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D this is BBC World News Today, with me Kirsty Lang. On the

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defensive, media mogul Rupert Murdoch is forced to condemn one of

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his own papers for despicable behaviour, as it emerged the

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victims of the London bombings also had their phones hacked. It is a

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violation, isn't it? I still don't know what I think about it, other

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than I'm really angry, really angry. A host of major companies are now

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pulling advertise from the newspaper. We'll be talking to one

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of them. The first woman to head the IMF, Christine Lagarde, says

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she's the first -- the right person to improve the organisation's image.

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No chance of survive - the UN says children fleeing the drought in

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Somalia are dying as they reach a Kenyan refugee camp. We look at the

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controversial works of painter Cy Twombly, who passed away after six

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Hello. Welcome, he's the most powerful media mogul in the world

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wTV stations, newspapers and film stations across the world. Rupert

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Murdoch has found himself under fire for the actions of one small

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element of his newspaper. Today he condemned the actions of his own

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paper he said what News of the World had done hacking phones and

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paying police officers were information was deplorable and

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unacceptable. It follows statements follow the families of victims of

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the London bombings may have been targeted by the paper. Yes, there

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was worse to come. Joining the list of those warned their phones may

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have been hacked on behalf of the News of the World, the families of

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the loved ones blown apart on 7/7. My mind went back to 2005 and the

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real emotionalor moil and state we were in and somebody waslyening to

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-- the emotional or moil and state we were in and somebody was

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listening into it. Also on the list the parents of

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Holly and Jessica. And Milly Dowler, whose parents were given false hope

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she was still alive when her voice messages were deleted after her

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phone was allegedly hacked by a private investigator. Last night,

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the Prime Minister returned from Afghanistan to learn of the brewing

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storm. This morning, he worked out his answer for the question he knew

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would be coming. Given the gravity of what has occurred, will the

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Prime Minister support the calls for a full independent public

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inquiry to take place as soon as practicable and into the culture

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and practises of British newspapers? Let me be very clear,

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yes, we do need to have an inquiry, possibly inquiries into what has

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happened. Let us be clear, we are no longer talking here about

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politicians and celebrities. We are talking about murder victims,

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potentially terrorist victims having their phones hacked into it

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is disgusting. What happened in the news room at the News of the World

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is being investigated by 50 police officers. Now there are to be

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inquiries into why the police took so long to take this seriously and

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the much wider question of what is wrong with the British media?

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Rupert Murdoch's competitors have complained about him for years. No

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politician with the prospect of power dared to do it.

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After all, he didn't just control of the News of the World, but the

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Sun, the Times and the Sunday Times. Today felt like a day when all that

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might be about to change. At the helm of Rupert Murdoch's empire is

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Rebekah Brooks, editor of the News of the World, at the time of the

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alleged hacking of Milly Dowler and the murder victims of Soham.

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There were suggests she was away at the time. Her successor as editor

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of the News of the World was Andy Coulson, who went on to be David

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Cameron's Director of Communications. Last night, News

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International said e-mails it had given to the police allegedly

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showed he sanctioned tens of thousands of pounds of payments to

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police officers. At Question Time, the Labour leader called on the

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Prime Minister to join him in calling for Brooks to quit. David

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Cameron refused. Next, he was asked about hi former right-hand man.

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the public is to have confidence in him, he's got to accept that he

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made a catastrophic error of judgment by bringing Andy

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Coulson.... Into the heart of his Downing Street machine. I take full

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responsibility for everyone I employ, for everyone I appoint. I

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take responsibility for everything my Government does. What this

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Government is doing is making sure that the fact the public and I felt

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so appalled by what has happened, murder victims, terrorist vibg

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ticks who have had their phones hacked is quite disgraceful. It is

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important there is a full police investigation, with all the powers

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they need. This all began with the imprisonment four years ago of the

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News of the World's world editor, imprisononed too this man, Glenn

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Mulcaire. I made a statement yesterday. Due

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to legal constraints, unfortunately at this stage I can make no more

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comment at the moment. It is his notes and private phone numbers

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which have fuelled this saga. That and the mounting anger of MPs who

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allege the police simply did not want to investigation what he'd

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done. I think a lot of lies have been told to a lot of people. When

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police officers tell lies, or at least half-truths to ministers of

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the Crown and then Parliament ends up being misled, I think that is a

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major constitutional issue for us to face. Tonight, Rupert Murdoch

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issued a statement describing what had happened as "deplorable and

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Murdoch's enemies have long claimed hofr is in power, he is the real --

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who ever is in power, he is the real puppet master. No-one knows

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how this extraordinary drama will end.

