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This is BBC World News Today. Can Britain avoid recession?

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The Chancellor of the Exchequer delivers a gloomy speech, with the

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state of the economy, while vowing to continue his austerity measures.

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We will do whatever it takes to protect Britain from this debt

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storm, while doing all we can, all we can to build the foundations of

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future growth. Protestors storm the British Embassy in Tehran, angry at

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the latest sanctions imposed by the west over the Iranian nuclear

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programme. Britain has responded angrily. Clearly there will be

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other, further and serious consequences. Psychiatrists in

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Norway have concluded that Anders Behring Breivik was insane when he

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killed 77 people in July. Also coming up in the programme, is

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there a viable alternative leadership for Syria. We meet some

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of the exiles fighting to topple the Assad regime, facing

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accusations that they aren't united enough to succeed. We will speak to

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one man who thinks he has managed to replicate the world's most

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Welcome, the British Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne,

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chose a good metaphor when he talked about steering Britain

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through a debt storm. If the British economy is a ship, there

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are plenty of dangers on the horizon, with UK growth forecasts

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down to less than 1%. Mr Osbourne has redirected some money towards

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infrastructure project, but he told parliament today he's not diverting

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from his course of cutting the debt. Much of Europe now appears to be

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heading into a recession, caused by a chronic lack of confidence in the

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ability of countries to deal with their debt. We will do whatever it

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takes to protect Britain from this debt storm, while doing all we can,

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all we can, to build the foundations of future growth.

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George Osborne's opposite number on the Labour benches, Ed Balls, was

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unconvinced, saying spending cuts are bringing the British economy to

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a stand still. Growth flat lining, down this year, next year and the

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year after. Unemployment rising, well over �100 billion more

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borrowing than the Chancellor planned a year ago. More borrowing

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than the plan which the Chancellor inherited at the last general

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election, Mr Speaker. And as a result, his economic and fiscal

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strategy is in tatters. In a moment we will hear an assessment from the

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political editor of the Financial Times, George Parker, first our

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chief economics correspondent looks at why George Osborne's original

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forecasts for the economy have been knocked off course.

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It is the statement George Osborne hoped he wouldn't have to make. It

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is a much bleaker picture than he set out in the budget back in March.

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That seems like a long time ago now. There was little the Chancellor

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could do to soften the blow. So what's gone wrong? Some of the

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key predictions were way off the mark. The growth forecast next year

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has been slashed by two-thirds, to 0.7%. That means borrowing will be

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�120 billion, nearly �20 billion higher than forecast. Usually after

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a recession the economy bounces back quickly, tax revenues from

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companies, including those here in the City of London come flooding

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back into the Government's coffers, and that allows borrowing to be

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reduced bu. With growth faltering, that hasn't happened this time. The

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next question is, who is to blame for the Government's problems? The

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Chancellor points to instability in the eurozone, with protests over

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spending cuts and fears of a recession, which could hit UK trade.

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He also blames pressures on consumers beyond his control.

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Global cost increases have hit food and energy bills. So Mr Osbourne

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wants to stick to his course on cutting borrowing. He should stick

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to his plans, he's made some cuts, which are allowing the UK to have

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very low borrowing costs. We would sacrifice that if he were to change

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tack now. But there are a few in the City who think he should change

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tack, because his cuts are hitting growth and making things worse.

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the Chancellor continues to cut spending into an economic downturn.

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The risk is the Government may end up with more Government debt at the

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end of it. If we go into a recession, benefits will have to go

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up and tax revenues will go down. Everything hinges on economic

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growth, so when will it improve? The independent watchdog, in charge

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of forecasting, had this verdict. We expect the underlying momentum

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of the economy to weaken further during the final quarter of this

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year, but then to pick up, gradually, through next year,

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assuming that the euro area struggles through its current

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difficulties. But that's a big assumption. The Chancellor himself

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warned that if the eurozone fell back into recession, the UK could

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go the same way. If that happened the borrowing figures could get

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revised up again, making Mr Osbourne's task of trying to

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balance the books even harder. Graham Parker is the political

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editor for the -- George Parker is the political editor for the

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Financial Times, and he said there is a gloomy outlook. George Osborne

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had a strategy where he would administer tough medicine to the UK

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economy, and try to sort out the huge debts, then you would have go

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or three years of recovery, so by the time the 2015 general election

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came round, the economy would be growing again, and the next

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election would be all about tax cuts. What we heard today was

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something different, which is austerity, already hitting families

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very hard in the UK, will be extended well beyond the next

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election in 2015 and into the next parliament. But despite these

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gloomy forecasts, Mr Osbourne said he was determined to press ahead

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with cutting Britain's debt, regardless. His opposition

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counterpart, Ed Balls, has accused him of stalling growth, of being so

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obsessed by cutting the debt, he's actually shrinking the UK economy.

