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This is BBC World News Today with me, Tanya Beckett.

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A positive response to the deal to contain Europe's financial crisis.

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Stock markets surge higher and the Euro is bolstered. But do the plans

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unite or divide Europe? We are much better today than we were yesterday

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and it's very important to keep up the momentum of this work and keep

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people's confidence, that is the critical thing.

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Thailand's government tells Bangkok residents to prepare for the worst.

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Thousands flee crippling floods. Israel approves another prisoner

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swap deal. This time to free an American-Israeli student accused of

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spying by Egypt. Also coming up in the programme:

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A shake up in South African politics.

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A traditionally white opposition party elects its first ever black

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leader. And learning Chinglish. We look at

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the new Broadway comedy that is trying to bridge the language

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barrier. Hello and welcome.

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There's been a cautious but positive response from stock

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markets around the world to news of what eurozone leaders have

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described as a vital deal to contain the debt crisis. Emerging

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bleary-eyed in the early hours of the morning, they announced the

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outlines of a package, which include a boost to the EU's bailout

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fund and a 50% write-off of Greek debt held by private banks. There

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are still plenty of details that need to be worked as our Europe

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Your report the news that against expectations, its leaders had

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agreed on a plan to fix the Eurozone crisis. It might not have

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been it the basilica that some people had been calling for, but

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during a long Brussels night, some were claiming that the Euro had

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been saved. We will have to wait for a couple of days just to be

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sure. Stock markets around the world and that -- enjoyed abounds.

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The Eurozone had been seen as increasing the risk of a global

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depression. Euro's leaders had been under enormous pressure to reach an

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agreement. At 4 am, Europe at's two most powerful leaders stepped into

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the spotlight. TRANSLATION: I am very aware, as we

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all are, that the world is watching us closely tonight.

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I think that we Europeans proved that we came to the right

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conclusion. TRANSLATION: I think the result

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will be welcomed by the entire world.

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I think these decisions have been taken. Away from the summit, others

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were more cautious, seeing progress but seeing the outcome as just

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another step. We are much better today than we were yesterday and

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it's very important to keep up the momentum of this work and keep

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people's confidence, that is the critical thing. So, what was in the

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big deal? Banks that would have been destined to be swatted losses

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of up to 50%, producing a Greek dead. This will mean that Europe's

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banks will have to raise more capital. And the EU's main bail-out

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fund will be boosted to one trillion Euros, to protect

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countries like Italy. It is wise to be cautious. A lot of the crucial

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detail is missing from this plant and will not be known for weeks.

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What the markets like is that it signals that Europe are's leaders

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have finally tried to take control of our debt crisis that began in

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the goodies. In Greece today, at their country's debts were said to

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be manageable. Here too, there were -- if they were cautious. Key

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details of the bail-out fund will not be Nicola sated until November.

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They have stopped their neural from collapsing today, or even perhaps

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tomorrow, but they definitely have not saved it. We're not out of the

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woods. Last night's most tricky decisions were taken here by the

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Eurozone leaders. The UK, not to being in the Euro, was not

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represented. It represents -- it raises questions about whether

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there will be a two-tier Europe. Europe's early morning debt deal

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has received a warm reaction in the markets, seen as a step to shore up

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the euro and lift the threat of contagion. The BBC's chief economic

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correspondent, Hugh Pym looks at the details and the implications.

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There is agreement on tackling the Eurozone crisis after weeks of

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debate. What is the detailed? We have been told that 50% of the

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Greek debt owed to private inspectors will be written off. --

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investors. It still needs approval. Most if not of the banks have

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agreed to the 50% write-off. That is one part of the announcement

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this morning that from our perspective was quite clear. There

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is a lot more details still to come on another key part of the package.

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That is the one trillion Euro bail- out fund. The idea is to take

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existing funding and encourage other investors to come on board.

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It is unclear who will pay for it. An approach will be made to the

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Chinese government to seek involvement in the new fund. They

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could act as an insurer, covering a portion of losses by future

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investors. Perhaps the biggest question of all is well it will

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work? We do not know with the size of the bail-out fund is enough or

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whether it will provide enough firepower to calm investors. We do

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not know whether it will help economic growth, which is key for

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future stability. We only will get out of a debt problem if these

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economies are still growing and for that, only time will tell. There is

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nothing they can deliver it to last over night that could make us say

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absolutely that these economies are on a sustainable path. We need to

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see that whether a politically this austerity can be delivered and hid

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economies react in the face of it. The financial markets have taken an

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optimistic view of the agreement. As we have seen all too often,

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moods can shift quickly on Eurozone bail-out to deals.

