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This is BBC World News Today with me Zeinab Badawi. The former head

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of the IMF Dominque Strauss Kahn has his bail relaxed. At the same

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time there's speculation that the sexual assault case against him

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could be collapsing. Today it is a giant step in the right direction.

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The air-defence that Dominique Strauss-Kahn has is that this

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sexual encounter was consensual - that is alive.

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-- a lie. Colonel Gaddafi gives a chilling audio message to his

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supporters in Tripoli. He warns NATO to stop its strikes against

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his forces or he'll carry out attacks on Europe.

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Venezuela's President Chavez reveals he's being treated for

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cancer in Cuba, he insists he's still running the country, but

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doubts rise. Give young Britons a chance - the Work and Pensions

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Secretary urges UK businesses not to rely on foreign workers.

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Xenophobia or sound economic sense? Celebrating Canada Day - the fans

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turn out once again for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.

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And are 3D movies beginning to lose their audience appeal? Why

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Hollywood bosses are getting Hello and welcome. Whatever the

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outcome of the sexual assault case against Dominque Strauss Kahn, he

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is now at liberty to move freely within the United States. A judge

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in New York relaxed the terms of his bail, which had seen him

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confined to his daughter's apartment in Manhattan since his

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arrest in May, over his alleged rape of a chamber maid. Also, media

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speculation is mounting about the viability of the case against him,

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after the New York Times newspaper reported that the prosecution's

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investigators had questioned the maid's credibility. This report

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contains some flash photography. From New York, Laura Trevelyan

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reports. Another turbulent day in the life of Dominique Strauss-Kahn

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- the former head of the IMF was back in court for a hastily

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scheduled appearance, looking confident and relaxed. His wife was

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there in support. As media gathered outside, inside the court the man

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accused of raping a hotel maid heard the prosecution admit they

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now had doubts about her story. Although it is clear the strength

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of the case has been affected by the substantial credibility issues

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relating to the witness, we are not moving to dismiss the case this

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time. We are consenting to the defendant's bail application.

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case still stands, said the judge, but he freed Dominique Strauss Kahn

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from bail. He can now travel around the US. His former lawyers are

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delighted. We have maintained from the beginning that Mr Strauss-Kahn

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is innocent of these charges and these recent disclosures reinforced

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our conviction that he will be exonerated. But lawyers for the

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chambermaid insist her story is accurate. The medical evidence

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supports the victim's account. The forensic evidence supports her

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account. She was taken from the hotel to the hospital in an

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ambulance. A grand jury has already found her account credible. This

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all began at a hotel in the heart of Manhattan on May 14th, when a

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maid accused Mr Strauss-Kahn of attempting to rape her. He was

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arrested on an plane bound for Paris. Five days later, he resigned

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as head of the International Monetary Fund. Today, in a dramatic

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development, the New York Times reported that the prosecution case

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against him may collapse because of doubts about the credibility of the

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made. She reportedly has links to drug dealers and money laundering.

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In France, this is headline news. Mr Strauss-Kahn was a contender for

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the French presidency. Supporters are already hoping he could return

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to political life. He would be welcome in France. I think the

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people here will have for him greater admiration than before

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because he has shown during this period great qualities of courage.

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It has been a gruelling six weeks for Mr Strauss-Kahn. From top

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global finance official to criminal defendant, now he is hoping to

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rehabilitate his reputation. And Matt Wells joins us from

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outside the court now. The defence say one thing, the prosecution say

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another. Is there a case against him or not? The case still exists

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and the charges are still there. He left court a lot freer than when he

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went into court but the charges still stand and he will be back

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later in the month to answer to them. The entire credibility of the

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case relies on the good character and the believability of this woman,

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and that has been severely tested in the last 24 hours by these

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reports leaked to newspapers from law enforcement authorities. It is

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the prosecution itself that is expressing these doubts. The

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defence all along was saying she had questions to answer and was

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going to be an unreliable witness potentially, but the power of her

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testimony will be the thing that that is brought into question,

