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04/06/2016

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

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Sat 4 Jun 2016 07:00

Today's running order

 

0710

One of sport's greatest stars, the boxer Muhammad Ali, has died. He was 74. He was the first fighter to win the heavyweight championship three times. Speaking on the programme is BBC’s reporter in United States James Cook and BBC's boxing commentator Mike Costello.

0715

The leading campaigner for Britain to Leave the European Union, Michael Gove, has hit out at what he's described as "the invincible arrogance of Europe's elites".  Speaking during a question and answer session televised on Sky News last night, the Justice Secretary said a vote for Brexit in the forthcoming EU referendum would free Britain from an "elitist" organisation. Speaking live on the programme is BBC’s Political Correspondent Chris Mason.

0720

Hundreds of nurses and midwives are expected to join a demonstration in London later today calling for a re-think of plans to scrap maintenance grants for students in England. The Treasury says abolishing the grants - known as bursaries - will allow many more nurses to be trained. But a survey by the Royal College of Nursing claims that two thirds of nurses wouldn't have studied nursing if they'd had to take out a student loan. Speaking live in the studio is Chief Executive and General Secretary of Royal College of Nursing Janet Davies.

0730

Leaving the EU would lead to more jobs, a "non-racist" immigration policy and allow the government to help the steel industry, Michael Gove has said. In a live Q&A on Sky News, the pro-Leave justice secretary urged voters to "take back control" from "Europe's elites". Speaking on the same programme on Thursday night, David Cameron conceded that immigration is an issue of concern in the EU referendum campaign but insisted it can be managed if the UK remains in the EU and that his pledge to cut immigration below 100,000 can be achieved within the EU. Speaking live on the programme is Professor Ian Preston, Deputy Research Director at the Centre for Research and Analysis of Migration at University College.

0740

This week meet the author: critics may slate him, but readers can't seem to get enough of him. James Patterson - the world's bestselling writer - is the subject of this week's Meet the Author. BBC’s arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been asking him about literacy, libraries and his new project - Book Shots.        

0750

Iraqi forces made progress on Friday in their assault on Fallujah, moving into a southern neighbourhood of the so-called Islamic State group's bastion. The Iraqi Finance Minister Hoshiyar Zebari has said the city is a "tough nut to crack”, and the Iraqi army is facing fierce resistance as it attempts to recapture Fallujah from the so-called Islamic State Group. The city's been held by IS militants since 2014. We have been speaking to Ambassador James Jeffrey, fellow at the Washington institute where he focuses on U.S. regional, diplomatic, and military strategy, as well as Iraq and Iran.

0810

One of sport's greatest stars, the boxer Muhammad Ali, has died. He was 74. He was the first fighter to win the heavyweight championship three times. He was to millions around the world the greatest icon for black men and women fighting for their rights in the United States...for the status of people of colour ...for Muslims all over the world...for those who opposed the Vietnam war...for those publicly facing up to what could have been - but was never for him - a humiliating illness.

0820

The leading campaigner for Britain to Leave the European Union, Michael Gove, has hit out at what he's described as "the invincible arrogance of Europe's elites".  Speaking during a question and answer session televised on Sky News last night, the Justice Secretary said a vote for Brexit in the forthcoming EU referendum would free Britain from an "elitist" organisation. Speaking live on the programme is former Labour party Neil Kinnock and Culture Secretary John Whittingdale.

0835

Muhammad Ali a heavyweight champion - for the status of the black man in America, for those who refused to fight in the Vietnam War, for those who fought debilitating illness. Muhammad Ali died this morning at the age of 74 - was quite simply a hero to millions of people. No one knew that more than George Foreman - the man who was his opponent in the most famous boxing match of all time - the Rumble in the Jungle and his close friend. 

0845

Fifty thousand civilians are reckoned to be trapped in the city of Fallujah. Under siege not only by so-called Islamic State but over the past two weeks by the ring of Iraqi government forces encircling the city. It's been under the control of IS for two years. BBC’s presenter Sarah Montague reports.

0850

Cheryl James, an 18 year old soldier undergoing training at Deepcut Barracks in Surrey, was found dead more than twenty years ago. An inquest into her death at the time returned an open verdict. Yesterday, the Coroner, Brian Barker QC, criticised the culture at Deepcut and the treatment of trainees. He said the general culture of the base fell below the standard expected, adding that the "haphazard provision of welfare support was insufficient". She died, according to the Coroner, by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Speaking live on the programme is General Sir Nick Carter, Chief of the General Staff – the professional head of the British Army.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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