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Fri 5 Aug 2016 06:00

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A new study suggests badgers do not transmit tuberculosis to cattle by direct contact, but instead cows get the disease by coming into contact with infected faeces and urine in pasture. Professor Rosie Woodroffe is from the Zoological Society of London and is the lead author of the study.


Three years after the American-based Black Lives Matter coalition was founded as a response to police killings of black and ethnic minorities, a British offshoot is holding its first day of major rallies in the UK. Adam Elliott Cooper is a Black Lives Matter campaigner and Tony Sewell is a National Youth Justice Board Member.


The New Zealand high court judge, Dame Lowell Goddard, has resigned as the head of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Lucy Duckworth is a member of the Victims and Survivors' Consultative Panel of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.


A family of rare mammals has set up home by the Cruachan power station on the banks of Lock Awe in Scotland. Dr Maggie Keegan is head of policy and planning at Scottish Wildlife Trust.


One of the biggest car companies in Britain, Renault-Nissan, says it won't make future investment decisions until details emerge of a new trade relationship between the UK and the European Union. James Ramsbotham is chief executive of the North East Chamber of Commerce. 


The Olympic Games in Rio - the first to take place on South American soil - will be officially opened tonight. The BBC’s Natalie Pirks reports.


The New Zealand high court judge, Dame Lowell Goddard, has resigned as the head of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse. Graham Wilmer was a victim of child sex abuse and was one of the members of the panel for the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse when it was chaired by Fiona Woolf. Tom Watson is deputy leader of the Labour Party.


The Bank of England has cut interest rates for the first time in seven years and delivered an emergency package worth up to £170 bn to ward off recession following the Brexit vote. Jonty Bloom is the BBC’s business correspondent and Ben Broadbent is deputy governor for monetary policy at the Bank of England.


The last few months' extraordinary events in British politics are manna to the comedians performing at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe which kicks off today. Geoff Norcott claims to be the UK’s only declared Conservative-voting comedian and Grainne Maguire is a stand-up comedian and member of the Labour party.


Large private foster agencies have been criticised for offering foster carers cash incentives to transfer from the local authority to work for them. Harvey Gallagher is chief executive of the Nationwide Association of Fostering Providers and Councillor David Simmonds is chairman of the Children’s Improvement Board for the Local Government Association.


It is the anniversary of the death of the composer George Butterworth, which is seen as the great artistic loss of the Battle of the Somme, if not WW1 as a whole. Dr Glyn Prysor is chief historian at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.


RBS is due to announce its latest half-year results this morning with analysts predicting more losses at the bank, which is still 73% owned by the taxpayer. Sam Bowman is executive director of the Adam Smith Institute, a free market think tank, and Anne Pettifor is a member of Labour's economic advisory council.


Today the Rio Olympics gets underway with the 2016 Opening Ceremony. Martin Green was head of ceremonies for London 2012 and Jenny Meadows is a former 800m world and European medallist.

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