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Wed 17 Feb 2016 06:00

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Europe is half-way through a week of frantic bilaterals and negotiations as it awaits the start of tomorrow’s crucial summit. There have been meetings of European parliamentary groupings, talks between the European Council President and David Cameron, and then there is the European Commission too. Confused? The BBC’s chief correspondent Matthew Price provides a process explainer of how the EU institutions fit together.


A recent estimate from the National Audit Office said that failed IT schemes had cost the NHS £10 billion - with nothing to show for it. The think tank the Nuffield Trust has published a report today saying that rather than some big overarching scheme, doctors should use more technology in their everyday dealings with patients. Nigel Edwards is the chief executive of Nuffield Trust - who helped write today's report on digital health care.


The campaign group Action on Sugar have said that there is "dangerously" high sugar content in some flavoured coffees and other hot drinks. Kawther Hashem is a nutritionist and researcher for Action on Sugar.


In 36 hours’ time we should have found out whether David Cameron has got the reforms he needs to call a referendum on Britain’s membership of the EU. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor.


Fewer than half of nurseries will be able to offer extended free childcare planned by the government, the National Day Nurseries Association has warned. Purnima Tanuku is chief executive of the National Day Nurseries Association.


On a visit to the Falkland Islands Michael Fallon confirmed that the Ministry of Defence would spend £180 million on improving the defences of the Falklands over the next decade. He talked of hopes of improving relations with Argentina but claimed that the greatest threat to the future of the Islands came from the Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. The BBC’s defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports.


High levels of violence, regular assaults on staff and increasing levels of self-harm have been found in an inspection at Leicester prison. Frances Crook is chief executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform.


A London teacher has reached the top ten finalists in the annual Global Teacher Prize - with a potential cash award of £1 million. Speaking live on the programme is Colin Hegarty, the finalist who is a maths teacher at Preston Manor School in Wembley.


The UN will attempt to start to deliver aid to some of the half a million people living in besieged parts of Syria this morning. The BBC’s Lina Sinjab reports and we hear from Stephen O'Brien, United Nations' Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs.


Until now, the response to domestic abuse has always been on the victim to leave, but for the first time the focus will shift to working with the most high-risk perpetrators of the abuse, not the victims. We hear from Rachel Williams, whose husband Darrell subjected her to years of domestic abuse before shooting her and then killing himself. Also speaking is Diana Barran, CEO of charity SafeLives which is launching the Drive initiative and Mike Bedford, manager of the Domestic Violence Perpetrators' Programme at Splitz, an independent charity.


It's a big year for golf - the sport is back in the Olympics for the first time in over a 100 years. And yet, since a boom in the 1990s, golf has been struggling with a drop in the numbers playing and courses closing. Today’s Rob Bonnet has been to a public course in south London that is threatened with closure.


The UN will attempt to start to deliver aid to some of the half a million people living in besieged parts of Syria this morning. Janine Di Giovanni is a war reporter and author of The Morning They Came for Us - Dispatches from Syria.


Police should change their approach to allegations of sex abuse and not automatically believe the complainant, according to Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe. In 1982 Roger Graef's documentary for the BBC called A Complaint of Rape prompted the police to change the way they dealt with rape, as it highlighted the way women were often not taken seriously. Speaking live in the studio is Roger Graef.


The Scottish Government has set out its policy position on the renewal of the BBC's Royal Charter. Steve Hewlett is presenter of Radio 4’s The Media Show.


A major international study ranks England 13th out of 16 countries when it comes to children’s life satisfaction. Jonathan Bradshaw is a professor of social policy at the University of York who co-edited the report.


All subject to change.


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