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there will be further erosion that will be difficult for these charges

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to stick. The Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi

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has threatened to carry out attacks in Europe unless NATO stops its

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campaign of air strikes against his regime in Libya. Colonel Gaddafi,

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whose voice you can hear, delivered the warning on Friday in a message

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played to thousands of his supporters gathered in the main

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square of the capital, Tripoli. It was one of the apparently largest

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pro-government rallies in recent weeks. Our correspondent is in

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Tripoli and joins us now. This is the first time, it would seem, that

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Colonel Gaddafi has made this direct threat to the West. Yes, I

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think it is and it was, as far as we can tell from this speech, which

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was made by telephone life to the square this evening to tens of

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thousands of his supporters gathered in the middle of Tripoli,

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during that live speech via telephone he made some very direct

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threat to NATO and European countries taking part in the

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campaign. He said "we will take this battle to Europe to target

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your homes, offices and families. We can move on you like locusts".

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This is the first time we have heard from Colonel Gaddafi in quite

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some time and it is the largest rally we have seen here in Tripoli

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for some weeks. The regime is claiming there were up to 2 million

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people, that seems a large exaggeration, but there were tens

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of thousands of supporters out here in what was clearly an attempt by

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the regime to show it still enjoys widespread support in the Libyan

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capital. Thank you. In Syria, tens of thousands of

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people have again taken to the streets calling for President

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Bashar al-Assad to leave office. Demonstrations were held across the

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country after Friday prayers. According to one human rights

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agency three people were killed during a military operation near to

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the Turkish border. Moroccans have been voting in a referendum on a

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draft constitution put forward by King Mohammed in response to pro-

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democracy protests. The king says the new constitution would give

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more power to the prime minister and parliament. Critics say it does

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not go far enough and called for a boycott.

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The Chinese Communist Party is marking its 90th anniversary. Gala

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performances and special television programmes have been part of the

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celebrations. In an address, President Hu Jintao has warned

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Party members that they must fight corruption to retain the support

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and trust of the people. The mystery surrounding the health

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of the Venezuelan President took another twist when he revealed he

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is being treated for cancer in Cuba. Previously he had said he had been

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operated on for a pelvic abscess. His government insists he is fully

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it's a rat -- exercising his authority but his opponents are

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questioning his ability to do so and the constitutional legality of

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his actions. Since President Hugo Chavez was first sworn into office

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over 12 years ago, he has been the strong man a Venezuelan politics. A

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charismatic talker who understands the power of publicity, the

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President has remained the one and only focal point of the government.

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Potential rivals from within his own party have been kept from the

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limelight by regular cabinet reshuffles. Those who have retained

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their jobs are completely loyal, but his announcement that he is

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being treated for cancer has shown a chink in his armour. TRANSLATION:

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This is a major intervention performed without complications,

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after which I am recovering successfully while I keep receiving

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complementary therapies to combat the various types of cells found,

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and so continue on the path to my full recovery. Opposition

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politicians have called into question his ability to govern from

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abroad while he is recovering. But the President insists he has been

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able to carry out his duties as head of state while he recuperates.

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A top military official went on Venezuelan television to give

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assurances that the President had the full support of the army, and

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that President Chaves remains in charge of the country. After the

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President won a pivotal referendum in 2009 to scrap presidential term

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limits, many thought he would be in power for years to come but his

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ill-health now calls that into question.

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With me now from Washington is the President Emeritus of the Inter-

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American Dialogue, Peter Hakim. Taking the President out of the

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equation, what does that mean? means you have no leader, no rules,

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and after 12 years of Hugo Chavez, no real institutions in the country.