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Sony Kapoor is Managing Director of the economic Thinktank Re-Define.

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He joins me now from Brussels. A lot of the problem that investors

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have a with this agreement is the detail, the lack of detail. Let us

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start with the banks. They are supposed to recapitalise to the

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tune of 1 billion euros. Where will they get that money from? If you

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look at the details below the 106 billion figure, I think three-

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quarters of it is expected to be raised by countries that a rider in

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programmes, such as Greece, Portugal, Ireland or the two

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countries for whom this will packages designed, which is Spain

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and Italy. As of today, the he FFS cannot invest in banks directly. It

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can only lend directly to Spain, which can then invest in the week

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regional banks, which need to be strengthened. The problem is that

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at 10 billion increase in the sovereign debt of Spain might wipe

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out any benefits that might arise from a 10 million recapitalisation

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of the week banks, because those weak banks are heavily exposed to

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the Spanish sovereign debt. So we have not found a way of addressing

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that problem. The second missing think is the detail on were the

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banks will get funding from. Right now, they are only able to raise

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money from the European Central Bank, only for one year. One parent

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-- long-term funding is being cut across the board. There was no

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agreement on that. Is there not a risk that banks will cut their

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balance sheets by stopping lending, and then you have an economic

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crisis? I think that is already going on. Let us turn out to the

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size of the fund. This looks woefully inadequate. Italy and

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Spain need to win a trillion Euros just in a refinancing so that the

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size of the fund the likes are really quite inadequate at this

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point and one wonders if the next plan is to turn to China? That is

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part of their discussion. It is not that Spain and Italy cannot access

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the market, they can. In fact, every time they have gone to the

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markets, they have been able to be finance and sell new bonds. The

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problem is they are only able to do this at high interest rates which

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are simply not sustainable. The idea behind this partially

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guaranteed mechanism is not to borrow from the markets and then

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lend as has been done in the case of the smaller economies of

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Portugal and Ireland, but to partly ensure that the borrowings that

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Spain and the play or try and deceit from the markets from now,

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the idea being that this might somehow reassure investors into

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getting them to lend to Italy and Spain at war industries than their

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currently ready to do so. What needs to be done is that these

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interest rates need to be brought down, for example, below the 4.5%

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level. It is impossible to say if this will succeed, because the

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exact size and how far we can stretch it will only get in on the

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ones we know what investors will accept. The test of the market will

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determine whether the scales or succeed. The right now, it looks

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temporary. And in the longer term, the plan is that euro-zone

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countries will integrate further, so that they would look at how the

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other countries within the euro- zone are spending. That,

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automatically, automatically alienates not only countries in

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Europe but outside the euro-zone. It is not a sustainable solution.

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If we were talking about a small economy, for example the way that

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Sweden was in the early 90s, austerity can and does help

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generate growth. We're talking about the second largest economic

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region in the world having austerity at the the same time that

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the economy is degenerating. There is no magic here. No one is coming

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from outside. India and China are simply not big enough. We have a

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small problem aware and a confusion has been made between what is

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appropriate for a small economy and what is appropriate, for example,

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for Germany. That has been applied to all of the 27 members. Even more

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aggressively, with in the Euro Octavia, 17 countries. That's what

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will increase between the countries within the 17 the Euro Adia member

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states which are forced to take tighter instructions from a

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centralised authority, compared to those 10 countries which are not

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within the Euro ADR. -- area. I think this but is bound to grow.

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Now a look at some of the day's other news.

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The United Nations Security Council has ended the no-fly zone over

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Libya and the mandate authorising military operations. It'll come

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into effect just before midnight on Monday. The mandate was passed

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unanimously, despite a request by Libya's transitional government for

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NATO's mandate to be extended. A 25-year-old man has been pulled

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alive from a collapsed building in the Turkish city of Ercis more than

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100 hours after the region was hit by a strong earthquake. But relief

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workers say the chances of finding more survivors are now rapidly

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decreasing. The number of people confirmed dead has risen to 523.

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Chinese researchers have discovered how woodpeckers manage to bang

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their beaks on wood without damaging their brains. The shock is

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absorbed by spongy bones in the skull and the unequal lengths of

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the upper and lower beak. Researchers plan to use the

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principle to design new protective headgear for humans.

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Thousands of people have been trying to leave the Thai capital,

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Bangkok, after the government warned that large parts of the city

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could soon be hit by floods. As you can see from this satellite image,

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the city centre is now completely surrounded by water. Roads out of

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the city have been clogged with traffic as a deluge of water

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swamped the northern suburbs. It is Thailand's worst floods in decades.

