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Today: Wednesday 15th February

The charity Save the Children is warning that malnutrition could stunt the development of 500m children in the next 15 years. Elected police commissioners are on their way, but who do we really want to run the police? And Churchill called it the "largest capitulation in British history" - 70 years since the fall of Singapore.

Business news with Simon Jack.

BBC News has discovered that the Crown Prosecution Service and the Metropolitan Police paid £600,000 in damages and costs after the safety of a child witness was put at risk. The witness and his family had to be re-located and were put under protection after the child's identity was disclosed. Fiona Murphy from Bhatt Murphy, the legal firm representing the family, explains the story.

Eurozone officials have called off an emergency meeting of finance ministers to approve a vital 130bn euro bailout for Athens amid a growing fight among the country's European creditors about the merits of allowing Greece to go bankrupt. Economist Anton La Guardia explains how close the eurocrats in Brussels are to deciding if it is time to let Greece drop out of the euro.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Descendants of the Mayans still live in parts of Central America and southern Mexico, where they are among the poorest people. The BBC's Alastair Leithead travelled to a small Mayan village in the Mexican state of Chiapas to see how government attempts to modernise indigenous people are clashing with a traditional life that goes back thousands of years.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A report published by Save the Children outlines the devastating effects of malnutrition on children in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru, and India. Today correspondent Mike Thomson reports from India, where more than 40% of children are malnourished despite their growing economy.

Paper review.

Rangers have become the biggest club in European football so far to go into administration. The BBC's Huw Williams samples the anger of fans at Ibrox Stadium.

Thought for the Day with the Rev Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge.

It is the last day of the committee stage of the Legal Aid Bill in the House of Lords. It ends legal aid claims over benefits, personal injury, divorce and immigration in England and Wales, abolishes the Legal Services Commission and gives full responsibility for legal aid to the Ministry of Justice. The Law Society's Lucy Scott Moncrieff debates the potential consequences with Conservative MP Robert Buckland.

From November 2012, voters will change the way the police are held to account, electing 41 police and crime commissioners across England and Wales. Lord Prescott, former deputy PM and standing for nomination as Labour candidate as Police and Crime Commissioner in Humberside, and Tim Brain, former chief constable of Gloucester and visiting professor of Criminology at Gloucestershire University, debate the idea of elected police commissioners.

Today marks the 70th anniversary of the fall of Singapore, when Japanese troops forced the 90,000-strong garrison to surrender during the Second World War. What did it mean for the British and their subsequent military strategy and standing? Professors Richard Overy from Exeter University and Rana Mitter from Oxford University reflect on what Churchill called "largest capitulation in British history".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

David Cameron is going to "declare war" on binge drinking in England, say the papers this morning. Gavin Partington spokesman for the Wine & Spirit Trade Association and Professor Eileen Kaner director at the Institute of Health and Society at Newcastle University, debate just how far the prime minister should go.

A report published by Save the Children outlines the devastating effects of malnutrition on children in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nigeria, Peru, and India. The charity's chief executive, Justin Forsyth, details its findings.
China's Vice-President Xi Jinping, who is likely to take the presidency later this year, is visiting the United States. Former US ambassador to China and, until recently, Republican Party presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman is among those watching this visit.

Business news with Simon Jack.

A peer is starting out on a 2,800-mile walk today from Olympia in Greece to London in a bid to get countries to observe the traditional UN-backed Olympic truce. Lord Bates discusses the meaning behind his undertaking with Olympic historian Janey Hampton.



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