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injured in the deadliest attack on British military in more than a year

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in Afghanistan. The soldiers died after their heavily armoured vehicle

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was struck by a roadside on in Helmand province. We have paid a

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high price for the work we are doing in Afghanistan. It is important work

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because it is vital that the country does not become a haven for

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terrorists. We are outside the barracks. Scotland's first Minister

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called it tragic news. Also this lunchtime: Bill Roache is arrested

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on suspicion of an historic allegation of rape. The jury at the

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trial of the man accused of murdering April Jones are told that

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DNA that might have belonged to her was found on his clothing.

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Amanda Knox gives her first television interview after being

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cleared of murder. Did you kill her? No. Were you there that night?

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On BBC London News the man who has died during eight Greenland ice clan

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Good afternoon. Diminishing of defence has confirmed that three

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British soldiers have been killed and six others injured in a bomb

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blast in Afghanistan. They were all members of the Royal Highlan

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Fusiliers, 2nd Battalion The Royal Regiment of Scotland. They died when

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the armoured vehicle they were in was hit by a roadside bomb. Their

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families have been told. 440 four British personnel have been killed

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in Afghanistan since 2001. Herewith more, our defence correspondent.

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The flags are flying at half-mast today. The soldiers' families were

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told yesterday. The news is only just beginning to sink in. The prime

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minister insisted the force and their work remains vital. We have

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paid a high price. It is important work because it is vital that the

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country does not become a haven for terrorists again. Today, our

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thoughts should be with the families of those that have suffered. The

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soldiers were travelling in a heavily armoured vehicle, a Mastiff,

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which has protected many over the past few years. But it he is a

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roadside bomb, killing three. The vehicle should deflect the blast

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but it is thought it hit a very big device, causing the explosion that

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left six others injured. This one incident has doubled the number of

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British deaths in Helmand province six this year. In 2012, there was a

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total of 44 British fatalities in Afghanistan compared with 108 at the

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peak of fighting, in 2009. Though the perception is that for

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British troops the fight is coming to an end in Helmand province, there

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are still some 8000 British personnel there. Many are advising

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and mentoring their Afghan counterparts.

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The Taliban spring offensive means all are aware of the threat that

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remains. Everybody has to be on their guard. The perception that it

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had gone quiet was probably due to the fact that the Afghan security

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forces are doing a great deal more of this work on their own. Their

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casualties are still appreciable. However, perhaps because the number

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of British casualties has come down, it has made less news over here. The

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total of 444 British troops have lost their lives since 2001.

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The Ministry of defence says that security has improved but the risks

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remain. Combat operations are due to We will be speaking to our

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correspondent. But first, to Cabo. -- Kabul. It is the so-called spring

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offensive. Explain what it means and the indications for British troops.

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If you speak to Afghan officials, whether they are in the army or

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police, they add mid that this is the so-called fighting season. This

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is when the snow will have melted. The passes will be easy to go

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through if you are an insurgent. Simply, the dense forestation and

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feels mean you have to many places to hide. So they are prepared

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mentally for that. What we have also seen in the last few months is that

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Taliban insurgents have been attacking the security forces in

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some of the most remote quarters, including how man. -- including

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Helmand province. There is little or no air support from NATO or British

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troops, as will have been the case two years ago.

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Let's go now to Scotland. Laura, one can only imagine the reaction there

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today. As the Prime Minister said, their families are paying a high

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price for the work done in Afghanistan.

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Just over a month ago, 350 soldiers left these barracks. They had a job

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to do. Their role is to work alongside the Afghan police to train

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them and work alongside them to help give control of Afghanistan to them.

