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14/08/2017

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

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Mon 14 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650
There is still fighting in Raqqa, where so-called Islamic State militants continue to hold out against US backed fighters. The city has been under ISIS control since 2014 when the group declared it to be a caliphate. Ingy Sedky is a former member of the International Committee of the Red Cross team which visited the Raqqa area.

0655
The Environment Agency is asking anglers to help rid the rivers of pacific pink salmon which are threatening native trout and salmon. Nick Measham is fresh water campaign manager for Salmon and Trout Conservation UK.

0710
Kenya's opposition leader has urged people to stay away from work on Monday over the disputed election result. Marietje Schaake is chief observer EU monitoring in Kenya.

0715
18 out of the 20 worst areas for new business creation in the UK are in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Colin Jones is a partner at UHY Hacker Young.

0720
It is the 50th anniversary of the Marine Broadcasting Offences Act, which prohibited radio broadcasting from ships and aircraft while in or over the United Kingdom or external waters or from a ship registered in the United Kingdom, the Isle of Man or any of the Channel Islands.  Tony Blackburn is the DJ who worked on the pirate radio station, Radio Caroline.

0730
The UK will need a transition period to help businesses adjust after Brexit, the chancellor and the international trade secretary have said. In a joint Sunday Telegraph article, Philip Hammond and Liam Fox stressed any deal would not be indefinite or a "back door" to staying in the EU. Bernard Jenkin is a Conservative MP, a director of the Vote Leave campaign and chairman of the Commons Public Administration Committee.

0740
As India celebrates 70 years of independence the country's relationship with Britain has become increasingly important. Our South Asia correspondent Justin Rowlatt reports.

0750
The White House has rejected criticism of President Trump's response to the attack on anti-racism protesters in the US state of Virginia. A woman was killed and nineteen people were injured when a car was driven into a crowd in Charlottesville. Dr Wes Bellamy is vice mayor of Charlottesville who led the campaign to remove the Confederate monuments in the city.

0810
On August 14th 2006, James Ward was given a 10 month minimum prison sentence. 11 years later, he is still in prison. We first told his story a year ago. Since then, his parole review has been delayed several times. In the last few weeks, James' self-harming has escalated and he has been hospitalised. Nick Hardwick is chair of the Parole Board for England and Wales and previously chief inspector of Prisons.

0820
Next Monday at noon, Big Ben’s famous bongs will sound for the last time until 2021 in order for major conservation work to be carried out. Our correspondent David Sillito reports.

0830
With A-level results being distributed in a matter of days we want to look at the state of British Universities. Lord Adonis is former Labour education minister and Dave Phoenix is vice-chancellor of London Southbank University and chair of MillionPlus, the association for modern universities.

0835
Brendan Foster made his last appearance as a BBC commentator last night as the World Athletics Championships drew to a close. He joins us on the programme.

0840
At the age of 88, the prize-winning mathematician Sir Michael Atiyah has tackled one of the greatest challenges in maths: to produce a simple proof of the Feit-Thompson theorem. Sir Michael Atiyah is a fellow at Trinity College.

0845
On August 14th 2006, James Ward was given a 10 month minimum prison sentence. 11 years later, he is still in prison. We first told his story a year ago. Since then, his parole review has been delayed several times. In the last few weeks, James' self-harming has escalated and he has been hospitalized. Lord Blunkett was responsible for introducing IPPs (Imprisonment for Public Protection).

0850
Next Monday at noon, Big Ben’s famous bongs will sound for the last time for major conservation work to be carried out until 2021. Ian Westworth is one of 3 Big Ben Mechanics and Lord Michael Dobbs is the author of House of Cards, which has taken much inspiration from Big Ben.

0855
70 years ago tonight two hundred years of British colonial rule in India came to an end and the country was partitioned into two independent nation states. The result was the one of the largest mass migrations ever recorded. Mihir Bose was born in Calcutta in 1947. He is a journalist and author of From Midnight to Glorious Morning?: India Since Independence and Ahmed Rashid was born in Pakistan in 1948. Ahmed is a journalist and best-selling foreign policy author.

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