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North Korea accuses Donald Trump of being bereft of reason after his

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The regime says only absolute force can work on the US President as it

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says it may fire four rockets towards the American

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We'll be live from Guam in the western Pacific as we assess

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Also this lunchtime: The latest NHS figures are released.

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Waiting lists hit a ten-year high in England.

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Other key targets, including urgent referral for cancer care,

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After 18 people are convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle,

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the former Director of Public Prosecutions says treat

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Modern slavery and human trafficking is said to be far more prevalent

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than previously thought, as the National Crime Agency reveals

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there are tens of thousands of potential victims.

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A second chance for gold - Botswanan athlete Isaac Makwala

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will run in tonight's final of the World Athletics 200m

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after running his heat alone, against the clock.

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And coming up in the sport on BBC News: One major away

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from a career grand slam, but Jordan Spieth insists he's not

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feeling the pressure ahead of the USPGA Championship in North

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Good afternoon and welcome to the BBC News at One.

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North Korea has accused Donald Trump of being bereft of reason saying

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only absolute force can work on him as it gave more details

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about its threat to an American military base in the Western

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The regime, which is reported to have developed the ability

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to attach nuclear warheads to its missiles, says it's

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considering firing four rockets towards the American

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Our correspondent Yogita Limaye reports.

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One more fierce message on North Korea's state TV.

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This time, it's details of how it plans to attack Guam.

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This US island in the Pacific Ocean is in Pyongyang's crosshairs.

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North Korea says it plans to fire four missiles

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It's home to tens of thousands of people.

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Obviously for me, because I'm a father, it's really concerning.

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I wish it didn't have to come to that.

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I'm pretty confident that the US will protect us.

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But in the war of words with North Korea, America's president

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He boasted of his country's nuclear arsenal, matching the aggression

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people have come to expect from Pyongyang.

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What's different this time is that we're hearing very similar

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rhetoric from the US president, so that's certainly ratcheted up

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tension and perhaps gives Pyongyang a bit more justification to keep

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So it will actually feed their anti-American propaganda.

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But while Donald Trump's remarks might be provocative,

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there are hopes that others in his government could help

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tone down the message coming from America.

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I would say this, that his Secretary of Defense

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and National Security Adviser are universally respected.

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There are some cool hands around him during this crisis

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One country that's hoping to defuse this crisis soon is South Korea.

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It's seen this kind of situation many times before, and while it's

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working closely with the US to ramp up its defence programme,

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Its National Security Council held a meeting to discuss the issue,

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and it said it was keeping a channel for dialogue with North Korea open.

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But the mood on the streets of Pyongyang was not conciliatory.

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On Wednesday, a mass of people marched

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No evidence here to suggest that things are going to cool down.

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We can go live now to the Western Pacific

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Our correspondent Rupert Wingfield Hayes is there.

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Rupert, South Korea appealing for calm and yet no sign of it.

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What's the view from those living in Guam?

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Well, there are very mixed feelings here. We have been talking to locals

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and tourists here today out on the beach is enjoying themselves. This

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is peak season in Guam and there are tens of thousands of tourists from

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Asia. The locals are fairly calm. They told us they have experienced

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these threats before and they are upset and angry and do not like

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being threatened like this, but they are confident in the US military.

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They have anti-missile systems based on the island, so if North Korea did

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fire at the islands, it has defences. But we had a different

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message from Japanese tourists, many of whom are here with families. They

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said they are nervous and friends and family in Japan have been

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sending their messages asking them if they are OK. So there is

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nervousness and tourists are starting to think about whether this

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starting to think about whether this place is safe.

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The number of people waiting for routine surgery in England

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in June was the highest since December 2007.

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NHS England said 3.83 million patients were

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Other key targets were also missed, including urgent

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I'm joined by our Health Editor, Hugh Pym.

