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this is bbc news. the headlines at 103m: more trouble for trump. the us president flies to saudia arabia but leaves behind another row about the sacking of the fbi chief, james comey. a fall out within labour over trident, after shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, says the party should abandon its support for the nuclear deterrent. meanwhile, the tories defend their pledge to cut net migration to tens of thousands, after it comes under fire from george osborne. iranian president, hassan rouhani, looks almost certain to have won a second term, after most of the votes are counted in the country's presidential elections. also in the next hour — which airlines are the worst for being late? the consumer group, which, draws up a list of the worst offenders for flights arriving at uk airports. very good morning to you. welcome to
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bbc news. president trump has arrived in saudi arabia this morning, but he leaves behind more controversy in washington. the us media is reporting that he told senior russian officials that the fbi director, james comey, was a "nutjob" whose sacking had "relieved great pressure" on him. the claim — not denied by the white house — came as he set off for his first foreign trip since taking office. our washington correspondent, laura bicker, reports. a red carpet welcome for president trump, who's touched down in saudi arabia. he was met by the king, on his first foreign visit since taking office. he tweeted that he will be strongly protecting american interests, that's what i like to do. but he might be glad to leave washington for a while, after the week he's had. it started with the
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accusation that he'd leaked classified information to the russians. then reports of a memo which claimed president trump asked the fbi director to drop an investigation into his former national security adviser, michael flynn. the next day, it was announced that a special council will lead the enquirery into russian meddling into the us presidential election and look at possible links between moscow and the trump campaign. the washington post is now reporting that someone close to the president is of interest in that investigation and just as air force one took off, the new york times published this: not only did mr trump call the fbi director, james comey, a nutjob, he said he felt with him gone, it would relieve the pressure over the fbi's investigation. it seems like we are learning disturbing new allegations about president trump notjust every day, but ladies and gentleman, every hour. the white house said mr trump was acting in the nation's interests
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infiringjames was acting in the nation's interests in firing james comey and earlier this week, mr trump described the russian inquiry as a witch hunts. james comey has now agreed to give his account of events, in public, in around ten days. while in saudi arabia, mrtrump around ten days. while in saudi arabia, mr trump will attend a summit, where he'll speak about his hopes of a peaceful vision of islam, but this ambitious, eight—day foreign trip, which is to move onto israel, rome and brussels, may be overshadowed by the prospect of more trouble when he returns home. two members of the labour shadow cabinet have had a public disagreement over the party's policy on renewing the trident nuclear weapons system. the shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, suggested the outcome of a defence review — promised in the party's manifesto — could result in support for trident being dropped. but labour's shadow defence secretary, nia griffith, told the bbc‘s newsnight programme that her colleague was wrong. meanwhile, the chief secretary to the treasury, david gauke, has insisted the conservatives are right not to set a timetable for achieving their ambition
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of reducing annual net migration to the tens of thousands. the commitment was announced by the party in their manifesto on thursday. mr gauke says it's an aim and has no timetable. with me now is our political correspondent, mark lobel. let's deal with this falling out among labour's top team over trident. i thought that issue was settled. indeed the first bout of friendly fire, on both sides of the political spectrum this morning, that we will discuss. you thought that we will discuss. you thought that because since 2007, when tony blair was that because since 2007, when tony blairwas in that because since 2007, when tony blair was in charge of the labour party, they agreed the policy, that trident would be renewed. the nuclear deterrent will be renewed. that has been a commitment, every year, they've agreed. last year, in a policy forum, they agreed it. earlier this week, in the manifesto, they agreed it. you'd imagine it would be quite a simple question to emily thornberry, the shadow foreign secretary, who could be foreign secretary, who could be foreign secretary in three weeks' time, and this was put by lbc‘s ian dale. he
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said, "if the labour party gets into power, presumably we can assume that the trident programme will be renewed." this is what she said. no, of course not. if you're going to have a review, you have a review. so it is possible thatjeremy corbyn as prime minister could drive through a policy of ditching trident. the policy of ditching trident. the policy is, labour party policy is that we — policy is, labour party policy is that we - i know what it is. i'm asking could it in the future change? but overwhelmingly, we need to make sure that our policy is up to make sure that our policy is up to date and meets 21st century threats. no—one can disagree with that surely. there was a time when we gave up on sabres oi’ that surely. there was a time when we gave up on sabres or horses. she's driving coach and horses through labour party policy. last night, the shadow defence secretary, who'd be sitting in on the policy reviews if labour got into power, nia griffith, was interviewed on
