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

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Tue 5 Sep 2017 06:00

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First minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon is promising to unveil the "most ambitious plan ever" when she announces her Scottish government's legislative programme for the coming year on Tuesday afternoon. Shirley-Anne Somerville is minister for further education, higher education and science.


Scientists believe our coasts could be used to help people living with anxiety, depression and loneliness. Professor Lora Fleming is the principal investigator for BlueHealth.


Could joining the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) after Brexit (the so-called Norway model) solve the conundrum that is Britain’s new relationship with the EU? Gudlaugur Thor Thordarson, the Icelandic Foreign Minister, has extended an invitation to the UK to join.


The US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” with its test of a nuclear bomb. Bill Rammell is Labour's former foreign office minister and the only British minister to have visited North Korea for talks with the regime.


UK housebuilder Redrow has its annual results today. Steve Morgan is chairman of Redrow.


Is the study of engineering failing women? Caroline Hargrove is technical director at McClaren Applied Technology, who are pioneering human-machine interaction, and Eben Upton is founder of the award-winning Raspberry Pi computer team.


Parliament is back from recess today and the Brexit Secretary David Davis will update the House of Commons on last week's Brexit negotiations in Brussels. Chris Grayling is the transport secretary and Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.


The Duchess of Cambridge is expecting her third child. Kate Williams is professor of history at the University of Reading.


Bell Pottinger is being thrown out of the PR industry trade body (PRCA) over a campaign it ran in South Africa. Francis Ingham is director-general of PRCA and Ferial Haffajee is Huffington Post South Africa's editor-at-large, who was targeted in Bell Pottinger's campaign.


The US has accused North Korea of “begging for war” with its test of a nuclear bomb. Gary Locke is former US ambassador to China and Carrie Gracie is the BBC’s China editor.


The National Trust has urged its members to vote against a resolution that would effectively ban all hunting with hounds on its land. Charles Moore is former editor of the Daily Telegraph and Rod Liddle is associate editor of the Spectator.


Who runs Britain? Does the "establishment" still exist and if it doesn't what has replaced it? Ferdinand Mount inherited a baronetcy and ran the policy unit at Number Ten for Margaret Thatcher. Owen Jones writes for The Guardian. His father was a shop steward and his grandfather was a communist.


The Brexit Secretary David Davis is due to give a statement in the House of Commons this afternoon, updating MPs on how the Brexit negotiations are going and on the eleven position papers published over the summer. Sir Vince Cable is leader of the Liberal Democrats.


Are good children’s books as complex and meaningful as ‘proper novels’ - something that adults too can enjoy on a deep level? Lauren Child is current Children's Laureate and Julia Donaldson is author of The Gruffalo and one of Lauren's predecessors as Children's Laureate.


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