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If this is BBC World News. Another day of fierce shelling in Syria.

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With more shells battering the city of Homs, can today's sanctions

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agreed on by the EU make any difference to the Syrian regime hot

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or the people under fire. It did not help us, it did not give us

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food or medical surprise. He did not prevent the regime from killing

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us. It is not enough until now. Russian state television sets for

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two men have been arrested on suspicion of plotting to kill

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Vladimir Putin. The Spanish Supreme Court clears

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the judge Baltasar Garzon of exceeding his powers. Hated and

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loved, we examine this controversial figure.

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Also coming up: The bruising nature of politics down under. Australia's

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Prime Minister regains her political stride after defeating

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her bitter rival in the leadership challenge. Can they now mend fences.

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And the winner is... Well, mainly, The Artist. The silent film creates

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a big noise at the Oscars are in Hollywood.

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Good evening. After that "Friends of Syria" meeting on Friday, EU

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ministers have agreed to impose tougher political sanctions on

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Syria and its leaders. So far, international pressure has not

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stopped President Assad's shelling of civilians so there is doubt this

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latest round of sanctions will have much impact. Qatar has joined Saudi

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Arabia in calling for opposition forces to be armed and today a

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least 46 people were reportedly killed in violence across the

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country. Night-time protests. Pictures

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apparently taking yesterday evening, although that is impossible to

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verify. The crowds denounce President Assad's regime. The

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regime's response is predictable. A protester lies winded but still

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moving as others call for help and chant, may God protect the Free

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Syrian Army. The use any pictures appear to show shelling of the Baba

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Amr district of Homs. It is not possible to verify or when they

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were taking up but a correspondent in northern Syria is witnessing

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renewed efforts by government forces are to seize back towns in

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open revolt. We were woken up to the sound of bombing coming in. As

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I am talking, there is gunfire in the distance. We believe they are

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using anti-aircraft guns. They are also setting up mortar positions.

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In response to all this, the European union is united in its

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response, even if the international community as a whole is certainly

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not. EU Foreign Minister have agreed to impose new sanctions on

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Syria, adding to their existing bans. Assets abroad are being

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frozen. The freeze will apply to assets in Europe of Syria's central

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bank. There will be a new ban on cargo for loan to Syria. Europe

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admits it sanctions are blunted by a lack of support from other key

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powers. We have a difference of view with China and Russia. That

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remains a major blockage in what the international community can do.

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Look how Syrian state television is drawing strength from Russia's

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position. Vladimir Putin insists nobody should be allowed to to

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repeat the Libyan scenario in its area. Russia will welcome the

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referendum. It is no surprise President Assad won the referendum

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comfortably. The opposition boycotted the poll in many

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governments called it a sham. So far, the regime has proved

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impossible to dislodge. I am joined by Marwa Daoudy from

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Oxford. She is currently at Princeton University. Cannot the

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Syrian people derive any comfort whatsoever from a this round of

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sanctions? -- can the Syrian people. The sanctions have been impacting

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on the freedom and access to assets. It has impacted also on the daily

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life of the Syrian people. They have been incurring additional

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hardship in addition to the instability. Increasing the

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sanctions would be an effective way to prevent the regime from having

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alternatives and continuing violence if one wants to see the

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political solution to the conned -- conflict. How long do you think the

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Syrian government can continue in the face of these sanctions? Can

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they just go on for a long time? Saddam is sane survive for many

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years. -- Saddam Hussein. The situation has deteriorated

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drastically in the last few months. We know a lot of the regime

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officials cannot access their foreign assets. This would be an

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effective solution, a way from other solutions such as the

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military in for repair -- intervention, as this would bring

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conflict in Syria and the launch of a civil war. The diplomatic

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solution, the increase of sanctions, and diplomatic pressure to isolate

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the regime, would be ineffective -- would be an effective way forward.

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The solution would prolong the survival of the regime in Syria. It

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would serve its interests in pretending to fight external forces.

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In so far as what is going on in the international arena, is now a

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battle between if the "Friends of Syria" and friends of the regime?

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Well, unfortunately the revolution in Syria has been hijacked by a the

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regional context, the geopolitical factor is the stock that has

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exacerbated the conflict. Now it is not about a revolution, Syria is a

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call attar of Middle East politics. -- corner axes. It is being

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confronted by a broader coalition. It is unfortunate all of this is

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being played on Syrian ground, taking over the revolution with

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calls for armed groups in Syria. That would bring in cash or weapons

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into the country. -- Qatar weapons. It would be a catastrophic

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situation. It would take the revolution away from its peaceful

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and powerful goal which is to double that President Assad regime

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and bring possibly a peaceful transition. Thank you.

