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- Vacancies in the UK job market rose at their fastest rate for 15 years in November. Kate Shoesmith, the head of policy at the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, analyses.
- Swiss private banks have got until today to declare whether or not they're going to sign up to a transparency agreement. The BBC’s Geneva correspondent, Imogen Foulkes, discusses.
- German Chancellor Angela Merkel is set to sign a deal that will see the conservative Christian Democrats in a grand coalition government with the country's main centre-left Social Democrat party. Christian Schulz, senior economist at German Berenberg Bank, examines the economic effects.
Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter are warning US President Barack Obama, along with other governments, that internet snooping has gone too far. Sir Malcolm Rifkind, the chair of Parliament's intelligence and Security Committee, analyses.
Hundreds of thousands of people have taken to the streets in the Ukrainian capital Kiev, calling for the resignation of the government for refusing a deal on closer ties with the European Union. The BBC’s Moscow correspondent Steve Rosenberg, reports.
The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith will face fresh questions from MPs over the scale of delays to the government's flagship welfare reform, when he appears before a Commons committee. Rachel Reeves, shadow work and pensions secretary, speaks to presenter James Naughtie.
Business news with Simon Jack. The latest “business confidence” barometer shows that confidence among UK businesses is at its highest level for 10 months. Peter Hemington, a partner at accountancy firm BDO, discusses.
Figures obtained by the BBC show that some patients have been kept in ambulances for six hours before being admitted to hospital. Aruni Sen, an accident and emergency consultant at Wrexham, examines the findings.
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World leaders are preparing to take part in a memorial service for Nelson Mandela, followed by a state funeral on Sunday. The Today programme’s Mike Thomson reports on what the former president’s passing will mean for the future of South Africa.
Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.
The work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith will face fresh questions from MPs over the scale of delays to the government's flagship welfare reform, when he appears before a Commons committee. Iain Duncan Smith speaks to the Today programme's James Naughtie.
Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Twitter are warning US President Barack Obama, along with other governments, that internet snooping has gone too far. Brad Smith, the general counsel at Microsoft, and Kent Walker, the general counsel at Google, discuss.
In recent years the ANC, South Africa’s ruling party, have faced allegations of corruption. Ronnie Kasrils, one of the country’s most prominent anti-apartheid campaigners, and Pravin Gordhan, South Africa's finance minister, debate.
Some patients are facing long waits in ambulances outside A&E departments, with one case involving a delay of more than six hours, figures show. Aruni Sen, an accident and emergency consultant at Wrexham, speaks to James Naughtie.
The National Crime Agency says six people are in custody after the Sun on Sunday reported claims of sport-fixing in football. Clarke Carlisle, former chairman of the Professional Footballers’ Association, and Mark Palios, former FA chief executive, discuss.
Business news with Simon Jack. A new supermarket in Barnsley is aimed directly at people on low incomes and in receipt of certain benefits. Sarah Dunwell, director of social affairs at Company Shop, explains.
Peter Higgs, the man who first predicted the existence of the Higgs Boson particle, will pick up his Nobel Prize in Stockholm this week… yet much of our universe remains a mystery. The Today programme’s Tom Feilden reports.
The new villain in series three of US drama Homeland is an Iranian intelligence officer named Majid Javadi and the focus of the programme has switched from the Arab world to Iran. Lord Michael Dobbs, author of House of Cards, and Azadeh Moaveni, a journalist and author, discuss whether it matters the plot has stopped mirroring the reality of real world events.