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Britain will provide armoured vehicles and body armour for force

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area's opposition as the foreign secretary says the situation is

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reaching catastrophic proportions. A million people have now fled the

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crisis. William Hague says as the crisis becomes increasingly extreme,

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Britain cannot look the other way. Syria has become the top

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destination for jihadists anywhere in the world, we are seeing a rise

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in sectarian violence. A crackdown on pay-day known companies, they

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are told to clean up their act or face being shut down by the summer.

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A radical overhaul of the way child abuse allegations are handled in

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England and Wales is announced. need to get this right. What be

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don't want our guidelines in five whooping years, when somebody says

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that they were wrong. Thomas Cook, the world's oldest travel company,

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and out his plans to cut 2500 jobs in the UK. And why they are turning

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back the time in Cornwall. A rather curious addition, this is nearly 60

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ft long and it is a replica of a Bronze Age boat. Later, eight men

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are arrested on suspicion of grooming and raping an underage

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girl. And University Challenge - how Imperial College's new campus

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could bring 3000 jobs to the Good afternoon. The foreign

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secretary William Hague has announced that Britain will provide

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armoured vehicles and body armour to the opposition in Syria to try

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to end a crisis that has reached what he called catastrophic

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proportions. He said the humanitarian situation was becoming

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increasingly desperate and extreme and said Britain could not turn the

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other way. The UN says the number of refugees who have fled Syria has

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now reached 1 million, --. Every day thousands of Syrian refugees

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stream across the border into neighbouring countries and beyond.

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The vast majority, women and young children. Many severely traumatised

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by the bloodshed they have witnessed. This growing flood of

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refugees, prompting the UN to issue a stark warning. If you want to

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avoid an explosion in the Middle East, if you want to guarantee the

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peace, stability in the countries around, it is important to find a

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political solution for the problem before things get worse. Conditions

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in the Refugee Council in Jordan, as elsewhere, are very tough. More

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than a third of a million Syrians have already fled here, despite

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promises of help from the international community, no way

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near enough is being provided. And back inside Syria itself, the civil

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war continues unabated. The rebels claimed to have taken more ground

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but still show no sign of toppling the Assad regime. To achieve that,

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they say European countries must now lift their arms embargo.

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regime is sent -- still bombarding every village, every city, there

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used surface-to-surface long- distance missiles, they used to

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admit missiles against civilians. To stop the killing and destruction,

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we need to alter. For the time being of the Foreign Secretary says

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Britain will not supply weapons to the rebels but in Parliament today,

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he did promise of a kind of assistance. It will certainly

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include armoured four wheel drive vehicles, as well as personal

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protection equipment including body armour. This 19-year-old was the

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millionth of Syrian citizen to Reg -- register as a refugee. The fear

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of all the countries looking after them is there could beat 2 million

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refugees sing because the international committee is doing

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too little to stop the conflict -- soon. Let's speak to our

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correspondent at a refugee camp in Jordan now. The foreign secretary,

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speaking a short time ago, talking about the increasingly desperate

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situation. What is it like there? Well, I came here three months ago,

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and it was an expanding camp. But in the period since, it has

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exploded in terms of the number of people coming here. There are now

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100 and 1000 people in this camp and you will find that right across

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the region, and not just in Refugee Council. There are tens of

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thousands of people who have camped out in abandoned buildings. I have

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seen them as far into Europe as Greece, across Turkey, or all of

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the borders of Syria. The conditions, according to the UN, is

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that they are running out of money, they have just 20% of what they

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need to be able to cater for these people as a now. They thought they

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would be at that stage by June, but the sheer weight of numbers

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crossing the borders of Syria has put the UN relief effort into a

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very dire situation. There has been a stark warning from the Foreign

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Secretary this lunchtime, he said it is essential that Syria is not

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allowed to turn into a breeding ground for terrorists. That is a

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fairly widespread concern. The dilemma of for Britain in providing

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non-lethal military age to the armed opposition is that to people

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who in many parts of Syria are at the forefront of attacks against

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the government are jihadist grips with a strong Islamist sympathy.

