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The Prime Minister tells world leaders why Britain needs a new

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deal with the rest of Europe. David Cameron says it's about making a

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more competitive, open and flexible EU. This is not about turning our

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backs on Europe, quite the opposite. This is about how we make the case

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for a more competitive, a more open, a more flexible Europe and how we

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secure the UK's place within it. A drop in the crime figures in

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England and Wales, but police are accused of exaggerating the fall.

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A backlog of 16,000 unprocessed immigration case sz deemed

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unacceptable by inspectors. More wintry weather for some parts

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of the UK and warnings that things are going to get worse before they

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get better. Some remarkable pictures of the

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moment an injured dolphin turned to a diver for a helping hand.

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Later on BBC London. We reveal how Social Services ignored requests to

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visit this woman, days before she was murdered by her partner. The

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number of reported assaults in male Good afternoon. Welcome to the BBC

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News at 1pm. The Prime Minister has brushed aside criticism about the

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impact the prospect of an EU referendum, claiming it would be

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more risky to do nothing than tackle the issue head on. Speaking

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at the world economic form in switserlapbld, Mr Cameron warned

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other European leaders that any attempt to shoe horn countries into

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deeper union was a mistake that Britain would not be part of.

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Here's our Chief Economic Correspondent, Hugh Pym. It was, in

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effect, the start of David Cameron's long campaign to win

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support in Europe for a major political rethink in. A speech in

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Davos ah, tended by European, political and business leaders, he

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argued letting events developed as currently planned was not

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acceptable. We should try and shape them in the UK's national interest.

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Let us negotiate a new settlement for Europe that works for the

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United Kingdom and let's get fresh consent for it. It's not just right

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for the United Kingdom, it is necessary for Europe. Outside the

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conference rooms the London Mayor was pressing the British Government

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case, here with the IMF chief. the right thing for Europe, because

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you cannot go on with the Brits endlessly being at the back. Long

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live Great Britain and long live Europe, she says. In private, pz on

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Mr Cameron's stance may not be quite so good natured. But he did

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win support from one former leading German policy maker. I think that's

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a sensible proposition. As a European and somebody who's very

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pro-European, I hope the British population decides when that vote

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and if that vote comes up that they see the benefits. At home more than

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50 bills leaders have backed Mr Cameron in a letter to the Times

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they say, "We agree with the Prime Minister that brib's best chance of

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success is partd of a reformed Europe. We need a new relationship

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with the EU, backed by democratic mandate. A third of the signitaries

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are Conservative donors or peers. Others in the corporate world are

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concerned about the impact on British trade. Just under half of

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UK exports of goods and services head to the EU. There's a fear by

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raising the possibility of quitting, the Prime Minister will undermine

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business. He's in a bit of a political predicament that he has

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to deal with. From a bills point of view, economic point of view, it

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can't be very good. In the best, it's neutral. At the worst it's

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negative, in terms of generating uncertainty. For David Cameron, one

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key reaction to his demands for reform is all important, that of

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the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, and she's due to speak in

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Davos within the next hour. In a moment we'll hear from our

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political correspondent Norman Smith. First to our business

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correspondent Simon Jack. What sort of reaction did Mr Cameron's speech

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get from the other European leaders? When he got up, the

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reception was about as cool as the mountain air behind me Mario Monti

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said we don't want unwilling Europeans. He had some explaining

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to do in front of a tough crowd. He said he does want to be awe

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European, but he doesn't want to be a pure even -- European in the road

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you're heading towards. The reaction he got then in the Q&A

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after was illustrative of how it wents down. He said I've said my

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bit, was there any questions, there was an embarrass ly --

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embarrassingly long pause before a question came about aid. Also

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someone said, look the the European Union has bent over backwards to

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keep Greece in the European Union and are they convinced they will

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dot same for you? Simon Jack there from Davos. Now to Westminster and

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talk to our political correspondent, Norman Smith. It's all about Mr

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Cameron selling his message to the other European leaders. Did we get

