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The 15-minute flying visits to the elderly and disabled. It's been

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criticised by a charity. They say elderly and disabled. It's been

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the practice is on the rise with elderly people having to choose

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between having a drink and going to the toilet. They really need some

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time. They need to feel you can help and that you care about what's

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happening. What's happening to them, what they need. Also this lunchtime.

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The Scotland Secretary, Michael Moore, is sacked as David Cameron

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begins a ministerial reshuffle. Britain's version of the FBI, the

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new National Crime Agency, to fight serious organised crime is launched.

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A series of attacks on strategic targets in Egypt. At least ten

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people die in attacks against security forces in the latest wave

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of violence. And shot in the head by the Taliban, the Pakistani teenager

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Malala Yousafzai says talking to the extremists, is the only way to

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achieve peace. They must do what they want through dialogue. They

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must tell us what they want and killing people and hurting people,

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and flogging people is totally against Islam. Later on BBC London,

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tax relief on season tickets. The Mayor asks the Treasury for helping

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hand for computers and what lies beneath? The Japanese plant bringing

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down house prices in the capital. Good afternoon and welcome to the

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BBC News At One. Elderly and disabled people are missing out on

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essential care because many carers disabled people are missing out on

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only have time to make flying visits. That's according to the

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charity Leonard Cheshire Disability. It says older people are having to

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choose between having a drink or going to the toilet because their

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carers are spending so little time with them. And more and more

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councils are allocating visits that are just 15 minutes long. Our

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correspondent Mike Sergeant reports. This woman never does visits as

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short as 15 minutes. The provider she works for the policy of half an

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hour minimum. Giving carers enough time to build a relationship and do

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all the necessary tasks. They really need some time, they need to feel

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you can help, and that you care about what's happening. What's

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happening to them, what they need. And they need to be treated with

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happening to them, what they need. kindness and clarity and patients.

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But today's study by the charity Leonard Cheshire Disability reveals

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two thirds of all councils in England use some 50 minute visits,

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the overall number of them increasing 15% in five years. And in

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some extreme cases, cancelled commission three quarters of all

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home care in 15 minute slots. Whilst the government and local authorities

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share the view 15 minutes is not long enough to help with everyday

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tasks, some councils say shorter visits can be useful if the purpose

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is just to check someone is OK or that they have had their medication.

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Senior care managers say the type of support should be tailored to the

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needs of the individual. I think we talked generally about care needs as

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if they are the same. But we have always said we need to treat people

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as individuals, and make sure that their needs are assessed and that

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the time is given in order to make the needs that they have met.

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Because they are all difference, some people can manage with less and

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others need more. But many, like Richard, who has multiple sclerosis,

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think council should be told to make all visits longer. They just don't

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have enough time. Bless them, they do their best, but it just doesn't

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work, really. They are good people, most of them. They want extra time

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but on their remit. Campaigners this morning want a ban on all 15 minute

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visits. But councils says significant can cut their funding

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mean local authorities are struggling to meet rising demand for

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care. Our social affairs correspondent, Alison Holt is here.

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This has been looking at the situation in England. Is it all down

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to money? Well the Association of directors of adult social services

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say that there are times when it is fully justified and fully adequate

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to provide someone with a 15 minute visit. That might just be because of

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medication or something relatively quick, but I think at the end of

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it, money has to be a major in this. The directors of adult social

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services estimate £800 million short of budgets. And they are not

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seeing, they say, the transfer of money from the NHS to local

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authorities. The government would say that is happening, and they have

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made it clear it believes 15 minute visits are too short. It's also

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clear from the point of view of the companies who are providing this

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care, some of them agree it's far too short and some refuse to give

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that sort of short visit, because it's not the care that they want to

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deliver. And we have a society now where the ageing population is

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growing all the time. It's difficult to see how this can be resolved.

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300,000 people in England get home care at the moment. That figure is

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going to rise. Not only are we an ageing population, and ageing

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doesn't always mean good health. We are trying to shift care from being

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provided in hospitals to at home, which is where most people would

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want it to be. But that has a cost attached to it if that person needs

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support. And that means there is a need for wider debate, not just

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about the individual funding, which is being looked at, but also, are we

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putting enough into the pot of money which provides care via local

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authorities? Thank you very much. The Scottish Secretary, Michael

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Moore, has been sacked from the cabinet as the Prime Minister begins

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a minor reshuffle. He will be replaced by another Liberal

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Democrat, the Chief Whip, Alistair Carmichael, less than a year before

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the Scottish independence referendum. Our chief political

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correspondent, Norman Smith, is at Westminster. The reshuffle is now

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well and truly underway. We are told that the Prime Minister wants to

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bring in more women, more MPs from the north, and so far only one woman

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who also happens to be from the North, has been promoted, but the

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big story of the day has to be the axing of the Scottish Secretary,

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Michael Moore, who was deemed to be not a enough, not a belligerent

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enough towards Alex Salmond, head of independence referendum next year.