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Quite how the British government ensures that none of the military

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aid or if they do provide any arms, how they ensure that doesn't get to

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the Islamist groups is going to be one of the biggest challenges.

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Thank you. Some of the UK's biggest pay-day loan companies to have been

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accused of widespread irresponsible -- irresponsible lending have been

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told they have three months to change the way they operate or face

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being shut down. The Office of Fair Trading says they have found deep-

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rooted problems in the industry. Pay-day lenders have been taking

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over Britain's high street and are the target of a pincer movement

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from the Office of Fair Trading and the government today. Ministers,

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promising a much tougher regime and the OFT's three-month ultimatum

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coming after they found customers were not being assessed properly.

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Police found evidence of irresponsible lending and failing

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to comply with the standards across the country. This is not just a

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handful of rogue lenders it is about businesses across the sector.

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A government clampdown means pay- day lenders will face curbs on the

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number of adverts they put out and when they can show them. They could

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face unlimited fines or closure if they break lending rules and there

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will be tougher supervision. Stricter controls might have helped

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Christopher from Durham, whose debt quadrupled because he couldn't

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clear it. I would never advise anybody to take a pay-day loans out,

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never. Not even for �10. Because once you get the first one you have

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got to get a second one, then the third, then the 4th, just so you

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can cover the interest. The flood of adverts and internet promotions

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has helped turn this into a �2 billion industry. The lenders say

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they do try to assist customers in trouble. We have measures in place

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to help people who are in financial difficulty, so we have a repayment

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plans in place if we see somebody who has got into difficulty, we

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will freeze their interest and the fees, help them pay back their

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loans. Regulators are being given the power to cap excessive interest

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rates, the Treasury is saying the time is not right to use that power

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despite today's revelations. The Office of Fair Trading found today

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that too many people were being trapped with high-cost loans. They

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found that although the loans were supposed to be paid back within 30

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days, more than half of pay-day lenders's revenue came from

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customers while having to roll over the loans because they couldn't

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afford to pay the money back. It is asking the Competition Commission

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to investigate a sector which it accuses of preying on a captive

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market of people desperate for cash. A major overhaul of the way

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allegations of sexual offences against children in England and

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Wales are handled has been announced. The Director of Public

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Prosecutions says he wants the Jimmy Savile scandal to serve as a

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watershed for the criminal justice system. Keir Starmer says he

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believes police and prosecuting lawyers have sometimes adopted an

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over-cautious approach in cases of sexual assault involving children.

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Jimmy Savile's crimes spanned more than 50 years. His hundreds of

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victims never saw him brought to justice, but the Savile scandal has

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been described as a watershed for child protection in this country.

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We can't afford another Savile moment is the message from the

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Director of Public Prosecutions. need to settle this and get this

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right. What we don't want our guidelines which in five or 10

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years somebody says or were wrong and didn't really work. There will

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be a new approach when it comes to witness credibility which will mean

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a sharper focus on the suspect, not just the person making the

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complaint. And the plan is for a more consistent response from the

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professionals. There will also be a rethink on concern at the Fort --

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of false allegations, which is said to have resulted in too much

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caution. There have been cases where adults have been wrongly

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accused and some police and prosecutors are said to have

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adopted an over-cautious attitude, fearing allegations were false. Now

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the pendulum will swing the other way and that is worrying some

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lawyers. We are concerned to make sure the pendulum doesn't swing too

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far, we have experience of wrongful convictions and miscarriages of

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justice in this area and are clearly worried that what we should

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do is achieve a balanced side genuine victims to obtain justice,

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but we don't wrongfully convicted people again at of crimes they

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didn't commit. Like many victims, Patrick Raggett was too afraid to

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speak out when he was a child. He suffered years of abuse by a

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Catholic priest. He welcomes the new approach and says all those

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involved with children have to communicate better. Teachers,

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social workers, therapists, the police, they all have to come

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together to try to improve their collective understanding of child

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sexual abuse and acknowledge, frankly, how it is much more

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prevalent a then people ever dream of. The Director of Public

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Prosecutions says the national debate over child protection will

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go beyond those involved in the criminal justice system. The

