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

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Wed 13 Jan 2016 06:00

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United Nations relief co-ordinator Yacoub El Hillo has warned that many more people will starve to death in towns across Syria unless both pro-government and rebel forces lift their sieges. The BBC's Mike Thomson spoke to Lyad, a 24 year-old man in the town of Foua in northern Syria that's been besieged by rebel forces since March last year.


NHS England has apologised to thousands of patients who have had operations or hospital appointments cancelled because of a strike by junior doctors. Nick Hulme is chief executive of Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust.


A suspected member of the Islamic State (IS) group killed 10 people, at least nine of them German tourists, in a suicide bomb attack in the Turkish city of Istanbul yesterday. Sinan Ulgen is former Turkish diplomat and head of the Istanbul foreign policy think-tank Edam.


The Law Commission is announcing today that new tests should be introduced to assess whether a defendant facing criminal charges is mentally fit to stand trial. Professor David Ormerod QC is law commissioner for the Criminal Law.


UK manufacturers have suffered a further setback after figures were published yesterday covering November last year. Rain Newton-Smith is director of Economics at the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) and Rupert Harrison is chief macro strategist at Black Rock and former chief of staff to George Osborne.


NHS England has apologised to thousands of patients who have had operations or hospital appointments cancelled because of a strike by junior doctors. Chris Hopson is ‎chief executive at NHS Providers, the body which represents NHS Trusts, and Dr Mark Porter is council chair of the BMA.


This year marks the 250th anniversary of the Bristol Old Vic - one of the oldest working theatres in the world. The theatre will also give audiences a chance to experience productions in the way that eighteenth century theatre-goers did. The BBC’s Jon Kay has been behind the scenes.


Police in Sweden have denied trying to cover up complaints of sexual assaults, carried out by young migrants, at teenage music festivals in Stockholm in the past two years. Anders Bolling is a reporter at the newspaper Dagens Nyheter which broke the story and Paula Bieler is a Sweden Democrat MP and the party’s spokesperson for integration and equality for women.


President Obama has delivered his final State of the Union address to a joint session of Congress. The BBC’s North America editor Jon Sopel reports and we hear from congressmen Bruce Westerman, an Arkansas Republican, and Seth Moulton, a Massachusetts Democrat.


This week a new exhibition opens in London which continues Annie Leibovitz’ Women project, updating the series exploring female identity with portraits of "people she really admires", including the transgender former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner. We speak live to Ms Leibovitz.


The chancellor of Oxford University, Lord Patten, has defended its historical relationship with Cecil Rhodes. We speak live to Lord Patten.


NHS England has apologised to thousands of patients who have had operations or hospital appointments cancelled because of a strike by junior doctors. David Rees is Labour assembly member and chair of the Health and Social Care Committee in the Welsh government.


Victims of crime are not being properly supported by the Crown Prosecution Service, according to the watchdog her Majesty’s Crown Prosecution Service Inspectorate. Martin Goldman is the chief crown prosecutor for Yorkshire and Humberside.


Tonight it is the turn of Channel 5 to make us think hard about our relationship with alcohol. In My Name Is... And I'm an Alcoholic tonight eight recovering alcoholics speak directly to the camera about their relationship with booze. Speaking live from the studio is David Yelland, the former editor of The Sun and one of the recovering alcoholics who speak on the programme, and Adrian Anthony Gill, whose recent memoir Pour Me tackles his own problems with alcohol.

All subject to change.


  • Wed 13 Jan 2016 06:00

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