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More than 5,000 British soldiers are to lose their jobs this summer.

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The redundancies are part of the latest round of cuts to the armed

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forces and there are more to come. Shock in Indonesia as a judge

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sentences a 56-year-old British woman to death for smuggling

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cocaine into Bali. Hundreds of schools remain closed as more heavy

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snow brings yet more disruption around much of the UK. Israelis go

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to the polls with Benjamin Netanyahu favourite to remain as

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prime minister. And life on the frontline. A look behind the scenes

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with Prince Harry. Everybody has a good old look at me, and that is

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one thing I dislike about being here because there are plenty of

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guys who have never met me and to look at me as Prince Harry, rather

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than captain Wales. And coming up in the sport, defending Champion

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Novak Djokovic is through to the semi finals of the Australian Open,

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beating Thomas Berdych by two sets Good afternoon and welcome to the

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BBC News at One. 5,300 soldiers will lose their jobs this summer in

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the latest round of Army redundancies. And the Ministry of

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Defence has warned that there are more job losses to come. The cuts

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had already been announced but they are higher than expected. Army

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numbers are being cut from 102,000 to 82,000 by 2020 in a bid to help

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plug a multi-billion pound hole in the defence budget. Here's our

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defence correspondent, Jonathan Beale.

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This was part of the British Army on exercise on Salisbury Plain a

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few years ago. Today, it has fewer tanks and fewer soldiers. Within a

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few years' time, it will be even smaller. With confirmation another

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5,000 troops are to be made redundant in this shrinking force.

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In 1960, as national service came to an end, the army was 315,000

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strong. By 1982, the time of the Falklands war, it had 160,000

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troops. Last year, it was 102,000 and by 2017, it will those

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currently surveying, or about to serve in Afghanistan will be exempt

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from this largest round of redundancies. But the security

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threat is not just confined to Helmand province, but there are

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growing concerns about Islamic radicals in the rest of the world,

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most recently in the north of Africa. The restructuring of the

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army under the Army proposition, it gives you a force designed to deal

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with these threats and this is a case, big is not always better. It

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is taking what you have and resource it probably and training

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for threats. It is the hostage crisis in Algeria and the West's

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intervention in Mali which has prompted Labour to question the

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logic behind these latest cuts. For now, the government says it will

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limit Britain's military involvement in Mali to logistics

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support, intelligence and training but the question, what will happen

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if that is not enough? The problem is, once you have deployed those

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clever things, and they don't quite work, the temptation then is to

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start think again about putting books on the ground and that is

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when smaller forces are always at a disadvantage. The ministers say

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this has been a painful process for the armed forces and it is not over

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yet. With the army set to go through a 4th round of redundancies,

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possibly later this year, with another 4,000 soldiers said to lose

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their jobs. Our political correspondent Norman

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Smith has more from Westminster. Rather awkward timing, this. Only

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yesterday the prime minister was warning of the generational

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struggle with al-Qaeda linked groups in North Africa. Is the

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government under pressure to rethink these cuts? They are, but,

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Sophie, cuts to the army or always profoundly politically difficult

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because of understandable public sympathy for soldiers and some of

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these soldiers are going to be sacked, made compulsory redundant.

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As you say, these cuts are particularly difficult because of

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the juxtaposition between the Prime Minister yesterday warning over

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this generational struggle against terrorists, who apparently regard

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mass murder as not only acceptable, but desirable, and the decision

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today to press ahead with a large tranche of army cuts we have seen

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in recent history, a decision made even harder by questions about the

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Government's broader defence strategy and whether they give

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enough account of the emerging threat of this new terrorist threat

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with Labour saying that the Strategic Defence Review, which

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underpins these cuts, makes no mention of Mali or Algeria and a

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factor in the threat from terrorists in North Africa. My

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senses the government are very unlikely to back off over these

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redundancies. Why? Because they say the only support they could provide

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in North Africa is a logistical, involving transport, training, but

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it will not involve soldiers on the ground, and be affected by reducing

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the size of the army. But there is a bigger factor and that is money.

