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This is BBC World News Today with me, Kirsty Lang.

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The Wall Street protest camp that started a global movement is

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cleared. Police evicted the Occupy protesters from Zuccotti Park but

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they vow to return. This movement ignited and international movement

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and it Shoji there is a hunger and need and desire and timeliness that

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it is wanted -- and it shows you. Turkey threatens to turn the lights

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off in Syria, warning that there will be no more electricity if the

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regime doesn't stop feeding off the blood of its own people. We're

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inside Burma to mark one year since the release of Aung San Suu Kyi.

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But how much real change has there been?

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Also coming up in the programme: The story of a remarkable recovery.

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10 months after being shot in the head, US Congresswoman Gabrielle

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Giffords talks for the first time about her ordeal. I feel pretty

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And did beloved novelist Jane Austen meet an untimely end? We'll

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be talking to the crime writer who Hello and welcome. The original

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"Occupy Wall Street" camp in downtown New York has been

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dismantled by the police. The tented camp, which was set up in

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September to protest against the financial sector and economic

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inequality, has inspired similar demonstrations around the world The

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Occupy movement has gone global with over 800 camps in 82 countries.

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Here in London, civic authorities have relaunched legal action to

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evict the camp outside St Paul's Cathedral. An overnight police

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operation in New York cleared the protesters out of Zuccotti Park.

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From there, we have this report. As Manhattan slept, the police moved

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in. Evicting protesters from the epicentre of the occupied wall

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Street movement. -- Occupied Hall Street movement. Protesters were

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mood because the conditions were dirty and unhygienic. Protesters

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have complained against corporate greed and the widening gap between

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rich and poor. Last night there were angry confrontations between

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the protesters and the police. police pushed a big group of us.

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The woman in front of me had a whole lot of people behind her and

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could not back off and they started beating her with batons. I went to

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help her, and five of us were sprayed with pepper spray. The mood

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was tense. The police blocked off the roads leading to the park as

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the eviction was under way. From the beginning I said the City had

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two principal goals, guaranteeing public health and safety, and

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guaranteeing the protesters their First Amendment rights. But when

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those two goals Clash, their health and safety of the public and our

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first response must be the priority. The protesters are angry about

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being evicted, although they have been told they can go back without

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any tents, so this is the end of the incumbent, so they are already

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planning to move somewhere else in the city. You can take the park,

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but you cannot take the spirit that was created in that Park. They

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moved to another park near by, regrouping as dawn broke. Then the

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crowd marched back towards Zuccotti Park where they had been forced to

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leave. There was pepper spray, a sound canon. I was told the

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conviction has only emboldened protesters. We cannot be evicted,

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because you cannot evict ideas off economic justice and democracy.

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They are continuing to take hold throughout the city regardless of

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what they do. They are trying to get back in the park they were

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evicted from. The police are funnelling them into this

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barricaded area and the protesters say they have a constitutional

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right to be here. Whatever happens next, the protesters feel that

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their power for anti-capitalist mission -- message has been heard.

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But their right to free speech is colliding with what the authorities

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are prepared to tolerate. Similar disaffection with western market

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economies is also being voiced in the new member states of the

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European Union. Over 20 years after the fall of communism the sheen of

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capitalism is beginning to wear thin, that's according to a survey

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by the European Bank for Development and Reconstruction. The

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report has found that the economic crisis is hitting ordinary

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households in Eastern Europe far harder than in western countries.

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To discuss that, I'm joined by the bank's Director of Communications

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Jonathan Charles. Why has the crisis hit hard in the East?

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think everywhere, not just eastern Europe, but in Western Europe,

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democracy is under great pressure. That is hardly surprising given the

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depth of the economic crisis but if you look at Central Europe and

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countries like Hungary and what has gone on in the Baltic states, in

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Latvia, they have seen a big contraction in their economies but

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people are disaffected. It is hardly surprising when you see a

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contraction of that sort. I was discussing this today with a former

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Hungarian Prime Minister and he was making the point that people had

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high hopes for the future when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. They

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look forward and thought capitalism was the answer was -- the answer to

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their prayers, but now they discover it is very painful and

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they wonder how much longer they will have to wait before they

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become like Western Europe. The case of high expectations.

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surveyed 38,000 people, but did anyone suggest an alternative? As

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in a man -- presumably they did not want to return to communism. They

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want to stick with the democracy that they don't like the way it

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works. For many democracy is an abstract concept. It is clear that

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what people value in a democracy is when it delivers economic gain, and

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if they see a reverse, they start to question the whole idea.