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Chris Mason now reports. Arriving at his new office with a smile, as

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Secretary of State for Scotland. Alistair Carmichael was greeted by

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the boss and will now lead the government's fight to give UK

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together in next year's independence referendum. He is replacing Michael

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Moore, who has been sacked from the Cabinet. I'm disappointed to be

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leaving office right now, but I'm very pleased with what I have

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achieved in the last couple of years particularly in the constitutional

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debate with Scotland and the Edinburgh agreement but this big

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decision we are taking as a country, is bigger than one individual,

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bigger than one party. Also leaving, the Cabinet Office Minister Chloe

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Smith, the deputy Chief Whip, John Randall and the Transport Minister,

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Simon Burns. Chloe Smith finds a ministerial career over aged just

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31. This is entirely my decision, positive one to me because it allows

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me to focus on the things most important to me, my work for the

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constituency and work I can do to also promote the cause of young

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people. The government is made up of 120 ministers. Before today, 24 were

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women. 21 Cabinet ministers. Northern MPs and women are expected

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to do well in this shake-up. Esther McVeigh has become employment

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Minister. MPs have been clutching their phones trying to find out news

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as to whether or not they could be working in Whitehall or no longer

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working here. What is guaranteed today is some MPs will be

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disappointed either because they have been fired or because they have

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been overlooked. It could mean some of them are rather grouchy on the

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backbenches. But, on the whole, this is a shake-up of the government's B

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team rather than the ministers we tend to see the most of. So not

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everyone is riveted. Sophie, what we have not had is the traditional walk

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of shame as those about to be dispatched have to walk in front of

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the cameras into number ten. Instead, ministers have all been

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promoted. Be in no doubt, tonight there will be many former ministers

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who are deeply unhappy and deeply unhappy former ministers can spell

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trouble for party leaders on the backbenches. It's not just the

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government doing reshuffling today because the Labour leader is

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expected to make changes to his top team? The biggest story today may

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actually be the Labour reshuffle because we are told this will be a

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Shadow Cabinet reshuffle in which Mr Miller band will seek to reshape his

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top team, to send out a different Miller band will seek to reshape his

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message and also signal a different approach in key policy areas so we

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could see movement in the top posts such as health, DWP, education and

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transport. -- Ed Miliband. The real story at the Denver that they could

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be the Labour reshuffle. Thank you very much. It's being dubbed

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Britain's version of the FBI - a new police organisation called the

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National Crime Agency is launched today. It's replacing the much

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criticised Serious Organised Crime Agency and will focus on organised,

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economic and cyber crime, border policing and child protection. But

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Labour says it's just a re-branding exercise. Our home affairs

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correspondent Tom Symonds reports. Open the door. National Crime

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Agency. Britain's FBI comes calling. Early this morning, this

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was the first operation of the new National Crime Agency. It is the

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third attempt to create a UK wide law enforcement body in 15 years.

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But the new director says it won't just work alongside the police. It

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will take a lead. We need leadership to bring agencies together, based on

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a clear intelligence picture, intelligence led, and we target

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interventions appropriately and our top priority is continuously

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disrupting people involved in organised crime. So what difference

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will it make and what firepower can call upon? This unit is training in

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Gateshead and is one of around two dozen based around the country. The

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officers are firearms capable but also experienced investigators. This

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is clearly the sharp end. But the new National Crime Agency behind it

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will be a bigger, much more visible, operation. Active across

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the UK, but, for the first time, with the powers to direct local

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police forces. The broader remit will include continuing to tackle

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serious and organised criminals. But also cyber crime and economic crime.

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Immigration and cross-border crime, and child exploitation and online

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protection also becomes part of the National Crime Agency. In Northern

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Ireland, Sinn Fein and the SDLP blocked them from having full powers

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because of concerns it would upset a delicate pleasing balance and Labour

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claims there is no new money. This does not live up to the Home

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Secretary's hype. It is important, we wish it well, but its rebranding

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from existing organisations and, unfortunately, with a 20% budget

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cut. The government denies it's just the rebranding and is promising it

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will seize more proceeds of crime and be more innovative. Not just

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prosecuting criminals, but relentlessly destructing their

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activities as well. That's why it's a new approach which says we will

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use all the tools available to ensure we fight against organised

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crime, which is a national security threat. The body is replacing worked

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in the semi secrecy. No signs outside its offices. The new agency

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is moving into the same offices with a different approach. Like the FBI,

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it wants to build a public reputation and to be publicly judged

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on its successes and failures. There has been a fresh wave of violence

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across Egypt this morning with a string of attacks on the Egyptian

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Security forces. A car bomb went off at their headquarters in Sinai near

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the northern port city of Ismailia killing five soldiers. Yesterday

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more than 50 people were killed in clashes between police and the

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supporters of the ousted president Mohammed Morsi. Jim Newell reports.

