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The way we work - a major review looks at

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worker's rights, the gig economy, and cash-in-hand working.

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The report says workers need better protection and employers should

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The Prime Minister puts the recommendations at the heart

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Good work and plentiful work can and should go together.

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The quantity of jobs remains vital but quality matters, too.

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We'll have the latest on the proposals.

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The Prime Minister orders an inquiry into the contaminated blood scandal

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in which nearly 2,500 people died in the 1970s and 80s.

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The New York Times says it has evidence that President Trump's team

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knew the Russian government was involved

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in the US Presidential election last year.

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Funding for contraception in some of the world's poorest countries.

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Bill and Melinda Gates pledge hundreds of millions of pounds,

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Today, one in five girls in the developing world

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under the age of 18 die, because of a pregnancy.

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So we know this is one of the most important things we can do.

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And, Britain's Johanna Konta will be on Centre Court later today,

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in her attempt to make it to the Wimbledon semi-finals.

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News:

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Kyle Sinckler has apologised after being arrested on a night out

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in Auckland following the Lions drawn series with New Zealand.

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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The author of a government review into working practices says

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he'd like to see an end to the cash-in-hand economy.

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Matthew Taylor, who's a former adviser to Tony Blair,

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said cash jobs such as window cleaning and decorating are worth up

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to ?6 billion a year, much of it untaxed.

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His reports recommends that people in the gig economy should

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have better protections, and that their employers should pay

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National Insurance contributions, but doesn't say zero hours contracts

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More details from our Economics Correspondent Andy Verity.

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tackling exploitation at work, clarifying the law, and removing

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distortions in the labour market created by the tax system, those are

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the ambitious goals of the review of the world of work by the government.

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Matthew Taylor says the economy has created a record quantity of jobs.

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Too often, they are not good jobs. The bad work, insecure,

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exploitative, controlling, is bad health and well-being, something

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that generates cost of honourable he people, but also the wider society.

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As the world of work changes, our factors is and laws must properly

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reflect and accommodate those changes. Because good work is in the

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interests of good business. These licensed cabs really are

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self-employed, they own their cars and get work from anyone that books

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them. What would change that, as if they were controlled and supervised

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by a company? Report says, in that case, that company should pay

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benefits, like sick pay and holiday pay, and pay national insurance, as

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if they were employees. The report says an equal tax treatment creates

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distortions. The government loses out on ?5.1 billion a year from

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lower rates of national insurance paid on self-employed labour. By

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2020, we will lose another 3.5 billion a year because people form

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their own companies to avoid tax. So it calls for companies using

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self-employed labour, who paid no national insurance, to pay more. The

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government should look at new rights for this employer, like parental

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leave. Some work isn't taxed at all, cash in hand, which deprives the

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government and other taxpayers ?6 billion a year. Some cleaners,

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decorators, or gardeners, are paid cash in hand. The others that aren't

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evading tax are at a disadvantage, it is harder to compete on price.

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Moving to electronic payments can tackle that. There is a huge black

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market economy, where there are lots of crash transactions. Workers will

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be going into people's homes on recommendation, but also we are up

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against the new gig economy, which is digital platforms that link

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customers to consumers, and also agencies, which I called grey

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market, because they often subcontract and unregulated

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workforce. That can keep costs down, because they don't have all of these

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additional employment costs. The report says that workers like curry

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is paid by the task, they have two proved they can come to be make a

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fifth more than the minimum wage. Maggie took the courier firm that

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she works for to caught. We have been fighting for two years, a bit

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over two years to get to a point where we can access justice and make

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things better for a whole new generation of people. And it seems

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like they are rubber-stamping a lot of the awful operations that already

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exist. The report has drawn a disappointed response from workplace

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unions, who say it is not the Game Changers a hub for to end in

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security at work. Less disappointed will be the Treasury, which if

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recommendations are adopted stands to gain more from tax, so there is

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less of a need to cut spending. With me is our Economics

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Editor Kamal Ahmed. I suppose the big question is, is

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anything actually going to change as a result of this? You are absolutely

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right. Not many people would disagree with good work, it is like

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disagreeing with apple pie. There are interesting ideas in the report,

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which goes to the heart of how people work, not just in the gig

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economy, not just zero-hour contracts, but generally, is your

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work good work? Do you feel fulfilled in that work? I was at the

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launch with the Prime Minister and Matthew Taylor, and I asked that

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question, how can the Prime Minister, in a position where the

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government doesn't have a majority, how can she drive through the

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legislation on this issue to get these changes that Matthew Taylor

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has recommended and Andy Verity was reporting on? That is the big issue.

