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This is BBC World News Today with me Zeinab Badawi. Stay indoors, that's

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the warning to people across North America as the big freeze takes

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hold. Temperatures are down to Arctic conditions causing havoc with

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roads, transport systems and air travel. We bring you the latest live

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from one badly hit area, New York City. Al-Qaeda militants in control

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of Fallujah warn residents not to help Iraqi government forces who are

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trying to drive them out. The revolutionaries of the Lodz tribes

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have resolved to punish those linked to the sectarian government. Former

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foe turned mediator: Sudan's President Bashir arrives in Juba for

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talks with south Sudan's leader Salva Kiir whilst face to face talks

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between the warring parties start in Ethiopia. Another high-profile

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skiing accident, this time it's emerged the German chancellor Angela

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Merkel fractured her pelvis after a recent fall in the snow. So, who is

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holding the reins of power now? Hello and welcome. People across the

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United States and Canada have been warned to stay indoors to avoid

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extreme cold weather. Many schools are closed and more than 3,000

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flights in and out of the US have been cancelled. American weather

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forecasters say the mass of Arctic air, known as a polar vortex, will

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affect two-thirds of the country as it moves east from the Midwest. The

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freezing conditions could be life threatening, temperatures are down

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to minus 51 Celsius, if you factor in the wind chill. Beth Macleod

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reports from Washington. The bitter weather is being

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described as life-threatening in large parts of the US and Canada.

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These people are out and about in Chicago despite warnings to stay

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indoors. The cold temperatures we are expecting this coming week on

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more than an inconvenience. They are serious, dangerous and they can

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cause serious health risk. Exposed skin to become frostbitten within

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minutes. Many schools in the midwest are closed. More than 3000 flights

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into or out of the United States have been cancelled and there are

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likely to be many more cancellations over the next few days. On the

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shores of Lake Michigan temperatures hit minus 30 Celsius. The wind chill

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made it feel even colder. The freezing weather is due to spread

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from the midwest to the east coast over the next 24 hours. Like large

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swathes of the country, Washington is bracing itself for bitterly cold

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temperatures. And extreme weather warning comes into effect and local

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authorities are publishing a hypothermia hotline, preparing

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people for what could be the coldest temperatures in 20 years. In a few

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minutes, we will be talking to an ABC News correspondent about the

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freezing conditions. The battle for control of key cities in Iraq's

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Sunni heartland remains tense, unpredictable and worrying for the

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government. The Prime Minister, Nuri al Maliki, has called on residents

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of Fallujah to drive out Al-Qaeda militants who have been seizing

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control there. Mr Al-Maliki warned the people of Fallujah that this

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would be the only way for them to avert a major offensive by

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government forces. But now masked militants in Fallujah have said they

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will punish anyone who co-operates with the authorities.

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The fighting continues. There were sporadic clashes on Monday in the

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provincial capital where Al-Qaeda fighters took control of most parts

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of the city. Iraqi troops have been trying to dislodge them since then.

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It was after Iraqi police broke up a protest last week that the present

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tension and deadly clashes erupted across this province. After the

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US-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 that brought Shi'ite majority rule to the

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country, it became the heartland of Sunni insurgency. The other focus of

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the new fighting, the nearby city of Fallujah. Al-Qaeda fighters and

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their supporters are currently said to be still in control of the city

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centre while government troops are surrounding the city. A command of

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an anti-government group vowed to punish tribesmen backing the

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authorities. The revolutionaries of the Lodz tribes have resolved to

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punish those, the covetous, linked to the sectarian government.

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Dashes-macro Fallujah tribes. At the same time, the Prime Minister called

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on the people to expel the militants. It said this way they

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could avoid an all out assault by government forces. They ordered the

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troops not to strike residential areas. It is already said to have

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been the deadliest violence in the province in several years. As of

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now, how this challenge to the government 's authority will end

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remains unclear. It has taken a heavy toll in blood in south Sudan

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to get to this stage and still there is no guarantee the fighting will

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stop. But at least the warring parties have begun face to face

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talks in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, which it's hoped will bring

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about a cease-fire in the first instance and then end the conflict

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between Presidet Salva Kiir and his rival Riek Machar. The talks are

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being brokered by foreign ministers from the East African community. The

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BBC's Emmanuel Igunza is there for us now and has been following

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developments. Can you tell us, we have all been waiting for these

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face-to-face talks to take place? -- to take place, is anything emerging?