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The MoD has a black hole in its budget of around �37 billion, and

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given the huge difficulties the Government is having cutting back

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the deficit and debt, it is extremely unlikely they will ease

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back on the pace of redundancies in the army. The Norman, thank you

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very much. A British woman has been sentenced to death for smuggling

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drugs into Indonesia. 56-year-old Lindsay Sandiford was arrested last

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May for trying to traffic nearly five kilos of cocaine into Bali in

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a suitcase. Her lawyers say they are surprised at the sentence, and

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will appeal. Karishma Vaswani's report from Bali contains flash

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photography. Lindsay Sandiford was expecting a

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guilty verdict today but nothing like this. There was an audible

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gasp in the room as the judges The judges handed down the death

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penalty despite the prosecutor's recommendation that she should get

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15 years in prison. They added she had damaged reputation of Bali and

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weaken the Government's anti-drug programme. Any comment? Are you

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shocked they gave you the death penalty? Visibly shocked and hiding

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her face behind a Brown at scarf, she refused to speak to us as she

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left the court room. Her lawyer says she will appeal and the

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verdict is too harsh. TRANSLATION: I think the judges did

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not consider her remorse for her actions. In her previous statement,

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she has already said she regretted what she did and has apologised to

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the people of Indonesia. Many holidaymakers were surprised by the

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news but not all were sympathetic. This verdict has shocked people

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fear in Bali and around the world but it appears that the judges were

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trying to send out a message. Get caught bringing drugs here and you

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will face serious consequences. Officials here don't want anything

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to ruin the image of their peaceful holiday island.

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There's more travel disruption today across the UK, because of the

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snow and icy conditions. And hundreds of schools remain closed.

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More than 500 schools are shut in Wales alone. Our correspondent

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Hywel Griffith has more from Caerphilly. Sofi, yes, don't be

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fooled by the picturesque scenery. This fresh blanket of snow which

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fell overnight has caused a fresh round of problems across South

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Wales. As you say, hundreds of schools closed, many people still

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recovering from last week's battering and now the Met Office at

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issued a fresh am a warning which comes into effect this afternoon.

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Besieged by snow. This medieval castle has weathered plenty of

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storms over the years but today's fresh snowfall has brought another

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day of disruption and difficulty to South Wales. Several mountain roads

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have been closed, others are gritted and possible but many

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businesses are already feeling the chilling effect of these weather

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conditions with no customers venturing to their doors. Yes,

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let's hope it does not go on for much longer because it's costing

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people money, wages, it is costing everybody, really, it's not good

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for anyone. Councils are also feeling the strain, rubbish

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collections are abandoned so staff could work on clearing the snow.

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These conditions can be pretty bewildering for parents. For

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example, this school is open today and the children are in their

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classrooms but just 200 yards away, on the other side of the playground,

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the neighbouring school has closed. Nearly 500 schools across Wales

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have been closed. For this teacher, that means a day looking after her

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own children. She understands some parents are becoming frustrated.

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It's easy to have a go at teachers because we have quite a lot of

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holidays and things like that but I know the head teacher would not

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close the school and as a was absolutely necessary and would

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consider the safety of the children. Another 10 centimetres of snow

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could fall on higher ground here this evening and many are already

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stocking up, preparing themselves for yet another day in the cold.

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Well, that warning, net of this means that people should consult

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and check the forecast before they venture out for the rush hour in

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South Wales this afternoon will be anything but, with fresh snow

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falling and a risk of ice, as well, on the roads. Thank you very much.

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Drifting snow has caused problems on roads in Aberdeenshire and Moray.

