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29/05/2015

Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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3 hours

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Fri 29 May 2015 06:00

Today's running order

0710

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election today against a backdrop of uncertainty following the FBI investigation into long-standing corruption. A host of football leaders and pundits from across Europe have called for Mr Blatter to either resign or be voted out after Swiss police carried out a dawn raid on Wednesday and arrested seven officials. Bruno Affrentranger has written a biography of Sepp Blatter.

0720

NICE's updated guideline on the management of aggressive behaviour in people with mental health problems are out today. Between 2013 and 2014 there were 68,683 assaults reported against NHS staff in England, approximately 7,000 more than the previous year. Peter Tyrer is chair of the group that developed the NICE guidelines.

0725

Reports in the Jewish Chronicle say that leaders of an ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in north London have issued a formal directive banning women from driving their children to school. It reported that Belz rabbis said that having female drivers breaks traditional modesty rules and is against the norms of Chasidic institutions. Miriam is from the Chasidic community in North London, and decided to drive against the wishes of her family.

0730

The BBC has uncovered an ''aggressive'' tax avoidance scheme that is designed to deprive the Treasury of tens of millions of pounds. It's being promoted by Anderson Group, a high profile company within the recruitment industry. The scheme works by exploiting the Government's Employment Allowance policy, under which businesses can claim up to £2,000 off their National Insurance bill. Zoe Conway reports.

0740

What is it that drives some people to be obsessed by certain bands or musicians? The journalist Kate Mossman has been exploring the unique relationship between pop stars and their fans for a documentary on BBC Four tonight called when ‘When Pop Ruled My Life: The Fan’s Story’. Kate herself was obsessed with Queen’s Roger Taylor from the age of 11 to 18 and even kept a journal of a fictional relationship with him. Paul Gidley is a Depeche Mode Superfan.

0750

David Cameron is in Poland and Germany today on the latest stop of his tour of Europe to discuss the renegotiation of the UK's relationship with the EU.  Poland has warned the British government that it will not tolerate any discrimination against its citizens as Britain tries to renegotiate its relationship with the European Union. Tim Loughton is Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham. George Byczynski is co-ordinator of the British Poles Initiative.

0810

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election today against a backdrop of uncertainty following the FBI investigation into long-standing corruption. A host of football leaders and pundits from across Europe have called for Mr Blatter to either resign or be voted out after Swiss police carried out a dawn raid on Wednesday and arrested seven officials. They included Jeffrey Webb, a Fifa vice-president from the Cayman Islands who holds a British passport, and fellow vice-president, Eugenio Figueredo from Uruguay. The US Department of Justice charged 18 people over alleged bribes totalling more than $150m paid for television rights, sponsorship deals and World Cup votes, with the payments allegedly transferred using American wire and banking facilities. Amaju Pinnick is president of the Nigerian Football Association.

0820

“Schlump” tells the story of a German teenager during the First World War, from the enthusiasm of volunteering to his horror at fighting in the trenches. The semi-autobiographical anti-war novel was published anonymously in 1928. Five years later it was banned by the Nazis. During the Second World War, the author Hans Herbert Grimm joined the Nazi Party, some say this was to preserve his anonymity. He worked as a translator during the Second World War but on returning home, he was barred from working as a teacher because of his Nazi membership. In 1950, he was summoned to a meeting in Weimar by government officials. To this day, we don't know what was discussed, but two days later, Grimm killed himself. Grimm was only identified as the author in 2013. The book has now been translated and published in the UK. Professor Karen Leeder is lecturer of Modern German Literature at New College Oxford. Jamie Bulloch is a historian and translator of “Schlump”.

0830

The BBC has uncovered an ''aggressive'' tax avoidance scheme that is designed to deprive the Treasury of tens of millions of pounds (see 0730). Margaret Hodge is a Labour MP and former chair of the Public Accounts Committee.

0840

History is to be made in Nigeria this morning. For the first time ever, power will be handed over between rival political parties.  President Goodluck Jonathan is handing over to Muhammad Buhari who defeated him in March's election. Dozens of political leaders from across Africa and beyond are expected to attend the swearing in ceremony in Abuja, from where our Nigeria correspondent, Will Ross, reports. 

0845

Scientists have found that an individual's social biases can be altered during sleep. Researchers have found that they can reduce people's biases towards gender and race by completing training regimes as they nap. Jessica Creery co-authored the study.

0850

Fifa president Sepp Blatter will stand for re-election today against a backdrop of uncertainty following the FBI investigation into long-standing corruption (see 0810). Heidi Blake was the Sunday Times assistant editor who won awards for the newspaper’s reporting of the Qatar World Cup bid scoop. Lisa Osofsky is former deputy-general counsel for the FBI. 

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