Today, 18/01/2013 Live

18 Jan 2013 Last updated at 09:00

Today: Friday 18 January, 2013

Good morning. The fate of as many as twenty British hostages is still unknown after Algerian forces launched an attack to free them. The disgraced cyclist, Lance Armstrong, has admitted using drugs. And schools and transport are disrupted by snow.
  • 18 Jan 2013 08:38:09


    Figures show China's economic growth has continued to slow down. The BBC's Beijing correspondent Damian Grammaticas explains, from the industrial town of Wuhan in central China, that in 2012 China's economy grew at 7.9%, slowing for a second year running.
  • 18 Jan 2013 08:37:17


    More than 50 people who have taken part in trials for new drugs have written to the European Medicines Agency to complain about the failure to publish the results. Sir Iain Chalmers, a long time campaigner for open data, and Steven Whitehead, chief executive of the Association of British Pharmaceutical Industry, debate whether data should be published.
  • 18 Jan 2013 08:36:46


    The figure revealed this week of the tiny number of top rate taxpayers in Wales - only 4000 people out of a population of 3m - is part of a picture of economic difficulty in the country. Leader of Plaid Cymru, Leanne Wood, examines whether future of Welsh devolution suggests that Cardiff should get more power.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    We want powers over taxation for Welsh Assembly to help create 'the maximum number of jobs possible' says Plaid Cymru leader @LeanneWood
  • 18 Jan 2013 08:27:43


    As sporting confessions go, Lance Armstrong's has been one of the longest in coming. But despite all the speculation in the last few days the interview that he did with Oprah Winfrey, screened in the United States overnight, was still dramatic. David Bond, the BBC's sports editor, and John Fahey, world Anti-Doping Agency chief executive, examine the prospects for Mr Armstrong's future.
  • 18 Jan 2013 08:01:00


    The T S Eliot Prize for poetry has gone to the American Sharon Olds for a collection - Stag's Leap - that tackles the subject of the end of her marriage, the pain that followed, and her eventual, slow recovery. Gillian Clarke, the national poet of Wales, and by Sarah Churchwell, professor of American literature at the University of East Anglia, discuss whether it is better to wait before you write poetry about heartbreak.
    Today's interview with Sharon Olds:
  • 18 Jan 2013 07:56:57


    An update on the snow fall in the UK.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Keep up with the latest situation on the roads in England via @trafficengland #snow #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Keep up with the latest situation on the roads in Scotland via @trafficscotland #snow #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Keep up with the latest situation on the roads in Wales via @trafficwales #snow #r4today
  • 18 Jan 2013 07:46:51


    UK officials are waiting to learn the fate of a number British hostages held by militants at a gas plant in Algeria, amid fears of multiple casualties after the military attacked the compound. Nick Robinson, the BBC's political editor looks at the political and implications of the situation and and Nick Butler, the former head of BP strategy, examines how this could have happened and how it incidents like it can be prevented in the future.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "There is still military engagement going on" over hostages siege in #Algeria @bbcnickrobinson #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'Concern that what happened yesterday' in #Algeria 'could lead to more reprisals' says Nick Butler, former head of BP strategy #r4today
  • 18 Jan 2013 07:41:38


    Lance Armstrong admitted last night that he could not have won the Tour de France seven times without performance-enhancing drugs. Nicole Cooke, world champion and Olympic gold medal-winning British cyclist who won the Tour de France twice, and Michele Verrokken, founding director of Sporting Integrity, examine doping in the sport.
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'Progress to get the admission' from @LanceArmstrong 'but there is still a long way to go' says GB gold medal cyclist Nicole Cooke #r4today
    BBC Radio 4 Today
    'There do have to be consequences' after @lancearmstrong admissions says former UK anti-doping chief Michele Verroken #r4today
    Matt Rhodes
    Is there anything in Lance Armstrong interview I don't get from @BBCr4today's summary: "Yes he's a cheat, yes he's a liar, yes he's a bully"
  • 18 Jan 2013 07:30:42


    A security check on a US company has reportedly revealed one of its staff was outsourcing his work to China. Merryn Somerset Webb, the editor in chief of Moneyweek, explains that the software developer, in his 40s, is thought to have spent his workdays surfing the web, watching cat videos on YouTube and browsing Reddit and eBay and it only cost him a fifth of his six figure salary.
  • 18 Jan 2013 07:26:38


    British experts looking for a cache of World War II Spitfire planes believed to be buried in Burma say they have discovered a crate but Fergal Keane expects their hopes to be dashed.
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