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Today: Friday 15 August 2008

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US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be arriving in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. She will meet senior Georgian officials in an effort to reinforce the United States' commitment to Georgia's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Philip Bobbitt, author of the book Terror and Consent, discusses why the consequences of the fighting will be with us for a long time.

A set of school exam results published a few days ago reveals a worrying picture of children who can't read. One in five 14-year-old boys is reading below the level of an 11-year-old - a worse result than last year. Trevor Averre Beeson is a head teacher who specialises in turning around difficult schools and Linda Worden, who left school at the age of 16 unable to read or write, discuss the problem.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

It is 10 years since 29 people were killed by a car bomb in Omagh, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland. Chris Buckler reports on the aftermath of events a decade ago.

Sports news with Alistair Bruce-Ball.

British commander, General Barney White-Spunner, has said the majority of British troops serving in Iraq will be withdrawn in the next nine months. Bernard Jenkin, Tory member of Defence Select Committee, recently visited Basra and says the situation is much better than it was.

Today's papers.

In the Olympics, the athletics are under way and the first heats have been held in the men's 100m, always one of the great events at the games. Sports correspondent Andy Swiss discusses why the race is shaping up to be one of the greatest of all time.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

In the second part of his investigation, Andrew Hosken reports from Staffordshire, which is one of four constabularies participating in a government pilot scheme aimed at restoring common sense to policing. Home Office minister Tony McNulty discusses the so-called Public First Project and whether the police are return to a common sense approach.

The latest Sats results for 14-year-olds show that one in five boys has a reading age below what is expected of an 11-year-old. And that's worse than last year. Crime writer Ian Rankin and Labour MP Barry Sheerman, the leader of the commons education select committee, discuss child literacy.

The search for a resolution to the conflict between Russia and Georgia is set to intensify when US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visits Tbilisi. Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili has said that he believes Russian forces already control a third of Georgian territory. Moscow correspondent Richard Galpin spent the night in Poti and reports from there.

Soldiers from Norway's King's Guard will go on parade in honour of their Colonel-in-Chief - a king penguin called Nils Olav who lives at Edinburgh Zoo. