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has called the action in california, in santa barbara for from the government an undisclosed price. though it is "too little, too late." assumed it is a property in santa our other headlines: barbara which has cost many millions of dollars. and as you mentioned, there is of course this new netflix our... dealfor an there is of course this new netflix deal for an undisclosed but police in suffolk have arrested a teenage boy after a 15—year—old undoubtedly matter of millions which pupil was shot on his way to school will come to them. there certainly in suffolk this morning. a 27—year—old man is arrested was of them the in birmingham over a series that frogmore of stabbings at four different locations that left seven people for them leave injured and one dead. downing street insists it is committed to implementing the eu withdrawal agreement — and denies that its new brexit property by legislation would tear up castle. and which had into tle. and which had what was agreed last year. into what .nd which had to i their to their home. the condition of russian opposition leader alexei navalny is improving, according to officials in germany, uk where he is being treated for ‘w ‘wetlvery poisoning by a novichok nerve agent. residents. but whether we see very much of them at it in the future of and mason greenwood and phil foden, who made their debuts for england over the weekend, are to leave the side's training camp for breaching coronavirus guidelines.
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hello, good afternoon. the government has announced "quara ntine—free" travel to parts of certain countries under changes to its coronavirus restrictions. the move will mean tourists from england can go to some islands which have lower infection rates than the mainland without having to self—isolate on their return. but those arriving back in england from seven greek islands will have to stay indoors for a fortnight from wednesday while the rest of the country will remain exempt. easyjet‘s boss has told the bbc the government's latest change on its travel policy is "too little, too late". the transport secretary, grant shapps, has been explaining the logic behind this new approach. i can today announce a new islands policy.
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for the first time, we have the data and the capacity to add and remove specific islands from quarantine while still providing maximum protection to the uk public. there are thousands of islands across the globe, far too many forjbc to monitor on a detailed level, but it may assist the house if i outline the four guiding principles which we intend to apply. first, this regionalised approach can only apply to land that has clear boundaries or border — in other words, an island. second, the data collected must be robust, reliable and internationally comparable. third, the island must have direct flights from the uk, or, at the very minimum, transport must be able to take place through quara ntine—exempt territories. and fourth, the fcdo travel advice should align as fast as practicable. thejbc methodology i have just described for islands has been
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developed in consultation with the chief medical officer and public health england. this new capability means that we'll now be able to nuance our decisions, first and foremost to safeguard the health of british citizens, but also to enable british tourists to enjoy trips to islands even if the mainland is deemed too risky. however, it is worth noting that the policy will not necessarily open up additional islands immediately. for example, when we removed spain from the travel corridor list, there were 2a cases per 100,000. today, there are 127 cases and it remains too high in the balearic and canary islands as well. 0n the other hand, greece remains within our travel corridor programme, but our new analysis shows that some of the islands are well outside the parameters. indeed, despite overall greek infection levels being lower than ours, scotland has already felt compelled to add the entirety of greece, including the mainland, to the quarantine.
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however, using our newly—acquired jbc data, we're now in a position to remove greek islands where holiday—makers are at risk of the infection back home, and seven greek islands will therefore be removed from travel lists at 4am on wednesday, the 9th of september, whilst maintaining mainland greece. that is grant shapps, transport secretary. let me tell you what those seven greek islands are. they are... the seven islands that are now added to the quarantined list by the government. the shadow transport secretary, jim mcmahon, criticised the government's latest approach to travel corridors. mr speaker, the government's response to the cover 19 crisis has been nothing short of chaotic. at every turn, it lacked a clear
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strategy. for months, even when the virus what is peak, millions of passengers we re virus what is peak, millions of passengers were coming virus what is peak, millions of passengers were coming from all over the world without any restrictions placed on them at all. by the time restrictions were introduced, we we re restrictions were introduced, we were one on restrictions were introduced, we were one on the handful of countries in the world who up to that point had for her to take action on bringing restrictions in place. —— failed to take action. it is this pattern, where the government has been too slow to act coupled with a compensation to handle it, which is led to... france was back on. air corridors were on the table, then they were not, and then what we really saw were not air corridors or air bridges or whatever name is given to them. we had a list, essentially a foreign office list, that was produced were half of the countries on that list had restrictions on british travellers travelling to their country. no travelling to their country. no travel corridors, no air bridge at
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all, and i we see countries coming and going off the list with very little notice people who have made the decision to go on holiday and it's been to the cost of doing that. it is all very well for the government now to change position and tell people that when travelling, they should go with their eyes open. it was not that long ago the government defended a very senior member of number ten for going for an eye test. the british public are not stupid. they understand fully the pandemic and what it means to everyday life, but people work hard and they're desperate to return back to a sense of normality, and that one holiday a year for many people is something to save year for many people is something to save up for, they look forward to, but they cannot afford a 14 day quarantine to be popped on them with very little notice. that's labour's shadow transport secretary in the commons. the numbers in spain, we are hearing in reuters, the health ministry in
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spain nursing the figures there in terms of coronavirus cases have now topped half a million in total. that isa topped half a million in total. that is a cute little total of coronavirus cases and that is a first in western europe —— cumulative total. our business correspondent theo leggett told me how the travel industry will react to this more nuanced approach. well, for a start, the idea of regional travel corridors has been something that the travel industry has wanted since quarantine was first introduced. you might remember that when restrictions were first introduced on travel from spain, the industry was saying, "why are the balearics and the canary islands, which are a long way offshore from the spanish mainland, being subjected to quarantine when the problem is in northern spain?" but the first impact of this change is in fact to increase restrictions because there will be no relaxation for people travelling from the balearics or the canary islands. grant shapps made that very clear.
