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Thu 22 Oct 2015 06:00

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This year alone, more than 3,000 people have died trying to cross the Mediterranean, and this has led to a military operation started two weeks ago intended to target the criminal networks that smuggle these migrants. Our reporter Ed Thomas has visited the Italian Navy's Cavour flagship aircraft carrier from which that operation is coordinated.


A clinical trial is going to investigate whether taking aspirin every day could stop some cancers from coming back. We hear from Professor Ruth Langley, chief investigator of the Medical Research Council Clinical Trials Unit at UCL.


The Home Secretary, Theresa May, is challenging police in England and Wales to increase the ethnic diversity of their workforce after her department produced figures showing that four forces have no black African-Caribbean officers in their ranks. We hear from Franstine Jones, president of the National Black Police Association.


A growing number of Conservatives have come out in favour of easing changes to tax credits. Speaking on the programme is Lord Lawson, former Conservative chancellor.


The British Library has acquired the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company’s archive and ‘saved it for the nation’. Joining us live in the studio is Kathryn Johnson, curator of Theatre Archives and Manuscripts at the British Library.


Earlier this week the German chancellor Angela Merkel travelled to Turkey to discuss how to control the flood of migrants crossing Turkey from Syria. Our economics editor Robert Peston is there looking at instability in the country.


The new James Bond film, Spectre, is released in the UK on Monday, but the first preview screenings took place last night. Joining us live in the studio are film critics Catherine Bray and Peter Bradshaw.


There’s said to be frustration at the slow pace of progress towards agreement at the climate negotiations in Bonn. We hear from environment analyst  Roger Harrabin, and Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.


In the course of the debate leading up to the Scottish independence referendum the government has promised to reform the Commons to cope with the changes brought on by devolution. We hear from Chris Grayling, leader of the Commons, and Pete Wishart, shadow leader of the house on the Scottish Nationalist benches.


The author of the cult-hit Shantaram said he was retiring before the recent publication of his follow-up novel, The Mountain Shadow. Our Arts Editor Will Gompertz asks if stepping out of the limelight is a good or bad for sales in our age of communication.


The new Chair of the Wellcome Trust, Eliza Manningham-Buller, is launching a new direction for the organisation today. Speaking live in the studio is Baroness Manningham-Buller in her first interview as the new chair.


Hillary Clinton appears before a congressional committee today to face questions on an issue that has become an emblem of the partisan divide in Washington : the attack on the American mission in Benghazi in Libya in 2012 that killed the ambassador and three others. We spoke to our North America correspondent, Jon Sopel, about why today's hearing had assumed such importance.


Pauline Cafferkey, the nurse who contracted ebola in West Africa, is now expected to make a full - albeit slow - recovery after the virus was discovered to have lingered in her brain. We have been speaking to another survivor, Dr Ian Crozier - he contracted ebola in Sierra Leone last year and was treated in the United States.


A rare insight into the sweep of West African culture is on show at the British Library in London in an exhibition that has opened this week called 'Word, Symbol and Song'. James Naughtie went to see the exhibition with Wole Soyinka, Nigerian winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.


All subject to change.


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