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07/02/2015

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

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Sat 7 Feb 2015 07:00

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0710
The parents of the US hostage Kay Mueller, who Islamic State militants say was killed by a Jordanian air strike in Syria have asked the group to make contact with them. They've said they believe she is still alive and are urging the militants to treat her as a "guest". 

0712
The Kremlin says there have been 'constructive talks' with Germany and France over the Ukraine crisis. Today’s chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet is at the security conference in Munich where the talks are taking place.

0715
Ed Miliband has said UK overseas territories and crown dependencies will be put on an international blacklist unless they agree to be more transparent about who is benefiting from their tax status.

0716
Labour's education spokesman says he meant 'no offence to nuns' after his appearance on Question Time on BBC1 in a discussion about unqualified teachers. 

0720
A group of senior Conservative Lords has challenged a move to set a minimum amount that must be spent on international aid.   The former Chancellor, Lord Lawson said the bill was gesture politics.   

0724
The "Internet of Things" is being discussed as the next big idea which will transform our lives - with everything from phones to fridges and cars being put online to gather information. But how about putting sheep on the web? A team of researchers in North Wales are planning to do that, but why?
0735
The man who was Britain's most senior officer in NATO until last year, General Sir Richard Shireff, described the Prime Minister as "a foreign policy irrelevance" because he wasn't at the talks in Moscow about Ukraine. The leaders of Russia, France and Germany were there and held what they described as "constructive" talks agreeing to talk further on Saturday along with Ukraine's president. 

0750
The ombudsman says that many of the NHS investigations into allegations of avoidable harm or death are not sufficiently thorough. Dame Julie Mellor, the parliamentary and health service Ombudsman, said that she found that more than a third of one hundred investigations were 'inadequate'. 
0810
Labour and business. One of the themes of the Blair and Brown years was that a Labour government could have a constructive relationship with the business community. Now Ed Miliband is facing criticism from some business leaders and the Conservatives for taking a different approach. In the last few days, his criticism of the chief exec of Boots, and a fluff by the shadow chancellor Ed Balls on Newsnight have made it the election issue of the moment.

0830
The leaders of France, Germany and Russia have held ‘constructive’ talks in an effort to bring an end to a conflict in the Ukraine, according to a Kremlin spokesperson. The meeting ended late on Friday night with a proposal to hold further discussions including the Ukrainian premier President Poroshenko. Before the meeting, Chancellor Angela Merkel said she and President Francois Hollande were trying to maintain peace in Europe. 

0840
It's still not clear whether we should believe Islamic State's claim that an American hostage held by them was killed this week in the Jordanian air stirke. After the murder of a Jordanian pilot taken hostage, the country has demonstrated its resolve to take the fight to Islamic State. So how has the government of King Abdullah handled the crisis, and what is the view of the Jordanian population? Dr Alan George of the Middle East programme at Kings College, London, is author of Jordan: Living in the Crossfire.


0845
The film Selma, just released in this country, tells the story of one of the most tumultuous events in recent American history: the marches through the deep South in support of civil rights and an end to segregation. It is fifty years next month since the marches from Selma to Montgomery focused the attention of the world on the campaign, and the violence that was used to try to stop it. In the middle of it all was the towering figure of Martin Luther King. The editor of his papers at Stanford University, Dr Clayborn Carson, and Sheyann Webb-Christburg who took part in the three Selma marches and first met Dr King when she was 8 years old are on Today.

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