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The UN says the shelling of one of its schools in Gaza by Israel is a

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disgraceful act. At least 15 people were killed and more than 70 wounded

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when the building housing refugees was struck without warning.

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This was a classroom. It is a classroom where people were

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sleeping. There were deaths and injuries.

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This is the scene live at Gaza, where Israel has just begun a

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humanitarian cease-fire due to last four hours. We will be getting the

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latest from Gaza and Israel. Also this lunch time... Bankers who

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break the rules could be forced to give back bonuses up to seven years

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after getting them. The deadly e-border outbreak - the

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government is holding an emergency The deadly e-border outbreak - the

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government is holding an meeting this lunch time, saying it could

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pose a threat to the UK. I am at Hampden Park in Glasgow on

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day seven of the Commonwealth Games and there are 19 gold medals up for

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grabs today. Away from the action, it is this man, Usain Bolt, who is

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stealing the headlines. He has categorically denied making

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disparaging remarks about the Games.

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In sport later... England's cricketers are on top of

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the third test. They have not enforced the follow-up.

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British Airways is to be sued over claims one

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of its pilots abused children in African schools and orphanages.

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Campaigners at Charing Cross Hospital fight plans to radically

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change the Health service. Good afternoon. Palestinian health

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officials say at least 15 people were killed this morning and 19

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injured when Israeli tank shells hit a United Nations school in northern

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Gaza, the second to be had this week. People had taken refuge in the

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school. Israel says it will investigate the incident. A senior

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Israeli military figure has just told the BBC that a humanitarian

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cease-fire will start about now. This girl 's school at about five

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o'clock this morning, several shells slammed into the buildings. It is a

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place where the UN says more than 3000 people were seeking shelter. It

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must have been terrifying, chaos. Most of the dead would never have

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known what had hit them. This classroom is one of the places that

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took a great hit. There are bloodstains on the floor, there are

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bits of human remains here still. Scattered around, evidence of what

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passed for normal family life. There is a pink football, a broken packet

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of pasta, plastic bottles. But this is a terrible scene. And those who

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survived could do little to help. TRANSLATION: We were on the other

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side of the school. We rushed over and all we could do was move the

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bodies and injured people. The ambulance were trying to get your at

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first they could not. When the injured finally got to the local

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hospital, further chaos as doctors, already exhausted from three weeks

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of this, did what they could to save lives. All these people were in what

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was supposed to be an internationally designated UN

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shelter. Our security staff are able to access the school this morning

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and they collected fragments from the explosive devices, and they were

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able to take photographs looking at where the impact was and the

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direction from where they fire came. It was Israeli artillery

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fire. This is a disgraceful act. This cannot continue. These people

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were coming for safe harbour. The Israeli army says this is the focus

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of its operations - tunnels dug by her mast to infiltrate fighters into

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Israel. It has accused her mass of firing on its forces and it says the

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fire was returned. It will continue to investigate. Any loss of human

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life is a tragedy. We are operating under extreme conditions in a

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reality for the other side has no regard for the situation. We are

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trying to minimise the civilian deaths and we are warning civilians

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to vacate specific areas. Back at the school people wonder where to go

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and what to do next. Many have already headed further into Gaza

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city, where the UN will struggle to cope with another influx of the

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displaced. Others have stayed here, but they are beginning to lose all

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hope. Let's get the latest from Jerusalem

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and our correspondent there, Bethany Bell. Israel has just announced that

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four our cease-fire. Possess a response to the anger that has been

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felt over their latest attack? We put the question to an Israeli

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army spokesman and he said the things were not related. In terms of

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the school, Israel says Palestinian militants opened fire on Israeli

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troops from near the school and that Israeli troops returned fire in

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response. He said that any loss of human life was a tragedy, but he

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said that Israel does not deliberately target or attack UN

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facilities. He said that he accused Hamas of using Palestinian civilians

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as human shields. It has just announced a cease-fire, this partial

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humanitarian cease-fire, for four hours in some parts of the Gaza

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Strip. Many people here are bracing themselves for this conflict to go

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on. Here in Israel, people want the threat of the cross-border tunnel

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from Gaza to be removed and they want the rocket fire on Israel to

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stop. There is still widespread support here for what the Army is

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doing. Thank you. The Bank of England has announced

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some of the toughest restrictions on bankers' pee anywhere in the world.

