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Business news with Simon Jack.
- David Cameron is leading a delegation including the British Chambers of Commerce, the Federation of Small Businesses and the Confederation of British Industries to China. The BBC's chief Business correspondent, Linda Yueh, reports.
- A new report suggests that UK growth will result from an acceleration of exports to traditional countries such as the Eurozone and the US rather than China. Carl Astorri, senior economic advisor to the EY Item Club, discusses.
Ed Miliband is set to dismiss the government's energy levies shake-up as "smoke and mirrors". The BBC’s economics editor, Robert Peston, discovers more.
The Sunday Telegraph reported, on 1 December , on a woman who was forced, by social workers, to have a caesarean section. Lucy Scott-Moncrieff, a lawyer who specialises in mental health and human rights cases, examines.
Business news with Simon Jack. Discussing how in a recent report KPMG have cited the UK as the most favourable place for companies to locate, with Jane McCormick, the company’s head of tax and pensions.
Prime Minister David Cameron is making his first official visit to China in 3 years. The BBC’s China correspondent, Damian Grammaticas, reports.
Dozens of police and protesters have been injured in violent clashes that broke out as people marched in Kiev to call for early elections. Steve Rosenberg, the BBC’s Moscow correspondent, finds out more.
The paper review.
Thought for the Day with religious commentator, Clifford Longley.
A ninth body has been found in the wreckage of the Clutha pub in Glasgow after Friday’s helicopter crash. The BBC’s Scotland correspondent, Colin Blane, reports; plus Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s deputy first minister, discusses.
The government is continuing to announce changes to green levies. Andrew Warren, director at the Association for the Conservation of Energy, explains; and energy secretary Ed Davey gives his view.
Colin Firth plays a former prisoner of war in the upcoming adaptation of Eric Lomax's memoir The Railway Man. The actor speaks to the Today programme’s Sarah Montague about Lomax, following his death last year.
Prime Minister David Cameron is making his first official visit to China in 3 years. The BBC’s political editor, Nick Robinson, reports; plus Kerry Brown, professor of Chinese politics at Sydney University, and Richard Ottaway, chair of the foreign affairs select committee, analyse.
The winner of the Turner Prize is set to be announced on Monday. The BBC’s arts editor, Will Gompertz, reports live.
Business news with Simon Jack, discussing businesses started by former military personnel with Nigel Ashfield, managing director at Time Investments.
Police in England and Wales are being urged to be more proactive in the way they deal with allegations of rape. Deputy assistant commissioner Martin Hewitt, and Katie Russell, spokesperson for Rape Crisis, examine.
A new study published in Nature Neuroscience, which has shown that mice taught to fear a certain smell could pass that fear onto their offspring, has implications for our understanding of the 'nature vs nurture' debate. Dr Nessa Carey, author of The Epigenetics Revolution, and Prof Marcus Pembrey, emeritus professor of paediatric genetics, debate.