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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promises to stand up

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for ordinary working people, as his election

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It was to be a fight between the "establishment

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and the people" he said - and said the result is not

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But of course they do not want us to win, because when we win,

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it is the people not the powerful who win.

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Former Ukip MP Douglas Carswell says he won't stand for re-election

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We'll bring you all the latest as campaigning gets underway.

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Theresa May holds Brexit talks with the European Parliament President -

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he says his priority is the status of EU citizens here.

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A major breakthrough in the treatment of dementia -

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a drug for depression could help protect the brain from degeneration.

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Almost ?500,000 is raised for a 17-year-old racing driver,

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who's had both legs amputated after a high speed crash.

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And how cycling to work can halve your risk of getting

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News.

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Left out of the Lions squad but still leading his country.

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Dylan Hartley will captain the England party for their tour

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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The Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has said he will stand up

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for ordinary working people, as he attacked big business

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and the elite in his first major speech of the General Election

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Casting the June 8th vote as a fight between the "establishment

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and the people," Mr Corbyn said a "cosy cartel" ran

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a "rigged system," and that wealth should be shared.

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Recent opinion polls have put Labour between 15 and 20 points

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behind the Conservatives, but Mr Corbyn dismissed

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suggestions the election result was a foregone conclusion.

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Here's our Political Correspondent Chris Mason.

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The next Prime Minister of the UK, Jeremy Corbyn. Do you believe it? Do

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they believe it? Does he believe it? Opinion polls suggest it's highly

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unlikely Jeremy Corbyn will be heading for Downing Street but Mr

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Corbyn is trying to change people's minds. Much of the media and the

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establishment are saying this election is a foregone conclusion.

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They think there are rules in politics which, if you don't follow

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by doffing your cap to the powerful people, accepting that things can't

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really change, then you can't win. But of course they don't want us to

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win, because when we win, it is the people, not the powerful, who win.

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Jeremy Corbyn was full of vim, zip and energy. The Conservatives, he

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said, are morally bankrupt, the system is rigged and he would prove

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people wrong. Anyone who stands up to create a better, fairer, more

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decent society gets vilified. Our party gets vilified. But I'll tell

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you, we are bigger, stronger and more determined than we've ever

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been. His challenge is convincing enough people outside this room.

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There is a very clear choice and it is a clear choice between strong and

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stable government with strong leadership under Theresa May and the

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Conservatives or a coalition of chaos with Jeremy Corbyn pepped up

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by the Scottish National Party and the Liberal Democrats. Having voted

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itself out of existence, parliament here will soon dissolve and they

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will head from this post code to your postcode. If you want to have a

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say, you have a month to register to vote. For now at least, deciding who

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walks through this door in June is in your hands.

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Let's join Norman Smith who is also in Westminster. Jeremy Corbyn's

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antiestablishment message. How far will that resonate with people who

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are not his natural supporters? I was in the hall and this speech was

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rapturously received. It was classic Corbyn, castigating the wealthy, the

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media, the establishment, the city. It's the sort of speeches made that

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under the demonstrations, processed marchers, rallies throughout his

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career but the danger is that it was a comfort zone speech, a feel-good

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speech for the true believers. The risk, that Alberti Middle England

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they might have more mundane concerns about their mortgages,

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their children's schools, they may not be bothered about ripping up the

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rules and tearing down the elite. Mr Corbyn's team believe people are

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changing, that there is a sense of unhappiness with politics. People

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want things done differently and they point to the Brexit boat, they

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point to Donald Trump, to the French elections as evidence of this mood,

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this desire for change which they believe Jeremy Corbyn can write to

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power on and they take the view that there's no point trying to package

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Jeremy Corbyn as some sort of conventional sound bite politician.

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This was Corbyn uncut, the authentic Jeremy Corbyn and they hope voters

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will respond that. What did Mr Corbyn have to say about Brexit? You

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have to say, the B word very rarely crosses his lips and it hardly did

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so today. The reason for that, frankly, it is Labour is something

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of a political Punch bag when it comes to Brexit. Pummelled by

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Brexiteers for not believing forcefully enough in Brexit and

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punished by remainders for not fighting hard enough against Brexit.