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they prepared to trade that off, less liberty for more economic

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gain? There was a question that we half asked, would you rather live

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in a democracy that is not delivering growth or summer that is

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not very democratic but his guaranteeing growth and people

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seemed willing to make the trade, so it shows how important

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capitalism and economic growth is because at least they put more

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store on that than they did on democracy. I know you're all so did

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the survey in five Western European countries. What did they say?

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were keen to see how what was going on in the region we serve, the

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former communist countries, compared to what is going on

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Western Europe. One of the country's we looked at was Italy

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and there we saw only a 38 % support level for the market

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economy. People were clearly questioning what was going on in

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the market economy. Hardly surprising looking at there are

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pupils. 68 % supported democracy, so only two thirds. There was a low

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level of support for the market economy in France and the UK.

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was it highest? Not surprisingly, Sweden and Germany, to countries

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where growth has been relatively strong despite the economic crisis.

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But there are issues. If we look ahead to 2012 we are seeing a

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serious few months ahead. Very painful for West and eastern Europe.

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There will be a question on how it impacts on democracy because

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government will be cutting costs, cutting expenditure to get the

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budget deficit in order and where will that leave democracy? That is

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something we may look at in another survey in 12 months. Possibly

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dangerous times ahead. Jonathan Charles, thank you very much.

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In Spain, voters are predicted to punish the ruling Socialist Party

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in this week's general election, for failing to pull the country out

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of the current economic crisis. The conservative opposition is

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promising economic recovery and new jobs, but, under pressure from the

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EU to continue with sweeping austerity measures, can the Popular

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Party really turn Spain's fortunes around? Sarah Rainsford's report

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This was once a Spanish boom town. Today it is a symbol of the

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country's crisis. This man took me to see why. This is the wooden door

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factory he worked at until Spain's construction craze crash, wiping

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There is no opportunities here today, nothing. This place was

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totally dependent on doors, and Spain's deep economic crisis is a

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major burden for the Socialist government on the campaign trail.

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But led by Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba, the Socialists are still asking to

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fight the election to use scare tactics to rally support, warning

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that the conservative Popular Party plans to decimate the welfare state

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The people who are suffering most in this crisis are our traditional

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voters, the Socialist electorate. So it is hard to convince them. But

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what we are saying is, things are tough now, but they will be much

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For proof, they point to Castilla La Mancha. Pharmacists here have

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not been paid for dispensing prescription medicines in six

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months. The regional government is run by the Popular Party. They

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insist it is tending to a sick economy after years of reckless

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spending under the Socialists. Above all, the opposition is

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framing itself as the party of change. Policy plans are

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deliberately vague. We need new policies and a new government. That

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is the way to make things change and took start building the

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confidence and trust we need. the entire euro-zone the crisis,

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voters know whoever wins the election will have to take tough

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decisions. There are going to be bigger spending cuts. Both main

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parties are promising to create jobs, but in this climate varies

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deep scepticism that anyone can deliver on that. -- there is deep

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scepticism. Most know the fate of spade -- Spain is now linked to

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outside forces, leaders and investors watching closely to see

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if a new government can turn the Now a look at some of the day's

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other news. The Office of the Italian President

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says Mario Monti has succeeded in forming a new government. He is

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expected to meet the President and name his cabinet on Wednesday.

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Mario Monti, a former European Commissioner, has received the

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backing of Italy's main political parties. In Norway, the trial has

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begun of three men who're accused of plotting to carry out a bomb

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attack on the offices of the Danish newspaper which printed cartoons of

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the Prophet Mohammed. The group - all Norwegian residents - are

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accused of collecting bomb ingredients in a basement flat.

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Prosecutors say the plot was agreed with Al-Qaeda in Pakistan. All

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three men have pleaded not guilty. A group of six Somali men accused

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of hijacking a French couple's yacht have gone on trial in Paris.

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It's the first case of alleged Somali piracy to be heard in the

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French courts. Lawyers for several of the men say their clients were

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fishermen who were forced to take part.

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Turkey's prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has warned Syria's

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president Assad that the future of Syria cannot be built on the blood

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of the oppressed. Mr Erdogan's latest condemnation of Syria came

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amid increasing diplomatic and economic pressure on Damascus over

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the suppression of anti-government protests. Turkey has also announced

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the cancellation of plans for oil exploration in Syria and has

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threatened to cut electricity supplies.

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Meanwhile, the violence inside Syria is intensifying. At least 70

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people are reported to have been killed in clashes on Monday.