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newsnight. she was asked about those comments. well, with all due respect, emily is not the shadow defence secretary, i am. we had a long meeting on thursday in which we agreed the manifesto. nobody has raised the issue of removing trident nuclear deterrent from our manifesto that. was agreed last year that we would have it as part of our defence review that we had last year as part of our national policy forum. emily thornberry said if you're going to have a proper review, there's a review. there's no point in reviewing trident if you're committed to it. we are absolutely committed to it. we are absolutely committed to it. so emily thornberry is wrong. indeed. because last year we looked at it, in particular at the national policy forum, and it was decided that we would keep the nuclear deterrent and that was reaffirmed at our conference in september. nia griffith on newsnight. that was late last night. have we had a response from emily thornberry? we spoke to her team and
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they insisted that there was no difference between emily thornberry and nia griffith in terms of party policy. while emily thornberry was expressing her personal view, she has many questions over the costs and viability of trident, she couldn't be clearer that this debate is over. the reality is that three weeks before a general election, and knowing that in the past, jeremy corbyn voted against the renewal in the parliamentary vote, i think voters will be left in some doubt as to what labour would do if they were in power. let's turn to the conservatives. we have this commitment that david cameron was the first to make, many years ago now, that the party would bring net migration down below 100,000, so to the tens of thousands. it's proved impossible to meet thus far. the conservatives have re—introduced it. there seems confusion among cabinet ministers about whether it's a policy commitment, a pledge, an aspiration, a nice thing to have if we can get round to it. it's not entirely clear what their position is. it's not. they're trying third
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time lucky in terms of manifestos with this pledge. the political temperature rose yesterday. the other example of friendly fire, blue on blue, the former chancellor, george osborne, recently of the conservative party, saying that his former party haven't got a clue in an editorial in his paper, the evening standard, on this issue, haven't got a clue when it's going to happen, haven't got a clue about the costs or if they know about the costs they‘ re not the costs or if they know about the costs they're not saying anything. all these questions were put to the chief secetary to the treasurery last night. this is what he had to say. it is an aim. it doesn't have a time table. i accept that. but it should drive our policy in terms of improving skills, so that we've got a stronger domestic workforce. it should drive our policy in terms of improving technology, so that we can reduce some of the immigration pressures that we currently face. so no time table there. in fact, he went on to say, it was right that there is no deadline. he wants the
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flexibility in this in order to deal with the economic consequences of the brexit deal and also, to insist that it does take place because of the eu referendum result and the message that they got from, that to balance the economics and the political will to do so. thanks very much. new rules for cigarette packaging come into force this weekend. all packs must be greenish—brown withjust a small space for the brand name and include a graphic warning of the dangers of smoking. the measures, aimed at discouraging young people from taking up the habit, also include a ban on selling packs of ten. tom burridge reports. persuading young people not to smoke. that's what the government hopes these new rules will do. from today, all cigarette packets have to be a standard green design, similar to this. health warnings must cover two thirds of the front and back of the packets. and you can no longer buy packets of ten. there will also be restrictions on e—cigarettes
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and on rolling tobacco too. public health campaigners say the number of people smoking in britain continues to fall and this is another positive step. it's too early to say how many will avoid taking up, but even if it's just a few percent that will have a big benefit in 20 or 30 years' time. but the tobacco industry says greater restrictions will only push people to buy cigarettes elsewhere. we are seeing people actually not quitting or giving up smoking, but basically buying cheap tobacco from the black market. it's never been so expensive to smoke. the government wants to emphasise the possible health costs and persuade more to stub the habit out. hassan rouhani has won a second term as president of iran with a convincing majority. mr rouhani had
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campaigned to continue his policies of greater engagement with the west and increased civil liberties at home. with me is kasra naji. a clear cut result, was this expected? not really. this was better than expected for supporters of president rouhani. we didn't expect this. this is nearly 60%. it's a resounding victory. it's a land slide almost. this is in spite of the efforts by the hard liners to mobilise all their resources to bring out as many people as possible out to vote. it didn't work in the end. it's a victory for people, actualliover whelming number of people in iran, who support the moderation that president rouhani has been proposing. it's a revenge for them in a sense, against those people who exiled them, who killed
