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The siege in Nairobi enters its fourth day, as Somali militants

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continue to hold out against Kenyan security forces. Fighting has

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continued this morning, with reports that the group are still holding

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hostages. The Somali militant group Al Shebab

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says this is the moment when its fighters stormed the shopping mall -

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51 people are still missing. Was the British wife of a 7/7 bomber

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part of the attack? UK security services say it's a possibility

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Samantha Lewthwaite may have been involved in the attacks. From the

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information that we have, two or three Americans and I think so far

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I've heard of one Britain. I'm live outside the Westgate centre where a

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senior police source has told us the siege is over. There is still no

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word yet on the fate of the hostages.

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Also this lunchtime: As the Labour leader Ed Miliband prepares to give

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his speech to conference in an hour's time, why is a former leader

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so keen to get away from the camera? Has the BlackBerry dream run out of

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juice? It's agreed in principle to a buy-out by one of its leading

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shareholders. And a black and white case of a very

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cute story - 14 artificially-bred pandas are put on show in China.

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Later, firefighters planned to strike tomorrow and we find out what

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contingency cover there will be. And why not everyone is welcoming the

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gentrification of London. Good afternoon.

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Police in Kenya say they've been trying to defuse bombs left in the

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Nairobi shopping centre which was stormed by Islamist militants on

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Saturday. At least 62 people are known to have died at the Westgate

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mall, including six British nationals. The Kenya Red Cross says

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that 51 people are missing. Sporadic gunfire has been heard throughout

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the morning, but a senior police commander has told the BBC that the

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operation is over. Let's cross to my colleague Jon

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Sopel who's at the scene in Nairobi. Jon.

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It has been a morning of some confusion about what is happening

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300 metres behind me. We've heard sporadic gunfire and there have been

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small explosions, but we've also heard from a senior Kenyan police

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source that the siege is over. That has been contradicted by Al-Shabab

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who say they are still holding hostages. It may be that we're going

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to a definitive statement from the Interior Ministry in the next hour.

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We know morgues in the city have been told to prepare to receive more

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bodies. Let's get this report from a correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse.

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The morning after the assault, the shopping centre is still cordoned

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off as security forces try to secure the complex. They are being

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cautious. The building could be booby-trapped. Yesterday afternoon,

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the road leading to the centre echoed with the sounds of gunfire

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and explosions. The fire burned per hours afterwards as government

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forces tried to flush out the militants. At the moment, this is an

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ongoing security operation, and a humanitarian one as well. The Red

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Cross has been providing counselling to the victims, many of them

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children. They've been preparing for the horrors they may have to

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confront when this is over. They say at least 51 people may still be

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missing. I believe we will recover the bodies or have people alive.

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Which ever way, the human beings will be accounted for. Do you think

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51 people are still inside? There is a likelihood, although it is a

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difficult question for meat and said. -- for me to answer. So, a

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confusing picture coming out. Clearly there is an ongoing

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operation. We think there may be a number of gunmen still alive inside

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the building. But the attention is now beginning to shift to the

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identity of the attackers. An image has urged appearing to show two of

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the gunmen inside the shopping centre. It cannot be independently

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verified, but Al-Shabab say it is genuine. The Kenyan authorities have

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been giving conflicting statements. Some say the attackers were all men,

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others, that a British woman may have been involved. From the

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information that we have, two or three Americans, and I think so far

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I've heard of one British person. A British-born woman. Yes, I think

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she's done this many times before. This crisis is slowly edging towards

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its conclusion, but as it does so, the death toll edges upwards.

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Mortuaries in the city are preparing to take in more bodies. It will be

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some time before we know the full enormity of what happened at the

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Westgate centre. What has been emerging as some of

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the harrowing stories of the people who were in the shopping centre on

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Saturday morning, just going about their everyday business when the

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shooting started. Satpal Singh described coming face to face with a

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gunman. Here's what he had to say. Well, I'm afraid we can't seem to

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bring you that report. Let's speak to our correspondent who has been

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following the events closely. We keep hearing different claims about

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what is going on. Police are saying the siege is over. When can we say

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definitively that it is done? Not quite yet. We are seeing military

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trucks both going away but also going in. The shopping centre is

