Best of TodayAuthor: BBC Radio 4
28 Feb 2020

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Insight, analysis and expert debate as key policy makers are challenged on the latest news stories. From BBC Radio 4's Today programme

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    Coronavirus in Europe

    In Italy 528 people are infected and 14 have died, officials say, amid global efforts to stop the virus spreading. Italy registered a 25% surge in coronavirus cases in 24 hours, and the infections remain centred on outbreaks in two northern regions - Lombardy and Veneto. But a few cases have turned up now in southern Italy too. Professor Neil Ferguson is the director of the MRC Centre for Global Infectious Disease Analysis at Imperial College London. (Image: Man in mask. Credit: Reuters)

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2020

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    Thursday's business with Dominic O'Connell

    Singapore feels the chill of the coronavirus – no deaths, but a frozen economy (Image: people, some wearing a protective facemask, cross the road in Singapore on February 26, 2020. Credit: AFP/Getty Images)

  • Posted on 27 Feb 2020

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    Celia Birtwell - Hockney's most famous muse

    David Hockney loves to paint his friends, people he works with, celebrities like Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. But there is one woman he has sketched and painted over and over again, Celia Birtwell. She is a textile and fashion designer, famous for her pre-Raphaelite hair and brightly coloured dresses. Two exhibitions of Hockney's portraits have just opened in London. Martha Kearney went to Annely Juda Fine Art with Celia Birtwell and her granddaughter Scarlett Clark who has also been painted by Hockney. Martha was shown round by Nina Fellman, director of the gallery.

  • Posted on 26 Feb 2020

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    Coronavirus spreads in Europe

    Coronavirus has spread to a new continent - Latin America - and has reached dozens of countries around the world. Austria, Switzerland and Croatia all reported cases yesterday. The World Health Organization is warning many nations currently aren't ready to contain a coronavirus outbreak in their country. (Image: soldier wearing a mask. Credit: AFP)

  • Posted on 26 Feb 2020

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    The inside story of Deutsche Bank’s rise and fall

    Who gave Donald Trump the money he needed to build his business empire? His main bank over the last 30 years has been Deutsche Bank, the German lender that has had a calamitous fall from grace after trying to take on the big Wall Street banks. The New York Times journalist David Enrich - who wrote the Spider Network, the book about the Libor crisis - has done a deep dive into Deutsche Bank and its links to the US president, Dark Towers: Deutsche Bank, Donald Trump and an Epic Trail of Destruction. (Image: David Enrich, author. Credit: Peter Eavis)

  • Posted on 26 Feb 2020

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