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News on the aftermath of the bomb attack in Turkey and criticism of the government's refugee policy from senior legal figures. Plus Marlon Brando and Shakespeare.

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Mon 12 Oct 2015 06:00

Monday 12th October


The Port city of Odessa has become a focal point for Russia and the West's dispute over the future of Ukraine. The former Georgian President, Mikhail Saakashvili, a long-term foe of Russia's President Putin is the new governor there. Mr Saakachvili says he's on the war path to reform Odessa and stamp out corruption.

Tom Burridge is the BBC’s correspondent reporting from Odessa.


Five people, including two British RAF personnel, have been killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan. The Puma Mk2 helicopter crashed as it was landing at NATO's Resolute Support mission headquarters, Kabul. NATO has not released the nationalities of the other victims or the five left injured. A Ministry of Defence spokesman said the crash was "an accident and not the result of insurgent activity". The families of the British victims have been informed, the Ministry of Defence said.

Mary Hegar is helicopter pilot with the US Air Force National Guard.


Work is going to begin early next year to try and discover if a wreck buried in the mud of a river in Hampshire is likely to be the Holigost, a 600-year old ship that sailed to France as part of Henry V’s war fleet. An outline of the wreck was first spotted on an aerial photograph by Ian Friel in the 1980s. He's publishing a book about Henry V today and his work has led to Historic England making the decision to investigate if it really is the wreck of the Holigost.

Ian Friel is author of a new book about Henry V’s war fleet.


The UK government's response to the current refugee crisis in Europe has been 'deeply inadequate' and the offer of 20,000 resettlement places for Syrian refugees spread over five years is 'too low, too slow and too narrow'. That's according to more than three hundred lawyers, former judges and Law Lords who have signed a statement calling on the government to take urgent action.

Catriona Jarvis is retired judge of the Upper Tribunal.


Saturday's twin bombing in Ankara killed at least 95 people, making it the deadliest such attack ever. The attacks are now calling into question the longer term stability of the country - not just because of the killings - nearly a hundred people dead - but also because of the reaction of Turkey's top politicians in the immediate aftermath of the bomb attacks.  Many Turks believe that they were interested only in blaming each other - there was not much in the way of a national sense of mourning and togetherness.  

Elif Shafak is an author and activist.


One of the country's leading charities, Cancer Research UK, has thrown down the gauntlet to the scientific research community today offering a £100 million "Grand Challenge" to tackle the big outstanding questions holding up progress towards a cure for cancer.  In a deliberate echo of the Longitude Prize (launched in 1714 to find a way for ships to calculate their position at Sea) the money will be channelled in a series of grants over the next 5 years to scientists anywhere in the world who come up with the best proposals to advance the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of cancer.

Tom Feilden is the BBC’s Science and Environment Editor on the programme.


By law, schools must do what they can to stop pupils from being drawn into extremism. The new rules which came into force in July which mean teachers in England are now legally obliged to monitor students for possible signs of radicalisation, and take action when needed. But this statutory requirement - known as the Prevent Duty - has come under fierce criticism with some teachers arguing that it’s not their job to police young people, and that it leaves them open to accusations of discrimination.

Sima Kotecha is the Today programme’s reporter.


This week North Korea has opened its doors to journalists. It has been marking the 70th anniversary of the Workers Party. Thousands of people carrying burning torches marched in Pyongyang and made formations in the Kim il Sung Square.

Stephen Evans is the BBC’s Korea correspondent.


Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet says “the NHS is close to bankruptcy” and therefore there “isn’t a chance” that the government’s plan for 24/7 care will happen. The government says it fundamentally disagrees. Hughes-Hallett wrote a long article for the Mail on Sunday about the NHS, saying “morale is low and a culture of fear stalks its wards”. He has put his concerns in letters to the Government and to others in the Health Service. 

Sir Thomas Hughes-Hallet is Chairman of the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.


Further analysis of the bomb attack in Ankara, Turkey (see 0712).

Jeremy Bowen is the BBC’s Middle East Editor in Ankara.


There's a review being launched today into the availability of advice about money. It follows criticism of the Money Advice Service which is meant to do the job at the moment, and a promise from the government that high quality advice would be made available to all.

Tracey McDermott is acting chief executive of the Financial Conduct Authority.


‘Listen to Me Marlon’ is a new documentary portrait of the iconic Hollywood star Marlon Brando based on some 200 hours of previously unreleased audio recordings of him.

Through the decades, Brando's chronicled tape recorded his reflective thoughts, and these comments from the heart of the new film.


The MD of Volkswagen (VW) UK, Paul Willis, is due to appear before the Transport Select Committee this afternoon to answer questions about why and how VW sought to cheat emissions tests. The scandal has thrown into sharper relief the fact that diesel emissions from vehicles in general contribute towards tens of thousands of premature deaths in the UK each year.

Quentin Wilson is a motoring journalist and lead campaigner for FairFuelUK.

Doug Parr is chief scientist for Greenpeace.


The winner of the Man Booker Prize for fiction will be revealed at a ceremony at the Guildhall in London on the 13th October. In the run up to the announcement we've been talking to the six authors on the shortlist. Two of the authors nominated are British: Tom McCarthy, who's the only writer this year to have been nominated before, and Sunjeev Sahota. 

Rebecca Jones is the BBC’s arts correspondent.


Research by the NSPCC suggests more than a fifth of children referred to NHS mental health services in England are turned away. Based on FOI responses, NSPCC found nearly 40,000 children had been refused treatment, including some who'd suffered abuse. 

We speak to one man who suffered mental health issues through his childhood and early adulthood as a result of sexual abuse at the hands of his father.

Jon Brown, lead on tackling child sexual abuse for the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC).


Last week a Shakespeare Festival in Oregon, USA announced they had commissioned 'translations' of all 39 of the Bard's plays into "contemporary English" in an effort to make them more accessible to the American public. The inevitable academic and social media backlash ensued in both the US and UK.

Andrew Dickson is author of 'Worlds Elsewhere: Journeys Around Shakespeare's Globe.'

Greg Doran is the Artistic Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company.


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