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This figure is an important gauge of how the NHS is performing. Waiting

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lists for routine operations and surgery. The NHS is doing more than

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it was, but that waiting list has been climbing and it was 3.83

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million patients waiting for routine surgery and operations in the month

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of June. NHS England says it could be even 4 million because not all

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hospitals reported their figures. What about the key target of waiting

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18 weeks and no more for a routine operation? In June the percentage

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that was seeing was 90.3%. For cancer treatment, another very

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important target for the NHS, 80.5% of people were waiting after an

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urgent referral to be seen within 62 days. That is the target there.

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Obviously a lot more were not in terms of the number above that. They

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have missed the target of 85%. Can you put that into context in terms

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of the background of these figures? It demonstrates the pressures on the

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NHS. Key targets have been missed all year, and target in A as well.

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It shows the stresses and strains on the NHS, dealing with more patients

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every year and resources and finances in England not keeping up

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with the patient demand growth. Many would say more money is needed,

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others say the NHS needs to be more efficient. But certainly patients

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are having to wait longer for these important treatment.

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The former Director of Public Prosecutions,

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Lord MacDonald, has said that the grooming of vulnerable

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white girls by south Asian gangs needs to be recognised

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Yesterday, 18 people, mainly of Pakistani or Bangladeshi origin,

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were convicted of abusing girls in Newcastle.

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The force involved in the case, Northumbria Police, has been

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defending its decision to pay a convicted paedophile ?10,000

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for information during the course of that investigation.

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Our home affairs correspondent Nick Beake reports.

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The raids across Newcastle smashed a grooming gang that was

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drugging and abusing young girls, one just 14 years old.

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The victims were mostly white, the attackers mainly

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British men from Pakistani, Indian and Bangladeshi heritage.

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It's a story we've heard time and again,

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Oxford, Rochdale, Cardiff to name a few.

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Today, one former leading prosecutor condemned what he said had been

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a reluctance to investigate Asian gangs who target vulnerable

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white girls, and that a big change was needed.

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I think some recognition that this is a problem in all communities

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and across communities, and recognising it for what it is,

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not pretending it's something else, recognising it for what it is,

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It's thought more than 1,400 children in Rotherham were groomed

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and abused by networks of predominantly Asian men.

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The town's MP says a fear within the public sector

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of being branded racist has allowed this to happen.

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Sadly, I think there is political correctness going on.

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People historically have been more concerned about not being seen to be

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racist than they have been concerned about protecting children.

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In the light of these latest Newcastle cases,

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there are now calls for an inquiry into why groups of men

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Some warn against stigmatising whole Asian communities.

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Others insist that the problem needs to be tackled head-on.

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there is a mindset that white girls are worthless,

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that white girls can be used and abused and discarded

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unlike their own daughters and sisters.

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We in the British Pakistani community have to confront that.

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Police forces say they have learned from their own failures

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in tackling grooming gangs, but the Northumbria force has been

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criticised for paying a child rapist for information to help secure

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Yes, you might have got that evidence through other means,

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but it could have taken a whole lot longer and that in itself would have

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exposed vulnerable women and girls to an unacceptable level of risk.

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Personally, that doesn't sit comfortably with me morally either.

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Controversy over the race of sexual abuse gangs has

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But these offenders in Newcastle, at least, are now facing

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Modern slavery and human trafficking are far more widespread in the UK

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than previously thought according to the National Crime Agency.

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It says there are currently more than 300 policing operations ongoing

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with cases affecting every large town and city in the country,

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many involving the sale of very young girls.

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Our home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani is here.

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The figures make for disturbing reading, Dominic.

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It is one of the stories of crime in the modern world if you think about

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it. There have been six months of intensive operations from the

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National Crime Agency coordinating red across the country with global

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police forces and international partners. The more it has looked,

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the more it has found. Before today we had an estimate of about 10,000 -

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13,000 hidden victims across the UK. But it says it is the tip of the

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iceberg, it cannot count how many are out there. One third of known

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victims are British, but people from all sorts of nationalities in the UK

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are being forced to work across Great Britain against their will.

