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

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Mon 26 Oct 2015 06:00

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The meeting of Roman Catholic leaders at the synod in Rome over the weekend saw a softening on Catholic doctrine on divorce but no change on homosexuality.



Venus, Jupiter and Mars are crossing paths in a spectacle known as the planetary trio. Forming a broad triangle in the eastern pre-dawn sky, the three planets have grouped together as their separate journeys around the sun meet for the last time this decade.



The government is facing possible defeat in the House of Lords over proposed cuts to tax credits.

Matthew Hancock, Minister for the Cabinet Office and Paymaster General, is live on the programme.



The World Health Organisation is reportedly planning to declare today that bacon, sausages and other processed meat are a cancer risk.



The historian, broadcaster and former chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, Professor Lisa Jardine, has died of cancer aged 71.

Lord Peter Hennessy, historian and friend of Lisa Jardine’s, is live on the programme.

Sir Mark Walport, the government’s chief scientific adviser, is live on the programme.



Further analysis of the Catholic synod (see 0650).

Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, is on the programme.



Ash dieback, the fungal disease threatening the UK’s native ash woodlands, has already been found in 286 sites this year alone. 



A western-backed Syrian rebel force, the Free Syrian Army, has rejected an offer of military support from Russia.

Major Issam Al Reis, the Free Syrian Army’s spokesperson for the Southern Front, is live on the programme.



Further analysis of the government’s proposed tax credits (see 0710).

Tim Farron, Leader of the Liberal Democrats, is live on the programme.

Owen Smith, Labour’s Shadow Work and Pensions Secretary, is live on the programme.



Lewis Hamilton has won his third Formula 1 World Championship at the United States Grand Prix.

Sir Jackie Stewart, the only other Briton to win three Formula 1 world titles, is on the programme.



The remains of 51 children cremated Shrewsbury Crematorium were not returned to their families.  Shropshire council have been accused of breaking the Human Rights Act.



British historian David Cesarani, who specialised in Jewish history and the Holocaust, has died aged 58.

Dr James Smith, co-founder of the National Holocaust Centre, is live on the programme.



Further analysis of ash dieback (see 0740).

Professor Nicola Spence, chief plant health officer at the Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, is live on the programme.



The Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering is a prize that celebrates innovation and pioneering and aims to inspire young people to take up engineering. Her Majesty will present this year’s award to Dr Robert Langer for his work in drug-release systems, tissue building and microchip implants.

Dr Robert Langer, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, is live on the programme.



On Wednesday Irish consumers will begin receiving change in cash rounded to the nearest five cents as Ireland aims to reduce the use of one cent and two cent coins.


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