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At the same time, today, Theresa May trying to keep the focus on Brexit.

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She was meeting the president of the European Parliament, indicating that

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the Brexit process is still carrying on throughout this campaign and I

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think we could be facing one of the most divisive general elections in

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recent history, with Theresa May taking on those she believes are

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frustrating the Brexit process and Jeremy Corbyn determined to take on,

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as he sees it, the elite, the establishment. Norman, good to talk

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to you, as always. Douglas Carswell,

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the MP for Clacton who, until recently, was Ukip's only MP,

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has said he will not be seeking Mr Carswell, who sits

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as an independent, said he would be backing

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the Conservative candidate. Andrew Sinclair is BBC East's

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political edtior and is in Norwich. Andrew, why isn't Mr Carswell

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standing and how has this gone down? No real surprise at today's

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announcement. Douglas Carswell regularly making political

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headlines. This was the Tory MP who dramatically defected to Ukip and

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insisted on fighting a by-election which he went on to win. He has

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regularly been in the news, having spats with Ukip's former leader,

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Nigel Farage. Last month he said he would sit in Parliament as an

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independent because he thought he could's job was done. Today, he has

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said he will not contest that election as an independent and has

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said he will be supporting the Conservatives. In a statement he

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says, I have done everything I can to ensure we get the referendum and

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we leave the European Union. It is sometimes said that all political

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careers end in failure, it doesn't feel like that to me today. Job

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done. I'm delighted. Andrew, thank you.

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Scotland's First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has said Labour

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is 'unelectable' under Jeremy Corbyn's leadership.

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Speaking during First Minister's questions, she said voting SNP

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was the only way to protect Scotland from the Conservatives.

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Because of the unelectability of Labour, Scotland faces

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the prospect of an unfettered, out-of-control Tory government,

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and we know the damage that can do to Scotland.

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To our budget, to the vulnerable, to pensions, to our economy.

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Vote SNP to make sure that Scotland's voice is heard,

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and that Scotland has protection against the Tories.

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Our Scotland correspondent Lorna Gordon is in Edinburgh.

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Lorna, it was a lively session of First Minister 's question. Did you

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feel that each party was effectively rehearsing their arguments for the

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election campaign ahead? Yes, rehearsing their arguments that we

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will hear again and again I think over the next seven weeks. There's a

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protest outside Parliament this afternoon over reforms to child tax

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credits. That was one of the main issues at the start of First

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Minister's Questions to date. They were noisy exchanges over that issue

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but what you did really get was a sense of the election issues ahead.

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Nicola Sturgeon saying again and again that it was her impression and

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opinion that only the SNP can protect Scotland from what she

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described as an increasingly hardline conservative government.

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The Conservatives are the main opposition here at Holyrood. Their

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leader, Ruth Davidson, but her part saying that Nicola Sturgeon's best

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intervention in this election has been to put Mr Corbyn in pole

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position to become Prime Minister. That of course dipping a nod towards

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the comments yesterday from Nicola Sturgeon that she would be prepared

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to support an alliance. Nicola Sturgeon's responds today was that

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the polls suggest there was no chance of Jeremy Corbyn getting into

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number ten. Kezia Dugdale, the Labour leader, said that it within

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the SNP's interests for the Conservatives to stay where they

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are. Nicola Sturgeon has been due to set out how her proposals, have

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plans to hold a second independence referendum over the coming weeks,

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that triggered by Brexit, it is not sure how that will continue now a

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snap election has been called. You can keep up to date with all of that

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on the BBC News page. Theresa May has invited

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the President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker,

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and his chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier, to a meeting

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in London next week. It follows a meeting earlier

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today with the President of the European Parliament,

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who made clear his priority was Our Diplomatic Editor James Landale

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has been following the visit. James. Rita, Antonio Gianni might

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not be a household name in Britain but he matters because his

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Parliament matters. In Brussels, it will have a beater, a vote over any

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deal between the UK and the EU. After meeting the Prime Minister

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this morning, he said something very interesting. Since the Prime

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Minister Colby election, most senior European figures have kept their

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heads down. The president however said he welcomed the election

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because of the stability that he thought it would bring to the Brexit

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negotiations. This is what he said to me.

