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This is BBC World News Today with me Tim Willcox.

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Cornered in his apartment in Toulouse - French police surround

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the man suspected of being behind the recent killings.

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He referred to the fact he was planning other killings. If he is

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telling the truth, the gunmen would have left his house this morning

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and once again killed any soldier he came across.

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Cutting the top rate of income tax - but how big a political gamble is

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George Osborne's budget? This country borrowed its way into

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trouble, now we're going to earn our way out. It's a millionaires'

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budget which squeezes the middle - wrong choices, out of touch, same

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old Tories. Free after more than six months -

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the British woman held in Somalia is released after a ransom is

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handed over. Also coming up in the programme:

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The increasingly amazing aspirin. New evidence that a daily dose

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might not only prevent the spread of cancer, but actually treat it.

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In the name of imperial Caesar, hail Caesar.

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And how easy is it to translate one of Russia's greatest literary

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Hello and welcome. As we come on air, the man suspected of being

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behind the recent killings in France remains cornered in an

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apartment block in Toulouse. The man, identified as Mohammed Merah,

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a 24-year-old French citizen of Algerian origin with links to

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Pakistan and Afghanistan, is surrounded by police commandoes.

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Shots have been fired and several policemen injured. It's also

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emerged that French intelligence had been tracking him for years.

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Christian Fraser has been following events.

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They swooped in the early hours of the morning. Intelligence gathered

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in the biggest manhunt France has known led them to an apartment in

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this quiet residential street. Inside was the gunman responsible

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for seven murders. His name is Mohammed Merah, aged 24-year-old

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French citizen who was arrested in Afghanistan and was known to the

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intelligence services. As they try to force their way end, there was

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an exchange of fire in which two policemen were shot and injured.

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The gunman's brother was arrested in a separate operation and his

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mother was brought to the scene to try and talk him out. We have now

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spoken to the man who yesterday afternoon handed the police their

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key piece of information. 10 days ago, Mohammed Merah came to this

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Yamaha franchise in Toulouse to discover how to disable the

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tracking device on his scooter and how he would dismantle it to

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respray it. This man has known the killer since he was a teenager.

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seemed a normal kid. A bit more unruly than others and he did have

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a criminal record, but there was nothing that may Keith -- make me

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think he was capable of this. remembered their conversation and

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phone the police. President Sarkozy has come to congratulate the based

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on a job well done but serious questions will be asked. How did a

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well-known fundamentalist managed to kill seven people and how did he

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gather such an extraordinary arsenal of weapons which was found

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in the boot of his car without raising the concerns of the

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surveillance teams which were following him. For the families,

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who were today attending the funeral of the victims in Israel

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and France, they will be anger and frustration that maybe this could

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have been prevented. Two weeks ago, Mohammed Merah appeared in court

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charged with a minor driving offence. It was the last

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opportunity to stop the man who would soon become the most

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dangerous killer in France. We can now go live to the scene and

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the BBC's Richard Galpin. One deadline to give himself up has

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been and gone. What is the situation? The siege continues. The

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police commandos still surrounded the apartment building. Mohammed

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Merah is still inside his flat and we now know they have been many

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hours of negotiations because the first initial police raid was at

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3am in the morning. We are talking 17 hours ago. They have been

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talking but so far it seems there has been no breakthrough. They have

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not persuaded him to actually surrender and come out of the

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building and the question now is, it is night-time here, what will

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the police do? Will they continue talking to him throughout the

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night? Or will they decide that they have got used force and try

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and break into the apartment he, perhaps when he is feeling

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particularly exhausted and tired? Fills this began at 3am in the

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morning. At some point, it is likely he is going to fall asleep.

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What sort of weapons has he got in there? According to reports we have,

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he is quite well armed a. He handed over one Pistyll earlier round

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today in exchange for getting a mobile phone. But we understand he

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still has a Kalashnikov assault rifle, apparently he has a machine-

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gun and there are reports also that he has a number of hand-grenades.

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He remains well-armed and we know that he is prepared to use them

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against the police because, in the initial raid this morning, he

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opened fire, firing through the door, injuring three policemen. He

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remains an extremely dangerous man and it is going to be a very

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difficult decision for the police as to what they should do in the

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coming hours. Thank you very much. Let's go to Paris now to speak to a

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French journalist. What sort of questions are being asked there?

