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Wed 8 Nov 2017 06:00

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A huge leak of financial documents dubbed the Paradise Papers has revealed how the powerful and ultra-wealthy, including technology giant Apple, secretly invest vast amounts of cash in offshore tax havens. Mariana Mazzucato is a professor in the economics of innovation and public value at UCL and John Cullinane is tax policy director at the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

The BBC understands Downing St has been examining revelations about the international development secretary's meetings in Israel this summer. Our correspondent James Landale reports.

A senior US general has sounded a warning about further cuts to Britain's Armed Forces. Our defence correspondent Jonathan Beale reports.

Marks and Spencer's latest results are out this morning giving us a clearer picture of the state of health of retail. Patrick O'Brien is the UK research director at GlobalData Retail.

Professor of History at the University of Tulane Walter Isaacson is the author of a new biography on Leonardo da Vinci. He joins us on the programme.

Donald Trump will land in Beijing this morning. Trump will try to convince Xi Jinping to squeeze North Korea further, with steps such as limits on oil exports, coal imports and financial transactions. Danny Russel is a former US assistant Secretary of State for East Asia and a senior fellow at the Asia Society Policy Institute.

Bloomberg, the financial data and media giant, has just opened its new European headquarters in London, claiming to be the greenest office block in the world. Our correspondent John Wilson reports.

The chief executive of NHS England is expected to say that the public want to see promises about NHS funding made during the EU referendum campaign honoured. Sarah Wollaston is the chair of the Health Select committee and Chris Hopson is the chief executive of NHS Providers.

The future for International Development Secretary Priti Patel looks increasingly uncertain as BBC News understands Downing Street has been examining new revelations about her meetings with senior Israeli government figures. Laura Kuenssberg is the BBC’s political editor. Crispin Blunt is a Conservative MP and former chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee.

The Prince of Wales has been accused of advocating changes to international climate agreements - without disclosing that his private estate stood to benefit from any reforms, according to the Paradise Papers. George Monbiot is a Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner and Dickie Arbiter is the Queen's former press secretary and Charles and Diana's former media manager.

The broadcaster Sky has said it will consider closing Sky News if it becomes a key stumbling block in the proposed merger with 21st Century Fox. Joey Jones is a former political correspondent at Sky News.

The number of people over the age of 60, who are becoming homeless is growing. According to figures given to this programme by the charity, Shelter, nearly 2,500 older people are without a permanent home. Our correspondent Sangita Myska reports. Kate Webb is head of policy at Shelter.

Classical music has a reputation for being difficult to understand and inaccessible to the uninitiated. But the broadcaster and violinist Clemency Burton-Hill argues that this doesn’t have to be so. She joins us on the programme.

Syria is set to become the final country to sign up to the Paris Agreement, the world's first comprehensive treaty on tackling climate change. Caroline Lucas is the co-leader of the Green party.

In a new study, scientists have shown that sheep could be taught to recognise screen-shot images of celebrity faces using food rewards, being able to identify faces. Professor Jenny Morton led the research at the University of Cambridge.

The future for International Development Secretary Priti Patel looks increasingly uncertain as BBC News understands Downing Street has been examining new revelations about her meetings with senior Israeli government figures. Tom Newton Dunn is the political editor of The Sun and Isabel Hardman is the assistant editor of The Spectator.

All subject to change


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