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So what impact will the phone hacking scandal have on News

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Corporation? Well a growing number of big companies, Ford Mitsubishi

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have decided not to publish adverts in the News of the World this

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weekend. This report contains some flash

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photography. Vauxhall, Ford, Mitsubishi and other big companies

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with big brands, they've said they don't want to advertise in the News

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of the World this weekend because they don't want to be associated

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with the shocking revelations about how the newspaper obtained stories.

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For News International, owner of the News of the World, a

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reputational crisis looks like it could become a financial problem.

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This is a crisis for News of the World. Advertisers at this moment

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deciding whether to appear in News of the World this Sunday. I don't

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think all will pull out. If it's not effectively dealt with this

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weekend, I think it could grow. Surely this is a small problem for

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Rupert Murdoch, chairman of News Corporation, which owns News

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International. The global revenues of his media empire are more than

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�20 billion. The worry for him is contagion from what he described as

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the deplorable alleged wrong doing of the News of the World, to other

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big ambitions, including his planned takeover of British Sky

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Broadcasting. The public will not accept the idea that with this

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scandal engulfing the News of the World and News International that

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the Government should, in the coming days, in the coming days, be

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making a decision outside of the normal processes for them to take

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control of one of the biggest media organises in the country.

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Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation wants to buy the 61% of British Sky

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Broadcasting it doesn't already own. My sources tell me that BskyB's

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board took the view that they would have to pay �9.6 billion for these

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shares. Following today's confirmation by Ofcom, the media

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regulator, it has a duty to be satisfied that the holder of a

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broadcast license is fit and proper, there is a risk that the takeover

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could be blocked or unscrambled. So, B Sky B's directors may insist that

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Newscorp pay more to compensate for the risk that the deal may never

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have. Which provides an incentive for Mr Murdoch and News Corporation

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to delay the takeover, pending greater clarity on whether they

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will be seen by the regulator as suitable owners of Sky, in the

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light of whatever shocking disclosures are made about how the

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News of the World obtained its stories.

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Well, that was our business editor. I am joined now by the Mitsubishi

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spokesperson here in the UK. He's the general manager of

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communications. Mr Wertheim. What led you to take this decision? We

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know that News of the World has been involved in scandals for years.

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The phone hacking allegations have been around for some time. Why now?

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We felt that sometimes you just know in life when a line has been

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crossed. Yesterday evening we felt that the behaviour that was

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continuing to emerge about News of the World's practises was none less

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than despicable and that line had been crossed. We felt we had to do

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something about it which was in our control. Did you consider pulling

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advertising from all of News International or just News of the

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World? Because our actions are based around the News of the

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World's actions then we have localised it to that organisation.

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We recognise that other enterprises are separate entities. For now the

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News of the World is the only person being affected by that.

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painful will this be for News of the World - what sort of money are

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we talking about? In terms of the vast spend,ours may be a small

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amount. We will see how far it goes. There are other organisations which

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are pulling out advertising spend. Is moral revulsion really the

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reason you are pulling adds, or is it because you feel consumers may

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boycott Mitsubishi if it was seen to be advertising in the News of

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the World? Absolutely not. Last night when we made the decision we

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felt personally they had gone across the line. We actually stated

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our intentions on Twitter and Facebook yesterday evening. As a

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result of the Facebook post, one of our fans suggested that we take the

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advertising spend that we would have given to News of the World and

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actually give that to a charity. We have taken to be a great idea. That

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is what we're doing as well. That was not done as a PR spin. We did

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it because we thought it was a fantastic idea from one of our

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followers. We put our money where our mouth is. Thank you very much.

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Let's look now at other news. Libyan rebels have taken control of

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the village of Gualish, 100kms south-west of Tripoli. It is a

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crucial step towards the larger garrison town of Garyan, which

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controls the main road towards the capital. The rebels say they have

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captured several pro-Government soldiers as well. To get more,

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let's talk to our correspondent live from the Western Desert. Mark,

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is this a significant advance by the rebels? I think it's a

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potentially significant development rather than a major advance. The

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village of Gualish is important to the rebels. It is along the way

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they would like to go to a major garrison town and controls one of

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the main north-south roads through Libya and leads to Tripoli. They've

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been trying to take this village for several days now. It is now

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confirmed they have advanced into it and taken part of it. It is a

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big sprawling village. It spreads over several bits of mountain. They

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have not taken all of it. They have advanced. They are claiming it is a

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victory. It is more of a potentially -- it is more of a

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development rather than a victory. Thank you very much. The South

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Korean city of Pyeongchang has been chosen to host the Olympic Games of

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2018. It was selected in the first round of voting ahead of Munich in

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Germany and Annecy in France. The winter games have been held in Asia

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twice before, both times in Japan. New rules at reducing the price cap

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between using a mobile home at -- mobile phone at home and abroad

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have been proposed. They want to cut roaming charges and text

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messages sent or data downloaded when travelling in Europe. New

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lower price caps could come into force in stages.