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Today they talked about how they will address each other in the face

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to face talks. They will talk about the cessation of hostilities in

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South Sedan and also talk about the release of political detainees. That

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work properly begins tomorrow. Today they were laying ground for how they

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were going to engage each other. What about the talks that are going

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on in Sudan - Southsea dan rather? Dashes-macro South Sudan. The

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president sent a special envoy, a former general to attend peace talks

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saying, as a good neighbour, a country that has interest in the

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welfare of Sudan, it needs to have an interest in the process. He will

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be sitting in the talks. What the envoy brought was they want a speedy

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conclusion to the fight that is continuing in South Sudan, for that

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country to go back to peace. Thank you. Meanwhile, in the capital, the

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president has been holding talks with the South Sudan president. The

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two countries share a long and precarious border. There are also

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strong economic ties between them. The vast majority of income comes

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from oil. The idea of a joint force to protect the oil fields in the

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south has been raised. To talk some more about the talks going on, I

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have been joined in the studio by the press Council of the Sudanese

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Embassy in London. First of all, do you think that, given the history

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between South Sudan and Sudan, he is the right person to try to mediate?

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He is the right person. Before the referendum, President Bush if lead.

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He said he will respect the result of the referendum. When the

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referendum gave cessation as the outcome, he delivered and the

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Sudanese army withdrew completely from the south. He is seen as an

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honest - and honest broker? He has acted in the past as an adviser to

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the president and here he is talking to the South Sudan president. Was a

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long time ago. Most recent and more important is the cooperation

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agreement, signed between the two presidents in 2012, September 2012.

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It includes not only oil, banking, pensions, and the 40 billion debt,

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which we have two try and work out. That is the 40 billion debt that

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Sudan had when it was united country. You are trying to work out

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what portion of that South Sudan pays. Basically, what you are saying

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is there are very strong economic trade ties going beyond the oil. The

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oil is very important. What about the idea we are now hearing

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attributed to the Sudanese Foreign Minister about the possibility of a

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joint force to protect the oil fields during this conflict? Until I

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left my office one hour ago, according to the Sudan News agency,

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it said we have a cooperation agreement with South Sudan. We have

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many common interests. We are hopeful of a stable South Sudan and

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hopeful of cooperation with the legitimate government to negotiate.

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Would it be in keeping with that cooperation agreement that there

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would be a joint force between the South Sudanese troops to protect the

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oilfields? I am not here to speculate. There is a long border

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between the two countries. Any word of refugees? Have any people cross

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the border? They are preparing, in case refugees crossed the border.

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Everything is in place on television. There is more than one

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item of news. Remember that, chewing the long civil war, millions of

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seven Sudanese cross the border to the north and stayed there for long.

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When you look at what is going on between the rivals, it is very

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tragic that given the long and bloody history, the conflict with

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the North, the people of South Sudan still have not been able to reap the

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peace dividend. People in South Sudan have not been able to beat the

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benefits of peace. People in North Sudan still have been unable to reap

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the benefits of peace. The people in Sudan were promised the lifting of

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sanctions and many other actions to be taken, normalisation of relations

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with the West. That has not materialised. As for the South, it

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is very tragic. They have suffered a knot. It is time for them to enjoy

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peace and prosperity. Thank you very much indeed for talking to us. Now

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let's bring you some of the days of the news in brief. Police in

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Afghanistan say they've detained a young girl wearing a suicide bomb

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vest. An Interior Ministry spokesman told the BBC that the girl, who

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could be as young as eight, was caught trying to attack a police

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post in Helmand province. She failed to trigger the device and is now

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said to be in a state of shock. A US woman involved in a plot to kill a

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Swedish artist who'd offended Muslims has been sentenced to ten

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years in prison. 50-year old Colleen LaRose had called herself Jihad Jane

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online and agreed to kill artist Lars Vilks over his series of

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drawings denigrating the Prophet Mohammed. Three political parties in

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the Czech Republic have agreed to form a centre-left coalition

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government. It's taken since October's election to get to this

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stage. Under the deal, the Social Democrat leader, Bohuslav Sobotka,

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will become Prime Minister. The election was prompted by a bribery

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and spying scandal which brought down the last government. Let's get

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back to those freezing weather conditions in the US. With us live

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from New York City and out and about in the cold is ABC's Tahman Bradley.

