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Good evening. Jon here with tonight’s headlines. 

Bus bombing in Tel Aviv as diplomatic efforts continue

Just as people were talking about a ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians in Gaza, a bomb explodes on a bus in Tel Aviv and 21 are injured. There is an immediate bombardment of Gaza – a stadium, bridges, and other infrastructure are destroyed. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is on the ground in Israel and the diplomatic effort for a ceasefire continues. Chief Correspondent Alex Thomson is in Gaza. Our reporter in the field Inigo Gilmore is at the scene of the bomb blast in Tel Aviv.

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Fijian-born soldier who served in the British army will not be deported

The Fijian-born soldier who served in the British army in Iraq and Afghanistan and who was in the process of becoming a British citizen is not to be deported as a result of a minor assault charge. Indeed, the UK Border Agency is to make a significant pledge in the future to never deport another Commonwealth soldier who has served with British forces in such circumstances.

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Eastern Congo killings

Congolese rebels have seized the city of Goma in the east, together with another significant town, Sake. M23 militia led by General Bosco Ntaganda – an indicted war criminal – met no resistance from either the United Nations or the Congolese army. Despite Congo having the second biggest UN peacekeeping force in the world, UN troops seem to have been incapable of interfering with the course of events. Foreign Affairs Correspondent Jonathan Rugman is reporting.

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‘Thousands’ of child sex exploitation cases unearthed

In Britain, the Children’s Commissioner has issued a report on child exploitation. He describes some 16,500 adolescents at risk and chronicles widespread grooming. It is a shocking report and we have some very disturbing interviews with young people who have suffered at the hands of gangs whose central aim was the recruitment and exploitation of young girls and boys. Home Affairs Correspondent Simon Israel has the details.

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Archbishop: Church less credible after women bishop vote

Political Correspondent Michael Crick is out trying to make sense of the Church of England Synod’s vote on women bishops. The rejection has caused dismay inside and outside the church. The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said that a solution must be found rapidly if the church is not to suffer grievous harm from the vote.

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Angela Merkel unplugged

Political Editor Gary Gibbon is in Germany ahead of the European summit tomorrow. He looks at who Chancellor Angela Merkel really is – an intriguing portrait at 7 on 4.

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Chelsea and Roberto Di Matteo ‘part company’

Finally, Roberto Di Matteo has become the ninth Chelsea manager to leave in less than nine years following last night’s defeat. Sports Correspondent Keme Nzerem explores the tension between the oligarchy, the ball, and the net.

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In goal tonight on Channel 4 News, I am joined by Cathy Newman and beware: we are a team and we score goals from our own goal line.

Jon

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Generally dry with clear spells in the east. Clouding over from the west, with strengthening winds before outbreaks of rain move into the west later on, turning heavy for Northern Ireland and western Scotland.
Thursday:
Rain spreading slowly eastwards, turning very heavy in places, before clearing Northern Ireland, then Scotland later. Very windy with gales or severe gales in many areas.

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