Today's running order
Both the Queen and the Prime Minister are in Germany today. David Cameron is going to talk to Chancellor Merkel about his plans to renegotiate Britain's relationship with Europe. But what do Germans think about Britain? Jenny Hill reports.
A strike in the port of Calais yesterday led to the suspension of services through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France. Striking ferry workers burned tyres, set up road blocks and blocked the train tracks. Hundreds of migrants attempted to board slow-moving lorries bound for the UK amid the chaos. Politicians on both sides of the Channel said resolving the Calais migrant crisis was the responsibility of those on the other shore. Dan Whitworth reports. Plus, Christophe Premat is French socialist MP for northern Europe.
Buckingham Palace said yesterday that Scotland would be cutting its contribution to the monarchy under the latest devolution deal. The Scottish government says that's not true. Peter Hunt is our Royal correspondent.
Since six women and three men were killed at an African American church in Charleston, there's been much talk about the symbols their killer felt represented him. There's been a lot on the confederate flag, but in recent days monuments commemorating those some see as civil war heroes, and others see as protectors of slavery, have also come under scrutiny. Aleem Maqbool reports.
Wikileaks has published documents which it says shows that the US National Security Agency spied on the French president, Francois Hollande, and his two immediate predecessors. It's alleged the surveillance took place between 2006 and 2012. Gordon Corera is security correspondent. Michael Scheuer is former CIA intelligence officer and Professor of Security Studies at Georgetown University.
Amazon has announced that self-publishing authors whose work is available from Kindle's library and membership platforms will only receive royalties for the pages of their books that are actually read. Kerry Wilkinson is the successful self-published author of the Jessica Daniel crime series. Samantha Shannon is author of The Bone Season, which was one of Amazon’s books of the year in 2013.
It is three months since a coalition led by Saudi Arabia began to bomb Yemen. The aim was to stop the advance of the Houthis, rebels who took over the capital Sanaa last September. Thousands of people have been killed since the air strikes began, and the blockade caused by the military action has had an immense impact on the civilian population. Our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.
A strike in the port of Calais yesterday led to the suspension of services through the Channel Tunnel between the UK and France. Striking ferry workers burned tyres, set up road blocks and blocked the train tracks. Hundreds of migrants attempted to board slow-moving lorries bound for the UK amid the chaos. Politicians on both sides of the Channel said resolving the Calais migrant crisis was the responsibility of those on the other shore. Paul Adams reports from Calais. James Brokenshire is minister for immigration.
A new website which helps parents swap work experience placements for their children has been criticised for potentially excluding less privileged families from the most attractive opportunities. MyInternSwap.com facilitates direct family-to-family exchanges of internships for 15- and 16-year-olds. Through the site parents are currently offering placements at HSBC, Ted Baker, a diplomats’ embassy and the Royal Navy. Nick Simmons is MyInternSwap director and creator. Jim Waterson is a Buzzfeed journalist.
The EU summit about to take place in Brussels is a big moment for David Cameron, he'll place his wish list for EU reform before EU leaders and begin the process of trying to persuade them to see his side of the argument. We've been speaking to the French economy minister Emanuel Macron, who's warned that the British cannot pick and choose only those aspects of the EU that suits them.
The English further education system, all education after the age of 19 that does not take place in a university, is failing to produce workers with the technical skills the labour market needs and leaves the government’s three million apprenticeships target “largely unfunded”, according to a report published today by Professor Baroness Alison Wolf of the Policy Institute at King’s College. We speak to her today.
A new study by a researcher at Exeter University of horse races over the past 165 years shows that horses are still getting quicker. The conclusion, published in the Royal Society's Journal, comes as a surprise to many in the racing industry who believe that racehorse speed has reached its limit. Patrick Sharman is a PHD student at the University of Exeter.
Islamic State released a video yesterday showing five captives being drowned by being locked in a metal cage and lowered into a swimming pool in Mosul, northern Iraq. The latest atrocity comes as they face an assault by Kurdish ground forces closing in on their stronghold of Raqqa in Syria. Paul Wood is our correspondent on the Syrian border. Alexander Evans is coordinator of the Al Qaida and Taliban Monitoring Team on the United Nations Security Council.
The global market for industrial and service robots is estimated to reach £38bn billion by 2020. Today, leading universities are launching a research network to make sure the UK competes in that market. Professor Guang-Zhong Yang is director of the Hamlyn Centre for Robotic Surgery at Imperial College London. Louise Dennis is research associate at the Centre for Autonomous Systems Technology at the University of Liverpool.
All subject to change.