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a sense of how he will do that in the next few months today? I think

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we did. We discovered how Mr Cameron wants to pitch his case,

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how he wants to present it to the rest of the EU and to the

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international business community. That is, he does not want to be

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seen as some sort of Mr Angry of little England, straining to hold

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back his bulldog at the white cliffs of Dover. He wants to be

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seen as Mr Reasonable of Westminster, Mr Euro sensible of

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SW1 by saying to the business communities, look, a reformed EU

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would be more complexible, better able to compete against India and

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China. In other words u, it would make business sense for you. To say

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to EU leaders, there's no point pretending this debate isn't

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happening, it's under way. This is an opportunity to re-engage with

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voters and to underscore support for the EU in. Other words, it's

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good politics for you. Now he's not going to convince them overnight.

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There are serious doubts in the business community and amongst EU

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leaders about the referendum idea. But his hope is to get a hearing,

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to get them to at least listen to him and not to dismiss him as Mr

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Angry of the lounge bar of warming Immigration inspectors say they've

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uncovered a backlog of 16,000 cases which haven't been dealt with by

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the UK Border Agency. Most of them were requests to settle through

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marriage and include people waiting a decade to hear if their partner

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had permission to live in the UK. The Chief Inspector of imgaigs says

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the situation is unacceptable. Our home affairs correspondent Matt

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Prodger reports. They're no strangers to queues at immigration

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processing centre in Croydon, and in the system, as a whole, there

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have been no fewer than eight backlogs in the past two years,

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ranging from student visas to asylum claims. Now there are two

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more adding a total of 16,000 unresolved cases. To wait such a

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long time, even if their case was complex is completely outside any

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service standards that the agency has. It should be addressed as a

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matter of urgency. One backlog is 14,000 applications for people

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seeking review of a refusal to let them settle with husbands or wives

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in the UK. Inspectors found the case load was rising by 700 a month.

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And more than 2,000 others were awaiting any kind of decision at

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all. Some go back a decade. Here at the Home Office they say the

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smaller backlog has been cleared since the inspection. And the

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larger backlog is being eliminated as a result of recent changes in

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immigration rules. But there remain more than 300,000 cases across the

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system that are still awaiting decisions. We're going through,

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working through these issues. I'm confident that by the time we get

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through this Parliament, the agency will be in good shape. You know,

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it's not an overnight fix. We're going in the right direction. We're

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getting a grip of these things and sorting them out. Emily Churchill

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and her Palestinian husband had to live apart for more than a year

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because she was refuelsed a visa. Now he's in London, but his case

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hasn't been resolved. And his temporary visa expired today.

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think that the uncertainty that the immigration system puts you under

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is very, very difficult to live with. It's difficult to be a couple

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and a family and not know when you're going to be together or not

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know what the future holds for you. It takes them so long to give you a

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decision. The Border Agency was criticised for failing to take into

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account the interests of children. But in most cases, inspectors said

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its decisions ultimately were reasonable.

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A study of crime trends in England and Wales suggests the fall in

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offences recorded by police may have been exaggerated. The report

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from the Office for National Statistics comes as new figures

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showed continued reductions in virtually every category of crime.

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Our Home Affairs Correspondent Danny Shaw is in Central London.

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What's the ONS saying about police overstating the fall in crime?

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it had a look at the way that the police recorded crime figures over

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the past five years and compared that to the crime survey of England

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and Wales, which are both pet unitable, official sets of data.

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They found that the police figures were recording crimes at a rate

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which was much less than the crime survey, about half. So the decline

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measured by the police was greater than the decline measured by the

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official crime survey. Possible reasons for this are one, the

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target culture. The police have to try and get crimes down and that

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there's great store set by that. Secondly, concerns about cuts, the

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possibility that perhaps with fewer officers and staff they're not

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involved in measuring crime so effectively and lastly, police

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officer on the ground are given more discretion to deal with minor

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offences informally rather than logging all the crimes. A dispute

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how much crime is going down by, but it's still going down? Yeah,

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that's the good enough. Crime is definitely on the decrease. The

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police figures show a reduction in the year to the end of September of

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7% overall. In terms of the crime survey, it's an 8% reduction. Falls

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across all categories of crime, particularly homicides, down to

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their lowest level since 1978. The only category bucking the trend is

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pick pocketing. A deal between the UK and Ireland to bring wind energy

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to British homes is being criticised for potentially damaging

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the Irish countryside. The deal, signed today, will mean Britain

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gets cheaper green energy and Ireland gets investment and jobs.