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You have a classic political vacuum and very difficult to predict how

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this will work the room. Does the Venezuelan constitution have

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anything to say about whether her head of state can perform his

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duties from a different country? Whatever the constitution says on

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that, I think that no one would take that as a terribly strong

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restriction. The rules have been broken so often, and what Hugo

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Chavez says is what is taken as the rule. With his control over the

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judicial system and virtually every other source of power and decision

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in Venezuela, I wouldn't think that would beat any obstacle. If he can

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sit up in bed and communicate orders, he will essentially try to

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manage things from Venezuela, less well than he would obviously from

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Caracas. Was it 2002 when there was that failed coup attempt against

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him? You speak of this vacuum - could his opponents try to mount

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something similar again? I suspect not. A lot of time has gone by. For

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the first time the opposition really has been able to organise

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itself. They are promising now to run a single candidate. There are

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elections next year. I don't think they will want to do anything that

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will upset their plans for contesting the 2012 elections.

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about other people trying to fill the vacuum in his absence? Isn't

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there his older brother? Isn't he already a governor in the country?

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Could he exploit the family name at this moment? That is a clever

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Association of Venezuela's and Cuba, Fidel Castro's brother took over

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from him but I think it is a stretch in Venezuela. He has

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occupied very secondary positions in the government, rarely mentioned

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as a successor. In fact nobody is mentioned as a successor to Hugo

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Chavez and he doesn't really have any strong institutional base, the

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brother. I think what you will be seeing in Venezuela or effete Hugo

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Chavez remains outside the country for much longer, you are going to

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see the beginnings of a struggle for position, for striving to put

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one's self- in the position to replace Hugo Chavez. This has

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happened in numerous other situations and I think it is clear

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that the people in the top Tia of the government will be jockeying

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for position with each other. Thank you for your analysis. Kate-

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mania has broken out in Canada, as the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge

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embark on their first official tour overseas as a married couple.

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Prince William, who's second in line to the British throne, had

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lasted visited Canada as a young teenager with his mother, the late

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Princess Diana. But this was his wife, Catherine's first visit to

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North America. At some point today he would have thought of her. The

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mother whom he lost when he was 15, and his 50th birthday would have

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been today. So much has come into William's life since then, most

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importantly, this woman, Catherine. On this second day of their first

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overseas tour together on Canada's national day, she was dressed in

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Canada's national colours of red and white. They went first to a

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ceremony to grant Canadian citizenship to 25 people from

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countries around the world. Each one was presented with Canadian

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flags by the couple. Then into a horse-drawn carriage. What memories

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that may have evoked of central London two months ago, for the ride

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to Parliament Hill in Ottawa, where every year Canada's National Day is

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celebrated with an outdoor pageant. This year the crowds were possibly

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bigger than ever before. There to celebrate their country's 144th

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birthday, and to welcome the guests of honour. While Canada's Governor-

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General concentrated on the guard of honour, but -- the crowds

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shouted for Will and Kate. The couple made their way to the stage,

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where they stood together to sing the British national anthem, and to

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celebrate the nearly 150 years of Canadian heritage and a crown which

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is based across the ocean. According to opinion polls, around

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50 % of Canadians think the monarchy is a relic from colonial

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times. So, a question. Can William and Kate make the monarchy seem

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more relevant to people here? think William and Kate can put a

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new face to the monarchy. They are very approachable, they are young,

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vibrant. I think they are a lot like all of us. That's what

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attracts people to them. They remind me of a Lady Diana. They

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carried the same charm and dignity that she carried, and the way they

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are able to connect with the people. On July 1st, 2011, the day Diana

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would have been 50, her eldest son can reassure himself that judging

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by this crowd he and his wife, Catherine, are ensuring her legacy

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lives on in today's Royal Family. From the newly wed British royal

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couple to another Royal Wedding. The principality of Monaco saw its

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ruler Prince Albert marry his bride, the South African Olympic swimmer

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Charlene Wittstock. The couple had a civil marriage today, and on

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Saturday they will have a Church ceremony. Lavish celebrations are

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planned for the weekend. Here, a senior cabinet minister has caused

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a bit of a stir by calling on businesses in the UK to take on

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more British workers rather than hiring from abroad. The Work and

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Pensions Secretary, Iain Duncan Smith, says young people here

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should be given a chance. But business groups insist that firms

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need the best people and that migrants often have a better work

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ethic and skills. Give the Brits a chance. That's the minister's

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demand. He's promising we will get the workless of benefits, but

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British businesses need to help get them out of the jobs queue by

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actively looking for UK employees. What Iain Duncan Smith wants is

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this. An immigration system that gives the unemployed, particularly

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the young unemployed, a level playing field so they have a chance

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to take the work when it's available. If we don't get this

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right, I think in our country and I suspect here as well, then we risk

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leaving our citizens, particularly young people, out of work.

