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Today: Monday 14 July 2008

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Teachers should be able to search pupils to stop them bringing alcohol and drugs into school, says a review on tackling bad behaviour among pupils. Sir Alan Steer, head teacher of Seven King's high school in Ilford, was asked by the government to come up with recommendations. He discusses the findings.

The US government has taken emergency action to assist the country's two biggest home loan finance companies called Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Between them they guarantee half the mortgage debt in America. Correspondent Greg Wood reports on how significant the deal was.

Government departments are not on course to be carbon neutral, a parliamentary committee reports. Departments pledged to cut their carbon emissions by over 12% from 1999 levels by 2010, and to be carbon neutral by 2012. Tim Yeo, chair of the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee, explains the findings.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The presidents of East Timor and Indonesia will acknowledge the role of state institutions in crimes against humanity committed during East Timor's vote for independence in 1999, a report is expected to conclude. Correspondent Lucy Williamson reports from Liquica, where some of the worst violence took place.

The National Association of Head teachers (NAHT) wants this year's Sats tests to be annulled. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the NAHT, says the problems are worse than initially feared.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The extension of maternity leave may be sabotaging women's careers, the head of the new equality watchdog has warned. Chief executive of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission Nicola Brewer said current laws had unintentionally made "women a less attractive prospect to employers". She discusses her opinions with Stephen Alambritis, of the Federation of Small Businesses.

Today's papers.

It has been widely documented that music was used to interrogate terrorist suspects in Iraq. Soldiers played everything from very loud rock music to Barney the dinosaur. But using music as a weapon is not a recent development. Throughout the 20th Century, music was used by governments to influence the way people behaved. Alex Ross, of the New Yorker, explains more.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, religious commentator.

Prosecutors from the international criminal court are expected to seek the arrest of the President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir, on charges of war crimes. It is the first time a serving head of state will face prosecution by the court. Correspondent Karen Allen reports from Khartoum. Geoffrey Robertson QC, who served as an appeal judge in the UN's war crimes court in Sierra Leone, and journalist Julie Flint discuss whether charges will make any difference to those suffering in Darfur.

The US government has announced measures to shore up the nation's two largest mortgage finance companies. Business editor Robert Peston and LSE director Howard Davies discuss the implications.

Young people who are caught carrying knives will be made to visit hospitals where stab victims are treated. Alf Hitchcock, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service, and Donald Mackechnie, of the college of emergency medicine, discuss how this will work.

Alliance & Leicester has received an approach for takeover from an unknown bidder. Adam Shaw reports on the announcement.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Clare Wigfall has won The BBC National Short Story Award for 2008. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports from the award ceremony at the BAFTA headquarters in central London.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A senior Israeli defence official has told the BBC that Israel is considering all options, including military attack, to prevent Iran getting nuclear weapons. Middle East correspondent Paul Wood reports.

Abbey owner Santander has made a takeover approach for Alliance & Leicester. Business editor Robert Peston reports on the developments.

The band Carbon/Silicon have released a new album which carries a message encouraging listeners to upload it to the internet. Tony James and Mick Jones from the band and Adrian Crooks, of the Performing Rights Society, discuss how musicians get paid when music is downloaded for free.

The US gay Bishop Gene Robinson had to stop his sermon in a West London church yesterday when he was heckled. Comedian Jo Brand and the Labour MP Stephen Pound discuss what makes a good heckle and how best to deal with it.

Sir Alan Steer has reported about new measures to help improve pupil conduct at schools. Former education secretary Baroness Morris and Anastasia De Wall, of Think tank Civitas, discuss whether too much is expected of our schools.


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