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Mon 10 Apr 2017 06:00

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The president of Egypt, Abdul Fattah al Sisi, has announced a state of emergency for three months after the death of more than 40 people in bomb attacks on two Christian churches. Bishop Anba Angaelos is General Bishop of the Coptic Orthodox Church in the United Kingdom.


Foreign Ministers from the G7 group of leading nations will begin a two-day meeting in Italy today, as tension mounts between east and west over the conflict in Syria. Philip Gordon is former Special Assistant to the President and White House coordinator for the Middle East from 2013 to 2015.


The funeral service of Police Constable Keith Palmer, who was murdered in the attack in Westminster last month, is to be held at Southwark Cathedral later today. Ken Marsh is chair of Metropolitan Police Federation.


The Unite leadership ballot closes next week on the 19th April. Gerard Coyne is the only real challenger to Len McCluskey. Gerard Coyne is the Unite leadership candidate.


Should autocues be used on the stage to help actors? The production company Complicite has come in for criticism for using one in their production, The Kid Stays in the Picture, currently at the Royal Court and for using one before in its last production. Kate Bassett is a writer on theatre and the arts & Michael Simkins is an actor, opening in Alastair Beaton’s new satirical comedy Fracked! this week.


Over the weekend police in Manchester launched extra patrols in the city centre, after receiving calls about people passing out from taking the banned drug, Spice. Risha Lancaster runs Coffee4Craig with her husband & Dr Robert Ralphs is a senior lecturer in criminology at Manchester Metropolitan University.


Russia has criticised Boris Johnson's decision to scrap a planned trip to Moscow after discussions with the US. Vitaly Milonov is a Russian politician and member of the lower house of the Federal Assembly of Russia (State Duma). Sir John Sawers is former head of MI6 and former UK permanent representative to the United Nations.


Campaigners are calling for an end to the practise of selling new build houses as leasehold (a practise that has been rife in the North West), as opposed to freehold properties. Sebastian O’Kelly is a Trustee of the Leasehold Knowledge Partnership, a charity set up to try and raise awareness and understanding of the issues that arise in the Leasehold sector.


A major exhibition of Eric Gill's art opens at the end of the month. Nicola Stanbridge reports.


A decision will be made in Scotland today over whether the HIV prevention drug PrEP can be made available on the NHS. George Valiotis is chief executive of HIV Scotland.


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the play set years after the boy wizard has left Hogwarts, has won a record nine Olivier theatre awards. Sonia Friedman is the producer of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child.


Secret government documents photographed on a train revealed by the Mail on Sunday, could indicate that the UK government will 'scale down' climate change and illegal wildlife measures to secure post-Brexit trade deals. Dominic Raab is a Conservative MP & former Foreign Office lawyer. Donna Hume is a senior climate campaigner for Friends of the Earth.


The Black Panther Party in the USA was well-known as the armed militant side of the civil rights struggle. But fewer people know that there was also a Black Panther movement here in the UK in the late 60s and early 70s. It’s the subject of a new TV drama called Guerrilla and will start on Sky this week. John Ridley is writer of the TV series Guerrilla. He’s best known for winning an Oscar for writing ‘12 Years a Slave’. Farrukh Dhondy was a member of the British Black Panther movement.

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