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3 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 26 February 2013

Morning news and current affairs presented by James Naughtie and Evan Davis, including:

Abuse by Afghan police in part of Helmand province has been uncovered by Panorama, which broadcast the story on BBC1 last night. Major Richard Streatfeild, now returned from the army, and Rory Stewart, Conservative MP with a long-standing interest in Afghan affairs, discuss how to encourage development in Afghanistan.

Italy is facing political stalemate with no clear overall winner in the general election. The BBC's Europe correspondent Chris Morris explains that the centre-left coalition appears to have scored a narrow victory in the lower house, but no one has a governing majority in the Senate. Annalisa Piras, journalist and documentary maker, Paul Mortimer-Lee, global head of market economics at BNP Paribas, give analysis.

A new musical opened in London last night called the Book of Mormon. It has been a massive hit on Broadway. Today presenter John Humphrys reports from the dress rehearsal.

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Tuesday 26 February

What do the Italian election results say about the current state of the country? The government has set out new targets for the NHS as it emerges they currently spend £9.8 billion a year treating diabetes. And a new musical about mormons from the creators of South Park opens in the UK.

  • 26 Feb 2013 08:48:37


    Daniel Pink, American management writer and observer of social psychology, explains why his new book, To Sell is Human: the Surprising Truth About Persuading, Convincing and Influencing Others, says that we are all selling ourselves all the time.

  • 26 Feb 2013 08:11:12


    A new musical opened in London last night called the Book of Mormon. It has been a massive hit on Broadway. Today presenter John Humphrys reports from the dress rehearsal.

  • 26 Feb 2013 08:40:07


    Broadcaster ESPN is to sell its UK channels and live sports portfolio to BT Group, who will continue to cover Scottish Premier League matches. The deal, subject to regulatory clearance, removes the uncertainty that surrounded ESPN's involvement in Scottish football beyond this season.

    Prof Chris Brady, a sporting business expert, speaks to Tanya Beckett.
  • 26 Feb 2013 08:35:34


    Eleven EU countries have decided to introduce a financial transactions tax. European Union tax commissioner Algirdas Semeta gives his view on who will end up bearing the burden of the financial transaction tax.

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