BBC Radio 4 11 August 2009
News Bulletin 7.30 am
Quick look at the weather: Southern areas will be dry, bright and warm, there’ll be a bit of rain about in the North.
You’re listening to Today on BBC Radio 4 with Edward Stourton and James Naughtie, it’s twenty-seven minutes to eight, let’s have a summary of the news from Rory Morrison.
The mother of the abused toddler, Baby Peter, and her boyfriend can be identified for the first time today. Until now, a court order prevented Tracey Connolly and her partner Stephen Barker from being named. Peter had been visited by social workers, polith and-- police and health professionals at least sixty times before he died, aged 17 months, after suffering months of abuse.
A court in Burma has sentenced the pro-democracy leader, Aung San Suu Kyi to eighteen months in detention. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her house arrest, after an uninvited man swam to her lakeside home and stayed there for two days. The ruling means she’s unlikely to be able to take part in next year’s elections.
Rising alcohol consumption is being blamed for a sharp increase in the number of people in their forties developing mouth cancers. Figures from Cancer Research UK show rates have increased by about 25% since 1999.
Local councils say they’ll have to cut more jobs because they’re facing a deficit in their incomes of around 4 billion pounds compared with two years ago. The local government association, which represents councils in England and Wales, says seven thousand jobs have already been cut this year.
Landslides triggered by Typhoon Morakot have caused at least six apartment blocks to collapse in the Eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang. Officials say at least two people have died, with an unknown number still trapped. In Taiwan, helicopters have dropped rescuers into a small mountainous village, which was buried by mudslides. Hundreds of people are missing.
Britain will sign an agreement with Lichtenstein later, on exchanging information about bank accounts held by British investors. It’s estimated that HM Revenue and Customs could recover the tax on between two and three billion pounds.
There’s a warning that people accused of committing atrocities abroad cannot always be prosecuted when they visit Britain. The joint parliamentary committee on human rights says loopholes in the law mean legal proceedings cannot be brought against non-British residents for some war crimes. The government says it will publish plans to address some of the issues in the autumn.