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This this is BBC World Today, with me, Kirsty Lang. A convoy of

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Gaddafi loyalists have crossed into Niger. It's thought to be carrying

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senior members much his government, gold and money. It points - I hope

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it points to an underlying fact which is that many of the pro-

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Gaddafi forces are realising the game is up. Turkey suspends all

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military ties with Israel and steps up naval patrols in the Eastern

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Mediterranean. The cabinet meets to beef up its

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austerity plan under pressure from Europe and the markets in Italy.

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Brought together by the tragedy of Hello, and welcome. While

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negotiations continue in Libya for the vernd of ban any Wally - Bani

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Wali, a convoy is heading for Niger. It is thought it contains senior

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members of the Gaddafi regime who have realised the game is up and

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are fleeing with large quantities of money. The Colonel himself is

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not thought to be among them. Is the net closing around Colonel

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Gaddafi, or have his associates found an escape route? This is

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Agadez, a Tuareg market town in northern Niger, important for trade

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across The Sahara, but now the focus of international attention

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amid reports that a Libyan convoy has been heading in this direction.

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Accurate information is sparse. We have had reports in the past few

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days about a number of pro-Gaddafi forces trying to exit the country.

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Some of those have been confirmed, some have not. We still need to

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confirm these most recent reports, but I think it points to an

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underlying - I hope it points to an underlying fact which is that many

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of the pro-Gaddafi forces are realising that the game is up.

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Around Bani Wali, south of Tripoli, Libyan rebels are engaged in a

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waiting game. They're trying to persuade Gaddafi loyalists to vernd

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in what is one of their last strongholds. The National

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Transitional Council has reassured tribal elders that no-one in the

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town will be hurt and people lay down their arms.

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As far as I know, the elders, they were very pleased and surprised

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that this is our stance. They thought that we would take avenge,

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especially the Gaddafi supporters that killed 13 from Bani Wali, and

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there are some, even from not Bani Wali, they are Libyans and we will

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protect them as we protect four families. The transitional

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authorities in Libya still hope that Colonel Gaddafi has not

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slipped out of the country. NATO has refused to comment on the

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intelligence it gathers. It all means that rumour and speculation

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will be at fever pitch until Gaddafi is found.

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Let's go now to Southampton where I can speak to Professor Jeremy

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Keenan from the school of oriental and African studies at the

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University of London. Let's talk first of all about the

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links between the regime in Niger and Colonel Gaddafi. What was the

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relationship like? We've got a new regime in nerj now. There was a

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coup in February last year, and the old regime was thrown out. There's

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then a junta took over and there's been elections, so there is a new

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regime, and so far a very good one. It's cleaned up a lot of the

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country, and the relationship between the new regime and Gaddafi

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is not quite as clear as the old one. I personally don't think that

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the new regime, the new president, President Isifu, would be

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particularly keen to have Gaddafi in the country. He may well

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facilitate his transference and transit through to somewhere else

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such as Burkina Faso or Senegal, but I don't think any of the powers

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in NATO, certainly the NTC in Libya, would really want to have Gaddafi

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staying in Niger for more than a transitory period. I think that is

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possibly the pattern we're beginning to see here.

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mentioned Burkina Faso. There had been reports earlier on in the day

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that they might offer Gaddafi asylum. A spokesman for their

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government has come out and said no. What's his relationship been like

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with that country? He's put a lot of money in there. Gaddafi has

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thrown a lot of money around in these countries, hundreds of

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millions into Ma limit i, into Niger and Burkina Faso. A lot of

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that money has gone into the hands of politicians, some into

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investments, buildings, infrastructure, so, in a sense, all

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of these countries have a degree of indebtedness to him, and that is

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through of Burkina Faso as well. There had been some reports that in

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that convoy that crossed over the border, there were Tuareg fighters

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from Niger who had been fighting with Gaddafi loyalists. Is it

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possible that members of the Tuareg tribe might actually protect

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Gaddafi loyalists within Niger? Have they the power to do that?