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The strange thing is that he had not entirely served under the radar

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because he was known as being increasingly radical eyes in is a

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part of Toulouse where he lived and he was under an amount of

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surveillance which also kept an eye on him. He applied to join the army

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twice, we don't know why, but the police were aware of him. He was

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rejected. These three different spate of murders have taken place

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within 10 days so he was under the radar but not, they could not get

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to him a fast and ever. This all comes ahead of the presidential

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elections. President Sarkozy said this would not divide France but

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has it? We don't know yet what the result is going to be. I think all

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the politicians in France are terrified that they will say the

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wrong thing and then they will destroy their electoral chances,

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the way it did for the Spanish conservative premier who was not

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cautious and described the Madrid bombings to the Basque separatist.

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Mohammed Merah's grievances include the deaths of Palestinian children

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and France's role in Afghanistan, the 4th largest contingent. Could

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this change the withdrawal of forces? The Socialist candidate is

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on record as saying he wants forces out sooner rather than later.

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Several politicians are on record on that and I suspect the French

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military are not happy with the way the Afghanistan campaign is going

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but what is certain is that nobody is going to ask for a faster

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withdraw mouth because that means if you perpetrate a terrorist act,

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the country will yield a. It is an encouragement to go and kill people.

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I would imagine that nobody in France will call for any kind of

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early withdrawal out of Afghanistan. Thank you very much.

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There have been weeks of pre-Budget speculation but, today, Chancellor

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George Osborne took quite possibly the biggest gamble of his political

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career. During an hour-long statement, he confirmed he's

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cutting the top rate of income tax, taking it down from 50% to 45% next

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year. The 50p rate, he said, had raised next to nothing. Labour has

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dubbed it the millionaires' budget. But Mr Osborne said he'd also

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helped millions of low and middle income earners by raising the

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income tax personal allowance to more than �9,000.

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Let's hear more from our Political Correspondent, Naomi Grimley. A

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difficult decision politically for the Chancellor because he lays

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himself wide open to attack from Labour. Although polls we have had

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on the subject of the top rate of tax to suggest it is going to be a

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tough sell. It was just part of a Budget which actually opens up some

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new dividing lines between the two parties on the subject of tax.

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Let's have a look at the main points. The government will cut the

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top rate of tax for the nation's highest earners from 50 % down to

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45 %. That is coming into effect next year. But ministers also

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pledged to take more low earners out of tax altogether. That is by

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increasing the personal tax allowance significantly. And to

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help pay for those tax cuts, has George Osborne announced a new 7%

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rate of stamp duty on properties over �2 million. But inside the

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chamber, inevitably, the debate pivoted on that whole question of

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cutting the top rate of tax. George Osborne pointed to a report that

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the Treasury had done, showing that the tax only raised a third of what

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it was supposed to do. He also suggested that wealth creators

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could be scared away from the UK altogether. Mr Deputy Speaker, no

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Chancellor can justify a tax rate that damages our economy and raises

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that. And thanks to the other new taxes on the rich, which I have

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announced today, we will be getting five times more money each and

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every year from the wealthiest in our society. Ed Miliband was not

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convinced that was going to be the case. He did this a budget for

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millionaires. What has he chosen to make his priority? For Britain's

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millionaires, a massive income tax cut each and every year. The

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fairness test for this Budget was whether the Chancellor used every

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penny he could to help middle- income families that are squeezed.

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He has failed that test. One other constituency which will not be very

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happy are pensioners. It was almost an off-the-cuff remark that the

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Chancellor announced he was going to freeze some of the tax-free

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allowances for pensioners. This is probably going to pick between 4

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million and 5 million over 65 year- olds. It has already been dubbed on

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Twitter as the granny tax. Knowing what we do about the power of the

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green lobby in Britain, I think it could cause the government quite a

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big headache. We have got a few will rise as well in a few months'

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time and he was under pressure to postpone that, but that has not

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happened. The fuel tax has been something that caused the

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government a lot of pain as well because it points to squeeze to

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household budgets. There has been a lot in the press talking about the

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squeeze Middle, a phrase adopted from America, and although in the

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past the Chancellor has offered help to motorists, this time he did

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not. He says it is a fiscally neutral but the other question has

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been that of child benefit. What sort of tweeds have been done

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there? -- tweaks? That has proved very controversial in the past,

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particularly hitting a group of middle earners who are going to see

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their money, their benefits cut. He has actually raised the threshold

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at which that it is going to taking so there will be some relief from

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those households, well-off households, who are going to see

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this benefit cut, but some people will say, if people at the bottom

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end of the income scale were going to suffer benefit cuts, why

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shouldn't those who are better off Now a look at some of the day's

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other news. The UN Security Council has given its backing to a peace

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plan for Syria put forward by its envoy, Kofi Annan. In a statement,

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agreed after weeks of negotiations with Russia and China, the council

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urged the Syrian government and its opponents to implement Mr Annan's

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proposals immediately. It said further steps would be considered

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if they failed to do so. A Libyan government delegation has

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left Mauritania without the former Libyan Intelligence Chief, Abdullah

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al-Senussi, who was detained there last week. Earlier, Libya's Deputy

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Prime Minister had said he'd been promised Mr Senussi's extradition

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from the Mauritanian president. Mr Senussi was considered to be

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Colonel Gaddafi's right-hand man. Foreign private security companies

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in Afghanistan have begun to hand over control to Afghan government

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forces after a new law came into force. President Karzai has been

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increasingly frustrated by the behaviour of some companies.

