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Business news with Tanya Beckett
on reports that US Senate leaders have expressed optimism after a flurry of
negotiations on raising the federal debt ceiling to avert a
potentially-disastrous default. Plus, the Irish government is set to unveil
another round of spending cuts.
The new chief inspector for
adult social care sets out her priorities later - including awarding ratings to
every care home by 2016. Steve Sollars, whose son Sam was a resident at
Winterbourne View between 2008 and 2010, reflects on the standard of care he
Scotland Yard has said it
believes whoever took Madeleine McCann in Portugal six years ago had planned it
well in advance. The BBC's Tom Burridge reports.
Business news with Tanya
Beckett on news that the competition regulator has published its report into
the Big Four accountancy firms.
US Senate leaders have
expressed optimism after a flurry of negotiations on raising the federal debt
ceiling to avert a potentially-disastrous default. North America editor, Mark
Mardell, explains the situation from Washington.
The singer Charlotte Church is
the latest singer to complain about the over-sexualisation of young female pop
stars. She says that she had first-hand experience of the manipulation that
comes from being thrust into the limelight as a child star.
When the world financial crisis
was at its peak, Greece was seen as the greatest threat to the future of the
euro and, potentially, to economies around the world because of the knock-on
effects. The Today programme's John Humphrys reports that European finance
ministers are meeting in Luxembourg later and Greece is not even on the
The paper review.
The National Theatre is to
unveil who will take over from Nicholas Hytner as its new head. The BBC's arts
editor Will Gompertz reports.
Thought for the Day with Mona
Siddiqui, professor of Islamic studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.
While newspapers are reported
to be in crisis, the website Buzzfeed has trebled in size in a year, and it is
making money. Jonah Peretti, founder and chief executive of Buzzfeed, and Chris
Blackhurst, group content editor at the Independent, discuss the website's
Police investigating the
disappearance of Madeleine McCann have said they had an "overwhelming
response" to an appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. Mark
Williams-Thomas, criminologist, former police detective and child protection
expert, gives his analysis on the investigation.
Hidden cameras and
mystery-shopper exercises may form part of a revamped inspection regime for
care homes and domiciliary care in England next year. Chief inspector of adult
social care, Andrea Sutcliffe, explains the idea.
Mo Farah may be one of the
greatest long distance runners ever, but he still gets pulled aside by US
customs every time he goes back to his home in the US. Mr Farah tells the
Today programme's Sarah Montague about what comes with being called Mohammed
when he speaks about his autobiography, Twin Ambitions.
In Syria, the opposition
forces are fighting for supremacy. The BBC's Paul Wood reports that several
brigades of the Free Syrian Army have gone into alliance with al-Qaeda's Syrian
subsidiary and the rest of the leadership of the FSA now believe that they need
to defeat the Islamist groups to retain control of the fight against President
Business news with Tanya
Beckett on news the Chancellor is expected to sign a deal in China which could
see a Chinese state company, the Chinese General Nuclear Power Group, invited
to become a co-investor in the Hinkley Point reactor in Somerset.
Six years ago astronomers
launched a new "citizen science" project on this programme known as
Galaxy Zoo. The Today programme's science correspondent Tom Feilden looks at
the current craze for involving amateurs in research projects, and asks whether
it is real science or just good PR.
A new book about one US
President is causing quite a stir for the current one. Obama, it is said, could
learn quite a bit from the president inaugurated 100 years ago this year,
Woodrow Wilson. A. Scott Berg, author of Wilson, discusses his book.
If England beat Poland later
they are guaranteed a place in the World Cup in Brazil next June. Daniel
Kawczynski, a Conservative MP who came to the UK when he was six, and Alicja
Kaczmarek, who and founded the Polish Expats Association, discuss which
nation's football the UK's Polish residents should support.
An activist based in Raqqa, Syria describes the horror of everyday life in the city.