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them, who executed them, who jailed them, who executed them, who jailed them, who executed them, who jailed them, who drove them into exile. it's a defeat for those people. mr raisi, his rival, who was defeated had been targeting particularly poorer voters saying, look, had been targeting particularly poorervoters saying, look, i'm had been targeting particularly poorer voters saying, look, i'm the man to revive the economy. in the past, that's worked and worked effectively. why not this time?m didn't work. obviously, people thought that ok, the promises may not work or the other promises that president rouhani is offering are more attractive to them. mr raisi promised a cash handout to the poor, some $40 per month to each member of a poorfamily. some $40 per month to each member of a poor family. that, some $40 per month to each member of a poorfamily. that, we thought, or i thought at least, that would be an interesting pull. but obviously, it
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didn't work. what about the announcement that came out of washington, quite well timed i guess for washington, quite well timed i guess foer washington, quite well timed i guess for mr rouhani washington, quite well timed i guess foer rouhani and washington, quite well timed i guess for mr rouhani and his supporters that they weren't going to reimpose sanctions. there had been suggestions that donald trump being so suggestions that donald trump being so hostile to the nuclear deal that mr rouhani had helped to broker, that the sanctions might come back on and suddenly the economy, pressures on the president would be greater and that might become a problem for him. in a sense washington seems to have helped him out a bit. for the momentment -- moment. they tried to stay away and help president rouhani in a way by not pressurising him during the election campaign. that nuclear deal is still up election campaign. that nuclear deal is stillup in election campaign. that nuclear deal is still up in the air, in a sense, that hard liners in the us, president trump and the hard liners in congress, they still want to pile on more sanctions against iran. that might mean that the nuclear deal is doomed, in a sense, that deal is
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based on a premise that you lift the sanctions for iran abandoning its nuclear programme. but if you add on more sanctions, you will fundamentally undermine that very deal. i'm not very optimistic about that deal surviving in the long—term. that deal surviving in the long-term. thanks very much with the latest on president rouhani's re—election, thank you. you're watching bbc news. let's look at the headlines. the us president flies to saudi arabia. as he leaves there's another twist in the controversial sacking of fbi chief, james comey. a disagreement in labour over trident, after the shadow foreign secretary, emily thornberry, says the party could abandon support for the party could abandon support for the nuclear deterrent. the conservatives defend their pledge to cut net migrations to tens of thousands after it comes under fire from the former chancellor, george osborne. sport now and for a full round up, from the bbc sport centre,
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here's mike bushell. very good morning to you. how are you? very g, thank you. good morning. the russian shareholder, alisher usmanov, who owns a 30% stake in arsenal, has made his move — a bid of around £1 billion, to buy out stan kroenke's majority share. but it's understood this bid has been rejected, usmanov has been critical of kroenke's support of arsene wenger. the arsenal manager is still keeping everyone guessing about his future. something's got to happen. we're going to start to miss out. we're missing out on the so—called managers that we may be interested in. we're going to start missing out on the players. this has to happen at some stage. something has got to happen for arsenal to go to the next level. dundee united will have the chance to bounce back to the top league at the first attempt. paul dixon was their hero,
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scoring the winner with three minutes to go — his first goal for five years. they'll play off for promotion against the side that finishes next to bottom of the premiership. talking of play—offs, bradford and millwall meet in the league one final at wembley later today. there is full commentary on radio 5live. england under 20 team are head against argentina in the their opening world cup match. only a few minutes left to go. the opening goal came seven minutes before halftime. then seven minutes after the break, newcastle's adam armstrong doubled the lead. their next game is against guinea and then they play korea, the hosts. the tournament is trialling video assistance for referees. there we see an example. the elbow spotted on replays. so argentina's martinez was sent off. the under 17s lost the final of
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their european championship. a last minute equaliser took the game to penalties. england missed two of their three kicks. spain didn't miss any. they took the trophy from the young lions' grasp. in rugby union, sca rlets young lions' grasp. in rugby union, scarlets are young lions' grasp. in rugby union, sca rlets a re into young lions' grasp. in rugby union, scarlets are into the final of the pr012, despite having to play more than half of their semi—final, with 14 men. scarlets scored three tries to leinster‘s one in the first half, but then had steffan evans sent off. they still held out, though, to set up a match against ospreys or munster. they play their semi—final later. meanwhile, cardiff blues won't join scarlets in european rugby's elite club competition next season. they lost their champions cup qualification play—off semi—final to stade francais. the french side will play either connort or northampton for a spot in the competition. it's play—off time in the english premiership too. a week after retaining the champions cup, saracens face exeter, hoping to move a step closer to the double—double, while league leaders wasps host leicester tigers. they've got the home advantage.
