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Saving lives at sea

Saving small children at sea – MSF migrant rescue diary

The diary of MSF doctor Erna Rijnierse aboard a rescue ship in the Mediterranean.

In today's programme

With Evan Davis and Justin Webb.

  • 17 Sep 2013 10:48:40


    Listen to clips from this morning's programme:

  • 17 Sep 2013 07:52:59


    Here's a round-up of this morning's newspaper headlines:

  • 17 Sep 2013 07:00:16

    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business with Andy Verity including news that the government's sale of Lloyds Banking Group has begun, with big investors being offered 6% of the bank.



    A gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC has been identified as a former Navy serviceman. The BBC's Washington correspondent, David Willis, reports.



    Business news with Andy Verity.



    The Liberal Democrat Business Secretary, Vince Cable, has said it is possible the coalition with the Conservatives could break up before the next general election. Olly Grender, former head of communications for the Liberal Democrats, gives her view on the future of the coalition.



    The Costa Concordia is off the rock shelf where the ship had been lying since January 2012 when it ran aground with the loss of 32 lives. The BBC's Alan Johnston explains that there is still work to be done.



    The Serious Case Review into the death of Daniel Pelka is published this morning, setting out the missed opportunities that could have saved the life of the 4-year-old, who was starved and beaten for months before he died. Amy Weir, the independent chair of the Coventry Safeguarding Children's Board, and Dr Sharon Binyon, medical director at Coventry and Warwickshire Partnership NHS Trust, discuss the case.



    The paper review.



    The Grand Theft Auto 5 (GTA5) video game will officially be launch on Tuesday. Keza MacDonald, games editor at the website IGN who has seen the game, and Helen Lewis, deputy editor of the New Statesman, and a keen gamer, discuss the significance of the release.



    Thought for the Day with the writer Rhidian Brook.



    What has been the effect of the coalition's welfare reforms in Glasgow? The Today programme's Evan Davis hears from residents in the Easterhouse area.



    "This is the most significant confirmed use of chemical weapons against civilians since Saddam Hussain used them in Halabja in 1988," the UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon said yesterday about the chemical attack in Syria. The Foreign Secretary William Hague reacts to the news.



    A gunman who died after killing 12 people at a naval installation in Washington DC has been identified as a former Navy serviceman. Rick Nelson, a former helicopter pilot who knows the building where the shootings took place well, outlines how the killings may have place.



    Perhaps the most important story here at the Liberal Democrat conference this year is the news that the party is advocating tax rises after the election. Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the treasury, outlines the changes that the party will look to make.



    The short-haired bumblebee is back. The species vanished from the UK in the late 1980s but conservationists at Dungeness in Kent have been working on its return. The Today programme's science correspondent, Tom Feilden, reports.



    Business news with Andy Verity.



    Chances were missed to help a child, Daniel Pelka, who was murdered by his mother and her partner after suffering "terrifying and dreadful" abuse, a report has found. Martin Reeves into Prof Eileen Munro, who conducted an independent review of child protection in England in 2010, and Dr Maggie Atkinson, Children's commissioner for England, discuss how cases like this can be avoided in future.



    The coalition government formed after the 2010 general election could part company before its five-year term is up, the senior Liberal Democrat Vince Cable has said. The BBC's political editor Nick Robinson and Peter Kellner, and president of the YouGov, discuss the future of the Liberal Democrats.

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