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The explosion badly damaged the Mohammed Morsi. Jim Newell reports.

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security building. There were fears casualties could rise as more people

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are pulled from the rubble. Attacks by Islamist militants in Sinai are

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veritably common but mainly in the north. This one in the South, will

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do nothing for tourism at nearby resorts. At Ismailia, gunmen opened

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fire on soldiers killing five or six. And, in Cairo, grenades were

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fired at a communication centre wounding several people. Despite all

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that, Cairo itself was calm and it was business as usual for many this

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morning after a day of riots and killings that left more than 50

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people dead. With the Muslim brotherhood now largely driven

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underground, people on the streets have only harsh words for them. They

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want to bring the countries to its knees, and want to rivers and

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callous, but they can't, this man says, because the army and the

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police on the people are altogether. Yesterday 's violence was the worst

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since the security forces moved against the Muslim Brotherhood in

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August, killing hundreds and arresting their leaders. The

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movement is trying to stay behind by staging demonstrations against the

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military. Which ousted President Morsi in July. No more have died but

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they are promised further mope -- protests further in the week. Our

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top story this lunchtime. A leading charity brands the 15-minute flying

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care visits to elderly and disabled people are disgraceful. And still to

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come. The Olympic torch takes off in Russia covering 40,000 miles and

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will even go into space for the first time before arriving at the

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Winter games. Later on BBC London, as Spurs fans are arrested at

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yesterday 's match for using a word banned by the FA, and how children

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are getting the chance to study priceless works of art in the

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comfort of their own schools. One year ago this week, Pakistani

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teenager Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taleban near her home in

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Pakistan as she travelled to school by bus. She was targeted because she

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had spoken out for girls' education. After the attack, which nearly

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killed her, she was flown to Britain for treatment, and she has stayed in

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Birmingham, where she has undergone a series of major operations. In her

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first interview since the attack, she told the BBC's Mishal Husain

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that talking to the Taliban is the only way to achieve peace.

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A day out in Birmingham for Malala Yousafzai. This 16-year-old's life

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was transformed by the attack that nearly killed her. Hello! One year

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on, I have been spending time with her and her family. Hello, Malala,

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how are you? What has been the her and her family. Hello, Malala,

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hardest thing about coming to Birmingham? The weather, of course!

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She is much better now than she was, Birmingham? The weather, of course!

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but your life changed in that one moment. In seconds, everyone's life

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changed in that moment. Malala was only 11 when she first

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spoke out for girls' writes to go to school. I would get my education, if

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it is in a home, school or anyplace. The world she knew was about to

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disappear, the whole valley of Swat came under the brutal rule of the

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Taleban. I was afraid of my future. I don't

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want to see any girl to be ignorant, and I don't want to see any girl to

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be illiterate in future, and I did not want my future to be just

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sitting in a room, to be imprisoned in four walls and just cooking and

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giving birth to children. I didn't want to see my life in that way. But

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her determination to speak out would come at a cost. On the 9th of

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October last year, she and her friends were travelling home on

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their school bus when it was stopped.

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Malala was shot in the head, deliberately targeted by the

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extremists. We know the Taleban never targeted a child. If not adult

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girls, but they never killed children. Swat today is a very

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different place from Howard was in Taleban times. In those days, this

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area was notoriously, because this was where they would display the

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bodies of those they had hanged. The locals know this area as Green

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Square, but in Taleban times they locals know this area as Green

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renamed it Bloody Square. A few streets away is Malala's old school.

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Where did she sit? Her class is full of bright,

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articular girls with high aspirations for the future. They

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tell me they miss their friend's competitive spirit. Are you still

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like that in your new school, competitive? Yes, I do like it, but

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I still miss my friends. The new school environment in Birmingham is

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very different to what she was used to.

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Do you think British girls take their education for granted, then?

