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Tue 30 May 2017 06:00

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A surgeon working in a war affected area of Sudan has won an award for humanitarian work worth nearly £1m. Tom Catena is the only doctor based in the Nuba Mountains and was awarded the Aurora prize for Awakening Humanity last night.


You will have heard political parties making promises on school funding and what children should be learning, but very little on one of the biggest issues for schools in England – teacher recruitment. In the next of our series of Election Briefings the BBC’s education editor Branwen Jeffreys has been looking at teacher recruitment in more detail.


SNP will publish their manifesto in Perth today. It will set out their plans to end austerity cuts, improve living standards and to keep Scotland in the EU single market. Angus Robertson is deputy leader of SNP.


A female zookeeper has been killed at Hamerton Park Zoo in Cambridgeshire in what's being described as a "freak accident" involving a tiger. Steve Backshall is a wildlife expert and host of the BBC programme Deadly 60.


It is the full-year results from Ryanair. The low-cost carrier has already said that the sharp decline in sterling following the Brexit vote ate into profits. Kenny Jacobs is Ryanair’s chief marketing officer.


Scientists in the United States have made a breakthrough in the fight against antibiotic resistant infections, which are estimated to be responsible for the deaths of around 50,000 a year in Europe and the US. Tom Feilden is the Today programme’s science editor.


Theresa May has said that she's prepared to walk away if Britain doesn't get a good deal with the European Union over Brexit. The BBC’s Ross Hawkins reports and Laura Kuennsberg is the BBC’s political editor.


Former Blue Peter presenter John Noakes, who hosted the show in the 1960s and 1970s, has died aged 83. Biddy Baxter was editor of Blue Peter for 23 years and hired John Noakes after spotting him in the pages of the Leicester Mercury.


The Irish Ambassador to London is leaving his post shortly to take up a position as Irish Ambassador to the United States. Dan Mulhall is Irish Ambassador to London.


Theresa May has said that she's prepared to walk away if Britain doesn't get a good deal with the European Union over Brexit. Angela Rayner is shadow education secretary and David Davis is the Brexit secretary. 


The writer Peter Ackroyd is known as one of the greatest chroniclers of London. In his new book Queer City he addresses what he says is an under researched area - the capital's gay history. The BBC’s Nicola Stanbridge reports.


The Liberal Democrats claim that Brexit will put Britain’s national security at risk by cutting off access to European Union criminal databases. But should we really worry? Richard Walton is former head of the Counter-Terrorism Command at New Scotland Yard.


Mention ‘drugs’ and ‘universities’ in the same sentence and you’re likely to think of wild student parties. But a Cambridge academic says one in five professors are also popping pills. Fiona Measham is professor of criminology at Durham University.


Theresa May and Jeremy Corbyn attempted to convince a live studio audience they should be the next prime minister in a special general election programme. How did they do? Tom Baldwin was a senior adviser to Ed Miliband in the 2015 general election and Sir Craig Oliver is formerly David Cameron's director of politics and communications.


The numerous languages and dialects of the British Isles are extraordinarily rich in words to do with nature, place and landscape. Authors Robert Macfarlane and Annalena McAfee have made it their task to preserve unusual, forgotten and overlooked words associated with nature and landscape from particular places in the UK.


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