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Grampian Police have advised motorists not to travel unless it's

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absolutely necessary. There have been some partial road closures on

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minor roads due to large vehicles losing traction. Forecasters say

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the east of Scotland is expected to get at least 15 centimetres of snow

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before 6.00pm tonight. Four times as many schools are shut in

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Scotland, than yesterday. More than 150 are closed today compared with

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37 yesterday. In northern Ireland, almost 90 schools have closed. The

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bad weather has caused problems in the south west of England where

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there have been a number of accidents caused by ice and hail

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storms. In Birmingham, icy conditions forced the rush-hour

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closure of the Aston Expressway, which links the city centre with

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the M6. Heathrow Airport says there will be more delays and

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cancellations today. Other airports have warned passengers to check

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their flights before leaving home. Our correspondent Sian Lloyd is at

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Heathrow. What is the situation today? 48 flights cancelled so far

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today. That's compared to hundreds that were cancelled yesterday and

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over the weekend. The airport tell us that today the problem is

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nothing to do with Heathrow, but the conditions are good,

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particularly the visibility, but it is the bad weather in Europe,

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Frankfurt, Paris and Brussels at the airports, and they are

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experiencing bad weather and they are popular destinations for

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flights from Heathrow. However, the weather will change later on in the

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day and they will monitor that closely. No one wants to see a

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return to those scenes at the weekend when hundreds of people

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were sleeping on the floor here at Terminal 5. People on planes not

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going anywhere and were later cancelled. Elsewhere, they had been

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problems at Gatwick and Birmingham airport, too. And on the railways,

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for rail passengers, South Eastern trains have seen some problems, the

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Gatwick Express, and also Eurostar. And, of course, the Rose,

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disruption for passengers as we have been hearing -- the roads. The

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AA say this could be one of the busiest days of beer for them

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because they are receiving reports of breakdowns of 2000 per hour.

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Let's come back to Heathrow and in case you're wondering about what

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happened to one unfortunate passenger who we featured yesterday,

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I can bring you right up to date on that. Ian Acheson had been trying

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to get to a meeting in Las Vegas since last Friday. During that time

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he stayed a night in a hotel, and spent one night at home. Altogether

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he spent 13 hours on a plane, without taking off. And he didn't

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see his luggage in all that time. Well, we have some good news. Ian's

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flight finally left yesterday afternoon. And, as you can see,

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he's arrived in Las Vegas with his bags. Thank you very much. Well,

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just a reminder that the BBC News Channel will have all the latest

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information on the weather and travel throughout the day. There

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are also more details on our website. The BBC Weather website

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will have comprehensive forecasts for where you live. And don't

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forget to tune in to your BBC Local Radio Station for the latest news,

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weather and travel in your area. A former police officer and a senior

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journalist from the Sun newspaper are facing criminal charges over

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alleged corrupt payments for information. Former Metropolitan

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Police Constable Paul Flattley and the Sun's defence editor Virginia

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Wheeler will be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in

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public office. The charges are being brought as a result of

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Scotland Yard's Operation Elveden. The government borrowed slightly

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more than expected last month, fuelling fears that the UK could

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lose its coveted triple A credit rating. Figures from the Office for

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National Statistics show that UK public sector net borrowing hit

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�15.4 billion in December. That's �600 million more than a year ago.

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Our business correspondent Adam Parsons is here. What is behind

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these latest figures? A lot of technical language goes around but,

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basically, every month the government spends a certain amount

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and looks at how much has come in and it doesn't have enough, it has

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to borrow more and what has happened this past month, it has

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spent more than it had, so had to borrow over �15 billion. Quite

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simply, the economy is contracting, there's not much money coming in in

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terms of income tax, corporation tax, and VAT, so they have to

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borrow more and more and of course, you get into this vicious circle.

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As the economy contracts, fewer tax receipts coming, so with those same

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austerity will have to be even tighter, spending cuts should come

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in, the Chancellor has said he wants to balance the books. The

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fear now is that if the economy really is beginning to weaken, and

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the triple-A rating, the best credit rating you can get, could

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slip away, and that is one of the things the Chancellor George

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Osborne has always nailed his colours to. He says he wants to

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defend that credit rating and at the moment it under more pressure

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than it's been for many years. Our top story: more than 5,000

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British soldiers are to lose their jobs this summer. The redundancies

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are parts of the latest round of cuts to the armed force and there

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are more to come. I'm at the Royal Academy in London, taking a look at

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the first exhibition in this country for over 50 years of the

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pioneering French artist, Edouard Manet.

