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This is BBC World News Today with me, Philippa Thomas.

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Israel's Defence Minister says it's going to stop Hamas one way or

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another - by air or by ground - as the government takes authority

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The Israeli military says its air strikes are targeting what

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it terms 150 terror sites in Gaza, and that it's shot down a rocket

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Can Afghans bridge their political divide?

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Abdullah Abdullah claims victory in last month's election,

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despite the results giving the lead to his rival.

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The Commonwealth Games puts Scottish fashion in the spotlight.

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We'll look at the mixed reaction to parade uniforms unveiled

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I will be reporting live from Rio where excitement is reaching fever

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pitch with just two hours to go until the Brazil-Germany semifinal.

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Israel says it is considering all options against militants

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in the Gaza Strip, including a possible ground incursion.

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Today it's launched air strikes on what it calls 150 terror sites

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in Gaza, strikes in which Palestinian officials say at

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This is the aftermath of one strike on Gaza city,

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where at least six people were said to have been killed.

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The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has demanded that Israel end

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The BBC has reports from both sides of the conflict.

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In a moment we'll have a report from James Reynolds in Sderot, but we

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Footage filmed by the Israeli military as its strikes target Gaza,

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This car was turned to wreckage as Israel hit three Palestinian

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It says it wants to stop those behind rocket attacks.

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Just a few hours ago, the three men, all Hamas militants, were driving

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Now they have been carried into the graveyard.

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They were killed in an Israeli air strike.

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And just look at the crowds who have turned out to pay to their respects.

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With several civilians killed here in southern Gaza,

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including children, Hamas leaders swore they'd hit back.

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We warned the occupiers against escalation and attacking homes,

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At the hospital, ambulances ferry in wounded and doctors worry about how

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Within one or two days or three days, I don't know,

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But with dozens more rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel

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today, the cycle of violence continues.

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Israel is massing its forces on the border with Gaza.

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It's called up reserves, and it's determined to stop

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I feel that I am not safe where I live, although I know I've got

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shelters and all the army around me and everything.

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But still, it's scary just to be around the noises

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In towns and villages along the border,

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Since midnight, more than 90 rockets have hit this country.

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This is the headquarters of Israel's southern command.

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And if Israel does order a ground offensive into Gaza, that operation

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Are you about to order a ground offensive into Gaza?

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By one way or another, we are going to stop Hamas.

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Either by charging them a heavy price, or by launching any kind of

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offensive measures by air, by ground or whatever, in order to stop them.

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A ground offensive into Gaza would be its most serious move.

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James Reynolds, BBC News, southern Israel.

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The Afghan presidential contender Abdullah Abdullah has claimed

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victory in the election despite results giving

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Mr Abdullah says he received fewer votes than Ashraf Ghani,

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Now the US has warned that any attempt to seize power is legally

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could lead to Washington cutting off aid. President Obama spoke to

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Abdullah Abdullah today and called for calm.

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This may look like a victory rally, but no win has been declared yet.

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What we have had so far is provisional results that put

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Dr Ghani one million votes in the lead.

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That has been totally rejected by people here and by Dr Abdullah

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But he has resisted calls today to announce a parallel government,

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which is what his supporters wanted to do.

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He is asking for more time, knowing that by announcing some kind of

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provocative act like that, it could throw the country into crisis.

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We've already seen a portrait of President Hamid Karzai taken down

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and replaced with one of Abdullah himself, and he knows that those

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kind of acts here in Afghanistan could be deeply provocative.

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Later this week, we are expecting the Secretary of State, John Kerry,

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Dr Abdullah told his supporters that the Americans were not here

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to take sides, but to try to unravel what he sees as a mess.

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At least five people have been killed by an attack by Al-Shabab on

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Somalia's presidential palace. Witnesses say they heard explosions

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and heavy gunfire. Al-Shabab was driven out of Mogadishu in 2011, but

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is continuing a campaign of gorilla warfare.

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British scientists claim to have made a major breakthrough in

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developing a blood test to predict the onset of Alzheimer's disease.

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They claim it has an accuracy of 87%, but other experts have

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warned that the test isn't yet ready for doctors' surgeries.

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Jill and Dominic have lived with Alzheimer's for more than a decade.

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She has been caring for him ever since he was diagnosed. Today's

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research breakthrough has come too late for them. They conceive that

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some in the future may benefit from early diagnosis.

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Some people can go for a test because they want to know what facts

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are. But other people, who don't know what the facts are, and then

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suddenly find what the facts are, can be very distressed by it.