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what we will see seven greek islands which were not subject to any restrictions becoming subject to restrictions, and that seems to be the price for allowing greece to remain having a travel corridor with the uk. so, in fact, although this is billed as something which should enable the government at times to relax restrictions to certain areas, specific islands, at the moment, it is increasing them. the other key point, which he was pressed on, the transport secretary, was about airport testing. and a lot of people in the travel industry really want to see that at airports. yes. testing on arrival as an alternative to quarantine is something the travel industry has been pushing for, again, for some time. in his statement, mr shapps made it clear this was not something he considered sufficiently reliable, that there would be too many false negatives — people who had the disease but were not testing positive when passing through the airport — but he did say that testing at airports, alongside
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quarantine arrangements, could be more viable. that's theo leggett, our business correspondent. sean tipton is a spokesperson for abta, the trade organisation for tour operators and travel agents. a more nuanced approach on quarantine from the government. do you welcome that? we very much welcome this and we have been asking for this for some time because as your correspondent was quite rightly saying there, spain, by farthe your correspondent was quite rightly saying there, spain, by far the most important overseas travel destination for us, when the government brought in at very short notice the requirement for self quarantine, it was an logistical nightmare. at that stage, the body —— canary —— ca nary islands —— canary islands were... we understand why public that —— public health has to come first but it did not make a lot of sense.
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this is definitely a step in the right direction. it really is and we definitely welcome that. if you're coming back from mykonos and crete, some of the other islands affected, it is not good news, but is a nuanced, sensible approach to enable people to go on holiday without people's health being at risk. the net effect in the short—term is to add more places to the quarantined list, effectively, so seven greek islands plus the canaries and the balearics. to be fair, this can go... if you look at the situation in the canaries andy balearics, it has gotten worse. many wanted to visit friends and family, have parties, and this was not a good idea given the level of infection. it having myself and overseas, in countries were restrictions were
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lifted, if you go away on the you find a very different experience on holiday. the hotels, because not 70 people are travelling, they have very rigorous social distancing. everybody has to wear a face mask in public spaces. the same in restau ra nts, public spaces. the same in restaurants, and bars, and you get a much better, in my view, they take things much more seriously than in parts of the uk. in parts of the mediterranean, where restrictions aren't in place, you can eat outside, and that's a pleasant thing. once we get to a situation where the government is happy to travel to a destination, bear that in mind, particularly if you're going away late in the year, september, october, the weather will be very good. we very much welcome that. it is a sensible approach. it will also mean, when restrictions come in quickly, not everything a person who is got to ireland will have to quarantine, as we saw earlier on, particular in spain. you welcome it. we're going to hearfrom
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easyj et welcome it. we're going to hearfrom easyjet in a moment. they are saying it is too little, too late. the summer holiday season is pretty much over. it would've been helpfulto have this before, but we as an association see something positive for the industry. i could not agree more, it would've been hell for to haveit more, it would've been hell for to have it before, but we have an in place, so that has got to be a good thing —— it would have been helpful to have that before. the industry had a pretty disastrous year. many viable company is really struggling really badly and we do need some assistance from the government above and beyond this, but in this particular instance, i think we got some welcome news. good to talk to you. many thanks indeed for your thoughts. sean tipton, abta, the organisation representing tour operators. easyjet‘s ceo has been giving his reaction to the latest change to the uk government's travel quarantine policy. this is something we have argued for a long time, that should not have
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been a blanket instrument when it comes to this quarantine. it should be based on risk on a much more targeted approach. —— and on a much more torrid approach. this is too little, too late, in a majority of the peak summer season had just gone by, so if this was introduced earlier, we would have allowed many more people to go on holidays without the quarantine and it would have been also providing a tremendous help to what is a suffering industry in the uk. there we are, that is the verdict from easyjet — too little, too late, they say. let's bring you news... police have arrested a teenage boy after reports of a shooting in suffolk. the victim — a 15—year—old boy who was on his way to school — sustained serious injuries and was airlifted to hospital, where he is receiving urgent medical attention. our correspondentjo black is at the scene in kesgrave. just bring us up—to—date with the elements there now. what we know is
