US calls for calm after Israel strike on Iran.
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by BBC Radio 4
1d ago
Also: After months of delay, the U.S. Congress is poised to vote on a crucial military aid package for Ukraine. Polls open in India's general election and should we ban the playing of loud sounds from phones on buses and trains ..read more
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Sturgeon’s husband charged with embezzlement
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by BBC Radio 4
4d ago
Nicola Sturgeon's husband Peter Murrell has been charged in connection with the embezzlement of SNP funds. We'll assess what this dramatic development means for the party. Also on the programme: A BBC investigation has revealed children with mild blood conditions were enrolled in secret medical trials, without consent. We hear from one of the victims. A Conservative activist who complained about the suspended Tory MP Mark Menzies, allegedly calling her for money in the middle of the night, has told the BBC she is "appalled" by the party's response to the case. We have the latest. And we speak ..read more
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Netanyahu: Israel will “make its own decisions” on Iran
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by BBC Radio 4
4d ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has told UK Foreign Secretary Lord Cameron that Israel would “make its own decisions” over how to respond to an Iranian attack. Lord Cameron is one of several western foreign ministers who are expected to visit Israel in the coming days as part of a diplomatic drive to prevent an escalation of fighting in the Middle East. We talk to the shadow foreign secretary, David Lammy. Also on the programme: Heavy rain has caused flash flooding in the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai; And should you be allowed to smack your child? We discuss with two experts ..read more
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MPs back smoking ban for those born after 2009
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by BBC Radio 4
4d ago
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s Tobacco and Vapes Bill passed by 383 votes to 67, despite opposition from several leading Tory figures – we hear from one of them. Also on the programme: The Republican Speaker of the US House of Representatives has a plan to unblock military aid for Ukraine; And the government’s Rwanda Bill has suffered a fresh set of defeats in the House of Lords. We hear the story of one man who made the journey to the UK from Sudan, knowing he could be flown to the east African country if the law changes ..read more
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How will Israel respond to Iran attack?
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by BBC Radio 4
6d ago
Israel's army chief has vowed to respond to Iran's unprecedented attack - despite calls from allies to show restraint. A leading right-wing Israeli politician tells us why he supports hitting back. And we speak to former CIA chief General David Petraeus about the risk of escalation. Also on the programme: We're in India, hearing from excited first-time voters ahead of the general election which begins this week. And as actress Hannah Waddingham's reprimands a photographer who appeared to ask her to “show leg”, we ask a paparazzo about blue language on the red carpet ..read more
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Survivor of Kingsmills massacre calls for a public inquiry
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
The sole survivor of the Kingsmills massacre in which 10 men were killed in County Armagh in 1976 has called for a public inquiry. Alan Black told the World Tonight an inquest had brought the families no closer to the truth. The coroner concluded the men were targeted in 1976 by the IRA for no other reason than they were Protestant. Also in the programme: the town which effectively banned children under 12 from having smartphones; and we hear about the new series of Blue Lights ..read more
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OJ Simpson dies aged 76 after cancer battle
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
San Francisco-born Orenthal James Simpson’s diagnosis of prostate cancer was made public about two months ago. His televised trial for the deaths of his former wife, Nicole Simpson, and her friend, Ronald Goldman, in 1995 was a spectacle that has influenced trial coverage to this day. We reflect on OJ Simpson’s complicated cultural legacy with actor and comedian Ruby Wax. Also on the programme: Russian missile strikes on Ukraine’s second-largest city Kharkiv intensify – we hear from a resident. And Royal Mail is being urged to investigate claims of Chinese-made fake stamps ..read more
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‘Toxic’ gender debate lets children down, report finds
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
Children have been let down by a lack of research and “remarkably weak” evidence on medical interventions in gender care, according to a landmark review by paediatrician Dr Hilary Cass. We explore how the “toxicity” of the debate around gender outlined in the report is being felt by medical professionals. Also on the programme: Ukraine’s chief military adviser for gender issues is urging her country to adopt an Israeli-style female conscription policy – we hear rare testimony from a woman currently serving in the Ukrainian military’s Azov Brigade. And the German museum worker who’s been sacked ..read more
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What is Israel's next move in Gaza?
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by BBC Radio 4
1w ago
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says a date has been set for an invasion of the city of Rafah in southern Gaza - despite fresh global pressure against proceeding with an attack. An ally of Mr Netanyahu tells us he's ready to ignore the warnings. Also on the programme: Millions of people across North America have turned their faces to the sky to experience the most-viewed total solar eclipse in history. We hear from two of them - including one who's visually impaired. And why all songs faster than 116 beats per minute are being banned in Chechnya ..read more
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Israeli military publishes report into aid convoy deaths
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by BBC Radio 4
2w ago
Also: A warning that Austria could be largely ice-free within forty-five years and the Tropicana hotel closes in Las Vegas - famous for gambling, glamour, sleaze and the mob ..read more
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