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The news today that three of their soldiers are dead will have come as

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such a devastating blow. They work alongside the soldiers. They will

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live alongside them. Alex Salmond described it as devastating. He said

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that the people of Scotland joined with him in offering condolences to

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the families involved. As for the troops, I am told that this news may

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make them more determined to do their job, do it well, and get home

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safely. The Coronation Street actor Bill

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Roache who plays Ken Barlow, has been arrested on suspicion of raping

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an underage girl. Lancashire police have confirmed that an 81-year-old

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was taken in for questioning this morning. What more can you tell us,

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Judith? News of this emerged with

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lectureship police confirmed they had arrested and 81-year-old man

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suspicion of rape. He is due to be questioned at some point today at a

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police station in the county. We know that it is in connection with

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two alleged offences of rape which are said to have happened in 1967,

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between April and July of that year, and to have involved one girl, who

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was 15 at the time. Bill Roache himself has not made any comment.

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Neither has ITV. He has played Ken Barlow in the soap since its first

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episode, in 1960. He has not been on screen recently because he has been

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away touring with a stage version of the soap in New Zealand. What we do

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understand, though, is that he will not appear in Coronation Street

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while this current investigations continue.

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A jury at the trial of the man accused of murdering a project has

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been told that DNA which may have belonged to the five-year-old was

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found on his clothing. -- murdering April Jones 's disappearance was

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reported around the world. But today, for the first time, it was

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revealed how she came to meet the man accused of her murder. The jury

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was also told about Mark Bridger 's movements around Machynlleth before

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and after the time she went missing. Some viewers may find the following

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reports distressing. October the 1st of last year started

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like any other day for April Jones. After school, she went swimming will

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stop then, as a tree, she played on her bike with her friend outside her

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home. Today, her parents were in court to hear how their daughter's

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path was to cross fatefully with a man accused of her murder. In the

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dock, Mark Bridger listened as the prosecution described how he had

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just picked up with his girlfriend. That morning, he sent her a text,

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viewed pornographic images on his laptop and a series of 32 closed

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images of a local 14-year-old girl. Later on, he drove to a parents

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evening at the local school. He then moved on to this estate, where April

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lived. Witnesses say he approached two girls there, offering to arrange

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a sleepover with his daughter. Shortly afterwards, the prosecution

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say he abducted April. What followed was a search that became the largest

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in UK policing history. The jury was told that Mark Bridger initially

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claimed to know nothing about her disappearance. The next day,

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volunteers looking for April saw him carrying a black bin bag. Traces of

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April 's DNA were found in Mark Bridger 's home and on his clothes.

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When he was arrested, he told police, I know what it is about. I

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crushed her with a car. I don't know where she is. In the last few

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minutes, the jury has been shown images from inside Mark Bridger's

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home. He denies the three charges of

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abduction, murder, and averting the course of justice.

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A British adventurer has died during a track in Greenland. Philip

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Goodeve-Docker Was taking part in an expedition with two other British

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men went it is believed they were caught up in a severe snowstorm. The

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Foreign Office says the other men are recovering in hospital.

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There has been a big rise in the number of cross border legal battles

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over children, particularly those involving child adoption. A new

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report by the International Family Justice for England and Wales shows

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the number of cases referred to by British judges rose by 40%, to more

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than 250. Naomi's daughter was updated by her

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father on a family holiday to J eejit -- to eejit. I count the

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number of days it has been. I think it is one day closer to finding her.

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Everyday I get through is a success, it is one they further forward. I

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try each day to do something I can to move things forward. Today 's

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report, reveals a sharp rise in cases like Naomi's.

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The number of cases the office deals with has more than doubled in the

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past two years. There were three new cases in 2005. That rose to 92 in

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2010. 253 in 2012. Lawyers in the UK are noticing the increase in

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numbers. On average, we get one call a week.

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The increase in relationships across continents make it more public to do

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if there is a breakdown in the family relationship. Sometimes,

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parents take matters into their own hands. Almost half the countries in

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the world are signed up to an international agreement to return

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children who are abducted by one parent.

