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

3 hours

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Mon 2 Oct 2017 06:00

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Are Boris Johnson’s four so-called Brexit red lines achievable from a legal point of view? Shanker Singham is director of economic policy and prosperity studies at the Legatum Institute.


In 1967 a scientific paper by Dan McKenzie and Robert Parker opened the door to plate tectonic theory by publishing the first paper on the subject in the journal Nature, describing the motion of rigid plates on a spherical Earth. Dan McKenzie is professor of Earth sciences at the University of Cambridge.


Monarch Airlines has ceased trading and all of its future bookings have been cancelled, the Civil Aviation Authority has said. Dame Deirdre Hutton is chair of the Civil Aviation Authority.


Theresa May has signalled she will push ahead with the roll-out of the government’s flagship welfare reform despite a Tory rebellion. Conservative Heidi Allen sits on the Work and Pensions select committee.


Today’s business presenter Dominic O’Connell is joined by TSB's Chief Operating Officer Helen Rose who runs the bank's Gender Balance Matters Campaign


Can the Tories win back the support of the young? The BBC’s Ross Hawkins has been to the constituency of Keighley in West Yorkshire - which Labour won from the Conservatives.


Is there anything the government can do to regain the political initiative despite open divisions over Brexit and a resurgent Labour Party under Jeremy Corbyn? Sir Oliver Letwin is former Cabinet Office minister in the Coalition.


The winner of the BBC 2 programme Astronauts: Do You Have What It Takes is Suzie Imber, a space scientist at the University of Leicester. We speak live to Ms Imber.


Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. Alfred Bosch is MEP for the Republican left of Catalonia and Esteban Gonzalez Pons is Spanish centre-right MEP.


The Chancellor must be a worried man – the economy is slowing, there is no certainty about the outcome of the Brexit negotiations and capitalism is seemingly in crisis with Jeremy Corbyn and his ideas on the march. Philip Hammond is Chancellor of the Exchequer and Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.


Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont says the Spanish region has won the right to statehood following a contentious referendum that was marred by violence. The BBC’s Paul Moss reports and Joanna Cherry is a Scottish National Party MP.


The Department of Health is currently updating its guidance on surrogacy here in the UK to clarify what is legal - and what is not - amid widespread calls for The Surrogacy Arrangements Act 1985 to be reformed because it is out of date. Natalie Gamble is a surrogacy lawyer and Fiona O’Driscoll is from Surrogacy UK.


History has always been documented through hierarchies, telling the stories of presidents, prime ministers, armies, corporations, political parties. But it doesn’t document the less formal social networks that have the ability to spread revolutionary ideas. That is the argument of Niall Ferguson in his new book The Square and the Tower: Networks, Hierarchies and the Struggle for Global Power.


Nobel laureate and education campaigner Malala Yousafzai starts at Oxford University this week. Today’s Zoe Conway reports.

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