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

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Thu 28 Jan 2016 06:00

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An analysis of 70 trials of the most common antidepressants - involving more than 18,000 people - has found they doubled the risk of suicide and aggressive behaviour in children. Speaking live on the programme is Professor Shirley Reynolds from Reading University.  


Teachers’ views on what makes a good personal statement can be very different from those of Russell Group university admissions tutors. We speak live to Dr Steve Jones from Manchester University and co-author of the Sutton Trust report.


The European Commission is expected to announce new measures this morning to prevent tax avoidance companies across the EU. Speaking on the programme is EU Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager.


How can we stop older people going into hospital unnecessarily? And how can we ensure elderly people that do go into hospital are discharged as soon as they are ready to go home? Speaking live on the programme is Professor Tom Downes consultant geriatrician at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals.


Serial killer Levi Bellfield has admitted abducting, raping and killing 13-year-old Milly Dowler for the first time, according to Surrey Police. Speaking live on the programme is Rose Dixon, chief executive of the charity After Murder and Manslaughter.


The government has stopped short of accepting Labour and the Liberal Democrat's proposal of resettling 3,000 refugee children in the UK from mainland Europe, although the government will now resettle more under 18s from the war torn areas around Syria. Speaking live in the studio is Kirsty McNeill, Campaigns Director at Save the Children.


British tennis player Johanna Konta has lost her semi-finals of the Australian Open. Speaking live on the programme is Roberto Forzoni a sports psychologist who's coached Johanna Konta and BBC’s tennis broadcaster Sue Barker.


BBC Wales has found that the average waiting lists in nearly all of the main categories in the Welsh NHS last year were longer than they were in England. Speaking on the programme is Deputy Minister for Health Vaughan Gething and BBC’s correspondent Hywel Griffith.


The European Commission is expected to announce new measures this morning to prevent tax avoidance across the EU. We speak to Former Labour chair of the Public Accounts Committee Dame Margaret Hodge and Tax Policy Director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation John Cullinane.


It's the perfect day for the publication of a new novel from Julian Barnes. January 28th was the day that changed the life of the central character in the story. The struggle of artist to be free and why it matters in any society is the subject of Julian Barnes's novel The Noise of Time. Jim Naughtie has been talking to him.


The carcasses of three sperm whales washed up on the east coast have been taken to landfill sites overnight. The whales were found on the Lincolnshire coast over the weekend, two at Gibraltar Point, another in nearby Skegness. BBC’s Victoria Holland reports.


There's not much good news in the global economy these days, even collapsing oil prices don't seem to cheer the markets.  India is one of the few bright spots.  This vast nation is now the fastest growing large economy in the world. BBC’s Justin Rowlatt reports.


At what stage is feeling comfortable and looking like you've barely left the bedroom an acceptable way to dress in open society? Are there any lines to be drawn and what does it say about you as a parent when you turn up to your child's school nativity in flannel pyjama? BBC’s Zoe Conway reports.


Today marks 30 days since the Challenger disaster, which claimed the lives of seven astronauts. Speaking on the programme is Space Author Dr David Whitehouse and David Parker chief executive of the UK Space Agency.





All subject to change.


  • Thu 28 Jan 2016 06:00

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