• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:27 GMT, Wednesday, 6 October 2010 07:27 UK
Today: Wednesday 6th October

Gunmen in Pakistan have set fire to more Nato oil tankers taking supplies to troops in Afghanistan. New research suggests that having the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy does not harm the baby. And are there better alternatives to court for parents who separate?

To speed up the loading time for this running order, we have replaced the audio with links. To hear the reports, interviews and discussions, just click on the links.

Get in touch via email , Twitter or Facebook or text us on 84844.

Business news with Adam Shaw: The CBI's trade representative in Beijing, Guy Dru Drury, analyses China's financial influence within Europe. Aviation analyst John Strickland examines how the new transatlantic airline joint venture, the Oneworld Alliance, will affect competition within the aviation industry.

There is new evidence that dinosaur-like creatures existed nine million years earlier than we previously thought. Professor Mike Benton from the University of Bristol outlines the new research.

Gunmen in southwest Pakistan have set fire to Nato oil tankers and killed a driver. BBC's Orla Guerin reports on the latest attack on Nato supply convoys heading for Afghanistan from Pakistan.

The Conservative conference is taking place Birmingham, a city which prides itself on being the beating heart of British manufacturing. James Naughtie explores the political dissatisfaction among those working in small businesses.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A state of emergency has been declared in Hungary after a dam burst which was holding back a reservoir of toxic sludge. Director of Greenpeace Hungary, Zsolt Szegfalvi, describes the extent of the danger to the environment in the area.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The National Security Council is meeting for the last time tomorrow before the final decisions on the defence spending cuts are made. Foreign Secretary William Hague outlines the likely extent of cuts to the defence budget.

The paper review.

Justice minister Jonathan Djanogly has questioned whether taxpayers should have to foot the bill for divorcing parents who are capable of coming to an agreement without going to court. Correspondent Tom Bateman analyses alternatives for parents who separate.

Thought for the Day with Rabbi Laura Janner-Klausner.

New research suggests that having the occasional alcoholic drink during pregnancy does not harm the baby. Epidemiologist Dr Yvonne Kelly outlines the details of the study.

David Cameron has apologised for not spelling out the proposed changes to child benefits in his party's election manifesto. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the fairness of the planned spending review. And John Whiting of the Chartered Institute of Taxation airs his concerns over the proposed tax reform.

The results of the country's leading literary prize, the Man Booker Prize, will be announced next week. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to Emma Donoghue about her nominated novel, Room, which tells the story of a five-year old boy imprisoned since his birth with his mother.

Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he hopes to put English literature to the heart of education. Teacher Francis Gilbert and English professor Francis O'Gorman discuss how important learning about Britain's literary classics is to a child's development.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

A British embassy vehicle has come under attack in the Yemeni capital Sanaa. Yolande Knell reports on the details of the incident.

Lord Browne's review into university funding is expected to recommend a rise in fees of up to £10,000. Political correspondent Norman Smith analyses how this proposal might cause a rift within the coalition government.

The board of directors of Liverpool football club have agreed the sale of the club to an US company led by the owner of the Boston Red Sox baseball team. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the details of the deal.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Russian intelligence service has given rise to a new elite in Russian society, according to a recent book. Gordon Corera spoke to one of the authors, Andrei Soldatov, about how the FSB has intimidated political opposition to reassert state power.

The government is to attempt to stop parents who are separating from going to the courts in order to work out custody arrangements for their children. Family mediator Lisa Parkinson and Craig Pickering, from Families Need Fathers, examine different ways to bring an agreement to warring parents.

David Cameron will have his final chance to inject a note of optimism into the gloom of welfare cuts and austerity measures in his speech later today. Melissa Kite of the Sunday Telegraph and Andrew Rawnsley of The Observer analyse the Prime Minister's political strategy.



Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2017 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific