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

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Mon 8 May 2017 06:00

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Brian Thompson a shop keeper from Middlesbrough goes on trial today in a landmark case, challenging the legality of video-streaming set-top boxes, Kodi, that provide subscription content for free. Kieron Sharp is director at the Federation Against Copyright Theft.


Centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron has decisively won the French presidential election, defeating far-right candidate Marine Le Pen. Katya Adler is the BBC’s Europe Editor and Axelle Lemaire is French Socialist Minister for digital affairs and innovation in Francois Hollande’s government.


The Conservatives will once again promise to cut net migration to the "tens of thousands" in their election manifesto, the BBC understands. Dr Carlos Vargas-Silva is acting director of The Migration Observatory at Oxford University.


Could a progressive alliance stop the Tories winning a landslide? There has been a lot of bold talk about parties of the centre left - Labour, the Lib Dems, the Greens - standing aside for each other so as not to split the anti Tory sentiment but the Labour party nationally says it will not cooperate. Caroline Lucas is co-leader of the Green Party.


Adverts for junk food and sweets would be banned from all TV shows broadcast before the 2100 watershed under Labour plans to tackle childhood obesity. Jon Ashworth is the shadow health secretary.


France has voted the pro-European centrist candidate, Emmanuel Macron as their eighth President, comprehensively beating the far-right candidate, Marine Le Pen. Jean Pisani-Ferry is chief economic adviser to Emmanuel Macron.


A new exhibition showing Charles Dickens’ work as a campaigner and investigative journalist opens today in the London townhouse where he wrote The Pickwick Papers, Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby. John Drew is head of the research project Dickens Journals Online and Simon Callow is a British actor who has written about and played Dickens.


The Conservatives have promised to introduce a Mental Health Treatment Bill to replace what they say is the “outdated and unfit-for-purpose” 1983 Mental Health Act.  Ceri has schizophrenia and was detained in a police cell and Jenny Edwards is chief executive of the Mental Health Foundation.


The 82 schoolgirls released by Boko Haram Islamist militants have met Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari. Senator Shehu Sani is the Nigerian Senate Committee chairman on local and foreign debts and also serves as the vice chairman on the Senate Committee on Foreign Affairs.


Vets are warning that they are seeing a year on year increase in the number of cases of the dog disease Alabama Rot. David Walker is the UK’s leading investigator on Alabama Rot and Gabrielle Williams’ dog, Fleur, died in March after contracting the disease. 


Author of Move Fast and Break Things and former producer for The Band, Jonathan Taplin, has accused Silicon Valley power players like Jeff Bezos, Peter Thiel and Mark Zuckerberg of destroying culture and making it difficult for artists to survive. Mark Mulligan is a media and technology analyst.


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