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

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Tue 19 Apr 2016 06:00

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They are looking for signs of life in the rubble in Ecuador after the earthquake hit the country's Pacific coast. The death toll now stands at more than 400. The BBC’s Katy Watson reports from the worst-hit area.


Contactless payments via mobile phones will outstrip cash within a decade, according to the Co-operative supermarket. Richard Lloyd is executive director of the consumer group Which.


The first parliamentary inquiry into the scale of sexual harassment and violence in schools will start today, with evidence that sexualised behaviour has become a new social norm in teenagers' daily lives. Maggie Morgan from the charity Fixers wrote the report and Sonia Livingstone is professor of Social Psychology at the London School of Economics.


Following the collision of a passenger jet and a drone over the skies of Heathrow on Sunday, questions are being raised over how to control drones straying into restricted areas. Peter Lee is a technology and drone lawyer.


The company that stages the Coachella music festival is planning “the classic rock concert of the century” in Indio in October, featuring Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, the Rolling Stones, The Who, Neil Young and Roger Waters of Pink Floyd. The story was broken by Randy Lewis, pop music writer at the LA Times.


Europe's governments say they are ready to expand the role of an EU naval mission in the Mediterranean after warnings from Italy that migrant arrivals are likely to rise considerably now that the EU's deal with Turkey has made the Aegean crossing to Greece more complex. The BBC’s Europe editor Katya Adler reports from Sicily.


Police say they are worried about a well-known writer who has been missing for almost a week. Helen Bailey, author of When Bad Things Happen In Good Bikinis, has not been seen since last Monday. Speaking on the programme is Shelley J. Whitehead, bereavement counsellor and friend of Helen Bailey.


Representatives from NATO, Europol, the Metropolitan Police Service and the Home Office meet in London today to discuss counter-terrorism strategy. Sir Bob Broadhurst was 2012 Olympics Gold Commander for the Metropolitan Police.


Michael Gove will set out his vision today for why the UK should leave the EU. Speaking on the programme is Michael Gove, justice secretary and co-convenor on the Vote Leave Campaign Committee.


It is primary day in New York State where Donald Trump is aiming to get his campaign back on track after a major stumble in Wisconsin and where Hillary Clinton is hoping to beat Bernie Sanders after losing seven of the last eight contests. The BBC’s Nick Bryant reports from New York.


The international community is working on plans to send a mission of civilian or military personnel to train Libyan soldiers and perhaps more. Colonel Rupert Wieloch is former Senior British Military Commander in Libya and Joe Walker-Cousins is former head of the British Embassy Office in Benghazi.


The horrific images of hostages being beheaded by Islamic State can lead you to forget that some hostages do get released. The BBC’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet has been speaking to four hostages who were released by IS.


Michael Gove will set out his vision today for why the UK should leave the EU. Speaking on the programme is Dominic Grieve, former attorney general, now chair of the Intelligence and Security Committee.


All subject to change.


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