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Governor of the Bank of England has proposed a radical shake-up of the

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Royal Bank of Scotland, West -- mostly owned by the taxpayer. He

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says in its current form, the band -- back is holding back the economy

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and should be split up. We should devise a plan which should enable

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U2 restructure RBS, divided into a bank, it could be a new RBS, a

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healthy bank, capable of lending to the UK economy and attracting

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funding and therefore could be sold back to the private sector

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relatively soon. It doesn't mean being decisive in dealing with

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those activities, going to the other part of the bank. I'm joined

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by our chief economics correspondent. Something of a

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challenge to the Chancellor, this? Is indeed, quite a bombshell from

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the Bank of England. Government policy is to keep going with RBS

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with a stake of more than 80% held by the government to try and get it

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in order and try and start selling the shares at some stage. Only last

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week the management of RBS were saying they could have it ready for

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a share flotation towards the end of next year. Sir Mervyn King is

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basically saying that approach is not right, it is better to accept

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the fact that the taxpayer will make losses, hold on to the bad

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assets in the public sector and float off the healthier side of the

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bank. Has there been any reaction from the Treasury or from RBS?

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are not saying anything in public, I think they are rather taken aback

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by the Governor's comments. The Treasury are pointing to remarks by

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George Osborne last week that this idea was put to him, he did not

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rule it out but said there are big obstacles. To make it happen

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committee would have to nationalise RBS, take the existing private

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shares after market, that would cost a lot of money and be hard to

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justify. It didn't look like he was in favour last week. RBS are making

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it clear they think they have done the right thing. But a big

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intervention by Sir Mervyn King. Thank you. More questions on

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banking and bank bonuses at today's PMQs. Our political correspondent

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Ministers do not think this will work, because banks will simply put

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up salaries, and also, they think some banks will leave the City. On

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the one side, you have got Tory MPs getting up the Chancellor for not

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doing enough to stand up to Europe, to stand up for the City, and on

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the other side, Ed Miliband accusing him of doing too much to

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stand up for bankers and for the wealthy. But here's his difficulty

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- the economics and politics of this story are out of sync.

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Economically, the Chancellor believes he has to resist this EU

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plan, but politically, being seen to be standing up for bankers'

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bonuses is a bit like being seen to be going on a late night rampaged

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through the Blue Peter garden, it is not going to win you many

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friends. Our main headline - Britain will provide certain

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equipment to the opposition in Syria, in a bid to end a crisis

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which has reached catastrophic proportions. Coming up, the

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increasing cost of childcare, with parents getting hit by bills which

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are rising at twice the rate of Seven days of national mourning

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have begun in Venezuela following the death of President Hugo Chavez

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yesterday. President Chavez was a controversial figure, who polarised

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opinions at home and abroad. Last night, thousands of people filled

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the streets of Caracas, chanting his name. A state funeral will be

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held on Friday. For these mourners, Hugo Chavez was more than just a

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President. He was an icon. They are struggling to come to terms with

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their loss. Chavez has not died, the revolution goes on, this lady

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says. President, I know you are up in heaven, you will be our died,

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she says. Hugo Chavez was a hero to some, as well as a generous donor

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of aid. For them, he was the socialist revolutionary torchbearer

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who dared to defy the United States, even insulting George W Bush at the

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TRANSLATION: He fought for his country, a friend who gave his life

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for the Liberation of the Venezuelan people. He gave it for

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all the ante imperialists and anti- capitalists of the world.

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former soldier brought great charisma to the job. One of his

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first acts as President was to nationalise the oil wells. The

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revenue funded grants for the poor which gave him huge popularity. But

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the mainly middle-class opposition said he was a dictator who stifled

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enterprise and ruined the economy. Vice-President Nicolas Maduro is

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now the caretaker leader. He could win in the elections, but what of

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Hugo Chavez's revolution, will it survive? It depends on whether his

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successor is able to maintain the strengths of Hugo Chavez, but

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tackle the weaknesses, the inflation, the homicide, the

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personal insecurity, corruption, nepotism and so on. If they cannot

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do that, then it will unravel. is a deeply divided country.