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Duncan Smith made this beach in Spain. 1000 miles away in York, he

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reached a supportive audience. shouldn't be able to come in our

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country and get a job what people like me, other people like me in

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York need jobs desperately. I don't mind them coming over here, I've

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got nothing against them coming here. But I think it should go to

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us first. So who gets the extra jobs created in the UK? Last year,

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an extra 416,000 people were employed in Britain. Of those,

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77,000 were born in the UK. But 334,000 were born overseas. Over

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half of those were from the EU, partly the result of the decision

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to allow the new eastern European members of the Union the automatic

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right to work here. But as Polish supermarkets appeared in Britain,

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one reason there were more jobs is that more migrants were here

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looking for work, and doing the jobs that Brits wouldn't do. Having

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lunch at a Polish cafe in London, his accountant is here. Her clients

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are mainly small, Polish run businesses. Far from taking jobs,

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she says... Of they employed people, they create jobs. English people

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demand quite a lot because they feel they can. I understand that is

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fine. But the Polish people are coming over and having a job, they

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are very happy they've got the job. The Polish builder has firmly

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entered the popular consciousness. But businesses have got used to

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looking for employees overseas. Clearly, when you have these bright,

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young Eastern Europeans who really want to work, have very good

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customer services skills, employers are going to turn to them. Quite

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rightly. These businesses are competing in a globalised economy.

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The government has introduced a new cap on skilled workers from outside

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the EU. Labour says that policy is in disarray. But today's speech

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seemed designed to convince businesses that home-grown is

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better. Joining us to talk about the global workforce is Jonas

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Prisin, he was born in Sweden and has worked for Manpower all over

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the world. Does it make sense when a country is in top times, high

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unemployment and that kind of thing, to say, let our own people get the

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jobs even if it's at the expense of other European workers? It's a

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challenging paradox because we are coming out of a recession with high

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unemployment in particular in developed countries. But at the

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same time, an increasing number of employers are finding it difficult

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to find the right talent. And talent mobility in general, and we

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believe also strategic Migration in particular, is a good idea to fill

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some of that gap. But you know some people say that immigrants,

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particularly those from Eastern Europe, have a stronger work ethic

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and perhaps they do jobs that the locals don't want to do. What do

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you do - forced the locals to do those jobs even if they don't want

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to? I think that the aspects of... Do have a number of different

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things happening. You have a talent and skills mismatch a caring, which

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means there are not enough people with the right skills who are able

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to do the job that companies want them to do. And you also have

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aspects of the local labour force, who may choose not to do some of

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the work. You have to approach this with policies that clearly

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encourage the local labour force to want to and to have to get into

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those kinds of positions. But at the same time, allow companies to

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access talent pools where ever they may be, within a country or outside

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the country if that is a requirement. You've worked in

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several continents, is there any country you can think of that

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really says, we are going to pick the best people for this job

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regardless of class, colour, race, ethnicity, nationality - we're just

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going to pick the best people for the job? There are a number of

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countries that have a very clearly articulated strategic immigration

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policy. If you think of countries such as Australia, Singapore... But

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also within Europe itself we have a great deal of mobility. A mobility

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of skills that are in need, where for various reasons they cannot be

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filled locally. I think the European Union in itself is a very

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good example of what labour mobility can do in terms of

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allowing individuals find gainful employment whenever they wish, as

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well as companies attracting talent that have the right skills as well

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as the predisposition to go and work in those positions where ever