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It's a very complex situation. Yes, there's a possibility of that. The

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Tuareg cover much of the country from near to Tripoli right down

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through the part of the world we're talking about, central Sahara,

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Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso. Some of them have been on Gaddafi's side,

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for all sorts of different reasons; some have been against him and with

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the rebels. It's a very complex picture and it's rather dangerous

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and misleading to talk about the Tuareg as a unified tribe or

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something of that nature. There are divisions between them, not of

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their own making, but of which side they've been rather caught up on,

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in a sense, either for the Gaddafi or against. So a pretty complex

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picture there. But certainly these coming back might well have been

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some of those who were closer to him in terms of a body guard, yes.

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Who in that region is most likely to offer Gaddafi shelter, if

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anyone? Gosh. Mali would be quite happy to have him. He's got a lot

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of friends in Mali. He's got a big property in Tim buck did you and in

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the capital, but there will be a lot of pressure on Mali not to have

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him, from NATO, France, and the - I think there would be a lot of

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pressure on Mali not to have him, probably the same in Niger as well.

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If he does find or make a home in any of these countries in the Sahil,

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it will keep a major destabilising force in the area so his presence

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is not really going to be welcomed at that level, even though he may

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have a lot of friends on the ground and people who are indebted to him.

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Thank you very much. It's a relationship that is going

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from bad to worse: today, the Turkish Prime Minister has said

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that all military deals with Israel have been suspended. Israel has

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refused to apologise for attacking a flotilla heading for Gaza last

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year during which nine Turkish activists were killed. Recep Tayyip

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Erdogan has accused Israel of acting like a spoiled child. His

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comments four days after Turkey downgraded diplomatic relations

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with Israel following a UN report on the Gaza raid.

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Israeli tour I have to say at Istanbul airport. No longer sure of

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a welcome. Some have reported being strip

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searched in what Turkish officials describe as reciprocation for

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similar treatment of Turks in Israel. So Israeli travel agents

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are reporting multiple cancellations. Numbers travelling

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to Turkey are now less than ten per cent of what they were three years

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ago. The Turkish Prime Minister is

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offering only more of the same. Israel behaves like a spoilt child,

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he complained. All military deals are now suspended.

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15 years ago, the two countries signed a mutual defence pact

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bringing with it substantial military co-operation. Israel won

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contracts to upgrade 100 US-made fnch 4 and fnch 5 fighters in the

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Turkish air force. It was also to modernise 170 US-made MS-60 tanks

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and agreed to sell ten unmanned aircraft. They already play an

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important role in the Turkish army's operations against Kurdish

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insurgence in the south-east. It didn't end there.

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Israel also sold missiles and other high-tech equipment to the Turkish

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military. In return, Turkey allowed Israeli air force jets to join

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exercises in its air space. That relationship now seems finished.

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Although some Israeli ministers still hold out hope that it can be

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revived. Israel and Turkey are the two

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strongest and most important nations at the present time in the

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region, and even when we have disputes and we have several

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disputes, we should act out of our heads not our guts on both sides.

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What happened aboard the flotilla last year makes that advice very

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difficult to follow in Turkey - at least without some form of an

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Israeli apology. Right now, the Turkish government seems determined

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to punish Israel in any way it can. We're going to get some analysis of

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that situation between Turkey and Israel in a moment, but let's get

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some other news first. The BBC has learned that NATO-led

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mission in Afghanistan is considering suspending the transfer

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of detainees to Afghan jails in a number of areas in the country

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following allegations of widespread torture and the mistreatment of

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prisoners. Our correspondent in Kabul has the details.

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The allegations come in a UN report. It hasn't actually been published

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yet, but the NDS, the National directorate of Security, the

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intelgeneral service here, and indeed the police, are aware of

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some of the allegations in this report, and the allegations are

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fairly strong stuff. They suggest that prisoners have been tortured

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or seriously mistreated at a number of intelligence service jails and

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police jails across this country. The NDS denies these claims and

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says its jails are in proper order. That is to be treated with

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scepticism because we've known in the past, we've heard reports of

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prisoners being tortured. The big problem for the NATO-led mission

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here is that their plan to get out of Afghanistan is that they will

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transfer responsibility for security to Afghans, while some

