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Today: Thursday 17 July 2008

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A survey of cancer patients suggests wide differences in survival rates. Professor Michael Coleman, of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, explains how reliable the research is.

Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah has called on followers of the world's major faiths to turn away from extremism and seek reconciliation. He made the comments at an interfaith conference in Madrid. Correspondent Christopher Landau spoke to former Prime Minister Tony Blair, who is among those attending.

Financial regulators failed to protect policy holders in Equitable life, according to Parliamentary Ombudsman Ann Abraham. She says they should be compensated for the losses which came about because of what she calls "serial regulatory failure".

More problems have been found with the national curriculum tests known as Sats. Schools are finding children's scripts are being returned unmarked, with the pupils wrongly recorded as having been absent. Barry Sheerman, of the Children, Schools and Families Committee, discusses the ongoing difficulties.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Home Office is publishing a green paper on the future of policing in England and Wales and will announce what it describes as the "greatest reshaping of the police for generations". Correspondent Andrew Hosken reports on the problems facing the police force.

The family of two children who were killed by their mentally ill mother are complaining that the report into the case is "inadequate and scandalous". Bali Gill, a solicitor representing the father of the children, and Fran Pearson, of the City and Hackney Safeguarding Children Board, discuss the report.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Ministry of Defence is to double the level of compensation offered to the UK's most gravely wounded troops. Major General Arthur Denaro, former Commandant of the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, discusses whether these measures are enough.

Today's papers.

The building of the aquatic centre for the London Olympics is going to start three months early. Do the issues surrounding this sporting venue illustrate the problems facing the London Games? Sports editor Mihir Bose reports.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Lord Richard Harries.

People who get particular benefits from extra investment in public services should be prepared to pay more in direct charges to get access to them, a independent report says. Former home secretary Charles Clarke, who wrote the report, and Mike Denham, of the Taxpayers Alliance, discuss the findings.

The Ombudsman's report into the losses incurred by policyholders in Equitable Life says the government should apologise and pay compensation which could reach £4 billion. Vanni Treves, of Equitable Life, says this report is "formidable".

Schools are finding children's "Sats" scripts are being returned unmarked - with the pupils wrongly recorded as having been absent for the tests. Shadow schools secretary, Michael Gove, responds to further examples of delayed results.

A group of remote islands off the west coast of Ireland is campaigning to follow the lead of the Bahamas and the Cayman Islands and become a tax haven. Local people say the special status would guarantee their isolated communities a future. Correspondent Paul Henley reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg will set out how his party would reduce government spending and decrease taxes for low and middle-income earners. He explains what he's proposing as a "fairer tax system".

The government will promise to tackle bureaucracy in the police service. Paul McGeever, of the Police Federation, says they need drastic cuts in targets and less paperwork.

A multi-million pound prototype of a hydrogen-powered 4x4 has been unveiled. Professor Kevin Kendall and Professor Theodosios Korakianitis discuss whether this is the beginning of a hydrogen economy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

MPs have taken a step towards changing their controversial system of expenses. They agreed to amend the so-called "John Lewis" list, limiting spending on furnishings to £2,400 a year. Simon Hoggart, of The Guardian, and Iain Dale, Conservative activist and blogger, discuss what is really happening in the Commons debate.


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