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me now on BBC Two. That's Newsnight with Emily in

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Washington. A suspected unexploded World War

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II bomb has been found in the River Thames tonight -

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by the Victoria Embankment. It led to the temporary

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closure of Westminster and Waterloo Bridges,

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but road closures Louisa Preston is there for us

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tonight, and she can tell us That's right, as you can see behind

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me, the whole of Victoria and Embankment is still closed, all the

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way down to Waterloo Bridge. During the rush hour, Westminster Bridge,

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Waterloo Bridge and I'm being told part of Westminster Tube station,

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were also closed. We are being told bomb disposal experts, specialist

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officers from the Met Police, are working on the river at the moment,

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working on the device, which is believed to be a World War II bomb.

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The Port of London authority also told us earlier this evening that

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this device is about two foot long and one foot wide. So quite a big

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device. We don't know when these roads are going to reopen. We don't

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know how long this is going to take for this device to be made safe. But

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there have been many devices found across London like this. We had won

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only last year. The whole area around Victoria was evacuated back

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in February last year. After well over a decade,

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London's congestion charge could be heading for reform -

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with suggestions of making drivers pay by the mile,

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or having the congestion charge It may not prove popular

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with motorists, but as traffic problems and air pollution worsen,

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it could be the only solution. Here's our transport

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correspondent, Tom Edwards. Welcome to Charing Cross Road,

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the third-most congested in London, where traffic creeps along

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at a walking pace, It feels like TfL are doing it

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on purpose to put drivers off, A lot of the cut-through roads

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are no longer there, they're cycle lanes only the way

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you want to go. I have done 12 miles in the last

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two and a half hours. A growing population, more vehicles,

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more minicabs and delivery vans and construction,

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and public roadworks for pedestrians Now a report calls for a reform

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of the congestion charge. We need to be charging vehicles more

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if they're travelling at peak times and they drive around

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the zone a lot. In the longer term we have got

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to look at road pricing in London to tackle the congestion hotspots

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to mean that if you do choose to use your car,

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you will pay a bit more for that, rather than those who opt

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for public transport. But also we are looking at other

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things such as tackling deliveries, moving some of those to night-time,

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and also encouraging people not to have their delivery

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sent to their work. Road pricing, though,

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could be contentious. Singapore is one of the few places

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where you pay per mile. Our concern is road pricing could be

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used as a cash cow and could make We think it's important that

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any new system reflects the economic value of a journey,

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so deliveries to London's museums and restaurants,

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that is a valuable contribution, perhaps more so than a private

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individual taking a journey. Maybe the system

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should reflect that. City Hall does concede

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the 14-year-old congestion Currently 30,000 private hire

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vehicles enter the zone Or drivers could pay

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different amounts at Although a ban on personal

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deliveries to offices We do need to be making

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the delivery industry much more It's not at the moment and is using

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way too much road space. Something like 20% of the traffic

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on the roads in London at the moment We think there's a lot of really

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good models we can use to actually try and organise these deliveries

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in a much more efficient way. Today, the mayor also issued

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a pollution warning, as traffic fumes worsened

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London's air. Congestion is one of the big

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challenges cities face. How he will tackle the jams will be

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revealed in the next few months. After going head-to-head

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with Prime Minister Theresa May over Brexit yesterday,

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today, the Mayor of London found himself in the same town as her,

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doing the same thing as her ? selling the benefits

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of investing in London. And crucial to any deal

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is keeping the City of London It's the place where the world comes

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every year to talk and do business. They do it under the watchful eyes

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of marksmen, and the more And in Davos today,

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the British Prime Minister and London's Mayor, both talking

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Brexit and the effect it could have The mayor taking his message

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to an international audience. You're going to get a hard Brexit,

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whether you like it or not. No, what's really important

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is sensible minds try and put So far, is there already

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signs companies leaving, You say you want people to access

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the EU single market, London has been a city

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which has attracted trade, talent and ideas for more

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than 1000 years. In recent days two major banks,

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HSBC and UBS, have warned We have roughly 5000

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people in London. Real passporting business

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is probably down to about 1000 of those employees in London,

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and for them we need to look at what the ultimate deal