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We have had lots of reports that gather dust on long forgotten

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Whitehall shelves, how do we make sure this isn't one of those? She

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did this open armed approach, working with other parties to the

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get this through Parliament. We will only know in the autumn when the

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government does a specific was once, and what do labour and the Liberal

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Democrats do? Do they agree to come together to push this through

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Parliament or not? There is already disagreement, the TUC say they

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haven't gone far enough. It is difficult to see how we can make

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sure the good ideas in this report become reality. Thank you.

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The Prime Minister has ordered an inquiry into the contaminated

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blood scandal that left 2,400 people dead.

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Those affected include many haemophiliacs who died

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from hepatitis C and AIDS-related illnesses after receiving

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contaminated blood products from the NHS in the 1970s and 1980s.

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Our Health Editor Hugh Pym is in Westminster.

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Remind us more about what happened and what has been announced today.

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It has been called the worst disaster in the history of the NHS,

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because these were patients treated, in the case of haemophiliacs, they

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needed blood clotting products. These were imported from the United

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States, and they came into the UK tainted with hepatitis C and HIV.

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2400 patients, receiving treatment in good faith, contracted these

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diseases and died. Thousands more were infected. It has been seen as a

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burning injustice by the victims, and the families, and it has been

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acknowledged now by ministers as an injustice. What happened is the

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government is set, there is a debate in the Commons right now on the

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subject, the history of contaminated blood, the government will confirm

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details of a full enquiry, which will be UK wide. The interesting

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thing is, we have already had an enquiry paid for by the victims, a

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private enquiry headed by a judge, which covered largely England. There

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has been an enquiry by a Scottish judge, Lord Penrose, reported just

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over a year ago. But the victims have never felt, and the families,

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have never felt that the enquiries got to the heart of the matter. Was

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there a cover-up in Whitehall? There have been admissions of documents

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going missing about who knew what when in the civil service. Senior

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health officials, did they know the products were tainted and take no

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action to stop it happening? That is the thing the enquiry will have to

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get to the heart of, following a letter from opposition leaders to

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the government early on Sunday to call for justice. Thank you.

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The Foreign Secretary, Boris Johnson, has agreed

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with a Conservative MP that the European Union can "go

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whistle" for any final payment from the UK when it leaves.

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Speaking in the House of Commons, he also said there was no plan

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for what to do in the event that Britain fails to strike

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Our Political Correspondent Chris Mason is in Westminster.

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Using some colourful language here, Chris. Yes, indeed. Boris Johnson is

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the chief diplomat as the Foreign Secretary, and we use to him using

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colourful language on his poncho for dashing the odd splash for colourful

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vocabulary around. If there was a diplomat's dictionary, there will be

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plenty of words in there, but not the ones he decided to use in the

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Commons in the last hour. The sums that I have seen

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that they propose to demand from this country seem to me to be

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extortionate, and I think "to go whistle" is

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an entirely appropriate expression. There was no plan to no deal. You

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may remember that the Prime Minister to the general election campaign

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said that no deal was better than a bad deal when it came to the Brexit

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negotiations. Boris Johnson offering an alternative perspective on that.

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And disputing a suggestion from Labour that the Chancellor and the

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first Secretary of State were the view that there could be a long

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period after Brexit where the remained under the remit of the

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European Court of Justice. Some interesting reflections there from

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the Foreign Secretary. He also suggested that in the fullness of

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time, as he put it, there will be a subtle nurse that descends on

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negotiations to come. Not much subtlety from him today. Thank you.

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President Trump's state visit to Britain is likely to be

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He had accepted the Queen's invitation for a state visit

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when Theresa May visited Washington in January.

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But the president may have other issues on his mind,

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a US newspaper says it has evidence that Donald Trump's election team

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knew the Russian government was trying to help him

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The New York Times says his eldest son was told that a Russian lawyer

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he met during the campaign was acting on behalf

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of President Putin. Wyre Davies reports.

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The flamboyant British publicist, the Russian lawyer with reportedly

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close links to the Kremlin, and the American

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According to American media reports, all part of a Russian plan

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to help Donald Trump's 2016 election campaign.

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Rob Goldstone is the former tabloid journalist and globetrotting music

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promoter with close links to Moscow, who also represents Russian

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Agalarov is well-known to the Trump family.

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His father brought the Miss Universe pageant to Russia in 2013,

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and Donald Trump even appears in this video of his.

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What's wrong with you? What's wrong with you, Emin?