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The remains of an armoured personnel carrier of the Syrian

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army burns in the southern district This, according to the opposition

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is the result of an attack by a former soldiers who are said to

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have defected and joined the opposition. It is not possible to

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independently verified this. Thus, if true, it would be another sign

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of how Syria is descending into civil war. A prospect which alarms

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and neighbouring countries, including Turkey. Its prime

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minister, a former ally, now one of the most outspoken critics of the

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Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The future cannot be built on the

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blood of oppressed people. Otherwise, history will remember

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such leaders as those feeding on blood. President Assad, you on your

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way to open a page. Those who are cursed for cruelty and oppression

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The violence so far this week has been particularly intense. Today,

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the funerals took place here in the southern district, of more than 20

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people killed on Monday. 34 members of the security forces were also

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killed in clashes here. Apparently we soldiers who had defected.

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Battles which are becoming ever The opposition inside Syria is

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growing in confidence. As soldiers joined the fight against a

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government. And, as key parts of the international community,

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including the Arab League, offer She survived being shot in the head

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at point blank range, and now with her husband, a former astronaut, at

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her side, the American Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords has

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been speaking about her ordeal. She said she couldn't remember much of

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the attack in which six others were killed. Steve Kingstone has the

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From this to this. A recovery that almost defies belief. 10 months

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after she was shot in the head at point-blank range, Gabriel Giffords

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faces the camera. -- Gabrielle Giffords. How do you feel? Pretty

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good. Strong, strong. She is a remarkable survivor, but this is

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the moment a congresswoman learned others had died in the shooting.

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They died. It is sad. This was her back in January. Being sworn in as

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a third term congresswoman. And here she was in Arizona a week

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later, meeting constituents outside a supermarket. Moments after this

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picture was taken, the gunmen Killing six people and wounding 14.

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A bullet passed through the congresswoman's skull. This

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intimate footage was filmed by her husband. We see Gabrielle Giffords

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of relearning how to walk. And how to talk. Her speech therapy even

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includes 1980s pop music. Girls just want to have fun. But there

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are said backs as well. However remarkable, the recovery is far

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from complete. She was asked by ABC News if she would run for election

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next year. She wants to get better. You think, I will go back to

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Congress if I get better. millions she is already an

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inspiration, wherever the journey leads. Britain has demanded that

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Burma released more political prisoners. Some were due to be

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released this week but it appears to have been delayed. Andrew

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Mitchell has become the first British government minister to

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visit Burma in decades and he said that, while reforms being

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introduced are grounds for cautious optimism, much more needs to be

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done. David Loyn sent this exclusive report.

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Burma's military dictators built themselves a 20 lane highway at a

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heart of their new capital. Nobody uses it much. Nobody here other

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than the for -- the Civil Service - - servants forced to move when the

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government moved. But there is changed in the air. Behind the

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walls of this absurdly large building, a new parliament is in

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session for -- session. We have a democratic system now. We have a

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parliament and we can discuss political or economic matters for

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the good of the country. It all began with a new President's sworn

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in in 2nd March surprised his country with the pace of change.

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Nobody yet would call this a democracy but there are signs that

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what was just a rubber-stamp for a military dictatorship is turning

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itself into a real parliament. Britain is Burma's largest donor.

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This visit by the International Development Secretary is a chance

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to test reform policies. He met the Speaker, one of the key architects

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of reform. Speaking to a foreign journalist for the first time, he

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told me there is no turning back. TRANSLATION: The reform process is

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genuine and irreversible. But it will take more than better debates

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in Parliament and more freedom -- freedom for the media and trade

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unions. Sabia Western sanctions will remain well and sang Suji's

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party cannot stand in elections, hundreds of political prisoners

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remain in prison and ethnic conflicts rage. -- or Aung San Suu

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Kyi. It underlines the point that there is plenty of grounds for

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optimism. But still a long way to go before the international

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community can be able to signal that deep progress has been made.

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The workers waiting for a bus in their soul this new capital hope

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that things are getting better. -- soul this.

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It was a miracle for one family and it could give hope to many more.

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Doctors in London have cured a baby boy of a life threatening disease

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which was destroying his liver. They used a ground-breaking new

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procedure, implanting cells which acted as a temporary Liver to allow

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the damaged organ to recover. It could have far reaching

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consequences. Meet a medical marvel. It is hard

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to imagine now, but six months ago this boy was close to death, a

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virus destroying his liver. Now it is working normally. His parents

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say that their only child has been given back to them. It was great.

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Once he had the treatment, after 48 hours things started slowly to get

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better. What saved his life was not a transplant but deep frozen human

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liver cells. Scientists at King's College Hospital coated the cells

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with a chemical found in algae to put it -- prevent the boy's body

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from rejecting them. He was given a single injection of Liver cells.

