The United Nations is reviewing its security in Afghanistan after seven staff were killed by protesters. And later in the programme, the officer in charge of the Metropolitan Police's fight against youth crime talks about efforts to tackle gang-related violence.
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
or text us on 84844.
The Red Cross says it believes that at least
800 people have been killed in one city in Ivory Coast
by forces supporting the incumbent president Laurent Gbagbo. The BBC's Africa correspondent Andrew Harding reports.
Yesterday, snipers are believed to have
killed ten people in a suburb of Damascus,
after assurances by Syrian officials that the regime accepts legitimate protest and is planning reform. One demonstrator, who cannot be named, explains what happened.
On Wednesday, the author Zadie Smith defended public libraries on the Today programme, arguing that members of the cabinet might not understand the value of libraries because of their own privileged backgrounds. The author Toby Young
responds with his personal view.
The House of Lords has held
its first full-scale debate on military intervention in Libya,
with 33 members, including former ministers, generals and diplomats, speaking for more than five hours. The BBC's parliamentary correspondent Mark D'Arcy reports.
Sports news with Jonathan Legard.
It is still too difficult to change bank accounts and
high street banks are failing to offer customers a competitive choice,
according to a new report by the cross party Treasury Select Committee. Conservative MP Andrew Tyrie, who chairs the committee, and Angela Knight of the British Banking Association debate if there is enough transparency about account costs.
An example of the first work of Humphry Davy, known for his experiments in electro-chemistry, and who went on to invent the Davy Lamp for miners, has been found at University College London. Dr Andrea Sella of the UCL explains how the Essays on Heat, Light, and the Combinations of Light, one of only four copies thought to exist,
provide early evidence of Davy's brilliance in his field.
Yesterday we reported on
a breakthrough in 3D sound
by a scientist at Princeton University. Most of you may have realised, perhaps after a little time, that it was not entirely serious; you were fooled.
Thought for the Day with the Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican priest.
Justin Webb questioned the Libyan oil minister and former prime minister Shukri Ghanem yesterday about whether he intended to defect, but the line was cut off and Mr Ghanem refused to resume the interview. The BBC's middle east editor Jeremy Bowen
analyses reports that the minister will soon be leaving Libya.
The shooting this week of a five-year-old girl, caught in the cross-fire of an apparent gang feud in south London, has revived difficult questions about the authorities' ability to combat inner-city violence. The BBC's Tom Bateman reports from the scene of Wednesday's attack in Stockwell. And Commander Steve Rodhouse, lead officer in the Metropolitan Police on youth violence, considers if police are
still suffering from a lack of intelligence when it comes to preventing gang crime.
The British government has announced
an emergency aid package for refugees fleeing violence in Ivory Coast,
amid concerns that the fighting could spread and destabilise west Africa. Nfor Sisinga of the Red Cross is in Abidjan. And Caroline Gluck is on the Liberia/Ivory Coast border where she works for Oxfam.
say they have identified the location of a leak
at the Fukushima nuclear plant. Rachel Harvey reports from Japan.
Sports news with Jonathan Legard.
As fighting in Libya goes on, the prospect of victory on either side appears to remain distant. Wyre Davis reports from the rebel-held city of Benghazi. And Defence Secretary Liam Fox
analyses whether a stalemate can be avoided.
The killing of at least 14 UN workers in Mazar-al-Sharif in northern Afghanistan, where security had been improving, has caused outrage inside the UN. BBC correspondent Paul Wood reports from Kabul and explains
US anger at those who organised the Koran-burning,
which produced the Afghan demonstration that led to violence.
Later today, a handful of survivors of the bloodiest battle involving British Forces since the second World War will attend a service to mark its 60th anniversary. Phil Mackie reports on the Gloucestershire Regiment, who earned the nickname the Glorious Glosters after a four-day battle at Imjin River in Korea in 1951, and considers
why many feel their exploits have been unfairly overlooked.
Prince William has decided not to wear a wedding ring. The Sunday Times columnist Minette Marrin and Sarfraz Mansoor the writer and broadcaster, question
whether he is starting a new trend.
It is widely assumed that the former Libyan foreign minister Moussa Koussa has been giving UK officials information from inside the Gaddafi regime, yet the government says that he has been offered no protection against prosecution. The writer Alan Judd and Vitali Vitaliev, the Soviet journalist who defected to the UK at the end of the Cold War, discuss
what happens to a defector who wants to tell all in the hope of avoiding punishment.