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I think for the European Union, it is better to have

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stability in the United Kingdom than to have the same interlocutor

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For us, it is much better to have these

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negotiations with have this with the new government

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than a government before an election campaign.

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The other point that the European Parliament president made was that

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in his eyes, the importance of securing an early deal for European

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residents living in the UK as part of a Brexit deal. He said that he

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and the Prime Minister agreed that there was a need for this to be done

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as soon as possible and he talked of a framework deal in perhaps a matter

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of months. I have to say that having spoken to officials in the UK and in

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Brussels that would be optimistic because of the sheer scale of

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technical problems of reaching a deal on this. Which migrants are we

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talking about, what rights are we talking about? Rights to live, to

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work, what benefits? The whole issue of migrant -- citizen rights is very

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obligated. I think it will be tough to get an early deal on this. James,

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many thanks. The American billionaire Bill Gates,

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has used a speech in London to warn Theresa May that reducing

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the government's commitment The Prime Minister has refused

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to say whether she will retain a pledge made by David Cameron

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to spend at least 0.7% of national So, what is the money spent

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on and how do we compare Chris Morris of

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Reality Check reports. Loading up. The UK is one of a

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handful of countries that meet the long-standing international target

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of spending 0.7% of gross national income on overseas aid. That

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translates to more than ?12 billion a year and there are those that

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argue that it is too much. 0.7% figure was written into law in 2015.

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Theresa May has refused to say whether she intends to keep it.

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Prominent campaigners insist that she should. You pick the things that

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you are going to spend less money on if you take it away. Less on girls

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education, less on tools of contraception that empower women,

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less malaria bed nets where we have brought children's deaths from 1

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million a year to half a million a year. So how does our aid budget of

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no .7% compared to that around the world? Well, Scandinavia is at the

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top of the list. Sweden spent 0.37% -- no .97% but other countries are

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significantly below us. US spent 0.18% and Roger just 0.08%.

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Currently our money is focused where it is really needed, like in the

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Horn of Africa, but there is now pressure in Westminster for the

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money to be put into a larger budget which would also cover defence,

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giving them more flexibility on where the money is spent. There is a

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pressure on our spending as part of our diplomatic effort, our soft

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power and our diplomatic defence, because if we help poorer countries

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to prosper, we can trade with them. There have been campaigns against

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wasteful spending abroad at the time of cuts at home. Plans to spend

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billions to continue funding this group, known as Ethiopia's Spice

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Girls, were abandoned earlier this year. There is also backing for

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foreign aid, with campaigners seeing it as a lifeline, in which global

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Britain should wish to continue to lead.

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Scientists have discovered drugs which may be able to halt

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the progress of a wide range of degenerative brain

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diseases, including Alzeimer's and Parkinson's.

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One of them is already safely given to people with depression.

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The research has been described as potentially a major step forward.

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Our health correspondent Jane Dreaper reports.

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These pills could hold promise for fighting some of the illnesses we

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fear the most. Scientists now think this drug and another one could

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reduce the brain shrinkage caused by Alzheimer's and other diseases. An

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effective treatment would give hope to joy Watson. I was diagnosed

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officially at the age of 55. It was actually my birthday. Before then I

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was experiencing symptoms of being clumsy and it was all put down to

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depression and stress. But it was quite a relief when I got the

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diagnosis. I tried to put on a brave face for the other people I have

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contact with and my family. It's almost like living a double life to

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be honest. One of the drugs is already licensed and used to treat

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depression. It will take time and trials in many people, before we

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know whether this can definitely also help prevent the damage to the

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brain caused by dementia and similar illnesses. But scientists are

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excited. We aren't going to cure these disorders but if we stop them

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in their tracks, and we change the way they progress, we will radically

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change the course and the natural history of diseases like Alzheimer's

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disease and other dementias. Because people will still be able to hold

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onto a meaningful quality of life and stay out of institutional care.

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So far, the research has focused on brain cells in mice, but it is hoped

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trials in humans will begin soon, because one of the medicines is

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already on prescription. We can move to testing bees in people much

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faster than we would for other drug discovery processes. Although this

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isn't an overnight process, it maybe a few years rather than decades

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before these can be helping people. But some previous drug trials into

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these brain or nurses have ended in disappointment. A lot of hope will

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be riding on the latest work. Jane Draper, BBC News.

