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this is bbc news. i'm carrie gracie. the headlines at 11pm: theresa may says mps have one last chance to deliver brexit and promises them a vote on another referendum, if they back her bill. the government will therefore include in the withdrawal agreement bill at introduction a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum, and this must take place before the withdrawal agreement can before the withdrawal agreement can be ratified. but the labour leader jeremy corbyn says his party would not support the bill, and says he can't see how it would get through parliament. we can't support this bill because it's basically a rehash of what was discussed before, and it doesn't make any fundamental moves on market alignment or the customs union, or
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indeed protection of rights. our other main stories: british steel workers wait to hear if a government rescue deal can save their company from collapse. the firm, which employs almost 5,000 people, is seeking an emergency whitehall loan, to help it deal with what it calls brexit—related issues. 1,000 jobs are lost atjamie 0liver‘s restaurant chain, as it goes into administration. the celebrity chef says he's deeply saddened. a warning that english councils could face a funding shortfall of more than £50 billion unless extra cash is made available. and at 11:30pm, we'll be taking an in—depth look at the papers with our reviewers sebastian payne, the financial times whitehall correspondent, and caroline wheeler, deputy political editor of the sunday times. stay with us for that.
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good evening. despite offering what she calls a new deal over brexit, labour and several conservative mps say they won't be backing theresa may's proposals for leaving the european union, with the commons due to vote on her plans, early next month. theresa may warned today that mps have one last chance to deliver a negotiated exit from the eu, and in an effort to win support, she promised mps that if it passes they'll get a vote on whether to hold a referendum on the final deal. there was also the promise of a vote on future customs arrangements. also, new guarantees on workers‘ rights. butjeremy corbyn says labour won't support the bill, because it doesn't go far enough, while some conservatives say they‘ re unhappy because they believe mrs may's gone too far in making concessions. here's our political editor, laura kuenssburg. a strange—looking world... any sign of progress? a tory cabinet, cloistered for hours... any agreement, secretary
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of state, on what you will offer the labour party? chewing over how much to offer labour to get them on side... foreign secretary, do you think you have concessions that will tempt labour mps to vote for the deal? to try and breath life into an exhausted plan and an exhausted administration... dr fox, are you still in the cabinet? to take us out of the eu by summer. after nearly three years, it is oh, so late in the day. was it a bumpy meeting? always fascinating. win or lose, few in the political goldfish bowl, or perhaps the audience at this london business, or maybe among you, believe it is anything other than her last shot. the majority of mps say they want to deliver the result of the referendum. so i think we need to help them find a way and i believe there is now one last chance to do that. today, i am making a serious offer to mps across parliament — a new brexit deal. newly packaged up together,
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but familiar promises. extra protection for workers‘ rights and the environment, giving mps the say on the fraught issue of customs and acknowledging many of them want a chance at least to vote on another referendum. i do not believe this is a route we should take, but i recognise the genuine and sincere strength of feeling across the house on this important issue. the government will therefore include in the withdrawal agreement bill, at introduction, a requirement to vote on whether to hold a second referendum. the prime minister, though, cannot pretend. she might never be able to keep her promise of taking us out of the eu. i have compromised. now i ask you to compromise too. we've been given a clear instruction by the people we are supposed to represent. so, help me find a way to honour that instruction. move our country and our politics forward and build the better future that all of us want to see. thank you.
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you've had nearly three years. but the opposition parties have already said they will not vote for this deal. isn't it simply too late for you to be offering a compromise? many mps simply do not want to listen. wait and look at the details of the bill and think about the importance of delivering brexit, because this is the way that we can ratify an agreement and ensure that we leave the european union. theresa may's last efforts to win over parliament feel a parallel universe to what is playing out around the country. the european elections in a matter of days. 0nly happening because the government has failed. tories and labour both jangling with nerves as smaller parties, pushing clarity, not compromise, stand to gain. voters will give a verdict with parliament's meltdown the backdrop.