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The new head of the international mon fri fund, -- the International

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Monetary Fund, Christine Lagarde, has said that the economy was

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turning around. In an interview with our correspondent she

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discussed our plans and the future of the eurozone.

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Christine Lagarde, you are here, the first woman managing director.

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What will you change around here? Second day. The first week. Only

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the second day. I will try to engage as many people as possible.

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What I know about the fund, as a shareholder, as a member, as a

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client, which I was for the past six years or so, there are multiple

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talents. Extremely smart individuals. A lot of expertise. A

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lot of background on difficulties and ways to recover, or ways not to

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recover. And my first priority will be to engage people. Just to go to

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the big challenge - the eurozone, I think no serious observer looking

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at the situation in the eurozone, not just Greece, but other

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countries, thinks that you can get out of this ultimately without a

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very big reduction in the value of the sovereign debt, particularly of

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Greece, but probably other countries. That will be paid for by

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either the private investors holding that debt or by European

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Governments. Do you think that your former colleagues, the European

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leaders, have understood that, that there has to be a reduction in the

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It is a matter for everyone, not just me or the IMF. Including

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investors? The private sector, international institutions, they

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will be asked to participate and contribute. It will have to be

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cohesive and not at hoc as sometimes has been the case.

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Interesting you say that. You do not think that a solution has been

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reached? You think there will need to be a comprehensive solution?

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is an ongoing process. For example, they is a programme on the way,

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before the review is scheduled for this coming Friday at the board

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meeting. We will see whether there has been appropriate delivery of

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the undertakings by Greece and we will decide or not to release the

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5th. It is an ongoing process. lot of concerns about Portugal and

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the downgrading based on the assumption that there will be a

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second MLA -- IMF European bailout. Are you confident there will not be

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one? I'm very confident on the fact that the Portuguese programme,

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which is a very strong one, is supported by all political forces

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in Portugal. The fact that the political party in government

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reached out to the opposition and the opposition was prepared to join

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and embark in the negotiations and in the partnership that was put

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together a, I think is a very significant strength. If Portugal

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delivers on the commitments it has made, it will restore its position.

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I'm convinced of it. Christine Lagarde talking to our

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Economics Editor, Stephanie Flanders. Well, in Ms Lagarde in-

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tray at IMF will be Portugal's growing debt problem. Today the

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European Union has criticised a major credit ratings agency over

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its decision to downgrade. Portugal's government debt to junk

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status. The agency Moody's said Lisbon was unlikely to meet its

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debt reduction targets and would need a second bailout.

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An appeal will be launched on Friday by the UK-based Disasters

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Emergency Committee to raise money to help the millions of people

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affected by a severe drought in the Horn of Africa. Parts of Somalia,

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Uganda, Kenya and Ethiopia have been officially declared a crisis

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zone. More than 300,000 people in desperate need of food and water

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are now staying at the Dadaab Refugee camp in Kenya. -- 300

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people. It's the largest camp of its kind in the world, and our

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correspondent, Ben Brown sent this report from there.

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Among the refugees at this camp, there are hundreds of lost children

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and orphans. Some got separated from their families on the loch --

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long walk from Somalia. Others like this boy and his sister no longer

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have any parents: Their father died in Somalia's civil war and last

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month, their mother was killed as well. TRANSLATION: It is better

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here because in Somalia, there was a war. We had no relatives there so

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we fled here. We now have a foster mother to look after us. In the

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camp's Hospital, these children have parents and precious little

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else. Drought and war mean that their bodies have been horribly

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weakened by malnutrition. By the time they reached this clinic, it

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can be too late. The doctors in his clinic are

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working frantically to save as many lives as they can, but too often

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they have to register the names of their patients here in this, the

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clinic's death book. Inside, the names of the children who have died

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recently are registered by date. On some days, two or even three

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children here have lost their fight for life. The causes of their death

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of registered as a variety of illnesses, but the report is always

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the same thing: Chronic malnutrition.

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This baby is one year old and is so frail that it is causing doctors

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serious concern. TRANSLATION: We need food, water, medicine, shelter

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and everything else that human beings need. We are never going

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back to Somalia. Hospital staff told me they are under resourced

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and overstretched and they need the world to help. They Donkey drawn

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cart is the makeshift ambulance to bring in fresh casualties to this

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clinic. It is not only children, but the elderly who of and it --

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one report to malnutrition. This crowd, -- this drought is killing

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young and old alike. Ben Brown at a refugee camp in

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Kenya. The American artist Cy Twombley was

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known for his huge highly coloured, scribbled canvases. It was

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announced last night that he had died in Rome aged 83. Twombly

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studied in New York in the late 40s and early 50s when abstract

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expressionism was at its height. He was part of a group of young

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artists that included Jasper Johns. Twombley moved to Italy in 1957 and

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remained there for the rest of his life. This report from Anna

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Holligan. He was a modernist master,

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challenging traditions with his swivels. Cy Twombley worked in

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abstract using oils, pencils and crayons to create these repetitive

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lines. Blurring the separation between drawing and painting. But

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all this did not happen by chance. In 1954, he was conscripted into

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the US Army where he trained as a trichologist. During this time, he

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started to explore the techniques of free association and spontaneity.