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There are concerns that it will lead to the construction of some of

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the biggest wind turbines in the world. Our correspondent Matt

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McGrath reports. EU targets mean that keeping the lights on across

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the UK is going to need a lot more renewable energy from 2020. One

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possible solution is to buy that from Ireland, a country associated

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with all things green. Britain's opportunity is in wind energy. They

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believe they can provide 1.5% of UK energy needs from Irish wind by

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2017. They are blaning to put turbines all across the boggy Irish

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Midlands. But there are worries that the wind in the bogs is often

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too slow to generate power,. Some much larger turbines will be needed.

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Building windfarms on boglands has been done successfully here in

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Ireland in Tipperary. To generate the green electricity needed to

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power three million UK homes, it's going to require much bigger

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turbines than the ones you see here. In fact, it will need some of the

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biggest ever built in the world. The company behind the plan says

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that 700 of these giant turbines will be needed. They will stretch

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over 600 feet into the Irish sky. We felt it was better to build

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slightly large you are turbines but fewer of them. That's the best way

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to minimise the impact on the local area. Opponents say they will be a

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blot on the landscape of a country that trades on its unspoilt green

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image. They say the real reason that Ireland is being saddled with

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these turbines is because of the hostility of many Conservative MPs

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to wind. It seems to be an Irish solution it a British problem.

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Politically, they don't want turbines in the British countryside.

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They're under pressure from the public over there. It would seem

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they want time pose the windfarms on the Irish instead. Plz say the

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agreement is but a first step to a different type of power share ago

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agreement between the countries. No difintive decisions have been taken

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yet about how the wind energy will be generated.

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All Britons have been urged by the Government to leave the Libyan city

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of Ben Gaza in response to a specific and imminent threat

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against Westerners. The Foreign Office has been advising against

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travel since last September, but it's now stepped up that warning.

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Let's speak to our world affairs correspondent Caroine Hawley. What

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else is the Foreign Office saying about this? The Foreign Office

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understand and believes, it's not giving details about the imminent

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threat, it says, though, that after the French military intervention in

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Mali, which of course, is being backed by Britain, there is the

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possibility of retaliation against Western interests. This comes a day

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after the US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, testifyed about

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the attack on the American mission, that you may remember, September

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11th, in which the US ambassador was killed and three others. She

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said yesterday that Al-Qaeda was on the rise. It also comes, of course,

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a week after that hostage crisis at the gas facility in Algeria. That

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has raised serious concerns about a terror threat right across the

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north of Africa with links to Libya and a senior Algerian official said

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that attack in Algeria at the gas facility had links to the Benghazi

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attack as well. Police say the Chelsea midfielder, Eden Hazard

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won't face criminal action after he kicked a ball boy who appeared to

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be time wasting. The incident happened last night during Swansea

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is the Iy's victory stkpwepbs Chelsea in the League Cup. Gordon

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Taylor says Hazard shouldn't have taken the law in his own hands. He

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said he lost his head and had to receive his punishment. Our Wales

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Last night, Charlie Morgan was cast in a leading role. In the final

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minutes of the game he stop Swansea's opponents from getting

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the ball. Frustrated, Chelsea's Eden Hazard saw red, kicking out

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and making contact with the ball, he says, not the boy. Either way,

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he soon saw red will gain as the referee sentence to the sidelines.