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They'll be replaced by an Afghan special protection force. The

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change also reigns in private Afghan security companies, raising

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fears that foreign aid workers could be less well protected in

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future. Thousands of mourners attended a

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memorial service in Lommel, Belgium, for some of the victims of last

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week's bus crash in Switzerland. 22 children and six adults died when

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their coach crashed in a road tunnel while the group was

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returning to Belgium from a skiing holiday.

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The Beatles didn't manage it, nor did the Rolling Stones, but the boy

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band One Direction have. They've become the first British group to

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go straight to the top of US music charts with their debut album,

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selling 176,000 copies of their album Up All Night. The group was

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formed in 2010 by judges on the Judith Tebbut, the British woman

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held hostage in Somalia for more than six months has been freed. Mrs

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Tebbutt has been reunited with her son in Nairobi following her

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release which came after a ransom was paid to her kidnappers. Her

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husband, David, was killed when she was snatched from a beach resort in

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northern Kenya last September. Will Ross has the details.

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The dramatic rescue from Somalia, or as a security official whisks

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Judith Tebbutt of to a plane and freedom. Emotions are mixed. She

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held back the tears as she spoke of her husband's dying. A I did not

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know he had died. I think it was about two weeks from Mike Catt

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chair. I assumed he was alive -- two weeks from my capture. My son

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told me he had died. The terrifying ordeal began last September, at

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this isolated, tranquil resolve to on the Kenyan coast. An armed gang

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burst into the room in love the night. Shots were fired. The gunman

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bundled Judith into a boat. Her husband was left behind and died of

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his injuries. Just before her flight out of Somalia, Judith

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Tebbutt spoke to the man who helped raise the ransom. Her son, Oliver.

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OK, Honey bun. Sorry, Oliver! Mother and son have been reunited

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in Kenya. On arriving here in Nairobi, officials from the British

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High Commission stepped in to take care of Judith Tebbutt. The British

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government's involvement in her release had been minimal, because

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it opposes the idea of paying a ransom to secure the release of a

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hostage. Two people who know the horror of captivity in Somalia and

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the joy of being set free appal and Rachel Chandler. The process of

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release is about 20 or 30 hours of travelling towards freedom. You get

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on an adrenalin high. It is fantastic to realise you are free.

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As Judith Tebbutt puts it, now is the time to pick up the pieces and

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move on. The extraordinary qualities of the

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simple aspirin have been known for years, but today came evidence of

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another one, with research published in the Lancet suggesting

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aspirin can not only protect people against cancer but actually treat

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it as well. But there can be side effects as well, which include

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internal bleeding. Fergus Walsh has this report.

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The possible benefits of aspirin against cancer appear to be

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mounting. This research shows its protective effect are quicker than

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previously thought. For the first time, it showed a reduction in the

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spread of disease of patients with cancer. For some patients, such as

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those with bowel cancer, the risk was reduced by 50 % six years after

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diagnosis. That means cancer spreading two out of 10 patients

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taking daily aspirin, compared with four out of 10 taking a placebo or

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a dummy pill. The researchers believe the guidelines on who would

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benefit from daily aspirin need revision, as they do not include

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the cancer benefits. I think we need to do more research on which

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particular people are at highest risk of cancer and vascular events,

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and have the most to gain from taking aspirin. I think we are

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urgently need to do some trials of a spring in the treatment of cancer.

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A weather, long-term aspirin used as a major and well researched

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drawback -- however. That is the risk of internal bleeding. That is

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what prevents it from being used daily in healthy adults. Aspirin

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has long been known to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Now,

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cancer prevention must be included, but the dangers of internal

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bleeding mean that anyone considering taking a small daily

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dose of aspirin should first talk to their doctor.

