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03/02/2016

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

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3 hours

Last on

Wed 3 Feb 2016 06:00

Today's running order


0650

There are still tens of thousands of people stranded by bad weather at the train station at Guangzhou in southern China, trying to get a train home for Chinese New year next week. The BBC’s John Sudworth reports from the station.

0655

Britain’s new high speed rail line is going to be at cost of dozens of ancient woodlands, according to campaigners from the Woodland Trust. Becky Speight is chief executive of the Woodland Trust.

0710

Today the European Parliament will discuss the UK referendum on membership of the EU, as member states digest Donald Tusk’s proposals. Sander Loones is vice chairman of the New Flemish Alliance and Sophie in ’t Veld is Dutch MEP for the Democrats 66.

0715

Working families and lone parents will be worse off in the government’s new welfare reform but Universal Credit will simplify the system and get rid of the most extreme disincentives to work, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Paul Johnson is director of the Institute of Fiscal Studies.

0720

The collapse in the price of oil has had a massive effect not only on how much it costs to fill our petrol tanks but on the world's economies. Nigeria is the biggest oil producer in in Africa and its currency has collapsed to record lows, inflation is almost 10% and the economy is now growing at its slowest pace in years. Our correspondent in Lagos is Martin Patience.

0730

Two days in, are the UN-sponsored peace talks on Syria stalling? Lord Michael Williams is the former UN envoy in the Middle East and a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Chatham House.

0740

This week Matthew Perry, who played Chandler Bing in Friends, stars in the world premiere The End of Longing – a play he wrote himself. But, as he has been telling our arts correspondent Rebecca Jones, it's not quite the change of direction you might think.

0750

Today the European Parliament will discuss the UK referendum on membership of the EU, as member states digest Donald Tusk’s proposals. Matthew Price is the BBC’s chief correspondent and Liam Fox is former defence secretary and MP for North Somerset.

0810

Since leaving the White house in 1980, Jimmy Carter, the peanut farmer from Georgia who became the President of the United States, worked to advance human rights and help eradicate diseases such as the Guinea worm that have plagued some of the world's poorest people for centuries. John Humphrys spoke to Jimmy Carter ahead of his speech at the House of Lords today.

0820

A team including five British women last week became the first all-female team and the first team of four to row the Pacific. Speaking live in our studio is Laura Penhaul, team lead with Coxless Crew and Natalia Cohen, team member with Coxless Crew.

0830

Today the European Parliament will discuss the UK referendum on membership of the EU, as member states digest Donald Tusk’s proposals. Katya Adler is the BBC’s Europe Editor and Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s Political Editor.

0835

The EU and US have agreed a new pact to make it easy for organisations to transfer data across the Atlantic. Anna Fielder is chair of Privacy International and James Waterworth is vice president of the Computer and Communications Industry Association which represents companies such as Amazon, Google, Facebook and Netflix.

0840

US health officials think a patient there may have caught the Zika virus through sexual contact, rather than from a mosquito bite. The BBC’s Mexico and Central America reporter Katy Watson is in El Salvador.

0850

Today the European Parliament will discuss the UK referendum on membership of the EU, as member states digest Donald Tusk’s proposals. Matthew Price is the BBC’s chief correspondent.

 

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