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people here in Kabul are saying they now believe that it those

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Afghan security forces simply can't be trusted. The UN War Crimes

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Tribunal in the Hague has found the former Chief of Staff of the

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Yugoslav army guilty of crimes against humanity. During the

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Bosnian and Croatian wars of the 1990s, Momcilo Perisic was

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sentenced to 27 years in jail. He organised support for Serb armies

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in the two former Yugoslav republics. James Murdoch has said

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he stands by his evidence to British MPs investigating the News

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of the World phone hacking scandal. He spoke out after two former

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executives at News International told a parliamentary committee that

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Mr Murdoch knew about evidence suggesting phone hacking was

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widespread at the newspaper. A siege in the Australian city of

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siege involved a man holding his daughter and claiming to have a

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bomb has ended without injury. Police decided to bring the

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negotiations to an end forcefully after negotiations broke down.

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Let's return now to that story about the relationship between

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Turkey and Israel which has broken down severely. I'm severely Recep

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Tayyip Erdogan, the Prime Minister of Turkey, is demanding an apology

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from the Israelis. He's clearly not going to get that.

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What is he going to gain out of prolonging this fight, and upping

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the ante? It is really all about saving face. Prime Minister Erdogan

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wants to be seen, especially among the Turkish public, and the wider

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Arab public, of doing something, to try to demonstrate to the Israelis

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that Turkey will not accept Israel's objection to giving an

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apology to Turkey. He's got a lot to lose because there were quite

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close links by the Turkish military and the zeal military. Both Turkey

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and Israel will lose. Israel will lose a lucrative market for its

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weaponry and technology, and Israel will lose access to quality,

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sensitive intelligence, especially on Iran, Iraq, and Syria, and vice

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versa, Turkey will lose access to military technology, and access to

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high-quality intelligence. Washington is very worried about

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this, the State Department put out a statement a short time ago

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because obviously these are two of America's key allies in the region.

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What is Washington doing to try and bring them closer together? The US

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secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has tried to put enormous pressure

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on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to give an apology, a

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diluted form of apology, to Turkey. Prime Minister Netanyahu has

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refused, so now what I think what Washington is trying to do is

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trying to do some damage limitation, try to mend the fences, but I

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suspect that although Washington will chaperone both Turkey and

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Israel, I still think that the disagreements between them will

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escalate. Briefly, the Prime Minister also said today that he

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was going to increase naval patrols by Turkey in the Eastern

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Mediterranean. This is not going to go down well with Israel, is it?

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Israel will not be happy to see Turkish ships on the patrolling the

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Eastern Mediterranean, but I do not think that Turkey will try to break

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the Israeli naval blockade of Gaza. Thank you very much.

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Millions of people across Italy went on strike today piling the

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pressure on a government desperately trying to produce and

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enforce a credible austerity plan. Italy is the eurozone's third

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largest economy, and its ability to take control of its finances is

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considered essential for the stability of the single currency.

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The Italian cabinet is, as we speak, holding an extraordinary meeting to

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put the final touches on an austerity plan and discuss the best

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way to put it through parliament. We can now speak to our Rome

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correspondent. This austerity plan has been through quite a few

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changes, hasn't it, since it was first agreed earlier last month?

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has indeed. It has been zig-zagging all the way, and Mr Berlusconi put

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forward the idea for an increase in VAT, and then he said he withdrew

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it, and then he put it in again and said it would just last for three

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months. There's been talk about changing pension arrangements,

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there's been talk about a wealth tax which was originally going to

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affect people with an income of over 100,000 euros. This we

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understand has been changed. The percentage is going to be less than

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before. In other words, Mr Berlusconi has shown that his

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government is really rather weak, and there are too many people

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lobbying - interest groups - lobbying to get a better deal out

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of this austerity package. Because the wealth tax in particular was

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quite controversial, with lots of Italian footballers jumped up and

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down about that one. Well, what happened was that it caused a

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strike. It caused a fortnight's delay in the start of the Italian

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Serie A games. A member of the Northern League, one of the

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government ministers, who said it was very very important for

