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03/04/2017

News and current affairs. Includes Sports Desk, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Mon 3 Apr 2017 06:00

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0650

Connie Yates' and Chris Gard's son, Charlie, is receiving 24-hour treatment for a rare genetic condition. UK doctors have said there is no accepted cure and the child should be allowed to die with dignity. A High Court judge will decide on Monday what is in Charlie’s best interests. Baroness Ilora Finlay is a cross bench peer and co-chair of Living and Dying Well.

0709

The FT has interviewed President Trump in the first interview given to British media his inauguration. The splash across the front reads, “If China is not going to solve North Korea, we will”. Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times.

0715

From today sick and disabled people are eligible for out-of-work benefit, employment and support allowance. Recipients will recieve nearly thirty pounds a week less bringing the benefit in line with the Jobseekers’ Allowance. Alison Garnham is the chief executive of Child Poverty Action Group.

0720

For the first time scientists have discovered physical evidence that mediaeval Britons mutilated corpses to prevent them from rising from the grave. Simon Mays is the human skeletal biologist at Historic England.

0730

A £250,000 grant to an anti-abortion group using money raised from the tax on sanitary products has been criticised. Ann Furedi is chief executive of British Pregnancy Advisory Service and Anne Scanlan is an education director at LIFE.

0740

In Bristol, it's been rumoured for years that there is somebody who goes out under the cover of darkness correcting mistakes nicknamed the Banksy of punctuation. Jon Kay is the BBC’s south and west of England correspondent.

0750

From today there will be a limit of 28 days on the amount of time a suspect can be subject to pre-charge bail, usually known as police bail. Calum Macleod is the vice-chair of the Police Federation. Brandon Lewis is the minister of state for policing.

0810

Britain is "steadfast" in its commitment to Gibraltar and will work with the territory on the southern tip of Spain to secure the best possible outcome from Brexit talks, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Sunday. Tom Burridge is the BBC’s Kiev correspondent. Jack Straw is the former Labour home secretary who led the failed joint sovereignty referendum in 2002.

0820

President Trump has indicated that the United States would be prepared to act alone to counter the nuclear threat from North Korea. Christopher Hill is the former US ambassador to South Korea and assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.

0830

It's one year since a British charity worker was sentenced to five years in jail by a secret Iranian court. Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, a project manager at the Thomson Reuters Foundation, has been imprisoned in Iran since April, when she was arrested and accused of attempting to overthrow the regime. Monique Villa is the CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and colleague of Nazanin Ratcliffe.

0840

Did science fiction predict the current state of the world? Recent headlines about smartphone addiction among children and tech companies failing to prevent the proliferation of porn and terrorist material online, can often make it seem like we are living in a science fiction nightmare. Yuval Noah Harari is the historian and author of the best-selling books Sapiens and Homo Deus.

0845

The British broadcaster, writer and civil liberties campaigner Darcus Howe has died at the age of seventy-four. Alex Pascall is a broadcaster, journalist and oral historian, and Diane Abbott is the shadow home secretary.

0850

A landmark new study has revealed that family carers of people with cancer are providing care beyond the safe working hours recommended to preserve their health and wellbeing. Gunn Grande is professor of palliative care, the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work at Manchester University, and Jonathan Dimbleby is the chair of the Dimbleby Cancer Care charity.

 

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