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Today: Monday 5th December

David Cameron is to set out plans to make Britain a world leader in life sciences and pharmaceuticals. The leaders of France and Germany are meeting to discuss the closer integration of the eurozone. Also on today's programme, has Steven Spielberg's attempt to turn the acclaimed play Warhorse into a film succeeded?

Business news with Simon Jack, featuring how the eurozone crisis is hitting UK manufacturing.

Young people from disadvantaged backgrounds are over-represented in "stubbornly satisfactory" schools that often fail to improve, according to a report. Professor Becky Francis authored the report for the Royal Society of Arts and outlines her findings.

The prime minister is to launch the government's life sciences strategy to make the UK an attractive place for scientific research and the medical and pharmaceutical industries. President of the Royal Society and Chief Executive of the Francis Crick Institute Sir Paul Nurse examines how the UK can attract the best scientists.

The charity Global Witness, which played a key role in publicising the problem of blood diamonds, is pulling out of the Kimberley Process that it helped to set up in an attempt to stop the trade. Charmian Gooch, the charity's founding director, explains why.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An investigation into the underlying causes of the riots across England earlier this year is being published by the London School of Economics (LSE) and the Guardian. Paul Lewis, the Guardian's special projects editor, outlines the findings.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are meeting in Paris and are expected to unveil a plan for closer political and economic ties in the eurozone. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders examines what is expected to be announced and former Irish prime minister John Bruton reflects on whether this is the right way forward.

The paper review.

War Horse, the story by Michael Morpurgo about the relationship between a young English boy and his horse during World War I, has become one of the most popular British plays ever staged. Tom Brook reports on its transition to the big screen in Steven Spielberg's new film.

Thought for The Day with Rabbi Lionel Blue.

A vote is being held in the Commons to reform extradition arrangements with both the United States and the rest of the EU after fears that UK citizens are not being sufficiently protected. Conservative MP Dominic Raab and former home secretary David Blunkett debate if British people are being sufficiently protected overseas.

David Cameron is to announce plans to make the UK more attractive to life sciences with a view to attracting pharmaceutical and medical companies into the country. Tom Feilden reports on how the industry has struggled and the Minister for Universities and Sciences David Willetts outlines what the government wants to achieve.

Delegates from 90 countries are meeting in Bonn to discuss the future of Afghanistan after Nato troops pull out in 2014. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports from the district of Nad Ali, once an insurgent stronghold, where security checkpoints are now being handed over to the Afghans.

A possible portrait of Jane Austen has been discovered which, if verified, will be one of the few remaining images of her. Arts editor Will Gompertz speaks to Austen biographer Dr. Paula Byrne, who believes she has a finished portrait that may reveal what Jane Austen really looked like.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet

In Russia, Vladimir Putin's party has won about half the votes in the country's parliamentary election, enough to keep his party in power but a big drop in popularity. The Economist's international editor, Edward Lucas, reflects on the implications of this setback for Prime Minister Putin, three months before he is due to stand again in the presidential elections.

Business news with Simon Jack.

According to The Association of Colleges, more teenagers who fail their GCSEs are dropping out of education completely. Sanchia Berg reports on the factors which may be affecting the number of drop-outs.

It is ten years since a summit in Bonn discussed the future of Afghanistan following the fall of the Taliban. Delegates are back in Bonn for a second summit to examine how the country can develop once Nato forces withdraw in 2014. Janan Mosazai, spokesman for the Afghan foreign minister, is in Bonn and explains the challenges facing the country.

As part of the drive to make the UK a more attractive place for medical research and the pharmaceutical industry, the government will propose greater access to the wealth of healthcare data within the NHS, including anonymised patient records. Joyce Robins, co-director of the organisation Patient Concern and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Neal Patel debate if the anonymity of patients can be guaranteed.



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