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Yes, I believe that. I want to tell students of the UK to think that it

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is very precious, very prestigious. Go to school. Malala has made a

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remarkable physical recovery, and are major operations, including one

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to reattach her facial nerve. Now I can move my face, I can smile. It is

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getting better day by day. I want you to tell me when you can hear a

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tiny sound... And thanks to a cochlear implant, they're hearing

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has been restored. I am going to say the days of the week, Monday,

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Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday.

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Today Malala has become the face of the world's 57 million out-of-school

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children. She has an influence view other 16-year-olds can imagine, and

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yet she told me she still sees herself as an ordinary teenager.

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And you can watch that interview in a special Panorama programme this

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evening. Home Secretary Theresa May is to be

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questioned by MPs over white one of the world's most wanted Al-Qaeda

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terror suspects, captured by US special forces this weekend in

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Libya, was given asylum in Britain. According to reports, Abu Anas

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al-Liby arrived in Britain in the mid-1990s and lived in Manchester

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after being granted political asylum. Frank Gardner is here, so

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what more do we know about him and why was he granted asylum here? Abu

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Anas al-Liby is a nickname. He came to this country in the mid-1990s as

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one of several political dissidents from Libya, fleeing the Gaddafi

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regime, and at the time he was seen as somebody who had a right to free

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speech in this country. He was part of the movement, even though we went

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to live in Manchester, with many Libyans, he was part of a movement

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of people that were opposing quite to spotting, unpleasant regimes in

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the Middle East. He, though, went on to do other things. He joined a big

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organisation, Al-Qaeda, and the extraordinary thing is that one year

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after the East African embassy bombings that he is accused of

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helping to mastermind, he was reportedly picked up by the police

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but let go. Now, lots of calls have gone into Whitehall from lots of

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news organisations today to try to get some answers out of them. This,

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of course, was a previous government, in the late 1990s, so

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firing questions at Theresa May will only go so far. But I think they

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probably learnt their lessons. They are much tighter on the sort of

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people they allowed to proselytise and plan from the UK.

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People with severe mental illness are more likely to be victims of

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crime than the general population, according to a new study. It found

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that men were five times more likely to experience assault and severely

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mentally ill women work ten times more likely to be assaulted. Dominic

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Casciani reports. Your chance of being a victim of

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crime is far lower than 20 years ago, but if you suffer from a mental

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illness, it is a different story. Research by academics and the

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charities Victim Support and Mindset that people at these conditions you

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experience crime are often let down. Lydia Hodges was the victim of a

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rape that left suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. She

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says her visible anxiety made her the target for further crimes. She

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volunteered to talk openly about how the police reaction to her illness

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hampered her chances of getting over mugging. I would have liked to have

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got justice, but it is very... I think going through a trial would

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have been very difficult, because of dealing with the police's reaction

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to my mental health issues, that was the more difficult bit. Today's

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report looks at victims of crime who have mental illnesses. It says these

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victims are three times more likely to experience crime than anyone

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else. Women with severe mental illness are ten times more likely to

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be assaulted. Campaigners say the police often dismiss these victims

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when they should be giving them more support. These people are far more

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vulnerable than the general population, and they therefore find

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it harder to process the risks that they put themselves into, and the

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risks that other people present to them. And those people could be

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members of their own family or people that they know well. The

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Associaton of Chief Police Officers says it except the recommendations

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in the research. There is a public perception that mental health

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patients commit crimes, but this report shows how they are more

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likely to be victims. Now, the longest ever journey for an

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Olympic torch is under way in Moscow today. It will travel 40,000 miles

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from the capital, across Russia, on its way to next year's Sochi Winter

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games, and for the first time the Olympic flame will journey into

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space. Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports.

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At the Kremlin today, a fanfare for a flame. With pomp and plenty of

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pom-poms, Russia sent the Olympic torch on its long journey to Sochi

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and the Winter Games. Although this synchronised swimmer looks like she

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might drown in the sea of streamers. So the Olympic flame is on its way

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at the start of a marathon journey, 40,000 miles across the biggest

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country in the world. Along the way, the torch will travel by nuclear

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icebreaker to the North Pole. It will plunge to the bottom of a lake

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and blast into space, for an historic Olympic spacewalk. Back on

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earth, there have been problems, though. This was the Kremlin

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yesterday. A good job he was on hand with his lighter. There has been

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controversy, too. Gay rights groups have called for a Western boycott of

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the games in protest at a Russian law that restricts the spread of

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information about homosexuality. But these Olympic volunteers near red

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Square today were upbeat about the Sochi games. It is a chance for the

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whole world to see what Russia is, what is Russia? We will surprise the

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world. Big country, big show! And a big journey before the flame finally

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reaches Sochi next February. From the Olympics to the

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Commonwealth Games in Glasgow next year, and it has been announced that

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the army of volunteers enlisted to help during the 2014 games will be

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known as Clydesiders, and more than 50,000 people registered to become

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volunteers. This morning the process of informing the successful

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applicants and telling them which events they will be working at has

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begun. On Wednesday the Queen will launch the bat and relay or the

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Glasgow game from Buckingham Palace as it started its journey of almost

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120,000 miles to every Commonwealth nation and territory before arriving

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back in Scotland in June. You can watch the launch of the baton relay

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on Wednesday morning, we will be at Buckingham Palace from 10:45am.