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It is generally regarded as pretty effective. But if a child is taken

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from the UK to a country that is not signed up, it can be impossible to

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get them back. The child is lost maybe four years. What we have to do

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is to persuade as many of the states that are outside the international

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agreement to join, to sign up to the international agreement. That, in my

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view, should be our first priority. Sadly for Naomi, Egypt's is not a

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party to the international agreement. Her weight to be reunited

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Our main story: Three soldiers die and six more are injured in a deadly

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attack on a British military in Afghanistan. Still to come, how the

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humble paperback is still holding its own against a generation of

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tablet readers. As the cruise ship season starts, we look at the

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traffic on the River Thames. And London's appeal as a destination.

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And the street dance film looking at the very real prospect of youth club

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television interview since being freed. She says she may return to

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Italy to face a retrial. Speaking to ABC television, she described her

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need for justice and spoke about the long-running legal battle to prove

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her innocence. What happened to me hit me like a

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train... And there was nothing I first thing you thought when you saw

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Meredith? I was putting away things in my room when she came to my door

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and introduced herself and was immediately very nice, just this

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immediate exchange of, wow, this is someone who I can get along with.

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Were you ever jealous of her? Were you ever angry at her? No. It

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bothers me when people suggest she was not my friend. I was stunned by

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her death. She was my friend. My friend had been murdered, and it

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could just as easily have been me. Somehow, she had died in the house

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where we were living. And it could have been me. Did you kill Meredith

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Kercher? No.Were you there that night? No.Do you know anything you

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have not told police? No. I don't. I was not there. But you can first.

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Well, I didn't confess. I was interrogated, they acted like my

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answers were wrong. They told me I was wrong, that I did not remember

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correctly, that I has to remember correctly, and if I didn't, I would

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never see my family again. I cannot be afraid right now. I have to be

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ready to fight and defend myself. Her parents say they hope someday to

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see the Kerchers when they understand that Amanda is not

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involved. Amanda Knox said she does not want to add to their grief,

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hoping that someday... Eventually, I can have their permission to pay my

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respects at her grave. It is all I can give them, this memory that I

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have of her. To add to all of theirs that they can carry with them when

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she is gone. Amanda Knox speaking to Diane Sawyer

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from ABC News. The deputy leader of the Labour Party has denied that the

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party has been sending mixed messages about its economic policy.

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At the beginning of the week, Ed Miliband refused to say whether

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borrowing would go up if he was in power, but Harriet Harman said in an

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interview today that a short-term rise would be necessary to fund a

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temporary cut in VAT. Let's try to understand what is going on and hear

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from political correspondent Norman Smith, a little confusion over the

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economy here, Norman. Well, what is going on is that Labour's deputy

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leader was forced to come out today and say that the party was not at

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sixes and sevens over the economy, and is follow some awkward tangles

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it has got into over how it presents economic messages, starting with Ed

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Miliband refusing to say whether borrowing would go up under a Labour

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government, only for Ed Balls and today Harriet Harman to say, yes,

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indeed there would be a temporary increase in borrowing. And therefore

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Harriet Harman to say, not be able to say whether any companies had

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been signed up to the Labour Party jobs guarantee. Why this matters is

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very obviously we are in a week of crucial local council elections, but

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more than that, on the economy, credibility is absolutely critical,

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and if you do not speak with clarity and certainty and conviction, it is

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that much harder to convince voters. It does not amount to a full-blown

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jelly travel moment, a wobble on the economy, but I suspect there will be

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people in Labour circles who think that the party has got to stick with

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a good deal greater certainty in the economy if it wants to win voters.

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Business Secretary Vince Cable has written to the Scottish legal

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authorities calling for a rapid decision on whether to prosecute the

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former directors of RBS. He said a resolution needed to be reached to

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maintain public confidence in the bank, which had a �45 billion

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bailout funded by the taxpayer in 2008. Chief economic correspondent

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Hugh Pym has more. The collapse of Royal Bank of

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Scotland was one of the most magic of the global banking crisis.