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labour won't give number 10 a way out. we can't support this bill because it's basically a rehash of what was discussed before and it does not make any fundamental moves on market alignment or the customs union or protection of rights. the commitment to give mps another vote on a referendum is not enough for those on that side. well, it sounds like the deal agreed by the cabinet would take scotland and the uk out of the european union but also out of the single market and the snp will not vote for a deal that does that. we will be voting against this. what we want is people to be able to stop brexit by having a people's vote. but it's a compromise too far for those on the other. it's a hodgepodge of proposals, but the fundamental flaws in the withdrawal treaty remain. we've got a remain prime minister saying to leavers that we should make compromises towards a remain parliament. it's a brexit in name only
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trap, and is something i will not be supporting. the vote is still more than a week away. the prime minister won't give up and minds could still change, but rejection of this bundle of new measures may already have taken root. laura kuenssberg reporting there. earlier i spoke to bronwen maddox, she's the director of the institute for government. i asked her to outline what the key elements of the prime minister's offer were. she's put in something for everyone ina sense, she's put in something for everyone in a sense, and she's moved some way. the second referendum is definitely... that is something she didn't want to contemplate at all not very long ago, that's in there. there is some language on the customs union which is plenty obscure and you can see why it didn't go very far to satisfy what some of the labour mps wanted, but some of the labour mps wanted, but some of the labour mps wanted, but some of that is new. but there and in some other places, talking about trying to bind the government to do something about the irish backstop,
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she's giving something that isn't her gift to give, it would depend on the eu agreeing it. this is her offering it as part of a banquet of little extras to try to get it over the line. talk us through what this referendum, the extent to which the prime minister has moved, where does that leave us? she didn't want to do anything to encourage it so we have to ta ke anything to encourage it so we have to take this as some movement, she's put this as ten points, changes that will be in the bill. a commitment that mps can vote on whether or not they want to put this legislation to a second referendum. for her, that is some movement. of course, it depends whether or not mps actually back that and the last time that came to the commons it was defeated, not by that big a margin, margaret beckett, the labour mp, it was the second most popular or least heavily defeated, if you like. so there's some support for it there. but what
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he's calling for is theresa may really actively to get behind it and she can't do that very easily because immediately she said another referendum, all kinds of brexit leaning conservative mps came out of the traps saying this is absolutely apparent, this destroys the whole possibility of us backing it. so is she at least correct on the point she at least correct on the point she made that this is the last chance for a negotiated exit? she is and she isn't, nothing is black and white in the world of brexit. certainly the last time she can bring a bill back. it's going to be the last time for some time that the eu gets involved in negotiations because the eu is going to be grappling with the results of the european parliamentary elections, which arejust european parliamentary elections, which are just about upon us, and then along without the appointment of key jobs then along without the appointment of keyjobs in the european union and that goes on until october, things like the head of the commission and the head of the eu
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central bank, all that goes on so they're not going to want to touch it but in theory another conservative leader could come back, we could have a general election, another leader could come back and try again. not going to be an awful lot of appetite for that in brussels. thousands of british steel workers are waiting to hear if the company can secure a £30 million rescue deal from the government. the business which employs more than 3,000 people in scunthorpe and around 800 on teesside, is on the brink of collapse, unless it receives emergency funding to weather what the company calls brexit—related issues. our business correspondent colleta smith sent this report. alan's got a day off from the blast furnaces today, but work is still the only thing on his mind. we were being told one minute people were losing theirjobs, then the next minute, it's not happening. it's just frustrating, obviously not knowing your future, and obviously if it happens here, what do you have to do? do you have to look to move elsewhere, to try and get a job elsewhere, or do you try and stay here and find a job and just struggle on and survive? i don't know.
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you've got kids, then, in schools here? yeah. that are settled. yeah, i've got a seven—year—old, she's got a six—year—old, and obviously we've got a nine—year—old as well. that's a big impact on the family and all of them, isn't it? it is, it's a massive upheaval for everybody. but then the other thing is, do you look at working away and not see your kids? i don't know. the town's just going to shut down because nobody's going to be in work and it's going to be like a ghost town. what are we going to do with the steelworks? turn it into a theme park? companies like yourselves, then, are brought in to do other work... it's a massive knock—on effect for us. we don't even know whether we'll get paid for the job we're doing now, and we've got a lot more work up and coming there. the company had plans to extend their production lines this autumn, but now, that future is far from certain. they've already had one loan from the government, and today they were asking for another. it will buy us some time but it's not a long—term solution. personally, i think the right solution would be
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a temporary nationalisation. we're not talking forever, but it would give us that period of calm and certainty where we could rebuild the business, get it back on an even keel, make it sustainable and get back to where we were, well, pre—2008 crash, because we've yet to come out of that recession. the government say they've ruled out nationalisation but are still working to try and save the company. subject to strict legal bounds, the government will leave no stone unturned in its support for the steel industry. the business say they need the cash to keep the furnaces burning until there's a brexit deal, but that staff will get this month's pay cheque — a small relief to the thousands of families depending on those wages. coletta smith, bbc news, in scu nthorpe. let's return to brexit and the prime minister's latest plan to get an agreement through parliament. 0ur political correspondent chris mason is in westminster.