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He is going to send him off. As a slight's winners, Swansea City are

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keen to move on. Have you ever seen anything like that before? It is

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part of the game. We do not go to the police because otherwise the

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player could be arrested. We will leave it as it is. But some have

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lost sympathy for the 17-year-old, after it emerged he had sent a

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tweet before the game mentioning time-wasting. He is 17. He should

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be behaving better. When Eden Hazard kicked the ball, the boy

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rolled over pretending to be more injured but he was. It is

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disgraceful. At the end of last night's game, Eden Hazard and the

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boy apparently shook hands in the dressing rooms. The police are

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taking no more action. Here in Swansea at least, attention turns

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to how to secure a ticket for the club's first-ever major cup final.

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Hazard may still face sanctions, but whoever the heroes and villains

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of the piece, the game will be remembered as the night the ball

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boy finally took centre stage. A quick look at the time. It is

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1:17pm. Our top story, the Prime Minister has brushed aside

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criticism about the impact of the prospect of an EU referendum,

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claiming it would be more risky to do nothing. Coming up, a special

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report from Jordan on the refugee crisis caused by the conflict in

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Syria. All day, people are continuing to arrive here, some

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3,000 in the last 24 hours it. We are told there are tens of

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thousands more are waiting on the other side of the border. Later, on

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BBC London, a royal visit for the art school that helped to decorate

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the Queen's Jubilee budge. The London Business woman beating the

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recession was her passion for pom- Fierce fighting in Syria has caused

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a major humanitarian crisis within the region, with hundreds of

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thousands of people seeking shelter in neighbouring countries. Now the

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United Nations and Jordan say they are concerned they will not be able

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to cope with the increasing numbers. Our correspondent Fergal Keane

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reports from a camp in Jordan. These are just some of the 3,000

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people who arrived at the camp in the last 24 hours and what you see

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now is the queue of the menfolk, who are waiting to get blankets and

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to be allocated tents for their families. Those tents are going to

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be their homes for who knows how long. There are something like

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between 60,070 1000 people in this camp and the numbers are growing

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every day. -- 60,000, to 70,000 people. There are quarter of a

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million refugees from Syria in Jordan. It is putting a huge strain

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on the country. We have heard the Jordanians warning they may have to

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close down the border. They hope they will not have to do that, but

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I think the fear is that if there is a total breakdown of order

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inside Syria, then Jordan will not be able to cope. As you can see,

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all around here, a lot of women and very young children. Cement are

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either out in the camp, trying to find the tense for their families,

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or others have stayed behind in Syria to protect what is left of

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the family's properties. -- the men. When they come here, they bring

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what they can carry. Mostly it is some clothes and a few personal

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mementoes, maybe the stove to cook on. Everything else, for everything

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else, they are dependent on the charity of the international

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community. It is extremely critical. We are receiving about 2000, or

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3,000 people a night. We know there are around 50,000 or 60,000 ready

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to cross into Jordan. We have done as well as we cannot giving the

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resources we have got, which is that we have no resources any more.

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We need money desperately to expand this camp had open two others. We

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will receive another 2000 or 3,000 people tonight, women and children

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are desperate for support and accommodation, desperate for

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blankets. There is a limit to what we can provide at the moment.

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You can hear more of that from Fergal Keane on tonight's Six

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O'Clock News on BBC One. Almost a quarter of schools and

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colleges in England are producing no pupils with the A-level grades

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sought by the most competitive courses at leading universities.

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Nearly 600 sixth-forms and colleges had no one achieving two grey gate

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and a grade B preferred by the Russell group of universities.

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It is being suggested that women who spoke today are far more likely

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to die as a result of a habit than in the 1960s. Researchers say women

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are start smoking younger and until recently smoked more heavily than

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in previous generations. Dominic Hughes reports.

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Smoking among women really took off in the 19 fifties and sixties.

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like smoking. I think people slow because they like smoking. Now a

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new study in the United States involving two million people shows

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how the effects are still being felt today. While health generally

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has improved over the past 50 years, the relative risks to smokers of

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diseases like lung cancer has increased as well. So a woman

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smoking in the 1960s was nearly three times more likely to die from

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lung cancer than a non-smoker. But by 2010, lung cancer was 25 times

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more likely to claim the life of a female smoker than a non-smoker.