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Later in the hour I'll have all the The people of Israel are voting in

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a general election today. The Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's

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alliance is expected to win with a reduced majority. The polls

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indicate that Israel's coalition has been losing ground a riffal

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party further to the right. -- rival. Israel's Prime Minister,

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Binyamin Netanyahu was chirpy this morning, as he arrived to vote.

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By the end of the day, he'll likely have even more reason to be

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cheerful. The leader of the right-wing Likud

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Party is expected to come out on top and keep his job.

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But at Jerusalem's main market, the lack of suspense means there's

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little election fever. Most take it as a given that

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Binyamin Netanyahu will get four more years in office. Bibi, if you

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ask me, no Bibi, no nothing. Security, never far from the minds

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of Israelis, is what many here see as Netanyahu's strength. But if he

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is to win, he won't win alone. At the polling stations today,

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voters have a choice of more than 30 different parties. They're

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competing for just 120 parliamentary seats. Now Israel has

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proportional representation. And you don't have to be a mathematical

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genius to work out that, as usual, we are going to end with up a

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coalition government. One of those likely to join a

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coalition is the only real surprise of these elections,-and-a-half

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tally Bennett and his new Jewish Home Party, -- Naftali Bennett.

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They are to the right of Netanyahu. His success, some say, shows the

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country is opposing that way. He doesn't want to give up any land to

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create a Palestinian state, side- by-side with Israel. This year,

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Middle East peace has not been a vote winner. Palestinians,

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settlements, peace, people aren't talking about that.

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And as Israel goes to the polls, that does not bode well for those

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hoping for peace in the Middle East. Let's talk to our correspondent

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Katya Adler who is at a polling station in Jerusalem. There are

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fears about the impact that this election could have on the peace

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process. Well, yes, absolutely. It's not

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just the Israelis voting here today who will be watching carefully the

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outcome of this election. The international community, including

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Britain and the United States, expressed great frustration at the

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outgoing government of Binyamin Netanyahu, which kept building and

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expanding settlements, illegal under international law, on land

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the Palestinians want as part of their future state. But, Sophie, we

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have to be careful about predicting the policies of Israel's next

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government, even if Binyamin Netanyahu stays the country's prime

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minister. He is not a man wedded to ideology, he is a political

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pragmatist. So rather than imbed himself in a government of the

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right or far right and risk further alienating friends abroad and even

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Israelis at home, he may well choose to invite a couple of

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parties of the centre into his coalition government, which would

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give him more political wiggle room, if you like. His main focus, some

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say his absolute obsession is Iran, and stopping that country getting

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nuclear weapons it could be point at Israel. If, for example, the

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United States, Israel's closest ally would say - we'll take tougher

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action on the Iran issue but you in Israel need to take some steps

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towards restarting the stalled Palestinian peace process, Binyamin

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Netanyahu may well do just that. Now for years it's been hailed as a

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popular, sustainable fish, renowned for health benefits. Now we are

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being told that mackerel should be eaten onlyly occasionally because

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of fear that is too many are being taken from the sea around the

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pharoah islands. The Marine Conservation Society says consumers

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need to be aware of the dangers now posed to mackerel by overfishing.

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We are not suggesting that people stop eating mackerel altogether but

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just to think about the situation. We are putting up a sign-post

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saying it is an issue that needs to be dealt with soon. If knots, the

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stock is in great danger of collapsing altogether. -- if it is

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not. Ed Thomas is at the fishing port of

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Grimsby. What has been the response to that? A lot of people here are

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worried, Sophie. So many rely on the fishing industry in this town.