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So far, more than 360 people have died. From Bangkok, Rachel Harvey

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reports. The water is winning the battle for

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control of Bangkok's northern suburbs. Creeping further it greedy.

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Torrents of it. A middle-class neighbourhood is a rapidly being

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submerged. This woman has just watched her streets disappear under

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the deluge. Water is at waist. Inside, it is at my chest.

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supporters coming higher all the time? Yes. Most take with them only

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what they can carry, valued possessions and treasured pets.

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There is no panic here, but the sense of urgency, tinged with

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disbelief. The government had originally said that Bancorp would

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be protected. There were no such assurances any more. This is just

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the latest district of Bangkok which has been told to evacuate.

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With each passing day, more areas of the capital city are put on

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alert. Now the government says there is no part of Bangkok which

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it can guarantee will be safe. TRANSLATION: We are trying her best,

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an emotional Prime Minister tells reporters.

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Just two months into her job, she has to deal with this. In the

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centre, things are normal apart from the sandbags. Warnings from a

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Our assessment is not alarmist, just practical. If things get worse

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then we will take that into account. The signs are not encouraging.

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Market traders in the old quarter of Bangkok kept going as long as

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they could. But few customers are prepared to wait to their stores.

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Little point in hanging on to watch the water's relentless rise. Those

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who can are getting out of town. Confidence has gone. Complacency

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25 Egyptian detainees held by Israel have crossed the border into

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Egypt as part of a prisoner exchange between Cairo and

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Jerusalem. Egyptian television showed them bowing down in prayer

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as they arrived at the Israeli border town of Taba shortly before

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they were transferred to the Egyptian authorities. The former

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prisoners are being exchanged for an American-Israeli man, Ilan

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Grapel, who was arrested in June, accused by Egypt of spying. Mr

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Grapel is being flown from Egypt Our correspondent Jon Leyne is

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watching developments from Cairo. This comes hot on the heels of a

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high-profile prisoner exchange involving Gilad Shalit, but does it

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carry as much symbolism? Not at all. I think this is just business being

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done. 25 ordinary criminals, they have even admitted themselves they

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were drug smugglers being released in return for somebody who was held

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since June by the Egyptian authorities, Ilan Grapel, accused

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of spying but no real strong evidence. There is some scepticism

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here about that because he came openly into Egypt, he did not try

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to hide his identity. There was even stuff on the internet to show

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he was a member of the Israeli army who fought in Lebanon a couple of

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years ago. So just everyday business being done by two

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countries which still formally have a peace treaty. But relations have

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deteriorated somewhat. To some extent. I think the military

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leaders here are taking a more pragmatic view of things. They know

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the peace treaty is not popular, that they cannot break it off

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because they have committed to that alliance and the Americans would be

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very disappointed. But I think they are dealing with Israel, perhaps

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keeping it at a greater distance, dealing with a pragmatically but

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South Africa's main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, has

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for the first time chosen a black leader for the party in parliament.

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She's Lindiwe Mazibuko, a 31-year- old woman whose campaign was

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supported by the party's national leader Helen Zille. Critics have

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described the change in the parliamentary leadership as window

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dressing. Our South Africa South Africa's main opposition

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party may be dwarfed by the ANC but it is powering ahead in the polls

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as it tries to win over black votes. This woman could be the secret

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weapon. Lindiwe Mazibuko just secured the most -- second most

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powerful place, leader of the DEA She now needs to prove herself to

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her party and a majority black electorate. Campaigning here in the

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township of Soweto would have been unthinkable just a few years back.

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And although this remains staunchly ANC turf the DEA is making modest

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inroads. Critics say it promoting Lindiwe Mazibuko... We are building

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a democracy, it is not yet consolidated. The DEA is the only

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party growing and in the last election got one out of every four

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votes so that key position on the most important platform in South

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Africa has sparked great interest. They ANC Youth League has demeaned

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Lindiwe Mazibuko as simply a servant. She is 80 girl. Her report

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-- who ruled must remain in the Some believe that this will

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radically transform politics in the next decade.