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Has he got a point? This is the big argument at the heart of British

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politic, it will rage through to the next election. George Osborne's

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argument is the tough decision he has taken to drive down the debt is

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helping Britain at the moment. The borrowing costs are lower than

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those of Germany at the moment, eventhough the UK's national debt

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is much bigger. Ed Balls, the Shadow Chancellor, is saying we

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need a keysian-style economy, we need more money in the economy to

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give it a boost now. George Osborne says that is a quack cure being

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peddled by a dodgy doctor. That is the nature of the very fiery debate

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in the Commons today. George Osborne currently recognises that

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is a problem, he's injecting large sums of cash into infrastructure

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projects, helping families buy their own social housing. He

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recognises that there is a bit of a problem there. Particularly with

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the current credit squeeze? There is a huge problem, the economy is

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not growing. In fact, it could be even worse, as the Chancellor

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acknowledged today, if the eurozone were to break up, things would be

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much, much worse for the UK economy. The important thing to say is

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George Osborne is sticking strictly to his fiscal plan, plan A, if you

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like. What you were just mentioning there, the investment in

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infrastructure, in youth employment schemes and so on. That is being

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done within the existing fiscal envelopes, they are jigling around

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with the figures. Taking money Somerville parts of the economy

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where you think that is strange. They are taking a billion away from

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low income families with children to help pay for the infrastructure

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spending. He has been creative, some would say harsh on some of the

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poor working families suffering a lot under the austerity programme.

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As you say, all of this depends on what happens to Europe, doesn't it.

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They are our biggest trading partners? 40% of the UK's exports

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go to the eurozone, what happens just the other side of the English

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Channel is absolutely vital to the British economy. George Osborne is

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encouraging members of the single currency to follow what he calls

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the remorseless logic of monetary union, that is to push for a full

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fiscal union. The issue of eurozone bond d issuing eurobonds to spread

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German discipline across the eurozone. There is a pessimistic

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view in British Government circles about whether the eurozone

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countries will get a grip on the crisis. That is the big shadow over

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the whole UK economy at the moment. Iranian students took control of

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the British Embassy in Tehran for several hours today. Smashing

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windows, ransacking offices and burning the Union Flag. Embassy

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workers were taken hostage for a short time, before they were freed

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by police. Relations between Britain and Iran have been

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difficult for some time now. This was sparked by the British

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Government last week imposing sanctions on Iranian banks,

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accusing them of facilitating the country's nuclear programme. On

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Sunday Iran's parliament voted to downgrade diplomatic relations with

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the UK. The British demoren secretary, William Hague, warned

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there would be serious and more consequences. The UK takes this

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irresponsible action extremely seriously. It amounts to a grave

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breach of the Vienna Convention, which amounts to protection of

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diplomatic premises and diplomats in all circumstances. We hold the

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Iranian Government responsible for the failure to take adequate

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measures to protect the embassy as it is required to do. I spoke to

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the Iranian Foreign Minister this afternoon, to protest in the

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strongest terms about these events, and demand immediate steps to

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ensure the safety of our staff and both embassy compounds.

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I'm joined in the studio now by our Tehran correspondent. Why was

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Britain targeted in particular, because it is not the only western

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power to impose sanctions? It was the one western power which imposed

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these restrictions last week which went beyond other restrictions, the

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cutting off of ties with all Iranian banks. In the iconography

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of the establishment, Britain is seen as the evil mastermind behind

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a lot of Iran's problems. There are only two countries that come close,

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America and Israel, neither has diplomatic relations with Iran.