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still cordoned off. As you say, we've been hearing contradictory

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remarks. Al-Shabab say they are still holding is -- hostages. The

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Interior Ministry said there were no hostages left. I don't think we can

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say that this is fully over until the Westgate shopping centre is

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opened up and we can go in and see what is inside them. The people I've

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spoken to from the Red Cross are quite nervous about what they will

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find. Yes, we've heard that morgues are being told to receive more

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bodies. Presumably, this death toll is going to rise. That is almost

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inevitable. The Red Cross say at least 51 people are still reported

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missing. They've had nearly four days to get comprehensive lists of

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names from hospitals and morgues, so their logic is whoever is not on

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those lists and still missing, there is a high likelihood that they may

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be inside Westgate. Thank you. Just say in the last half an hour we

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soared to British vehicles with plates going in. -- we saw two. They

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would not say what they were doing. And we've also heard the Interior

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Ministry is going to get some kind of statement in the next hour.

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Whether that happens remains to be seen.

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So, still some confusion about who exactly carried out this attack. But

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according to the Kenyan foreign minister, some foreigners are

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believed to have been involved, including Samantha Lewthwaite, the

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British widow of a 7/7 bomber. This from our security correspondent

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Frank Gardner. Did this British woman, Samantha

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Lewthwaite, take part in the Nairobi attacks? She has been on the run in

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East Africa. Something they saw her at the scene. She is the widow of

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the 7/7 bomber Jermaine Lindsay, but had no record of terrorism before

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she left for Africa. Last year, she was suspected of involvement in a

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plot to bomb tourist resorts. Investigators believe she is a

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behind-the-scenes terrorist facilitator. Those who knew her

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buying this hard to believe. I think she would be incapable of such

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sophisticated terrorism activity. It frightens me. Is she involved? Is

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she under pressure or duress? So many questions to be asked. This

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month that I knew, I cannot imagine it. -- the Samantha that I knew.

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So, what are the global connections of Al-Shabab? With the jihadists be

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coming from the US, the UK, Scandinavia and elsewhere? People

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talk of a pipeline of recruits coming from the US. Experts I'd hope

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-- I talked to said they hoped the pipe line had slowed down, but this

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attack obviously proves it is continuing. Al-Shabab is not doing

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well in Somalia. Its forces have been driven out of the main cities

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by UN backed African troops. Their draconian rule is resented in many

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error ears they still rule. But they can still strike across borders.

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Since the African union forces have driven them out of the capital and

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one of the main ports, they have gone on the attack and become more

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like Al-Qaeda leader. There has been a coup within the organisation and

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from trying to hold territory, they are simply going on the attack and

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creating a spectacular incident that makes the world take them seriously

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again. As Kenyan investigators race to identify the attackers,

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counterterrorism officials from many other countries are urgently

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checking their records and looking for answers.

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There will be more on that story throughout the afternoon on the BBC

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News Channel. In just under an hour's time, the

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Labour leader Ed Miliband will take to the podium at his party's

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conference for one of the most important speeches of his political

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career. He is expected to announce plans to help more than a million

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small companies in England by reversing a planned rise in business

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rates. The move would be paid for by cancelling a UK-wide cut in

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corporation tax for larger firms. Mr Miliband will cast the Conservatives

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as the party of the rich, and he will accuse David Cameron of stoking

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what he calls "a cost of living crisis". Our political correspondent

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Iain Watson reports. Ed Miliband has a question for you.

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Do you feel better off? He says there is a crisis in Britain, with

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prices rising faster than wages. He believes only a change of government

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will ease the financial pain. But there are questions for him as well.

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Do voters see him with -- as a potential Prime Minister? I think he

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would be a great future prime minister. So mini people feel

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politicians are out of touch. The unerring ability he has of

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understanding people's concerns, ordinary, practical concerns, that

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they've got, and also he is intelligent and committed enough to

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work out what needs to be done. Politics is entering uncharted

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territory. Governments rising -- presiding over a rise in the cost of

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living do not normally last long. But Labour are becoming less trusted

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to take over the nation's finances as the situation improves. He is

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quite a way behind David Cameron on personal ratings, and Labour is

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quite a way behind David Cameron on behind conservatives on economic

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competence. It is hard enough, but possible, to overcome one of those

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obstacles. I can't think of an example of a party over coming both.

