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First broadcast:
Saturday 27 July 2013

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Malians are set to go to the polls on 28 July to vote in presidential elections, which are considered crucial for the West African nation's return to constitutional rule and stability. It is hoped the elections will end months of political crisis which started when soldiers overthrew President Amadou Toumani Toure in March 2012, allowing separatist rebels and Islamist militants to seize the north of the country. Foreign correspondent Alex Duval-Smith reports from Mali and Rokia Traore, a Malian singer and songwriter, explains her view of the situation.

The latest economic figures suggest that the UK may well be on the path to a recovery, of sorts. Deborah Hey-Smith, a former teacher, and Camile Ade-John, who runs a social enterprise, spoke to the Today programme in a panel in Birmingham about the economy in 2012 and return to the programme to speak about whether their situations have changed.

One year on from the London 2012 Olympics, many are looking back to its legacy, but what is the legacy of its arts strand - the Cultural Olympiad? BBC arts correspondent David Sillito explains the Cultural Olympiad's role in the Olympics and Ruth Mackenzie, former Director of the London 2012 Festival and Cultural Olympiad, explains her view of the Olympics' arts legacy.

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There's been serious violence in Egypt during the night. Spanish police are still trying to talk to the driver of the train that crashed, killing 78 people. And remembering the cultural Olympiad.

  • 27 Jul 2013 09:01:03


    This week the royal baby was born, named and photographed by the world's media. But on Monday, after Kensington Place had announced that the Princess of Cambridge had gone into labour, the media had little to report until his birth nine hours later. Gyles Brandreth, writer and broadcaster, and Jennie Bond, television presenter and former BBC royal correspondent, discuss the art of filling for time.

  • 27 Jul 2013 09:00:08


    The latest economic figures suggest that the UK may well be on the path to a recovery, of sorts. What does that mean for the politicians making their plans for the 2015 election?  Lord Norman Lamont, former chancellor, and Deborah Mattinson, co-founder of Britain Thinks and a former pollster to Gordon Brown, discuss.

  • 27 Jul 2013 08:38:51


    Clashes in Egypt between Muslim Brotherhood supporters and those of the new government have left at least two people dead in Alexandria, with reports of about a dozen people injured in Cairo, according to state media. General Sameh Saif Al-Yazal, director of the Egyptian Institute for Strategic Studies, and Foreign Office Minister Alistair Burt, consider the current unrest in Egypt.

  • 27 Jul 2013 08:36:14


    Some of the world's largest online search engines are considering options for countering child pornography on the internet. John Carr, member of the executive board of the UK Council on Child Internet Safety, explains the options.

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