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

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Thu 16 Jul 2015 06:00

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The Wellcome Trust today launches a seven-year study to assess the effectiveness of teaching ‘mindfulness’ in UK schools. We hear the views of Professor Willem, director of the Oxford Mindfulness Centre.


Greek MPs have overwhelmingly approved a tough set of bailout conditions imposed by the EU. Greek economist Elena Panaritis has the latest.


A former MI5 spy has broken cover to give the BBC an unprecedented account of his life in service. Newsnight’s investigations correspondent Nick Hopkins describes the spy’s feelings of mistreatment.


This morning Ofcom will release its review of the UK communications market. Gavin Patterson, chief executive of BT Group, describes the key issue of broadband.


This morning the Competition and Markets Authority will respond to a "super-complaint" made by Which? on the transparency of pricing in supermarkets. Nisha Arora is senior director at the Competition and Markets Authority.


Ant Man, the latest instalment in the Marvel series, is released in UK cinemas tomorrow. It sees Paul Rudd playing a superhero who can reduce himself to the size of an ant. Dr Spiros Michalakis was scientific adviser on the film.


The Government publishes its Green Paper on the future of the BBC today. We hear the views of Luke Johnson, former chairman of Channel Four and Steve Hewlett , presenter of The Media Show on Radio 4.


The Government is warning NHS consultants that new contracts will be imposed on them unless they try to reach an agreement on improving weekend services in hospitals. Mark Porter is council chairman of the British Medical Association. Jeremy Hunt is health secretary.


The shortlist for the RIBA Stirling Prize has been revealed. Jane Duncan, president elect of the Royal Institute of British Architects, tells us about the six buildings competing for Britain's top prize for new architecture.


This morning the Competition and Markets Authority will respond to a "super-complaint" made by Which? on the transparency of pricing in supermarkets. We are joined by Which? director Richard Lloyd and former Tesco executive Bruno Monteyne.


The Information Commissioner is investigating after a close-up aerial picture of the comedian Michael McIntyre was tweeted yesterday by the National Police Air Service. Surveillance camera commissioner Tony Porter gives us his take on the issue.


Voting closes today in the latest devolution battle, campaigners in Sutton Coldfield, one of the oldest towns in England, are hoping to win a measure of self-rule from Birmingham City Council. Dave McMullan reports.


For the first time in 75 years the ancient floor of Coventry's Cathedral Ruins has been uncovered, giving a fascinating insight into its history. Consultant archaeologist George Demidowicz describes the procedure.


The second Ashes Test gets under way at Lords this morning. The first Test was a relatively well-mannered encounter, given the rivalry between the two sides. Australian cricket reporter Melinda Farrel and former England cricketer Mike Selvey look ahead to the second encounter between the two old rivals.

All subject to change.


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