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British taxpayers had to pick up the pieces. No formal action has been

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taken against those who ran the bank before the crisis, although the

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former chief executive, Fred Goodwin, has been stripped of his

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knighthood. The financial regulator, the FSA, said in a report

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at the end of 2011 that the RBS failure resulted from work

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management decisions and the acquisition of a Dutch bank, ABN

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Amro, before the crisis had been an extremely risky deal. The Business

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Secretary said that in light of that report he had been advised that

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prosecutions could be considered. The issue was referred to the

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Scottish authorities early last year. Now he has written to them,

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asking what is happening. It is now five years since the banking crisis.

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I think the public are impatient in terms of holding people to account,

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maybe there is no basis for doing so, but I think it is quite

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legitimate to want to know what stage of the process we actually are

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at. Vince Cable says he understands that any decision on further action

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will be taken by the independent prosecuting body. He says he is not

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trying to influence the outcome of that process. Even so, his letter

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received a terse response from the Scottish legal authorities. The Lord

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Advocate, Frank Mulholland, the chief prosecutor in Scotland, has

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replied to the letter, which was sent to the advocate general, the

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British government 's law officer for Scottish issues. I am

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disappointed, he says, to hear that the Secretary of State has written

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to the Advocate general in such terms, the investigation is complex

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and ongoing, and the volume of material being considered is vast.

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One member of the Scottish Parliament questioned why Vince

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Cable had intervened at this stage and told us he was playing politics

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with an issue best left to lawyers. A 24-hour general strike is under

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way in Greece affecting public transport, ferries and hospital.

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Thousands of people have taken part in demonstrations in Athens over

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record unemployment figures and tough new austerity measures which

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have been passed by the government. Thousands of workers have also

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marched through the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, to demand improved

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safety after the collapse of a building housing clothing factories

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last week. More than 400 people are now known to have died. An estimated

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150 more workers are still missing. Deanna Durbin, one of Hollywood's

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biggest stars in the 1930s and 1940s, has died. She was 91. The

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Canadian born soprano and actress started her career as a teenager. By

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the time she retired in her late 20s, she was one of the worlds

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highest paid women. The advent of digital books

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initially caused concern for the future of the paperback and hard

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bike industry, but it seems those fears have been unfounded. New

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figures suggest that while digital sales have risen at a bar straight,

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sales of traditional books have also more than held their own with

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revenues for British publishers hire in 2012 than any other previous

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year, as technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports. Read a

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good book lately? Whether it is on one of the new e-readers, hardback

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or paperback, we seem to be reading more than ever, and Britain's

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publishers are confident they are coping well with the digital

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revolution. They say 2012 was a record year. Digital sales rose 66%,

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while sales of physical books were down just 1%. Overall revenue was up

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4%, up to �3.3 billion. E-books sales are going to grow over the

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next few years, but we are not heading to a world where physical

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books disappear, we are heading towards a world where it is 50-50.

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The speed at which we are moving towards digital reading depends on

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the book involved. A quarter of fiction that we buy is for

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downloading and reading on this kind of device, whereas for non-fiction

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books, like a cookbook, the figure is just 5%, and when it comes to

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children's books just 3% are read on screen. There is a strong novel

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bursting to get out... And when he -- while many find e-readers more

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convenient, members of this book club seemed reluctant to go digital.

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I love the feel and texture and the artefact and also the fact that it

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is something that is not going to run out of batteries. I have never

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got into those, but what I do love about them is that it gets people

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into reading who perhaps would not be reading otherwise. Or me, it does

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not matter how you read something, the important thing is that you

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read. It is thought more than 10 million people in the UK now own a

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e-reader, but even if our habits are changing, it is far too early to

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Well, one author who never had a problem selling books was Enid

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Blyton. Her novels, including Noddy, the Famous Five and the

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Secret Seven, have been in print since 1922. 90 years later, the

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first ever major exhibition into a life and work is being held in

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Newcastle. Colin Patterson has been to take a look.

