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Dem peer is set to rejoin the Lords today, despite Nick Clegg's all for

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him to apologise first over sexual harassment claims. Meissen -- my

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views are clear. If you cause distress to another collie, and that

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has been shown to be the case, the most basic and decent thing you can

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do is apologise. We will have the latest. Also: The mother of three

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old Mikaeel Kular is due to appear in court in the next hour, charged

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in connection with his death. -- three-year old.

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Peace talks are in turmoil as anger at the UN invites the Iranians to a

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summit on ending the civil war in Syria. Shocking CCTV, Lisa Bjork

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will help to catch the muggers who kicked and punched this man, then

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left him on the road. And an early morning wake-up call for the Rosetta

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spacecraft. 500 millimoles from Earth, it is ready for a rendezvous

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with a comet. -- 500 million miles. Later on BBC London: The growing

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number of people stealing their gas and electricity, and why it's adding

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?30 a year to our bills. And a coroner calls for a senior

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doctor to be suspended after the death of this toddler.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One. The crisis

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engulfing the Liberal Democrats over allegations of sexual harassment

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against Lord Rennard could come to a head in Parliament today. The peer

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is expected to rejoin the Lib Dem group in the Lords, but the party's

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leader says he must first apologise to the women who have complained

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about his behaviour. Lord Rennard, the party's format Chief Whip, said

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he had not done anything wrong. Chris Mason reports.

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The Lib Dems are being split into macro by this man, Lord Rennard. He

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is not a household name, but for years he's been an essential figure

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in his party. He has advised leaders, and plotted election

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campaigns. Now the current leader is angrily touring TV studio demanding

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that he apologises over allegations of sexual harassment. As a matter of

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basic reasons you, you say sorry. That has been the recommendation of

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an independent process. It is the role eyes-macro Judy party holds --

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it is the view I and the party hold. That is why I don't think he should

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rejoin the party in the House of Lords until he has made the

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apology. This is Alison Goldsworthy, one of four activists who have

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accused him of sexual harassment. Bridget Harris is another. The

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police concluded there was insufficient evidence to prosecute

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the peer. Internal enquiries agreed but said he should apologise. But he

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has refused. All of which leaves a stand-off between Nick Clegg and

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Lord Rennard. As if this wasn't awkward enough for Mr Clegg, the Lib

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Dems are very proud of giving their party members say. Internal

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democracy is what they call it. The clue is in the party's name. But

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that can leave Nick Clegg as good as powerless while in his party are

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sounding off will stop Chris Rennard has been through a year of hell. In

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other circumstances, people would have been driven to suicide. He has

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had to suffer humiliation through the newspapers comment a after day.

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This is a good, decent man who has been punished by the party. The

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leadership seems to be showing scant regard for due process. Lord Rennard

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and his supporters want him back here in Parliament and back on a

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powerful policy committee. At least a third of its members don't. It

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would be better if Chris apologised, and it would be better if he went

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away and thought about how he would be feeling if he was leading the

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campaign with all this going on. At the moment, there is little sign of

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compromise between Lord Rennard and Nick Clegg. The challenge now is to

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sort this out quickly before Mr Clegg's authority takes a further

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hit. Let's speak to our chief political correspondent, Norman

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Smith, at Westminster. It is quite the stand-off. How damaging is it

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for Nick Clegg? Potentially profoundly damaging. This is high

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noon for Nick Clegg. Chris Rennard is not just another Lib Dem. He is

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the man who ran the party of the past 20 or so years. He has breathed

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life into it at successive elections. He knows where all the

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bodies are buried. It is a fight to the finish, it seems, between the

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two macro men. Both camps seem unwilling to optimise with

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increasingly viral and language being directed in each direction. --

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virulent language. Nick Clegg is the money and apology. Lord Rennard is

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saying he had nothing to apologise for. Nick Clegg's people is saying

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he could be suspended from the party. Lord Rennard's people say, if

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you do that, we could take you to court. It matters because it is a

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fight that Nick Clegg has to win. He cannot lose or the damage to his

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authority would be profound. Already this morning, one Lib Dem MEP said

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he heard Nick Clegg on the radio and couldn't understand what he was

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talking about. In other words, an open act of defiance and disrespect.