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Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn promises the election will be a fight between

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the establishment and the people, and that a Conservative victory is

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not a foregone conclusion. Still to come, one of the most high-profile

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news presenters in America loses his job after being accused of sexual

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harassment. Coming up in sport at half-past,

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Andy Murray's struggles on serve continue as he attempts to reach

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the quarter finals of his first tournament

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since an elbow injury, against Spain's Albert

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Ramos-Vinolas. Everyone knows that using two wheels

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rather than four is good for you - but now researchers believe cycling

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to work could actually halve the risk of developing

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heart disease and cancer. Scientists at the University

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of Glasgow, who analysed data from more than 250,000 people,

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said walking reduced the risk of the same conditions

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by a quarter Jon Kay reports. Is this the best way

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to live for longer? She cycles five miles to work

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in Bristol every morning, How do you feel cycling

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to work helps you? It wakes me up in the morning,

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gets me geared up for the day, It's a good way to manage

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stress and things as well, because when we live in the city,

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busy lifestyles, getting on your It gets rid of all that stress

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and adrenaline that can build up. Some people say it's very

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stressful riding a bike, and that's one of the reasons

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they don't do it. I think, if I had to cycle on main

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roads for the whole journey, Scientists from the University

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of Glasgow looked at the health of a quarter of a million commuters

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over five years to examine They found that those

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using pedal power had... That's compared with people who are

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driving or using public transport. We need to make it easier

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for people to cycle, so we need to increase cycle lanes,

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we need to have cycle and city hire schemes,

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subsidised bike schemes, have people have showers at work,

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so they don't feel sweaty There's a whole host of things

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just to make it easier If we can do that, we'll get more

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people on their bikes, and we'll improve public health,

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just like places like Amsterdam Cycling groups say if we follow

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the lead of those European cities, we could save money on health care,

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because fewer of us would Although, of course,

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cycling can also lead to more Researchers say walking to work also

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has some benefits, but not as many. They say for commuters like Laura,

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cycling is especially good, because it fits

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into the daily routine. More than ?400,000 has

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been raised to help a 17-year-old racing driver,

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who had his lower legs amputated after being involved

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in a crash on Sunday. Billy Monger ran into the back

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of another car which appeared to have stopped on the track

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during the race at Donington Park Our sports correspondent

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Joe Wilson reports. 17 years old and life changed

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forever. Billy Monger, one of Britain's most talented racing

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drivers, was competing at Donington Park when he collided with a

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stationary car at 120 miles an hour. Airlifted to hospital at the Queen's

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Medical Centre in Nottingham, his lower legs were removed in surgery.

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Billy Monger's talent was well known, even when he was at primary

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school. At age nine he was featured on blue Peter. How fast where you

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going? 55 mph. His racing team is raising money to help fund his

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recovery. The total was nearing half a million short time ago, with Lewis

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Hamilton and Jenson Button amongst supporters. Billy has been

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communicating with his team principal in hospital. He is aware

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of what's happened. He's obviously a very positive lad. The first thing

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he started to do was to work out how to use a clutch with his hand. Motor

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racing without legs is possible. This driver was injured while

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serving in Afghanistan and has offered to help Billy Monger. I've

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been a young man who lost his legs, obviously in different

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circumstances. I just think about Billy, I've been in that position,

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you try and be strong in front of everybody. In your head, you'll

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still trying to make sense. Formula for is a route to Formula 1. Drivers

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were practising today, motor racing may be safer, it doesn't mean it's

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risk-free. What happened to Billy Monger is a reminder of what can

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happen to anyone. J Wilson, BBC News.

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In the last few minutes that total has gone to over half ?1 million.

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Debenhams is to review the future of ten of its department stores,

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as more people take to the internet for their shopping.

