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Today: Wednesday 23 July 2008

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Doctors will face annual assessments and will be expected to renew their licenses every five years under proposals from the chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson. Dr David Jenner, a GP in Devon, and Claire Rayner, president of the Patients' Association, give their opinion of the move.

In the Serbian capital, Belgrade, an angry crowd of Radovan Karadzic's supporters gathered outside the special court where he was being held, chanting "Karadzic hero". Demonstrations in general, though, have remained low-key. Europe Correspondent Jonny Dymond reports from the Serbian capital Belgrade on how the country has changed.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents councils across England, is considering a legal challenge to the government's plans for eco-towns. Paul Bettison, of the LGA, explains why this challenge could take place.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Cattle egrets have successfully bred in the UK for the first time. The birds, which are a species of heron, are normally associated with African countries. Correspondent Jon Kay reports from their nesting site.

Sports news with Kevin Howells.

The Conservatives will unveil a policy on skills and apprenticeships. It wants to reduce the number of young NEETs - the group not in employment, education or training. David Willetts, the shadow innovation, universities and skills secretary, discusses the importance of the policy.

Lou Reed on stage
While working on the Pirates of the Caribbean films, actor Johnny Depp became fascinated by pirate culture and music and came up with the idea of an album of sea shanties. An all-star cast signed up, including Lou Reed, Bono and Sting, and now it's being brought to life on stage. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones reports.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

The arrest of Radovan Karadzic reminds everyone of the Balkan crises of the mid 1990s, when European powers were faced with a painful choice: whether to intervene or mediate. Robert Cooper, adviser for EU foreign affairs chief Javier Solana, discusses the idea of humanitarian intervention.

All doctors in the UK will face annual assessments which could see licences removed from poor performers. The proposals mean GPs, hospital consultants and private practitioners would have to renew their licences every five years, under proposals from the chief medical officer, Liam Donaldson. Patients organisations have welcomed the news, saying they have been waiting for such an initiative since the Shipman inquiry. Dr Hamish Meldrum, chairman of the BMA, explains how the scheme would work.

Hospital admissions in England, prompted by alcohol related problems, have risen. Ministers have told the drinks industry to act more responsibly in adhering to its voluntary code or face new laws governing alcohol sales. Professor Ian Gilmore, of the Royal College of Physicians and the UK Alcohol Health Alliance, and Dawn Primarolo, the minister for public health, discuss the government's move towards legislation.

After his arrest in Serbia, Radovan Karadzic looks certain to face charges of genocide and war crimes at the International Criminal Tribunal in The Hague. But what of the Balkan republic he established more than 16 years ago? Karadzic was the first president of the Republika Srpska which constitutes nearly half of Bosnia Herzegovina. It was also the setting of many of the war crimes committed by Serbs under the leadership of Karadzic and his military commander, Ratko Mladic, who remains at large. Andrew Hosken went to Sarajevo to speak to the Serbs there.

Can magicians teach scientists a trick or two about human cognition? According to an article appearing in the Trends in Cognitive Science, the answer is yes. Dr Gustav Kuhn, author of the study - and a psychologist and magician - discusses his findings.

Sports news with Kevin Howells.

It is the last day of campaigning in the Glasgow East by-election. The SNP claims to be close to pulling off an historic victory in what is one of Labour's safest seats. Correspondent Norman Smith reports on whether Labour is in trouble.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A cross-party group of MPs is trying to amend the abortion law to remove the legal restrictions that still exist in Northern Ireland, which is subject to much stricter guidelines than the rest of the UK. Labour MP Diane Abbott discusses why she is promoting this motion.

Senator Barack Obama is in Israel on his way home from the Middle East. He is giving a series of interviews for American television but Republicans claim it is unfair to their presidential candidate, John McCain. ABC television news anchor Charlie Gibson discusses whether Obama is getting favourable treatment.

A Healthcare Commission review of mental health services in England has found that amid some patches of excellence, there are grounds for concern. Dinesh Bhugra, of the Royal College of Psychiatrists, and Steven Shrubb, of the NHS Confederation's Mental Health Network, discuss the review.

A police officer has been transferred from duties at the Channel Tunnel terminal at Folkestone as a result of an incident in which a disabled boy and his parents were detained under the Terrorism Act. His mother, Julie Maynard, says they were accused of child trafficking.


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