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In Afghanistan, a suicide car bomb has killed at least nine people at

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a military airport in Jalalabad. That means 30 people have now died

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in six days of violent anti-US demonstrations following the

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burning of Korans during rubbish disposal at a US military airbase

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in Afghanistan. The German parliament has approved

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the terms of a second bail-out for Greece. Angela Merkel said the

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package carries opportunities that outweigh the risks of Greek

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financial collapse. It's a cruise ship with 1,000

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people on board is drifting without power in the Indian Ocean and the

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seashells. The Allegre, operated by the same company which owns the

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Costa Concordia, suffered engine failure after a fire.

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In Russia, the state owned for TV station Channel One broke the story

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earlier today of an alleged assassination plot against Vladimir

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Putin. Is it two men had confessed to being part of a plot to kill the

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Prime Minister after the presidential election next Sunday

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which was -- which Vladimir Putin is expected to win. This was the

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aftermath of the apartment explosion which started this

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investigation. It took place in a Ukraine and in

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the rubble, the Security Service found evidence of home-made

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explosives. One man died and another was detained. That led to

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the dramatic arrest in early February of this man, who today

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appeared on one of Russia's state owned channel, apparently

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confessing he was involved in a plot to kill Russia's most powerful

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politician. We asked to go to Moscow to carry out an attack on

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Vladimir Putin. -- we were asked. The plan was to be executed after

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the presidential election. timing of the Russian TV report was

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attacked by opposition leaders who said Vladimir Putin was trying to

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gain at cynical advantage of just six days before the polls. By

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Vladimir Putin's secretary told me this was absolutely a plot to kill

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his boss. In a series of phone calls, the spokeswoman for this is

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-- for the security services did not want to confirm that on the

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record. This is an organisation that is supposed to be holding the

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main suspect in a plot to kill a world leader. The report even

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contain footage does appear to show the interrogation of another

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suspect. He said they were learning to use explosives before going to

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Moscow to carry out a series of attacks. Rush and television said

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the men had been ordered to carry out the attack by this man. He is a

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Chechen warlord. Last year, he claimed his group carried out an

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attack in Moscow which killed 37 people full stop a he is either a

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crusading superstar of the legal system or a judge overstepping his

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jurisdiction. Baltasar Garzon divides opinion in

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Spain. To an international audience, he is best for imprisoning a

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dictator. He began investigating the killings of the Franco era. The

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ruling is bittersweet consolation for Baltasar Garzon.

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This woman's parents went missing when she was five. They were both

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teachers and Republicans. She said they were killed by fascists at the

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end of Spain's civil war. They had neither a trial or a legal verdict.

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It is a shame I am still crying after so many years. I cannot make

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a better. She says this man was her last hope for justice. When

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Baltasar Garzon tried to investigate the disappearance of

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people, he was accused of misusing his powers as a judge and was taken

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to court in a civil case. Today's decision by the Supreme Court will

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be a hollow victory over -- victory for Baltasar Garzon because just

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over a week ago he was bound to have denied two business men the

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right to a fair trial who he was investigating in a separate case.

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As a result, he was banned from being a judge for 11 years. Today,

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he has been cleared in a more controversial case which has clear

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implications for Spain and its devisers past. In the 1930s, Spain

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experienced three years of war. The dictator Franco ruled until his

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death in 1975. Two years later, there was an amnesty and a law

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banning any investigations into deaths during the past. It was that

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all that Baltasar Garzon was accused of breaking. -- that law.

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We are talking of things that took place more than 70 years ago. The

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majority of people from that era are no longer here. You have to

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remember only one person from the political class during the civil

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war is still alive. We are talking about historical facts. If we have

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to carry out legal investigations, where is the limit? Franca is still

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buried at this valley. It is a symbol of fascist Russia --

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repression or is it a memorial? In some respects, Spain has not moved

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on. She still wears a photograph of her parents when she goes to

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protests to support Baltasar Garzon. For her, the search for justice

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will go on. The controversy over Libyan man convicted of the

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Lockerbie bomb went, Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi, he has been

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given -- has been given fresh impetus. A new book claims he is

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innocent of the bombing. Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi was released

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on compassionate grounds are in 2009 because of the advance state

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of his cancer. I have been talking to John Aston, the author of the

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book. I asked him what evidence claimed -- proved the innocence.

