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This is BBC World News Today with me, Zeinab Badawi. The phone-

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hacking scandal leads to another high-profile police resignation in

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Britain. Assistant Commissioner John Yates steps down a day after

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his boss. The Prime Minister, David Cameron, returns early from an

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official trip Africa to brief MPs on the crisis. The relationship

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between politicians and media has not been right and this issue, it

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has stopped on my watch and I am determined to get to the bottom of

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it. And to put these things right. Sean Hoare, a formula Note -- news

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of the will reporter and source of some phone hacking allegations, has

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been found dead. -- News of the World. A leaked UN report accuses

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the Sudanese government of committing a series of atrocities

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in South Kordofan. It rejects the findings. Why the government in

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Madrid believes this monument to the Spanish dictator General Franco

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may have outlived its sell-by date. Hello and welcome. There has been a

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further development in the phone hacking scandal. In the past few

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minutes, the former News of the World reporter, Sean four, has been

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found dead at his home. He was at the heart of the scandal after

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accusing the former editor Andy Coulson of an encouraging staff to

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intercept phone messages in pursuit of the stories. Andy Coulson has

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denied allegations of wrongdoing. The government here has instigated

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a review into police corruption in the wake of the phone-hacking

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scandal. The two most senior police officers in London, Sir Paul

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Stephenson and his deputy, John Yates, resigned within a day of

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each other. Both men have insisted they've done nothing wrong and have

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not themselves been accused of committing illegal acts. Let's get

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more on the development of the death of Sean whore. -- Hoare. He

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was one of the very first people to speak up on us? He was found dead

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this morning at 10:40am by police after reports that somebody was

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unwell at his property. He was a man who was a former News of the

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World journalist, the showbiz reporter, who initially was one of

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the first people to claim that Andy Coulson, the editor, had known

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about the phone hacking. He made his claims when interviewed by the

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BBC, he was somebody that hoped the whole issue of phone hacking would

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lead to tabloid journalism being cleaned up. Recently he said the

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process of pinging it mobile phones by journalists to enable them to

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find out what the targets were at any one time. Has anyone said

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there's anything suspicious about his death? It isn't being treated

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as suspicious, he had a serious drink and drugs problem and a

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colleague who spoke to him 10 days ago was told that he had actually

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until recently been told he was terminally ill. That might explain

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a possible cause of his death, he might have taken his own life or

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some other cause. None of that has been confirmed. Police say that the

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death of this man isn't suspicious. Whatever the circumstances, it does

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add to the sense of drama? Thank you very much indeed. There is

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widespread unease in Britain that the relationship between the police,

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the press and the politicians has become too cosy. Nick Robinson

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looks at the main developments... He is no longer, resounding one day

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after his bus. The Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Sir Paul

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Stephenson. Both paying the price for failing to get to grips with

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the hacking scandal. So said the mayor of London. I regret to say

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that I have come off the phone to John Yates, who is tendering his

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resignation. I believe that both decisions are regrettable but I'm

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afraid that in both cases, the right call has been it. Boris

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Johnson insisted that both men had jumped and were not pushed. But he

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made it abundantly clear that he had done everything to encourage

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them. It became clear to both men that the issues of questions and

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circumstances would make it difficult for them to continue to

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do their jobs in the way that they wanted. John Yates began the day

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determined not to resign. Telling colleagues he would not submit to

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trial by media. He ended it explaining why he was going. Those

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obviously take and the most difficult jobs clearly have to

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stand up and be counted when things go wrong. However, when we get

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things wrong, we say so. And we try to put them out. As I have said

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recently, it is a matter of great personal regret that this

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potentially affected by the phone hacking were not dealt with

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appropriately. Sadly, there continues to be a huge amount of

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inaccurate, ill-informed and on occasions downright malicious

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gossip being published about me personally. This has the potential

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to be as significant distraction in my current role as the National

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League for counter-terrorism. is the man who unwittingly caused

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the crisis at the net. Neil Wallace, arrested last week, was a deputy

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editor of the News of the world's. Scotland Yard had to would net that

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they had hired the man they had arrested to help improve their

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public relations, but it was rather too late for that. Last week, Sir

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Paul Stephenson went to Downing Street to discuss how to restore

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the image of the net. He been no mention of the force's relationship

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with the walls and when the Prime Minister found out he was furious.