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footballers to be able to earn lots of money, and, of course, the

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government appears to agree. The whole way in which the government

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has handled this affair seems to show that Mr Berlusconi does not

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have full control of his government. He is enmeshed in various scandals

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affecting him personally, and it remains to be seen, actually, just

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how the financial markets are going to react to this much tweaked

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austerity budget which is being passed by parliament tonight and

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tomorrow. Mr Berlusconi set a deadline of Thursday for getting

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the whole package approved by the parliament but it's by no means

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sure that the European Central Bank is going to continue purchasing

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Italian government bonds as it has been doing in recent days, and this

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has helped the Italians immensely. We will just have to wait and see.

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Thank you very much. Helicopters have begun lifting

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supplies to communities cut off by a powerful typhoon in central and

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western Japan. It has been confirmed that almost 40 people

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have been killed and that more than 50 are missing after the country's

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most powerful storm in recent years powered landslides and floods. The

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back back prefrequenture was the most heavily hit. Days after the

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typhoon lashed western Japan, rescuers are still hoping to find

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survivors. Police teams are flying into the

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remote mountains. The death toll is rising, and dozens of people are

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still missing. The airlift was taking in supplies,

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too. Villages have been cut off by landslides, the mostly elderly

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residents left without food, electricity, and water.

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The Hamlet of Nachi Katsuura is filled with debris. For the

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Japanese, a painful reminder of the tsunami in March. The local mayor

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found his daughter's body on Sunday. His wife is missing and presumed

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dead too. TRANSLATION: I have to think about

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how to help the people of the town deal with this disaster. Only after

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that can I think about my family. I hope that I can find my wife soon

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to send off my family with my daughter.

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24-year-old Sachi Teremoto was due to celebrate her engagement on the

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day the storm swept in. Elsewhere, in Totsukawa, a swear house filled

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with explosives has been destroyed. More than half a tonne of material

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used for blasting tunnels is somewhere in the mud, hampering the

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relief effort. Railways and roads across the

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region have been washed away. Japan's new Prime Minister is

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hoping to travel to the areas affected by the typhoon, according

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to the government's chief spokesman. So far, there's been little

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criticism of his response to the disaster, but he'll be mindful that

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inept handling of the earthquake and tsunami cost his predecessor

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his job. On September 11th 2001, there were

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only a handful of survivors above the point at which the Al-Qaeda

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piloted planes hit the twin towers of the World Trade Center. This is

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the remarkable story of Brian Clark and sandy pram gnat who escaped the

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Stanley Praimnath gives thanks to the God he believes sent a guardian

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angel to protect him. Ten years ago, Stanley thought his last day on

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earth had come when a plane samd into the 81 is it floor of the

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World Trade Center south tower, as he was at his desk on the phone.

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I'm looking towards the Statue of Liberty, and something caught my

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eyes. As the plane is getting closer, I can hear the revving

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sound, as if total acceleration would pick up more force. I

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screamed, I said, "Lord, I can't do this, you take over."

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Brian Clark worked three floors above Stanley in the south tower.

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The two men had never met. He was three floors below me. Brian told

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me how a discussion with his colleagues about what to do after

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the plane hit the building was interrupted by the sound of Stanley

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seeking help. I heard "Help, I'm buried, I can't breathe." That sort

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of thing. Brian and Stanley worked away at the walls separating them.

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I said the only way out of here is for you to come up the wall, so he

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scrambled up, I missed him the first time, the second time when he

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jumped, I caught something, hevd him up and over the wall, and we

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fell back down on the ground. He gave me this big kiss. I said, "I'm

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Brian." I stood up. He said "I'm Stanley." He said "All my life I

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live as an only child. I was born and raised in Canada. I always

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wanted a brother, and I find that man today. This good man put a hand

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on my shoulder, and he looked at me, and he said, "Come on, Buddy, let's

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go home." Just minutes after the two men

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escaped from the south tower, the unthinkable happened.

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Before losing one another in the confusion, Stanley had given Brian

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his business card. I had this feeling come over me

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that there was no Stanley at all, a guardian angel kind of concept that

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was there, I imagined it all to get me out of the building.