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Freezing conditions, I know. It does look a little more than nine behind

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you. Nevertheless, give us an overview of what people have been

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experiencing. -- more benign. It is the quiet before the storm. The

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north-east of the US will be hit again. It is wicked cold. Every

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single state in the continuous US, all of the 48 states, by tomorrow

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are expected to see subfreezing temperatures. Texas, for example, is

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colder today than it is in New York City. This is a cold, Canadian and

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that is invading the untied US, Chicago, Minneapolis and other

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cities across the Midwest, they are basically shut down. People who

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dared to brave the temp job going out in freezing wind chill. Some

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parts of the midwest and upper midwest are seeing wind-chill of -50

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degrees. It is bitterly cold. It is a bit of a baptism of fire, isn't

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it, for the New York mayor. Are the authorities coping all right? That

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is exactly right. It was a big test. We had a monster storm which packed

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quite a punch on Thursday evening and into Friday morning. It was

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impressive to see all these snowploughs out and about and people

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dropping salt. The new man wanted to show the people he could handle a

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big snowstorm. Most of the primary and secondary roads were clear. The

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male wanted to make people know he could do a better job picking up

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snow than his predecessor. Here in Britain, victims of the TV

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presenter the late Jimmy Savile are calling for a single inquiry into

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how he managed to evade justice. Around 50 of the people who have

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reported being abused by him say the current multiple investigations

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won't answer the key questions about how Jimmy Savile operated and

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they're worried the truth may never be uncovered. David Silitto reports.

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This is BBC One. The year is 1964. The programme is Top of the Pops.

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This triggers when in Manchester. One man remembers them rather too

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well. He is now 64 but we met to discuss an encounter when he was

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just 15 years old, an encounter with Jimmy Savile. It was unbelievable

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what he had done to me with both of his hands. Unbelievable. It is a

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difficult moment for you. I'm sorry. As I say, it is like yesterday, you

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know? Yesterday. Why do people do these things? It ruins your whole

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life. He was speaking to me because he wants answers. An enquiry that

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answers all those questions. If there was just one enquiry, then we

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might know exactly why Jimmy Savile got away with serious sexual abuse

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for 50 years. There has of course been no shortage of investigations

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into saddle. The Metropolitan Police and DNS PCC report came out just

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under one year ago. Since then, there has been enquiry after enquiry

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after enquiry. The BBC, police, Crown Prosecution Service, 32

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hospitals. Or to answer all the questions? One solicitor

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representing victims thinks not. There is no ability to compel the

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production of documents or production of people to appear

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before enquiries and to be questioned and subjected to tough

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questioning. But 15 months have already gone by. The NSPCC has some

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fears. All the time that enquiry was going on, every question anyone

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wanted answered would be booted into that enquiry and the lessons which

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we could learn quicker would be pushed off into the future. At the

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heart of all of this is Jimmy Savile, and how victims get the

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truth? How did he get away with it? She's been described as Germany's

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Iron Lady, but today the Chancellor, Angela Merkel, has begun a period of

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being confined to bed after she was hurt in a cross-country skiing

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accident in Switzerland. At first it was thought she had just suffered a

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bruise. But Mrs Merkel's spokesman said she had partially fractured her

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pelvis when she fell before the New Year. The Chancellor has cancelled a

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number of meetings and foreign trips, but she'll work from home for

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the next three weeks. I have joined by Thomas Kielinger,

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the London correspondent for Die Welt newspaper. The iron lady

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showing a bit of fragility area chink in our armour. It is strange

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that we have these incidents of its key accidents in Germany. Now we

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have the top politician in Germany. Her incident is not related to speed

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going downhill at great risk. It was a cross affair and she supposed to

