• News Feeds
Page last updated at 06:15 GMT, Tuesday, 20 September 2011 07:15 UK
Today: Tuesday 20th September

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg outlines his thoughts about the economy and the coalition. One of the leading credit ratings agencies has downgraded Italy's debt rating, deepening the problems facing the eurozone. And, from Robert De Niro to Olivia Newton-John cigarettes have provided some classic Hollywood moments, but should we ban children from seeing films that glamorise smoking?

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.

0709
Greece says it has held "productive and substantive" talks with its debt inspectors aimed at deciding if Athens should receive more bailout money. Our Europe editor Gavin Hewitt is in Athens; he says they are hopeful of reaching agreement today.

0712
Today presenter Justin Webb reports on how the Liberal Democrats are attempting to reach out to the UK's ethnic minority communities.

0719
A plan to replace fire control rooms with new regional centres ended in "complete failure", at a cost of almost half a billion pounds to the taxpayer, according to MPs. Labour MP Margaret Hodge, chair of the Public Accounts Committee, explains what went wrong.

0721
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0724
The forces of the new government in Libya, the National Transitional Council, are closing in on the last strongholds of Colonel Gaddafi. The rapid progress, and dramatic change after many decades of dictatorship is proving a challenge to the people, and those now leading the country. The BBC's Alistair Leithead reports from the NTC front line east of Sirte on how people there are having to struggle with shifting loyalties.

0727
Sport news with Alison Mitchell.

0734
The Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas is set to submit a formal request that the United Nations admit a Palestinian state as a full member. But the idea is strongly opposed by Israel and the US, and the UK government has yet to declare whether it will back the bid. Lord Levy, Tony Blair's former personal envoy and adviser on the Middle East, analyses the Palestinian bid for statehood. 0739
Paper review.

0742
The guitarist Ry Cooder is most famous for his Buena Vista Social club recording, which he used to highlight his opposition to America's trade embargo on Cuba. In his new album he continues his political stance, claiming he will use his music to take on bankers and give voice to "ordinary working people". He spoke to Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge.

0747
Thought for the day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.

0750
Greece's finance minister, Evangelos Venizelos, held an emergency teleconference with international creditors on Monday, hours after pledging to speed up reforms and civil-service staff cuts. Global markets were sceptical about the promises and stocks fell around the world. Former EU Commissioner Peter Sutherland analyses the crisis and examines the prospects for the eurozone. 0810
Deputy prime minister and the leader of the Liberal Democrats, Nick Clegg, discusses the economy and the deficit reduction plan.

0822
According to an editorial published in the journal Thorax, in order to cut the numbers of young smokers, films containing scenes of people smoking should be given an 18 certificate. Professor John Britton, director of the UK Centre for Tobacco Control Studies and Rebecca O'Brien, an independent film producer, analyse whether this new study would have public support.

0827
Sport news with Alison Mitchell.

0833
An investigation by BBC Scotland has uncovered evidence of possible fraud in a building repairs scheme administered by Edinburgh City Council. The police are investigating allegations of corruption amongst some council officials. Our reporter Fiona Walker gives us more details.

0837
Business news with Adam Shaw.

0841
Influential US commentator Tom Friedman discusses the challenges and opportunities facing the United States, as outlined in his new book, That Used to be Us.

0846
Save The Children has begun delivering aid to children in Somalia's capital, Mogadishu. The charity claims almost half of the young people are suffering acute malnutrition and many are dying. Justin Forsyth, the charity's chief executive, is in Mogadishu and explains the situation in more detail.

0849
What chance now, electoral reform? Justin Webb speaks to Lord Rennard, Liberal Democrat peer, and Katie Ghosh, from the Electoral Reform Society, about the chances of changing the voting system in the aftermath of this year's AV referendum.




RELATED BBC LINKS

BBC navigation

BBC © 2014 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