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that's huge in a semifinal, with knockout rugby. they thoroughly deserve that across the 22 rounds, they were the best. they deserve that privilege. we'll have to go and make sure that we're accurate early in the game and we keep we do the things that make us a good team. if leicester come out with a fantastic performance and better than us on the day, you have to put your hand up. if we play like we have for most of the season, the result should be ours. but anything can happen on the day. we've worked ha rd can happen on the day. we've worked hard to finish top of the table. we've worked hard to get a home draw so we've worked hard to get a home draw so we're determined to put in a performance which we believe will be good enough to get the result. newcastle's st james' park has seen its goal posts replaced by rugby ones because it's rugby league's magic weekend. this is when all the super league teams play over the same weekend. so today, widnes face wakefield.
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hull, in second, play st helens. and it's wigan against warrington. that's all sport for now. you can keep up to date with all those stories on the bbc sport website. i'll have more in the next hour. prince george and princess charlotte will act as page boy and bridesmaid, when their aunt pippa middleton marries james matthews this morning. the event is being dubbed the society wedding of the year. there's been speculation over whether prince harry will bring his girlfriend, the american actress meghan markle. let's cross now to our correspondent who's in englefield in berkshire. good morning to you. morning. it all looks very quiet behind you. i guess it's all happening just very close by. yes, it does look quiet at the moment. but it's busierjust to the side of me, because what we're
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seeing at the moment is there's a lot of security around to make sure that everything goes smoothly and there's an awful lot of media here. there's a lot of media interest from around the world on this wedding of pippa middleton and james matthews, which is due to take place injust over an hour's time now. we haven't seen any guests arrive yet. they are due to arrive possibly in about another half hour or so. we can, yes, it looks very quiet behind me, we canjust yes, it looks very quiet behind me, we can just see the church, st marks, an old 12th century church, a family church for the middle tons. we canjust family church for the middle tons. we can just see that through the trees. people will begin arriving shortly. as i said, there is an awful lot of media here from across the world. there's americans, they're extremely the world. there's americans, they‘ re extremely interested the world. there's americans, they're extremely interested in this story, particularly the speculation will megan markle be coming with prince harry. the australian media are here. the news zealed media are here and media from across europe.
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we have spoken to some members of the public. they've been gathering slowly over the last couple of hours. they're extremely interested in the royal connections to this wedding. yes, they do want to see the bride and groom, to see what the bride will be wearing, but most people have said they're particularly interested in seeing the duke and duchess of cambridge and even more importantly, their two young children, three—year—old prince george and two—year—old princess charlotte, who will be taking part in the wedding as page boy and bridesmaid. very important jobs for the very young royals here today. there's a man with an umbrella chatting to another man behind you, they might be guests, security, they might be journalists, they could just be lost, who knows. but you've talked about the attention there there's going to be. i'm sure the snappers will be hoping for a little tantrum or some tears ora
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for a little tantrum or some tears or a big for a little tantrum or some tears ora big beaming smile for a little tantrum or some tears or a big beaming smile from the young prince and princess, but it's terribly rotten for the bride if her big day gets overshadowed by prince harry's girlfriend, if she turns up. well, for them, this is very much a family wedding. it's taking place in very close to their home in bucklebury, which isjust about bucklebury, which is just about six miles from here. this is the family church, where we saw them go at christmas. that's possibly not the way they'll be looking at it. they'll be seeing it very much as pippa and james's day possibly. yes, here, the media and members of the public, they seem to be here to see members of the royal family. aren't we rotten. thank you very much for being with us. i hope it stays dry for you. a survey by which? magazine has found that one in four flights to british airports arrived at least 15 minutes late last year. consumer group, which? analysed 850,000 flights at 25 british airports and found most uk airlines perform worse
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than average — with one in three easyjet flights delayed. simon calder, travel editor of the independent, has been crunching the numbers for us. glad you're not stuck on one of these late planes. what's the significance of these statistics do you think? well, they are looking at very, very large amounts of data and they're looking at all the flights that come into the uk that were at least 15 minutes late. because anything up to a quarter of an hour, the airlines say that's on time. it's all right, no problem there. so therefore, they have looked at every single airline and i've been looking particularly at the british ones, easyj et, particularly at the british ones, easyjet, by far britain's biggest budget airline, is very much the worst performer, just one in three flights arrived, sorry one in three flights arrived, sorry one in three flights was officially late. talk to the airline about it. they say that across the entire system they are looking at only one in four being late. but of course, they fly lots