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Iranian Foreign Ministry have expressed regrets over today's

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events, how sincere is that, considering they have been behind

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these kinds of things before? shows the different sides to Iran's

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Government and establishment. It makes life more difficult for the

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Foreign Ministry to engage with the rest of the world. Foreign

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ministries have their tasks to be engagment of the rest of the world.

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The Revolutionary Guard, the more conservative elements, who see the

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conflict with Britain as a way to re-establish conservative

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credentials. William Hague saying there will be further consequences,

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what more can be done? Speaking to various people, Britain doesn't

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want to act alone, but as part of a team. That team is the European

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Union. We know William Hague will speak to the British Commons, we

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know that EU foreign ministers will meet on Thursday, once before there

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was a decision by EU foreign ministers to withdraw all of their

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heads of mission, all of their ambassadors, years ago in Tehran

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for one problem. Possibly we might have a step like that or more

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sanctions. Eurozone finance ministers are

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meeting today under intense international pressure to beef up

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their bailout fund, to avert a catastrophic debt default and save

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the single currency. As they gathered in Brussels, Italian

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borrowing costs surged to record levels, raising the prospect that

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it may be next in line for a rescue. Officials say they have agreed an

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eight pill I don't know euro bailout for Greece, to prevent it

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defaulting before Christmas. A former News of the World tabloid

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journalists has been having his say at the Leveson Inquiry into media

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ethics today. He didn't mince his words in blaming the former bosses

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of the defunct paper for phone hacking. Earlier in the week the

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report heard from the best selling author, JK Rowling, and the actress,

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Senneff miller. One of the world's biggest airlines, American Airlines,

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has been filing for bankruptcy, it says the move will make it more

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competitive. Flights will continue to operate as normal. Shares will

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be plunging this month. The only daughter of the former

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Soviet dictator, Josef Stalin, has died at 85 in the United States.

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Svetlana Stalina had a privileged upbringing, but witnessed the

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horrors of her father's rule, they defected from the Soviet Union in

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the 1960s and denounced her father and communism. On the 22nd of July,

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Anders Behring Breivik set off a car bomb outside the Government

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buildings in Norway, killing eight people. After that he went to an

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island near the capital, disguised as a police officer, there he

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killed another 69 people, most of them teenagers. Since his arrest,

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the Norwegian authorities have been considering Anders Behring

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Breivik's state of mind, and today, psychiatrists, concluded he was

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insane when he committed the crime. The face that haunts a country.

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Since the killings last July, Anders Behring Breivik has shown no

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remorse, there has been intense debate in Norway about whether or

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not he's criminally responsible for his actions. Psychiatrists have

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interviewed Breivik for 36 hours already, they have poured through

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his diaries, their 240-page report has a clear conclusion.

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TRANSLATION: Conclusions of the forensic experts is that Anders

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Behring Breivik was insane. Breivik set out his beliefs in his

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manifesto. He saw himself as the head of a Norwegian resistance

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movement, fighting multiculturalism. The experts said these long-held

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deillusions, mean he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia.

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TRANSLATION: The experts examined more closely what they term Anders

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Behring Breivik's grandiose delusions, where he believes he's

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chosen to determine who is to live and who is to die. He, as the

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perfect Knight, is chosen to save, what he always, his people.

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It is hard to judge if today's report will make any difference to

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the suffering of bereaved families. Anders Behring Breivik will still

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go to court, but assuming the judge agrees with the experts, there will

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be no prison sentence. Instead he will be given compulsory mental

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health treatment, for as long as he's deemed a threat to society.

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Michael Jackson's doctor, Conrad Murray, has been sentenced to four

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years in prison. He was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter

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at a trial earlier this month after a six-week process. The judge said

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Dr Conrad Murray had continually lied and was caught in a cycle of

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medicine madness, that violated his obligations as a doctor. Our

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correspondent is at the court in Los Angeles. What's been the

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reaction to this? This is the sentence, the decision that Michael

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Jackson fan fans, who gathered outside the court wanted. It is the

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decision many of the singer's family wanted. Although in the

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early stages of the legal process, the family, or certain members of

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the family had expressed doubts about the charge of involuntary

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manslaughter, they believed a charge of murder might be more

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appropriate. This was the maximum sentence, four years, and the

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family wanted justice done, and they will be happy with this.

