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This is BBC World News Today with me, Tim Willcox. Greece gets a

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lifeline but with numerous strings attached. Five years in recession,

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life for the Greeks will get even tougher. I am relieved that we are

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still in the Eurozone but I think life will get much worse.

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The Red Cross calls for daily ceasefires as the bombardment of

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Holmes's claims dozens more lives. -- bombardment of Homs.

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We are live in Christchurch in New Zealand to mark the first

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anniversary of one of the country's darkest days.

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Also coming up, a reputation in tatters. Dominique Strauss-Kahn,

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the former IMF boss wants front runner for the French presidency is

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questioned by police over a prostitution ring.

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And someone with something to smile about in austerity it Spain. But

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she is not what she seems. It was the longest of nights, the

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finance ministers in Brussels all getting a personal sense of the

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Greek word marriage on. In the end, the Greek Prime Minister liked it,

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as did the EU president, Jose Manuel grosso. Even so, the second

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bail-out has been agreed, with numerous strings attached, but

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cannot be implemented? -- was a Manuel Barroso. Greeks will see yet

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more spending interned -- in return from the -- in return for the bail-

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out. In a moment, we will see what former Prime Minister George

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Papandreou mix of that. Four two years, Greece has been the

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epicentre of the Eurozone crisis. Now after months of bitter argument,

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the country has been granted the biggest bail-out in history. The

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threat of bankruptcy has been lifted and Europe have breathed a

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sigh of relief. Greece has made its choice. We now have to focus on the

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next step, constructing a far wall that is large enough to prevent

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contagion within the Eurozone. 12 hours, ministers and officials

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argued over how to reduce Greece's debt mountain and how to prevent

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the country defaulting and threatening the European economy.

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But risks remain. There are downsize risks. It is not an easy

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programme, it is very ambitious. The bail-out is aimed at reducing

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Greek debt. Private investors have agreed to take big losses, 107

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billion euros. Greece will get a loan of 130 billion euros, and the

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hope is that by 2020, the debt will be down to 120% of GDP.

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The deal is intended to draw a line under months of violent protest. It

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period when a Greek Prime Minister was forced to stand down and an --

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a period of increased hostility against Germany foreign --

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insisting on more austerity. On the streets of Athens today, further

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protest. There is particular anger that under the deal, the country

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will have to accept permanent monitors to ensure that it lives up

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to its promises. The mood, as in recent demonstrations, was fearful

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and resentful. I am relieved that we are still in the Eurozone but I

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think life will get much worse year. TRANSLATION: The people will be

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even worse after last year. The measures will deepen the recession.

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Families know that more austerity is coming in exchange for the new

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bail-out. This man is a bus driver and his wages have already been cut

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by 400 euros a month. Now, he is threatened with losing his job.

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am afraid that I will not have enough money to buy the basics for

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my children and for the family. gamble with this new bail-out is

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that Greece is being asked to embrace further cuts whilst its

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economy is in freefall. It does not solve the great problem because the

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burden on the Greek is very high and intense. I am afraid that we

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will meet again in six months' time to discuss the great situation

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again. What a massive bail-out has done is to buy the Eurozone time to

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strengthen its banks and to shore up the defences around of a weaker

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European countries. For the moment, Greece has avoided bankruptcy but

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it faces years of hardship. As we saw in that report, the

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former Greek Prime Minister, George Papandreou resigned in November,

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stepping aside for a government of national unity. What is his verdict

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on events in Brussels? Zeinab Badawi has been speaking to him in

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Athens. It is the only interview he has done. I have heard many experts

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over the last few years talking about the possible outcomes and the

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Domesday -- doomsayers. We will not enter the Euro one we will not a

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fault. -- Exeter the Euro and we will not default. Of course, it

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means we need to do hard work. But we will demand, and I use that

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respectively, more respect. We have made major sacrifices. More respect

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from you -- from who? International analysts. Do you think this has

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engendered humiliation? I think there is pressure on Greece and

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much speculation about what will happen with Greece, if Greece will

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default and leave the Euro. This has been a pain in Greece, it has

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contributed to the recession. People will not invest, people are

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feeling that if they take their money out of the banks, they will

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not consume, and this deal gives us breathing space to make these major

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changes. On the question of sovereignty, and the German bashing

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that we have seen here, with effigies of the Chancellor Merkel,

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and the German flag being burnt, do you have sympathies with that kind

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of you when you see the protesters? They say they are being controlled

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by the European Union, specifically the paymaster of the EU, Berlin.

