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This is BBC World News Today with me Zeinab Badawi. Syrian forces

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launch their heaviest attack yet in Homs. We have a rare report from

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our correspondent who's entered the city and witnessed the shelling

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that's killing innocent civilians. We are hearing an impact every few

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seconds, and in reply, you can also hear some Kalashnikov fire. It is a

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pretty futile gesture. SCREENING. The pleas for outside help suffer a

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setback after Russia and China block a UN resolution. Britain's

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foreign secretary condemns their vetoes. These are the tears Arab

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betrayal of the Syrian people and they have let down the Arab League

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and have let down the people. Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah

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agree to set up a joint interim government. Can it end the deadlock

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between the two sides and what does it mean for the peace process?

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Also coming up in the programme: An anniversary celebration fit for a

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queen. 60 years to the day since she took the throne, Elizabeth II

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renews her vow to serve her people. One of the world's most popular

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writers - we ask why Charles Dickens remains such a superstar of

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Welcome. The Syrian city of Homs has been at the epicentre of

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opposition to President Bashar Al- Assad, so it is little surprise it

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is under heavy attack from government forces. Hundreds of

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shells and mortars have been fired into populated areas. Paul Wood has

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managed to enter Homs and people they have told him it is the worst

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bombardment they have experienced in the 11 month conflict. This

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report contains very distressing images.

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Daybreak in Homs. The artillery fire was just beginning. Dazed, he

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steered gently to safety. In this part of the city, it is the worst

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they have endured. God is great, he shouts, in defiance. The shelling

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is constant and we can hear impact every few seconds. In reply, you

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can hear a bit of Kalashnikov fire. It is a futile gesture. GUNFIRE.

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Eyewitnesses say at clinic was hit and they filmed the injured been

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moved. Over several days of this, most of the casualties have been

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civilians. The houses do not have basements, so there is no where to

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hide. Where is the Arab League, she shouts. This woman's son is badly

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wounded. Give us guns, she screams! We cannot defend ourselves. In the

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midst of all of this, most hide their faces, saying there is no

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telling what the regime will do. They had their hopes in the UN, we

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want is the Arab League to devour a situation to the UN so they could

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help us, now they have abandoned us. He will help us now? This man died

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attacking a government sniper position yesterday. The regime says

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that the violence is caused by the fighters of the free Syrian army.

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No, says the rebel commander here, everything that they do is to

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defend people. The regime cannot get to us, so it retaliate against

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civilians instead. There certainly paying the price. The shroud is for

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a seven-year-old girl. They carefully write her name. Like all

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of the dead here, she must be buried in darkness. It is too

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dangerous in the daytime. There is no family, no prayers, little

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dignity. They have to hurry, even now, they are attacked. There will

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be many more such desperate and lonely burials.

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United States has announced it has closed its embassy in Damascus and

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in Britain, the foreign secretary said he would intensify efforts to

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build an international coalition to ensure a peaceful solution to the

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crisis. He strongly criticise Russia and China for their decision

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to veto a UN Security Council decision on Syria. We regard this

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as a grave error of judgment by China and Russia. There is no need

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to mince words about this, Russia and China have twice vetoed

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reasonable and necessary UN action by the Security Council. These are

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betrayal of the Syrian people and and applying them they have let

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down the Arab League and increase the likelihood of what they wish to

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avoid in Syria, civil war. They are on the wrong side of Arab and

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international opinion. The foreign secretary, William Hague, and we

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hope to get reaction to the news from Syria and little later in the

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programme, but first, some of the other news in brief and in the last

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hour, it was announced that Romania's President has asked the

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head of foreign intelligence to form a new government. This follows

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the decision of the Emil Boc to resign as Prime Minister to date.

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He said he wanted to defuse political and social tension after

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weeks a protest against his centre- right government on his drastic

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austerity measures. Much of Europe is still suffering

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under freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall. The number of

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people at dying has run into hundreds. In the Ukraine, the

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thermometer has hit minus 33 degrees Celsius. More than 130

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people have died in the Ukraine. The former First Minister of

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Northern Ireland Reverend Ian Paisley has been admitted to

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hospital. The 85-year-old was taken ill yesterday but his condition is

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not yet known. He was the leader of the Democratic Unionist Party are

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almost 40 years. A local military official in the

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Philippines has more than 40 people were killed by an earthquake. The

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6.7 magnitude quake shook a central province on Monday morning.