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Millions say they have lost a father figure. Others see an

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opportunity for change. The battle for the future of Venezuela has

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Police in Moscow say all three men arrested in connection with an acid

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attack on the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet have given

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written confessions admitting to the crime. One of the three is a

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leading Bolshoi soloist, who was accused of ordering the attack. A

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second man was suspected of throwing the acid, and the third,

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of being the getaway driver. The world's oldest travel firm, Thomas

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Cook, has announced plans to cut almost 2,500 jobs in the UK, and to

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cut 195 of its high-street travel agencies. Our correspondent is in

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central London for us. But Thomas Cook seems to have survived? Yes,

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these are very heavy job losses, but as you say, this is part of a

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turnaround plan to revive a struggling business. Thomas Cook

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operates in markets all over the world, but right now, in the UK, it

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just is not making any money. Today, we have the news that 2,500 posts

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are to go, about 16% of the workforce. Also, we're going to see

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the closure of 195 high street stores, as you said. That still

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leaves Thomas Cook with 874 outlets. Clearly, very bad news for the

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employees, but management have taken a close look at this business

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and have come to the conclusion that there is way too much capacity

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on the high street. People are migrating online to book holidays.

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We also know that there will be job losses in administrative and

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managerial posts at head offices in Preston and Peterborough. In a

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statement this morning, the chief executive officer, Peter Fankhauser,

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said, it is never easy to make decisions, but the company needed

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to make changes to secure its future and provide continued

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employment for many thousands across the UK. Of course, that will

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not be much comfort to the 2,500 people whose full-time posts will

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be going. The cost of childcare in the UK has risen by 62% in the past

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decade, with a full-time nursery place for a tiled -- child under

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two costing �11,000 a year, more than some private schools charge in

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fees. The Daycare Trust says costs are rising at twice the rate of

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inflation, at a time when wages are stagnating. Reeta Chakrabarti

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reports. Childcare comes in many forms, including after-school clubs

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like this one. According to today's survey, are all provision has

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say child care is a major outlay. It used to expensive. Sometimes you

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think you are better off if you do not work. Travel, rent, child care,

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the big three. I find it quite reasonable here, compared to

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private nursery fees, which we were paying previously. The report found

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parents using an after-school club for 15 hours a week found an

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for 15 hours a week found an increasing costs of 9% on the

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previous year. Parents with a child under two in nursery pay nearly

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�11,000 a year for full-time care. �11,000 a year for full-time care.

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Investing in quality provision in the early years is really important

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for children and I days. If you have high quality, affordable child

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care in place, it means that parents can go out to work and

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contribute to the economy. They can contribute to their family finances

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as well. Child care can be as expensive as a mortgage for many

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families. Ministers say that costs will be driven down by the plan to

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allow well-qualified staff to look after more children than at present.

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But there have been no details yet regarding government hints of a tax

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break for working families. An announcement on further help is

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expected soon. Today's report underlines the burden for families

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across Britain. The shock after Manchester United's defeat to Real

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Madrid in last nights Champions League clash has turned to anger.

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The focus of the fury is the match referee, who sent off Nani in the

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56th minute. Dan Roan is at Old Trafford. It was all going so well

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for Manchester United here last night. It was a titanic clash with

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Real Madrid. United were leading 2- 1 on aggregate, on course for a

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place in the quarter-finals of the Champions League, their hopes of a

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treble very much alive, but then came another fateful refereeing

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decision, which appeared to turn the game, and left United

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devastated. The moment the dream turned sour, when Nani collided

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with Alvaro Arbeloa, in a clumsy rather than malicious challenge.

