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15/08/2017

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

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Tue 15 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650
The government has indicated that it will seek a temporary customs arrangement with the European Union, similar to the one it has now, after Brexit. Bill Esterson is shadow international trade minister.

0655
Yesterday was Pakistan’s turn to mark 70 years since Partition and Independence. Today, India will celebrate. Since 1947, there have been three wars between the two countries and relations are still tense. Can they move on? Syed Ibne Abbas is Pakistan’s High Commissioner to Britain.

0710
Hundreds of people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. A hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning after heavy rains, leaving hundreds of people trapped. John James works for UNICEF in Sierra Leone.

0715
In a Today programme exclusive, a recently retired senior judge is warning of the lack of safeguards in powers of attorney, going on to say the Ministry of Justice has been "disingenuous" in promoting them. Our correspondent Sanchia Berg reports.

0720
Latest UK inflation figures are due later this morning. The Consumer Price Index measure of inflation is forecast to hit 2.7% for July, up from 2.6% in June. Yael Selfin is the chief economist at KPMG UK.

0725
The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Government is treating the death of a woman, during clashes between rival demonstrators in the state of Virginia, as an act of terrorism. Joel Pollak is the senior editor at large for Breitbart News.

0730
The government has indicated that it will seek a temporary customs arrangement with the European Union, similar to the one it has now, after Brexit. Karel De Gucht was the European Commissioner for Trade 2010-2014.

0740
Yesterday was Pakistan’s turn to mark 70 years since Partition and Independence. Today, India will celebrate. Since 1947, there have been three wars between the two countries and relations are still tense. Can they move on? Neel Mukherjee is the Indian author of A State of Freedom and Kamila Shamsie is the Pakistani author of Home Fire.

0750
In a Today programme exclusive, a recently retired senior judge is warning of the lack of safeguards in powers of attorney, going on to say the Ministry of Justice has been "disingenuous" in promoting them. Judge Denzil Lush is a retired senior judge for the Court of Protection.

0810
A temporary customs union could be put in place to help "facilitate the freest and most frictionless possible trade" between the UK and the EU after Brexit, the government is announcing today. Brexit Secretary David Davis will ask Brussels for an "interim" period to allow a smooth transition to the new trading regime that will be put in place once the UK leaves - during which trade deals could be negotiated with other countries. He joins us on the programme.

0820
Dark Matter is Randy Newman's first album of new material in nearly a decade. As ever it is a wry take on global events with tongue firmly in cheek - but nothing on President Donald Trump. Our correspondent Nicola Stanbridge reports.

0830
The US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said the Government is treating the death of a woman, during clashes between rival demonstrators in the state of Virginia, as an act of terrorism. Professor Joan Williams is the author of White Working Class.

0835
The demise of Cornwall's mining industry is well documented and the remnants of it are still visible across the Cornish landscape. But could Cornwall see a mining revival - this time for Lithium? Jeremy Wrathall is the CEO of Cornish Lithium.

0840
Hundreds of people have been killed in a mudslide near Sierra Leone’s capital, Freetown. A hillside in Regent, a mountainous town 15 miles east of Freetown, collapsed in the early hours of Monday morning after heavy rains, leaving hundreds of people trapped. Agibu Tejan-Jalloh is the government spokesman for Sierra Leone.

0845
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.

0850
A new book tells the story of two extraordinary British soldiers who fought against the Japanese in Burma. Philip Davies is the historian and author of Lost Warriors: The Last Great Untold Story of WWII and Cheb Campbell is the daughter of Private Roy Pagani, the only European to escape successfully from the Burma Railway.


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