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I have also been told that mackerel has been one of the most popular

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buys today at the fish market but concern for the Scottish fishermen

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is too many of these fish are being taken out of the sea around the

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pharoah islands and Iceland. There is even talk now of factions --

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Farr owe islands. It is It is a worrying for people

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like Chris sparks. How do we get to this situation? By the fears of the

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Scottish fishermen who fear like the Icelandics and those in the

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Faroe islands are taking too many fish out of the sea. These talks of

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sanctions from the EU placed on Iceland on white fish stock, what

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impact would that have on places like Grimsby? It would be

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catastrophic to a place like Grimsby that rely mainly on imports

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on fresh fish of cod, haddock and plaice. It would be devastating.

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How many jobs in this town from the fishing industry? Somewhere in the

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region of 4,500 to 5,000 rely on the seafood and processing industry.

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What is your message to the EU, Icelandics and sksh fishermen?

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my -- Scottish fishermen? From Grimsby's point of view, get around

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the table, sort it out and have an end to it, amicably. Thank you. The

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Icelandic government says it is willing to talk and negotiate.

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Prince Harry is on his way back to Britain after completing a second

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tour of duty in Afghanistan. Before leaving Helmand province, the

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Prince gave a series of interviews at Camp Bastion, which couldn't be

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broadcast until he left the country. Harry talks about what life is like

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for a gunner & Co pilot of an Apache helicopter, who also happens

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to be nird line to the throne. - third in line. Life is never

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quite normal, but perhaps this is as close as he gets. On the

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PlayStation in Afghanistan, where Prince Harry says he can be just

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"one of the guys." The most amazing thing I suppose is being in a tent

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one minuteing, playing PlayStation and thrashing the guys at FIFA and

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then jumping in the cab and the only time you know what you are

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doing is when the information comes on the radio. Prince Harry's

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deployment came with an agreement to do a number of media interviews.

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If he was needed, though, the talking stopped.

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But even just doing his job in Afghanistan doesn't offer much

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privacy. Camp Bastion is huge. Home to around 30,000 military personnel.

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And the third in line to the throne never goes unnoticed. It is a weird

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reality being stuck in Bastion. For me, I hate it being stuck here. I

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go into the cookhouse. Everyone has a good gawp. That's one thing I

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dislike about being here. There is plenty of tkpwhies there who have

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never met me and therefore look at me and think Prince Harry as

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opposed to Captain Wales. Which is frustrating. Christmas comes

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towards the end of Prince Harry's tour and he is in festive mood.

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have show you the homely bit. -- I will show you. Paradigm phone.

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So, this is as much privacy as one would ge. It is fine. There is only

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four of us here. If you are sitting in that seat, you are probably

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speaking to home, I would have thought.

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The storeroom. The usual things. It never changes. KitKats and Mars

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bars. Everyone tries not to eat them but they do. This is my bed. I

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don't make it when I'm here. Army friend one. His mother needs to

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know he has been smoking while he is out here. We will make sure that

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is on camera. Now Harry is returning to the UK,

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inevitably there are questions about whether he will settle down.

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If you find the right person and everything feels right, it'll take

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time. Especially for myself and my brofrplt you ain't ever going to

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find someone who will jump into the position that it would hold, as

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simple as that. -- for myself and my brother.

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far as you are concerned, there is no-one waiting for you at home?

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100% single? I'm out here doing my job. That's all I can say at the

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moment. In Afghanistan, he has had as much of the prief sane life he

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craved. Life back home will feel different. You can watch a special

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programme showing more of Prince Harry's tour in Afghanistan on the

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BBC iPlayer. The French artist Manet has been

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described as the founding father of modern art, because of the way he

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broke the rules of the art establishment, by painting modern

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life in a modern way. This week the Royal Academy in London has opened

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up an exhibition of his work in the UK and for the first time the focus

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has been on Manet's portraits. I'm in the Royal Academy in London

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where the first major Edouard Manet show for over 50 years is about to

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open this Saturday. I'm joined by the curator, Marya, in ne, Stevens.

