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Morning news and current affairs. Including Sports Desk, Yesterday in Parliament, Weather and Thought for the Day.

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Thu 13 Feb 2014 06:00

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Diaries

Life Inside ‘Islamic State’: Five diaries

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

Thursday's running order

With Sarah Montague and Justin Webb.

  • 13 Feb 2014 07:02:28

    What to do with legally-owned ivory?

    Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their tusks despite their being a ban on trade in ivory. Antique broker David Harper discusses what you can do legally with the ivory that you own.

  • 13 Feb 2014 08:25:14

    Programme Highlights

    Sir Martin Narey says there is ‘big variability’ in the standard of training for social workers 

  • 13 Feb 2014 06:05:41

    Provisional Running Order

    Subject to change


    Business with Simon Jack.

    -          Bank of England governor Mark Carney has overhauled the Bank's interest rate policy to reflect falling unemployment and the economic recovery. Spencer Dale, Bank of England chief economist and member of the Monetary Policy Committee, explains.

    -          Dutch and German police have arrested five people and shut down a so-called "dark internet" website as part of an investigation into online criminal marketplaces. The BBC’s Rory Cellan-Jones reports.



    Extreme weather continues across many parts of the UK. The BBC’s Dan Johnson is in Whitehaven, Cumbria, and John Maguire is in Looe in Cornwall.



    Afghanistan is preparing to release 65 detainees from Bagram detention centre despite the US condemning the decision and insisting they are "dangerous". The BBC’s David Loyn examines.



    If the Scottish people vote for independence, they will not be able to keep the pound as their currency, George Osborne will say in a speech in Edinburgh later. Today’s James Naughtie gives us the details.



    The paper review.



    Sean Curran looks at Yesterday in Parliament.



    Tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their tusks despite their being a ban on trade in ivory. Antique broker David Harper discusses what you can do legally with the ivory that you own.



    The BBC’s Hywel Griffiths is in Wales, where 100mph winds have been recorded in some places; before Phil Davies, network services manager for Western Power Distribution, and Ken Gibbs, communications manager at Virgin Trains, discuss the current situation.



    A government commissioned report into the training of children's social workers in England has severely criticised the quality of teaching at many universities.  Sir Martin Narey, who led the report, speaks to presenter Justin Webb.



    Business news with Simon Jack, looking at the financial results of Lloyds Banking Group.



    Figures obtained by the Today programme suggest that dozens of people accused of crimes including genocide and torture are living in the UK and cannot be deported - at least not any time soon. Today’s Tom Bateman reports, before speaking to Sir Geoffrey Nice QC, who led the prosecution of Slobodon Milosevic.



    The paper review.



    A new reservoir is being created outside Winchester to try to save the city from flooding. The BBC’s Jo Palmer and Environment Agency operations manager Mike O'Neil assess.



    Thought for the Day with Mona Siddiqui, professor of Islamic Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.



    The family of Abdul Waheed Majid, the British man suspected of carrying out a suicide bombing in Syria, say they have not heard from him in six days and are worried about him, but maintain he is an aid worker. Ahsan Ahmedi, regional president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association in Crawley, discusses.



    Today’s Sima Kotecha reports from Worcester, where the River Severn has reached a new record level after another day of torrential rain. Sir Brian Hoskins, a member of the Committee on Climate Change, and Lord Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer and founding chairman of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, discuss the extent to which man-made climate change is a factor in the recent extreme weather.


    Researchers at Plymouth University's Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research have begun investigating whether music and technology could help dementia sufferers to remember their daily routines. Alexis Kirke, the man behind the idea, and Alzheimer's patient Doreen Abbott discuss.


    Such is the demand for ivory that tens of thousands of elephants are killed every year for their tusks. John Scanlon, secretary-general for the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, discusses.



    Lloyds Banking Group are set to release their financial results. The BBC’s Robert Peston analyses.



    The BBC’s Chris Dennis has been to the Great Rift Valley, Kenya, to find out the benefits of training at altitude.



    Dr Chris Cornelius has just won three licences to explore for shale gas in the Irish Sea, near Blackpool, and hopes the UK could become a world leader in a new field of offshore shale gas. The BBC’s John Moylan speaks to him.

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