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But sadly for the hosts, referee CuneytCakir disagreed. An incensed

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Sir Alex Ferguson was said to be too distraught to speak to the

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media after the match, leaving his assistant to do the job. We all

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witnessed a decision which seemed very harsh, possibly incredible, at

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that moment in the game. knighted had been leading, but

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having been reduced to 10 men, quickly conceded twice. This

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morning, the fans were in no doubt that the referee was the man to

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blame. It was the changing of the game. It was such a massive game,

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he destroyed it. Disgusting, really. The Turkish official is no stranger

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to controversial decisions. He sent off Keith Andrews of the Republic

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of Ireland last year at the European finals. Some are not so

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sure it was an error. If you put your boot up that high in Europe,

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you run that risk, and the referee has gone strong. But that's not how

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United saw it last night. At 37 years of age, the referee was

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younger than Ryan Giggs. But it is the referee who has grabbed the

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headlines. For many, that game of football will go down as a great

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occasion, potentially which was ruined by a contentious and poor

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refereeing decision. Whichever way you look at it, it is regrettable

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but once again in this competition, an occasion such as this has been

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overshadowed by the conjecture over the rights and wrongs of a big

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decision by a match official. United must now decide whether or

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not to lodge an official complaint with Uefa about the performance of

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the referee, but whatever they decide to do, it will be of little

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consolation, the damage has been done.

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Falmouth has not seen anything like it for 4,000 years. Today, a

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replica of a Bronze Age boat will be launched at high tide. It is

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50ft long, it weighs five tonnes, and it has been reconstructed to

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find out more about ancient seafaring. The big question is,

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when it float? John Kane reports. Yes, among the yachts and the

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fishing boats here in Falmouth harbour, a rather curious addition.

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This one isn't nearly 60ft-long, and it is a replica of Bronze Age

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boat. It has been built by archaeologists, volunteers and

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others over the past seven months. They have built it, as far as they

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know, as closely to the original as possible. They have even used

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replica Bronze Age tools. We can speak now to one of the experts who

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has been involved in the creation of this. You're an archaeologist.

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Just explain what you're doing. are plugging the gaps, making the

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boat waterproof. It is just some moss, which was found on the

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original archaeological excavations, so we have sourced this, ended his

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being squashed into these crevices to fill up any gaps. Then, the next

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layer up is going to be some tallow, some animal fat, which looks a bit

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messy, but what that does is, when you smear it on top of the Moss, it

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is going to make a nice, watertight seal, we hope. We will find out how

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watertight later this afternoon. It has been seven months in the

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building. We can see some speeded- up footage danger. You created it

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out of giant logs - why do this, as a historian, as an archaeologist?

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Because you can only Know him So much from finds. We know that they

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had boats because you can find the goods moving across the ocean. But

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what we do not know is how this boat worked. It is the only way to

:27:30.:27:40.
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test out some of the ideas. We will test out some of the ideas. We will

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see if it works later. Good luck. It's time now for the weather

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forecast. What a difference a day makes. We will not be reaching 17

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degrees, like yesterday. Today is cooler, thanks to a good deal of

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cloud around, even a few spots of rain. This was yesterday's

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satellite picture, with clear blue skies for most of the UK. Today,

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much, much more cloud. There are a few holes here and there. But for

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most of us, it will be cloudy. It in into the later part of the

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afternoon, we could see some breaks in the cloud arriving across

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southern areas of Cornwall and Devon. It will certainly be cooler

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than yesterday in Wales. Maybe a few spots of rain fox still to come

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in Northern Ireland. There could be a little bit of sunshine on the

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north coast. The best of the sunshine so far, and this afternoon,

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will be across the western side of Scotland. Eastern Scotland and the

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east coast of England, feeling pretty cold. Coming down into the

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Midlands, East Anglia and the south-east of England, it feels

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quite cold under the cloud. The south-east of England should see

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some sunshine. Double figures already in Kent and Sussex. More

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rain and drizzle pushing northwards into Scotland and Northern Ireland

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overnight tonight. In the south, it will be particularly mild. Even

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further north, it should be milder than last night. Tomorrow, there

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will probably be more rain around. There will be little or no sunshine.

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Quite a range of temperatures tomorrow. Chilly in the north-east

:29:36.:29:44.

of Scotland, coming down to double figures further to the south. These

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low pressures will continue to rotate out in the Atlantic, and it

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is these which are bringing the cloud. Again, not a great deal of

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sunshine around on Friday. So much a stronger winds for more than

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parts of the UK. -- some much stronger winds. With those winds,

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