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According to Goldstone, it was Agalarov who asked him

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to broker the meeting between Donald Trump Jr

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Trump Jr sarcastically made light of the fact he might be

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offered compromising information about Hillary Clinton

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at the meeting, saying he was obviously the first person

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in the campaign to ever hear information about an opponent.

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But the New York Times is now reporting he was told before

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the Trump Tower meeting that the Russian government

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With Congressional committees and a special prosecutor investigating

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possible collusion between the Trump team and the Russians,

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the new details have been dismissed as much ado about nothing by lawyers

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For the President's supporters, this is more evidence of an American

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media establishment obsessed with Russia and trying

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to consistently undermine his authority.

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And as Donald Trump still tries to establish,

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himself on the world stage, news that a controversial state

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visit to Britain is now likely to be delayed until next year,

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after concerns that a trip before then could be disruptive.

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It's believed that more than 200 million women worldwide

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who want family planning services still don't have them.

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Today, a conference in London is aiming to improve access

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to contraception for millions of women in the poorest countries.

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Among the international donors involved are Bill and Melinda Gates,

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who are pledging 290 million pounds of additional funding.

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A patient having a consultation at an abortion clinic in Nepal. Nearly

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half of all pregnancies in this country are run planned. And

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worldwide, there is an estimated 82 million unintended pregnancies every

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year. That's why today health ministers and global charities are

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getting to get the at a summit in London to look at how they can get

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more contraceptives to women and girls in the poorest countries. The

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philanthropist co-hosting the conference believes special

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attention needs to be given to teenagers. The biggest population of

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adolescence we have ever had in the history of Europe is now coming to

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the developed world. If we don't offer them contraceptives, you are

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basically putting them into a life of destitute poverty, whereas if you

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can offer a girl contraceptives, she will stay in school. She will tell

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you, I want to stay in school, I don't want to have a baby until I am

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ready. Earlier this year, Donald Trump announced controversial plans

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to cut America's aid budget for family planning and plays tough

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restrictions on how the remaining money gets used. Britain is one of

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the countries worried about the impact of those changes. There are

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many areas where we work with America. We will continue to work

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with America. But obviously, this is an area where we are not seeing eye

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to eye. We believe this is not an area where we can stand still,

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because the human consequences are enormous, there are too many women

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and girls, 214 million women and girls don't get access to modern

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family planning measures. The UK is already the second biggest country

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donor in family planning. Today, it is announced more money, ?225

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million will be spent until 2022. The government hopes the money will

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empower more women to have kids when they want. And to stay in education

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and employment if they wish. A major review looks at workers'

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rights, the gig economy, It says workers need better

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protection and employers should Wake up and smell the coffee -

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could an extra cup a day actually Johanna Konta will today

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try to become the first British woman since 1978 to reach

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the semi-finals of Wimbledon - she takes on Simona

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Halep on Centre Court. Veterans who flew and worked on RAF

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aircraft during the Second World War have been meeting Prince William

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on his visit to the Battle Today is the flight's

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60th Anniversary. Our correspondent Danny Savage

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is at RAF Coningsby near Lincoln. Over the last six decades, the

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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has gathered together quite a

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collection of aircraft. You can see them here at RAF Coningsby now,

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there's a Lancaster, a couple of Spitfires and hurricanes as well,

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and in the last hour or so they have been airborne, giving a display in

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front of the Duke of Cambridge and veterans as well as part of a very

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special display. For 60 years they RAF Cosford a special squadron of

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preserved World War II planes. It remembers the veterans who flew in

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these aircraft and those killed in action. I was a pilot and engineer,

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in the front, so I took care of the engineering aspect of the aircraft,

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yes. Would you still love to go up again? I would! Grab your parachute,

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open the doors and dropout. This veteran is thrilled such a plane is

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still flying. Great, it's a real memory. I actually flew Tiger moths,

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and out of the planes I flew this is the best one. It has got character,

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it was a joy. The Battle of Britain took place in the summer and autumn

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of 1940, fought in the skies over southern England it was won by a

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handful of RAF pilots. Such was the achievements of the RAF that in the

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late 1950s, a small flight of Spitfires and hurricanes was formed

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to preserve the memory of the service's finest hour. In later

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years the ever popular Lancaster bomber was added to what had become

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known as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Today Prince

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William, the patron of the flight, came to RAF Coningsby to mark 60

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years of displays by the vintage aircraft. The Prince, himself a

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former RAF pilot, spent time talking to the veterans and this afternoon

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will watch a display. Lovingly preserved flying machines that will

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hopefully educate and inform for many more years yet. This

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commemorate everybody who has lost their lives in service with a RAF

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and in fact go further than that to our predecessor, so from 1914 to

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today, everybody who has lost their lives in service with the RAF and

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that has got to be important. The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is

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described as a museum without Walls. It will be seen in the skies this

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summer. It's priceless artefacts aim to inspire future generations and

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remember those who gave their lives for freedom.