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The company's already closing ten of its warehouses and one regional

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distribution centre, and says these latest plans

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They are closing stores and warehouses but say it's a strategy

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for growth. They face the department store 's dilemma. What do you do

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when you have all these expensive town centre outlets. They have 165

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across the UK and people are shopping more on the internet. And

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especially on their smartphones. Their strategy is to concentrate on

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the smartphone, that's where sales have been growing. It's bad news for

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the stores but around one third of the people who use that come into

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the shop to pick up what they've bought. They can also use the app to

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offer them experiences in the shop. Beauty treatments, fashion events,

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food and drink. They are trying to offer those things people want to

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photograph with their smartphones and share on social media. That's

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the direction if they are going. They've identified these ten stores

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which will start losing money and may have to be closed. A big

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Debenhams store probably employs around 1000 people so that is a

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major worry for jobs. In the short term more than 200 people who work

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in the distribution centre in Northampton and more warehouses

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across the country that Debenhams won't be using any more.

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The US and South Korea are taking part in a joint military exercise

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involving aircraft carriers and fighter jets,

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an action which Pyongyang has called "a provocation".

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Washington says the 11-day exercises, which take place every

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year, were planned months ago, but tensions are currently

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especially high on the Korean peninsula.

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Steve Evans reports from a US airforce base in South Korea.

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80 aircraft fly from this base in South Korea, and bases in Japan.

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Practising air-to-air combat, and bombing targets on the ground.

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US planes and South Korean planes integrating as one

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I don't think it's any different than anywhere else in the world.

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The training that we do every day is designed to prepare us for any

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kind of threat that we might encounter, and so if the time

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were to come, I feel like anyone of us, including myself,

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I am excited to get to work with Korean pilots.

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This is personally my first time getting to work with pilots

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from another country, and so it has been very enlightening

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to me to see that they have very similar aircraft,

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and yet sometimes very different tactics.

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I think it's a fantastic learning experience.

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They don't say it's about North Korea, but it's the only

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This exercise is called "Max Thunder".

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It involves about 80 aircraft, about 1000 American personnel,

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There are also bases in Japan involved.

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It happens every single year, but this year is different.

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The atmosphere is heightened, because President Trump says he's

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He'll stop Kim Jong-Un having nuclear weapons,

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The Carl Vinson Aircraft Carrier is now heading to Korea.

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According to US military, it was set to be ten days ago,

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With the current build-up, North Korea said there

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Tough words from both sides, but nobody knows

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Stephen Evans, BBC News, South Korea.

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With three days to go to the first round of France's

:27:45.:27:46.

presidential election, the main candidates have been

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holding some of their last major rallies, and tonight the 11

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candidates will be interviewed for 15 minutes each

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This is a race that seems to have got closer by the week?

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Yes. Most of the recent predictions put the top four candidates just a

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few points apart. Those four candidates span a remarkable range

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of political views. You've got the far left candidate, the far right

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candidate, the liberal new, Emmanuel Macron running his first ever

:28:23.:28:29.

election campaign. They are all seen as political outsiders and the only

:28:30.:28:33.

representative from France's traditional parties of government is

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the Conservative Francois Fillon. They are divided on any issue you

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care to mention. Europe, austerity, immigration. They are fiercely

:28:43.:28:46.

divided. Tonight they will line up with the rest of the candidates and

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be interviewed one by one on national television. They will be

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held to account that those policies. Analysts say more than a quarter of

:28:56.:28:59.

the vote in France is still undecided. Many people are not sure

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if they are even going to vote at all. Analysts say France is in

:29:04.:29:08.

uncharted territory, the result is impossible to call. Thank you.

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One of the most high profile figures in American TV news, Bill O'Reilly,

:29:14.:29:17.

has lost his job after being accused of sexual harassment.

:29:18.:29:19.

His employer 21st Century Fox, which owns the cable channel

:29:20.:29:21.

Fox News, has confirmed he won't be returning from a break.

:29:22.:29:24.

He's claimed the allegations against him are unfounded.

:29:25.:29:26.

We have a contest on Bill O'Reilly.com,

:29:27.:29:34.

Except Bill Reilly will not be returning.

:29:35.:29:44.

He had been their biggest RFID more than two decades. Five women have

:29:45.:29:52.

come forward with claims of sexual harassment and the relegation these

:29:53.:29:55.

have been settled out of court for ?10 million.

