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23/08/2017

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

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Wed 23 Aug 2017 06:00

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0650
Yesterday, one of the four surviving suspects told a closed court hearing in the Spanish capital, Madrid, that the jihadist cell had been planning a much larger assault targeting monuments. Francisco Martinez Vazquez is the former secretary of state for security and a member of congress.       

0655
A male white-tailed Eagle has successfully raised chicks from two different nests in East Scotland for the first time ever in the country. Owen Selly is from RSPB Scotland and is the White-Tailed Eagle Project officer.

0710
A senior General in the Syrian Arab army has told the BBC his forces are some 60 miles away from Deir Ezzor city, which is currently in the hands of so-called Islamic State. Tom Fletcher is the former British Ambassador to Lebanon who has advised three prime ministers on foreign policy.

0715
Tomorrow sees the first GCSE results in England under a new grading system. Natalie Perera is executive director at the Education Policy Institute and Professor Robert Coe is director of the centre for evaluation and monitoring at Durham University.

0720
The share price in Provident Financial has collapsed by almost two-thirds after a profit warning and exit by the CEO Peter Crook. Peter Lenardos is the managing director at RBC Capital Markets in London.

0725
Princes William and Harry have been recalling the 7 days between their mother's death and her funeral in a new BBC documentary. They defend the decision by the Queen and the Prince of Wales to keep them at Balmoral to allow them to grieve in private. Our royal correspondent Nicholas Witchell reports.

0730
The government will today tell the EU it is "neither necessary nor appropriate" for the European Court of Justice to have any direct jurisdiction over the UK after Brexit. Dominic Raab is the justice minister.

0740
One of the world's biggest selling groups KLF burnt a million pounds on the remote Scottish island of Jura in 1994 and announced they were no more, promising to return in 23 years time. At midnight they reappeared at a bookshop in Liverpool. Our entertainment correspondent Colin Paterson reports.

0750
The crisis in social care is rarely out of the news and this week we’ve heard that a shortage of funding risks “catastrophic failure” within the National Health Service. Sir Andrew Dilnot is the warden of Nuffield College in Oxford and a former chairman of the Commission of Funding of Care and Support, which recommended a social care cap.

0810
A senior General in the Syrian Arab army has told the BBC his forces are some 60 miles away from Deir Ezzor city, which is currently in the hands of so-called Islamic State. Jan Egeland chairs the UN/International Syria Support Group Task Force on Humanitarian Access in Syria.

0820
BBC Culture has polled over 250 film critics from 52 countries to find out the funniest films of all time. But despite the fact there were lots of similarities, there were clear differences in what people of different nationalities found funny. Agnes Poirier is a French journalist and critic and Rebecca Laurence is the acting editor of BBC Culture.

0830
Political and business leaders from across major Northern cities are to meet for the first time in Leeds today to demand what they call a fair deal on transport from the Government. Andy Burnham is the mayor of Manchester.

0835
Yesterday, one of the four surviving suspects told a closed court hearing in the Spanish capital, Madrid, that the jihadist cell had been planning a much larger assault targeting monuments. Javier Solana is a former EU high representative for foreign and security policy, secretary-general of NATO and foreign minister of Spain.

0840
WPP the world’s largest advertising and media company’s half year results will be released later today after fears over the future of the sector have wiped more than £4bn off the company's market value in recent months. Sir Martin Sorrell is the chief executive WPP group.

0850
We seem to be increasingly at odds about which stories are central to who we are. The 70-year anniversary of the partition of India and Pakistan led to calls for a more comprehensive teaching of the history of the British Empire in schools.  Juliet Gardiner is a social historian and author of Joining Dots and Andrea Stuart is the author of historical books including Sugar in the Blood: A Family's Story of Slavery and Empire. 

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