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Sat 21 Jan 2017 07:00

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President Donald Trump has painted a bleak picture of a broken country after being sworn in as US president pledging that his presidency would bring about change. the BBC’s James Naughtie reports.


Right-wing populist parties will gather for a meeting today in Germany under the umbrella of the Europe of Nations and Freedom group . The Chair of the anti-immigration party Alternative for Germany, Frauke Petry, France’s far-right National Front party leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right Party for Freedom leader Geert Wilders are all expected to attend. Jenny Hill reports.


A record number of prisoners are killing themselves. New figures to be published next week are expected to confirm that the suicide rate has almost doubled over five years. A jury at the inquest of an inmate at Chelmsford Prison who committed suicide by electrocution, has found that neglect and budgetary constraints were contributing factors. Charlotte Haworth-Hird is the solicitor who represented his family and Juliet Lyon is Chair of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody.


Britain is heading for a hard Brexit. Theresa May confirmed that this week in her first major speech on the subject. Out of the single market and customs union and free to make trade deals with the rest of the world. Australia is one country that wants to make a free trade deal and quickly, Alexander Downer is the Australian High Commissioner to London.


President Donald Trump has painted a bleak picture of a broken country after being sworn in as US president pledging that his presidency would bring about change. Jim Naughtie  reports from Washington and we hear from North America editor Jon Sopel.


President Donald Trump told Americans that their nation is in a mess and "this carnage stops right here."  That means boosting economic growth but an aggressive America first policy on trade that might reduce growth in the long term. Radoslaw Sikorski is Poland's former minister of Foreign Affairs, Sir Peter Torry is the UK's ambassador to Germany and Dr Karin Von Hippel is the Director General of RUSI.


A headmistress who threatened to buy technology to block the local 4G mobile phone signal because she was wanted to clamp down on pupils getting distracted by social media in the classroom, has been overruled by the communications regulator, Ofcom and North Yorkshire County Council who say it is illegal and could disrupt emergency radio signals. Gregg Davies, Headmaster at Shiplake College in Henley and Kathy Crewe-Read, Headteacher at Wolverhampton Grammar School.

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