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they may live or come from Wateridge any -- originally. This

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weekend, Hollywood studio executives will be closely

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monitoring the box office returns of a newly released 3D film -

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Although they're expecting ticket

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sales to be strong, the interest of American audiences in most 3-D

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movies is down, so the big studios are worried. Talking Movies' Tom

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Brook reports. Transformers: Dark Of The Moon was just one of 163 D

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pictures being released by the studios during Hollywood's

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blockbuster season. Here we go! Everybody involved in the film has

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been relentlessly touting its 3D credentials. I don't like 3D, I

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haven't yet to see a movie that has enhanced the medium. But this is

:24:46.:24:50.

different. I'm not just saying that because I'm in it. This is the

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perfection of 3D. The reason for the hype, an attempt to overcome

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audience apathy. When James Cameron's 3D Avatar arrived 18

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months ago, audiences were damp -- ballast -- dazzled by its imagery.

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But since then most 3D films have disappointed. The special effects

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on worth that much more money. think it's a waste of money. People

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are being robbed. Declining interest in 3D films has made the

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studios nervous. I think that the honeymoon for 3D is over. The

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percentage of gross coming from the Prix de Ski -- screens is getting

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less and less with every film. What was a novelty and interesting a

:25:32.:25:36.

year ago was now becoming commonplace. Part of the problem

:25:36.:25:42.

has been too many 3D films not conceived in 3D but converted up

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from to be in post production as an afterthought. I think 3D as a

:25:45.:25:51.

format has been hurt by a lot of mediocrity. It's important for the

:25:51.:25:55.

industry that this format gets to see it handled the right way.

:25:55.:26:00.

Strangely, while interest in 3D is winning in the US, its flourishing

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in many countries outside America where exploitation of the format is

:26:03.:26:08.

at an earlier stage. Analysts think interest could soon dwindle.

:26:08.:26:13.

people see up to five bad 3D movies in a row, no matter what country or

:26:13.:26:18.

continent you live on, you are going to get sick of 3D. Industry

:26:18.:26:20.

insiders see Transformers: Dark Of The Moon as a significant movie in

:26:20.:26:24.

the evolution of 3D. The film's director boasts his film will

:26:24.:26:28.

reacquaint audiences what the full potential of 3D not witnessed since

:26:28.:26:33.

Avatar. To do 3D well costs a lot of money, takes a lot of time and

:26:33.:26:37.

takes a lot of people. Many of these movies, they are doing this

:26:37.:26:42.

as an afterthought. This movie is doing it from the beginning.

:26:42.:26:44.

even a 3D ticket sales for Transformers: Dark Of The Moon are

:26:44.:26:47.

very strong, experts say it's going to be the exception rather than the

:26:47.:26:57.
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rule. Three-day -- 3D they say is I must go and take a look at one

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myself and put those spectacles on. We've got a very settled spell of

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weather currently with most places being dry, fined and with more

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sunshine around. As we look to the weekend, that will continue with

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the dry theme, some sunny spells, or due to high pressure which is

:27:31.:27:35.

well and truly in charge of our weather. The cloud is picking up

:27:35.:27:39.

across Eastern Counties and there's the risk of a few light showers.

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After a sunny start on Saturday, again the cloud does tend to

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increase. We can't rule out a light shower across eastern counties of

:27:46.:27:50.

England. They are very few and far between, they will be short-lived.

:27:50.:27:55.

Most places will be dry Anne Fine. Temperatures in London on Saturday

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a bit like Friday at 22 degrees. Most places having light winds but

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through the afternoon we will see some sea breezes developing around

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the south coast. Temperatures in Barnstaple about 19 Celsius. The

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afternoon is looking a bit cloudier but the sun is still quite strong,

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so it's going to stay bright through the afternoon. But Northern

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Ireland, the best of that sunshine across the south-east corner. It's

:28:20.:28:23.

day is always more of a cast through north-west Scotland with a

:28:23.:28:27.

few spots of patchy, light rain. Further south across Scotland it

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