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Bankers will be forced to return their bonuses up to seven years

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after receiving them if they are fine to have worked with misconduct.

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Our financial correspondent has the details.

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City bankers are some of the highest-paid workers in the UK. Many

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receive a substantial part of that pee in the form of an annual bonus.

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It a lump sum of one in shares which can be up to double their basic

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salary. They generally have to wait to get their hands on it for three

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or five years and it can be clawed back during that time. Under these

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new rules they will have to give it back up to seven years later, even

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if they have already spent it. We now have the toughest regime in

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banking pay of any global financial centre. Bankers are paid less here

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than they are compared to New York, Singapore and Hong Kong. This could

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have an impact on the competitiveness of London as a

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financial centre and the jobs here. The Bank of England has described

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the conduct of some bankers as highly reprehensible and has

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released proposals which could see some face prison in extreme cases.

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Recklessness, interest rate rating, money-laundering, misselling, these

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scandals have cost the City its reputation and taxpayers and Gerald

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is hundreds of billions of pounds. It is hoped these tough new rules

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will change the culture of the people working in the heart of

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banking. Any imagine every single anchor bringing everybody to court?

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You have to think about the methodology of it. You want to claw

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back seven years, really? That would be tough. No, I am happy that yearly

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would be the way forward. Seven years is ridiculous. I would

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probably leave. They are not accountable for the way that they

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behave and they would be in any other industry so I would support

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that, for sure. These are ground-breaking measures, but do

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they go too far? These are acceptable. There will be an

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argument against it. Eventually we will see new rules so we have made

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the first move. Is the bonus party over? The champagne may have to go

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back on ice for a few more years. change the Health service.

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The Foreign Secretary, Phillip Hammond is chairing a meeting of the

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COBRA emergency committee this lunch time into the outbreak of Ebola in

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West Africa, which has killed nearly 700 people. The disease is

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continuing to spread, with medical charities warning it's likely to

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last until the end of the year. Some airlines have halted flights into

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Liberia and Sierra Leone as concerns grow. It's spread through direct

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contact with blood or other body fluids of an infected person. And

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its symptoms include bleeding, diarrhoea and vomiting. It was first

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reported in Guinea in March, and has since claimed at least 310 lives

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there. Our Global Health Correspondent Tulip Mazumder reports

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now from Guinea. The latest and one of the youngest

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victims of Ebola - wrapped in layers of plastic bags, it is the tiny body

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of four-year-old Faya. His family are too scared to attend his burial

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so he is carefully laid to rest by strangers. The virus spreads through

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contact with a patient's bodily fluids, so health workers see

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themselves in suits where temperatures hit 40 Celsius. It is

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relentless work. This nurse looked after baby Faya in his final

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moments. TRANSLATION: I was there with him just before he died. I had

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been feeding him milk. I stepped away just for a short break but then

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I was called back and he was dead. I was totally devastated. At times I

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would just go outside and cry. Some people believe medics are actually

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bringing Ebola here and harvesting organs from the dead. What after yet

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another death, community leaders here agreed to hear the truth about

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Ebola. And, crucially, how to stop it spreading. A few days ago, health

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workers couldn't even get into this village but they have made a

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breakthrough here today. People are bringing out their sick relatives

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and they are agreeing to be checked over for symptoms of Ebola. This man

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convinced his sick mother to get help. She had a high fever and had

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been vomiting for days. There have been seven deaths in this small

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village so far, but medics say many more could be infected. Samples from

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affected villagers come to this makeshift diagnostics laboratory.

