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Wed 15 Mar 2017 06:00

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An oil tanker has been hijacked by suspected pirates off the coast of Somalia. Reports suggest it is the first such hijacking in the region in five years. Gerry Northwood is chief operating officer at MAST, the maritime risk management consultancy, and former Royal Navy counter-piracy commander.


You may have seen male banana fiddler crabs, on nature documentaries, waving their brightly coloured giant claw to catch a female's attention, but scientists have now studied their drumming signal as well. Dr Sophie Mowles is a lecturer in behavioural ecology at Anglia Ruskin University.


Donald Trump earned more than $150 million in the year 2005 but paid just a small percentage of that in regular federal income taxes. Betsy Mccaughey is a former economic advisor to the Trump campaign.


Some Conservative MPs are furious at their own party about the way its handled allegations about election expenses. Today’s Ross Hawkins reports.


Voters are due to go to the polls across the Netherlands in a closely watched general election. The BBC’s Europe correspondent, Gavin Lee, reports.


Are we ready for driverless cars? A report into Driverless cars by the House of Lords Science and Technology Committee claims the Government suggests we may not be. Professor Paul Newman is a BP professorial fellow in information engineering at the University of Oxford and founder of Oxbotica and Steve Gooding is director of the RAC Foundation.


There's been a record number of incidents of identity theft, according to the fraud prevention organisation CIFAS. It says there were over 170,000 incidents in 2016. Mike Haley is deputy-chief executive of CIFAS.


East African nations on the brink of famine are facing ‘the worst humanitarian crisis since WW2’ according to the United Nations. Andrew Harding is the BBC’s Africa correspondent and Saleh Saeed is chief executive of the Disasters Emergency Committee.


An investigation for this programme has found that lorry drivers moving goods for IKEA and other retailers across Europe are camping out in their cabs for months at a time - because they can't afford to live in the countries they're working in. The Eastern European drivers are receiving pay rates for their home countries - despite working in more expensive nations such as Germany and Denmark. 


Germany's justice minister is proposing fines of up to 50 million euros ($53 million) for social networking sites that fail to swiftly remove illegal content, such as hate speech or defamatory ``fake news.'' James Blessing is a chair of The Internet Service Providers’ Association


The European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill has cleared its hurdles in the Commons and Lords and is awaiting Royal Assent. Lord Ricketts is a former Permanent Secretary to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2006-2010).


The Supreme court rules later on whether the Court of Appeal was right to award inheritance money to a daughter, who'd become estranged from her mother. Clive Coleman is the BBC’s legal correspondent,


This year marks a hundred years since the Russian revolution. Robert Service is a professor of Russian history at St Antony's College, Oxford. His book ‘Last of the Tsars: Nicholas II and the Russian Revolution’ was published this month.  Catherine Merridale is a writer and historian, whose latest book, ‘Lenin on the Train’, is out in paperback next month.


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