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29/03/2013

Morning news and current affairs with Sarah Montague and Evan Davis, including:

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For decades British people have flocked across the Channel in pursuit of the Gallic dream, but despite the abundant blessings of their nation, a study has revealed the French are in fact deeply unhappy with their lot in life, and nobody really knows why. Professor Claudia Senik, of the Paris School of Economics, Ken Tatham, France's first English mayor, discuss French happiness.

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The United Nations refugee agency says the number of people applying for asylum in industrialised countries rose sharply last year, reflecting an increase in the number of conflicts around the world. Steve Evans, the BBC's Berlin correspondent, explains that Germany accepts a high amount of refugees, and Sir John Holmes former emergency relief coordinator at the UN and author of The Politics of Humanity, outlines the reasons behind the increase in numbers of refugees.

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The new director general of the domestic security service, known as MI5, is to be the current deputy, Andrew Parker. Security correspondent Frank Gardner examines whether he is the right man for the job.

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On Sunday night millions of Americans will tune in watch the culmination of what's become the most popular entertainment on US cable television this year: a five part dramatization of the Bible. The BBC's Tom Brook reports from New York.

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Children's congenital heart surgery has been suspended at a Leeds hospital while an internal review is carried out. Sir Bruce Keogh, medical director of NHS in England , explains his view that it is right not to take any risks while matters are being looked into.

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Friday 29 March

The United Nations refugee agency says the number of people applying for asylum in industrialised countries has risen rose sharply. Surgery at a children's heart unit in Leeds has been suspended. And the first Thought for the Day from the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby.

  • 29 Mar 2013 08:35:05

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    Does the BBC understand religion? Freddy Gray, assistant editor of the Spectator, and Aaqil Ahmed, commissioning editor of religion and head of religion and ethics at the BBC, debate whether the BBC's religious coverage is lacking.

  • 29 Mar 2013 08:35:22

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    Harnessing the power of the sun is the only way to save the planet, according to Professor Tony Ryan who leads Project Sunshine. He explains that science can use the sun to fuel and feed the world.

  • 29 Mar 2013 08:35:59

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    Business news with Simon Jack live from Riga, in Latvia.

  • 29 Mar 2013 08:12:21

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    The United Nations refugee agency says the number of people applying for asylum in industrialised countries rose sharply last year, reflecting an increase in the number of conflicts around the world. Steve Evans, the BBC's Berlin correspondent, explains that Germany accepts a high amount of refugees, and Sir John Holmes former emergency relief coordinator at the UN and author of The Politics of Humanity, outlines the reasons behind the increase in numbers of refugees.

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