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think we need more democracy and our European institutions. -- in

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our European institutions. Particularly in Greece, with this

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kind of programme, people think that there is ownership and the

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programme, they need to feel ownership about what Europe is

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doing. The moment, citizens in Europe feel this empowered. They

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look to Brussels and stronger countries and they say, who is

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making the decisions? I think this is a question for Europe. You can

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see it from the Germans point of view, they say, why should we work

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until we are 65 so that Greek train drivers can retire at 50? In order

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that they have a minimum wage which when it was 700 euros, was much

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higher than a lot of other countries. Why should we support

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that kind of Greek state, do you sympathise with that you?

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understand that you and very often I have said that we have to

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understand citizens of other countries that are helping us. They

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want to see that we changed. But I think there is also problems in the

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Eurozone, of which make it quite unique. We are a family, but we

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have not really understood how deeply interconnected we are in

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Europe. That is why we need more economic Government's --

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governments, but we need to get away with populism, prejudice and

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extremism. Is that what you are seeing here? I'm seeing this around

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Europe, forces that are prejudicial, even racist, trying to scapegoat

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the real problems. George Papandreou was speaking to Zeinab

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Badawi. Syrian opposition activists say at least 30 people have been

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killed in the city of Homs as government forces continued to

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shell the district of Baba Amr. 20, including for my children are said

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to have been killed. The Red Cross is the only international aid

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agency operating inside Syria and is calling for a daily ceasefires

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to deal with the wounded. Bombardment was unleashed in the

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early morning and went on relentlessly. Hundreds of shells

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and rockets slammed into Baba Amr, which has been under siege for two

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weeks. Several hundred rebel fighters from the Free Syrian Army

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are entrenched here but many civilians are also trapped, some of

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them paying the price. At the improvised field hospitals, doctors

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were struggling to save the lives of the wounded, including this baby

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hit by shrapnel from an exploding rockets. Activist said that some

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buildings were reduced to rubble by the intensity of the shelling. One

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of the heaviest since the siege began. Tanks and armoured vehicles

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were on the move in the district immediately adjacent. It is not

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clear whether the bombardment was the prelude she -- prelude to the

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ground offensive the Government has threatened. Human rights groups say

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such an attack would result in a massacre. They have called on the

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world to intervene. The International Red Cross is trying

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to mediate a truce to get supplies in an civilians out. No result so

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far. -- and civilians out. Western and Arab count -- Western and Arab

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partners are planning for a meeting on Friday to step up opposition to

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the regime but there was still no clear way ahead. The Syrian regime

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is going to be under increasing pressure, which will create space

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for all of us to push hard on a transition. We will intensify our

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diplomatic out reached -- outreach to those countries still supporting

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the regime. But the world is not united. Russia and China continued

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to resist the idea of regime change and accuse the West of fuelling

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civil war. They advocate dialogue but there is very little of that

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going on. A resident of Forteviot who managed

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to escape from the city speaks to us now. -- Homs. What is the

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information you're getting from inside Homs? AUDIO PROBLEMS... We

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have no medical supplies... So make people are dying in their houses.

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Of sickness and power -- of sickness and hunger or by shelling.

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Thank you very much. I'm sorry, the line is very bad and it is

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difficult to make out what you're saying.

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Gunmen have killed at least nine people at polling stations in Yemen

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where elections are taking place for the new president to replace

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Ali Abdullah Saleh. There is only one candidate on the ballot, the

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current Vice President, Abed Rabbo Mansour Hadi.

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Leon Panetta has apologised after copies of the Koran were allegedly

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burnt by American forces in Kabul. Following angry protests, officials

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told the BBC that Americans took the holy books after suspicions

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that prisoners were using them to send messages.

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A Palestinian prisoner on hunger strike in an Israeli jail for over

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two months has agreed to end his protest. He will be released in

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April. He is widely believed to be a member of a militant Islamist

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group which Israel regards as a terrorist organisation.

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Sotheby's has announced that The Scream will be sold in New York in

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May. There were painted by F are Moon Beach is expected to fetch

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more than $80 million. -- Munch. Dominique Strauss-Kahn has been

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detained by police on suspicion of being involved in a prostitution

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ring. Charges of rape against a hotel worker were dismissed last

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year. It is accused that he -- it is alleged that he used funds to...

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Another very difficult day for a man once tipped to be President.

