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16/02/2016

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

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3 hours

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Tue 16 Feb 2016 06:00

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0650

Raising a child together has a greater effect on your immune system than anything else – including the seasonal flu vaccine or travellers' gastroenteritis. Dr Michelle Linterman is a researcher at the Babraham Institute who worked on the report.

0655

The Nigerian girls who were kidnapped by the radical Islamist group Boko Haram are facing increasing mistrust and hostility by their families and wider communities since their return after escaping. Speaking live on the programme is Kim Toogood, peacebuilding advisor for International Alert in Nigeria and lead researcher and author of the report on the issue.

0710

David Cameron continues his efforts to get agreement on his Europe deal in Brussels this morning. Speaking on the programme is Katya Adler, the BBC’s Europe editor.

0715

Syria's President, Bashar Al-Assad, has cast doubt on whether a ceasefire proposed for later this week can be implemented. Dr Peter Salama is UNICEF regional director for the Middle East and North Africa.

0720

Police in Australia say they've seized one of their biggest ever hauls of illegal drugs. Hundreds of millions of pounds of liquid methamphetamine was discovered concealed in a consignment of women's bras. We speak live to Jessica Kidd, Police and crime reporter for ABC News in Sydney.

0725

Hundreds of houses which were meant to be built for old people or people with learning disabilities have been delayed or scrapped altogether following a government decision to cut housing benefit. The BBC’s social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan reports.

0730

The NHS has started an investigation after pictures emerged showing "exhausted" medics at a 111 call centre seemingly asleep on duty. Gisela Stuart is MP for Birmingham Edgbaston and former Labour health minister who set up and launched NHS Direct (the predecessor to the 111 service).

0740

The Grammy Awards ceremony, the biggest night in the American music calendar, is getting underway in Los Angeles. Peter Bowes is the BBC’s LA correspondent.

0750

David Cameron continues his efforts to get agreement on his Europe deal in Brussels this morning. Tomas Prouza is the Czech Europe minister and Syed Kamall is MEP for London and chairman of the European Conservatives and Reformists Group.

0810

Syria's President, Bashar Al-Assad, has cast doubt on whether a ceasefire proposed for later this week can be implemented. We have been hearing from Chris Hill, US diplomat and former US ambassador in the Middle East and live on the programme is Andrew Mitchell, former Secretary of State for International Development and Sir William Patey, former UK ambassador to Iraq.

0820

Today BBC3 begins the process of switching over to become an online-only service. Speaking live on the programme is Frankie Leach, a 19-year-old student at Manchester University, and Amin Aboushagor, a 21-year-old student at Keele University.

0830

Peter Tatchell has accused a student leader of smearing him with false accusations of racism and transphobia as part of a “McCarthy-style” witch-hunt. Mr Tatchell lead a discussion, called Re-Radicalising Queers? Should we toe the line or cause a stir? at Canterbury Christ Church University. Speaking live in the studio is Jane Fae, journalist and campaigner for LGBT rights.

0840

The devastation of the floods in December destroyed some of the country's most beautiful gardens. But this year's Britain in Bloom awards hosted by the Royal Horticultural Society hopes to put a smile back on the face of those keen gardeners with a new category for flood victims. The BBC’s Scotland correspondent Colin Blane reports from Aberdeen.

0850

Panorama last night reported on a relationship Pope John Paul II had with a female married scholar who “fell in love with him”. We know the Pope never broke his vow of celibacy but it raises the question of celibacy in the modern church. Speaking live on the programme is Father Alexander Lucie-Smith, Catholic priest and consulting editor at the Catholic Herald, and Caroline Farrow, columnist for the Catholic Universe and wife of a Catholic priest.

 

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