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21/08/2017

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

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Mon 21 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650
Africa's population is expected to double by 2050 - to two and a half billion people. This new baby boom could provide a huge workforce to transform African economies and lift millions out of poverty - or it could lead to an even bigger migration problem. Alastair Leithead is the BBC's Africa correspondent.          

0655
The British seaside town of Cromer in Norfolk went into lockdown over the weekend after a series of disturbances at the end of the annual carnival. Tom Fitzpatrick is the leader of North Norfolk District Council.

0710
Spanish media are reporting that the Iman Abdelbaki Es Satty – who is thought to have been involved with the group of young men at the center of the Barcelona attacks – may have been in Brussels last year before the Brussels attacks. Fernando Reinares is professor of political science and security studies at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain.

0715
This is the week of Brexit position papers. On Monday, we have position papers on Goods placed on the market and the confidentiality of EU documents. But the big one comes on Wednesday, which will address the role of the European Court Justice. Chuka Umunna is former shadow business secretary.

0720
Today, we take a closer look at the US President Donald Trump's relationship with business, after the disbanding of the manufacturing council and the departure of Steve Bannon. Mallory Factor is a professor at Oxford University and a former Republican strategist.

0725
Millions of people are expected to turn out to watch a total solar eclipse which will cross the United States from Oregon to South Carolina. The point of totality - when the sky becomes completely dark - will last more than two and a half minutes in some places. Rick Brown is an eclipse chaser who now runs eclipse tours and Elizabeth Preston is an astronomer and news editor of BBC Sky at Night Magazine.

0730
Every household could be £5,000 a year better off thanks to Brexit, the Economists for Free Trade have calculated. Patrick Minford is from the school of applied economics at Cardiff Business School and Monique Ebell is from the National Institute of Economic and Social Research. 

0740
The BBC's Pidgin service will launch today as part of the biggest expansion of the BBC’s World Service since the 1940s. Pidgin is spoken by an estimated 75 million people in Nigeria alone, with additional speakers across West and Central Africa. Peter Okwoche is the anchor of Focus on Africa.

0750
Prosecutors in England and Wales say hate crime online must be taken as seriously as hate crime in everyday life. Luciana Berger is the Labour MP for victim of online hate crime. David Tucker is the crime and criminal justice lead for the College of Policing. 

0810
This is the week of Brexit position papers. On Monday, papers on goods placed on the market and the confidentiality of EU documents are being issued. But the big one comes on Wednesday, which will address the role of the European Court of Justice (ECJ). Martin Howe is a QC specialist in EU law. Sir David Edward is a former ECJ Judge.

0820
Mr Benn, the cult children’s character dressed in a bowler hat, turns 50 this year. David McKee’s art work behind the series, thought lost, is being shown at an exhibition at the Illustration Cupboard in London. He joins us in the studio.

0830
Prosecutors in England and Wales say hate crime online must be taken as seriously as hate crime in everyday life. Alison Saunders is the director of Public Prosecutions.

0835
A mortar attack has killed at least five people and injured around a dozen more close to the entrance of an intentional trade fair in the Syrian capital Damascus, which opened to great fanfare just a few days ago. The BBC's chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet reports.

0840
Tributes are being paid to one of Hollywood’s most successful comedians, Jerry Lewis, who has died aged 91. Shawn Levy is the author of King of Comedy: Life and Art of Jerry Lewis.

0845
Cambridge University Press has blocked readers in China from accessing hundreds of academic articles – including some published decades ago – after a request by Chinese authorities. The publisher says it did so to avoid its other publications from being barred. John Simpson is the BBC's world affairs editor.

0850
Concrete, the barcode, TV dinners and the department store are among 50 things that made the modern economy, according to Tim Harford, presenter of Radio 4’s More or Less. But now he wants to know what the 51st thing is - and is asking his podcast listeners to decide what that should be. 

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