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So Labour are trying to go way beyond pleasing their own

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supporters. Today, Ed Miliband will pledge to keep electricity prices

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down and to help small businesses by freezing their rates. This would be

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at the expense of bigger companies. Labour are not yet seen as the party

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of enterprise. Taking one section of the business community and saying,

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we will take something from you to give it to another section. That

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will not cause businesses to invest. In these wide ranging speech

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delivered without notes, Ed Miliband succeeded last year in convincing

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critics that he was a credible leader of the opposition. Now, he

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has to convince us he can be a leader of the country as well.

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Let us be to our chief political correspondent Norman Smith. This is

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a big speech. A huge speech with huge

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expectations, and it follows last year's speech which was regarded as

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a pretty good speech. The crux of this year will be what Labour can do

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for the average person. There will be a big announcement on bearing

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down on energy bills, those proposals on housing and help the

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smaller firms. The wrinkle in all this is the business community are

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beginning to look increasingly unhappy because they don't like the

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idea they might lose out on that cut in corporation tax. They are not

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thrilled they will have to take on more apprenticeships, they are not

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excited about having to pay a higher minimum wage. The problem is this:

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The price of Ed Miliband's cost of living pledges may be the danger of

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being portrayed as anti-business, and therefore anti-recovery.

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In your hand is a book which is causing something of a sideshow down

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there, isn't it? It is the book by Damian McBride,

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Gordon Brown's former spin doctor. He's been in Brighton doing endless

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interviews, telling us about all the dark deeds he got up to. I caught up

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with him earlier. I am ashamed of a lot of things

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did and it is something I deeply regret, equally I don't think I was

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alone in politics over the last decades in some of the ways I

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operated and I hope people can see the truth of some of these

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operations laid bare, and learn from that so those things can never

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happen again. Is it true Gordon Brown knew nothing about what was

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going on? He didn't know about the activities I have described. Did he

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just choose not to know? He didn't know about those activities.

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Then Damian McBride went to do more interviews, but as the Gordon Brown

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he was on the other side of the Atlantic, where an enterprising

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reporter from the Daily Telegraph managed to catch up with him to ask

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him what he knew about the skulduggery that had gone on. Gordon

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Brown was in less than conversational mode, he didn't seem

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keen to answer questions. We don't know whether this is just

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Westminster gossip, something for the Westminster village to chat

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about, or whether it will sour the way people view Ed Miliband and Ed

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Balls who were also part of Gordon Brown's in a team.

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Thank you. Our top story this lunchtime: The Nairobi siege enters

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its fourth day, militants are holding out against Kenyan security

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forces. There was a time when it was the

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mobile phone of choice, but has blackberry run out of juice? Later

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on BBC London, we see some of the artworks that could make it onto the

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plinth in Trafalgar Square in two years. And how netball is going from

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strength to strength at Wembley Arena.

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Scientists say smoke from millions of tiny cooking stoves in Pakistan,

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Bangladesh and India is causing glaciers to melt more quickly. The

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UN's climate panel, meeting in Stockholm, will say soot in the

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smoke darkens white glaciers making them absorb more heat. Campaigners

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say this is another reason to promote the use of new clean cooking

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stoves which could also help protect millions of women from lung disease.

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stoves which could also help protect Our environment analyst Roger

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Harrabin reports. They are collecting cow dung, a

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traditional fuel the millions of people in places like this. This

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person is using the other main fuel, wood. Both of these fuels cause

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massive health problems for the people who use them, almost

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invariably women. She tells me the stove turns her house black, makes

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her calf and hurts her eyes. You can see the effects of this stove, this

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beam is blackened from the smoke and the heat that pours out of these

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stoves. This brings problems to the family, this is one of the biggest

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killers for women and children under five. The killer is the smoke, yes?

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The smoke is the killer. This family owns a shop and they can afford an

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improved cooking stove. This family is part of the UK aid scheme to

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bring stainless steel cooker is controlled by battery-powered fans.

