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Thu 16 Feb 2017 06:00

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It's the hundredth anniversary of the Women’s Royal Naval Service. To celebrate, a new exhibition will open in Portsmouth telling the stories of naval women and their contribution over the last 250 years. Victoria Ingles is the curator of the exhibition and Commander Jane Allen is the naval command representative working on the exhibition.


The meeting of NATO defence ministers continues this morning as new US defence secretary says it will moderate its commitment to the alliance if other countries don’t start spending more on defence. Raimundas Karoblis is the Lithuanian defence minister.


The Supreme Court are trying to diversify as they advertise for two Justices and the Presidency of the Court. The Justices’ are currently all white and there is only one woman. Lord Reed is a Justice of the Supreme Court.


Experts have said more than three million people across the UK could stave off infections such as colds or flu every year if they took vitamin D supplements. Professor Adrian Martineau is the lead researcher of the study from Queen Mary University of London.


When the UK leaves the EU and starts to fund itself and decide where extra help goes, what will change? Today’s Matthew Price reports from Cornwall.


This weekend fans of the Archers can delve deeper into the fictional world of Ambridge with a day devoted to the academic study of the radio drama. Charles Collingwood plays Brian Aldridge in the Archers and Cara Courage is organising the event.


On the day that US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, will meet Russia’s foreign minister, Sergey Lavrov, the Daily Mail asks if Donald Trump is right about Russia - should we try to be friends with Putin? Michael McFaul is a professor at Stanford University and was US ambassador to Moscow.


The Supreme Court judges who decided the Article 50 case and ruled against the government took quite a battering, particularly by the pro-Brexit newspapers where they were branded "enemies of the people". The president of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger, is now leaving his position. 


This summer it will be 70 years since the partition of India and a new film, Viceroy's House, tells the story of the months leading up to the event and looks at the impact it had on people’s lives. Gurinder Chada is the director of the film.


The European Commission has sent a final warning to the UK over breaches of air pollution limits. Matthew Pencharz is former deputy mayor for the environment and Jo Barnes is a senior research fellow in the air quality management resource centre at the University of the West of England. 


When the UK leaves the EU and starts to fund itself and decide where extra help goes, what will change? Today’s Matthew Price reports from Cornwall.


The Malaysian police say that a second woman has been arrested in connection with the death of Kim Jong Un's half brother in Kuala Lumpur. Hyeonseo Lee is a North Korean defector and activist.


On the programme yesterday we heard about a scientific study showing a link between brain damage in former footballers with dementia. What has the reaction to the study been? Gordon Taylor is the chairman of the Professional Footballers Association.


The Royal Court Theatre has become the first to issue a "trigger warning" to avoid distressing audience members if there is anything people may find upsetting. Are we becoming too sensitised and politically correct? Zinnie Harris is a playwright and Tim Walker is a theatre critic.


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