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Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.

Thursday's live page

With John Humphrys and Sarah Montague.

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

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    Today's running order

    Subject to change


    Business news with Simon Jack live from Hamburg, where he'll be reporting on the German elections.



    Managers at successful hospitals in England are to be given contracts to improve 11 failing hospitals. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt explains the plans.



    The US stock market hit at a record high at its close last night, after the US central bank unexpectedly said it would not be withdrawing its stimulus programme until the economy is stronger. The BBC's chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym reports.



    After a slow start following the sequencing of the human genome more than 10 years ago, is big data computing at last unlocking the power of genetics for medical science? The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports.



    Business with Simon Jack live in Hamburg.



    Former home secretary Jack Straw is demanding the Government seeks answers to why the police investigation into the so-called 'plebgate' has suffered from "inordinate and unjustified delays". Mr Straw joins the Today programme's John Humphrys to discuss his complaint.



    The paper review



    One of the world's most successful horror writers Stephen King has admitted it's getting harder to scare people. The BBC's arts editor Will Gompertz has been talking to the author.



    Thought for the day with Bishop Tom Butler.



    The Iranian authorities appear keen to open a diplomatic path with the US over the nuclear issue, by releasing Tehran political prisoners. Dr Reza Molavi, former head of Durham University's Centre for Iranian Studies, analyses the country's current sanctions.



    Managers at successful hospitals in England are to be given contracts to improve 11 failing hospitals, after the organisations were criticised in a review of their 'higher than average' death rates earlier this year. Julie Bailey, founder of Cure the NHS, and Professor Chris Ham, chief executive of the Kings Fund, debate the new measures.



    The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) today releases a report about charges on workplace-defined contribution pensions. Clive Maxwell, chief executive at the OFT, discusses the report with the Today Programme's Sarah Montague, .



    Glasgow's Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum is to stage "the most comprehensive exhibition ever" devoted to Scottish artist Jack Vettriano. The artist evaluates the new show, which is the first major retrospective of his work.



    After a slow start following the sequencing of the human genome more than 10 years ago, we ask if big data computing is last unlocking the power of genetics for medical science. The Today Programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden reports and Professor Janet Thornton, director of the European Bioinformatics Institute, explains the risk of 'overhyping' genetics.



    Child beauty pageants may soon be banned in France, after the French senate voted through an amendment to a women’s' rights bill that called for a complete ban on the competitions. Chatal Jouanno, a french politician, and Pam Boone, founder of Pam's Pageants, debate the proposed measures.



    Business news with Simon Jack



    In Asia it is the annual lunar thanksgiving holiday today, and in South Korea, the holiday is celebrated with the giving and receiving of packaged cans of Spam. The BBC's Seoul correspondent Lucy Williamson reports.



    Researchers from the University of East Anglia have put a scientific time frame on when the world might actually end. Andrew Rushby, research team leader at the University of East Anglia, explains the findings.


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