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Each of them is most likely today to come across somebody. The director

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of vulnerabilities says he is directed by what he has found. We

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have seen people being moved across and into the country for the

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purposes of being exploited and there was a case of a 12-year-old

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girl for labour exploitation. We are seeing people as young as 13 and 14

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being sexually exploited and being engaged in prostitution. This is a

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growing problem to which we think there is a shared responsibility

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across society in the United Kingdom to be addressed. The NCA said it has

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stepped up efforts and is coordinating more operations, but

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there have been questions as to whether this is too little too late.

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The official anti-slavery commissioner raised questions last

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night about the amount of effort that has been put into the problem

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recently, saying too much intelligence has been lying dormant

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on databases and not acted upon. The NCA in its defence has said there

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has been a sea change in operational activity, but it says it needs to

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hear from the public and once the warning signs at their people who

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may be victims of this appalling crime.

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The United States has expelled two Cuban diplomats amid suggestions

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that mysterious technology was used to damage the hearing of US

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US State Department officials believe covert sonic devices may

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Cuba says it's investigating the claims.

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Our correspondent Tom Burridge reports.

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It was a moment when Cuba and America's relationship changed.

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For decades, they were enemies, but the opening of America's embassy

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in Havana two years ago set this island and its neighbouring

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superpower on a new path, with some trade and travel

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Now, news about bizarre events in that very building.

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It's emerged that several US diplomats had to leave Cuba last

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They had apparently suffered severe hearing loss.

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One theory is that the diplomats were subjected to a device

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which gave off low or high frequency sound which is inaudible

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to the human ear - and that caused the damage.

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The US State Department has given few concrete details.

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They've reported some incidents, which have caused a variety

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I'm not going to be able to give you a tonne of information

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about this today, but I'll tell you what we do have

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We don't have any definitive answers about the source or the cause

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Since 2016 you don't know what this incident is?

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What this requires is providing medical

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Initially when they started reporting what I will just call

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symptoms, it took time to figure out what it was, and this

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But despite the uncertainty America expelled two Cuban diplomats

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Via state television, the government categorically

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denied any foul play against the US embassy.

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Cuba said it was carrying out its own thorough investigation

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and called on America to share information.

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America is not overtly blaming Cuba, probably because so much

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is still unclear, and the relatively constructive reaction from officials

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in Havana at least shows how much the dynamic between these two

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North Korea accuses Donald Trump of being bereft of reason

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after his "fire and fury" nuclear threat - and says it

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may fire four rockets towards the American

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Coming up, I'm at the World Athletics Championships, where the

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amazing story of one Botswana sprinter has captivated the world.

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Coming up in sport: The English FA are planning to enter a British

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women's team into the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, even if they

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don't have the support of the other home nations -

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who the FA say won't stand in their way.

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More than 9000 people currently sleep on the streets -

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and the number of people sleeping rough across England,

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Scotland and Wales could jump by three-quarters

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That's the warning from the homeless charity Crisis, which says

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homelessness has increased significantly in the past five years

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and will continue to do so unless long-term action is taken

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Our correspondent Sima Kotecha reports.

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Not having a place to call home - a reality for thousands,

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a problem expected to get a lot worse.

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Meet Alan, a former courier, now homeless.

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That's why people drink a lot and are on drugs.

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I don't blame them, because they can't live.

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It's not difficult to find people like this here

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in Leicester city centre, who tell us they have no choice

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This man says he's been homeless for more than ten weeks and believes

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that the main driver for homelessness is drugs

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According to today's report, almost 160,000 households

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were experiencing the worst form of homelessness in 2016.

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That number includes more than 9000 people sleeping on the streets.

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It's estimated that number will increase by 76%,

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to 16,000, in the next decade, if there are no policy changes.

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The report includes more than 68,000 households who are staying

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with others on a short-term basis - so-called sofa surfing.