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is forensic evidence that relates to the golden thread their

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connected Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al- Megrahi to the bombing. It was a

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circuit board from the bomb's timing mechanism. He was determined

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this was part of a timer that was given exclusively to Libby up by a

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Swiss company. We have determined the balls used in that, the circuit

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boards, were very different from the circuit boards in which the

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fragments originated. -- the boards. It was coated with pure tin. The

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ones from Libya were coated with an ally of tin leg. Significant in the

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way that had it been available, he would not have been convicted of

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the Lockerbie bombings? I believe that is the case. Had the evidence

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that came into opposition one month before he went home, a couple of

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documents from the main forensic experts who did the work, which

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demonstrated he did not have this circuit board, had that been in

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their position, the defence would have had a greater defence. The

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evidence would have been knocked out. You are suggesting there was

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some understanding or conversation between the Scottish Justice

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Secretary and Abdelbaset Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi prior to his release in

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2009? The Scottish government has always denied this. The book states

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subsequent to a visit by a delegation of Libyan officials to

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the Scottish justice minister, one of those officials told Abdelbaset

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Mohmed Ali al-Megrahi the Scottish justice minister had indicated to

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him it would be easier to grant compassionate release if he dropped

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his appeal. That was not a demand. It was very clear he was not making

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a demand. He had no direct contact The Scottish government has told us

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it does not doubt the safety of the conviction and it maintains that he

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was released simply on compassionate grounds alone. It

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also says categorically that the Scottish government had no

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involvement or interest of any kind in Mr al-Megrahi dropping his

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appeal. Now, it has been a bruising few

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days in Australian politics. Julia Gillard remains Prime Minister

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after she defeated the man she ousted from the post, Kevin Rudd,

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in 2010. She won a leadership vote in her ruling Labor party on Sunday.

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She had caught the ballot to assert her authority after Kevin Rudd

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resigned unexpectedly as foreign minister last week and made a bid

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of the party leadership. Julia Gillard says she wants to draw a

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line under what she called an ugly battle. At times, it has been ugly,

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I understand that. I also understand that as a result,

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Australians have had a gut full of seeing us focus of ourselves. I

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understand the frustration of Australian has been seeing us do

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that. So today I want to say to Australians won and all, this issue,

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the leadership question is now determined. Kevin Rudd put the

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recent bitterness, he said, behind him in a speech conceding defeat

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after the vote. I congratulate Julia on her strong win today. The

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caucus has spoken. I accept the verdict without qualification and

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without rancour. TUI Jan every one of my supporters, who together to

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nearly one third of the caucus, I thank them. -- two each and every

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one. We are joined by Philip Williams, Europe correspondent for

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Australia's ABC, and in his studio is Keir Reeves from Monash

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University, Australia. Kevin Rudd, bloodied, but not out? He says he

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is out, that is the end of it, the caucus has made its decision. Do

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believe in? He is a very ambitious man who feels aggrieved about the

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way he was ousted. It would seem unlikely that he would have packed

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away all of his ambitions. I would predict that some time in the

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future, perhaps at the polls continue to go down, he may put his

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hand up and say, look, I am the man to win the election, I can call us

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back from the brink. He says he will not do it, but he would not be

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the first politician to change his mind. Keir Reeves, Julia Gillard is

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pretty much on probation. She has got to get her approval ratings up

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before the election next year. think the margin of the victory she

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had in the party room but was quite comprehensive, but her elect our

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ranking is still pretty low. As you said, she is on probation. Why do

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the Australian public not like her? She is popular within the party.

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think the question that needs to be answered is what was the rationale

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for dumping Kevin Rudd in the first place? That narrative was never

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really explained to the Australian public. Australian politics at the

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top seems to be a fairly bruising affair, bitter rivalry between

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Julia Gillard and Kevin Rudd, is that typical of the Labor party in

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Australia? We are no strangers to this sort of competition. You only

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have to look at Paul Keating before him. He was always challenging the

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Prime Minister and eventually got the leadership. You know very well

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in Britain how this works in the Labour Party, the Brown-Blair

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competition. It is a very common narrative. What is a little less

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common is the way he has bounced back and had another go tanned been

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quite determined, having said that he was a happy little venture might

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be in foreign minister. Now he is going to the back benches, it means

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he has no ministerial responsibility, and he is a man who

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likes to be in control. It seems unlikely that he will suit there

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comfortably until the next election. It sounds very intriguing. Is that

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it? Australian politics, this is not unusual? You are a fairly

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straightforward, direct talking people. Sure, I think the Federal

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parliamentary Labor party is a fairly brutal arena, politically. I

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agree with Philip that if not soon, that some point there will be some

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sort of challenge against Iraq if she cannot lift their ratings with

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the public. -- against Gillard. What did the public make of this?

