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02/08/2016

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

3 hours

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Tue 2 Aug 2016 06:00

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Major English cities - particularly Manchester - have seen the sharpest falls in home ownership since a peak in the early 2000s, analysis suggests. Matthew Whittaker is the chief economist for the Resolution Foundation.

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The BBC should name its stars who earn more than the prime minister, a committee of MPs has said. Damian Collins is acting chair of the committee.

0709

There are major ongoing concerns about pollution and security in Rio de Janeiro as the games open this Friday. Bill Sweeney is the chief executive of the British Olympic Association.

0713

Officials in Washington have said they expect US air-strikes to continue against so-called IS state militants in the Libyan city of Sirte. Mary Fitzgerald is a journalist and one of the authors of The Libyan Revolution and its Aftermath.

0720

There have been a handful of protests in London outside Byron, the burger restaurant, after dozens of workers were arrested in raids by immigration officials. Oliver Peyton is the founder and chairman of the Peyton and Byrne restaurant and café group.

0730

The High Court will rule today on who should pay for the HIV prevention drug Prep. Paul Steinberg is the lead commissioner for London’s HIV prevention programme and Deborah Gold is the chief executive of the National Aids Trust.

0742

Barclays will start identifying customers with voice recognition technology this week. It is the latest step to abolish passwords, moving to technologies which banks believe are more secure. Dr Jessica Barker is a cyber-security consultant.  

0748

The United Nations is calling for a restoration of the cessation of hostilities in and around the embattled city of Aleppo and urging all parties to allow the unimpeded delivery of humanitarian aid. Bakri Azzia works at a community centre in Central Aleppo and Andrew Mitchell is the former International Development Secretary.

0810

Organisers of the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have defended spending billions on new sporting infrastructure and tourist attractions in a city which still has high levels of poverty and underdevelopment. Eduardo Dos Santos is the Brazilian Ambassador to the UK.

0820

Jason Bourne has been a dramatic success despite the main character only saying a total of 288 words and getting paid $86,000 per word. Kate Muir is The Times film critic and Steven Woolley is the director and producer of The Crying Game.

0833

A new US study shows there is a link between genes contributing to our risk of depression. Peter Kinderman is professor of clinical psychology at the University of Liverpool and president of the British Psychological Society. Dr Gerome Breen is from the Institute of Psychiatry and Kings College London.

0852

The official limited edition prints for Team GB at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games are being released today. Eddie Peake is one of the artists who has created a print for the Rio games and Dr Mike O’Mahony is an art historian specialising in Olympic Art.

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