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3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 13 March 2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and Justin Webb, including:

Russian foreign and defence ministers, Sergei Lavrov and Sergei Shoig, meet their British counterparts William Hague and Phillip Hammond in London for a new round of strategic talks today. Sir Roderic Braithwaite, a former British ambassador to Moscow, and Edward Lucas, international editor at the Economist and author of Deception - a book about Russian spying in the modern era - discuss whether the UK should be holding talks of this nature with the nation.

Labour has accused the government of "weak leadership" after it emerged plans for minimum pricing of alcohol in England and Wales may be dropped. The former GP Dr Sarah Wollaston, who is on the Health Select Committee, and David Davis, the former shadow home secretary, explain why it appears the government may be abandoning the idea.

Vicky Pryce and Chris Huhne were sentenced to eight months in prison. Ms Pryce's lawyer, Robert Brown, examines whether marital coercion is it a valid defence in the 21st century.

Cardinals are due to begin their second day of deliberations in the Vatican conclave that will elect a new pope, after reaching no decision on Tuesday. From Rome, the BBC's Edward Stourton reports.

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Wednesday 13 March

The government may consider abandoning the idea of a minimum price for alcohol. We speak to Vicky Pryce's solicitor about her recent trial. And what is the perfect temperature for an office? With Justin Webb and Sarah Montague.

  • 13 Mar 2013 08:57:03


    The Sunday Telegraph and the Daily Telegraph are to merge – they will still be called the Daily and the Sunday Telegraph but behind the scenes the changes mean that same team will in effect serve both. Rosie Boycott, a former newspaper editor, and Tim Luckhurst, professor of Journalism at the University of Kent, discuss how this will affect the papers' journalism.

  • 13 Mar 2013 08:51:33


    A row has broken out in Germany over a children's book. Die Kleine Hexe was published in 1957 and has been a best-seller ever since.  The problem is that it uses the word "neger" - sometimes translated as negro but more often as the more offensive N-word. A father who emigrated to Germany from Eritrea - and read the book to his seven-year-old daughter - complained and a row ensued. MPs voiced their views. Stephen Evans went to meet the man at the centre of the row - and his daughter.
  • 13 Mar 2013 08:46:41


    The environmental campaigner and broadcaster Professor Chris Baines will be giving the first ever David Bellamy lecture at Buckingham Palace today. Sarah Montague speaks to him.

  • 13 Mar 2013 08:41:42


    The fate of tigers, some of the most endangered animals on the planet, is being discussed by delegates from more than 170 countries at a conference in Thailand. The BBC's science editor David Shukman reports from a tiger sanctuary in the country.

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