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Today: Saturday 17th November

Is the Middle East on the brink of another war? Did voting apathy negatively affect the results of the recently-held PCC elections? And why a new vaccine for meningitis may help to save children's lives.

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Israel is poised to escalate its conflict with Hamas by bringing in ground forces. The BBC's Katya Adler is in Jerusalem and Jon Donnison is in Gaza.

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The body which oversees elections is concerned by the low turn-out at the Police and Crime Commissioner elections and they are going to review the way the voting is run. The BBC's Tim Reid discusses the proposition.

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Open Outcry, a new opera which has premiered in London, features stock traders singing their trades, transforming noise to music and highlighting the art hidden in markets. Today's business presenter Simon Jack has seen the play.

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Several thousand local observers paid for by British aid will today monitor elections being held in the west African state of Sierra Leone. The BBC's Mark Doyle is in Freetown.

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BBC Radio 4 Extra has created 90 pieces of audio to mark the 90th anniversary of the corporation's first transmission in 1922. We hear one of those today on the programme.

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The latest sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Police and Crime Commissioners elections in England and Wales this week revealed a voting apathy across the nation. Politics professor John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, and Ben Page, chief executive of the Ipsos/Mori polling company reveal what might be happening.

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As Israel calls up 75,000 reservists and there is talk of it invading Gaza, our Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reflects on just how unpredictable the region has become.

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A look at today's newspapers.

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Author Joanna Bourke and professor of media and communications Chas Critcher discuss the claim that Britain is in the grip of moral panic about child abuse.

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Thought for the Day with Reverend Robert Marshall.

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The French prosecutor investigating the Annecy shooting that killed members of the al-Hilli family has announced that a motive for the killings has not been found. He spoke to the BBC's Christian Fraser on the revelation.

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Is the Middle East is on the brink of another war? The BBC's world affairs correspondent Richard Galpin is on the line from Jerusalem.

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This weekend the case for "slow-learning" will be made at the London Festival of Education. Professor of Education Maurice Holt shared why it might be important for children.

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It is more than 50 years since the film Saturday Night and Sunday Morning was released. The BBC's Rebecca Jones reports from Nottingham, where a new exhibition inspired by the film is opening today.

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The latest sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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The low turn-out at the recent Police and Crime Commissioners elections, and the number of independents voted in, suggests some concern about politics in policing. Kent's newly elected Police Commissioner Ann Barnes discusses the issue.

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Swiss drugs firm Novartis has come up with a vaccine against the most common strain of Meningitis. Meningitis UK's Kate Rowland reveals what impact it might have.

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A look at today's newspapers.

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The Today programme looks at the proposition that young drivers may face a ban on carrying passengers who are not members of their family as the government seeks to cut the number of deaths on the road involving teenagers.

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A temporary exhibition of items from the home of Sir Winston Churchill opens today. The late prime minister's great great grandson Randolph and the director of the Churchill Archive, Allen Packwood, reveal what is on offer.


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