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Thu 7 Jan 2016 06:00

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The International Committee of the Red Cross is concerned about a 'dire' situation in the rebel-controlled Syrian village of Madaya, where government and opposition forces are preventing access for food and humanitarian aid. Abeer Etefa is from the WFP aid agency.


Because prostate cancer treatment often involves medical castration (sometimes permanently) there is a great deal of interest in controlling the disease in alternative ways. Dr Liam Bourke is the principal research fellow on the trial at Sheffield Hallam University.


George Osborne will warn of a "dangerous cocktail" of economic risks for 2016 in a speech he will give in Cardiff later today. Kamal Ahmed is the BBC’s Economics editor.


The UN Security Council says it will begin work immediately on new measures against North Korea, after Pyongyang said it had tested a hydrogen bomb. We have been hearing from Christopher Hill, head of US delegation to the Six Party Talks on the North Korean nuclear issue and former US Ambassador to South Korea.


Should patients be charged for seeing their GP? Would it help alleviate the funding pressures on the NHS? This is the subject of a debate published in the British Medical Journal today. Andrew Haldenby is director of the think tank Reform and Dr Nancy Poader is a GP from Suffolk who argues against charging in the BMJ today.


The former Environment Secretary Owen Paterson will give a speech later today making the case that farmers will be better off if the UK makes the decision to leave the EU. We have been hearing from Richard Clothier, the managing director of Wyke Farms, and we speak to Owen Paterson, former Environment secretary.


The England cricketer Steven Finn complained during the recent Test match in South Africa that he couldn't 'see the ball' as it was hurtling towards him because of the colours in the crowd. Speaking on the programme is Daily Telegraph columnist Jim White.


Research for the Local Government Association shows a record number of homes have planning permission granted but are waiting to be built. Sima Kotecha reports from a building site in West London and live on the programme is LGA spokesperson on planning Ed Turner and deputy chairman of the Home Builders Federation Peter Andrew.


George Osborne will warn of a "dangerous cocktail" of economic risks for 2016 in a speech he will give in Cardiff later today. Speaking live from the studio is George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer.


The 10-part Netflix documentary series Making a Murderer, which casts doubt on the legal process in the case of convicted killers Steven Avery and his then-teenage nephew Brendan Dassey, has prompted celebrities to armchair sleuths to flood online message boards and Twitter feeds. Speaking on the programme is Jerry Buting, defence attorney for Steven Avery and one of the key protagonists in the documentary.


A year ago today 12 people were shot dead at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris.  We have been speaking to Gerard Biard, editor-in-chief of Charlie Hebdo.


More heavy rain is due on Thursday affecting areas already devastated by flooding. Claire Marshall speaks to a Cumbrian sheep farmer whose flock drowned in the floods and Professor Alan Jenkins is deputy director of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology.


Caroline Pidgeon is another candidate for London Mayor who lists housing as one of her priorities. How realistic are her housing policies? Speaking live from the studio is Caroline Pidgeon, leader of the Liberal Democrats in the London Assembly.


In the final chapter of his new book The Prose Factory, the author D.J. Taylor says that the biggest change in the literary world over the last century is the rise of creative writing MAs and the employment of novelists and poets to teach them. Speaking on the programme is Mr Taylor himself and novelist Andrew Cowan, who is director of the MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia.


All subject to change.


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