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17/04/2017

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

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Mon 17 Apr 2017 06:00

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0650

An open letter signed by leading clinical psychologists and clinical psychiatrists published in The Times today is calling for mental health education to become compulsory in schools. Dr Lauren Callaghan is a clinical psychologist & cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) therapist and co-founder of the mental health charity Shaw Mind Foundation and Kevin Courtney is the general secretary National Union of Teachers (NUT).

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Regular church attendance in Scotland has more than halved in the last 30 years according to the Scottish Church Census. Dr Peter Brierley is the lead researcher for the Scottish Church Census.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was last night celebrating his narrow win in the referendum on his plans to substantially increase the powers of the presidency. But the main opposition party has questioned the legitimacy of the vote and says it will challenge the result. Asli Aydintasbas is the senior policy fellow at the European Council on Foreign Relations think tank.

0720

A petition calling for the compulsory re-testing of older drivers has gathered over 265,000 signatures. Ben Brooks-Dutton now hopes that with the support of his local MP Harriet Harman it will be discussed in Parliament. Neil Greig is the director of policy and research for IAM RoadSmart, formerly the Institute of Advanced Motorists.

0730

Frantic legal battles are taking place in the state of Arkansas over the execution of eight prisoners. The state wanted to execute the prisoners all in the space of ten days, starting today, because one of the lethal injection drugs they need to use expires soon. But a judge has halted the executions, citing a case where one prisoner took more than forty minutes to die, and ruling the drug would cause severe pain ahead of death. Our North America correspondent Aleem Maqbool reports.

0740

Prince Harry has been talking candidly about the effect of his mother's death has had on him. He was 12 when Diana, Princess of Wales, was killed in a car crash in Paris. Bryony Gordon is a journalist for the Telegraph who broke the story.

0750

The Ministry of Justice says a specialist squad of prison staff and police officers has been formed to tackle drones smuggling illicit items into prisons. John Podmore is the former head of the prison service's anti-corruption unit and now an international prison services consultant and Mike Rolfe is the national chair of the Prison Officers Association.

0810

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was last night celebrating his narrow win in the referendum on his plans to substantially increase the powers of the presidency. But the main opposition party has questioned the legitimacy of the vote and says it'll challenge the result. John Simpson is BBC’s world affairs editor in Istanbul. Ravza Kavakci is the AK Party MP for Istanbul. Elif Shafak is an author and women's rights activist.

0820

The final episode of the crime drama Broadchurch airs this evening, on ITV and in cinemas around the country. The third series has followed a rape investigation and has explored themes of misogyny and sexual violence throughout. Chris Chibnall is the creator and writer of the ITV series Broadchurch and Amanda Coe is a novelist and screenwriter with one of her recent credits adapting Apple Tree Yard for the BBC.

0830

President Trump's National Security Advisor, H R McMaster, has said that an international consensus emerging against what he called North Korea's threatening behaviour now includes China. General McMaster said the US was working with its allies and with the Chinese leadership, to develop a range of options. Bill Richardson is the former governor of New Mexico and has been to North Korea eight times and negotiated prisoner releases talks.

0840

The first vote in the French Presidential Election is Less than a week from now. Today’s Jim Naughtie reports.

0850

Regular church attendance in Scotland has more than halved in the last 30 years according to the Scottish Church Census. The Very Reverend Dr John Chalmers is the principal clerk of the Church of Scotland.

0855

What does Turkey’s YES vote tell us about the world and Turkey's place within it? Dr Ziya Meral is a British-Turkish resident fellow at the Army's Centre for Historical Analysis and Conflict Research and Tim Marshall is the foreign affairs writer and journalist, who is the author of Worth Dying For: The Power and Politics of Flags.

 

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