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Today: Monday 24th December

The main opposition group in Egypt has called for allegations of fraud in a referendum on a new draft constitution to be investigated following the apparent win by the Muslim Brotherhood on the new constitution. Around 170 flood warnings are in place across the UK - with more disruption to roads and rail services. And also on the programme the government has announced plans to give more support and information to people wanting to adopt children in England.

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 Lesley Curwen on news that Sir Mervyn King has said that that central bankers can learn something from football's Diego Maradona's most famous performances.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Scotland is getting a battering in this wet weather there have been dozens of flood warnings, for homes evacuated, roads and railways closed. Richard Brown, head of hydrology, Scottish Environmental and Protection Agency, explains that most all of Scotland is under some of flood alert.

Dozens of people have been killed by a government airstrike in Syria, a strike that appears to have hit a queue at a bakery in the town of Halfaya. Jim Muir, the BBC's Middle East correspondent, explains why this seems to be one of the worst air strikes in the civil war.


The government is set to announce more plans to make it easier for children to be adopted in England. John Simmonds, director of policy, research and development at the British Association of Adoption and Fostering, explains why it is so difficult.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols from King's College in Cambridge, has for the last 30 years it has always featured a new, specially commissioned Carol. The BBC's arts correspondent Rebecca Jones asks how they can compete with the old ones every year.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.


HIV has been one of modern medicine's most implacable foes, 31 years since AIDS was first observed in the west with 30m deaths worldwide since, it has been tamed but not beaten. Tom Feilden reports on any hopes for a cure or vaccine in the future, and Jonathan Weber, from Imperial College and chairs the UK wide AIDS vaccine programme, says whether scientists are daring to hope that it might be ultimately be defeatable.

The paper review.

Mathematician, David Percy has said that the layout of the traditional dart board makes the game too easy for bad players. Mr Percy explains that he has redesigned the board to make it a game of more skill and less luck.

Thought for the Day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

The Environment Agency warned of more heavy rain on saturated ground. David Rooke, director of flood and coastal risk management at the Environment Agency, says that more than 450 flood warnings and alerts are in force across England, Scotland and Wales.


The main opposition group in Egypt has called for allegations of fraud in a referendum on a new draft constitution to be investigated following the apparent win by the Muslim Brotherhood on the new constitution. Jeremy Bowen, Middle East Editor, and Mohamed ElBaradei, leader of the Constitution Party explains that the attacks happened as he arrived in Damascus for more talks on the conflict.

A rogue female Afghan police officer has opened fire in the police headquarter killing an American military advisor. BBC reporter Bilal Sarwary is in Kabul and explains that this is the first incident in which a female member of the Afghan security services has opened fire killing NATO soldiers.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has said he is "disgusted and appalled" at accounts of patient neglect at hospitals in Worcestershire. Peter Bridle, whose mother Patricia, herself a former nurse, says that she was left unwashed during her stay at Alexandra Hospital, despite his repeated pleas, and Tom Sandford, director of the Royal College of Nursing in England, says that health professionals have to accept responsibility and act on it to make care as safe and as nurturing as possible.

It is a sodden Christmas this year, with more flood warnings than sleigh bells. Dan Payne, a spokesman from First Great Western, explains that rain and trains can normally co-exist, but not when things get too extreme which is where we are right now.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Dozens of people are killed in a government air strike on a bakery in central Syria, activists say, but Damascus blames the attack on a "terrorist group". Sir Paul Newton, former British Army officer and director of Exeter University's Strategy and Security Institute, outlines the significance of the attack.


The British public has for many years been inundated with tips on how to raise the bar for Christmas lunch, with celebrity chefs' Christmas cooking programmes and lengthy newspaper and magazine spreads. Rose Prince, food writer and columnist for the Daily Telegraph, and Zoe Williams, Guardian columnist, discuss what makes the perfect Christmas dinner.

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