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Today: Monday 9 June 2008

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On the death of the 100th member of the British forces in Afghanistan, Professor Michael Clarke, director of the United Services Institute, says the military have succeeded in establishing a stalemate with the Taleban. And Brigadier Mark Carleton-Smith, the commander of the task force in Helmand, gives his analysis of the situation on the ground.

A joint report by the UK's four children's commissioners claims that children are being "demonised" by society. Sir Al Aynsley-Green, England's children's commissioner, tells us why he thinks millions of children are being denied their rights.

The government will announce that it will give Manchester the money the city says it needs to introduce a congestion charge.

Business with Adam Shaw.

A coalition of environmental and conservation groups is launching a campaign to protest against the Planning Bill, which is currently going through Parliament.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

Experts expect gas bills will go up by a further 43% over the next year and electricity bills to rise by 21%. Dr Craig Lowrey, head of energy markets at the Energy Information Centre, explains the causes of the price increase.

Britain's third largest union, the GMB, is discussing cutting funding for the Labour party at its annual conference in Plymouth. Paul Kenny, their general secretary, explains why he expects funding to be cut.

Today's papers.

After surviving 10 hours in shark infested waters, the group of divers who got into trouble off Indonesia at the end of last week also had to fend off a carnivorous dragon. The herpetologist Mark O'Shea gives us advice on what to do if we should encounter one.

Thought for the day with the Rev Dr Alan Billings, director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University.

Following the resignation last week of two Tory MEPs over how they used their expenses, a third Tory MEP now faces questions. The Liberal Democrat MEP Chris Davies says why he thinks the expenses system needs to be changed.

Three British soldiers have been killed in Afghanistan, bringing the number of UK troops killed there to 100 since 2001. We ask Defence Secretary Des Browne if he sees our commitment in Afghanistan extending.

The government will announce plans to bring congestion charging to Greater Manchester, the first English city outside London to introduce such a scheme. David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, and Professor Stephen Glaister, from Imperial College, discuss whether these congestion charging schemes can be effectively used in other parts of the UK.

The Likely Lads, a television classic of the 1960s, is now back in a stage version which opens in Durham. We speak to the writers of the original series, Dick Clement and Ian Le Frenais.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The UK's children's commissioners have condemned the government's "punitive" youth justice system. We put their criticism to the Children's Minister Beverley Hughes.

Business with Adam Shaw.

What are the social and ethical challenges we face when using synthetic biology? The technique can be used as a way of detecting bacteria on medical equipment, but Professor Paul Martin, from the University of Nottingham, is concerned that the technology could be abused.

We talk to young author Sasa Stanisic who survived the war in Bosnia and has written his debut novel based on his experiences there in the early 1990s.

Douglas Fraser, Scottish political editor of The Herald, and David Yelland, the former editor of The Sun, discuss whether the media coverage of the news in Scotland and England since devolution has fuelled cross border ignorance and indifference.


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