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you will still up, is it lonely? it isa you will still up, is it lonely? it is a bit, but there's plenty of news around so i will keep myself out of mischief —— you are still up. around so i will keep myself out of mischief -- you are still up. how many rebels are there? it is easier to count how many switches there have been because you don't need any hands orfingers have been because you don't need any hands or fingers for that. there is a shed load of people opposed to the prime minister pass deal, we knew that this morning they're still there tonight. if this is an exercise, which it had to be ultimately, in trying to persuade people to switch, it has failed spectacularly. it looks like there we re spectacularly. it looks like there were those who supported the meaningful vote for the prime minister last time around who have now switched in the wrong direction from her point of view? yeah, and i guess most famous is bozza, the former foreign secretary, seen by many as the favourite to succeed her, saying he had reluctantly backed the deal last time around but
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now he is of the view, because in his view it talks about a customs union and another referendum, something he couldn't possibly back because it completely breaches conservative manifesto commitments from a couple of years ago and in his view, something better could be negotiated and he is not the only one of the clutch of conservative brexiteers who were reluctantly persuaded to back it at the last time asking, having rejected it at earlier attempts, now saying they won't go anywhere near it. the numbers appear to be going in the wrong direction from the perspective of downing street and add to that the likes of lisa nandy, the labour mp, who the prime minister referred to specifically in her speech this afternoon because she was seen as keen on a brexit deal and potentially persuadable to back the government at some stage, there was that over chore to her by the prime minister, lisa nandy flatley rejected it saying it didn't go far
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enough and now some conservative mps saying that the numbers are so dire that the prime minister should consider pulling the vote entirely but sources insisting on government she's determined to press ahead. do you think there was ever any chance that this could work, did she miss play a hand that could have been played better? it was never likely to work today, she was never likely to work today, she was never likely to persuade enough people as a result of what she said today but what's intriguing, and frankly we'll never know the answer to, if immediately after the snap election when she went backwards, if she had presented a package, something akin to what she did today, could she have spent a couple of years building if not a consensus then certainly a majority for something resembling what she put on the table today? the thing that would have put her off doing such a thing back then would have been the likelihood of provoking a fire, particularly amongst conservative brexiteers, that could have led to her being
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bundled out of downing street months if not years from where we are now. there's never been an easy option here for the prime minister. that's been illustrated with every twist and turn but it looks more clearly tonight than ever that theresa may will leave downing street having failed to deliver on her principal reason for taking the job, delivering brexit. chris, thank you. the restaurant group set up by the celebrity chef jamie oliver has gone into administration, with the loss of around 1,000 jobs. just three of his 25 restaurants is still operating, after failure to find a buyer. jamie oliver says he exhausted every option to try to save the business, and is deeply saddened. here's our business correspondent emma simpson. so, what you get... from the cheeky new chef on the block... look at that! campaigner, tv star and books, jamie oliver has built an empire as britain's most successful chef. and he opened dozens of restaurants, too. come in and see us
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at jamie's italian. nothing was being served up today, though. his restaurant business collapsed, 22 outlets closed with immediate effect. around 1,000 jobs lost. in a statement, jamie oliver said, "i'm devastated that our much loved uk restaurant have gone into administration. i am deeply saddened by this outcome and would like to thank all of the people who have put their hearts and souls into this business over the years." so, what went wrong? itjust got a bit too chain... chainy. yeah. whereas just around here, there are so many quirky little restaurants, and just one—offs that you can go to. today's news isn't a total surprise. this chain almost went bust a couple of years ago. jamie oliver put in £13 million of his own money to save it. 12 outlets already closed last year in a restructuring plan. but it's clear that turnaround hasn't worked. it's been tough for lots of other casual dining chains too.
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prezzo, byron, carluccio's, just some of the brands that have had to close outlets, counting the cost of overexpansion. mid—market restaurants are being squeezed at both ends. they are finding it quite hard to make money at this time. if they're not offering exactly what consumers want, then they find they can't make money because the cost of wages, the cost of business rates and the cost of running promotions to get people through the door are simply too much. we are going to fry that off... his other businesses may be thriving, but it seems jamie 0liver‘s restaurants weren't able to keep up with changing tastes in what's become an increasingly crowded market. emma simpson, bbc news. the inquests into the london bridge attacks in 2017 has heard how a football fan threw glasses and bottles at the attackers as he tried to save people's lives. giving evidence at the old bailey, gerard vowls said he started throwing makeshift weapons at them and shouting to warn as many people as possible of the danger.