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have hit a tree, which makes me wonder what our security guards who

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were accompanying heart were up to. That is the two of them. Why

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couldn't they prevent her hitting a tree? Where was her husband? It is

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one of these riddles I cannot solve. He probably does not want to ski

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with her. The sheer keen skier? Annually, around Christmas, she goes

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to Switzerland and enjoys leisurely hours and days. There is no danger

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of suffering any untoward incidents like she has now. She's now bedbound

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for three weeks and I would imagine she could learn from a person World

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War II -- Winston Churchill and World War II the conducted his

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business from bed. She wholeheartedly could easy in her

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bedside. -- she will have to take it easy in her bedside. They will take

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control in her absence? The Vice Chancellor. He is the head of the

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other party who joins her in Government. He is the supreme law

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about energy policy and Chancellor of the Exchequer. We can see him in

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the picture. You would imagine an mammoth so many commitments and

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responsibilities -- a man with so many communes and responsibility to

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be ready for the job. But he is apparently going to take Wednesday

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afternoons off in future to be with his two-year-old daughter, he will

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pick up in kindergarten to relieve the workload of his wife, who is

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also employed. That is the New Year resolution of the Vice Chancellor.

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He cannot follow through with that because camelid meetings are

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normally on Wednesday. Mrs Merkel will hold the one Cabinet meeting

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this week, the first of the new Coalition. What, in her bedroom? No,

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she is going to make it to their Cabinet room and conduct business in

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crutches. We are an interesting way to relax country about such things.

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Accidents do not prevent us from doing these things. Very

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interesting. Let's hope Mrs Gabriel is understanding about the

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two-year-old. Do you ski? I used to a long time ago, but not now. Weiss,

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keep safe. -- very wise. Music talent contests have become

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popular the world over. They can help launch a budding singer or

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musician into almost instant stardom. Take the British singer

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Adele, for instance. She's now one of the world's biggest-selling

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artists after she won the BBC Sound of 2008 competition. We'll announce

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this year's winner on Friday. But all week we'll feature the runners

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up. First up today is 19-year-old singer-songwriter George Ezra. His

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music has been described as "grizzly folk-pop". To find out more about

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him, we joined him onboard a train at the London Transport Museum.

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Hi, I'm George Ezra. I am a singer-songwriter.

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I travel everywhere around England to bring, just long trains, it is

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just me on the guitar. -- just on the trains. Whenever I am on a

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train, although I paid for a ticket, that is a sense of, I do not know

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where I am going. I took myself travelling around Europe on trains.

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Yet, a lot of the album I have recorded as come from that

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experience. It is brilliant. Travelling on my own funds the

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nation was brilliant. I did not note I could cope with myself and deal

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with myself, you know, and spend time with myself. It turned out I

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can and I loved it. I have notebooks and I can record

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onto my phone. Often I want in the street and harm a little melody.

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Then you sit down and, you know, get the different bits together. I never

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sit down and go, I'm going to write a song. I used to play in bands and

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all that, and then I realised it is quite a bit easier to do it on your

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own. MUSIC. I have been supporting a lot, and

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that is a test. People do not go to see support that's a lot of the

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time. It almost means that you cannot lose. Either they are not

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going to listen to you and they never were they will listen to you

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and that means you have done something right. My name is George

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Ezra and I will play a few songs for you. This first one is called Blame

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It On Me. I had never been to Glastonbury and I was invited to

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play the BBC Introducing stage. I got silly behaviour out of the way

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on Thursday and then focused Friday, Saturday. It went really well. It

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was the first time I had people running towards the ten singing

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along. I had never seen that. Cheer Thousands of people have gathered in

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the Portuguese capital, Lisbon, to pay their last respects to one of

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football's all time greats, Eusebio, who died on Sunday.

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They clapped and chanted as the coffin was taken into the Luz

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Stadium before a Mass and burial later today. Portugal has declared

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three days of national mourning for Eusebio, who died from a heart

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attack at the age of seventy-one. Born

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that is all for now. Next up, the weather.

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We're looking at a further heavy shower the next 24 hours. That will

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continue overnight tonight, particularly affecting southern

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England. We have the highest

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