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What has divided David Cameron and the men from the Metropolitan

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Police is oddly what also connects them - both hired the former News

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of the World meant to improve their image. David Cameron with Andy

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Coulson, the editor, and Andy Coulson's deputy, Neil Wallis,

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insisted he knew nothing about it and was hired by John Yates and Sir

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Paul Stephenson. Welcome. The Prime Minister is on an awkwardly timed

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trip to South Africa, cutting it a day short to return home to make

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David Cameron insisted there was no comparison between his behaviour

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and the Metropolitan Police. This situations are not the same in any

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shape or form. In terms of Andy Coulson, no one has argued that the

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work he did in government in any way was inappropriate or bad. He

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worked well in government, he then left government. There is a

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contrast, I would say, with the situation at the Metropolitan

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Police, were clearly the issues have been around, whether or not

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the investigation is being pursued properly. That is why I think Sir

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Paul reached a different conclusion. Tomorrow, the Murlough father-and-

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son fierce cross-questioning in the Commons and the hacking headlines

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just keep on coming. As the phone- hacking scandal develops here, what

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is already clear is that it has thrown light on the connections

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between the police, the politicians and the press. To talk about that,

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we're joined in the studio by former Scotland Yard undercover

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detective Peter Bleksey and from our Westminster studio by the

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Conservative MP Peter Bone. Some people have said this is the

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biggest crisis of confidence for decades in Scotland Yard?

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certainly has been an extraordinary day with the resignations and the

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fact that Parliament is being recalled and the Prime Minister

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changing his plans to deal with the issue. It is definitely a crisis

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and I think the Prime Minister was quite right to recall Parliament.

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Peter Bleksey, we have heard about corruption, nepotism, they will be

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a review into looking into this thing, but should people be

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surprised that there are allegations like this in the police

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force? Surely it has always been around? Corrupt cops or a way of

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life, and as much as there are purges from time to time,

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successful prosecutions from time to time, whenever there is

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opportunity, there will live corruption and that is a fact of

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life. Do you think that what we're seeing now, just the fact that it

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is as business as normal, or is it worse? Even somebody like you would

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have guessed? The rank and file officers that ice-pick to regularly

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complain to me that senior management at Scotland Yard seems

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to have lost its way. It seems to have become more obsessed with spin,

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with its PR image, and that side of what it does, rather than the

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actual policing. Which the troops on the ground would like them to

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focus on. Peter Bone, what to your constituents say to you? Do you

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think public trust in the forces in Britain has been severely

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undermined by this war are people saying, this is just isolated

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cases? Over the weekend, I was not being asked about this a lot. But I

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did meet with the grip of Northamptonshire Police officers

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and they were very concerned, the basic summary is that they are

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honest, of the highest integrity but of course every police officer

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is now accrued. Like every MP during the expenses scandal. In

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reality, it is only a very small number that are bent and it seems

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that you do need to have the inquiries and you need to get to

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the bottom of things and have prosecutions but you must remember

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that the vast bulk of police are doing a public service band putting

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their necks on the line every day. We have to get perspective.

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this into global perspective. You were in the force, you trained

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police officers all over the world and the British policeman has this

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reputation of probity. Internationally, how do our police

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compare? The compared to some of the forces I worked alongside, I

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think British police generally speaking can hold their heads up

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high. Certainly there was more endemic corruption in other

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countries that I experienced. However, when I went to the FBI

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headquarters in quanta coal into Jeannette and spent a lot of time

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out there with law enforcement officers, it was surprising how at

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the corruption over their was often the same as ours in the UK. But

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this particular episode, were we're talking about perhaps uncomfortable

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relationships with members of the press and perhaps the police being

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too politicised, their brother knew in the way they have come out.