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British scientists are among those testing for the virus. Sometimes you

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are seeing patients who are brought in very young and they are testing

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positive, and it gets very sad. It is visiting time back at the

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treatment centre and 13-year-old Alfons has come to see his little

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sister. Initial tests have come back negative. Ebola is an indiscriminate

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virus. Their mother is very sick and may not survive.

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Our chief political correspondent Norman Smith is at the Cabinet

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Office where the meeting is being held. This disease has so far been

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confined to Africa but it is slowly being taken seriously here?

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-- clearly being taken seriously here?

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The Foreign Secretary said it is a threat and it would be folly to

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ignore the danger, which is why he is holding this emergency meeting to

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put in place a precautionary plan. I stress the cautionary, because there

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are no cases of Ebola in the UK, no Britons have contracted the virus.

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The concern is aircraft will. There are a vast number of flights from

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west Africa to the UK which increases the danger of the disease

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spreading here, which is why doctors and staff have been instructed to

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watch out for patients showing symptoms. It is white airlines and

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border agency staff are going to be told to monitor passengers more

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closely. Much of the government's effort is going to go on the ground

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in West Africa in providing Aberdeen may as is, clinicians, medical staff

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to try and contain the disease and it is worth flagging up that

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officials stressed the much higher hygiene standards in the UK. Even

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just by washing your hands, it is a pretty effective safeguard against

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the disease. International monitors trying to

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reach the crash out of the Malaysian plane have once again been turned

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back. The monitors were trying to find a clear route to the area but

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were halted at a checkpoint controlled by pro-Russian

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separatists. It is the -- fourth day in the row they have been unable to

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get to the area. Rolf Harris's Jail term will not be

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challenged for being too lenient. The Attorney-General will not

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referred the disgraced entertainer's sentence for five

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years and nine months to the Court of Appeal. The division -- decision

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comes despite complaints about the leniency of the sentence.

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The Crown Prosecution Service says two former executives at the News

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of the World are to be charged with phone hacking.

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Neil Wallis, the paper's former deputy editor, and Jules Stenson,

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the former features editor, will appear before Westminster

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HSBC has told three Muslim organisations that their bank

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One of them - the Finsbury Park Mosque in north London - described

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HSBC has denied that the groups are being targeted

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because of their religious or political links, but has said that

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This man runs a think tank on Islamic issues and has been told by

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HSBC that his bank account and those of his family will close in two

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months. He says he was not given a proper explanation. The

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organisations are mainly charities and the link is that many are at

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live on the case of Palestine. So I'm left to speculate that this is

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why. That would be a shame if that were true. The Finsbury Park mosque

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in north London and Bolton raised Muslim charity also received letters

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telling them their accounts would be closed. The reason given that having

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them remain as a customer fell outside but the bank called their

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risk appetite. The mosque made headlines over a decade ago due to

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its connections with radical cleric Abu Hamza. The mosque says that the

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days of extremism are behind them. All the letters that have been sent

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does not give any reason as to why it was closed in the first place. So

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that can lead us only to believe it is an Islamophobic campaign. In a

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statement HSBC said that decisions to end customer relationships are

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not taken lightly but not based on race or religion of the customer.

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The banks have so badly failed that the boardroom has become a pressure

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cooker. They must not fall foul of authorities. They must improve their

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media perception of performance. They must not take risks. The

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charities commission confirmed it is not investigating any of the

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organisations involved and says if the charities do not have a

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relationship with a bank, it could harm public trust in their work.

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At least 15 people were killed and dozens injured when a UN-run school

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The UN says it was a disgraceful act.

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The future shape of London - the Mayor unveils how

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the capital will have to change to cope with a rising population.

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And after helping England to victory in the Team event,

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Hemel Hempstead gymnast Max Whitlock is going for gold again today

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Next week, a series of ceremonies across Britain and Europe will look

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back a hundred years to the start of the First World War.

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Over the next three days, Robert Hall will be travelling the

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route that British soldiers would have taken on their way to war.

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He begins in the Lincolnshire village of Friesthorpe,

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where one family lost five of their eight sons.

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They became known as the Beechey Boys, and this weekend a specially

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written drama will be performed at the Parish Church in their honour.