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What's happening here this afternoon is they are lining the planes up so

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the veterans can have their pictures taken in front of them, and the sad

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reality is that every time this happens there are fewer veterans

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here to come to these events so that's why it's so special for the

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squadron and most people here today. Those events are expected to

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continue throughout the afternoon and see many more planes flying.

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New technology is helping people with dementia to stay

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A scheme being trialled in the UK means people with the condition can

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be monitored remotely by a team that can track physical activity,

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John Maguire has been to find out how it works.

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For Phil and June Bell, the home they've lived in for 30

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years is very definitely where there hearts are.

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They're trialling technology that should help June

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She was diagnosed with dementia a year ago.

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One of our aims has always been to stay as long

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as we can within the home, our home.

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And what the technology's done is enable us to do that.

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Because we intend to die in our beds, so to speak!

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You said it makes you feel safer, doesn't it.

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Yeah, to think that somebody's out there, concerned about me,

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and I think that's, you know, quite touching, really.

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Various sensors in the house monitor June's movements and activity.

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Phil also regularly checks her health,

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blood pressure and oxygen levels, for example.

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The information is then immediately sent to this clinical monitoring

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team and staff here can combine June's medical and environmental

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data to build up a fuller picture of her health.

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You can look at some of the motion data here,

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Also, we see how often she was in bed.

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We can get some body temperature, and all the data,

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suggest if she's becoming agitated or not, is there

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Putting everything together could give us a good picture

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There are currently 200 patients with mild or moderate

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dementia on the trial, based in the Surrey

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And they're looking for more volunteers.

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A red stethoscope and an on-screen alert warns the team

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They may then call the household, enlist help from medical teams,

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or ask staff from the Alzheimer's Society to pay a visit.

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The results of the trial, the first of its kind in the UK,

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won't be known until next year, but early indicators are positive.

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These gadgets are helping people stay longer in their homes,

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safe and secure in the knowledge that help, if needed,

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is just a phone call or a mouse click away.

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We drink 55 million cups of coffee every day in this country,

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but there is still confusion about the impact it

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Two international studies released today suggests coffee drinkers have

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longer life expectancy but others have urged caution,

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saying there's no proof coffee drinking is good for you.

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Our Health Correspondent Sophie Hutchinson reports.

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It is estimated that more than 2 billion cups of coffee are drunk

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each day around the world, but is it good for you? Today two studies

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published in the journal claimed an association between drinking more

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coffee and living longer. Sounds like good news? If these effects

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were relieved you to the coffee and carried on throughout your life,

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they would estimate that every extra cup a day would extend a man's life

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by about three months and a woman's life by about one month. But the

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larger of the two studies which examined data from half a million

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Europeans excluded people who had had heart attacks, cancer and

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diabetes, and both studies which lasted 16 years only asked people

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once how much coffee they drank. Just because people who drink coffee

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live longer, that doesn't mean it is the coffee that's causing it. There

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may be other explanations like their income, physical activity, and the

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studies try to take these things into account. So what do we know

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about coffee? Some studies have linked it to heart risk factors such

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as raised cholesterol, while others suggest it may offer some protection

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for the heart, but there is no conclusive evidence either way.

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Confused? Well, too much coffee is bad and pregnant women are advised

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to limit their intake. Otherwise it seems drinking coffee is fine, but

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so is abstaining. The British Grand Prix comes

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to Silverstone this weekend, but could it be one of the last

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at the historic track? Silverstone's owners are expected

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to announce that they will activate a break clause in their contract,

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that will cancel the British a break clause in their contract,

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that will cancel the British Our Sports News Correspondent

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Natalie Pirks is with me now. What is happening? It all boils down

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to cash and they cannot seem to make the sums add up despite it being one

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of the best attended races of the season. The hosting fee is so high,

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70 million at the moment and rising, and to give you an idea this Sunday

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even with a full house the owners can expect to make ?4 million loss

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so clearly not viable, and it doesn't receive government support.

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If they cannot renegotiate, we might lose it all together. There is no

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alternative to Silverstone at the moment, that is why there is a

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stand-off between them and Liberty media, the owners of F1, they have

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told the BBC that priority is to find a solution with Silverstone.

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But when we should be talking about Lewis Hamilton, with are talking

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about maybe losing a British Grand Prix for the first time since 1950.