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of places which don't go anywhere near britain. therefore the two things are not too — near britain. therefore the two things are not too - they could both be true. yes, i'm sure they are. they say things are better this year as well. they're based out the gatwick. busiest single runway at the airport. they're susceptible to french air traffic controllers who we re french air traffic controllers who were quite busy last year with their own indust reel action. the interesting thing about this, most passengers would assume the flights incorporate wriggle room so they can still say they arrived on time even if they left quite late from their departure point. this is allowing for the wriggle room, they're still late. there isn't an officially stated wriggle room or padding as the aviation industry uses.|j stated wriggle room or padding as the aviation industry uses. i like that word. if you look specifically at british airways and easyjet on competing routes from gatwick, looking at exactly the same route, typically british airways allows five more minutes. that's because
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easyj et five more minutes. that's because easyjet is absolutely obsessive about extracting as much as it possibly can from its flights. you build in padding and that means you can't get so many flights in. therefore there's a different cultural approach. if easyjet allowed an extra five minutes it might go up the table. british airways by the way, absolutely average, 74% of their flights arrived on time or within quarter of an hour. and from the passengers' point of view, is this information, when it's point of view, is this information, when its spread over so many airlines and so many flights of much real use? well, it's interesting, i think, to find out who's doing well. you're the travel editor of the independent, you would find it interesting. it's important to understand why klm, royal dutch airlines, is at the top of this. that's because it's only looking at flights to the uk. they fly to about a dozen uk airports. if you're flying into durham tees valley or humberside and you're klm, three flights a day, that's half the flights a day, that's half the flights you're going there, you won't find congestion. the three
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airlines at the bottom of the table, norwegian, air transa and iceland air. airtransya, norwegian, air transa and iceland air. air tra nsya, based norwegian, air transa and iceland air. airtransya, based in canada, in winter, it's not fit for human habitation, let alone trying to operate an airlines. there are good reasons for this, but of course, from the passengers' point of view, we hope things will get a bit better. we always hope that. sometimes hope triumphs over experience. lovely to have you with us again. homeownership has fallen by two thirds in the uk since 1994. a think—tank says outer london, the north west of london were most affected it's usually assumed that soaring house prices in central london would have the greatest impact on affordability for younger households. but the resolution foundation says the north of england and outer london have been affected the most. it says home ownership among young
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families has fallen 63% in outer london towns, such as harrow and croydon. in west yorkshire, ownership fell by 52% among families with adults between 25 and 34. while the fall in greater manchester was 51% between 1994 and last year. a lot more families are living in the private rental sector, which is expensive, insecure and often not a very nice place to live. but it also matters longer term. we've seen in the debate around social care this week that having a home is a key way that many people build up an asset over their lifetime. it really matters when you get old whether you own a house. they also say pledges by labour and the conservatives to build one million new homes lacked the required detail on how that might be achieved within five years. imagine if you could unlock doors or control your phone using a tiny chip implanted in your hand. it sounds like something out of a sci—fi thriller,
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but for a growing number of people in the uk it's becoming a reality. so called bio—hackers are installing microchips into their bodies and programming them to perform everyday tasks. but will it catch on? danny savage went to meet some of them. this is a hack space where people into their tech build stuff or take things apart and start again. a few of them, though, have technology implanted inside them. they have been chipped, fitted with near—field communication. buried in their hand, it can do tasks for them. phil's chip has been programmed to work as a key. so you can see that will open the doorfor me, so i can get in. it is the same technology we have been chipping cats and dogs with for the past 30 years. it is entirely benign. if anyone wanted to change it, they would have to be within one centimetre of me and i have a password on it as well.
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so you cna't be turned into a cyborg assassin? nothing that exciting. my chip goes to my facebook art page as a digital business card. the chip in holly's hand directs people to her webpage. she sees a medical use as well. i feel this is going to replace a hospital tag. something as simple as that, it could help, because if someone's passed out on the floor, you've got no idea of their medical history. can you scan their hand and you've got all their history, all their details. i think something like that is where this technology is going to go. it's brilliant. and this is the size of the chip that hackers have inside them. would you want one? currently today, i've programmed it to send you a text message. tanya does. she's a tech expert at a university, and believes it is important to be a pioneer human with a chip.
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this is a very simple chip. the dangerer is not that great. in the future they could be more versatile, more powerful. we don't know what it can hold. that's what we're trying to explore now. there are only 200 in the uk at the moment with a chip. we think nothing of them in cats and dogs. is putting them in people the next logical step? danny savage, bbc news. now i know a man with magic hands. watch what happens when he waves them over the maps. philip, good morning. how are you? science fiction, to science fact. see what i did there? let's go, isn't that glorious. gosh, what on earth ami isn't that glorious. gosh, what on earth am i doing in central london, when it could be that good in margate. make of most of it in the east. it won't stay that way. plenty


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