:29:56.:29:57.

Earlier this week, a former colleague said he regularly made

:29:58.:30:01.

passes at her when no one was watching, and described

:30:02.:30:03.

When major sponsor started to pull their adverts,

:30:04.:30:06.

And now, the parent company, 21st Century Fox, has confirmed

:30:07.:30:10.

We are so happy that he is gone and he is no longer going to be able

:30:11.:30:19.

to spit all of his vile comments and all of the things that

:30:20.:30:22.

It's disparaging not only to women but also specifically to black women

:30:23.:30:26.

Last July, the boss of Fox News, Roger Ailes, resigned over

:30:27.:30:30.

allegations that he had sexually harassed female employees.

:30:31.:30:33.

Now the acting CEO, Rupert Murdoch, has made an attempt to usher

:30:34.:30:37.

in a new era at the Channel by issuing an internal memo

:30:38.:30:39.

also signed by his sons, saying that the staff are committed

:30:40.:30:42.

to fostering a work environment built on trust and respect.

:30:43.:30:48.

And this comes at a delicate time come with 21st-century Fox trying

:30:49.:30:51.

to buy the remaining 61% of sky TV in the UK.

:30:52.:31:00.

Bill O'Reilly, who found that he lost his job on the same

:31:01.:31:03.

day he met the Pope, says that tremendously

:31:04.:31:05.

disheartening to leave Fox due to completely unfounded claims,

:31:06.:31:08.

but all across America, he is the main talking point

:31:09.:31:12.

on exactly the kind of show he used to host.

:31:13.:31:19.

The warmest weather today will be across north-east England and

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eastern Scotland. This was a Weather Watcher pictures sent in from

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Edinburgh with lovely blue skies. Look at the picture in Birmingham

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and blue skies are more difficult to find. It's a grey picture. We could

:31:37.:31:43.

see a little sunshine but maybe one or two showers. Most of the cloud is

:31:44.:31:47.

quite thin today. We've got this area of thick cloud from the West

:31:48.:31:53.

Country up towards the wash reducing a few drizzly showers. Most places

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will have a dry afternoon and evening as well. We will see more

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cloud across the south-west of England and South Wales, running up

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across the Home Counties of East Anglia. Even under the cloud

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temperatures are 14-15. Brightening up through the Midlands, best of the

:32:13.:32:15.

sunshine to the east of the Pennines. Rather cloudy skies but in

:32:16.:32:21.

north-east England we've already seen temperatures of 18 degrees.

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There is a bit of rain in the North of Scotland which will move south

:32:26.:32:28.

overnight becoming more extensive over Scotland. Maybe more rain

:32:29.:32:32.

coming into Northern Ireland. Most of England and Wales will be dry. A

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lot of cloud around, not quite as cold as it was last night. Lowest

:32:38.:32:41.

temperatures in the south-west where we will see some mist and fog

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patches. Those will clear and it will brighten up slowly across

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England and Wales on Friday. More cloud across northern England, it

:32:50.:32:53.

could be damp over the hills. We'll see this light and patchy rain

:32:54.:32:57.

sinking southwards across southern Scotland and Northern Ireland. South

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of that we've got warmer air. 18 as possible towards the south-east. A

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big difference in Scotland, turning colder in the afternoon. The weather

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front is in this position on Saturday and it could bring light

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rain or drizzle towards the south-east. Ahead of it we've got

:33:15.:33:18.

that warmer air. Towards the south-west temperatures in the mid

:33:19.:33:21.

teens. Turning cooler further north and east. A chilly winter the

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eastern Scotland and north-east England. High pressure is in charge

:33:27.:33:29.

through the weekend, keeping it dry for many of us. On Sunday a change

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coming in because an area of low pressure is approaching. But will

:33:36.:33:38.

bring wet and windy weather into Scotland in the north and west.

:33:39.:33:43.

Further south it'll be drier, brighter and it will be a bit warmer

:33:44.:33:47.

as well. Hang onto your hats because this is heading our way next week.

:33:48.:33:52.

All that warm air gets pushed away by northerly wind which will drop

:33:53.:33:56.

the temperatures and even bring some wintry showers, especially in North.

:33:57.:34:04.