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wasn't a surprise, were they expecting four years? It wasn't

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really a surprise. It is clear from what the judge said, it was quite a

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damming summing up of the behaviour of Dr Conrad Murray, by the judge,

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that he clearly agreed with the prosecution points that Dr Mur was

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grossly neglect -- Dr Murray was grossly negligent in his care of

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Michael Jackson and appeared to show no remorse. That was in

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reference to television interviews he made, broadcast on American

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television and around the world. Conrad Murray seemed to blame

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everyone but himself for the death of Michael Jackson, the judge said

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that was a big part in his reasoning why he shouldn't be given

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probation and he had to go to jail. Did Dr Murray look surprised?

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didn't. He looked, he didn't really show any sign of what he was

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thinking. He looked straight ahead as the decision came in. It was

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really an expression that we have seen before from Dr Murray, when

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his guilty verdict came in a few weeks ago as well it's a man that

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doesn't necessarily show his emotions, at least in the courtroom.

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Although I mentioned that television interview, he was very

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emotional in that. It is not the end of the matter. Dr Conrad Murray,

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through his lawyers, have already said they will appeal this decision.

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But for now, he has been led off to jail. We saw him disappearing

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outside the courtroom in handcuffs and he will start his four-year

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sentence. The Arab League, may be looking

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more united on Syria, it is a different story at the UN. There

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are deep divisions within the Security Council. The US wants

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decisive action on the bloodshed in Syria, Russia is sticking to the

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view that political dialogue is needed. The key question is who and

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what might replace the Assad regime, the Syrian National Council is the

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most prominent candidate. It is based in Paris, where we have been

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meeting some key figures. It is the kind of VIP security

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commonly reserved for high-ranking diplomats and politicians. Hurtling

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to meetings under 24-hour police protection is a diplomat or a

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politician. But as part of the Syrian opposition, she and her co-

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conspirators are high-value targets, in their attempts to bring down the

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Assad regime. We have different working habits and come from

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different professional horizons, we are physically not able to meet.

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Skype is our strategic tool, both to connect with the inside as well

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as to connect among each other. Then setting the mechanisms for

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working is quite a challenge. They belong to the Syrian National

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Council. A growing coalition of regime opponents. The SNC is

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quickly building its grass roots support. Not just in France, but

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across the towns and cities in Syria, where people are dying in

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their hundreds. Through Skype, they send regular news and coded

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information, to men like Ahmed, an But world leaders are beginning to

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pay attention. Recently the SNC travelled to Russia, Britain, China

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and Turkey, in its bid to win international approval, the

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fledgling opposition is moving quickly, to give the appearance of

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a transitional Government in waiting.

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There are lessons to be learned from other groups and countries

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that form part of the Arab Spring. But there are intellectuals who

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believe the western powers are putting too much onus on the SNC,

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and at the same time, playing into the hands of the Assad regime.

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are asking it to prove that it is viable, that it is united, that it

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is coherent. That it is a valid alternative to the regime. And of

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course, it is not. Because no regime survives for that long by

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making sure, by allowing such an alternative to survive. You but for

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the French Foreign Minister, who has met twice with SNC leader,

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Burhan Ghalyoun, there is a complication. The involvement of a

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Free Syrian Army, the defectors who are turning their guns on the

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regime. A non-reaction could provoke civil war inside Syria, and

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it could be the worst situation for the country. The Free Syrian Army

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is still very young. Not very well organised, it has a strong image,

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has a patriotic army that refuse to obey orders for repression, but we

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do not need an armed group that acts for the council, because we

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have never made the choice of moving into armed struggle, so we

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support their role as defending peaceful demonstrators.

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As the threat of civil war looms, so the shuttle diplomacy gathers

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pace. Next month, Bassma Kodman will oversee the election of a 200-

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strong general assembly, with permanent staff in Paris and Cairo.