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We made get more of that shortly at around 2pm, when, if, Lord Rennard

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decides to go to the House of Lords in an open act of defiance of Nick

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Clegg. The mother of three-year-old Mikaeel Kular, who is due to appear

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-- is due to appear in court this afternoon. Rosdeep Kular was charged

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at the weekend. Our correspondent is in Edinburgh. Rosdeep Kular could

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appear in court within the next couple of hours. In Scottish courts,

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it is known as the appearance in petition. It is the first time in

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defendant appears in court and it is always in private. No media or

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members of the public will be on court to hear the charges she faces.

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Shortly before midday, a large police presence for a van arriving

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at court. It is believed it may have been transporting Rosdeep Kular,

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head of her appearance to face charges in connection with her

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son's death. Mikaeel was reported missing on Thursday morning. Within

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hours, hundreds of volunteers had joint police to search for the young

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boy. But at midnight on Friday police announced they had found his

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body. 20 miles away, he has former home in Cork D. 24 hours later, they

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charges mother. -- they charged his mother in connection with his death.

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Support is being offered to children at his school. Just about to take my

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school -- childhood nursery now. Just devastated. It is horrible.

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Police are continuing to guard the house in five close to where his

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body was found. How long Mikaeel had lain there remains unclear but the

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tribute outside continue to mount. People are deeply affected by what

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happened to him. It will only be a basic charging this afternoon. More

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specific details will only become available once an indictment is

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placed and when Rosdeep Kular appears in open court at a later

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date. Syria's main opposition group has threatened to pull out of

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forthcoming police talks in Switzerland unless the UN Secretary

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General, Ban Ki-Moon, withdraws and invitation to Iran. He asked the

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Iranians to attend the opening discussion because he believes they

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should be part of a solution to the crisis. America has also called for

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the invitation to be withdrawn unless Iran backs titillation of a

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transitional government in Syria. -- backs the creation. This is a rebel

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held area of Damascus. For months, it has been under siege and

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bombarded by Syrian government forces. Now a trickle of aid has

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arrived. These people can't wait much longer for a peace deal. This

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woman says have received nothing from our children are dying of

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hunger. Are we animals? Now, head of long anticipated talks, the UN

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secretary-general has dropped a diplomatic bombshell. An invitation

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to Iran. We agreed that the cause of the negotiations is to establish,

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and mutual consent, transitioning body. Washington seemed shocked as

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Iran haven't signed up to last year's Geneva peace agreement. A

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spokeswoman said: Iran's relations with the West have

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thawed under the country's new president. Only today, the country

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began to impairment and nuclear deal to stop enriching uranium. But

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concern is fuelled by decades of this trust and Iran's backing of

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President Assad. -- this trust. As the fractured rebels battle on,

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Syria's main opposition group has now threatened to pull out of the

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talks which already are precarious. President Assad says they should be

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about fighting terrorism, not a change of government. TRANSLATION:

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Be logical thing that we have been talking about continuously is that

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the Geneva conference comes out with clear results in relation to

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combating terrorism in Syria. Especially in terms of pressurising

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the country -- countries that export terrorism to Syria. Everyday,

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desperate Syrians flee their country. He talks may yet go ahead,

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but for these people, relief seems distant. -- the talks. The police --

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Police Federation of England and Wales, which were business officers

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from constables to chief inspectors, should be changed from top to

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bottom, according to an independent review commissioned in the wake of

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the so-called plebgate affair. It says the Police Federation needs to

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be much more open and accountable and must adopt the kind of standards

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of behaviour and conduct which the public expect of police officers.

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Our home affairs correspondent is in central London. A damning report,

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Tom. It certainly is. This is a report by a former senior civil

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servant into a body that he says, is very important police officers can't

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strike. So they do need an organisation to represent them. He

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says have an organisation that is very badly affected by political

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infighting. It attacks those inside and outside the Federation,

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officials say. There is barracking at their conference every year. It

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is something that has become a fixture in the political conference

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season. Civil servants and ministers have been handled by the police. He

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says there is widespread dismay and the damage being done to the Police

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Federation, but also to the image of the police outside. He is also

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particularly concerned that he was unable to find details of how much

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money was in some local Police Federation accounts. He said that

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shouldn't happen, there should be much better openers. So,

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recommendations? He says there should be new standards of

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professionalism, new guidelines for expenses and new annual road --

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reports. One final thing, having found a surplus in the Federation's

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account, he says that every police officer who subscribes should have a

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25% reduction in their fees for one year. Police have released shocking

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CCTV images of a man who was mugged on the street in Birmingham as he

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walked home from a party. The 51-year-old was knocked unconscious

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by one of his attackers. Another then repeatedly kicked him while he

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was being robbed. More than a dozen cars drove past without stopping.