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Another extraordinary turn in the life and tribulations of Dominique

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Strauss-Kahn. Quite a fall from grace for a man who could have been

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a presidential hopeful in two once time. This was an investigation

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that has been rumbling on for some months. It is called the Carlton

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affair, named after a hotel in Lille where Mr Strauss-Kahn

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allegedly attended orgies. It is alleged that women were supplied at

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his request by high-ranking officials and businessmen. Not just

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in Lille but also in Paris and Washington where he was serving as

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the leader of the IMF. It is sent in French reports that some of

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these businessmen paid for the prostitutes out of corporate funds

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from a very big construction company. And that he knew these

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were prostitutes. He has denied that although he has not denied

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sleeping with the women. He has publicly denied that he knew they

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were prostitutes. His lawyer went on a French baroque -- French

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television station to say that "I challenge you to recognise a

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prostitute without a close off and a ordinary woman without her close

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off. " As I understand it, having sex

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with prostitutes in France is not illegal. What are the specific

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charges? There is no charge for sleeping

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with prostitutes, but there is a charge for supplying prostitutes,

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known as Pennyburn. In this case, he has put distance between himself

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and the hiring of the prostitutes. The allegation is that he wanted to

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keep a distance because he was serving of the head of the IMF and

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these people were doing his bidding. He denies this charge. As for the

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Socialist Party, I would think the reason number of people within the

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party who were breathing a huge sigh of relief. If this had come

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out earlier -- had not come out earlier and he had not been

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arrested in May and had managed to get the ticket for the Socialist

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Party to stand in the presidential elections, this could have blown up

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in the final two bombs of the presidential campaign. That might

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well have derailed the party's best chance in 20 years of winning the

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One year ago, an earthquake devastated New Zealand's second

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biggest city, chairs -- Christchurch. The centre of the

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city was left in ruins. Today people were marking the anniversary

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with events from a round the country and a two-minute silence.

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We can cross now to Christchurch to my colleague Lucy Hawking.

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Still some remote -- morning here in Christchurch. To mark that

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devastating moment a year ago today when a massive earthquake hit this

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city, devastating parts of it and killing 185 people. The service

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about to get under way is for families of victims. That is

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poignant, because where we are standing is in the Square on the

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edge of the central business district, an area that had been

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completely devastated. But this was whether to the large hospitals were

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set up on that day, concerts -- coincidentally to doctors'

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conventions what taking place in time, so the doctors came to help.

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The damage one year on is still shocking, there are still many

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buildings that need to be brought down, and they took the in to see

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it yesterday. New Zealanders call it the quake

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that changed and nation. One year on, at the centre of Christchurch

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is still completely off limits. Street after street destroyed and

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still dangerous. For the Dean of the city this is as close as he and

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his congregation can get to the cathedral. Most of us are getting

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on with our lives, and we live with this reality that we could have

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more quakes, and we live with the reality of a city that could get

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more devastated. But in the midst of it all, there is hope.

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This is the sight of the Canterbury Television building. The building

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was one of the first to be cleared, and of visual reminder may be gone,

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but tributes from a round the world remain.

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It took 160 years to build Christchurch and on the 24 seconds

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to rip apart the satyr of it. This used to be the middle of New

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Zealand's second biggest city. 50,000 people came into work here

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every day. Now it is home to just a few demolition workers, but

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crucially also construction workers - a $2 million plan is in process

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to rebuild this part of Christchurch.

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The nearby port of Lyttleton was the closest suburb to the epicentre.

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This mobile phone footage captures the full force of the quake. Alex

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Herbert showed her as the damage to his home. The house had to be

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pulled down. On so many different levels, the past year has been a

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tough one. The aftershocks always get your heart jumping, but we get

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used to them a little bit. The fear for us is more financial, and

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social, than anything else at this stage. We have lost a lot of

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friends, but have gone, and that time, lost a lot of businesses, the

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bars... This whole event has strengthened my resolve to be in

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this time, because it turns out that things we laugh about it goes

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so much deeper than the buildings, and it is the people, the geography,

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and this rare thing this debt -- these days which is a committee

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that cares about each other. You can feel the remarkable sense

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of community here. On a golden evening in Lyttleton, this festival

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is a moment to celebrate that. A stitching circle started sewing

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hearts as out symbol of hope. have people walking by with jackets

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and uniforms, so we had the opportunity to give these people

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one, and they have ended up all over the world. So it was a chance

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to say thank you to those people. The attitude in Christchurch is one

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of stoicism and the -- resilience. But with years of rebuilding and

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uncertainty ahead, people here have little choice.

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It is that stoicism and resilience that is so apparent as you talk to

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people here in Christchurch. So as you can see, this memorial service

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about to get under way. The Army band playing, it will be a sad day

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for the people of New Zealand, not just for the people in this city.