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This is the mystery of Enid Blyton and the very long wait, author of

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the Famous Five and the Secret Seven, the number here is 45, that

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is how many years it has taken from her death for there to be an

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exhibition dedicated to her work. When she was alive and very active,

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she tortured and held events and talk to children about how she

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wrote, but from the 1960s through to the 1980s sea was less fashionable,

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and with that distance of time, we can appreciate all she brought to

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our literary heritage for children. Their mother is Enid Blyton, she

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rattles of 6000 words a day... exhibition includes a typewriter,

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the only unpublished full-length novel and areas dedicated to her

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most famous stories. Climbing up the top branch of the tree, there you

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are in some peculiar land! Oh, Noddy, look, do as I do! Despite

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selling upwards of 5 million books, Enid Blyton has been heavily

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criticised over the years. She has been called everything from a racist

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to a sexist to a classist, and some of those things, when you are

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looking at them from the perspective of 2013, might seem true, but you

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have to remember that she was very much a woman of her time. She was

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reflecting the values of the day. It seemed normal to most people.

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exhibition does not shy away from these issues, but its main aim is

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simply to celebrate the work of Enid Blyton and explain why her appeal

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has pleased generations. She was a genius at writing the right story

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for the right child at the right time at the right age. And it is

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clear she is still attracting young fans. I have read quite a few, about

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300. What have you liked so far? think the Secret Seven shared.

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you? The Secret Seven shared.That is popular! What is going on in

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here? While there is plenty of cake on show, one thing you will not find

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is lashings of ginger beer. The truth is, she never wrote that

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phrase in any of her books. Quite a few, 300! That is going

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some, Alex Deakin has joined us for the weather. The sunshine has been

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bringing us some cheer, is it going had a happy ending like Enid Blyton.

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It is a bit of a thriller this weekend. It is spectacular at the

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moment if you have got the sunshine, we started a touch below

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freezing, but the May sunshine is pretty strong, and it is covering

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the southern half of the UK. Further north, there is more cloud around,

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and still very windy across the far north of Scotland. There will be

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showery outbreaks of rain across northern England and North Wales,

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and still one or two showers in northern Scotland with a wintry

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flavour, some snow over the hills. A bright afternoon through central

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Scotland and Northern Ireland, some sunny spells here. Even in northern

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England and North Wales there will be some brightness. Across the far

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south, we will hang on to the sunshine across East Anglia and the

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southern counties of England and Wales with temperatures getting into

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the midteens, in one or two places may be as high as 18. Temperatures

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will fall again tonight, another chilly one, but more cloud across

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southern areas means it will not be quite as cold here. However, a hint

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of blue on the chart suggests, in rural areas of northern England and

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Scotland, we will get down to freezing. So it will be a cold start

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in the morning, but for the majority a sunny start. Maybe some folk

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through the north, a cloudy day for Northern Ireland, patchy rain here,

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turning right across northern Scotland with snow on the hills.

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Another big changes the extreme south-east, more cloud for Kent, one

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or two showers. For the heart of the country, with some sunshine,

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temperatures easily into the midteens, 18 or 19 is possible. We

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could hit 20 Friday where we get sunshine, which is most likely

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across eastern areas. Further west, cooler, wetter, rain late in the day

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for Northern Ireland, pushing into north-west England. That is from

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this weather front, which is the first player for the weekend. It

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pushes southwards during Friday night, it could still bring cloud

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and patchy rain across south-eastern areas at first, but it should clear

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away. More rain in north-west Scotland on Saturday, but most

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places like dry and bright, maybe not quite as warm, but 15 Celsius is

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possible. The long weekend has been giving us some headaches. This time

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yesterday we were confident that places would be dry and bright, but

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it looks like northern areas will be cooler with blustery showers. The

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best of the dry and bright weather is further south. There's more on

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been injured in the deadliest attack on the British military in

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Afghanistan in more than a year after their vehicle was hit by a

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roadside bomb. Bill Roache, Coronation Street's longest serving

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actor, has been arrested on suspicion of rape. Still to come on

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