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Jessica Harris is a health information manager at Cancer

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Research UK and joins us now from central London. That is the

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question. We will be, you were excited, but how many of us should

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think about taking aspirin? These are encouraging findings. It is

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great to say so much good quality research into the benefits and

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drawbacks of taking aspirin daily. It is important that people talk to

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their doctors. Some people will have conditions, quite common

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conditions in some cases, which mean it is a bad idea to take

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aspirin. For example, asthma, and other medications people might be

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taking, such has anti-inflammatory drugs, they can react badly with

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aspirin. It is a good birdie to be careful with whom should not take

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it -- it is a good idea. But it is extraordinary, isn't it? Every

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month, we seem to be hearing of some other feature of this. The

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fact that it could actually prevent cancer, is it credible? There could

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be a number of different ways. The way it is looking like it is

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probably working is to do with its effect on our platelets. As far as

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cancer developing goes, it has an effect on reducing inflammation

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throughout the body. That could be how what is having that effect. It

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is a very interesting drug, and one which has a range of effects across

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the body, which is why it is so important to make sure we balance

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appropriate in the benefits, which seemed to be stacking up highly,

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with making sure we do not put people at risk. What age should we

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stand? In these studies, the benefit was most his team of people

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to locate in middle-age. For example, people in their fifties.

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His is something that should perhaps be advocated for children?

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-- is it something. We need to make sure people are recommended to take

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it at an age at which the benefit is greatest, and the risk of harm

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is lowest. The risk of side-effects goes up quite a lot in older people,

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in elderly people, they are at more risk of the side-effects. You go

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people will be at low risk of cancer so the benefit will not be

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so great -- younger people. We need a review of the risks and

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recommendations from the government at him -- about to his best to take

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it and who should not definitely take it. Thank you.

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It's considered one of the greatest novels of Russian literature. For

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many of its admirers, Mikhail Bulgakov's Master And Margarita is

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a rival to War And Peace, or Crime And Punishment. Now the British

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director Simon McBurney has adapted it for the stage. The BBC's Russian

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Service Arts Editor Alexander Kan has been talking to McBurney about

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It is not the first time Simon McBurney has turned himself to

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Mikhail Bulgakov. One year ago, he put on a production of Heart Of A

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Dog, based on the book. This time, he took on a more challenging task.

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I have lost count of the number of people who have said it is their

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favourite novel. That is very disturbing to me, because when you

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take anybody's favourite anything, you feel you have a responsibility,

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and so you have to forget the idea that it is everybody's favourite

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novel and just concentrate on the personal experience. The novel

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evolves in two parallel universes. The story of Jesus Christ and

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Pontius Pilate. If the biblical story is universal, Stalin's Moscow

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is fading into history. The way Mikhail Bulgakov right means that

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the story rises above local and particular -- the way he writes.

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You do not say, this is a portrait of Stalin, he is writing eminently

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not like Solzhenitsyn. It goes further, in my opinion. Master And

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Margarita, with its mix of fantasy and realism, and leaps between

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intersecting stories, asks for a unique approach in bringing it to

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the stage. In my adaptation, what I have done is splintered the novel,

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and I have inter-cut elements, so you are in one place and another,

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them back in the first place them in a third place. Then you were

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hearing something else, and seen something you were not sure about.

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What happens is, gradually, you piece together the fragments and

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they begin, slowly, to form something you in your mind. --

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something new. Let me be quite clear, this is not Mikhail

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Bulgakov's novel. This is filtered through Simon McBurney's lens, and

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doll-like can do is hope to put my own passion in it. -- and all I can

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do. A modern production with video and special effects, the music of

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Shostakovich and the Rolling Stones, Simon McBurney's masterpiece.

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A reminder of our main news. The prime suspect in the killing of

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seven people in France is surrounded by elite police

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commandos. The man, identified as Mohammed Merah, a 24-year-old

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French citizen of Algerian origin with links to Pakistan and

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Afghanistan, is surrounded by police commandos. Shots have been

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fired at the house in Toulouse where negotiators have spent the

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day trying to persuade the man to give himself up. That siege

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continues. Commanders say they want to take him alive. We will bring

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you on the latest developments. Hello. We had a lot of sunshine

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across parts of the country. Tomorrow will be dry for many, with

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more sunshine. There will be a few exceptions. Essentially, we have

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high pressure in the Atlantic. There is a weather front moving up

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through the Bay of Biscay which will complicate matters in the

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south-west corner. It will throw in some more cloud for Devon and

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Cornwall and some showers may be. Along the coast of eastern England,

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it will be a bit misty and murky, and feel much colder. Inland, the

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sunshine, and temperatures could reach as high as 18 degrees. South-

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west England, we will see some showers on and off through the day,

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and temperatures at 12 degrees. Further north, in South Wales, it

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should be warm earth. Warm or through West Wales, with

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temperatures around 16. Cool around the coast of Northern Ireland, but

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in the north-west corner, we have some sunshine, and about 15 degrees.

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