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Thu 14 Apr 2016 06:00

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Are current rules and laws strong enough to online abuse and trolling? Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh – the national police chiefs’ lead on digital crime – says existing laws are fragmented and not fit for purpose.


New research claims that dieting for a year enables people to keep the weight off for good. Signe Sorensen Torekov is associate professor of biomedical sciences at the University of Copenhagen.


Shareholders at the annual General Meeting of BP are being urged to reject the pay package of the oil giant's chief executive Bob Dudley. Speaking on the programme is Steffan Stern, director of the High Pay Centre.


Jeremy Corbyn will make his first major intervention in the EU referendum this morning with a speech saying his party "overwhelmingly" believes the country's best interests are served by remaining in the EU. Reporting from Colchester is the BBC’s political correspondent, Ross Hawkins.


The culture secretary John Whittingdale learnt that his girlfriend was a sex worker when he was told by a newspaper. And yet that newspaper and others didn't then publish the story. Speaking on the programme is Roger Alton, a former executive editor of the Times.


A video sent to the Nigerian government by the Islamist group Boko Haram appears to prove that some of the 276 girls kidnapped two years ago in the town of Chibok are still alive. Speaking on the programme is Adaobi Tricia Nwaubani, Nigerian author and #bringbackourgirls activist, and Dapo Oyewole, former advisor to the Nigerian government


Robert De Niro's Tribeca Film Festival kicked off last night with an opening documentary called First Monday in May set mostly within the confines of New York's prestigious Metropolitan Museum of Art. From New York, Tom Brook reports.

Jeremy Corbyn will finally put his toe into the EU referendum debate this morning with his first major speech of the campaign. Speaking on the programme is Hilary Benn, shadow foreign secretary.

Shareholders at the annual General Meeting of BP are being urged to reject the pay package of the oil giant's chief executive Bob Dudley. Speaking on the programme is Ashley Hamilton Claxton, corporate governance manager at Royal London and a BP Shareholder and John Purcell, executive headhunter at Purcell and Co.


The Zika virus has been confirmed as the cause of the microcephaly birth defect. Given that women are advised to not give have children for two years following possible Zika exposure, is it time the Catholic Church allowed the use of contraception in the deeply religious countries where the virus is present? We have been speaking to Dr Danelia Cardona, a doctor in Colombia who is also the director of the Pro-Life Department of the Catholic Bishops Conference.


A report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration, David Bolt, has criticised the use of search dogs at Manchester Airport. Speaking on the programme is Stuart Phillips from BWY Canine, a leading specialist in detection dogs, and has brought his dog.


Britain's foreign aid budget now accounts for £1 in every £7 given by rich countries. A global study shows the 28 leading industrialised nations handed out £86bn between them last year. Speaking on the programme is Jonathan Foreman, senior research fellow at the think tank Civitas and author of 'Aiding and Abetting: Foreign Aid failures and the 0.7% Deception'.


A campaign to recruit more part-time soldiers has branded younger people a "nation of timewasters". The Army is launching a £1million campaign to persuade them they'd be better off becoming a part time soldier to learn new skills. Speaking on the programme is Major General John Crackett, the most senior reservist of the British Armed Forces. 


Vote Leave has been designated as the official Leave campaign in the EU referendum. says they’re considering a legal challenge. Speaking on the programme is John Mills, deputy chair of Vote Leave and chair of Labour Leave.


The world’s largest health imaging study is launched today. The study will carry out MRI scans on 100,000 people in the UK. Speaking on the programme is Professor Paul Matthews, chair of the UK Biobank Imaging Expert Working Group.


There has been a lot of press coverage this week about the extent of online abuse and trolling.  Are current rules and laws strong enough to tackle this sort of crime? Speaking on the programme is Maria Miller, Conservative former culture secretary and equalities minister and Nicola Brookes, victim of online abuse who won a landmark legal case against Facebook.

All subject to change.



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