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27/10/2017

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

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Fri 27 Oct 2017 06:00

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0650

The Catholic Church is under attack for its approach to transgender issues. Pope Francis last week criticised what he called "the ideology of a gender" where children were "taught in school that everyone can choose his or her sex". Guardian columnist Matthew d'Ancona reports.

0655

French scientists say heart surgery seems to be safer in the afternoon because of the patient's internal clock. John O’Neill is from the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology.

0710

The NHS was not prepared for the serious cyber-attack which disrupted the work of a third of hospitals in May this year, that's the conclusion of a National Audit Office report into the Wannacry attack which saw criminals freeze NHS computers and demand a ransom. Kingsley Manning is former chair of NHS Digital.

0712

A third of fraudulent incidents against charities are suspected to be insider jobs according to new data from the Charity Commission. Michelle Russell is director of investigations, monitoring and enforcement at the Charity Commission.

0715

The Competition and Markets Authority has launched an investigation into booking sites to find out whether their customers really are able to choose the best hotel deal for them. Nisha Arora is a senior director at the Competition and Markets Authority.

0720

There's been further fighting in Iraq between Kurdish troops and the Iraqi armed forces which include Shia militias backed by Iran. The BBC’s Richard Galpin reports.

0725

President Trump has formally declared that the US faces a public health emergency because of the widespread addiction to prescription painkillers, heroin and other opioids. Annette Dale-Perera sits on the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

0730

A report backed by the United Nations has concluded that the Syrian government was behind a chemical attack on the town of Khan Sheikhoun earlier this year. Reza Afshar was head of the Syrian team at the foreign office.

0740

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) will only play music during international Test matches at Twickenham if England score a try during next month’s Test series, following a comprehensive survey of supporters. Will Carling is former England rugby union captain.

0750

It invests billions in our economy but now Britain and the European Investment Bank are set to part. Alexander Stubb is vice-president of the European Investment Bank.

0810

The NHS was not prepared for the serious cyber-attack which disrupted the work of a third of hospitals in May this year, that's the conclusion of a National Audit Office report into the Wannacry attack which saw criminals freeze NHS computers and demand a ransom. Ben Wallace is security minister.

0820

US President Donald Trump has ordered the release of 2,800 files on President John F Kennedy's assassination. Rex Bradford is president of the Mary Ferrell Foundation.

0825

The Spanish senate is expected to back a plan by the central government to remove some powers from the autonomous region of Catalonia and to take over the running of its institutions. Katya Adler us the BBC’s Europe editor.

0830

The Football Association has "lost the trust of the public", its chairman Greg Clarke admitted yesterday in an FA council meeting. Dame Heather Rabbatts is a former director of the FA.

0840

Tomorrow, the Today programme will have been on air for precisely 60 years. For the past few months, John Humphrys been looking at some of the ways the UK has changed since 1957.

0850

An unfinished portrait of a woman believed to be Mary, Queen of Scots has been found hidden beneath another 16th-century portrait. Lady Antonia Fraser is author of Mary Queen of Scots and David Taylor is curator of Pictures and Sculpture at the National Trust.

 

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