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Today: Tuesday 29 July 2008

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BP has announced its second quarter results. Business presenter Tanya Beckett reports on the company who made $6.1bn in the same period last year.

People who kill after suffering domestic abuse may be able to use a new defence to escape a murder conviction under proposals by the government. Geoffrey Robertson QC discusses how much difference this change will make.

A report for the chancellor is expected to say that there is no 'quick-fix' for the mortgage market. Ray Boulger, of mortgage broker John Charcol, discusses how quickly things will change.

The Foreign Office has admitted a serious breach of security after around 3,000 blank passports and visas have been stolen while being transported from Manchester to London. Correspondent Treeva Fenwick reports.

American presidential hopeful Barack Obama has returned home following his world tour and is preparing for the battle with Republican candidate John McCain. North America editor Justin Webb discusses the campaign trail as it enters the home straight.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Chris Grayling, the shadow work and pensions secretary, will give a speech in Liverpool on social division and inequality. He discusses whether the Conservatives can be the party for equality.

The Indian army has said that Pakistani soldiers crossed the heavily armed line of control that divides Kashmir and that the resulting conflict had killed one Indian and three or four Pakistanis. Victoria Schofield, writer and expert in the region, discusses if Pakistan and India are heading for a fourth war.

Today's papers.

Britain's frog population is suffering from two catastrophic diseases. Zoologists are keen to find out more and want people to log reports of dead frogs. Dr Andrew Cunningham, of London Zoo, explains what they want to find out.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins, novelist and columnist.

Proposals as part of a major shake-up of murder laws in England and Wales suggest the current defence of provocation should be scrapped. Solicitor General Vera Baird discusses the plan.

On 9 April, the Chancellor Alistair Darling announced a review of the mortgage market. Initial findings are about to be released. Vince Cable, Liberal Democrats Treasury spokesman, and Sir George Cox, formerly of mortgage lender Bradford & Bingley, discuss how the mortgage market can recover.

A professor in America has developed a model for predicting who will win the most gold medals at the Olympics. It is based largely, though not exclusively, on a country's wealth. Former Olympians Kriss Akabusi and Duncan Goodhew discuss whether competitors from poorer countries start at a disadvantage.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

A medical student with dyslexia is taking legal action against the General Medical Council to change the way doctors are trained, BBC News has learned. Angus Crawford reports.

It is the 20th anniversary of the 1988 Education Reform Act. It introduced a national curriculum, key stage testing of children, league tables, city technology colleges and grant-maintained schools. Lord Baker, who brought in the act, and John Bangs, head of education at the National Union of Teachers, discuss whether the reforms have proved a success.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.

The Foreign Office has admitted to a serious breach of security, following the theft of around 3,000 passports and visa documents. Tom Craig, of the information security company Amarlis, explains how this theft could have happened.

Could next month's Olympics in Beijing risk being a fun-free zone? The number of overseas visitors has plummeted due to tighter visa rules and heightened security, and bars and restaurants have tighter restrictions on opening hours. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville reports.

Political journalists breathed a sigh of relief yesterday when a Labour MP publicly declared that he wanted Gordon Brown to go. Do politicians say one thing in private and something very different in public - or are journalists prone to exaggerate? Chris Moncrieff, former political editor of PA, and Elinor Goodman, former political editor of Channel 4 news, discuss the media's role in a political coup.


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