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Charities are calling for urgent action.

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We know that if we stopped the welfare changes,

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the welfare cuts, that are going through the system

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at the moment, if we stopped them now, that projected figure

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of growing homelessness would be reduced by up to 7%.

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If we substantially increased the number of new houses

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Ministers say they are investing more than ?500 million

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into solving the problem, and that building more affordable

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Today's report is largely based on estimates.

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There are questions around how the figures were calculated,

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but few are disputing that homelessness is a real issue

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Surveyors say falls in house prices in London are beginning

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to spread across the country, with the South East of England,

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East Anglia and parts of the North now affected.

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Our personal finance correspondent Simon Gompertz is here.

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What exactly are surveyors saying? It's often been the case there's

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been this ripple effect, when prices have either gone down or up in

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London, then that spreads across the United Kingdom. They seem to be

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pointing to something like this happening at the moment. London

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prices, they say, have stalled. That's not yet reflected in the

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official registers, but surveyors have a more up-to-date view of

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what's going on, and so London is stalling the last three months they

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are saying other areas too, the south-east. The north, not the

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north-west, but the North, and East Anglia. Against that, there are some

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areas as well that are still going up quite strongly and amongst those

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are Northern Ireland, West Midlands, south-west of England and Scotland

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as well. So there are some reservations about this. One is that

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prices have gone so high in London they are simply out of reach for

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many people. That's not the same as the rest of the country. Also, if

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there is an effect from Brexit uncertainty, I think people

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generally think that's more marked in London and elsewhere. Any

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predictions in terms of what could happen in the longer term? That's

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the interesting thing about this surveyors' report because it's not

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the exact data about house prices after the event, they are

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forward-looking, what's happening to the house market. They are expecting

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a similar effect over the next couple of months of stalling and

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rippling out, but they've moderated their view over the next five years.

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They are expecting increases still put of about 2.7% a year over the

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next five years and that's the lowest that they've expected in the

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history of doing this survey. So real moderation of their view of

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what's happening to the housing market.

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A widow has spoken of her "shock and horror", after a private GP -

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who treated her late husband - admitted failings in the case.

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Dr Peter Wheeler, who was Princess Diana's doctor,

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has acknowledged he failed to properly monitor his

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patient, by not arranging the recommended blood tests.

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Our health correspondent, Jane Dreaper, has the details.

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Stefanos Vavalidis died from liver failure after spending

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the last eight months of his life in hospital.

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His widow is suing the private GP who was the family's trusted doctor

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over the prescribing of a drug Mr Vavalidis took for a skin

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It was an insidious build-up of health problems, as a result

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of the drip drip drip of each one of these prescriptions over

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It's heartbreaking enough to lose your partner of 45 years,

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but the complete shock and horror when we found out that it had

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That last period of his life was horrifying, so we'd

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like to prevent it from happening to other people.

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Dr Peter Wheeler continues to practise at this private surgery,

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which was declared safe when inspectors visited four years

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ago, but he's since admitted in legal papers for this case

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that there were no systems at the time for flagging up the need

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for regular blood tests in cases like this, and that he failed

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to properly monitor Mr Vavalidis and that had he done so,

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his patient could have lived up to two years longer.

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The lawyer working on the family's legal claim says it's one

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Private health care does have certain advantages over the NHS.

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It's more convenient, generally, and it's more comfortable,

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Dr Wheeler states in legal papers that Mr Vavalidis would still have

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died from liver failure because of his diabetes and obesity.

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The doctor is under investigation by the General Medical Council.

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Relatives of the Omagh bomb victims have announced that they are to sue

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Next week will mark 19 years since the bombing by the Real IRA

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Families of the victims have issued a writ against

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It focuses on what happened afterwards and why no-one has been

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successfully convicted in a criminal court.

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A man who used a "quick sale" firm to sell his home claims he received

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less than half of what the property was actually sold for.

