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Today: Wednesday 25 June 2008

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Ministers have reached an agreement with one of the main Labour rebels over the Planning Bill, undermining a potentially damaging Commons defeat. Planning minister John Healey explains the implications of the bill.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Liberal Democrats' foreign affairs spokesman Ed Davey is calling for action to stop British firms, including Barclays Bank, operating through subsidiaries in Zimbabwe.

The government and local authorities should take flood protection more seriously, the official report on last summer's flooding is expected to say. It is expected to concentrate on a few main topics, such as the fact that drainage systems were overwhelmed last year. One way to deal with that would be to create or re-create wetlands, which have the capacity to soak up heavy rainfall. Our environment correspondent, Sarah Mukherjee, reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The chief executive of BAA will be making the case for a third runway at Heathrow at a conference. Colin Matthews says Britain's busiest airport, Heathrow, is "jam-packed" and needs a third runway to remain competitive globally.

Today's papers.

Should beavers be released into the wild? Alex Bushill reports from Escot Estate in Ottery St Mary, Devon where a pair of beavers, brought over from Germany last year, have been given a two-acre enclosure.

Files just released at the National Archives show how in 1972 scientists at Porton Down were asked to develop new non-lethal weapons as a matter of urgency. After Bloody Sunday, the military were desperate for new tools to deal with civilian unrest. Porton Down came up with a list of unusual ideas: a substance to make streets too slippery to use; glue to act as human fly-paper and instant clothes stiffener. Sanchia Berg reports.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, vicar of Putney.

A Law Lords ruling making anonymous witnesses in court illegal has left ministers urgently seeking to change the law. Until then, those who have committed serious crimes could walk free. The former Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer and Matthew Ryder, a defence barrister at Matrix Chambers, discuss the new laws.

A review into last year's flooding is expected to say that Britain is not taking flood prevention seriously enough. Nicola Stanbridge reported extensively from Gloucestershire in the summer of 2007 - and to mark the anniversary she has returned to meet some of those who are still suffering. The author of the report, Sir Michael Pitt, says the public must be given better advice.

The Army is bringing in new ration packs for troops, with 20 new menus specifically designed for hot climates like Afghanistan and Iraq. Food critics Maj Gen Patrick Cordingley, who commanded the Desert Rats in the first Gulf War, and The Times restaurant critic Giles Coren taste some of the new food on offer.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

US military deaths in Iraq are said to have fallen to their lowest monthly level for four years. Has the US troop "surge" been a success? Our Baghdad correspondent Nicholas Witchell reports and David Satterfield, the senior adviser, co-ordinator for Iraq says the country will take more responsibility for its own security over the coming year.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Environment Secretary Hilary Benn says that the government was determined to learn the lessons of the floods.

Could the Chagos islanders finally be allowed to go home 40 years after they were forced out of their remote Indian Ocean archipelago? On Monday, the House of Lords will begin hearing a final appeal. About 2,000 of the islanders live in Crawley, West Sussex. Our reporter Oliver Conway met some of them.

How do you ensure a good death? The neuro-psychiatrist Dr Peter Fenwick has written a book called The Art Of Dying, in which he recounts the experience of those who have witnessed deaths.

Before kick off in the Euro 2008 match, the two team captains of Turkey and Germany will deliver an anti-racist message. It is a joint initiative by the European governing body UEFA and the group Kick it Out. Former West Ham player, Bobby Barnes, and Dr Rogan Taylor of Liverpool University discuss its implications.


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