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change uk, the new political party created by 11 former conservative and labour mps, has said it supports the idea of another public vote on brexit and that it would campaign to remain in the european union if one was held. its spokesman, the mp chuka umunna, made the comments at a rally in manchester ahead of the european elections. people often say "what makes you different? how are you actually going to change things?" to my mind, if we are capable of bringing together different progressive people from different political traditions and reaching a consensus on an issue, we have a much greater chance of actually coming up with an agenda that will unite our country. that's what makes us different. and that's why, in this election, where not messing around, none of this options for this, not messing around, none of this options forthis, options not messing around, none of this options for this, options for that, as mike said, and then sitting, you have to have a clear position. and we don'tjust have to have a clear position. and we don't just want a people's have to have a clear position. and we don'tjust want a people's vote for the sake of having a people's
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vote, we want a people's vote to remain in the european union. applause the green party mp caroline lucas described the prime minister's speech as a repackaging of the old deal. she was speaking at a green party campaign rally in oxford ahead of the eu elections. as well as criticising the prime minister, caroline lucas also reaffirmed the party's commitment to supporting another eu referendum. my my response to the prime minister's statement essentially is that what she is doing is repackaging an old deal. she's reheating the same thing, essentially. the bottom line is for mps like myself we want to see a people's vote is an absolutely integral part of this package. we are not prepared to vote in favour of it on the grounds that there might bea of it on the grounds that there might be a people's vote somewhere down the line. what we have two have is democracy built into it. you can't basically have strings attached to democracy. the brexit party leader, nigel farage joined in the criticism of the prime minister's latest attempt to get her brexit deal through. he was speaking tonight at a rally in west london for those eu
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elections. she surrendered to virtually everything. surrendered to the customs union. surrendered to single market rules. 0h, customs union. surrendered to single market rules. oh, and the icing on the cake, if you vote for her deal, there's a chance of having a second referendum. if there are any conservatives out there who are eurosceptic who believe in the democratic process, who are half thinking about voting for theresa may's conservatives on thursday in the european elections, you'vejust been told you are not wanted. but i know where they can go. the brexit party. officials from the electoral commission have visited brexit party headquarters to review it's online fundraising. no evidence of electoral offences were found, but the commission said there had been significant public concern. the european parliament has confirmed it's investigating donations mr farage received, shortly after the eu referendum in 2016.
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0ur deputy political editor john pienaar is at the brexit party hq in central london. when i spoke to nigel farage earlier on today. he described the current criticism of the donations only support for and his party as smears, as collusion. and yet, as you say, a new front has opened up. the valuable support from aaron banks, which mr farage described as purely personnel, has been referred to a scrutiny and discipline committee at the european parliament where he is a member. it went to provide a driver and a home in london and travel and parties in the usa. and if the committee recommends to the president of the parliament that there was a breach of the rules, that it should have been declared, potential sanctions are there from a reprimand to the withdrawal of privileges. meanwhile, here at the brexit headquarters in central london across the road, the electoral commission went in today. they say is part of a review, not an
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investigation coming to the handling of donations. mr farage says it is all part of collusion between the commission and the parties enemies. will it the party, will it damage the party or feel the suggestion of collusion, that his victim, well, thatis collusion, that his victim, well, that is the impression nigel farage is keen for this evening. local councils in england could be facing a multi—billion pound funding gap — according to an independent review of their finances. it was commissioned by the organisation representing large county councils and says demand for services such as social care will increase in the next few years. unless more money is provided, it suggests that councils could face a shortfall of more more than £51 billon by 2025. even if council tax is increased by almost 3%, there could still be a £30 billion gap over the five years from 2020. the government says this year's local government settlement has included extra funding for services. alex forsyth reports from staffordshire. rona is 91 years old. she moved into this apartment
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with her husband alf before he died two years ago. when i came here i thought, "this is a new life for me." i'd be really down in the dumps if i had to live on my own where i was. because you didn't see anyone. part—funded by the council, this facility provides extra support and specialist care as it's needed. you can go and play cards and dominoes, and we have social evenings, we have quiz nights. it's my world now, it's my life. here, the focus is on keeping people independent as long as possible —— in part, to ease pressure on the strained social care system. staffordshire, like councils across england, has had to cut spending while demand for care has grown. above all, what we do really need is a proper adult cross—party debate about the funding, future funding of adult social care.
