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Today: Tuesday 24 June 2008

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The Conservative leader, David Cameron, is to set out plans to reform the health service in England. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley says the Tories will call for an end to internal targets in the health service.

Talks about improving the Palestinian justice system begin in Berlin. More than 40 countries will be asked to fund training for Palestinian police and judges. Steve Rosenberg reports from the German capital.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

In Australia teachers in Sydney's tough western suburbs say bullying and violence outside schools have reached unprecedented levels. Phil Mercer reports from Sydney on one teacher's response to the trouble.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The UN Security Council declaration on Zimbabwe represents a significant move in the diplomatic pressure on Robert Mugabe. Everyone agreed that the violence there makes it impossible to hold free and fair elections at the moment. But what are the diplomatic prospects? The former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Lord Ashdown, considers what would work.

Today's papers.

Should the Bayeux tapestry be brought back to England? Many historians think it was made in this country and it has never been exhibited here. Dr Dave Musgrove, the editor of BBC History magazine, and Dr Carola Hicks, art historian, discuss the issue.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.

One of the government's main challenges is to reform the banking system in the wake of Northern Rock. After months of discussion, the Chancellor has outlined a plan for a Banking Reform Bill. Economics editor Hugh Pym has been looking at the recent troubled history of banking regulation while Jon Moulton, the head of the investment group Alchemy Partners, gives his views. He has testified to a Commons select committee and has criticised the banks remuneration systems in the past.

School exclusion figures for England are due to be published. Does excluding kids work? Evan Davis speaks to Sarah Shaw, a single mother whose son had been excluded. The former chief inspector of schools Chris Woodhead says final decisions must be made by schools and Mal Davis, a head teacher from Willows High School, a comprehensive in Cardiff, discusses meeting the needs of the individual facing difficulty.

There is a day of national mourning in South Africa for the victims of a wave of xenophobic violence last month. The attacks left more than 60 people dead and displaced tens of thousands. But at the last minute the government called off the planned ceremonies, with no official reason given. Reporter Caroline Hawley visited one Johannesburg school trying to teach tolerance to its pupils and to help those affected by the violence.

Sport with Garry Richardson.

Last week it emerged that two former managers at the investment bank Bear Stearns would be the first to face criminal charges related to the collapse of the sub prime market. The news came on the same day that the FBI revealed it had made over 400 arrests as part of an investigation into mortgage fraud. Our North America Business correspondent Greg Wood has been speaking to Sharon Ormsby, the section chief for financial crimes at the FBI, who says action was taken to prevent future economic problems.

A summit in Dumfries in Scotland hopes to tackle the growing menace of seagulls in urban areas. The birds are being blamed for scattering rubbish and attacking people during the breeding season. Huw Williams reports from Kircaldy, where one business has adopted radical measures to deal with the problem.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

An academic conference at the University of East Anglia will look at female celebrity and ask whether they are attacked more in the media than men. Diane Negra, professor of Film and Television Studies at East Anglia, organised the conference and she discusses the issue with Gordon Smart, the editor of the Bizarre celebrity gossip in the Sun.

Slavoj Žižek the Slovene sociologist, philosopher, and cultural critic takes on the reigning postmodern agenda with a manifesto for several "lost causes".

Both John McCain and Barack Obama are left-handed, as indeed four out of the last six American presidents have been. Lauren Milsom, director of Anything Left-Handed explains the success of left- handers in politics.

Has the government lost moral authority to talk about pay restraint when the super-rich have prospered so much? Economist John Kay and the former Sun editor, Kelvin MacKenzie, discuss whether we should tax the rich more.


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