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22/09/2016

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

3 hours

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Thu 22 Sep 2016 06:00

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Facebook's founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have pledged $3bn (£2.3bn) to fund medical research over the next decade. LA correspondent James Cook reports.

0709

The governor of North Carolina has declared a state of emergency in the city of Charlotte, sending in the National Guard, as unrest over a police shooting continues. 

0713

92-year-old Olive Cooke, a poppy seller for the Royal British Legion, took her own life last year. Her family said she had felt distressed and overwhelmed by requests for money from charities. Michael Grade is chairman of the fundraising regulator which was created as a result of the outcry.

0720

What is life like in the so-called Islamic State? A diary kept by an engineering student at Mosul University provides insight.

0730

The US and Russia are to chair a meeting of the 23-nation International Syria Support Group (ISSG) in New York on Thursday. Helle Thorning-Schmidt is the former prime minister of Denmark and CEO of Save the Children. Reza Afshar is the former head of the Syria desk at the Foreign Office and currently advising the Syrian opposition.

0742

One charity is leading a project to fund the delivery of specially designed tennis tables to a selected number of care homes to help conditions like Alzheimer’s. Rob Bonnet reports.

0748

Oxford has been ranked the best university in the world - the first time an institution from the UK has topped the Times Higher Education world university rankings. Louise Richardson is the vice chancellor of Oxford University.

0810

The provision of IVF on the NHS in England is at its lowest level since guidelines were introduced in 2004, according to the charity Fertility Fairness. Claire Thomas had her son after going to the Czech Republic for IVF treatment. Sarah Norcross is the co-chair of the Fertility Fairness campaign group and Lucy Watson is the director of quality and safety at Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group.

0820

Radio 4 is marking the year’s autumn equinox with old and new hearings of poems. Actress Juliet Stevenson is reading Keat’s ode ‘To Autumn’ and Peter Swaab is the professor of English at UCL.

0830

New research has found that the specialist Family Drug and Alcohol Court is having a sustained effect on troubled families. Nicholas Crichton is the judge and founder of the Family Drug and Alcohol Courts.

0840

Surgeons are warning of the potentially deadly risk posed to young children by button batteries. Professor Paulo Coppi is a consultant paediatric surgeon at Great Ormond Street Hospital.

0847

A group of Ghanaian academics are calling for the removal of a statue of Mahatma Gandhi from a university campus because they say he was racist towards black people. Dr Kwadwo Appiagyei-Atua is a lecturer of law at the University of Ghana who launched the petition in question along with his colleagues and Meghnad Desai is a retired professor from the London School of Economics and founder of the Gandhi Statue Memorial Trust.

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