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Gunmen in Kenya have killed four people during an attack close to

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the border with Somalia. Those who died were travelling in a vehicle

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that was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. It's the third incident

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this week being linked to Al-Shabab, the militant Somali group that has

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threatened terrorist attacks inside Kenya. Last week the Kenyan army

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crossed into Somalia in pursuit of Al-Shabab after a string of

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kidnappings. Our Africa correspondent Andrew Harding

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There is a queasy sense of dread on the streets of Nairobi, a city

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braced for trouble. Already this week two grenade attacks, a Kenyan

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authorities are struggling to reassure the public and foreign

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tourists. We have enough men, enough capacity to Secure Kenny and

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his visitors. He was why Kenya may be in danger - it army has just

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stormed across the border into Somalia. It is chasing Al-Shabab, a

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group linked to Al-Qaeda, and blamed for a string of kidnappings

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inside Kenya. But nobody seems sure how far the Kenyans will go. Their

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offensive could also make Somalia's Fang even worse. -- famine. Al-

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Shabab have recently lost territory but vowed to retaliate -- to

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retaliate inside Kenny and are still capable of devastating

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terrorist attacks and ambitious. The danger is you are being trapped.

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I don't think so. If you were in a trap some divinity would have

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happened, but as of now I believe we are positive, moving positively

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and capturing those hideouts. Kenya, too, the authorities are

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claiming progress. An arms cache, allegedly linked to Somali

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militants, discovered here. But as the security clampdown continues

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there is growing concern about the impact of all of this on the

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region's biggest economy. For years Kenya has kept the anarchy in

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Somalia or more less at arm's length. But that has just changed

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abruptly. By invading its neighbour Kenya has taken a big gamble. In

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Nairobi at the doubts are already surfacing. -- the doubts. They are

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hard to defeat. So Kenya made a mistake? I think so. But for now,

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Kenya's army pushes on deeper into the chaos of Somalia. With no exits

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Saturday in -- with no exit strategy in sight. Well, there is

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no doubt that the Chinese influence is being felt around the globe and

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now that reach extends to Broadway. Alongside Phantom of the Opera and

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Les Miserables you will now find Chinglish - a new comedy which uses

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cultural tension and the communication gap between the

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Chinese and the English language to leave audiences laughing. Damian

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Musicals from Porgy and Bess to Mamma Mia! Had long been a Broadway

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staple. So it comes as a big surprise to find a new play all

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about the language barrier between America and China. Chinglish is

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written in English and Mandarin. For the first time at the Chinese

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has arrived on Broadway. Cleveland isn't exactly farming, though I

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suppose it was at one time. Chinglish tells the story of a

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struggling American businessman trying to win a contract to make

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signs for public buildings in China. Along the way he falls in love with

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a Chinese official. Chinglish is about attempts to communicate

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across cultures and the barriers that separate us, the most

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superficial of those is language, but then sometimes, even if you're

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understanding the words literally you may as well be speaking a

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different language because some of the other line cultural assumptions

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are so different. Chinglish actually exists in China in the

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form of absurdly translated signs in garbled English. But cultural

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differences run even deeper than words. To make the play as

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authentic as possible the producers of Chinglish tend to Ken Smith and

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Joanna Lee, who served as the play's cultural advisers. You now

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find American, British businessmen in the middle of nowhere in China,

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India, how do they navigate? How do they find their hotel room, be able

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to stay there, get what support and help they need on the ground so

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they can get their deal? So while Chinglish is played for laughs,

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there is no doubt it taps into a deeper cultural anxiety between the

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West and China. A reminder of the main news - there has been praised

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for a European leaders around the world following the euro-zone debt

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agreement. President Obama said the deal was a critical foundation for

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a solution to the euro-zone crisis. European leaders worked until the

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early hours of the morning to agree a deal, which includes a boost to

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the bail-out fund and a 50 per cent write-off of Greek debt held by

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private banks. Thousands of people are leaving Bangkok after the

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government admitted large part of it could soon be flooded. Roads out

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of the City are clogged with traffic as residents take advantage

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of an emergency five-day holiday declared by the authorities to deal

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with the crisis. Well, that's all from the programme. Next the

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weather. But for now from me and The rain today dies out across

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south-east England overnight leaving cloud around, keeping the

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temperature up. Overnight it will be chilly, a frosty start in places

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tomorrow but they will also be a bigger problem with fog. The high

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pressure will settle things down for Friday before more frontal

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systems come into the north-west over the weekend. For to start the

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morning could be dense over parts of south-west England, through the

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Severn Valley to East Wales and the West Midlands, some even may linger

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into the first part of the afternoon. Any early fog will clear

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way in northern England. The cloud stays with us in south-east England,

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15 degrees in London, it might not feel like that because of the cloud

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that stays across us. They could be patchy drizzle on higher ground.

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Sunshine in south-west England but sunspots may stay grey through the

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Severn Valley. If you have low cloud or mistiness that will halt

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the temperature down compared with elsewhere. A freshening breeze in

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Northern Ireland, still bright foremost by the end of the

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