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Today: Tuesday 5 August 2008

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A new vaccine designed to help HIV/Aids patients by allowing them to take a break from their drugs regime is being developed. Dr Barry Peters, of Kings College London, discusses how he's leading the research.

Chinese authorities have said they are confident that athletes and spectators will be safe. This assurance comes after an attack which killed 16 policemen in the restive Muslim region of Xinjiang. Richard Lloyd Parry of The Times, and author Mark Leonard, discuss the situation in China three days before the Olympics begin.

The Gangmasters' Licensing Authority - established after the incident in which 23 Chinese cockle pickers died in Morecombe Bay - should have its remit extended to include the construction industry, the TUC argues. Paul Whitehouse, chairman of the Authority, discusses measures against rogue employers.

Business news with Richard Scott.

Bill Clinton has used a world Aids conference in Mexico to call for an increase in funding to keep down the cost of drugs for people with HIV. Health correspondent Jane Dreaper interviews the former American president.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has produced a report which attacks the plans for parliamentary scrutiny in 42-day detention for terrorist suspects. Lord Lyell, chairman of the committee, discusses whether this change would create a "recipe for confusion".

Today's papers.

How much do the best-off in our society know about those who don't have money? When Ipsos Mori research asked high earners about incomes in Britain they discovered great gaps in their knowledge. Sarah Castell, of Ipsos Mori, discusses the findings.

Israeli building on Palestinian land has actually increased in the last year, despite a commitment under the current peace process to freeze all settlement activity. Correspondent Wyre Davies reports from the Jordan Valley.

Thought for the day with Akhandadhi Das, a Hindu teacher and theologian.

Northern Rock has announced its results for the first six months of the year, showing losses of £585m. Business editor Robert Peston and Peter Montellier of Newcastle newspaper The Journal, discuss the significance of the results.

The government finds itself facing a daunting economic landscape. Northern Rock has announced losses of £585m over the last six months. Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling discusses the economy and the Labour leadership.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Bryn Terfel, a celebrated operatic star, performed Verdi's Requiem at the opening of the National Eistedfodd in Cardiff. He explains what it is like to perform the opera in front of 3,000 people.

A new novel out based around the time-honoured theme of the British experience of India is to be released. Lots of books have been written about India, but do they get it right? Tim Parks, author of the novel Dreams of Rivers and Seas, and the Indian novelist Amit Chaudhuri, discuss the accuracy of novels based on India.

Business news with Richard Scott.

After David Miliband said "I have always wanted to support Gordon's leadership", what constitutes a political euphemism? Lord Fowler, former Conservative cabinet minister, and author Nigel Rees listen to some of the most famous examples.

Paul Whitehouse, of the Gangmasters' Licensing Authority (GLA), said: "I don't understand why if it's right to prevent exploitation in agriculture and food processing, it's not right to prevent exploitation elsewhere." Pat McFadden, the employment rights minister, explains why the GLA's remit will not be extended to the construction industry.

The murder of 16 Chinese police in the province of Xinjiang has focused attention on an area not often heard about. How serious is the possibility of a terrorist threat to the Olympics from the province? Charles Cumming, author of a thriller built around an attack on the Olympics by terrorists from Xinjiang, and writer Christian Tyler discuss the region.


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