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This report contains images that some viewers may find distressing.

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It was the early hours of December the 15th and the CCTV footage shows

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the victim turning around after an object, later found to be a Saronic

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plate, was thrown. A second man appears from the shadows and throws

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a punch. It looks into ground, unconscious. As the 51-year-old lies

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helpless in the street, the men rifled through his pockets, stealing

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a watch and a mobile phone. In an act of islands, which is too

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sickening to show, the first attacker then is taking the -- begin

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in the head. It is now more than a month since the horrific attack was

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carried out on this street in Birmingham. West Midlands Police say

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they need the public's help. More than a dozen cars passed by as the

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assaults took place, and they urgently want the drivers of those

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vehicles to come forward. Police say their latest figures show the number

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of robberies in this area of the city has fallen. But this was a

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particularly vicious attack. A collapse of that nature, let alone

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the punch, could easily have resulted in this being a murder

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investigation. The alarm was eventually raised by a passer-by,

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who called the emergency services. The 51-year-old man was seriously

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injured and needed stitches to his face and head. He still too shaken

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to speak about his ordeal. The time is coming on to a quarter

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past one. The top story: The Deputy Prime Minister's authority is

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brought into question by Lord Rennard. The Lib Dem peer is set to

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rejoin the laws, despite a call for him to apologise first over sexual

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harassment claims. Still to come: Getting ready for the Winter

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Olympics, Team GB get kitted out for the Russian cold.

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Later on BBC London News: Two International medical gains are

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called off after an event causes damage to the floor. And across well

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could bring an additional 160 million passengers to the West and

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every year, according to a new report. At 10:00am this morning, an

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alarm clock sounded 500 million miles from earth on a spacecraft

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that's been in hibernation for two and a half years. The European Space

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Agency is hoping it will have woken up the Rosetta probe ready for the

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final stage of its mission. The aim is to put a robotic lander on a

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comet later this year, something that has never been attempted

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before, to provide more information about how the solar system came into

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existence. Our science reporter, Rebecca Morelle, has more details.

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The Rosetta spacecraft launched a decade ago, the start of the

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journey. And this is its target, Comet 67P hails from the dawn of the

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solar system, a mass of ice and rock hurtling through space, but first

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Rosetta needs to wake up. The last two years it has been in deep space

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hibernation to save energy for the final phase of its mission. Right

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now, Rosetta is more than 800 million kilometres away from Earth.

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First of all internal alarm clock goes off, triggering heaters so it

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can warm up. The craft then stops spinning by firing thrusters. Once

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it is stabilised it uses navigational instruments to find

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Earth and angles towards it. Only then can it send its message back

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home. Absolutely everything rides on this particular stage of the mission

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being a success. We have to get control back of the satellite so we

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can start it on its journey to rendezvous with the comment. -- the

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Comet. Rosetta should catch up with a comet later this year, then starts

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the perilous stage, dropping a lander onto the Comet as it travels

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at speed. It will have to bolt itself down on the icy surface so it

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does not fly. Nothing like this has ever been attempted before. Comments

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act as a time travel Capshaw from the start of the solar system --

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comets. They contain all of the earliest water and organic material

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that was there before the planet was formed. Understanding these comets

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could understand -- answer some of the biggest questions in science. If

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Rosetta can pull it off it could shed some light on how our planet

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came to be and how I'd started here on earth. -- and how life started.

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The Labour Party says it will make all people claiming jobseekers'

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allowance sit a test to prove they can read, write and do maths within

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six weeks of them signing on. The measure was set out by the new

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Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, Rachel Reeves, in her first major

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speech since her appointment. The Conservatives claim the opposition

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is copying a policy that already exists. Our political correspondent

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Ross Hawkins reports. Talking tough on benefits, for the

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unskilled, for European immigrants, because they say things must change

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because they know it is what many voters want to hear. It is our

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responsibility to make sure the training is there, but it is your

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responsibility to do the training you need, to get off jobseeker's

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allowance and into work. Labour is promising tests for new job-seekers.

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Those without basic skills in maths, English and IT will have to take

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training will lose benefits. The government says they have already

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offered a pilot scheme offering tuition, and they also say this.