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will be mapped out with. I am glad to hear from the European

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side they want a symmetrical So we are still waiting

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for what is happening. Today, another of the banking

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world's big guns had some words of comfort for the City,

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though he too warned I do not believe the European

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financial centre will leave I think the UK will continue to be

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the financial lungs for Europe. We may have to move certain

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activities, we may have to change the legal structure that we use

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to operate in Europe. The banks, financial services

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institutions, the tech companies, the pharmaceuticals,

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companies and businesses that create jobs, wealth and prosperity,

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want to stay in London. We've got to make it

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easy for them to do so. The Prime Minister met senior

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bankers this afternoon, where we're told she stressed

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the positive aspects The founder of the WikiLeaks

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website, Julian Assange, says he stands by his offer to go

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to the United States, now that the American whistle-blower

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Chelsea Manning is to be released. Assange has spent the past

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four and a half years in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London

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avoiding extradition to Sweden. He claims that would lead to

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attempts to extradite him to the US A 'Blue Cockerel', a 'Ship

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in a Bottle' and the current one. They're all appeared

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on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square -

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some received more And now the short list of what could

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come next, has been unveiled. Our arts correspondent

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Brenda Emmanus can show us. It's the 11th artwork to sit

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on Trafalgar Square's fourth plinth. And David Shrigley's seven-metre

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high sculpture, Really Good, will attempt to inspire optimism

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until replaced in 2018. We're looking for artworks that

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connect to the square, have a story to tell,

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that are beautifully executed and that will get a conversation

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going with the public. So what will be given

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the thumbs up next? Today, the five shortlisted

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proposals were presented at the National Gallery,

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offering the public a chance to share their opinion

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on what should dominate the north-west corner of this

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historic London site. Choices include a truck loaded

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with oil cans and ladders, an empty robe, and a recreation

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of a protective deity that was destroyed by so-called

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Islamic State in 2015. It's the most international

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shortlist so far, with the sole Londoner being Hackney resident

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Heather Philipson, who presents a swirl of cream with a cherry,

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fly and drone on top. The cream is something,

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obviously cream is a very unstable material and something always

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on the verge of collapse, so the sculpture holds within it

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this possibility of something that may be, kind of, imminent

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catastrophe, perhaps. All five proposals can be seen

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at the National Gallery for the next two months,

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where the public can Do you like the idea of commissions

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on the fourth plinth? I do like it, because it's

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an opportunity to see something The Heather Philipson one,

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when it's constructed, I think it would work well

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within the context of the other I think it is kind

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of topical as well. We're looking for works

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that we think can be popular, but we also have to consider

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all sorts of other criteria to do with their construction,

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their feasibility, all things that The two chosen winners will be

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announced in March and take pride of place on the plinth in 2018

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and 2020, respectively. That's it for now from me, but let's

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find out what the weather's It is cold out there, but whether we

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will lurking near the fourth plinth or elsewhere in the city, or perhaps

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you got in the countryside, we've been spoiled of late with those

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gorgeous clear skies. It's a completely different story through

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parts of Wales and the Midlands. It's that close to Earth. Many of

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the Southern counties enjoyed the sort of clear skies that we saw

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today, but as you already commented we've paid the price with frosty

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starts and here we go again, right on into the first part of Friday.

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Somewhere roundabout certainly a frost, maybe -4-macro or minus five.

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The sun comes up at about 750 Faure and then we are into another

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gorgeous day. -- 7:54am. The odd patch of cloud but it won't spoil

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the day. Thankfully there is much wind at the moment. It is coming

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from the east, what little wind there is. With the sunshine and

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five, 6 degrees won't feel too bad at all. The big question is can we

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keep it going into the weekend? It looks as though we can, a bit more

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cloud looks as though we can, a bit more

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cloud on Sunday. Now the national picture.

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Good evening, it will gradually get colder in the UK in the next few

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days, something we don't have to worry about in Australia at this

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time of year. Of course it's the Australian tennis open at the moment

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and there's a big storm moving through Melbourne at the moment.

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Hopefully it will have cleared through by the time of Andy Murray's

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match. We have high withers and light winds and some interesting

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contrasts despite things being very slow moving, with the sunshine to

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