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Today: Tuesday 8 July 2008

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The UK economy faces the serious risk of recession, a British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) report shows. Andrew Smith, of KPMG, and David Frost, of the BCC, talk about the current economic climate.

The poisoning of former Russian agent Alexander Litvinenko in London two years ago involved the Russian state, Whitehall sources say. Security correspondent Gordon Correra reports.

Police forces in the UK are taking part in a major crackdown on the theft of metal. The crime is one of the fastest growing in the country. Colette Hume reports on the police on the trail of the metal thieves.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Despite being protected, many heritage sites in England are at risk, according to English Heritage. Chief executive Simon Thurley discusses the problems facing listed sites.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

At present rates, commitment for financial assistance in Africa will fall short. The G8 summit will discuss whether the $22bn commitment will be met. Campaigner Bob Geldof discusses his concerns.

Today's papers.

The Church of England has taken a significant step towards ordaining women bishops. Its General Synod rejected pleas from traditionalists to protect them from serving under women bishops. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott reports.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh.

In all, 40% of the UK's nuclear physicists will receive no base funding over the next three years, a new budget has revealed. The Science and Technology Facilities Council will present its spending plans to an open meeting of scientists at the Royal Society. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains more.

The G8 summit is underway in Japan. Leaders meeting there are facing an economic slowdown around the world - but they are also aware of past promises, such as those made on poverty three years ago at the G8 summit in Gleneagles. Diplomatic correspondent Bridget Kendall assesses the challenges the leaders face; while Peter Mandelson, the EU commissioner for trade, discusses the importance of trade talks on the G8 process.

The BBC will publish its annual report, while questions continue about the level of licence fee. Sir Anthony Jay, one of the writers of Yes Minister, says that the corporation needs to be slimmed back to one TV and one radio station.

London mayor Boris Johnson says he is "delighted" to scrap the proposed increase in the congestion charge. Plans to have a 25 charge in central London for high-polluting vehicles were suggested by the former mayor Ken Livingstone. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Following his series on care for the elderly, Today reporter Jon Manel spends a day on a hospital ward for the elderly.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The shortlist for the BBC National Short Story Awards has been announced. Each morning, one of the shortlisted authors will be speaking about their work. The second author is Erin Soros with a story called Surge.

Children are failing to recognise basic creatures in the wild yet recognise alien characters from TV, a wildlife survey reports. Naturalists and TV presenters Nick Baker and Mike Dilger talk about raising awareness of UK wildlife.

Is the G8 capable of delivering the sort of solutions the world needs? Lord Powell, former foreign adviser to Margaret Thatcher, says G8 is "unnecessary" and an "international circus" but Dr Kevin Watkins, of the Global Economic Governance programme at Oxford University, disagrees.


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