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I reached in my pocket, and I pulled out the business card, so I

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knew there was really a Stanley. The line between life and death

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that day was a clear one. Almost everyone above the point at

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which the planes hit the twin towers perished.

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Stanley and Brian were among a handful of survivors. Brian loves

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me unconditionally, and if I was to be in trouble again, God forbid, I

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don't want anybody else to rescue me but Brian Clark. Is it possible

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that Stanley helped to save you? There's no question that as the

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events unrolled that day, I happened to be the one that heard

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him. I went in and got him. I came back with him, and together we dug

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through the debris, so we were dependent on each other, absolutely.

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Brian will join Stanley at his New York church on the tenth

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anniversary of the attacks. The two men who became blood

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brothers will mourn their lost colleagues and reflect on their

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remarkable bond. 8 NASA has has released new images

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of the Apollo landing sites on the moon. The images show signs of

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equipment the lunar Rovers and a trail of footprints left on the

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lunar surface by astronauts 40 years ago.

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This was the best view we had of a lunar landing site - until now.

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This new image is from a spacecraft in low orbit. Look closely, and you

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can see the footprints of astronauts as they bounced along

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the lunar surface, and here, a trail left by their moon buggy. In

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the vacuum of space, the hardware has remained in pristine condition.

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What is wonderful about these pictures is their clarity. We can

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now see the individual experiments left on the moon, but the

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footprints, particularly for Apollo 17, the last footprints left on the

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moon, and we can see they've hardly changed in 40 years.

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It's one small step for man... was more than 40 years ago that

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Neil Armstrong set foot on the moon. It was the first of just six lunar

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landings. The astronauts had fun, but having

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achieved its goal of beating the Russians to the moon, NASA

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cancelled the Apollo programme, and in 1974, the Americans lefpt the

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moon and haven't been back since. The equipment on the lunar surface

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is all that's left of the moon missions. The Rovers, the landers,

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the flagpoles, will be preserved for millions of years as a

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testament to a heroic era of human space travel.

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NASA has scrapped its shuttle programme but says it wants to go

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back to the moon in a new spacecraft. Many doubt whether the

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US has the money or or desire to do so. The new pictures should lay to

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rest, though, the conspiracy theories that the moon landings

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were shot in a Hollywood studio as part of an elaborate hoax.

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Amazing to think those footprints are still there. A quick reminder

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of our main news: a heavily armed convoy of 15 Libyan vehicles is

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driving through the African state of Niger. Ministers in Niger say

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Colonel Gaddafi is not on board but opposition leaders say they believe

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the vehicles are carrying gold and money. Meanwhile, opposition forces

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have finished their talks with the elders of Bani Wali.

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This was one of the last bastions of support for Colonel Gaddafi.

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Turkey says all military ties with Israel have been suspended. It's

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the latest sign of growing Turkish anger over Israel's refusal to

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apologise for a raid on the flotilla heading for Gaza last year

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during which nine activists were killed. That's all from the

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programme.. From me and the rest of programme.. From me and the rest of

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the team, goodbye. Hello, we've all been buffeted

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today by strong strong winds and heavy showers and the winds will

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not die down any time soon. Tomorrow, very breezy and some of

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us will have to contend with further showers. Low pressure is

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driving our weather. You see the isobars close together responsible

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for those strong winds and still that noticeable breeze going into

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Wednesday. Most of the showers will be to the north-west of the UK,

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southern and eastern areas will avoid most of the showers and stay

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dry. North-west England, showers merging to give longer spells of

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rain again durgt afternoon, north- east England, though, largely dry

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and bright, across the Midlands, East Anglia, and much of southern

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England, broken cloud, the cloud racing through the sky, but sunny

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spells and mostly dry, just the odd shower coming through especially to

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coastal parts of south-west England. Southern Wales looking mostly dry

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but across the north, showers here merging to give a longer spell of

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rain into the late afternoon and it will be turn wetter across western

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parts of Northern Ireland. The further south-east you are, it

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stays mainly dry. Further showers coming into western Scotland, again

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developing into spells of rain later in the day. The east, apart

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