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that this happened at around 8:30am, here on the grange estate, which is in kesgrave in suffolk come as you we re in kesgrave in suffolk come as you were saying. as you say, it has happened this morning if ijust stepped out the way, you can see this police cordon we are standing in front of at the moment. the policeman wearing the high visit jacket, just around the corner, this is where this took place. and we know a 15—year—old who was on his way to school was injured. he was airlifted to add —— addenbrooke's hospital. we have been speaking to local people. we spoke to andy watts. just after 8:30am this morning, i was walking my dog around the everywhere it happened and i heard a gunshot, and then i heard a great big screen. that's all i can say.
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i say, it was as quick as that. it sounded like scaffolding falling down originally because i heard... it was a big, big crash. it was a loud bang. that's all i can say. as you can see, a heavy police presence here this evening. we know that the 15—year—old suffered serious injuries, and as i say, is still in hospital. the police gave us an still in hospital. the police gave us an update earlier on. the assista nt us an update earlier on. the assistant chief constable of suffolk police, robjones, assistant chief constable of suffolk police, rob jones, this assistant chief constable of suffolk police, robjones, this is what he had to say. we believe this was an isolated incident and there is nothing now to suggest a wider threat to the public. however, understandably the community in kesgrave, particularly in the grange farm area, will be extremely shocked and concerned. and furthermore, it is inevitable that parents across ipswich will be anxious following this morning's incident. i'd like to reassure the public that our priority is to keep everyone safe and that incidents like this are extremely rare in suffolk. minutes 21; of
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we also know that, after 11am, a teenager was arrested in ipswich on suspicion of attempt at murder and any updates we get on the boy's condition in hospital, we will bring you as soon as we can. police are asking anyone with information to come forward. many thanks. jo black reporting. the government says it is still committed to implementing the eu withdrawal agreement that was agreed last year. but new legislation that will be published on wednesday will say uk ministers will decide which goods would be "at risk" of entering the single market, if a brexit agreement can't be reached before the end of the year. the government says it will only make "minor clarifications in extremely specific areas" and denied that it would "tear up" what has already been agreed. our political correspondent iain watson reports. get brexit done, that was the successful slogan employed by boris johnson at last year's general election. the uk left the eu at the end ofjanuary but getting a trade deal
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with brussels has been much more challenging. talks resume tomorrow. but the prime minister has been bullish about britain's prospects if no deal is reached. the government has said this is not a threat, it is a reality. the prime minister has been absolutely clear, since he was elected with a very clear mandate to leave, that we would leave at the end of the transition period with or without a further negotiated settlement, but that we would work absolutely night and day to try to get that ca nada—style free trade agreement that we seek. but if the european union would not offer that, then we would still leave on time. the uk is continuing to follow eu rules until the end of the year, but the government has said that the middle of next month is the real deadline for a trade deal. businesses must know by then if there will be a free trade deal from january 1st, where most goods can be traded without additional costs or tariffs, or if they have to plan for more paperwork and higher prices. the eu has said that it wants
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a deal but is prepared for all eventualities. while we are determined to reach an agreement with the uk, the eu will be ready, in the event of a no—deal scenario, to trade with the uk on wto terms as of the 1st of january 2021. to get brexit done, the uk signed up to the northern ireland protocol, which ensures there will be no hard border on the island of ireland. it also means that there will be some checks on food and livestock going from great britain to northern ireland. but on wednesday, the government will publish new legislation that could override aspects of this agreement. the withdrawal agreement is an international treaty with obligations to international law. it can't simply be ripped up and opened up simply to meet the domestic whims of westminster. government ministers are insisting that they have no intention of overiding the main parts of the agreement with the eu and northern ireland. that issue, they say, is simply some minor technical details. but both the european union
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and the labour party are warning that any further tinkering could put the hopes of a wider trade deal at risk. if it is meant to be a negotiating tactic, i don't think it is a very effective one, because it undermines all the progress that has been made over the last several months and completely jeopardises a future trading relationship. both sides insist they still want to reach a trade deal, but the main trade at the moment seems to be in robust rhetoric. iain watson, bbc news. let's speak to the conservative mp and prominent brexiteer, sirjohn redwood. thank you very much indeed for being with us, sirjohn. if it is true that the withdrawal agreement and international treaty, as we heard in that report, parts of it are being overrated, thatis parts of it are being overrated, that is not a good principle for the uk, to override international treaties? it is the european union
