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Today: Thursday 29th September

The Royal College of Surgeons has said thousands of NHS patients having emergency surgery are being put at risk because of poor care and delays in treatment. The German parliament will vote this morning on whether to support a more powerful bailout fund, in the latest move to try to tackle the Eurozone debt crisis. And what a male koala's larynx tells us about their breeding habits.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie. The German parliament votes later this morning on plans to expand the powers of the eurozone bailout fund. Daniel Gros, director of the Centre for European Policy Studies, and Sony Kapoor, managing director of the international think tank Re-Define, look ahead to the vote. Dominic Rossi, chief investment officer at Fidelity International, casts an eye over the markets. And Stuart Fraser, chairman of the Policy and Resources Committee for The City of London, reacts to the possible introduction of a financial transaction tax. Download the podcast

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

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A report from the Office of Fair Access (Offa) reveals that nearly a quarter of English universities have failed to reach their own targets for recruiting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sir Martin Harris, director of Offa, considers where universities are going wrong.

Thousands of patients who have emergency abdominal surgery have their lives put at risk by the care they subsequently get in hospital, according to a report from the Royal College of Surgeons. Iain Anderson, consultant general surgeon at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and writer of the report, explains the findings.

The number of babies adopted last year in England fell to 60, less than half the number in 2007. Anne Marie Carrie, chief executive of Barnados, explains why, even though there are over 3,500 children under one year-old in the care system, this is happening.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

China is scheduled to launch a module later today marking its first step towards building its own space station. The BBC's Martin Patience reports from Beijing on China's ambitions in space.

When Ed Miliband mentioned Tony Blair in his speech on Tuesday, he was met with a chorus of boos. Lord Falconer, former lord chancellor and a close friend of Mr Blair, tries to understand why the party's most successful leader now elicits such hostility.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel will today ask her country's politicians to sign off a plan to give more money to Europe's bail out fund. Peter Altmaier, leader of the parliamentary group for the Christian Democrats, predicts the result and the long-term consequences for Mrs Merkel. And Europe editor Gavin Hewitt previews a test of her power and authority.

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Scientists in Australia have discovered that the shape of male koalas' larynxes allows them to sound much bigger than they actually are, making them more attractive to females. Dr Bill Ellis, director of the Koala Ecology Group at the University of Queensland, hails the latest development in koala studies.

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Nearly one in four universities and colleges failed to meet their own targets to recruit more poor students last year, according to the Office for Fair Access (Offa). Director of the Sutton Trust Sir Peter Lampl calls on institutions to do more to attract students from disadvantaged backgrounds. And the universities minister David Willetts reacts to the findings.

The NHS must address the significant variations in care experienced by the 170,000 patients who have major emergency abdominal surgery each year, according to a new report. The Royal College of Surgeons says more than half of these patients suffer complications, and one-in-seven die, citing poorly designed hospital services, and patients missing out on early diagnosis and rapid life-saving care, as the cause. Jo Webber, deputy director of policy at the NHS Confederation, and Dr Tony Dolphin, chairman of the British Medical Association's Junior Doctors Committee, discuss what must be done to buck this worrying trend.

The coverage of the war in Libya has decreased in recent weeks, but fighting goes on with civilians still in danger. Alastair Leithead reports from the town of Sirte, where the violence is continuing.

This week what some are calling an Indian summer has come to parts of the UK, with temperatures soaring. Antony Woodward, author of a book about our weather obsessions called The Wrong Kind of Snow, and BBC weatherman Liam Dutton muse on the unexpected heatwave.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The number of babies adopted last year in England fell to 60, less than half the number in 2007. The ministerial adviser on adoption, Martin Narey, responds.

The Frome Hoard, the largest collection of Roman coins unearthed in a single container, will go on display to the public for the first time today at the Museum of Somerset. Steve Minnitt, the museum's director, describes the treasure.

The German parliament votes today on whether to ratify or block efforts to send more money to Greece via the European Financial Stability Fund. Larry Summers, a senior economic adviser to Barack Obama, gives an outsider's perspective on Europe's woes.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

In Syria, school children have joined the wave of protests against the regime. The BBC's Lyse Doucet is one of the few foreign journalists to be allowed access to the country, and reports from a girls' high school in the heart of Damascus.

Today is "Super Thursday", the day the publishing world brings out the blockbusters that they want us to buy for Christmas. Arts Editor Will Gompertz and Neill Denny, editor-in-chief of The Bookseller, preview the list, and consider if the festive season will bring the country's publishers just what they always wanted.



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