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Ben Willmott, senior public policy advisor, Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development discusses the government's review of sickness in the workplace being set up by the government as part of a much wider Welfare Reform Bill detailed later today. Tim Waterstone, the founder the Waterstones chain ...
SM Krishna, the Indian Minister for External Affairs, has committed a faux pas everyone who reads scripts fears committing. He read the wrong one - simple as that. He was giving a speech at the United Nations' Security Council - and it seemed to be about Portugal.
Is the United States facing an inevitable decline? Justin Webb reports on those in the US who fear their place as a global superpower is under threat.
What will it take to stop the Lord's Resistance Army? For more than 20 years, the notorious LRA has spread terror - in Northern Uganda, then Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African Republic. In the third of his reports this week from North East Congo, Mike Thomson considers ...
"Recession is not just a risk it is a near certainty" that's the verdict of the economics commentator Anatole Kaletsky in the Times newspaper this morning, following heavy hints from the Bank of England that interest rates are about to rise to combat inflation. Brian Hilliard, chief economist at the ...
The Devil is the personification of evil. But he has inspired great writers down the ages. That is the theme of a new book - the Devil As Muse - by a Cambridge academic Dr Fred Parker. He discusses the cultural significance of Lucifer with Peter Owen-Jones, who is now a vicar now but was an advertising ...
The Ministry of Defence has apologised to 38 Warrant Officers after they were told they were sacked by email. One of them is believed to have been in Afghanistan when he received the email. It said they were "victims of the defence cuts" and should "start planning for their retirement". All were senior ...
The NHS is failing to treat older people with care, compassion, dignity and respect according to a report out today by the Health Service Ombudsman. Raymond Tallis, emeritus professor of geriatric medicine at Manchester University and the NHS Federation's Jo Webber discuss if the failure to provide adequate ...
"British citizens are not safe to invest or do business" in Russia. That's the stark warning from someone who used to be a major foreign investor there. Bill Browder founded Hermitage Capital Management and discusses how the company invested nearly three billion pounds in Russia. Jeremy Stretch, Head ...
Who are the better guides to lovers on this Valentine's Day - ancients or moderns? The Telegraph's Tom Payne, who has written a new translation of Ovid's The Art of Love, and Victoria Glendinning, who has written a biography of Trollope, debate who we should turn to for advice.
The King's Speech cleaned up at last night's Bafta's, taking seven awards including best film and best screenplay. The BBC's film critic Mark Kermode reviews this year's big winners.
The government is expected to announce that religious groups should be allowed to conduct civil partnerships in their place of worship should they wish. Reverend Colin Coward, director of the pressure group Changing Attitudes and the Reverend Rod Thomas, chair of the evangelical group Reform and a member ...
What are the implications of Egypt's revolution for Israel, which until now was protected through the peace agreement signed by Hosni Mubarak? Israel's deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon analyses the implications for his country, and Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen examines the wider implications of ...
Adam is joined by Seijiro Takeshita, director of Mizuho Financial Group to discuss Japan losing its status as the world's second biggest economy to China, by Richard Jeffrey, chief investment officer at Cazenove Capital management, to discuss the markets, and Carolyn McCall, chief executive of Easyjet, ...
ver wondered what a vocoder is? It is a sound distorter originally invented during World War II to protect secret phone conversations between Churchill and Roosevelt and went on to become a favourite of rock artists. Dave Tompkins, thought by some to be the world's leading hip hop writer, explains his ...
The words "Big Society" have become very familiar now, even if the concept is a little vague. This week we heard the banks will be funding it, with a capital injection of £200 million pounds to a new Big Society bank. It will lend money to charities, voluntary groups and social enterprises. Tim Blume ...
Following the resignation of President Mubarak, the BBC's Paul Adams reports from Alexandria, Egypt's historic Mediterranean port and describes the mood there. And the Foreign Secretary, William Hague, analyses this historic moment and the potential impact on the middle east.
A new exhibition at the Imperial War Museum looks at war in children's literature, showcasing books like Carrie's War and The Machine Gunners. But the exhibition also includes a modern book, Little Soldier, which tells the story of an African former child soldier who comes to London. Sanchia Berg visited ...
In his speech last night, President Mubarak said the protests were "not about me", which for many had the air of a man quite detached from the country over which he has ruled. Jeremy Bowen gives a narrative of the events so far. Egyptian Finance minister Dr Samir Radwan explains the President's strategy. ...
One of the UK's biggest financial advisors is calling for reforms to the Financial Services Compensation Scheme, a fund of last resort for customers of any financial services firm goes bust. Ian Gorham, chief executive of Hargreaves Lansdown discusses how financial firms have been asked to cover losses ...
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