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Why has to takeen so long for an Edouard Manet show to be staged in

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London There have been exhibitions- his work else where. There was the

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sense that why make another retrospective. Let's look at a

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particular area of his work that has not been looked at before and

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see to what extent that will open up new ways of understanding this

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really, extraordinary artist. doubt he is an extraordinary artist.

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You call him the founder of modern art. He was an inspiration to the

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impressionist and rebelled against the academy. What will we learn

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from the show? First that he was a committed portrait painter. Nobody

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has bothered to look at tpwfrplt he started at the beginning of his

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career and right to the end of his life - when he died early at the

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age of 51 - he he was painting portraits. He used the sitters in

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his portraits to translate them into actors in his scenes of

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contemporary life. He use Madam Manet, he paints her portrait and

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then he uses her sitting in an interior in Arachon in 1871. It is

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important. It is a part of Manet's way of taking up the challenge of

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the dominant aesthetic movement of the day - realism. And saying, if

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I'm going to make a really, realistic painting I'm painting

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people in my scenes of contemporary life, who I know, who I have

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painted and who are there for reality. It kind of awe thenty

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kaits that message. Now if you live along the south

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coast and have been detecting a funny smell here is why. A leak at

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a chemical flapbt Rouen in northern France has sent clouds of foul-

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smelling gas across the region, across the channel. Emergency

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services in Paris were inundated with calls from worried people but

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French police say the gas is a harmless substance which escaped

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from the factory yesterday. from the factory yesterday.

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Now the latest weather. Something else to worry southern

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England now, an amber weather warning issued for the south-west

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of England and South Wales which comes into play this afternoon,

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last through this evening and into tomorrow. Our amber warning across

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Scotland will lapse this afternoon. Conditions improving here. An area

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of rain approaching the south-west will turn increasingly to sleet and

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snow as it pushes particularly into Devon and across into Dorset this

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afternoon and through the evening. This is the rush-hour and notice

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how we could see snow perhaps as far north as the M4. We cannot be

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precise about the ins tensities but we could be looking at lower levels

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to two to five centimetres snow. For higher grounds, perhaps up to

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ten sent meerts and with a strong breeze, problems with drifting and

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reduced visibility. -- ten centimetres.

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The problems in Scotland will tame down. The winds easing and we'll

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lose fresh-falling snowfall. For Northern Ireland, showers clearing.

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For Wales a largely fine evening to the north but to the south that

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question mark about how far north that area of rain, sleet and snow

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might spread. I urge you, if you are travelling in south Wales or

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the south-west, increasingly through this evening perhaps

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further eastwards to keep up-to- date with the forecast. BBC Radio

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stations and internet pages excellent places to keep up-to-date.

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Through the evening the spell of wintry weather persists moving into

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Hampshire and Wiltshire and into the small hours we could see a risk

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of fresh snowfall into the West Midlands and eastern Wales. The

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issues are likely to continue into Wednesday morning rush-hour. Of

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course, it's another bitterly cold night with a widespread frost. So

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there will still be a lot of lying snow around elsewhere and ice will

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be a big issue first thing on Wednesday. Add to that as well the

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potential for patches of freezing fog. Overall, the day as a whole

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quieter than we have had of late. In terms of any fresh snow flurries,

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perhaps a few light ones out of the thicker cloud. Generally a dry day.

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Again, though, it is cold. Ice could be an issue really throughout

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the day. Any thaw very gradual as we go into the latter days of this

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week. The story is for it to stay cold into Thursday and fri. Once

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again ice will be one of the our biggest hazardsment By the weekend,

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the potential for some significant change and quickly as well. Milder

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air coming in to start weekend. By Sunday the potential for heavy rain

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and strong winds. Unfortunately by this time next week, that means we

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could be talking about flooding. Thank you very much. The top story:

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more than 5,000 British soldiers are to lose their jobs this summer.

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