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In this London laboratory, they have devised a simple blood test based on

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the presence of certain proteins. The aim is to predict which

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patients displaying symptoms like memory loss will succumb to

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Alzheimer's, said trials of possible treatments of drugs can be applied

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to the right people. For research purposes it is very important,

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because it will guide us on current developing drugs and different

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pharmaceutical companies would be able to treat these people a lot

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earlier, because we want to detect them a lot earlier before they

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convert to Alzheimer's disease. Alzheimer's accounts for about two

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thirds of the total number of dementia cases in the UK, 820,000.

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The test was trialled on 1100 patients. It predicted with 87%

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accuracy which would develop Alzheimer's. This is an important

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milestone on the journey towards finding a new treatment which would

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delay the onset of Alzheimer's, but while research continues, it may be

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a few years yet before the test is widely available to patients

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soap will people worried about their brain function be offered a test to

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tell whether they could develop Alzheimer's? Because all tests have

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what we call a false positive rate, which is where you say that someone

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is going to get his condition or a disease and in fact they want, is

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certainly wouldn't and shouldn't be available for general screening of

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the public yet. More than 40 million people suffer

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from dementia around the world. Alzheimer's research has moved

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painfully slowly. Now British science has opened up new

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possibilities. A bakery in Northern Ireland

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which refused to make a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage

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could be taken to court This is

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the controversial cake design. It features the Sesame Street

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characters Bert and Ernie along with the logo of Belfast-based

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campaign group, Queer Space. The bakers' owners, who are

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Christian, decided to refuse the order and felt so strongly about it,

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they posted this response online. The directors and myself considered

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it and looked at it and felt that this was at odds with our beliefs,

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and it is in contradiction with what the Bible teaches, and on the

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following Monday, we rang up the customer to let them know that we

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couldn't take his order. Marriage in Northern Ireland has not been

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redefined. It is still defined as being a union between one man and

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one woman. Gavin Boyd is a gay rights

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campaigner with the Rainbow Project in Northern Ireland, and supported

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the discrimination complaint. And Simon Calvert is a spokesman

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for the Christian Institute, which has given advice on how to

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deal with the case to the bakery. Welcome to you both. Simon, surely

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this is a case of outright discrimination? No, because it is

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nothing to do with turning away customers, nothing to do with the

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sexual orientation of the people who asked for the cake to be produced

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for them. It is all to do with the content of the message that these

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Christian bakers were required to print. We can all think of

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situations where we might be asked to do something which goes so

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fundamentally against our core values that we just couldn't do it.

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That point was reached for these bakers here, and now we have the

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equality can try to force them to endorse same-sex marriage. I think

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most people feel that that would be going too far. Davin, it is their

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business. Why can we not turn customers away? We already have

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clear discrimination laws, this falls under the realm of something

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you can't do. You can't pick and choose your customers based on their

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sexual orientation. Simon, isn't that the point? The Bible's

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teachings can't transcend the law of the land? Gavin has just said that

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they are picking and choosing customers based on their sexual

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orientation, and as Stix blamed, that wasn't the issue. People come

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in and out of the baking shop all day long whatever time of day, and

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whatever their background, they get a good service. The issue here was

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whether they should be compelled to promote a particular message, and

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nobody should be obliged to promote a controversial political message

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that they don't agree with. Gavin Boyd, in Northern Ireland, the

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assembly has voted down the idea of sanctioning gay marriage several

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times. There is a socially conservative weight of public

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opinion there. He I wouldn't say that at all. A recent survey by the

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belt fast -- Belfast Telegraph showed the majority in favour of gay

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marriage. -- same-sex marriage. That is where the UK Government made a

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massive mistake on this issue, they is where the UK Government made a

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massive mistake on this thought they could deal with it through

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devolution, and ultimately what that is created as a system by which

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someone from Belfast, I can go and get married in England, and when I

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come back home, I'm not married any more. I have moved from one place in

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the UK to another, and my relationship has been reclassified

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without my consent. That is a fundamental constitutional anomaly

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that the UK Government created. How do you answer the charge that it is

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fundamentally unfair? I am here to speak about Shows bacon company. --

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baking company. They are being threatened for not printing the

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message support gay marriage. That is the issue at stake here. I think

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most people whether they agree with the Christian bakery company or not,

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they will think, let them get on with it, don't force them to promote

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a message they don't agree with. The customers in this case went to a

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different bakery up the road, got their cake and suffered no loss. But

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if the equality commission when their legal action, they will suffer

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real loss, loss of conscience and potentially loss of business. There

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is a lot at stake for anyone who cares about freedom of conscience.

