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5 Sep 2013 Last updated at 10:26

Thursday 5 September

With Justin Webb in Washington and James Naughtie in London.
  • 5 Sep 2013 09:00:17


    Our editors today were Terry O'Neil and Heba Ayoub. We're back tomorrow from 0600. Coming up next on Radio 4: Last Bus to Serendip. Good morning.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:59:46


    G20 leaders meet today in a summit hosted by Vladimir Putin in St Petersburg, with Syria set to dominate the behind-the-scenes discussion. Andrey Klimov, vice chairman of the federation council's international affairs committee, the BBC's diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall, and the BBC's Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen, analyse what's likely to be discussed.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:52:25


    The Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has written to the Attorney General to demand "urgent clarification" on the decision not to prosecute two doctors accused of agreeing to abortions based on gender selection.  The Crown Prosection Service said it wouldn't be in the public interest to take the cases to court, as they were already being dealt with by the General Medical Council. We're joined by Lord Mcdonald, the former director of public prosecutions.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:53:11


    Britain must establish an independent national infrastructure commission to end decades of drift and delay on major infrastructure decisions, according to a review carried out by the chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority. Matthew Hancock, parliamentary under secretary of state for skills, and the shadow financial secretary to the Treasury, Chris Leslie, evaluate the reports outcomes.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:53:45


    The most senior British commander in Afghanistan has said that the country's own military is proving to be an "effective force" despite rising casualties, a situation that has prompted questions about security once NATO forces leave next year. The BBC's Kabul correspondent Karen Allen reports.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:18:37


    The cast for the film of EL James's novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" was announced this week, with many fans expressing their disappointment at the actors chosen. Lucy Bevan, a casting director, and Kate Muir, film critic for The Times, debate whether you can always keep fans on side when adapting cult books.

  • 5 Sep 2013 08:14:38


    The implementation of the government's Universal Credit programme has suffered from "weak management, ineffective control and poor governance" according to a report from the National Audit Office. Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, replies to the findings.

    norman smith
    Iain Duncan Smith @bbcr4today on #universalcredit - "This is not an IT disaster"
  • 5 Sep 2013 07:59:32


    The new FA chairman Greg Dyke says the England team should aim to reach the semi-final of Euro 2020 and win the World Cup in 2022, and he also warned that England may not be able to compete seriously on the world stage without changes in the domestic game. Greg Dyke joins the Today Programme's James Naughtie to explain his viewpoint.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    "I don't think anyone realistically thinks England will win the World Cup next year... We need more outstanding English players" - Greg Dyke
    Kevin Meagher
    Mass immigration had no effect on native employment? Not according to Greg Dyke and effects on English football #R4Today
    Annette Hardy
    Depressing that no-one thinks we can win the World Cup in Rio. #r4today
  • 5 Sep 2013 07:55:17


    The new film from Woody Allen, Blue Jasmine, is set in the aftermath of the banking crisis. Ahead of the film's release next month, the BBC's Stephen Smith has interviewed the director for the BBC's Newsnight programme.

    BBC Radio 4 Today
    Woody Allen tells @StephenSmithBBC: "I'm thinking about giving stand-up comedy a try again, but I haven't committed to it." #r4today

    The full interview can be seen on Newsnight at 22:30 tonight on BBC Two.

  • 5 Sep 2013 07:46:32


    Justin and Jim take a look at this morning's newspaper headlines.

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