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Thu 6 Jul 2017 06:00

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Today’s puzzle appears simple but our guest says it’s actually the foundation of computer science and coding. Alex Bellos, the author of Can You Solve My Problems? A casebook of ingenious, perplexing and totally satisfying puzzles is here.



The American ambassador to the United Nations, has told an emergency meeting of the UN Security Council that North Korea's test launch of an intercontinental ballistic missile represented a sharp military escalation. She said the US would use its "considerable military forces" on North Korea "if we must". Daniel Russel, former US Assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs.



More than a third of nursing homes in England are failing when it comes to safety, according to the inspectors who monitor standards. When the Care Quality Commission examined all adult care services, including home care and residential homes, it rated one in four as not being safe enough. Andrea Sutcliffe, chief inspector of adult social care at the CQC.



Over a hundred people in the UK have now been convicted of terrorism offences relating to Syria and Iraq, research by BBC News reveals. The Director of Public Prosecutions, Alison Saunders, is warning that people not able to join up with fighters from so called Islamic State may attempt to carry out attacks here. Sam Gyimah is the prisons minister.



The European Space Agency unveils its new spacecraft before it heads off to the launch site for its mission to Mercury, the closest planet to the sun. Part of the spacecraft is British built. It will be launched next year from Kourou French Guiana. Prof Mark McCaughrean is from the European Space Agency.



The Chairman of the Iraq Inquiry Sir John Chilcot has told the BBC that the former Prime Minister Tony Blair was not straight with the nation and the inquiry about his decisions in the run up to the Iraq War. Major General Tim Cross is the British representative for the Office of Reconstruction and Humanitarian Assistance.



Leaders of the world's most economically powerful countries are preparing to meet tomorrow at the G20 summit. And they will have more than economics on their minds as violence in the Middle East, the migration crisis and nuclear warfare with North Korea will be some of the topics likely to be discussed. Boris Johnson is the foreign secretary.



The Hepworth Wakefield was announced as Art Fund Museum of the Year 2017 last night, the largest and most prestigious museum prize in the world. Simon Wallis is director of Hepworth Wakefield. 



Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain and Egypt have decided to maintain a boycott of Qatar, saying the Gulf state has given a negative response to their demands for action on jihadis. Nasser Kamel is Egypt’s Ambassador to the UK.



On October 28 this programme will have been on the air for sixty years. To mark the occasion we're launching a pretty ambitious project to try to find out what our listeners think about the way our country has changed since then. Get in touch by email We'll also be talking to people who are prominent in British life and who've influenced those changes. This morning we hear from Lord Browne, a hugely successful businessman and former chief executive of BP, whose life changed when this country accepted that being homosexual was not a crime.



A new play being staged at the Carriageworks Theatre in Leeds called Unspoken is aiming to highlight the misunderstood problem of stammering. Trudy Stewart is co-writer and director of the play and Jordan Halkier has a stammer and trained the lead actor in the play to make his role as authentic as possible. 



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