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

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Mon 7 Aug 2017 06:00

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Today’s puzzle will be delivered by Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull, captains of rival teams in the last series of University Challenge which have now been given a programme on Radio 4. Eric Monkman and Bobby Seagull.


Social media firms will be required to delete information on children and adults when asked, under new laws aimed at giving people a greater "right to be forgotten" online. Emily Taylor is CEO of Oxford Information Labs and editor of the Journal of Cyber Policy.


A 20-year old British model has returned to the UK after a six-day ordeal in Italy in which she was allegedly drugged and kidnapped after being booked for a photo shoot. It is thought the captor belongs to a group called 'Black Death'. Joseph Cox is a technology journalist with website Vice Motherboard who tried to investigate the Black Death group in 2015.


The World Goldpanning Championships begins today in Moffat, southwest Scotland. It is the first time the event's been held in the UK in 25 years. Richard Deighton is one of the organisers.


Today a secret ballot of MPs will decide whether a vote of no confidence in the South African president Jacob Zuma will be conducted. Peter Bruce is a columnist for the Sunday Times and Business Day in Johannesburg and Lindiwe Zulu is an ANC MP and minister for small business development.


Boos rang out in the London stadium last night as Justin Gatlin collected his gold for the 100m, but the crowd cheered Usain Bolt as he collected his bronze. Angela Duckworth is a psychologist and author of Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance.


It has been reported that the government will start publishing position papers on Brexit this month. The first ones are expected to be on the customs union and Northern Ireland. Catherine Barnard is professor of EU law at Trinity College, Cambridge and Allie Renison is head of Europe and trade policy at the UK Institute of Directors.


Foreign Ministers from 27 countries are today attending the annual summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in the Philippines. Pyongyang's missile tests are expected to be the focus of the meeting. Danny Russel is a Diplomat in Residence at the Asia Society Policy Institute. Yogita Limaye is the BBC’s correspondent in Seoul and Steve Evans is the BBC’s former Korea correspondent.


Are humans special, or inevitable? Professor Jonathan Losos has attempted to answer the question in his new book Improbable Destinies. Jonathan Losos is professor of evolutionary biology at Harvard University.


A council meeting will be held in Barcelona today to discuss the ongoing problem of attacks against tourists. Pilar Carbonell is general manager for tourism for the Balearic Islands Government and Mark Tanzer is the chief executive of the Association of British Travel Agents.


A Google engineer has posted a 10-page treatise about bias and criticises the company's left-leaning culture and policies meant to increase diversity. Zoe Jervier is global talent director at Entrepreneur First.


In this series of Poldark, Reverend Whitworth's foot fetish has repulsed and fascinated viewers, with one scene of toe-sucking set in a brothel. Why do people develop fetishes and how common are they? Philip Hodson is a psychotherapist and sex therapist.


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