One of the main opponents of the Health and Social Care Bill has written to the government offering to work with it on the controversial bill. David Cameron begins a three-day visit to the US where he'll discuss the prospects of letting Afghan forces take charge of the fight against the Taliban next summer. And also on the programme, do scientists spend too much time looking at issues that will grab the media's attention?
0615 Business news with Simon Jack on a study which shows the level of women sitting on company boards is rising.
0709 David Cameron will meet President Obama in Washington later today where they will discuss the possibility of ending US and British combat operations in Afghanistan next year, rather than in 2014. Political editor Nick Robinson has the details.
0712 Business news with Simon Jack.
All-metal hip replacements fail more quickly than other models, a large-scale study has found. Ashley Blom, professor of orthopaedic surgery at the University of Bristol,
reflects on the difficulties of regulating
the quality of metal replacements.
A ceasefire has been reached between the Gaza militants and Israel to halt all military activities, unofficial reports suggest. Mustafa Barghouti, former Palestinian presidential candidate and independent member of the Palestinian parliament, and Lieutenant Colonel Avital Leibovich, head of the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) Foreign Press Branch,
discuss relations between the two sides.
0724 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
A number of religious orders have begun searching their archives for evidence of child abuse, a group representing surviving victims of abuse at the hands of Catholic clerics has been told. Jon McCourt, of the Northern Ireland Survivors and Victims of Institutional Abuse (Savia),
explains why they are seeking co-operation
with the forthcoming abuse inquiry in Northern Ireland.
0737 Paper review.
0740 Physicists at Cern are preparing to power-up the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) again, ready for a final push to confirm the discovery of the Higgs Boson - the final piece of the jigsaw known as the Standard Model of Particle Physics. Science correspondent Tom Feilden has been finding out that there is much more to the LHC than just the hunt for the Higgs Boson and that physicists are beginning to question the wisdom of putting so much emphasis on the "god particle".
0744 Thought for the day with Canon Angela Tilby of Christchurch Cathedral, Oxford.
A diet high in red meat increases the risk of dying from heart disease and cancer, research from Harvard University suggests. Reporter Tom Feilden explains the findings. Ursula Arens, a senior nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation,
discusses how dangerous eating a steak a day really is.
0815 David Cameron is travelling to the US to meet with President Obama. Political editor Nick Robinson considers what will be "the next phase of the transition" in Afghanistan - in other words the gradual withdrawal of troops over the next two years.
The first verdict of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is expected, with the conclusion of the trial of Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga. Professor David Scheffer, who served as the first US ambassador-at-large for war crime issues, looks at how effective the court actually is.
0827 Sports news with Garry Richardson.
David Cameron is arriving in Washington for talks with Barack Obama on a trip where foreign affairs as well as economics are on the agenda. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on what the US has been doing to recover the economy.
Read Mark's blog.
David Blanchflower, professor of economics at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, outlines why he believes George Osborne has got it wrong in his plan for economic recovery. And Sir Howard Davies, former head of the Financial Services Authority,
explains why he thinks the leaders of the two countries
are not so far apart in policy terms.
0842 Could the 21st century be the last century of youth? Professor Sarah Harper, director of the Oxford Institute of Population Ageing, argues that we are living longer and fertility is dropping across the globe.
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