. No other jockey in the

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country is doing that and that is why he is so important to racing.

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It has been a tough year for Frankie Dettori, splitting with

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Sheikh Mohammed, the man who provided so many of his winners.

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The successes have become sparser and now he could face a lengthy

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suspension for racing's brightest star, these are dark times.

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David Beckham is leaving LA Galaxy next month after six years at the

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club. He said he wanted to experience one last challenge

:26:20.:26:25.

before the end of his career. There is speculation he plans to move to

:26:25.:26:32.

Australia's A-League. The study of great apes has found

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evidence that like many humans they may suffer a mid-life crisis. The

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study of chimpanzees and orangutans discovered that their sense of

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well-being was highest in youth and old age but it dipped in the middle.

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The authors say it suggests evolutionary and biological factors

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may play a part in the mid- life dip.

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In humans, the phenomenon of mid- life crisis is well known. Men

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might get themselves a new sports car, women might go for a makeover,

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but no one really knows what triggers this change of behaviour.

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Now new research shows that apes undergo the same thing. Hundreds of

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zoo keepers were surveyed about the well-being of animals in their care.

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The results showed that the eight who were halfway through their

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lives were the least happy. The observation is important because it

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shows that mid-life crisis might have evolved and so might even have

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a positive biological role. If you are dissatisfied with life, you are

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going to want to do something about it, and at that point in mid-life,

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you might be at the top of your game in terms of the resources you

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have, in terms of your status, and that may be a really good time to

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push yourself and kind of strike out and be a bit older than you

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normally would be. In the natural world, the mid-life crisis might

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motivate apes to make improvements to their lives, the question is

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whether the same might be true in humans.

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Now let's have a look at the We have got more heavy rain to come

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this weekend, but today we have found the number of flood warnings

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in Scotland has been falling, but the river levels in the south-west

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of England have been rising. Let me show you what has been happening

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with the rain so far - it has been wettest in the south-west of the UK.

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Elsewhere, the rain has been hit and miss. The rain is moving away

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more quickly, heading up towards the north-east, much of Scotland

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becoming drier later this afternoon. North Wales may see some sunshine,

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but for the bulk of England and Wales a lot of cloud and some

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outbreaks of rain. Gradually overnight the wind will ease, but

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we will be stuck with this rain turning heavier and more persistent.

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Clearer skies though, and wind turning milder for England and

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Scotland. Temperatures could get down to four degrees early on

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Wednesday morning. Heading into the rush-hour, apart from a few showers

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brushing the north-west of the UK, most of Scotland and Northern

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Ireland should start with sunshine. For England and Wales, a cloudy

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start to Wednesday with some showers around the western side of

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Wales, but for most of Wales, and possibly the far south-west, it

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will be dry. Further east it is wet with a lot of water on the roads.

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This rain could be steady and heavy, and not moving away quickly.

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Eastern parts having a wet morning, and even to the east of the

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meridians it stays wet. It is much better further west and north, that

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is where we will see some sunshine. The wind will not be a strong

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tomorrow and temperatures should be reasonable but we are not finished

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with the rain just yet - we will all be getting some later in the

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week, driven on by a strong to gale force winds for some time. This win

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will be driving the rain into England and Wales. The south-east

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and East Anglia probably staying dry through the day. Thursday night

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and into Friday, the rain band still works East words. As the wind

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drops on Friday, the rain grinds to were hauled over England and Wales.

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Elsewhere, a brighter day with some sunshine and showers. This rain can

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lead to some disruption as the day goes on. Now, a reminder of the top

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