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which is not been... that made very clear, both those documents, the eu would respect the full sovereignty of the uk, we would be self—governing. a very crucial piece of legislation, notwithstanding anything in the agreement, the uk will take full powers to be self—governing as we leave the european union. the european union has also not respected the centrality of free—trade agreements with no tariffs, with both sides said they wanted, and made the core of this agreement but the eu refuses to discuss this at the moment. even so, asi to discuss this at the moment. even so, as i say, dependable is not good. before baby start to try and make free—trade agreements with other countries around the world, if those countries then see we have tinkered, shall we say, with this withdrawal agreement, maybe they will not take us at our word, they won't trust us, frankly. i don't
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agree with that at all. i think the countries that once a free triggering with us understand our position. —— free—trade agreement. we wa nt position. —— free—trade agreement. we want to be self—governing, have all the powers to undertake a free—trade agreement with other countries, which would obviously include northern ireland as part of are single market and customs union, and they want to be sympathetic. i think they would think us very weak if we did not point out the eu is trying to stop us point out the eu is trying to stop us being a independent country. what would you say to those who were all of this could endanger the northern ireland peace process? he... this would cause harm to the economy and the good friday agreement.
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would cause harm to the economy and the good friday agreementlj would cause harm to the economy and the good friday agreement. i don't think that is right. they are trying to make sure we are fair to the communities of northern ireland and that we preserve the integrity of our sickle market, which is written into the withdrawal treaty, so there should be no sprays at some of the uk government is saying because it is all there in the political declaration, which i'm sure the republic of ireland must have read before signed up to it. and we are here the government sort of set a deadline of the middle of october free—trade —— free—trade deal. what would you like to see happen? would you like to see a trade deal with the eu would you rather wait not have wa nted the eu would you rather wait not have wanted all was yellow a free—trade —— a trade deal -- a trade deal for each, that is fair, that is the best... he voted
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to leave the european union, we were told by remain as well as leave, that meant leaving the sickle market. this government is determined to implement that. the british people and voted for this three times. they voted for it never ever end him, they voted for it in a european election and they voted for ina 2019 european election and they voted for in a 2019 general election, reinforcing the message, voting for the one of the three major parties that said we are going to leave. sir john redwood, thank you for your time. thank you for being with us on bbc news. let's cross to our political correspondent helen catt at westminster. there was some talk about te you withdrawal agreement effectively being ripped up by the uk —— the eu withdrawal agreement. downing street trying to play that down, saying these are very minor clarifications. there's a real change in tone. last
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night, government officials saying this could override some parts of the agreement. today, much softer leg was coming out of downing street, saying that there is... this would not terrible it is already being agreed. it is minor clarifications in externally specific areas, to make sure there are not unintended consequences, and the reason for this, just to row back a little bit, is to do with that northern ireland protocol, which was the arrangement within the withdrawal agreement to make sure there would not have to be a hard border on the island of ireland and the solution they found was to keep northern ireland within the uk's custom territory but also following some eu rules for the sickle market and some customs processes and since that was agreed, there has been a joint committee of the eu and —— de eu in the uk. that has not been thrashed out. what down a
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street is saying is this legislation is putting 40 parliament is sort of a safety net, if you like, so that if there are not agreements reached on some things, it would give the power to uk ministers to unilaterally decide them. their pitching in as a sort of safety net, but that is quite a lot of power given to uk ministers over things like, for example, which goods are at the risk of going on into the eu if they go into northern ireland. under this legislation, it would be uk ministers setting up themselves without the eu having to do with it. the tone today, this is not them tearing up what is agreed, it is making sure there is not ambiguity ifan making sure there is not ambiguity if an agreement is not reached. helen catt, our political correspondent. police in birmingham have arrested a 27—year—old man on suspicion of murder and seven counts of attempted murder —
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in connection with a series of stabbings in the city centre yesterday morning. the man was arrested in the selly oak area of the city at around 4am this morning. the attacks happened at four different locations across the city centre over 90 minutes early in the early hours. our correspondent phil mackie has the latest. we spoke to the day yesterday when details of these incidents were only just emerging, really stop a much clearer picture has now emerged. some sad news. we have had confirmation of the identity of the 22—year—old man killed in birmingham in the earlier as of yesterday morning. jacob billington. they say he was visiting the city, visiting a friend studying here, and with a group of people was here in saturday night and sunday morning. still quite a heavy police presence around. that is really for