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Smoking among women peak in the 1980s. One reason the risk of

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serious disease has continued to rise may be that women are starting

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to smoke younger and until recently were smoking more heavily than

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previous generations. Researchers say their findings confirm the

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claim that women who smoke like men will die like men. Smoking causes a

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range of different diseases. In the past, we thought that women might

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have a protective, be protected from some risks of disease, but now

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it appears that there are equally at risk from a whole range of

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different diseases in the same way that men are. When you smoke, the

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chemicals you inhale... Oh this recent anti-smoking campaign that

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running England tries to bring home to smokers the risks they run with

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their health. But the good news is that stopping smoking at any age

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dramatically reduces death rates from all major diseases caused by

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smoking. The US military is ending its ban

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on women serving in combat roles. The Defense Secretary Leon Panetta

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will announce the policy change later today. America has 1.5

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million active service personnel 14% of them are women. Our

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Washington correspondent Ben Wright reports.

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Women have been getting closer to combat for years. They serve in the

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US military in many roles, as pilots, medics, mechanics and

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police. But since 1994, women have been banned from joining frontline,

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artillery and infantry battalions. Patrols on frontline fighting has

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been the job of men. Until now. The decision to overturn the ban has

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been made by the Obama administration, but its US military

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chiefs who have recommended a change to the rules. More than

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20,000 women served with US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Several

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have since filed lawsuits against the Pentagon, claiming they served

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in a combat role but have not been recognised for it. Of America's 1.5

:23:53.:23:57.

million members of the armed services, 14% are women. Lifting

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the ban will open up hundreds of thousands of new jobs for them. It

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is thought the US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta once initial plans in

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place by May and military chief for sad -- and military chiefs will

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have three years to decide if some combat roles should remain off-

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limits to women. But this is a ground-breaking step. One that will

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lead to American women and men fighting on the front line together.

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Dolphins are well known for their friendliness towards humans, but

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here is a remarkable story of how one actually came up to a group of

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divers for help. The animal was caught in a fishing line of Hawaii,

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swam up to the group and then stayed with them while one of the

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divers cut him free. Our science correspondent Pallab Ghosh has more.

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A bottlenose dolphin swimming close to the surface of the coast of Kona

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in Hawaii. It swims up to a group of divers and they noticed that it

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is tangled up in a fishing line. They see that a hook is lodged in

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its bin. The line is wrapped around its head. Unless it can get free,

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it could die. It seems like it is asking for help. The woman filming

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this remarkable incident explains how she felt. It was such a special

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situation. I have been doing this for a long time. To see a creature

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asking another creature for help was mind-blowing. The diver cuts

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the fishing line. Then pulls the hook out of its fin. The dolphin

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allows the driver to do his work and waits patiently and calmly. It

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seems to know that the diver is helping. Amazing illustration of

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empathy between two species. This was an eight ft bottlenose dolphin.

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If it had opened its mouth, their teeth in it. It is a wild animal.

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But the communication was there was a solution, it stayed there and it

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was incredible. Now free, the dolphin swims away. The divers say

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they will go back soon a check-up on it and give an update on its

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condition. There are warnings of ice across

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the UK as snow continues to cause disruption. Freezing temperatures

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are set to continue into Saturday and forecasters are working --

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warning of further heavy snowfalls across the UK tomorrow. Danny

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Savage joins us from North Yorkshire.

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I think from most of the country today it is a respite from all the

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snow that has been falling. You can see the road behind me is fairly

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clear, but it is icy. For millions of people across Britain the snow

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and the cold weather is still dominating their everyday lives at

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the moment. In some areas of Britain, the snow has been lying

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around for 11 days now. Well known than to Marx had disappeared,

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camouflaged under the landscape. -- landmarks. High on the North York

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Moors, standing out against the snow, is the Lion Inn. The weather

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has had to be defective. Eight ft drifts across the road and all

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around the pub. You can see quite a lot of smoke. How long way you cut

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off for? Two full days come which is unusual. We don't close for

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anything. It is not hard to see why they are cut off but concern now is

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about what happens when all this begins to thaw at the weekend.