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The group aims to bring together as many of the disparate factions it

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can, and the greater its success, the more isolated President Assad

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will become. A young Russian woman, alleged to

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have been spying for Moscow, has won her appeal against deportation

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from Britain. 26-year-old has told an appeals commission that she

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hasn't passing on secrets from Britain while having an affair with

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her boss. A Russian spy in Westminster, was she sent to steal

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secrets. That is what MI 5 claimed about her. But today she heard a

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judge reject that claim and throw out an attempt to deport her to

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Russia, on grounds of national security. I was Distressed, I lost

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a year of my life. People saying I was a spy because the British

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Government said so. Mike Hancock was her boss, then a member of the

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select committee. Suspicions were raised with him and a NATO official.

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When it fist came up and she was first detained, she said what

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should I do, shall I go home. I asked had she done anything wrong,

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she said no, I said in that case, in Britain we fight those things,

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we don't give in we fight it. Catching Russian spies used to be

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the bread and butter work of the Security Service, MI5, in this case

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they certainly had their suspicions, baseded on Miss Zatuliveter's work

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in parliament. The problem was, they had very little evidence.

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MI5's decision today was defended by the Home Office, who said there

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had been grounds for suspicion, something Zatuliveter denies.

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scariest part of the investigation was that I have seen the people

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were unprofessional and paranoid. Everything they see in Russian

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people is a spy, if you are Russian in this country you are a spy. They

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couldn't understand how a Russian in London can speak the English

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language. Katia Zatuliveter had her private life dragged into public

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view, but today it will be MI5 feeling embarrassed, at their

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failure to convince a judge she was a spy.

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Ecuador's volcano is still spewing rock and ash two days after it

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started. Scientists say the silent eruptions took them by surprise. It

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is a towering 5,000ms, and some 135kms south of the capital. It has

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been capital for the last 12 years. Once the popstar el visit Costello

:24:45.:24:52.

released an album called Get Happy. His latest release, he says he

:24:52.:24:58.

doesn't like the songs but it cost too much. The box set, called The

:24:58.:25:06.

Return Of The Spinning Song Book, will set you back $300. The singer

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says if fans hang on they will be able to buy it at a cheaper price

:25:10.:25:20.
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in a few weeks time. That is good news. Classical music, is it ever

:25:20.:25:24.

possible to replicate a Stradivarius, they are the world's

:25:24.:25:30.

most expensive stringed instruments, there are less than seven violins

:25:30.:25:34.

still in place. Antonio Stradivari's instruments have

:25:35.:25:41.

always been prized for their unique sound and quality. A unique team of

:25:41.:25:45.

American scientists and violinists have claimed to be able to

:25:45.:25:49.

replicate the sound using X-rays and scanners. Let's listen to the

:25:49.:25:59.
:25:59.:26:20.

sound of the original ones? (vi lin The beautiful sound that many say

:26:20.:26:23.

cannot be replicated by a piece of engineering. I think that debate

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will rage and rage. Now a reminder of the main news stories. The

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Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, has been setting out his

:26:30.:26:35.

plans for tackling what he calls the debt storm facing the British

:26:35.:26:41.

economy. Mr Osbourne told parliament he had spent more on

:26:41.:26:48.

infrastructure policies and sticking to spending cuts. Mr Balls

:26:48.:26:52.

said Mr Osbourne was cutting too fast and too deep. That is all from

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Through the day today we had flooding across Scotland and

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Northern Ireland. Torrential rain combined with strong winds.

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Tomorrow it does stay windy and we have a few showers around,

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especially for northern and western areas. We lose one weather front as

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we go through Tuesday night. The showers follow on behind, yet

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another low set to bring us more wet and windy weather on Wednesday

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night. Wednesday morning starts off with clear spells around. The

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showers soon get going, especially out towards the north and west.

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Wintry showers at times. Leeds temperatures at 10 degrees. Showers

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to the east of the Pennines. Much of East Anglia through the south-

:27:38.:27:42.

east corner should stay dry. It will be windy and temperatures

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reaching 12. A scattering of hours across Devon, Cornwall and west

:27:46.:27:50.

Walesing during the afternoon the winds will strengthen through the

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Irish Sea with the risk of gales. A few showers across North West

:27:54.:27:58.

England, likely to be heavy, hail and thunder mixed in there as well.

:27:58.:28:01.

It will be wet across parts of Northern Ireland, as we go through

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Wednesday afternoon. As we head up towards Scotland, the north-east

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corner staying mostly dry and bright. Most of the showers out

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towards the west through the day. We will start to see things turning

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