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Quick sale companies offer to buy your house quickly,

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But Phillip Edwards says that when he sold his three bedroom house

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in Hawarden in Flintshire, he received just ?68,000

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He's one of four alleged victims of what's believed to be a house

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sale scheme based in the Midlands - and police are investigating,

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It's advertised as an easy, fast and hassle-free way

:24:24.:24:29.

to sell your property, but some claim that using a quick

:24:30.:24:32.

home sale company has ruined their lives.

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How or why should they be able to get away with it?

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Phillip Edwards sold his house through an organisation

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called Speedy Property, after seeing a notice

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It had belonged to his late parents and was the family

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Mr Edwards expected to receive around ?100,000 for the sale

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He was selling the house because he owed around ?60,000 to his ex-wife.

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He wasn't clear how much the firm would deduct from the sale.

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Mr Edwards expected to receive around ?100,000 for the sale

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of his property, once payments had been deducted, but once

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the sale was complete he received just over ?4000,

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while two named companies received ?51,000 and ?45,000 each.

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It's as if everything that my parents worked for,

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and what I've worked for, you know, and at the end

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It appears to be a large scale operation and West Midlands Police

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have confirmed that they are investigating a number

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Two of my three clients are suffering from cancer.

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They've lost their life savings in these transactions.

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Nigel Cole is pursuing negligence claims against one of the solicitor

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firms which handled the sales on behalf of the victims.

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He says they're all elderly, vulnerable, or in ill health.

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All of them say exactly the same thing to me.

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They don't know the name of these companies these large

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It's only when they received the balance of the proceeds

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of sale that they realised that they are missing

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in one case ?99,000, another case, ?96,000,

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Whilst there are genuine companies which offer quick home sale deals,

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the warning is that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is.

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Take a bit more time to read through all the paperwork,

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find out exactly what you're getting, get some expert

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Go and see a solicitor you trust, not a solicitor that they recommend

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to you, because if there's a scam they may well be in on it as well.

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Mr Edwards is now hoping that the police and civil

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investigation will see justice done, but some of the other clients

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There are estimates up to four people a month were attracted

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by the company's advertising and promises over a four year

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period, and reports that Speedy Property were active

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So the number of people affected may be much higher.

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The Botswanan athlete, Isaac Makwala, has qualified

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for the final of the World Athletics 200 metres - after running his heat

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He was unable to take part in the heats on Monday night,

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because the athletics authorities said he had the norovirus.

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Our sports correspondent Natalie Pirks is at

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It's been nothing if not eventful. More drama no doubt to come? Well,

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the curious tale of Isaac Makwala really has captured the public's

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imagination. On Monday was despondent at what he called

:27:47.:27:52.

sabotage, but tonight he could have a gold medal in the 200 metres

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final. It would be an astonishing turnaround in a World Championship

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that's already seen its fair share of shocks.

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One arm aloft, with the crowd cheering his name.

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It's fair to say Isaac Makwala's day had gone from bad to brilliant.

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12 hours of madness began with him heartbroken in his hotel room.

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He told me he'd lost everything after being diagnosed

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with norovirus that he claimed not to have and being forced

:28:16.:28:17.

This was my time for taking a gold medal here.

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But just hours later, he was out of quarantine

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and boarding a bus to come to the stadium.

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Athletics' governing body had agreed to allow him to race alone

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against the clock in a bid to make the 200 metres semifinal.

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As the rain poured, it was the strangest of sights,

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COMMENTATOR: I think that is a message to the IAAF to say

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Even rival Wayde van Niekerk was glad to have him back.

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But there was no time to soak up the adulation.

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Two hours later, he was back in the semis

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What a performance from Isaac Makwala!

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I wish to thank the IAAF for giving me another chance.

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They gave me belief, the British crowd.

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Tonight, he will face the likes of Van Niekerk,

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and Britain's Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who also qualified

:29:31.:29:34.