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centimetres of snow is the same as one inch of rain and we have snow

:27:30.:27:34.

across this country on very wet land. If it falls very quickly with

:27:34.:27:38.

the rain, there is a risk we will see flooding, particularly across

:27:38.:27:41.

the south-west of England on Friday and across the country over the

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weekend. But in the rural communities of North Yorkshire,

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they are out preparing for the sting in the tail, the cold weather

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has in store for tomorrow. We will have to stock up so we don't have

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to turn out tomorrow. Because when it snows appear, it certainly does,

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doesn't it? Yes, it puts it together really well up here, yes.

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The Environment Agency says a call to hit -- a call to build snowmen

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to ease before was a light-hearted remark, although this effect in

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County Durham is arguably doing his bit for the cause.

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The the ice is a problem on some roads today. I know some drivers

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have had a lucky escape in Buxton in Derbyshire after two cars came

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off the road and ended up in deep water. The people and the cars

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escaped without serious injury, but the Fire and Rescue Service say it

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was caused by ice. Be aware of that. Keep an eye on a forecast. More

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snow is expected. We will do that now. Let's get the

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latest one are forecast. How is it The end of the current cold snap is

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in sight, but not before we see further heavy falls of snow on

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Friday. Today, aware that it -- a relatively quiet picture. A lot of

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cloud. Some breaks in the cloud, particularly the south-west England,

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Wales and increasingly across north-east England. For Northern

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Ireland, extensively cloudy and cold, 3-4 degrees Celsius. In

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Scotland, a few cloud breaks across the north so limited sunny spells.

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Not much doing for the temperatures, struggling to get above freezing.

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Overnight tonight, a band of rain moving in from the Atlantic and a

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few flakes of snow in Northern Ireland. Milder air will move in,

:29:28.:29:32.

so snow turns back to rain. Elsewhere, a cold night.

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Temperatures down to minus five degrees Celsius but if we get clear

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spells the temperatures in the countryside could be minus ten

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degrees Celsius, one of the coldest nights of this winter so far. For

:29:44.:29:48.

Friday, the cold air is in place across much of the country. These

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were the fans will try to move in off the Atlantic bringing the band

:29:51.:29:56.

of rain with it and gradually it will bump into the cold air. During

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Friday morning, it quickly turned to snow across Scotland and snow

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arriving during Friday afternoon across north-west England, maybe

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into parts of Wales as well. The drier, cold weather hanging on

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across the East. The mild air continues to flow in across western

:30:11.:30:16.

areas with temperatures back to normal for the time of year. It is

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overnight into Friday that we will see further heavy falls of snow. We

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have an ample warning in force across parts of Scotland, northern

:30:23.:30:28.

England and the Midlands -- amber warning. We could see four, to

:30:28.:30:31.

eight centimetres of snow falling, as much as 20 centimetres across

:30:31.:30:36.

hills, but is eight inches of snow. Don't get caught out as we go

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through Friday night. I know a lot of people tend to travel home and

:30:41.:30:44.

see relatives and friends but conditions could be nasty. We may

:30:45.:30:48.

see some power supply problems as the wet, sticky Snowflakes stick to

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power lines and bring them down in a strong wind. There will be snow

:30:52.:30:56.

around on Saturday morning. It will tend to clear out of the way.

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Saturday night, another weather front, bringing another push of

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mild air across the British Isles. They will be heavy rain and it will

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set in a rapid fall of lying snow and into the weekend we will be

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concerned by the risk of some localised flooding as well. There

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is a lot going on with the weather. Stay in touch with your local

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weather forecast and the details on A reminder of the top story. The

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Prime Minister has brushed aside criticism about the impact of the

:31:26.:31:29.