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Today: Friday 6 June 2008

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The government's policy on public sector pay is expected to come under pressure when a health union publishes ballot results on a proposed deal for the NHS.

A new report warns that the introduction of diplomas in schools in September risks disaster for the education system.

Business with Nick Cosgrove.

The US is now having to re-negotiate the terms of their presence in Iraq through delicate negotiations with the Iraqi government.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

The commission responsible for inspecting care homes for the elderly comes under the spotlight in the latest of Jon Manel's series on care for the elderly.

Today's papers.

Have you ever bought a "dacey" or been bitten by a "guggy"? To celebrate the 80th anniversary of the Oxford English Dictionary, the English Project is launching a campaign to collect the secret vocabulary used by families in homes around the UK.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks.

Rural firms could be almost twice as successful if they had the same access to funding and technical support as their urban counterparts according to a report by the Commission for Rural Communities. We speak to its author Stuart Burgess.

The government's NHS pay deal is facing possible rejection by a health union. Brendan Barber, of the TUC, outlines what he sees as an appropriate deal for workers.

Zimbabwe's government has suspended all field work by aid groups and outside organisations. Author Peter Godwin has recently returned from the country.

Coal may not seem an obvious subject matter for a new oratorio, but Carbon 12 does just that. The Welsh National Opera are performing the work, which incorporates 200 performers including choirs and a brass band from Welsh mining communities.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Paul Snell, chief inspector at the Commission for Social Care Inspection, responds to some of the concerns we have received about the inspection regime from inside the service.

Is the idea of a European army back on the agenda? The European Parliament is calling for a standing military force to be set up under European Union command with all EU nations contributing troops.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Britain's oldest man Henry Allingham, the World War I Royal Air force veteran, will celebrate his 112th birthday today.

Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence and robotics and Professor Yorick Wilks from Oxford University's Internet Institute discuss robots designed to care.


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