Australia is about to become the first country to force tobacco companies to sell cigarettes in plain packets. Britain is to provide equipment worth millions of pounds to the Syrian rebels. Egypt's military offensive against Islamist extremists in Sinai continues. Also on today's programme, what do bursts of rock music add to the Olympics?
Business news with Simon Jack. Duane Jackson, CEO of Kashflow, explains how he went from being in prison to running a successful accountancy firm.
0709 Egypt's interior minister has been meeting tribal chiefs in the Sinai Peninsula as the country continues to escalate its military offensive in the region. The BBC's Yolande Knell reports from the North Sinai town of El Arish.
Scientists are warning that a nasty virus affecting cows and sheep called the Schmallenberg virus could spread across the UK this year. Nigel Gibbens, chief veterinary officer of the UK, and Charles Sercombe, a sheep farmer in Leicestershire and the National Farming Union's livestock board chairman,
discuss the potential impact of the virus.
0719 Business news with Simon Jack.
0721 The closing ceremony of the London Olympics will be full of great British songs, its music director David Arnold has said, but nearly every event has had used music between events to entertain the crowd. James Fletcher reports on what the fans think about the merit of a song at a sporting occasion.
0745 In an almost mirror image of what happened in Iraq after 1991, Kurdish nationalists,
correspondent Wyre Davis says,
in northern Syria are making the most of the turmoil and violence in the rest of the country to strengthen their own identity and position. Reporter Jonathan Marcus investigates the possible opportunity the Syrian conflict is providing for the Kurds, the biggest group in the region not to have a state.
0748 Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.
0752 Jane Couch, Britain's first licensed female boxer, and sports editor David Bond discuss the success of Team GB's women competitors yesterday as well as Usain Bolt's historic win in the 200m final.
0840 Robots the size of hand grenades which can be thrown into Afghan compounds to search for bombs or even carry hundreds of kilos of military kit and follow soldiers over any terrain have been on display at an unmanned drone exhibition in Las Vegas. The BBC's Alastair Leithead walks among the military men and defence contractors who were choosing their tools.
0847 After a trial lasting just one day, Gu Kailai, the wife of a former high-flying Chinese politician Bo Xilai, is awaiting sentence for murdering her British business partner Neil Heywood. Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times Beijing bureau chief, explains how the trial has affected Chinese politics.
0855 India has received four medals so far in the Olympics Games whereas much smaller South Korea has six times as many. Sports journalist Mihir Bose and Rachel Lee, presenter on Arirang Radio in South Korea, discuss why some countries with large populations do not perform better at Olympic Games.
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