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We can return to our main story, the events in Syria, we showed you

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that report by Paul Wood from the opposition stronghold of Homs Verde

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there is very heavy shelling. The residents have told us it is the

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heaviest shelling they have experienced in 11 months of

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conflict. We are joined by a Ausama Monajed, an adviser to be chairman

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of the opposition National Council and he is joining us now, so the

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fact that China and Russia have vetoed this resolution on Syria,

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what is the impact of this going to be on the ground? People suggested

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would be the fighting on both sides getting worse. It is indeed, it is

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a very, sad day when Russia and China have decided to take sides

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with a killing regime. They are committing atrocities against the

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people. This is just leaving the population, the revolutionaries and

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the opposition, it leads them to believe there is no hope in the

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international community and the only way is to bring down this

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regime by arming the opposition and fighting the regime's forces. We

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have confirmed information and intelligence that the regime is

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preparing for recorder needed a military attack on the city of Homs.

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The reason why, it has become a symbol of the military uprising in

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Syria and snout if they managed to crack it, it is going to have a

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dramatic effect on the people. Those armed opposition groups, Euro

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information is that they are going to step up their fight against the

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police? Yes, the weaponry, the support and the logistical support

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is now pouring into the country. Different groups are mushrooming

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and also, all around the country. Unfortunately Russia and China,

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their veto on the UN Security Council resolution put an end to

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any diplomatic or political solution for the conflict in Syria,

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and that is why everyone is getting ready for the big fight.

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British foreign secretary and the Americans are trying to find a

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coalition of the willing to still get a peaceful resolution, the

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Russian foreign minister visits Damascus on Tuesday, is there a

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possibility, yet, that a rabbit could be pulled out of the hat by

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either party to find a negotiation between the two sides? The Russians

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are not in favour of asking Bashar Al-Assad to step down or finding

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any solution or reaching any solution read this regime is no

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longer in power. This regime is securing lots of arms deals with

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Russia and Russia, have they lost this current regime in this area,

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there will be a dramatic impact on the influence in the Arab world and

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in the region and they realise this. Unfortunately, they are taking the

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wrong decision, the wrong historic decision by a signing with the

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people. -- by not siding with the people. The attitude to what they

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have done, it is not only disappointment but also anger. That

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has made our work in the Syrian National Council very difficult in

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finding any negotiations in the regime, and the only way forward

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from that is the armed resistance. One file point, very quickly, the

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longer this conflict goes on, the longer they do not find a solution

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for this, the more dramatic and more problematic for every one it

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would be to deal with the aftermath when Bashar Al-Assad collapses.

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Thank you. Four months, but two main

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Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have tried to forge a united

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party. They now agree that the Fatah leader, President Abbas will

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organise elections in the West Bank and Gaza. Fatah has control the

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West Bank whereas Hamas was controlled Gaza since they fell out

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in 2007. Meanwhile, Benjamin Netanyahu has said that President

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Abbas would abandon the way of peace if he abandons the deal.

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Mahmoud Abbas, the Fatah leader, the Palestinian President and now,

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the Prime Minister also. After talks with Hamas chief hosted by a

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Qatar, Mr Abbas decided to lead dementia and unity government for

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the West Bank and Gaza. TRANSLATION: We did not sign this

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agreement for the sake of signing. We want to implement what is

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related to the elections, the Government, the internal

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circulation and any aspect. And this with all the hurdles we have

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been surrounded by. We are serious about mending the old wounds and

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closing the chapters of division in order to achieve reconciliation on

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the ground. Palestinians have been crying out for political

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reconciliation four years. But the division between Fatah and Hamas

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has been bitter and sometimes violent. One year after a mosque

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macro won the elections in 2006, fierce fighting erupted. -- after

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Hamas won the elections. Mr Abbas says he wants this to change, with

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long overdue elections being held later this year. He is really have

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fall-back choice as Prime Minister. The two sides failed to agree on

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any alternative names. There remains the major differences in

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policy between Fatah and her mosque macro, not least, had to deal with

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Israel of which rejected the deal. -- and Hamas. Hamas strives to

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destroy the state of Israel and is supported by Iran. I have said many

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times in the past that the Palestinian Authority must decide

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between a packed with Hamas and peace in Israel. Hamas and peace to

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not go together. After decades of failed talks with Israel, President

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Abbas is increasingly frustrated with US efforts to mediate and

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Middle-East peace deal. For now, peace between Palestinians seems to

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be his priority. We can get a response from Israel

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on this, Danny Rubenstein is a political analyst and joins us from

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to ruler than -- from Jerusalem. Why should Israel opposed this

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unity government? From the Israeli point of view, Hamas is a terrorist

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organisation as they had been from the outset. The problem is, how

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mosque macro belongs to the Muslim Brotherhood, and this is a sort of

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triumph from Morocco in the West. - - Hamas belongs. I do not think

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that Israel have any choice. We do not deal with Hamas because it is a