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If we are not sure how many people will show up, many people have said

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they want to mark this day with their family, quietly and on their

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own. Nearly 40 children have frozen to

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death in Afghanistan, according to Afghan officials, as the country

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experiences one of its harshest winters in decades. About 40,000

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people are living in makeshift camps, with only basic shelter and

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little food or clothes. Many have arrived in recent weeks to escape

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fighting and insecurity. As Andrew North reports from Kabul,

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it's also raising new questions about the capacity of the Afghan

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government. It could be a scene from the last

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century, but this is Afghanistan at 2012. They fled to Kabul for safety

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- now this family are overwhelmed by the cold. Born three months ago,

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the little one has already fallen sick. Just 22 years old, this one -

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- and he cannot feel -- he cannot keep them warm. TRANSLATION: We

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took my daughter to the doctor's, but the medicine did not help and

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we cannot afford to go again. Across Kabul, it is the same story

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for thousands of people displaced by fighting, now living in

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makeshift camps. Some help is coming in - these hats have been

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donated by people in Britain. But it is just touching the surface of

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the problem. At some camps, they only have tense to shelter from

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Afghanistan's harshest winter in decades. This is home for this

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family, and where the baby daughter died last week, the other daughter

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asks her father when she has gone. -- where she has gone.

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We were up all night, trying to keep her warm, he says. We did not

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have enough blankets. Then we heard her cough, and it was her last

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breath. It is heartbreaking what has

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happened to this family. And to so many others this winter. But it is

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also has a telling about life in Afghanistan, more than ten years

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since the fall of the Taliban. Despite all the billions that have

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been spent here, the Afghan Government and its Western backers

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still cannot do anything as simple as protect people against the cold

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weather. Nearly 40 children have died in

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Kabul so far this winter. The Afghan minister responsible can

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only offer apologies. TRANSLATION: I am sorry for what has happened,

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especially to the children. They do not have the support they need, and

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they are the future of our country. But if Afghanistan still cannot

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cope with its own winter, that future looks bleak.

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It seems the Mona Lisa is such an important painting that it's even

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worth us looking at copies of it. The Prado Museum in Madrid has put

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on show an alternative version which was painted by one of

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Leonardo Da Vinci's assistants. We're told that seeing the copy

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will help us understand how Da Vinci worked, because the theory is

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that both paintings were produced at the same time.

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It is a famous stair. A familiar pose. But for a long time, this

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painting attracted little attention. Because it used to look like this.

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We now know that the black background was painted on at a much

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later date. When removed, it revealed something strikingly

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similar to that on the Vinci's Mona Lisa.

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The painting has been part of the Prada's collection for centuries.

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It was thought to be painted in the decades following de Vinci's

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original, and it was only when the Louvre asked to use it for an

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exhibition, but the discovery was made.

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In if we compare what is beneath the CERN -- the surface here, with

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what is beneath the surface at the the Louvre picture, you can see

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there are things going on which are not apparent on the surface.

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Because those alterations, those changes, those slight modifications

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are in both pictures, it is very likely that this was painted by an

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artist who was working at the same pace as Leonardo.

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It is not that the artist was one of da Vinci's apprentices, who

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achieved a very close copy of possibly the first -- most famous

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painting of the -- in the world. A reminder of our main news. The

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Greek Prime Minister says the agreement of another big bail-out

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from the eurozone it is at -- an historic opportunity to move

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towards stability. Lucas Papademos said the 130 billion you would deal

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was in the interests of the Greek people. There would be much more

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pain dull for the Greeks. And Syrian opposition activists say

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at least 50, including four children, have been killed by

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government forces across Syria on Tuesday, thirty of them during a

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heavy bombardment of the city of Homs. During the day hundreds of

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shells have been fired into the rebel-held Baba Amr district of the

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Tonight will be another frost-free night for most of us. But for the

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day tomorrow, the winds pick up. Also a lot of cloud and heavy rain

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a round. That is due to weather fronts coming in. Across parts of

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Northern Ireland and Scotland at first. Much thicker cloud elsewhere,

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the rain is likely to be heavy at times particularly through Western

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Scotland and north-west England. By 3:00pm, temperatures of nine or ten

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degrees across northern counties. A wet afternoon for the Midlands, but

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parts of Kent and Sussex holding on to the dried weather. The rain may

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be heavy at times across parts of Wiltshire and Hampshire, and across

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south-west England it is a wet afternoon. Temperatures should get

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to ten or 11 degrees. When you add on the strength of the south-

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westerly breeze it will not feel very pleasant. Northern Ireland

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stays damp and drizzly, highs of 13 to 14 Celsius. Cloudy with

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outbreaks of rain across much of Scotland, however, eastern Scotland

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