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The paper review.
Two patients with progressive blindness have regained some of their sight after taking part in the trial of a new gene therapy in Oxford. The BBC’s Pallab Ghosh finds out more.
Business news with Simon Jack.
- Karl Koehler, European chief executive of Tata Steel, looks at the importance of foundation industries to the UK economy.
- Oil giant BP has just published its big picture outlook for energy over the next 20 years. Its chief economist Christof Rühl discusses its findings.
- A new rating agency, the ARC, is being launched today. Uwe Bott, chief rating officer, explains.
Cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, former US defence secretary Robert Gates has warned. The BBC’s Jonathan Beale explains.
A paedophile ring which streamed live child abuse from the Philippines over the internet has been broken up after an operation by UK police and their counterparts in Australia and the US. The BBC’s Angus Crawford brings us the latest.
Engineers from the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management suggest that flooding can be avoided by deliberately creating a flood somewhere else. The BBC’s Roger Harrabin investigates.
The paper review.
The BBC’s Sean Curran brings us news from Yesterday in Parliament.
The Today programme’s Mishal Husain speaks to President of the European Parliament Martin Schulz about a year ahead that includes European elections.
An 84-year-old detainee at the Harmondsworth immigration removal centre, who was declared unfit for detention, died in handcuffs, a report has discovered. Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, speaks to presenter Mishal Husain.
Oil giant BP has just published its big picture outlook for energy over the next 20 years. Its chief economist Christof Rühl discusses his views on reducing carbon emissions.
The BBC’s Matthew Price looks at the reaction across Europe to the UK’s immigration debate, amid accusations of racism from Bulgaria and Romania.
The Lib Dems say they will not be taking disciplinary action against Lord Rennard over sexual harassment claims. Alison Smith, one of the women to accuse Lord Rennard of misconduct, and Lord Carlile QC, legal representative to Lord Rennard, discuss the issue.
The paper review.
Soaring temperatures have halted matches at the Australian Open tennis tournament, as a report warns that the country will see hotter heatwaves. Stephen Yarwood, Lord Mayor of Adelaide, speaks to presenter Mishal Husain.
Thought for the Day, with theologian and writer Vicky Beeching.
The Channel 4 show Benefits Street has been accused by critics of unleashing a ‘tidal wave of hate' against those whose lives appear on camera. The BBC’s Bob Walker discovers more; plus Kieran Smith, creative director of the production company behind the show, analyses the show’s reaction.
Cuts to the UK's armed forces will limit the country's ability to be a major player on the world stage, former US defence secretary and author of Duty: Memoirs of a Secretary at War, Robert Gates has warned. Mr Gates explains, before former defence secretary Liam Fox speaks to presenter Sarah Montague.
Psychiatrists who recruited more than 500 comedians to take part in a study, have noted that comedians often have an unusual personality structure. Prof Gordon Claridge, who conducted the research, and Susan Murray, a comedian who took part, debate.
A paedophile ring which streamed live child abuse from the Philippines over the internet has been broken up after an operation by UK police and their counterparts in Australia and the US. The BBC’s Angus Crawford reports; plus Stephanie McCourt from the National Crime Agency discusses the investigation.
The number of UK homes sold per surveyor has more than doubled since the depth of the housing market downturn, a survey suggests. Peter Bolton King, global residential director at Rics, explores its findings.
Half the entire population of Syria is now in urgent need of humanitarian aid, according to the UN secretary general, Ban Ki-Moon. The BBC’s James Robbins takes a close look at the situation.