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Gavin Boyd? What happened in this case was that the Baker took money

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for a cake, entered into a contract with people, and then the Board of

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Directors decided the message was unconscionable, and they wanted to

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avoid the contract. It is against the law, it doesn't matter what

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their reasons are doing it was. If you enter into a contract to provide

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service overcome -- public, you don't get to pick and choose your

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customers. Thank you both very much. It is a match worthy of the World

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Cup final itself. Tonight, host nations Brazil face Germany in the

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first of the semifinals. With the tournament's powder boy Neymar out

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for the rest of the tournament, can Brazil still pose enough of a threat

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to those resilient Germans? My colleagues Ben Brown in Steve Evans

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join me now from Rio de Janeiro and Berlin where they have in soaking up

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the atmosphere. Steve, how was it feeling? It's very loud here in

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Germany and Berlin. I am on the fan mile, it's going to be full of fans,

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some of them already and it's a mile-long and screens all the way

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right down. The big screen just up here and already they're shouting

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and I am going hoarse. Which fan are you, who are you supporting?

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Germany! Why? Because they're the best. Are you absolutely sure

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they're going to win tonight? Of course. No doubt? No doubt. OK. Let

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me ask you, why do you think they're going to win? I think we are going

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to win because Germany have better players and Neymar is not in the

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game. There is a big home advantage for Brazil. They're playing at home

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and they never lose at home. They never lose at home. But today we

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win. We will see. Thank you both very much. So, the atmosphere here

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is clearly fabulous, people are gathering. They expect 20,000,

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30,000 maybe more here. The rain is coming down, it's raining in the

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air. But not in their hearts. Steve, I don't know how much of a voice you

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are going to have in a few hours' time, but thank you very much. Ben,

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in Rio, we heard Brazil never lose on their home turf but they're

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worried, aren't they? They are worried. It's fair to say, by the

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way it's been raining here, as well. Although it stopped a short time

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ago, I am glad to say. They're worried because they're without

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their star man, Neymar, their poster boy, the best player. He is injured

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with and they're without De Silva, their captain who is suspended, but

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these people on the beach, we can show them to you now, they're

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preparing to watch on the big screen there, a little bit damp and chilly,

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but they're packing in to that beach waiting to see the game. Maybe some

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of them are nervous. In fact, what some have been saying, maybe it's a

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reverse psychology, up until now all the pressure has been on Brazil,

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they looked like a team with the weight of the nation on their

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shoulders, 200 million people expecting them to win this World

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Cup. But now, in a sense, there is less pressure on them because they

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don't have Neymar and De Silva, in a sense maybe that will help them

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because they've less psychologically pressure. People don't expect them

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to do so well. People say yes, maybe Germany have the better players.

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Maybe this isn't a great Brazil side, not as good as previous sides

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down the decades but that pressure is off them. Perhaps they can do

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better. That at least is the hope of the fans here. It's an amazing

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atmosphere. It's ratcheting up, it's electric. Not long to the game, over

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an hour and 40 minutes. Have you one of these, it's a Neymar mask and I

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have been hearing thousands of fans are hoping to at least channel his

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spirit, even if he is not on the pitch? Exactly. I don't have one

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myself, maybe I should go and buy one. I have been down there a few

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minutes ago and everyone's wearing the masks, they're also wearing

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number ten, his number, all in honour of him. Unfortunately for

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Brazil he is not on the pitch. He is one of the spectators today. Ben in

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Rio, they'll be obviously hoping they can pull back against

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expectations. I haves about been hearing they've a -- I have also

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been hearing they've a seem psychologist, is that the norm? A

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lot of teams do use them, I think because Brazil felt under so much

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pressure and stress with this vast weight of expectation, national

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expectation that because they're the home side they would get their 6th

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World Cup. They did bring in the psychologist and they've been coming

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in for a bit of stick for that, the manager has been coming in for a bit

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of stick, but their view is anything that helps, anything that helps the

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players, if it helps them win football matches it's a good thing.

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Ben in Rio, thank you very much. It's going to be a very exciting

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night. Don't forget you can keep across the

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World Cup action on our website, including analysis on that critical

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match and Brazil's chances without Neymar. You can also join the

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conversation on Twitter. A new statue of Mahatma Gandhi is to

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be erected outside the The announcement was made in Delhi

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by UK Government ministers leading Kasia Madera went to

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Parliament Square to see Overlooked by the British Houses of

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Parliament, Parliament Square has been the scene of many protests and

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demonstrations, so it seems fitting this will be a home it a new stat

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true of Gandhi, the father of the world's largest democracy, India --

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statue. He will be in some esteemed company, Nelson Mandela, Lincoln,

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many British Prime Ministers, including sir Winston Churchill.

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It's claimed that Sir Winston wasn't a big Gandhi fan. Gandhi, of course,

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led India's non-violent campaign of resistance against British rule and

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he was assassinated shortly after India and Pakistan won independence.

