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23/06/2015

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

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Tue 23 Jun 2015 06:00

Today's running order

0650

GPs are being urged to fast-track cancer testing to reduce the number of people who die as a result of late diagnosis. The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has updated its guidelines, and is now recommending that in some cases where cancer is suspected, patients are referred for tests before referral to a specialist. Dr Steve Hajihoff helped develop the guidance.

0710

No deal yet, but the path to an agreement between Greece and its creditors seems nearer than ever before.  That was the upshot from a day of meetings and negotiations in Brussels, with Eurozone leaders expressing optimism that a deal could be reached when the circus reconvenes later in the week. Katya Adler is Europe editor. Stelios Koulogou is a Syriza-supporting independent Greek MEP.

0715

Climate change is a “medical emergency”.  That’s according to a report out today from the Lancet Climate Health Commission.  The authors state that the threat to human health posed by climate change is so great that it could undermine the last fifty years of gains in development and global health. Professor Anthony Costello is co-chair of Lancet Climate Health Commission.

0720

A BBC investigation has revealed scores of Britons have been jailed in France in the last year for smuggling illegal migrants through Calais to Dover.  Most used their own cars to hide people, who paid thousands of pounds to secretly cross the Channel. Jane Deith is from Radio 4's File on 4 programme.

0725

No deal yet, but the path to an agreement between Greece and its creditors seems nearer than ever before.  James Reynolds reports on Greece’s pensions system.

0730

A major review is launched today to examine why such a high proportion of children in the youth justice system are in, or have been in care. Less than 1% of children and young people are in the care of local authorities, yet 31% of boys and 61% of girls in custody aged 15 - 18 are, or have been, in care. The review is chaired by the crossbench peer Lord Laming.

0740

The claim that Leeds is the home of moving pictures is based on the work of Louis Le Prince.  Le Prince worked in the city in the 1880s and two fragments of film have survived. However, even in Leeds his name is barely known. David Sillito reports.

0750

The government and service providers have failed to provide the fast broadband they promised to those living in the countryside.  That's the claim from the Somerset MP Ian Liddell Grainger MP, who chairs the newly formed All Parliamentary Group on Rural Broadband and Mobile Technology. 

0810

No deal yet, but the path to an agreement between Greece and its creditors seems nearer than ever before.  That was the upshot from a day of meetings and negotiations in Brussels, with Eurozone leaders expressing optimism that a deal could be reached when the circus reconvenes later in the week.  The shift in mood came after Greece offered some concessions, with proposals to cut its overall pension bill and raise more money from VAT. Joseph Muscat is Prime Minister of Malta. Robert Peston is economics editor.

0820

Justin Simien’s Sundance-winning feature debut Dear White People, the identity comedy about the tension between white and black students at an elite university, was a critical and commercial success in the US. UK film group The New Black Film Collective found out the film wasn’t going to be distributed in the UK, instead going straight to DVD and applied for British Film Institute funding and support to get it into cinemas. The application failed. There is now a petition to get it released and accusing the industry of being unconsciously racist. The BFI challenge that and say new platforms like Netflix have changed the landscape. Priscilla Igwe is director at the “The New Black Film Collective”. Ben Roberts is director of Lottery Film Fund at the British Film Institute.

0830

Rwanda's intelligence chief, General Karenzi Karake, is in custody in London after being arrested at Heathrow Airport because he is wanted in Spain by a judge investigating massacres that allegedly took place in the wake of the genocide in 1994.

0840

England’s women’s football team beat Norway 2-1 last night to storm into the quarter finals of the competition. Audiences have been over two million for some of the matches, but women's football has had a chequered history in the UK. Sylvia Gore MBE is an ex-England international, who scored the first ever goal in an official international for the England women’s team back in 1972. Izzy Christianson, 23, is an England and Manchester City player.

0850

A leading scientific journal has called for the film Interstellar to be shown in school science lessons. This follows a new discovery about black holes as a result of producing the visual effects for the film. Experts have also confirmed that the portrayal of "wormholes" is scientifically accurate. Pallab Ghosh reports.

0855

An emergency summit in Brussels has ended with Eurozone leaders expressing cautious optimism that a deal can be struck to prevent Greece defaulting on its debts. The Greek government has offered to raise €8bn through higher taxes and austerity measures over the next two years, to appease its creditors.  Peter Speigel is Brussels bureau chief of the FT. Pieter Cleppe is director of Open Europe.

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