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You could easily miss the tiny hamlet.

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14 houses clustered around this beautiful and ancient church.

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The story I will tell you is closely connected with the church, the story

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of a large and happy family torn apart by the coming of war.

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On a sultry summer evening in Boston, a packed auditorium is

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hearing the story of one Lincolnshire family swallowed by a

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They are on the parapet of the trench.

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A story which led me to a tiny churchyard on the road north

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from Lincoln, and the grave of Tom Beechey, rector of Friesthorpe.

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His granddaughter's photos show a proud father of eight sons

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and six daughters, who evidently had an idyllic childhood.

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There was always a welcome for everybody.

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It consists of 300 letters and telegrams.

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In Lincoln's county archive, precious boxes of letters chart

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the tragedy that unfolded after the boys marched away to do their duty.

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Five were killed, one was badly injured.

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This is Barnard Beechey, the first of the brothers to be killed.

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He was killed at the Battle of Loos in 1915.

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The characters of each individual man show through

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from what they write, and some of them are quite candid.

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One of the most telling items in the family collection is this letter

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written by rifleman Leonard Beechey, talking about the death of his

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brother Charles, and he writes to his mother, "He was always so good

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and reliable and it is very difficult

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Each one seems a harder blow than the previous one."

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Leonard Beechey himself was killed just over a month later.

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He was on the wire all night, and nobody could get him off.

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Amy Beechey is said to have borne the loss

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Her true feelings only surfacing during a royal visit to Lincoln

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when the Queen thanked her for her sacrifice.

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Mrs Beechey is said to have replied, "That was no sacrifice, ma'am,

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Well the Reverend Beechey sadly died before the war and his wife had to

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bear that by herself. Tomorrow I am in Winchester to find out how well

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the soldiers were equipped. The Crown Prosecution Service is just

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announced they will prosecute a former Metropolitan Police officer

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for killing a man in 2005. The man was shot in the back of a car in

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London. Inside a police car which was part

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of a firearms convoy in pursuit of a suspected armed gang. By the time

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the chase was over, one of the gang was dead. A police marksman shot

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24-year-old is at Rodney at close range in 2005. It took seven years

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for there to be an enquiry rather than an inquest into his death. The

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enquiry reported last year and found there was no lawful justification

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for shooting Mr Rodney dead. And it was critical of the police

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operation. Mr Rodney and his group were under surveillance in the hours

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before his death. Officers were working on intelligence that the men

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were planning to rip-off a gang of suspect drug dealers at gunpoint,

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that is why they chased the car. Is why they chased the car. As Carol

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was stopped and boxed in, eight bullets were fired at Mr Rodney. --

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as their car. Six hit him in the head and body. Now almost a decade

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after his death a dramatic development is the case is set to

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move to the criminal courts. Well Jim Kelly is with me now. What more

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can you tell us? We have just had a statement from the Director of

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Public Prosecutions who says they have carefully considered the new

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file of evidence following the enquiry and they have decided that

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this officer, known only as East Devon, who has actually left the

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Metropolitan Police, he has been given anonymity. He has been charged

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with murder and will make his first court appearance on the 10th of

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September. He will appear before Westminster magistrates. Police

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officer to be charged with murder is very rare. We understand they have

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just been two cases in the past. No officer in this country has ever

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been convicted of the murder of a civilian in a police operation like

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this. But this just hasn't happened in the last few minutes. -- has

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happened. The world's fastest man,

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, says newspaper reports that he made

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disparaging comments about the He's accused journalists

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of making up the stories. So on Day Seven of the Glasgow

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Games, let's get the latest from The morning session of athletics has

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recently finished. But across town it is those comments apparently made

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by Usain Bolt that are making headlines. He is out and about

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watching some sport this morning. He was asked what he thought of the

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games just in the last 30 minutes and apparently said, they're

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awesome. Calm and relaxed today, Usain Bolt finds himself at the

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centre of the Commonwealth storm. Glasgow woke up this morning to

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newspaper claims that the king of the track made less than friendly