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Their protective coating was porous, allowing toxins to flow in, be

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processed, and waste products and vital proteins to flow out. Immune

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cells were too big to enter so could not destroy the tissue. After

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two weeks, his liver had started to recover. A key benefit over a liver

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transplant is that the boy will never need drugs to stop the

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rejection of the liver. Only a few months back I saw this

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child, who was so sick, on a breathing machine, and we think

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that we have given him another chance of life. Seeing him now,

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with an nearly normal liver, it is remarkable. Many patients died

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before receiving a liver transplant so it is hoped that the treatment

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that saved this boy may yet help many others.

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She is arguably England's most famous female novelist but almost

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200 years after her untimely death at 41 it is being suggested that

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Jane Austen may have been poisoned. Crime writer Lindsay Ashford claims

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to have uncovered evidence that arsenic may have killed her,

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evidence which she has incorporated into her new novel, The Mysterious

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Death Of Miss Austen. I am joined by Lindsay Ashford and also Deirdre

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Le Faye, who has written extensively on Jane Austen. Lindsay

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Ashford, what led you to believe that Jane Austen may have been

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poisoned? It started when I went to live in Chawton in Hampshire, where

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Jane Austen lived. Most of reading some of her letters in which she

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described her symptoms and one particular phrase jumped out. She

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describes her face as being black and white and every wrong colour.

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As a crime writer I have researched poisons extensively and it occurred

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to me that this was very simple -- similar to the Simpsons of arsenic

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poisoning. -- symptoms. But the visiting American told me about a

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lock of her hair in the Jane Austen Museum. Apparently the people who

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bought their hair in the 1940s, who donated it to the museum, haddock -

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- had it tested far arsenic and the test was positive. Putting these

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two things together, I thought, there must be something in this.

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The more I researched arsenic, the more I thought, yes, the symptoms

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she described, there is a lot of correlation between arsenic

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poisoning and what she described. Do you think she was actually a

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murdered or could she have ingested it accidentally? It is unlikely but

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not impossible that she was murdered. It of course it is a

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scenario I have created for my fictional book. Certainly there are

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other possibilities. We know that arsenic was very widespread in the

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early 19th century. It occurred in wallpaper, candles, you can buy it

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for rat poison. It was also used in medicine. One of the most popular

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medicines at the time contained arsenic. It was given for

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rheumatism and we know that Jane Austen had rheumatism. Deirdre Le

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Faye, do you think this is possible, that Jane Austen could perhaps by

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accident have ingested enough arsenic to kill her? No, frankly. I

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agree that arsenic was very widely available and widely used and she

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may well have taken some in medicine because we don't know what

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medicines she took. She was ill for quite a few months and the local

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apothecary was supposed to be treating her but he did not keep

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any notes about his patients. But certainly arsenic was used. I

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believe it was used to because it was almost a cosmetic because in

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small doses it makes your hair glossy and a nice pale skin. What

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about the point about her skin having these peculiar coloured

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blotches? She says that in her letters, and most people to date

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have taken it as meaning Addison's disease, which apparently does do

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this to you, when the Reinaldo and above the kidneys fails and your

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blood does not get cleaned and it is reflected in your face.

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Addison's disease apparently gives a brawl last appearance, a healthy

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outdoors look, which is quite different from be symptoms Jane

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Austen described. All of the medical theories fault on the use

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facial symptoms she reported. Lupus, Hodgkin's disease, a form of typhus

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have all been suggested but none of them quite cover the symptoms,

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especially the skin this coloration. I am sure this discussion will go

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on and on. I am afraid this is all we have time for.

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A quick reminder of our main stories. The police in New York

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have cleared anti-Wall Street demonstrators from a park in the

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financial district where they have been camping since September. But

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lawyers for the protesters have obtained a temporary court order

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allowing them to remain. Turkey's Prime Minister has warned

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Syria's President that the future of Syria cannot be built on the

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blood of its people. Pressure is building on Dunn at -- Damascus

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after the suppression of government -- anti-government protests. For me,

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Today the cloud broke in many places, giving a fine and bright

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afternoon. It is likely to reform through the night, so getting off

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to a grey, overcast start to things. We are still holding on to this

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high-pressure across Scandinavia but whether France are trying to

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move in off the road Latics. -- weather fronts are trying to move

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in off the Atlantic. With some sunshine in Newcastle, highs of 10

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degrees, through Lincolnshire, the East Midlands and the south-east

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corner, dry, fine and bright. Further west we had some thicker

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cloud and we will see some spots of rain across the south-east England.

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South Wales, a bitter -- on the grey and damp side. We might see a

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bit of a showery rain over Northern Ireland. Across Scotland, still

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some bright this towards the north- west. Inverness, the potential for

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