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Anybody who wants to come there needs to be looking for work, taking

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work, and making contributions, not to come because the benefit system

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is more generous. New European immigrants will not get housing

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benefits if they get jobseeker's allowance. Today we learned those

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will be the rules from April, the policy was first announced last

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year. But on this, the politicians don't mind repeating themselves. And

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you don't need a spin doctor to understand why. Many viewers are

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programmes like this one action on benefits bill that amounts to ?170

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billion per year. -- want action. When we ask people if they want

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cutting, benefits are way ahead of health, transport, defence. People

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think a lot of welfare money goes to the wrong people. For many voters

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keen on welfare cuts, the argument is simple. Whether you turn up at a

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job centre without basic skills or freshly arrived from abroad, you

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should be finding work and not making claims. And yet almost half

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of the overall benefits bill goes on the state pension, and politicians

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are much less enthusiastic about squeezing that. So they have not cut

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the cost of welfare today, but they will hope that voters have heard

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them worrying about it. A coroner in North Wales has

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concluded that a man with heart problems would probably have lived

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long enough to receive hospital treatment if an ambulance had

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arrived promptly after he collapsed. Fred Pring, who was 74 and from

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Flintshire, died more than 40 minutes after his wife first called

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999 in March last year. Let's speak to our correspondent Richard Lister.

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What more was said, Richard? As you say, Fred Pring suffered from

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chronic heart and lung problems, and early in the morning of the 21st of

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March last year he had such bad chest pains that his wife Joyce

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dialled 999 and was assured help was on the way. What she was not told

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was that none of the ambulance crews was available. They were taking

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mandatory rest breaks all were delayed outside hospitals where they

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were trying to deliver patients. In one case that was almost five hours.

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She dialled 9993 more times but it took 48 minutes for an ambulance to

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arrive, by which time her husband was dead. The coroner said today

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that had an ambulance arrived on the target response time of eight

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minutes he probably would have survived long enough to be treated

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in hospital. He has written to both the Welsh Ambulance Service and the

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health board to review their procedures in the way they allocate

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resources and the question of delays in getting patients to hospital.

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They both said that improvements are being made and they have offered

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their condolences to the family, but Mrs Pring said she was let down was

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considering legal action. The coroner said unless her concerns

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were acted upon their work real dangers facing other lives.

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Violence has continued in the Ukrainian capital, Kiev, with

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protestors throwing missiles and police firing plastic bullets.

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Yesterday, dozens of people were injured during running battles

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between police and anti-government demonstrators, who'd gathered to

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denounce a new anti-protest law. President Yanukovych has promised

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talks with opposition leaders to try to resolve the crisis. Our

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correspondent Daniel Sandford sent this report from Kiev.

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The stonethrowing and tear gas that began in Kiev yesterday have never

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stopped. This morning, police were using plastic bullets as well to

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defend their position below Parliament. Although very isolated,

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the fighting is the worst of the country has seen in decades and has

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to dozens of injuries. The most serious clashes were in the night.

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Petrol bombs turned the police front line into an inferno, and protesters

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made missiles from cobblestones. Two months ago these started as

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demonstrations in favour of joining the European Union, but now they

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have boiled over into anger, directed at Ukrainian president,

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Viktor Yanukovych, and the Russian president, Latimer Putin. There are

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only a few hundred truly violent protesters, but overnight they have

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burned a dozen or so police buses and trucks -- Vladimir Putin.

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Through the morning the violence has continued. After two months of

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protests against the country's drift towards Russia and the rampant

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corruption here, it was new laws passed last week that restricted

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demonstrations and produced this explosion of anger. It is not a

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peaceful demonstration any more. I am upset about the situation, but I

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can say that the government is the cause of what is here now. I do not

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like that that has happened, but something had to happen. This is a

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response to the new law. President Yanukovych has set up a commission

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of ministers and opposition leaders to deal with the crisis, but the

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violent protesters who seem to be mostly supporters of far right

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groups, have lost patience with politicians from the main parties.

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Andy Murray is through to the quarter finals of the Australian

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Open after a four-set win over France's Stephane Robert, who's

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ranked 119th. The British number one will now face Roger Federer.

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Katherine Downes reports. This was supposed to be easy for

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Andy Murray, a safe bet for his supporters against a man who

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describes his style as casino tennis. Andy Murray held all of the

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cards in the first set as Stephane Robert, the first lucky loser to

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reach last six in the grand slam, it seemed his luck was running out.