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comments about the friendly games. But did he? Well the double Olympic

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champion was on Twitter this morning saying, I am waking up to this

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nonsense. Journalists, please do not create lives to make headlines. One

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reporter caught up with him yesterday and is standing by her

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story. Usain Bolt describe against today is awesome, but more could

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emerge tomorrow. What about those paying to watch the action? He's

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just in a bad mood. It quite unlike him. I think we have done really

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well and the city is showing its friendly side. Everyone going all

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out to make it a great games. Organisers spent years trying to

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secure his services and will now spend the next few days trying to

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convince Glasgow that he wants to be here. We take Usain Bolt at his word

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and we are pleased with how he had responded. These are a fantastic

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games. When he came for his first press conference, he was up eat and

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positive. Focused on delivering for his fellow countrymen. Despite the

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controversy, the action continued on day seven. A blow for Wales is Dai

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Greene failed to qualify in the 400 metres hurdles. England beat

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Scotland in the Commonwealth grudge match at the hockey, 2-1. And in

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Edinburgh Sarah Barrow and Tonia Couch caused the blast of their own

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on day one of the guiding. And just tick with the sport, Louise Hazel is

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with me. You took gold 14 England at the last Commonwealth Games in the

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heptathlon. You hoped to come out of retirement and compete today. Are

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you going to be watching the action in a bittersweet way? It will be

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tinged with sadness. I will be reporting with Radio 5 live and

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perhaps watching my Crown goes to a Canadian. I would like that to have

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gone to someone from the home countries but I cannot see that

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happening. But we may just get a bronze medal. What other key names

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to look out for? Well the Canadian is likely to take the gold medal and

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then in second place another Canadian. Then we have an amazing

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performer from England, Jessica Taylor, who seems to have already

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stepped up to the plate and is currently in third position. She has

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to hold of the other girls this evening if she is to get the bronze

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medal. And that is all for now. Back to you. Now look at the weather

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forecast. It is breezy today and the more

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unsettled weather again in the North. We are hanging onto the

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sunshine further south. But gradually that heat will use a way

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and the showers become more prevalent towards the end of the

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week. -- eased away. More cloud further north and underneath that

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cloud we have quite a few sharp showers around. Not too far away

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from the Glasgow area where we have seen them already this morning. So

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little change for the rest of play today. Passing showers and sunshine

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but that constant westerly breeze which should disappear tomorrow.

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Showers also in Northern Ireland and down towards Northumberland as well.

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Further south through most of Wales and the South West of England we

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have some beautiful sunshine around the coast and very pleasant

:29:18.:29:22.

temperatures. Still hanging onto that heat further east. Not quite as

:29:23.:29:28.

stifling as yesterday. Some lovely weather hanging on to the south-east

:29:29.:29:36.

and into East Anglia. Even where we have the showers, it is not going to

:29:37.:29:43.

rain all day. The showers continue for western and northern areas

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overnight. Some starting to filter South. And just like last night the

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humidity slowed -- slightly lowered and it has been. And the rain really

:29:55.:30:01.

starts to come into the north west of Scotland, more persistent rain in

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the North followed by some heavy and thundery showers for Scotland and

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perhaps Northern Ireland. And tomorrow looking more unsettled

:30:13.:30:15.

through Wales and the Midlands. And eventually East Anglia. Just the far

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south-east hanging on to the good weather. There is more likelihood

:30:22.:30:27.

that we will catch some sharp showers as well by Friday. For the

:30:28.:30:36.

weekend, looking quite blasted through Friday night and into

:30:37.:30:39.

Saturday. Heavy rain and strong wind. Heavy showers following

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behind. At the moment Sunday still looks like the drier day of the

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weekend, but looking a lot more unsettled.

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A reminder of our top story. At least 15 people were killed and

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dozens injured when a UN run school was hit by Israeli shells in Gaza.

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The UN says it is a disgraceful act. And this is the scene now from Gaza

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where Israel has just begun a humanitarian cease-fire due to last

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for four hours.

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