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it can't really fall on the council tax payer and the business rate payer of an area like staffordshire. new analysis by the body that represents county councils says even if authorities raise tax, they'll face a shortfall in coming years. the government has given councils more money to help with the costs of social care, and it's working on a new funding system to make things fairer. but this report says unless there's extra funding across the board, some authorities will soon have to stop providing anything but the bare minimum. already across the country, community groups have stepped in to support services like libraries and community centres. it's been a long battle... in north staffordshire, with council support, residents plan to reopen and run this sports centre which closed two years ago. there is nothing around here. there is no other community facility in the borough. when you've got an area like kidsgrove that really can utilise and make use
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of a fantastic facility like this, it's something we've got to invest in. but with more people needing care, budgets are tight. the government says councils have had more to spend this year and it's up to them to manage their resources. that means tough choices about where the support goes. alex forsyth, bbc news, staffordshire. tributes have been paid through out the day to niki lauda, the former motor racing driver, who's died at the age of 70. a three—time formula 1 world champion, he made an astonishing recovery from a near fatal crash in 1976 — going on to become a successful businessman. 0ur sports editor dan roan looks back on his life and his achievements. niki lauda will forever be remembered as one of sport's bravest figures and for one of its most compelling comebacks. having pursued a career in racing against the wishes of his wealthy family and with the help of a bank loan, the steely austrian won his first world championship with ferrari in 1975. he was on course to retain it, but then at the german grand prix,
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during formula 1's most dangerous era, lauda suffered the terrible crash that almost claimed his life. trapped inside an inferno for over a minute, other drivers had to rescue him from the wreckage. i knelt down and rested his head on my lap. and we were able to talk. he was lucid. he'd suffered severe inhalation of toxic and superheated air from the burning bodywork of his car. and it was that, 2a hours later, put his life into jeopardy. read his last rites in hospital, lauda was scarred for life. but in an act of unimaginable courage, just a0 days later, he was back behind the wheel. when that feeling came, you get a big fright. you know, you're really worried and frightened that you're going to die. and that means you start everything possible to keep you going. you can't start your body, because the body doesn't react. you only can start the brain. if the brain works, the body starts to work sooner or later. lauda's defiance was fuelled by his great rivalry with british
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driverjames hunt, transforming f1's global appeal and depicted in a hollywood film. speaking from his home in brazil tonight, the man who ran the sport for decades paid this tribute. niki was liked all over the world. i don't think he's done anything bad to anybody. certainly i've known him for many, many years, and all i ever had is people saying what a nice guy he is. he was a super guy. lauda regained the world championship the year after his accident, claiming it again in 1984. an astute businessman, he launched his own airline and became chairman of mercedes, helping to recruit lewis hamilton, who tonight tweeted. .. "i'm struggling to believe you're gone, thank you for being a bright light in my life." decades on from his crash, lauda continued to suffer the consequences, undergoing a double lung transplant last year. but he'll always be known as f1's legendary survivor. niki lauda, who's died, at the age of 70.
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the first female newsreader on bbc television, nan winton, has died, at the age of 93. born nancy wigginton, she was an experienced journalist who worked on several programmes including panorama. the bbc‘s director of news and current affairs fran unsworth today, called her a "trailblazer". now it's time for the weather with mel coles. hello there. if you are enjoying the weather you have at the moment the chances are you will hang onto it for the next couple of days at least. for many through tuesday that meant blue sky, lengthy spells of warm sunshine, but not for everyone. there has been more cloud across northern parts of scotland and at times we have seen outbreaks of rain. we are in a high—pressure sandwich the moment. low pressure systems a re sandwich the moment. low pressure systems are sitting either side of us, but a fairly weak ridge of high pressure allowing the weather fronts to make inroads. through wednesday we will continue to see outbreaks of
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rainfor we will continue to see outbreaks of rain for the northern isles, which will be quite persistent. the rain thinking further southwards. we have a zone of cloud stretching from north wales over to lincolnshire which could produce drizzle. for many places wednesday will be a fine, dry day, lengthy spells of warm sunshine. in that sunshine temperatures could reach 21 celsius ifa temperatures could reach 21 celsius if a south and east. into thursday, a bit ofa if a south and east. into thursday, a bit of a pincer movement going on with the weather fronts. they're not going to an hour —— amount to very much at all. there will be outbreaks of patchy rain across the northern half of scotland and generally more cloud. gradually through the day northern ireland will see the crowding police and perhaps the southern half of the uk. further brea ks southern half of the uk. further breaks allowing for sunny spells. 0nce breaks allowing for sunny spells. once again, feeling warmer that sunshine found was the far south and east of england. into friday, it looks as though this weather front will bring a bit more in the way of cloud and, perhaps, some outbreaks of rain. after what will be


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