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The announcement of the statue was made on the site of his

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assassination in Delhi. Gandhi is an inspiration to everyone

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in the world. I think this statue will also be a monument to the

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friendship between Britain and India. The sculptor, Philip Jackson,

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has been approached to take on the project. It's hoped that it will be

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paid for by sponsors and by public donations and so far reaction from

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the public has been pretty positive. I am an Indian, it's a proud moment

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for me. He is a great figure and a good idol for a number of people to

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follow his ideals. Yeah, particularly the one about

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non-violence in today's day and age, that's something that everybody

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should look up to. I think that's wonderful. Gandhi was an advocate of

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non-violent resistance and an effort to achieve social justice for all.

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The aim is to finish the statue by next year to mark the 100th

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anniversary when Gandhi left South Africa to go to India and start off

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that historic non-violent campaign for independence.

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attention, the clothes people wear will always be in the spotlight.

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spotlight. So some reaction was inevitable when Scotland, which will

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hosting the Commonwealth Games, unveiled its parade uniforms but

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that reaction varied from refreshing to, frankly, embarrassing.

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embarrassing. However, these are not the first sporting outfits to come

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will also be seen at the opening ceremony in Glasgow have been

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at the opening ceremony in Glasgow have been criticised as looking

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Sochi were designed by Ralph Lauren, but do they look a bit like

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Christmas jumpers? So what do you do? Do you just keep

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England's 2005 football squad, including Ashley Cole and Jermaine

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Do you just keep it simple and black?

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Here's Giorgio Armani's official team uniform for England's 2005

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football squad, including Ashley Cole and Jermaine Defoe.

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The Team Scotland uniforms for the Commonwealth Games were created by

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international textile designer Jilli Blackwood, explaining here why she

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This is the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games. The Scottish

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team will be coming out after 70 countries, is it, and they will be

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larger than life, as well. Therefore, I just couldn't put the

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Scottish team in something that's, you know, that just - that wouldn't

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be bold enough. With me is Amber Graafland, fashion

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director with the Daily Mirror newspaper. Your reaction to these

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outfits? I said it in The Mirror today, I ever a little bit

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embarrassed for them and I understand she was presented with a

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brief and wanted to design outfits that were very bright and she wanted

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them to be noticed, but I think they're going to be noticed for the

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wrong reasons. People have already been laughing at them. What does it

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say to you? I think it says 1970s, like a pattern you would pick up in

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the back of a magazine and how you can make your own Scottish highland

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fling outfit. It's not forward looking enough? Original? It looks

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very dated, it's original but dated to me. I sometimes think if

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something, if you have something like a tartan that's traditional and

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that is beautiful, maybe sometimes you can play with it too much. I

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don't think the colours work for me and they should have kept it

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traditional. That's the difficulty, because the designer was given a

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brief, tartan really had to come into it, the Commonwealth Games in

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Glasgow. Absolutely but the colours don't work for me. It's the colours

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against the material she's used for the spirit and the dress. It's just

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not very contemporary. There's nothing fashion about it, nothing

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sporty about it. It hasn't come together at all. Have you got any

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examples where they have got it right? We showed a few examples, is

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your taste more the all in black? We don't talk about successes, if you

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like, it's human nature to remember the outfits that didn't work. You

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pulled up some fantastic examples before. We do remember the bad ones

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and maybe we don't necessarily remember the good ones. Keep it

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simple. Especially now when sportswear is so fashionable and

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it's all about sportswear, if you look at the high street, I would

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have thought it would have been a challenge to get right. She might

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have been dammed if she didn't and if she came up with something sober

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the word boring would have popped up. No one is going to say that's

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boring! It's colourful and dramatic. We know what you think about it, has

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overall reaction been it tries too hard? It hasn't been positive

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really. It's just too much going on there. Is it also something to do

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with the fabric you are given to work with because these are athletes

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striding out in the ceremonies? It would have been easy to do something

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with a nod to sportswear that would have looked contemporary and good

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and what's happened is trying to make something modern and colourful

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and something to make a statement. She's made it look dated. Thank you

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very much for coming in. We are going to show you pictures from

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California that might rather give you the jitters. Spare a thought for

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these thrill-seekers, they were stranded when the ride called The

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Ninja struck a tree. One of the cars dislodged - this is making me feel

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faint even reading it! They managed to free all passengers, four people

:26:13.:26:20.

suffered minor injuries. Our main news: Israel's defence

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Minister says it's going to stop Hamas one way or another by air or

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by ground as the Government takes authority to call up 40,000 more

:26:29.:26:34.

troops. The Israeli Ministry says it's shut down a rocket in the Tel

:26:35.:26:38.

Aviv area and air raid sirens have been heard in the city. Israel has

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launched air strikes on what it calls 150 terror sites in Gaza.

:26:43.:26:51.

Once again, as was the case on Monday, Tuesday turned out to be a

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wet day in some parts of the British Isle. The good news about Wednesday

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is that there will be sunshine and

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