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Today: Thursday 14 August 2008

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Edward Stourton reports from Georgia and talks to Eduard Shevardnadze, former president of Georgia, about Russian intentions. Michael Davey, director of the European Bank, discusses the threat of the conflict with Russia to Georgia's prosperity.

The A-level results are out for more than 600,000 pupils in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Former chief inspector of schools, Mike Tomlinson, discusses the introduction of a new system of diplomas, being taught from September in England.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

The death of the Labour MP John MacDougall will mean a by-election in Glenrothes, the seat next to Gordon Brown's own in Fife. John Curtice, professor of politics at Strathclyde University, discusses why the by-election could threaten another electoral disaster for Gordon Brown.

Four sea eagle chicks are being released into the wild today in an effort to re-establish them in the east of Scotland. It is the latest stage in a 30 year-long project to reinstate the eagles, nearly a century after they became extinct in Britain. Scotland correspondent Colin Blane reports.

Sports news with Alistair Bruce-Ball.

Police officers have been promised that the burdens of form-filling will be removed from their shoulders many times before - and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith says she is committed to delivering the changes. But the Police Federation of England and Wales remains highly sceptical, as do many of the officers on the ground. They feel they have been forced to criminalise thousands of people for relatively minor offences while failing to take the fight to the real criminals. Andrew Hosken reports.

From the time of Georgian independence in the early 1990s, Georgians have regarded their Russian neighbours with suspicion - a feeling unlikely to be improved after recent events. But do Russians feel the same way about the Georgians? Caroline Wyatt reports from Moscow.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist minister.

A report by the Israeli military has concluded that an Israeli tank crew who killed the Reuters cameraman Fadel Shana and eight young bystanders in the Gaza Strip four months ago acted properly and will not face legal action. Reuters bureau chief Alastair Macdonald and Israeli Government spokesman Mark Regev discuss the investigation.

US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is on her way to Georgia. Matthew Bryza, the US special envoy to the region, and Georgia's minister responsible for South Ossetia Temur Iakobashvili discuss the decisions that have been made.

Have you always wanted a self-pouring teapot? An exhibition of labour saving devices is on show at the British Library in London. Author and collector Maurice Collins, who organised the exhibition, discusses the gadgets he is surrounded by.

Sports news with Alistair Bruce-Ball.

What do the A-level results tell us? And how will changes planned affect the next generation of pupils? Schools minister Jim Knight and Conservative spokesman Michael Gove discuss whether diplomas will enhance education.

The violence which sparked the Georgian conflict broke out initially in the South Ossetian capital of Tskhinvali. Reporter Sarah Rainsford has been given access to the town by the Russian military who now have full control of the region.

How's your maths? A recent survey concluded that a third of parents couldn't help children with their maths homework, even if they wanted to. Author Rob Eastaway is on a mission to change the UK's aversion to maths - and his latest book is How Many Socks Make a Pair?

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

After the conflict in South Ossetia, blame is being aimed at both sides. South Ossetian Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, says that the Russian army saved thousands of lives.

Will South Ossetia rejoin Georgia in the foreseeable future? Author and journalist Misha Glenny and Malcolm Rifkind, former foreign secretary, discuss whether hatred between Russia and Georgia has any chance of subsiding.


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