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terrorist organisation and we deal with Mahmoud Abbas, he is not only

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the Prime Minister, he is the head of the PLO and from a formal point

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of view, are negotiations is not with the Palestinian government, it

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is with the PLO. We have to have an option to continue in negotiations

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or what is left from the negotiations with the PLO and not

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the Palestinian government. said Hamas is a terrorist

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organisation and it is recognised by Israel and the European Union,

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but the Muslim brother read in Egypt is not, even though they have

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an alliance, I want to clarify that. How will Israel respond? In the

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past it has without taxes from the Palestinian Authority if they do

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not abandon this deal which it Israel will back off. They will

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make a concession here. Israel will say, we continue with Mahmoud Abbas

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because we know quite well that this reconciliation, up till now,

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is more symbolic. It doesn't have any practical steps. They're still

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in trouble and they're still, they cannot agree about the same

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political issues. They cannot agree even about distribution the

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newspaper from Gaza in the West Bank and from the West Bank in Gaza.

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They didn't release prisoners. They didn't issue passports in Ramallah

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for people in Gaza. From practical point of view, the unification or

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the reconciliation doesn't work up till now. So, it can be... Does

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that suit your purpose? No, I think that Israel will continue, there's

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no negotiation any way. We can try to think about this and about that

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and about this option or that option from practical point of view,

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we don't have negotiation today with the not with Hamas, we don't

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have negotiation with PLO. So it's not a practical question for us. We

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can continue, Israel can continue and the government can continue

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with its rejection of the Palestinian demand to freeze the

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settlement activity and so on. Thanks very much indeed for joining

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us live from Jerusalem. Now it's 60 years ago that Princess

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Elizabeth became Queen of the United Kingdom and head of the

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Commonwealth. She was visiting Kenya on February 6, 1952 when she

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was told the news that her father George VI had died. To mark her

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Diamond Jubilee events will be held. Today it was a quiet advise toit

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Norfolk in the east of England. She has recommitted herself to

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serve, renewing the pledges she made at the time of her accession.

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In a Diamond Jubilee message the Queen says she's deeply moved by

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the messages of support she received as she marks her 60th

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anniversary of coming to the throne. At King's Lynn Town Hall, where

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photographs of previous visits are on display, the mayor delivered a

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loyal address and spoke for many. The 60 years Your Majesty has given

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exemplary service to the people of this country and the Commonwealth.

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60 years ago this morning, the nation had been stunned when the

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BBC interrupted its programmes to announce the death of the Queen's

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father King George VI. This is London. It was announced from

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Sandringham at 10.45 today, February 6, 1952, that the king,

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who retired to rest last night in his usual health, passed peacefully

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away in his sleep earlier this morning. It's hard now fully to

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appreciate the impact the death of Britain's wartime king had on the

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country. Alisdair Donald Campbell was ten. He was at school. A

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Frenchman, veteran of Word War I was taking a French class. Halfway

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through that class, one of the other staff came in and whispered

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something into the teacher's ear. Suddenly, we were conscious that

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this grown man sitting in front of us was crying. For a child of our

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generation and in the 1950s, you didn't often see grown men

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especially in public expressing emotion of that kind. He recovered

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himself. He slowly walked to the chalk board and wrote the words

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"(in French) that's how I learned of his death. The new Queen

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Elizabeth was in Kenya at the time of her father's death and just 25

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years old. She returned to London to be greeted by Prime Minister

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Winston Churchill and his Cabinet. At her accession Council she

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pledged to continue the work of her beloved father and to serve Britain

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and the other countries of which she is monarch. This morning on her

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last few days in Norfolk, before returning to back ham Palace, she

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was receiving the first of the thousands of greetings which will

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convey the country's thanks for 60 years of service. Kate Williams is

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a royal historian and she joins me now. Even those people who don't

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count themselves as ardent royalists would have to accept the

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Queen has done a good job. Yes, I think even those people who aren't

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ar dents royalists, even republicans have o to say she was

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thrust into the limelight at 25 and she has done an incredible job. 85

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and still going strong. Britain collapsed yesterday, no flights,

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the roads were barely running, the Queen was still on her walk about.

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She's keeping going. Do you think she adapted to the -- with the

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times. There were criticisms during the times of the death of Princess

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Diana who epitomised a more modern touch of the Royal Family, more in

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keeping with the times. You're absolutely right. Things have had

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to change very much. So the Queen's always felt if you just carry on

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with your routine, that's the way you'll get over the problems in

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life. That wasn't what the nation or the world wanted when Diana died.

