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Today: Wednesday 14th November

General strikes and mass demonstrations are being staged across Europe, as millions of people show their anger at austerity measures. An inquiry has called for a complete overhaul of the care offered to people with schizophrenia - condemning some hospital wards as "shameful". And also on the programme why it is the end for the bells that Quasimodo could not silence.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack on news that the squeeze on living standards is tightening again.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A year-long independent inquiry has concluded that a major overhaul is needed in the care of people with schizophrenia. Sir Robin Murray, professor of psychiatric research at Kings College, explains his view that no psychiatrist loses their job for locking people up.

The European Trade Union Confederation have called for a day of action and solidarity across Europe. The BBC's Tom Burridge reports from Madrid where strikes are taking place.


Business news with Simon Jack. The supermarket group Sainsbury's has announced a rise in pre-tax profits for the first half of the year, to £405m. That is a rise of 2.5% compared with the same period last year, with total sales up 4%. The company's chief executive Justin King Today discusses the figures.

What will the turn-out be for tomorrow's elections for police and crime commissioners in England and Wales? The BBC's home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw has been gauging interest among voters.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A leaked draft of an internal UN report says the organisation failed to protect civilians in the last months of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war. The BBC's Lyse Doucet explains the findings of the report.

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An American study into the source of happiness that has followed the lives of 268 men from youth to old age has shown that happiness is not down to the attributes that you are born with. George Vaillent, the current director of the study from Harvard Medical School, explains the findings of the research.

Thought for the Day with Canon Angela Tilby.


New research has enabled a hospital to locate the source of MRSA infection and eradicate the potentially life-threatening disease, using advanced DNA tracking technologies. Julian Parkhill, head of pathogen genomics at the Sanger Institute in Cambridge, explains that it was her DNA sequencing technology that was used.


Today millions of people will go on strike and take to the streets across Europe over the implementation of fiscal austerity measures. Paris correspondent Christian Fraser examines the mood across France and Bernadette Segol, general secretary of the European Trade Union Confederation, and Richard Corbett, adviser to European Council President Herman Van Rompuy, analyse the justification behind the social uprising.


Notre Dame Church is finally getting rid of its out of tune bells for its 850th anniversary. Nigel Taylor, the tower bell production manager at White Chapel Foundry, explains that Notre Dame bells are bad because they are not harmonically tuned like most bells in the UK.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The first the director of the CIA, a man who was one of the most respected generals in the US stepped down over revelations he had an extra-marital affairs. Washington correspondent Paul Adams explains the latest from the capital and General Jack Keane, a retired four star general and a friend of Petraeus, describes the mood in the American military.


Business news with Simon Jack.Toyota is recalling 75,000 cars in the UK because of faults with steering and water pumps in some Avensis, Corolla and Prius models. Although more than 2.5m vehicles are being recalled worldwide, Professor David Bailey, a car industry expert from Coventry University Business School, explained that despite the problems that have affected them, Toyota are "doing remarkably well" and seem "resilient".

China's Communist Party Congress is ending today. China Correspondent Damian Grammaticas heard from China's most famous dissident artist, Ai Weiwei - he asked him first whether China's Communist Party was going to have to adapt the way it runs the country, because the country is changing so much.

Is the internet leading to the creation of new alliances between countries that would not normally be close, and what does that mean for their existing foreign policy? Jennifer Cole, research fellow at the Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), explains she will be chairing a discussion on international cyber co-operation for the 21st century at the RUSI conference today.

Deep in the American heartland, Manhattan Kansas aspires to be one of the country's leading centres of scientific research. The BBC's science reporter Matt McGrath has been to Kansas to find why controversy surrounds the project.

It is 90 years to the day since the first broadcast by the BBC. Charles Chilton, former BBC producer and author of Auntie's Charlie, and Jean Seaton, professor of media history at Westminster University, reflect on how the BBC handled key moments in the life of the nation.

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