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will be a hard job to do? Detectives need the media and the

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immediate needs detectives but just because that is how it has always

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been does not mean it should always be like that in the future. We need

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a wider structure and governance of policing, as Iain Blair has said?

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What we need is a different relationship between the police and

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the press and the Government and MPs. The relationship has gone

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completely wrong and amateur you can do that by regulation but if we

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can expose what is wrong, we can struck to deal with it. Thank you

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both very much. Tomorrow the focus will shift from Scotland Yard back

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to Parliament. Rupert Murdoch, his son, James, and one of his former

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executives, Rebekah Brooks, are due to appear before a Commons

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committee for what could be some hostile questioning. Tim Willcox

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looks at how quickly and suddenly the sands of British public life

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have shifted. Rupert Murdoch, for decades this political kingmaker

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has towered over British politics. But what is his influence now after

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a momentous 10 days? His bid for Britain's main satellite

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broadcaster withdrawn, his most profitable newspaper shot down and

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Rebekah Brooks, his former News International chief executive,

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arrested. Has this shifted the balance between politicians and the

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media in Britain? The relationship that became too close and cosy, we

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were all in this world wanting the support of newspaper groups and

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even broadcasting organisations. And when we're doing that, do we

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spend enough time asking questions about how they are regulated and

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malpractices and the rest of it? We did not and there is a new chance

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to do that. A spotlight has been focused on the relationship between

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the British political and media elite and revelations of private

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lunches and weekend invitations to Chequers. Now, politicians and

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former leaders are distancing themselves from the Murdoch empire.

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We have seen this shift the centre of gravity. I would also say that

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the politicians are probably quite pleased about that. They feel

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they're getting the Beast of their back. As Rupert and James Murlough

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and Rebekah Brooks prepare for Tuesday's Commons Select Committee,

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some describe this as a moment of catharsis for politicians that they

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say have feared and quoted the Murdoch empire in equal measure.

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But will the day-to-day dealings between politicians and lobby

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correspondents change? I do not think it will changed one bit. It

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will die down and the dust will settle and life will go on. Up the

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road, the House of Commons, the journalists and MPs all work under

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the same roof and the MPs ply their trade through us and they want

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their stories about and they want to attack upon it -- opposition and

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for the public to read about their policies. It's the only way. While

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some find the day-to-day relationship between hacks and MPs

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unpalatable, the real focus of public anger has been the

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undocumented meetings between media proprietors and Prime Minister is

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here at Number 10. Until last Friday, a private dinner with the

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Prime Minister in his flat upstairs match just that. Off the record,

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nobody knew what was discussed. have to distinguish between

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journalism on the one hand and what I listed call the press barons.

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What has gone wrong in the last 50 years is the press barons and

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proprietors, the people who own newspapers, have been cordon The

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Shots and deciding the editorial policy and even telling journalists

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had to write stories. That is wrong and that has to stop. The pressure

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on Rupert Murdoch remains intense. And on Tuesday, there are two key

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questions to be answered. Did they had any knowledge of the illegal

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activity at the News of the World and are they now committed to

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exposing it? How they answer these questions could have a significant

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impact on the future of British Now a look at some of the days

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other news. Seven Afghan policemen have been killed in southern

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Afghanistan. The attack happened in Lashkar Gar, an area due to be

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handed over to Afghan control later this week. The attack took place

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even as the American commander of Nato forces, General David Petraeus,

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handed over to his successor General John Allen. General

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Petraeus is leaving to become head of the CIA.

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The British Army is to be cut by nearly twenty thousand - reducing

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it to its smallest size in more than a hundred years. The defence

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secretary, Liam Fox, said reservists like the Territorial

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Army, would form nearly a third of the army by 2020.

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The authorities in Romania have been reassuring the public after

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more than sixty missile warheads were stolen from a train on

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Saturday. Security officials say the stolen warheads cannot be

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detonated because they are in component form without explosives.