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Do they enjoy it or just think, get over it? I think everybody is sick

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and tired of it. They want to see effective management of the economy

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and the Government moving on with the business of the day, rather

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than this massive sideshow which has turned into the main event.

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Philip, is it a gift for correspondence IQ covering this

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kind of story, the personalities and intrigue? -- correspondents

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like you. Journalists love this sort of story, but the people don't.

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They really are annoyed with this. There are big questions not just

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for Australians, the global economy, to be answered, and things to be

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settled. They see this as an unnecessary distraction. It is a

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gift for the opposition, there are way ahead in the polls anyway. Tony

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Abbott, the leader of the opposition, cannot believe his luck.

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All he has to do is stay silent and what then destroy each other. He

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has to do very little between now and election to romp in, unless

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something dramatic changes. Philip Williams, Keir Reeves, I think you

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agree the opposition when it is the right when levels of There's only

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one poll that counts. We will have Was Hollywood's big night out, the

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Oscars, the usual red carpet, the glamorous designer dresses and it

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was a big night for The Artist. It picked up five Academy Awards,

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including best film and best actor for Jean Dujardin. He becomes the

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first Frenchman ever to win that accolade. As expected, Meryl Streep

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won the best actress award for the depiction of Margaret Thatcher in

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the Iron Lady. Here is Alastair A red carpet crammed with Hollywood

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royalty. Tinseltown at its most glamorous and glitzy. Sacha Baron

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Cohen used the spotlight to plug his latest role as a dictator. The

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academy warned him about publicity stunts and throwing pretend ashes

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of Kim Jong Il over one of the biggest entertainment presenters

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live on-air certainly broke protocol. And you know the show is

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ready to start when Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie hit the red carpet,

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always the last to arrive with a It was the clear favourite from the

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beginning, and The Artist did not disappoint, becoming only the

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second silent movie ever to win Best Picture. And it took best

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director, Best costume, best music and best actor. The Oscar goes to

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If George Valentin could speak, he would say, Wow! Merci beaucoup! I

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love you! The right honourable gentleman could bat attend more

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closely to what I am saying. last time Meryl Streep won and

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Oscar, Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister, but it was her portrayal

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of the Iron Lady which won her the best actress prize. I look out here

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and I see my life before my eyes, my old friends, my new friends.

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Thank you, all of you, departed and here. Thank you for this

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inexplicably wonderful career, thank you so much, thank you.

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were British hopes for poor best supporting roles, but Christopher

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Plummer won his first gone aged 82, the oldest actor ever to win an

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Oscar. You are only two years older than me, darling, where have you

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been all my life?! The biggest British winner of the evening went

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to the Shore, a gritty tale of life amid the troubles in Northern

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Ireland which won best short film. It was an amazing night. We made

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this short film a couple of years ago based on peace and

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reconciliation, and little did we know that we would be here tonight.

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With the awards are given out, the celebrations are well under way. It

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has been a huge night for Hollywood outsiders, and although there was

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no big British win, at least the Iron Lady won Meryl Streep the

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Oscar she has waited 30 years for. Not often that Alastair Leithead

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gets to wear a bow-tie! A reminder of our top story: The European

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Union has agreed further sanctions against the Syrian government over

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continuing violence against protesters. Bank assets have been

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frozen and travel bans imposed on another seven of President Assad's

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close associates. That is all from the programme, next it is the

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weather. From me, Zeinab Badawi, Tonight it is going to be very mild,

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cloudy and breezy with a bit of patchy rain in one or two places.

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As we look to tomorrow's forecasts, we have a big area of high pressure

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around us and southwesterly winds coming up across the country. Again,

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temperatures well above average, maybe record breaking across

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Scotland, staying quite overcast in the West, where we will have rather

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misty, murky start to the day. Things fairly damp through parts of

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western Scotland. By the afternoon, north-west England keeps the cloud,

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rain through Cumbria, but east of the Pennines a bit of brightness

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and temperatures at around 14-15 degrees. Some sunshine breaking

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through across Cambridgeshire and East Anglia. Towards western areas,

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a bit more cloud, temperatures here a few degrees down, 11 or 12.

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Across Wales, cooler towards the coast, but move further inland

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towards the Welsh border temperatures of 13 or 14. For

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Northern Ireland, south-westerly breeze, cloudy skies in western

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areas, but in Antrim and Down the best chance of seeing brightness.

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Western Scotland stays rather damp, eastern Scotland could see

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