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They cut out most of the pollution and need only half as much wood. She

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tells me it does not get as hot and it doesn't produce as much smoke. It

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is easy to see how cutting pollution would benefit people in a village

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like this but there are so many stoves polluting. 80 million of them

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estimated in India but they are creating a problem hundreds of miles

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away in the Himalayas. The smoke combines with pollution from open

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fires and dirty engines. It lands on the glaciers and turns them darker

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which makes them absorb more heat. Black carbon as an impact on snow,

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wherever it is, and certainly on the glaciers. It is an area that we need

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to tackle because it has harmful impact on human health. So there is

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a double benefit to promoting clean cookers. For about £30 a family,

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this is a problem the world can solve, if there is a will.

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The inquest into the death of Mark Duggan, whose shooting in north

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London in 2011 led to riots in a number of English cities, has been

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hearing further evidence from a senior police officer. Detective

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Chief Inspector Mick Foote from the gang crime unit Trident told the

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jury he'd been surprised by media reports after the killing, which

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wrongly stated that there had been a shoot-out between Mr Duggan and the

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police. Let's speak to our home affairs

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correspondent. This is the second day Detective Chief Inspector Mick

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Foote has been giving evidence here. He arrived at court today to

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be cross-examined by Michael Mansfield QC who is representing the

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Duggan family. He said he had no recollection of making a phone call

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Duggan family. He said he had no to another officer within 15 minutes

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Duggan family. He said he had no of the killing of Mark Duggan. That

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phone call noted that Mark Duggan came under the officer's firing.

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Mark Duggan fired no shots before he was shot dead. In response to

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questioning, Detective Chief Inspector Mick Foote said he was

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surprised by media reports after the killing which said there had been a

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shoot out between Mark Duggan and the police. He said that was not the

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case. The evidence is continuing this afternoon and we will be

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hearing more from Detective Chief Inspector Mick Foote. Thank you.

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Household waste is becoming a fuel of choice in Norway where vast

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energy plants have been built to turn non-recyclable rubbish into hot

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water and electricity. Oslo is also importing waste from Leeds and

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Bristol to use. But the process is proving controversial, as our Europe

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Correspondent Matthew Price reports. The waste from tens of thousands of

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households. A disgusting decaying mass. The stench sticks in the back

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of your throat. But here, this is not classed as waste. It is seen as

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energy. Anything that can be recycled is before it gets to this

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stage, then they pile it up in tonnes ready to burn. All of that

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waste is burnt in the incinerator and if you take a look, it is 850

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degrees in there, you can see it still doesn't quite burn everything.

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Tin cans and metal mattress springs are left over, so at the end of the

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process you get some ash, some metal which can be recycled, and a lot of

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heat. That heat boils water, the steam drives this turbine producing

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electricity, and the scalding water is piped off from the plant to

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houses and public schools across Oslo. Rubbish from across Europe

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helping to heat them through the harsh winter. Energy from waste, an

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environmentalist's dream you would assume, well not completely. The

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overall goal should be to reduce the amount of waste, but when you have

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power plants that require that we produce more and more waste, we are

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not able to reduce the amount. Public transport is also running on

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rubbish fuelled by biogas given off Public transport is also running on

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by decaying food and other organic waste. Enough eventually to run over

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100 buses every year but is now most of our rubbish ends up in landfill.

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The energy locked within, wasted for ever.

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Not long ago BlackBerry accounted for half the world's smartphones but

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now that market share has collapsed to a mere 3%. It's been massively

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outperformed by rivals Apple and Samsung. The company has now agreed

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to be bought by a consortium led by the private equity group Fairfax

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Financial. But is it the end of the road for the device? Our business

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correspondent is here to explain. Gone it seems are those days, and

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this rescue deal underscores how fickle the technology market can be.

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Just five years ago BlackBerry was worth $83 billion. Last night the

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Canadian firm agreed to be bought for just 5% of that value - a measly

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$4.7 billion. The deal is with one of its major shareholders, the

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private equity firm Fairfax Financial. So what happened? Well,

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compare Blackberry sales to rival Apple and the picture becomes

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clearer. Apple is powering ahead in the market BlackBerry once

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dominated. In just one weekend, Apple sold nine million of its new

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iPhones. That's more than BlackBerry has sold in the last four months.