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If you're backing the Brits at Wimbledon, today

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is another big day as Johanna Konta continues her

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attempt to become the first British woman to win the singles

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She takes on the world number two, Simona Halep, on Centre Court

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Our sports reporter David Ornstein is in SW19:

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Renowned for her focus, now her form is coming to fruition.

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And as the racket went up, for just one moment,

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her guard came down as Johanna Konta continued her Wimbledon charge.

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It's those positions, those situations that you...

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That I dream of... when I was a little girl and even

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now to be a part of those battles on big stages.

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So I think that's really what it's about to be a

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Before this year, Konta had only managed

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to win one match in five visits to Wimbledon, but victory today

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would take her a step closer to the ultimate aim -

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becoming the first British woman to win the singles

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Johanna Konta into sporting superstardom.

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Expectations are, of course, high this year and so far,

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she is controlling her emotions in a very positive way.

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I think it is a result of her mental hard work in the past.

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Konta's journey actually began in Australia where she was

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born to Hungarian parents before moving to the UK, aged 14.

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There was one time I came in from the courts

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outside, I think it was freezing cold, I think she had six layers

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on, outside on an artificial clay-court and her enthusiasm and

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hard work, I just thought it was great.

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And I came in and said to her father, I said, "This is top 5%

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Konta is now turning that potential into reality.

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Three more wins and her dreams will come true.

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And David joins us live from Wimbledon now.

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Such an exciting day, David. The weather has taken a turn for the

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worse, but fortunately Centre Court has a roof so Johanna Konta will

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play, and delighted to be joined by the last British woman to reach the

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quarterfinals of Britain 33 years ago, what will Johanna Konta be

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going through today? She will be so excited and a little bit nervous of

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course because it is a very big match, but she is playing well. To

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get to the quarterfinal of a grand slam you are playing well so you

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have that confidence riding with you. How did you feel that day? What

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was your recollection? When I walked on court I couldn't believe the roar

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of the crowd and I started giggling. I was disappointed I didn't get

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going in my first set but at the end of the match I was playing well and

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I wanted it to keep going really. I think she will have a good match

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today, it will be tough. She will be hoping to emulate you, how far can

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she go? If she gets passed this match, she could win it because

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she's in the mix of the eight left. Jane, we hope the weather clears up

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but Johanna Konta will play regardless. OK, thank you.

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Today will be the wettest day of this year's Wimbledon Championships,

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and what a contrast we have had weather-wise compared with the sunny

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skies we had yesterday. It was another warm day across south-east

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England with the temperatures surging to 27 Celsius, the 80s in

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Fahrenheit. Today it is a different story, good news for gardeners. For

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those without a garden, it is probably not such exciting news is

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that we will see this heavy rain. And it has already started to come

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down pretty heavily across parts of southern Wales. It will move

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eastwards as we go through the rest of the afternoon. A few showers at

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the moment but we will see them merging into lengthy spells of rain

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this afternoon. Staying wet across the Midlands, much of Wales and

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south-west England to take us through the rest of the afternoon.

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Cumbria and Northumberland just about missing out, staying dry in

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Northern Ireland with sunny spells, and we will see sunshine and showers

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in Scotland. It could be slightly slower moving because the winds are

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not particularly strong. For the Wimbledon forecast, a few showers

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for the next hour so on and frame, but later the rain will be set in.

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Overnight tonight, this band of rain will be with us for most of the

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night, perhaps poking back into Yorkshire and north Lincolnshire

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before it becomes restricted to south-east England. Overnight these

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are the temperatures in towns and cities, cooler than that in Scotland

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and Northern Ireland in the countryside. Tomorrow we have this

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band of rain to start the day, a soggy start in south-west England

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but the rain pulls away and high pressure moving in so long spells of

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sunshine across the country. It is not particularly humid at the moment

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so in the sunshine it will feel pleasant with temperatures near the

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average for the time of year. What about Friday on the weekend? Well,

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it looks like we will see this area of high pressure still with us is go

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into Thursday so another dry day with sunshine, and a few isolated

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showers possible western areas and later in the day for western

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Scotland where the wind will pick up. Looking at highs between 17 in

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Glasgow to 24 in the London area. Through Friday on the weekend, there

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should be a fair amount of dry weather although probably a spell of

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rain to take us through Friday night. We should see the highs

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pushing into the low 20s in London. Reminder of our main

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story this lunchtime: A major review looks at workers'

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rights, the gig economy, It says workers need better

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protection, and employers should That's all from the BBC News at One

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so it's goodbye from me. And on BBC One, we now join

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the BBC's news teams where you are.

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