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These were developed by the Surrealists involved in drawing in

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the dark. Gradually, a technique emerged and the work now, so unique

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it hardly needs to be signed. Born in the USA, Italy was his adopted

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homeland. His work was inspired by the landscapes of Europe. Today, it

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is on show all over the world. The Twitter tributes reflect his

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continued global relevance. A massive loss for the collective

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This one reflects the opinion of many, calling Cy Twombley the

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Joining me now is the Guardian's Art Critic, Jonathan Jones.

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What made Cy Twombley a great artist? He brought painted into

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life and kept it alive at a time when people thought it was dying or

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dead. Not only painting, but a kind of grand historical conception of

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painting that goes back to Rubens. His choice to move from America to

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Rome was clearly a choice to live in a world of the Old Masters and

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the classical tradition. His work is saturated in references to that.

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But it is not just a cold classicism, and it is certainly not

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an academic style, he is extremely earthy and fleshy. Some of his

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pictures, he was the first graffiti artist. His idea of graffiti is an

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obscenity a lot of the time. They are obscene doodles combined with a

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quotation, some from the classical orders forced off a lot of people

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will look at the picture we are looking at now and say, that is a

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bunch of squiggles that anyone could do. That does not seem part

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of the greats. That is what is so fantastic about him. He really did

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carry the great Jewish and forward, but at the same time, you could

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never call him Conservative. -- the great tradition forward. I read

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something online about him just being a doodle a great artist. He

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came out of the American abstract tradition. In some ways, he was the

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Jackson Pollock of his time. He made American art famous in the

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1950s. He came directly after that tradition. He was the heir to

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Pollock and he had -- they were both very great artists. You have

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to look at his command of colour. Anyone who says he is splashing it

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about, he is a great colourist. What about the use of writing and

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text, which is presumably another reason why be talking -- about him

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as a graffiti artist? It was an extremely important element in

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complex ways. One way, he was a very private man and a real

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intellectual. You could tell he obviously deeply loved poetry. The

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quiet -- the quotations he put in his paintings are not just dry

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things. They are usually about love and death. The important thing

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about him, the recent that he loved language and poetry was that he

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wanted to be an abstract artist, but he also wanted to be about the

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human things that matter. Such things like love, death and history.

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I'm afraid that is all we have time for, thank you very much.

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A drawing by Picasso, thought to be worth �100,000, has been stolen

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from an art gallery in San Francisco. Police are looking for a

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man who walked into the Weinstein Gallery, took the pencil drawing

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"Tete de Femme" - Head of a Woman - off the wall, and then disappeared

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in a taxi. A reminder of our main news. The

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British Prime Minister has backed opposition calls for an independent

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inquiry into the phone hacking scandal that's engulfing Rupert

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Murdoch's British media group, News International. One of its papers,

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The News of the World, is accused of paying to hack into mobile phone

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messages - such as those of a missing schoolgirl who was later

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found murdered, and those of relatives of the victims of the

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2005 bombings in London. Well, that's all from the programme.

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Next the weather. But for now from me Zeinab Badawi and the rest of

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Hello. There's more wet and blustery weather sweeping north an

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east across much of the UK overnight. Tomorrow it is back to

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the mixture of sunshine, but also some beefy, hefty showers around.

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Low pressure sitting across the United Kingdom for Wednesday. That

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is why we have all the showers swirling around that area of low

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pressure. For many areas the showers will move through on the

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breeze. For Northern Ireland and south-west Scotland, very close to

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the centre of that low pressure, there's barely a breath of wind.

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The rain will stick around. This is the picture at 4pm in the afternoon.

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There are showers dotted around across much of England and Wales.

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As is ever the case with showers it is not a constant rain. There are

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gaps between the showers. Inbetween you get to see occasional sunshine.

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17-18 Celsius is the temperature across much of the UK.

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Catch a shower, it could be thundery. There could be some hail.

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They will tend to move on. For Northern Ireland and south-west

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Scotland, here they send to stick around. There is a risk here of

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getting caught in a heavy, torrential downpour. It is no hurry

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to move on somewhere else. Perhaps not so many showers the further

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