Those 200 metres that he performed last night were just staggering,

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in horrendous conditions, it was cold, the rain was relentless.

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And he's one of the favourites for the 200 metres as well,

:29:49.:29:55.

What began with sickness and despair

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could end with a World Championship medal.

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Well, what else is around today? Britain's team captain Eilidh Doyle

:30:10.:30:17.

will run in the 400 metres final. Katarina Johnson-Thompson is in the

:30:18.:30:20.

heat of Hyderabad Laura Muir will hope to put the fourth place in the

:30:21.:30:24.

1500 metres behind her in the heats of the 5000 metres. The Makwala

:30:25.:30:31.

final tonight, all eyes will be on the triple jumper Christian Taylor,

:30:32.:30:34.

especially those of Britain's Jonathan Edwards. Could his 27 year

:30:35.:30:38.

world record be about to go? Taylor has come very close indeed. Natalie

:30:39.:30:41.

Pirks, thank you. Better than yesterday, yesterday we

:30:42.:30:55.

were on the verge of gathering the animals two by two on to no dark. In

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the last 24 hours, it's been the most important thing it's been and

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gone, because that's the cloud from yesterday. Today, almost gone. We

:31:05.:31:09.

still have the remnants of yesterday's bad weather. We even had

:31:10.:31:13.

a thunderstorm earlier on in Kent and still one or two showers around,

:31:14.:31:17.

but for most of us today it's looking absolutely fine. A lovely

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picture here from Leicestershire, scattered Fairweather cumulus

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clouds. Here's a nice positive spin on the weather on Thursday, sunshine

:31:25.:31:28.

for most of us. That's because these are little area of high pressure is

:31:29.:31:34.

nosing into the UK, it will not last long, but today, is giving some of

:31:35.:31:38.

that fine weather. The temperatures are probably a bit below. It's a

:31:39.:31:44.

cool air mass coming in from the North Atlantic, so temperatures

:31:45.:31:46.

typically in the teens. These are the pesky showers in the south-east.

:31:47.:31:51.

You might catch a downpour. But for most of the country there is not an

:31:52.:31:55.

awful lot to say. It's just a fine day. Notice that the clouds are

:31:56.:31:58.

gathering and a bit of rain just of the North of our neighbourhood, this

:31:59.:32:02.

is the next area of cloud and rain that will be approaching us and

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winds will be freshening from the south-west. That will be reaching

:32:06.:32:13.

Northern Ireland and West of Scotland tonight, but probably not

:32:14.:32:15.

until around midnight. The rest of the UK tonight, so England under

:32:16.:32:19.

way, is in for a dry night, around 12-13d. I mentioned the

:32:20.:32:23.

high-pressure is only a cameo appearance because by the time we

:32:24.:32:27.

get to Friday it's out of the way. Here's the next area of cloud and

:32:28.:32:30.

rain that sweeping into the UK. Windy in the north-west around the

:32:31.:32:34.

Western Isles, even gale force winds. Tomorrow, this time tomorrow,

:32:35.:32:39.

it will start to cloud over, dribs and drabs of rain. Notice the East

:32:40.:32:42.

Anglia and the south-east getting away with it, so tomorrow should be

:32:43.:32:47.

mostly dry. Then Friday night into Saturday, that weather front pushes

:32:48.:32:51.

through. It's in France and Germany and behind it we get another cameo

:32:52.:32:56.

area of high pressure, briefly visiting us. But just in time for

:32:57.:33:00.

the weekend, so mother nature is going to be kind this weekend. There

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might be one or two little pesky showers across northern areas, but

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on balance, it's fine. Again, the temperature is not quite where they

:33:09.:33:13.

should be. We are talking about 17-18s, more of its September

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temperature and we are statistically one of the hottest times of year.

:33:17.:33:21.

Maybe reaching 21 in London, 16 in Glasgow, but the weekend is looking

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fine. On BBC One we now join the BBC's

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