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Today: Wednesday 11 June 2008

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The government is coming up with more concessions ahead of the vote on whether suspects can be held for 42 days without charge. MP Frank Dobson, who has become the unofficial leader of those opposed to the bill, is not persuaded by the concessions.

The governor of the Bank of England Mervyn King has warned banks that they may be required to hold more capital in reserve and curb excessive risk-taking. Will tying up the banking industry in red tape ensure banks never repeat the mistakes which led to the credit crunch?

BBC Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports on signs that a dialogue is taking place between the two main Palestinian factions, Fatah and Hamas. Since Hamas took power in Gaza, nearly a year ago, they have been estranged.

Business with Adam Shaw.

The number of thefts of metal from Britain's railways increased by nearly 70% last year and caused more than 150,000 minutes of delays. Ian Johnston, chief constable of British Transport Police, says a continuing world shortage of copper and a growing railway infrastructure are responsible.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

At their annual conference, the National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse (NTA) is discussing the efficacy of drug treatment programmes. Professor Neil McKeganey, director of the Centre for Drug Misuse Research at Glasgow University, and Paul Hayes, chief executive of the NTA, discuss the effectiveness of methadone.

Today's papers.

An Australian judge has stopped a long-running drugs trial because some members of the jury were playing sudoku in court. Nick Bryant, our correspondent in Sydney, explains what happened.

Thought for the day with the Rev Dr Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney.

The head of the world's biggest energy firm Gazprom says that the price of oil is going to double within 18 months. Dr Manouchehr Takin, an oil expert from Centre for Global Energy Studies, disagrees with the prediction.

The Commons will vote on the government's proposal to allow some terrorism suspects to be held for up to 42 days without charge. The proposal has become a daunting political test for Gordon Brown, who has made significant concessions to encourage support. David Davis, shadow home secretary, says he opposes the bill because it will not achieve its objective of saving lives.

The fourth series of The Apprentice is drawing to a close. Sir Alan Sugar discusses whether the show provides a good example for how people should behave at work.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Should the Bank of England raise interest rates because of worries about inflation, or lower them in response to the housing slump? Professor Willem Buiter, from the London School of Economics, and John Slaughter, of the Home Builders Federation, look at the issues.

Saudi Arabia is using the money it is earning from its oil sales to build six new cities. Crispin Thorold reports on a plan which could change the kingdom for ever.

Business with Adam Shaw.

Philosopher Dr Julian Baggini argues in his new book that our traditional culture of complaint has become debased. He discusses his ideas with Guardian journalist Anna Tims.

Ministers are expected to offer a last-minute compensation deal to help push through plans to extend detention of terror suspects to 42 days. Legal editor of the Telegraph Joshua Rosenberg says this seems almost akin to "blood money".

The director of the CIA recently said Al Qaeda had suffered "near-strategic defeat". Sajjan Gohel, director of Asia-Pacific Foundation, and Maajid Nawaz, director of the Quilliam Foundation, discuss what has happened to Al Qaeda.


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