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The coolness, the stiff upper lip was a disaster. The Queen had to

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rethink a lot of her relationships with the public and the Palace PR

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machine had to change. We wanted to see a different type of monarchy,

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more in touch with us and much less flamboyant in spending. Her father

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was very enthusiastic about the Commonwealth. He was regarded as

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one of those people who was instrumental in expanding it to the

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current 54 members today. Rumblings of republicanism in some countries,

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how has she done there? The Queen has seen her self-as the Queen of

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the Commonwealth. She's our greatest toured monarch. She has

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toured all over the Commonwealth. It's very close to her heart. In

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the Queen's speech at Christmas there's a lot about the

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Commonwealth. Things are changing. We have seen big changes in Jamaica,

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rumbles in Australia and I think we'll see big changes in Charles's

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reign. At the moment it's co-heerd under the Queen. She creates such

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affection in the people of the world.

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Thank you. Now, the British author Charles

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Dickens is one of the most popular writers in the history of

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literature, a man described as the first great media celebrity. On

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Tuesday ceremonies will be held to recognise his achievements. Robert

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Hall has been finding out what it is about Charles Dickens' work that

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keeps him alive in our imaginations for so long.

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A Christmas Carol. A ghost story of Christmas. On a rainy night in the

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Manchester suburbs, a familiar story is unfolding. Like so many

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before them, The Chorlton Players are telling a seasonal tale from

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another century. He's a natural story teller. He saw things that

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other people hadn't seen yet. I suppose he was ahead of his time,

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the poverty and the conditions and just told the story really well.

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What I like is about the bankers being very rich, the poor being

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very poor and I like that sort of parallel with today's society as

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well. Charles Dickens book were drama tiesed almost as soon as he

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finished them. Today's biographers agree that the journey from page to

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stage made Dickens a Victorian superstar. What was that clanking

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noise? One biographer has played his own part in bringing Dickens to

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a wider audience. Whfrpblgts he was writing his books, he used to leap

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up and look in the mirror and check the expression on his face and

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report it and write it down. Because it was a performance for

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him. He was being those characters in exactly the same as an actor

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does. Charles Dickens didn't live to see his characters make it into

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the movies. A season of screenings by the British Film Institute

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includes the earliest version of A Christmas Carol made in 1901 and

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Great Expectations completed eight years later. Charles Dickens' fame

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was still spreading. He was a rock star. He was a rock star. He was

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the most famous man in the world. He travelled the world. Crowds

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flooded to him. He made millions of pounds in modern day money. He was

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the first great media celebrity. The more you look at him, the more

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you realise why he's still exciting and why people are still interested

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in him. Interested and inspired. These are the children of

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Manchester's All Saints Primary, tapping into Dickens for a sense of

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history and a spur to their own imagination. When you read his

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books you're like, say you stop at a certain part, you want to read

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more and you don't want to stop. They're more dramatic and they have

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twists in them. They're good, yeah really good. Another vote of

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approval for a journalist, author aspiring actor and campaigner for

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the disadvantaged. The road of discovery that Charles Dickens led

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us down remains well travelled. Charles Dickens there still

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enthralling people young and old. Now we have been getting reports

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coming in while we've been on air of a series of blasts in northern

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Nigeria. Witnesses say they took place at a marketplace in the city,

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the base of the militant group there. There are reports gunmen

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have attacked a police station also in the north. There at least 185

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people were killed last month in that series of bomb attacks carried

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out by the same group. Let's remind you of the top story: There has

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been a another massive onslaught by the Syrian Army on Homs with shells

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and mortars fired into populated areas through the day. They have

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told our correspondent that it is the worst bombardment since the

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uprising began almost a year ago. That is all from World News Today.

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Hello there. More cold weather to come this week, as we look to

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tomorrow's forecast. A chilly start, widespread frost and that brings

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with it the risk of ice across many parts of the country. We're still

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holding onto this area of high pressure. It's moving in once again

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from northern Europe. Weather fronts are being kept out at the

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west. That's giving a contrast in our weather, because certainly

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through Monday it's not as cold in the west. We've had cloud. And

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through Tuesday we keep cloudier skies. A bit of sunshine elsewhere,

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after a rather slow start to the day in the east. We'll see brighter

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weather for the afternoon, but temperatures still struggling, just

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above freezing across East Anglia and the south-east corner. We'll

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continue with our slow thaw of the lying snow. Out towards the west,

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we see broken cloud aacross -- across Devon and Cornwall. We'll

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see more sunshine too. West Wales with brighter skies. Through the

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West Midlands we may see a bit of thicker cloud. Don't be surprised

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if there's the odd spot of snow, just coming out of that thicker

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cloud. For Northern Ireland it's cloudy for the afternoon,

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temperatures at seven degrees. A foggy start to the day, but much of

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that through the central low lands should clear. Yet again Scotland

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