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reassurance today and that man who was arrested this morning is still in police custody, so we are nearly 48 hours on, really, from that dramatic date of events that unfolded here in the city centre. it's 36 hours since the emergency services answered countless 999 calls from birmingham city centre. during little more than an hour and a half, one person was killed and seven more were injured. west midlands police said they believed there had been a lone attacker and released this footage of the man they wanted to speak to. the first report came through at half past midnight from constitution hill, where a man suffered superficial injuries. 20 minutes later in livery street, a man and a woman were attacked. he was critically injured, she was less seriously hurt. at around ten to 2am, a man was killed and another man was seriously injured in irving street. the final attack was in hurst street just after 2am. a man was arrested in connection with all of the attacks, a few miles away in selly oak. investigations are
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continuing across the city. this is irving street today. as you can see, there is still a lot of police activity here today. the cordon stretches along the road and that blue tent marks the spot where the 23—year—old man died. his friend was also treated for stab wounds here in the street. it was a night of carnage in birmingham. there were the two guys' friends. i don't say they were from birmingham because i don't think so. they were crying and just inconsolable, really. one was saying, "i tried to save him and i haven't done my best. i tried to save him." the question being asked is how did an apparent lone attacker manage to attack so many people in a busy city centre and evade capture? the streets were very crowded at the time, and the way he operated allowed him to move from place to place. that is a concern. however, that will come out further in the investigations and we'll be able to get some sort
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of handle on this. the police had a large presence in the area at the time. a man was arrested at around 4am this morning. investigations have focused on this house. it looked like there were some police outside, and, you know, i don't know what was going on. i think they must have broken into next door and i think they were doing a search in there. there's still plenty of work for the police to do, and they are appealing for help from anyone who was out on saturday night. there are three people still in hospital, the 23 euros friend of jacob billington, as i said, was in serious condition —— 23—year—old. and it woman and a 36—year—old man stabbed in livery street. the man was arrested this morning. and
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police are appealing for people to think of the victims families when they post, not helped by hateful messages. thank you very much indeed. and we have had a statement and from the family ofjacob billington, 23 years of age, who was killed in one of that series of knife attacks in birmingham city centre. the family saying jacob billington was the light of our life. you're watching bbc news. let's get a weather update for you now. here's nick miller. hello. count yourself lucky if you see much in the way of sunshine out there today. it's a mainly cloudy day. rain to be had in places as well, most likely western scotland, wales, western parts of england, a bit of light rain too to northern ireland, whereas across the eastern side of the uk, you may be seeing a bit of hazy brightness. temperatures around 17 to 20. in fact, getting a bit warmer as we go into tomorrow.
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in fact, a very mild night to come tonight. some clear spells in scotland, wales, western parts of england, northern ireland, staying mostly cloudy here. most likely to see a bit of patchy light rain, drizzle, maybe some coastal hill fog around as well. and then into tomorrow, again, a lot of cloud around. there will be some fresher breaks, more especially to the east of high ground. but towards wales, western england and northern ireland, you could see a bit of drizzle in places, especially into the hills, where it's still misty and murky. some rain and a freshening wind into northwest scotland on through the afternoon. despite all of the cloud, it is on the warm side. if you see any sunshine in eastern england, some temperatures may be approaching the mid—20s. hello, this is bbc news with me, ben brown. the headlines — the transport secretary has given the green light to regional travel corridors, allowing quarantine restrictions to apply to a country's mainland or specific islands depending on infection rates. this new capability means that we'll now be able to nuance our decisions. first and foremost to safeguard
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the health of british citizens, but also to enable british tourists to enjoy trips to islands even if the mainland is deemed too risky. the move means that seven greek islands will be added to the quarantine list from wednesday. the balearics and canary islands will also remain on the list. the number of coronavirus cases across the uk has exceeded 2900 for a second consecutive day. police in suffolk have arrested a 15—year—old boy after another 15—year—old pupil was shot on his way to school in suffolk this morning. news coming into us in the last few
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