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Nelson Mandela has been celebrating his 93rd birthday. He's been

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spending the day with family but his foundation urged people to do

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67 minutes of voluntary work - to represent the 67 years he devoted

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to South Africa's political struggle.

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The split of Sudan last week has left a host of problems in its wake.

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A South Kordofan which is on the border between the two countries

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has seen bloody fighting in recent weeks. Now a leaked UN report

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accuses Sudan of committing a series of atrocities in South

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Kordofan. The document talks of aerial bombardment and contains

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eyewitness reports of mass graves. The government told the BBC that it

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only bombed rebels, many of whom had sided with South Sudan during

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the long civil war between north and south. Images taken on a bar

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phones and smuggled out of the mountains but the government denies

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it is indiscriminately bombing civilians. The other accusations

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made in a leaked report include eyewitness statements about the

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massacre of men and shelling of civilian areas. Most of the rebels

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fighting the government in South Kordofan are from the mountains and

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see themselves as African rather than Arab and feel under threat.

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The authors of the report conclude if the acts of proven they may

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amount war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Sudanese

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government rejects the charges. Against civilians and people but

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the government, what is done by the government is for security to

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facilitate everything for civilians to live normal lives. It be

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accusations continue to pile up. An American campaign group set up by

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George Clooney says it has identified three sites consistent

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with mass graves. And a member of the House of Lords known for a

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strong condemnation of Khartoum holds President Bashir responsible.

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When he talked peace, his people were bombing the civilians up in

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the mountains. And the situation is a re-run of what happened in the

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war against the South, in Darfur, dropping bombs and sadly in the

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mountains at the moment the specific targeting and terrorising

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of civilians who have been known to support the southern government.

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UN report came to light at a difficult time for President Bashir.

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They are trying to get more than $40 billion debt cancelled and

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sanctions removed to help of an ailing economy. These accusations

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of government abuses in South Kordofan make this harder.

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Joining me from Washington is Jonathan Hutson from the Sentinel

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Project, which includes the actor George Clooney, an outspoken critic

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of President Bashir. It's a US based organisation set up to

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monitor conflicts in Sudan. Those pictures which you say are

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consistent with a mass graves be you cannot be sure what you're

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seeing all we might be buried there and responsible for putting them

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there? Well, it shocks the conscience, the

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evidence mounting day-by-day, we have at least four independent

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eyewitness statements detailing seeing the digging of spits

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consistent with mass graves, high resolution of satellite imagery

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from digital globe showing pits measuring at 25 by five metres

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exactly where the witnesses said they would be, the witnesses

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described piles of bodies wrapped in body bags south of the Episcopal

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Church complex in the capital of the region. The satellite imagery

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is seeing that and the witnesses mentioned me to Bessie trucks and

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vehicles picking up the bodies and moving them -- Mitsubishi trucks.

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Yes, the United Nations report makes it player there is fighting

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on both sides, by the rebels and the Sudanese government although it

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does say the actions of the government forces are much more

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egregious. How can you verify who was responsible for the civilians

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fleeing, from the pictures you have taken it is not always clear?

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not just the pictures but we also have detailed eyewitness statements

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of the organised house-to-house search for civilians believed to

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support the Sudan People's Liberation Movement, and we had

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seen detailed statements from eyewitnesses detailing at the

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slaughter of men, women and children, civilians. What is

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fuelling the conflicts? State-sponsored ethnic cleansing to

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rid the mountains of the people. thank you.

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It's 75 years since General Franco led the military uprising that

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sparked the Spanish Civil War. Hundreds of thousands were killed

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in the fighting, and the political repression that followed. Despite

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this a huge monument to Franco still towers over modern Spain.

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Well, now the government wants an expert commission to suggest

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changes to the site, which could include removing the remains of

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Franco himself. Sarah Rainsford reports from Spain.

