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Today: Thursday 24 July 2008

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A campaign which will involve hundreds of thousands of letters being sent to internet users suspected of illegally sharing music has been announced. The plan commits service providers to working towards a "significant reduction" in the illegal sharing of music. Feargal Sharkey, of British Music Rights which represents musicians, discusses the plan.

Toddlers should not be taught punctuation as part of a curriculum for the under fives, according to a lobby of children's authors and educationalists. Michael Morpurgo, one of the signatories, and Professor Ted Melhuish, of Birkbeck College London, discuss new "literary requirements".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Polls show opposition to the use of GM foods in Europe could be falling. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on a new generation of GM crops with attributes aimed at the consumer.

Sports news with Kevin Howells.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and other religious figures will stage a procession in London to call on governments to keep their promises on aid commitments for the world's poor. The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, discusses the importance of ending extreme poverty.

Today's papers

Barack Obama will make a speech on transatlantic relations in Berlin. Correspondent Steve Rosenberg reports on the warm reception the senator is expected to receive in Germany.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Lord Harries of Pentregarth

Doctors in England and Wales are being told not to hand out antibiotics for common coughs and colds to help save the NHS millions of pounds a year. Professor Paul Little, who helped to draw up advice on prescribing antibiotics, and Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris discuss the new guidelines.

Six of the UK's biggest internet service providers are believed to be backing a government plan to tackle music piracy online. Andy Burnham, culture secretary, musician Billy Bragg and Becky Hodge, of consumers' digital rights campaign the Open Rights Group, discuss whether this will stop the illegal downloading of music files.

Lance Corporal Matthew Croucher received the George Cross for risking his life by using his body to shield three comrades from a grenade, but is bravery taught by the Armed Forces or are people simply born brave? Andy McNab, who was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Military Medal for his bravery in the first Gulf War, and AC Grayling, of Birkbeck College, London, discuss what makes people brave.

Sports news with Kevin Howells.

The arrest of Radovan Karadzic, the former leader of the Bosnian Serbs, has revived memories of the terrible Balkans conflicts of the 1990s. But in the former Yugoslavia, few people need reminding and many thousands still mourn. In 1995, the small town of Srebrenica in the north-east of Bosnia was the scene for the worst atrocity in Europe since World War II. Correspondent Andrew Hosken reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The secrets of the code-breakers who worked at Bletchley Park during World War II have remained hidden for many years but it has been turned into a museum. But some are warning that the place is in a terrible state of disrepair. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

The photographer Nick Danziger has just returned from two arid desert regions of eastern Ethiopia, Afar and Somali. He explains the series of photographs to highlight the plight of the people.

Scientists are developing what they call a second generation of genetically modified crops with benefits for consumers. Professor Ian Crute, of Rothamsted Research Institute, and Becky Price, of the pressure group Genewatch, discuss whether the public will welcome a larger role for GM produce.

A deal has been agreed between internet service providers and the music industry which is aimed at ending illegal file sharing of music. Nicholas Lansman, secretary-general of the Internet Service Providers' Association, says that this will encourage people to use legal download services.

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