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Talking of Buckingham Palace, it has hosted garden parties, children's

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parties, concerts and many royal ceremonies, but this afternoon for

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the first time the gardens are being turned into a football pitch for a

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match between England's oldest amateur clubs, Polytechnic SC and

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team-macro FC. Nicholas Witchell is there.

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Yes, one better than Wembley! Here we are in the back garden of

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Buckingham Palace with a full-sized football pitch marked out for what

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will be the first fully competitive football match staged in the ground,

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all in aid of the 150th anniversary of the Football Association, of

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which Prince William is the of the Football Association, of

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president, and a short time ago he welcomed the two teams and their

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supporters and some of the volunteers who do so much to make

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the game a success. I cannot tell you how excited I am

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that later today we will be playing football on my grandmother's lawn.

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One warning, though - if anyone breaks a window, you can answer to

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her! In fact, Her Majesty, who has been the proud patron of the FA for

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61 years, Sensor regrets that she cannot join you today. One small

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silver line to Her Majesty not being presence today is that they should

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not be any corgis running onto the pitch. Laugh a minute! Prince

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William, I think, is just being introduced shortly to the two

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teams. The kick-off is in a couple of minutes from now, a game between

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two amateur sides, Civil Services FC, one of the teams which formed

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the FA, and Polytechnic SC. Whether this carefully nurtured ground which

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has been marked out with the assistance of Wembley groundstaff,,

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quite how it is done to bear this afternoon with 22 players running up

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and down it, we will have to see. I am sure the Queen will be delighted

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that it is being staged here. Let's have a look at the weather now

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with Nina Ridge. Some fine weather at the moment,

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sunshine in places, decent temperatures as well, so the rest of

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the afternoon, sunshine, bright spells at times and it will feel

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the afternoon, sunshine, bright quite warm once again. A little bit

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more cloud further west, and at quite warm once again. A little bit

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times for parts of South West England we cannot rule out the odd

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spot of rain, but for most it should be dry throughout the afternoon with

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cloud coming and going, highs of 17 or 18 degrees. The rest of the

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afternoon, Wales is mostly dry, one or two light showers perhaps.

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North-west England is more overcast, and through parts of

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Northern Ireland some heavier rain sitting to the north-west. The

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north-west corner of Scotland sees rain continuing to be quite

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persistent, and at times heavy, but through the Moray Firth, with some

:30:04.:30:06.

shelter, warm sunshine, we will pick up that sunshine again through

:30:06.:30:10.

north-east England, I run the Wash, part of Lincolnshire, East Anglia

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and the south-east corner. -- around the Wash. There is the potential for

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and the south-east corner. -- around temperatures to get into the low

:30:16.:30:20.

20s, maybe 21 or 22 by the end of the day. Through the night, the

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weather front is moving its way south, bringing with it a little

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more cloud, patchy rain, heavy at times, but most of it fairly light.

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Still some showers moving into the north-west of Scotland. Another mild

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night with that blanket of cloud, those of 13-15 degrees. A grey

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starts tomorrow morning, and with that week weather front, more

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overcast in the south with one or two showers. But behind that, bright

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spells once again, showers moving into the north-west corner of

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Scotland. Temperatures still in the high teens across the country,

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although more cloud in the south, still maybe around 20 degrees. But

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there are some changes, and around the middle part of the week we start

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there are some changes, and around disease and fronts moving south, and

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that means a change in damages. -- we start to see cold fronts. Behind

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that, with the cold air setting in, a strong wind where the temperatures

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that, with the cold air setting in, are really tumbling away, 10-12

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degrees with frequent and heavy showers, which may be wintry across

:31:20.:31:24.

higher ground of Scotland. For the last of the mild air clearing away

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on Thursday, the whole country is sitting underneath the blues, so the

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daytime temperatures by then, 10-13, a strong northerly wind will make it

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feel even colder. At least there will be a little bit of sunshine

:31:37.:31:41.

around, although for eastern areas we will still have the risk of

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showers. Be warned, if you have got used to 20 degrees, it will come as

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a bit of a shock by the end of the week.

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