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Mon 13 Mar 2017 06:00

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More children were killed in the Syrian conflict in 2016 than in any previous year of the war since records began, Unicef figures show. Juliette Touma is UNICEF’s spokeswoman.


This could be the week that Theresa May formally triggers Article 50. Nicky Morgan is the Conservative MP for Loughborough.


The air pollution that is harming people's health is also changing the face of the countryside, according to a report. Jenny Hawley is the senior policy officer at Plantlife.


The Telegraph reports this morning that Nicola Sturgeon will set out plans for a second independence referendum, unless Theresa May offers her a special deal on Brexit. Lord (Alastair) Darling is the Labour peer, former Labour chancellor & former head of Better Together.


The need for better communication with patients continues to be ignored by the NHS in England, according to former top civil servant Andrew McDonald, who was asked by the charity Marie Curie to look at the issue. He is the author of a Marie Curie study on communication in the NHS and Dr Jeanette Dickson is the vice-president for Clinical Oncology at the Royal College of Radiologists.


It's often said that Britain doesn't make anything anymore but two of the biggest global pharmaceutical companies are based here, GlaxoSmithKline and AstraZeneca. One in five of the world's biggest selling prescription drugs were developed here. Matthew Price is our chief correspondent.


Rail workers in three parts of England go on strike today, as the dispute that's caused months of chaos for Southern commuters spreads. Sean Mcgowan is the RMT relief regional organiser in the North. Paul Plummer is the chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group, the body that represents train operating companies.


The Brexit debate returns to both houses of Parliament today as Theresa May seeks the authority to trigger article 50 and begin the two-year process of leaving the European Union. Jeremy Corbyn is the leader of the Labour party.


The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has called for international sanctions against the Dutch government after it prevented two of his ministers making campaign speeches in the Netherlands. Joost Lagendijk is a political analyst who has lived in Turkey with his Turkish wife for the past 8 years but was prevented last September from returning to Turkey after a visit to Holland.


On “Peston” this weekend, Boris Johnson said that while he's confident we'll get a new trade deal with the EU in the time allotted, even if we don't we'll be “absolutely fine”. Miriam Gonzalez is the co-chair at the International Trade and Government Regulation practice at Dechert & former EU trade negotiator and Liam Halligan is an economist and Telegraph columnist.


British scientists are about to send a yellow submarine called Boaty McBoatFace to the Antarctic. The underwater robot carries the name that a public poll had suggested should be given to the UK's future £200m polar research vessel. Professor Mike Meredith is from the British Antarctic Survey.


The word Flibbertigibbet popped up on the Archers out of the blue over the weekend. What does it really mean and what other old words need reviving? Keri Davies is the Archers script writer who revived flibbertigibbet and Lucinda Hawksley is the author & great-great-great-granddaughter of Charles Dickens.


All subject to change.


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