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Andy Murray laid his aces on the table in the second set. So far, so

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good for the Wimbledon champion. The tables turned on the third set.

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Robert refusing to give up, and a mistake from Murray handed the

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tie-break to the Frenchman. The racket felt his fury. A shirt

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change, composure returned, Murray made light work of the fourth set to

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win it 6-2. These are tricky guy to play -- he is a tricky guy to play.

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He goes for broke, takes it up the line on the forehand. Murray may

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have won but it is a day that Stephane Robert will not forget. A

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taste of what it is like to play a big name on the big stage. He will

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even take Andy Murray's broken racket. Up for him next is Roger

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Federer, inform, in the quarterfinals. Team GB are hoping

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for their most successful Olympic games ever by winning at least three

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Olympic medals. They have been getting kitted out for the Russian

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winter as they collected more than 100 items each needed for the games.

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Getting dressed for success, or so she hopes. Amanda Lightfoot is one

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of the first to be fitted for her official Winter Olympics kit. Over

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the next few days, more than 100 athletes from Britain will be suited

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and booted here, with Sochi firmly in their sights. It is a reality

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now. It got announced a week ago that I was selected, and I was

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overwhelmed. Now my dream is coming true. It is one step closer to being

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in Sochi. I'm really excited. Each athlete will get more than 100

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pieces of kit, everything from jackets, to this hat which they will

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wear at the opening ceremony. The big question is, can this help them

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to success in Sochi? Optimism has never been higher. Over the last few

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days we have seen a slide to a victory in the skeleton, and the

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speed skaters retaining their European titles. Britain's medal

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target in Sochi is as many as seven, their biggest tally in Winter

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Olympic history. We are presenting probably our strongest team ever and

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we hope they will be prepared and have everything at their feet to be

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able to do the job as best they can on the day, and we will see what

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happens. It would be lovely to bring some medals home. What I want is

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that everyone to go out there and say they could not have done any

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better and gave it their all. Amy Williams, going for gold for Great

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Britain. Four years ago Britain returned home from Vancouver with

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just one medal, albeit a gold medal, for Amy Williams. In Sochi they will

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expect greater success and in some style. Time for a look at the

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weather. Here's Stav Danaos. Plenty of sunshine at the start of

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the week for the country. Mainly dry, one or two showers in the

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forecast and it does start with mist and fog. If you look at the latest

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satellite picture you can see the sunshine, little bits of mist and

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fog lingering on in southern areas and the cloud a bit thicker across

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Scotland and Wales. We might still see one or two showers through the

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afternoon. For Northern Ireland and much of England and Wales, a lovely

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afternoon. The north-east corner of Scotland doing the best with the dry

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weather and sunshine. The high lands -- the Highlands may be seeing one

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or two showers, as across north west England and West and Wales. Away

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from here, a glorious afternoon, lots of sunshine. We could see a bit

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of low cloud or stubborn fog patches, but where it has cleared we

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are looking at an average temperature between five Celsius and

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eight Celsius. Going overnight, with light winds and clear skies, we see

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fog reforming and it will be more extensive and widespread than last

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night. Some very dense fog patches in central and fog clearing as the

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rain advances. It could be stubborn to clear, but then very slowly we

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will see the band of rain pushing in, and snow over the Scottish

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mountains. A heavy burst likely, especially across Wales and

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south-west England. It will be dry for central and eastern parts of

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England until the evening, and the reason for this front moving slowly

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is we have an area of high pressure in Scandinavia which is presenting

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the fronts moving from west to East. -- preventing the fronts. By

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Wednesday the front will be through central and eastern parts of the UK,

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pushing out into the North Sea. Producing a fair amount of rain in

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places, wintry nets over the hills. Behind the sunshine and showers

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could be heavy. The rain clearing away from the East on Thursday with

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most laces seeing sunshine. Sunshine more in abundance across Northern

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Ireland. By the time we reach the end of the week it starts to turn

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wet and windy from the north-west. From mid week onwards, wet and

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unsettled. Now a reminder of our top story this

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lunchtime: The Deputy Prime Minister's authority is brought into

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question by Lord Rennard. The Lib Dem peer is set to rejoin the Lords

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despite Nick Clegg's call for him to apologise first over sexual

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harassment claims. That's all from us. Now on BBC One, it's time

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