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It is a striking symbol of four decades of dictatorship. Of General

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Franco commissioned the monument to his victory in the civil war. But

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there is a vast basilica carved into the mountain. Inside, the tomb

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of General Franco. Still decorated with fresh flowers. It is 75 years

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since Franco led an armed revolt against the republican government.

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Hundreds of thousands have died in the war and in the repression. When

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Spain transmit -- went to democracy there was a pact of silence over

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its past. It has taken their to six years to consider the fate of the

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memorial. The this place was built to impress. The cross Towers 150

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metres high in the mountains, it is what it symbolises that is

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problematic, for years it has been a rallying point for the far right

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and the government wants to make it a place of a reconciliation. That

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will be hard,... He is one of many who cannot bear to visit the place,

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his father were shot by a fascist Execution Squad and the remains

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were taken years later to Frank his memorial. It is a mass grave for

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30,000 dead from both sides. Now he wants to give his father a proper

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burial. TRANSLATION: For me, this is excruciating.

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It is right painful my father is buried in a place built for the

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glory of the victors in a military coup. It feels like a double crime,

:24:51.:24:56.

his murder in 1936 and removing his remains without permission to a

:24:56.:24:58.

place which is totally inappropriate.

:24:58.:25:01.

And expect commission is considering moving the grave of

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Franco himself to this municipal some grit -- cemetery. Right wings

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-- right wing groups say they will contest it in court. The government

:25:12.:25:18.

admits it is handling this with kid gloves.

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TRANSLATION: Spain's transition to democracy was an act of prudence

:25:23.:25:28.

after the deep wounds of the war. One reason it succeeded was we

:25:29.:25:33.

addressed the pass little by little. People want the site to change.

:25:33.:25:36.

Maybe it is happening late but prudence has been key to the

:25:36.:25:41.

transition. The challenge then is to transform

:25:41.:25:45.

this device insight into a national memorial to the horror of the Civil

:25:45.:25:50.

War. And in honour of all its victims. 75 years on, it would be

:25:50.:25:59.

the first of its kind here. A reminder of our main news: It has

:25:59.:26:02.

been announced the former News of the World reporter Sean Hoare has

:26:02.:26:06.

been found dead. He was at the heart of the scandal accusing the

:26:06.:26:10.

former editor Andy Coulson of encouraging staff to intercept

:26:10.:26:14.

phone messages in pursuit of stories, Andy Coulson rejected the

:26:14.:26:18.

accusations. The government has instigated a review into police

:26:18.:26:23.

corruption, this comes after the Assistant Commissioner John Yates

:26:23.:26:28.

quit. 24 hours after his boss Sir Paul Stephenson announced he was

:26:28.:26:33.

standing down. Both were involved in the appointment of a former

:26:33.:26:37.

deputy editor to work as a media consultant for the fours. Both men

:26:37.:26:42.

insist they have done nothing wrong. They have not been accused of

:26:42.:26:47.

committing illegal acts. That is all. Next, the weather. A really

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:26:57.:27:03.

Hello, Monday it continued with cloud and rain across the country,

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tomorrow still quite cloudy and call but not so many showers. Many

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places escaping with a dry day. The weather is being driven by a low

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sitting on the North Sea. The wind coming down from the north or

:27:17.:27:22.

north-west, the isobars open out on to state so the wind not as strong.

:27:22.:27:26.

Most of the showers focused across eastern Scotland and north-east

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England. When the showers are going they will be slow moving, heavy and

:27:31.:27:38.

thundery. Torrential downpours possible through the afternoon.

:27:38.:27:43.

Towards the West, although the cloud, limited sunshine it will be

:27:43.:27:49.

a mostly dry day. One or two places escaping with a dry day.

:27:49.:27:54.

Temperatures in Cardiff the 20. The odd light shower but on the whole a

:27:54.:27:58.

much drier day across Northern Ireland. With the north-westerly

:27:58.:28:03.

breeze temperatures struggling at 15. Some thick cloud across

:28:03.:28:07.

northern Scotland bringing outbreaks of rain but in the south-

:28:07.:28:13.

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