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05
AUG
6am

'It’s wonderful to be reunited with something that was lost so many years ago and which I had given up on ever getting back'

Fifty nine years ago today, Alice and Norman got married. The symbol of that marriage – a gold wedding ring – disappeared after a burglary at their home thirty years ago. This is the full story of how that ring ended up back in the hands of Alice, the rightful owner, thanks to Martha Kearney, her old school friend Debbie Davidson and Twitter.

Credit: Debbie Davidson
05
AUG
4am

'We had this influx of tens of casualties to our emergency room. Most of them were glass wounds and they were in shock'

Rescue workers in Lebanon are searching for more than a hundred people who are missing after a huge explosion devastated the port area of the capital Beirut on Tuesday. The chief executive of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital, Dr Firass Abaid, told Martha Kearney about coping with the aftermath of the explosion. He said: "It was pretty chaotic, suddenly we had this influx of tens of casualties to our emergency room. Most of them were glass wounds and they were in shock." He went on to say: "Then we started having the ambulances bringing in the casualties from the explosion site and these were more serious injuries and some of them had passed away." With the BBC Middle East Editor, Jeremy Bowen and Lina Khatib, Director of the Middle East and North Africa Programme at Chatham House.

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05
AUG
4am

'It’s wonderful to be reunited with something that was lost so many years ago and which I had given up on ever getting back'

Fifty nine years ago today, Alice and Norman Thomson got married. But the symbol of that marriage - an engraved wedding ring - was stolen in a burglary thirty years ago. It was found by Debbie Davidson, who unearthed it when digging out a pot plant from her Edinburgh garden. Debbie sent a message to her old school friend, Martha Kearney, who turned to Twitter to help. She posted Debbie’s message with the hashtag #FindAliceandNorman and after more than two thousand retweets, a citizen army helped track down Alice Thomson, who lives just round the corner from Debbie. Norman died in 2013. Here is the moment Alice was reunited with her wedding ring after 30 years.

Credit: Debbie Davidson
04
AUG
7am

'Looking for either Alice or Norman who got married 5.8.61. May be from Edinburgh or Inveresk'

“Looking for either Alice or Norman who got married 5.8.61. May be from Edinburgh or Inveresk. I found a wedding ring in huge plant pot when repotting plant. I would like that the ring was returned to the owner.”

This is the message that Martha Kearney spotted on Facebook from her former school friend, Debbie Davidson. Soon she was embroiled in the search to reunite the ring with the former owner. She posted Debbie’s message on Twitter with the hashtag #FindAliceandNorman and after more than two thousand retweets, a citizen army took on the case. Listen again to find out what happened.

Credit: Debbie Davidson
04
AUG
4am

'If...this testing and tracing and isolation just is not done properly, then you get very bad surges occurring'

Scientists are warning there could be a second wave of Coronavirus twice as bad as the first unless the government significantly improves its testing and tracing systems by the time schools reopen in September. Dr David Nabarro, the WHO's special envoy on Covid-19, told Mishal Husain: "This virus is capable of surging back really quickly and is actually doing so in most countries where there's been success at getting it under control and, as it surges back, the way you stop outbreaks developing is through having well-functioning contact tracing linked to testing, with isolation of people who've got symptoms or who've been in contact." He added that if “this testing and tracing and isolation just is not done properly, then you get very bad surges occurring and this will lead to economic challenges." With Dr Jasmina Panovska-Griffiths, lecturer in Mathematical Modelling at University College London and in Applied Mathematics at Queen’s College, Oxford University, lead researcher for the study.

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03
AUG
5am

'I often wake up in the night feeling as if someone is pulling the tubes from my daughter and tightening my handcuffs'

Two parents are taking legal action after they were forcibly removed from their dying daughter’s bedside in hospital by police officers. Dr Rashid Abbasi told Mishal Husain that he and his wife Aliya have not recovered from the experience: “We are still living the nightmare. I often wake up in the night feeling as if someone is pulling the tubes from my daughter and tightening my handcuffs.” Rashid and Aliya Abbasi were taken away from their daughter, six year old Zainab, by officers in August 2019. They had just been told that their critically ill child would be taken off her ventilator, against their wishes. They had previously had numerous disagreements about her care with hospital staff. The story was first reported in the Mail on Sunday after police body camera footage of the incident was obtained under a Freedom of Information request. The NHS Trust involved said the decision to involve police and security staff "is never taken lightly” but “it is essential that we maintain a safe and secure environment for our patients and families.”

Credit: Press Association
03
AUG
4am

‘Treat the public as adults’

The director of the Francis Crick Institute, Sir Paul Nurse, told Sarah Smith the Government should "treat the public as adults" in its communications over Covid-19. He also said: “I think we need greater openness in the decision-making. It sometimes seems somewhat shrouded in secrecy.” Sir Paul was speaking as the Government revealed that new 90-minute tests that can detect coronavirus and flu will be rolled out in care homes and laboratories from next week. With Dame Anne Johnson, Professor of Infectious Disease Epidemiology at University College London.

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31
JUL
4am

‘My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas because I know how important the Eid celebrations are’

People living in Greater Manchester, East Lancashire and West Yorkshire are no longer allowed to meet up with those from other households in their home or garden, or in pubs, restaurants or shops. The health secretary Matt Hancock told Sarah Smith, “My heart goes out to the Muslim communities in these areas because I know how important the Eid celebrations are.” He went on to thank community leaders for their efforts to find safe ways to hold celebrations: “"For instance celebrating Eid in parks where there's more space available and of course outdoors is safer than indoors."

Credit: Reuters
31
JUL
3am

Friday's business with Katie Prescott

Saturday is officially the return to work date. But how has lockdown changed the way we think about going back to the office?

(Image: Near empty office in London. Credit: Reuters)

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