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Charlotte schoolgirl's emotional plea to end violence

We need our mothers and fathers to be by our side

– Zianna Oliphant

An emotional appeal made by a nine-year-old schoolgirl from Charlotte has highlighted the need for racial equality in the city.

Zianna Oliphant broke down crying as she made her testimony to the City Council on racism and policing after African-American Keith Lamont Scott was fatally shot last week.

"We are black people and we shouldn't have to feel like this. We shouldn't have to protest because you're treating us wrong," the girl said tearfully on Monday.

"We do this because we need to and have rights."

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  1. In a GMB exclusive Ricky Tomlinson and Caroline Aherne's brother Patrick speak for the first time about the death of the much-loved actress from cancer earlier this year

  2. In his speech to the Labour Party Annual Conference today, Jeremy Corbyn will refuse to cut the number of migrants entering UK. The re-elected leader will say he 'will not fan the flames of fear' - but instead provide relief to communities in Britain struggling with immigration.

  3. Fertility expert Dr Luciano Nardo joins us today to say women should freeze their eggs by the age of 35, if they haven't already had children, as the chances of conceiving dip steeply. But it isn't cheap and there's no guarantee of success. Is the best answer to get pregnant early?

  4. The UK has around 110,000 'sandwich generation' carers who are looking after a parent with cancer as well as their own children, figures suggest. New data from Macmillan Cancer Support estimates that almost one in 10 cancer carers are 'sandwich carers' and most of them are also juggling a job.

  5. A schoolgirl has given an emotional and passionate speech in Charlotte, pleading for the violence to stop and black people to be given greater respect and protection, Nine-year-old Zianna Oliphant, who said the decision to address City Council was a last-minute one, said: "I was just feeling like what the police are doing to us, just because of our skin, is not right."

Doctor urges single women to have their eggs frozen by 35

A leading fertility specialist is calling for all single women to freeze their eggs before the age of 35.

Consultant gynaecologist Dr Luciano Nardo says that with the modern woman more likely to start a family later on in life, many are likely to experience difficulty conceiving, with egg production nosediving in a their mid 30s.

However, with the process of getting your eggs frozen costly and not always effective, shouldn't experts simply be encouraging women to have babies at a younger age? Or is it wrong to expect the modern woman to feel pressured into making such a decision before they're ready?

We'll be talking about this on Wednesday's show but meanwhile let us know what you think by taking the above poll.

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Zoo's penguin colony completely wiped out by malaria

Credit: Facebook/Exmoor Zoo

Zoo keepers have been left devastated after an outbreak of avian malaria killed an entire colony of Humboldt penguins.

Ten birds, some of which were offspring of original residents, died two weeks ago at Exmoor zoo in Devon - but staff were to upset to announce the sad news right away.

In a statement posted on Facebook last night the zoo said: “All the deaths occurred over a period of nine days and despite the best efforts of our veterinarian and the staff (some of whom have hand-reared the individuals from the day they have hatched) the outbreak could not be halted.

Is our high street wheelchair-friendly?

The reality is the attitude's still not right from an awful lot of people

– Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson

Wheelchair user Will Pike has gathered almost 47,000 signatures for better access for wheelchair users and made a film which has garnered more than one million viewers online.

Here in the UK, it seems the high street isn't quite as friendly as we might think it would be. Watch as Will makes his way around the city trying to get access to numerous establishments.

Baroness Tanni-Grey Thompson joined Will on the sofa and admitted: "The attitude is still not right from an awful lot of people. It's the attitude that needs a big shift and then the physical access comes from this."

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Gloria Hunniford: 'There will never be another like Terry Wogan'

Terry called me 'Hot Lips Hunniford'

– Gloria Hunniford

Presenter Gloria Hunniford joined us this morning to pay tribute to her close friend, Sir Terry Wogan, ahead of his memorial service at Westminster Abbey today.

Over 2,000 guests have been invited to the service and actress Joanna Lumley will read a poem commissioned for the service, while Chris Evans is expected to deliver a tribute.

"It's wonderful to have a chance to say goodbye to Terry because it was all so sudden," she said.

"He was just able to reach everybody. He was a very well read man and a good Irish family man. "

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Piers Morgan admits Hillary clinched victory in the first US presidential debate

I can be friends with lots of people and still realise when they're losing

– Piers Morgan

He's good friends with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, but our Piers admitted that Hillary Clinton was the top performer at last night's presidential debate in Long Island, New York.

Piers, who got up at 2am to watch the debate even reckons Hillary may have read some of the tips he directed at her in his column yesterday...

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