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Blackberry isn't the first company overtaken by events. Computer giant

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IBM lost out to rival Microsoft in the PC revolution, but did carve out

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a niche for itself making business machines. The original hand-held

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computer, Palm, has all but disappeared after being bought by

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Hewlett Packard for a knock-down price. And Nokia, that once

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dominated the mobile market, fell so far behind its rivals, it was bought

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by Microsoft earlier this month. So will Blackberry go the same way? It

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is a fast-paced industry and the deal is not done yet. Turning around

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the firm's fortunes will not be easy, it is already planning to cut

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40% of its workforce and has warned its losses could hit £620 million.

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This deal could be a lifeline BlackBerry can't afford to turn

:26:51.:27:01.

down. The controversial UK Independence

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Party MEP who last week referred to some women activists as sluts, will

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no longer represent UKIP in Europe. Godfrey Bloom was facing

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disciplinary action after his remarks at the party conference. He

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said he would continue to sit as an independent member of the European

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Parliament, saying the new UKIP was "not really right" for him.

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Well while zoo keepers in Edinburgh anxiously wait to find out if their

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pandas will have a cub, there's no anxiously wait to find out if their

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such worry in China. 14 newly-born cubs have been put on display at a

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breeding and research base in Sichuan province. The eldest, Meng

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Meng, is four times heavier than the youngest, Ya Yi. Our correspondent

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Olivia Richwald has more. Is there anything cuter than a baby panda?

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How about 14 cubs coupled up? No wonder this research base is keen to

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show them off. This man says the biggest now weighs almost four kilos

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and the smallest just 700 grams, far more valuable than gold. Panda can

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be rented to a foreign zoo for £600,000 a year. Fewer than 2000 of

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the animals are left in the wild. The habitat is shrinking and in

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captivity pandas find it hard to reproduce. Today there has been

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disappointing news from Australia - it panda pair in Adelaide have

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failed to produce a cub for the third successive year. But in

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Britain there is hope this panda will give birth. There has been

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promising signs she is pregnant, and will give birth. There has been

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yesterday the panda and closer -- enclosure was close to the public

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because the panda has become sensitive to noise. China is

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justifiably proud of this year 's cubs. In Britain we are not greedy,

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we just want one, please! That would be enough!

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The change of mood, let's have a look at the weather. This was the

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chart from yesterday and although the overall pattern doesn't change

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much, it does not do to think that the days are just going to be pretty

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much the same as one-day follows another, and I can best illustrate

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that with the satellite picture. There is depressing familiarity

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about the days across the northern part of Scotland, fairly gloomy

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there, but it is these islands of cloud further south that changes the

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day is completely. Yesterday many of the locations struggled for heat,

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but it doesn't mean to say everybody is on that improving curve. Many

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parts are going in the opposite direction. This is how things are

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shaping up for the rest of the afternoon. The further north and

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east that you are, the duller things are. After the foggy start across

:30:16.:30:23.

central and southern parts, there will be some sunshine with

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central and southern parts, there temperatures which have been on the

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high side this week. Then in the north, this is where we have the

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bulk of the cloud and there is some rain to be had. Not a great deal of

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change through this evening. If you have had some sunshine, it will be a

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glorious evening. Through the course of the night and into the small

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hours of Wednesday, there will be fog forming again but not in the

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same places as was the case this morning. It will be down into some

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of the southern counties, probably not as bad as we had it in the south

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for this morning so bear that in mind. On Wednesday I'm afraid the

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weather front is still there but it has come further south, introducing

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rain and fresher weather into the northern part of Scotland. Further

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south, watch out for the fog but here we go again. By Thursday, that

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weather front will have fizzled away, a better chance of some

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sunshine there, and on the western side of the British Isles there will

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be some rain drifting across. Now a reminder of our top story this

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lunchtime. The Nairobi siege enters its fourth day. Somali militants are

:31:50.:31:55.

holding out against Kenyan security forces. There are reports the group

:31:55.:32:00.

is still holding hostages. In the last few minutes we have seen

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pictures of what appears to be soldiers roaming an area of the

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shopping centre.

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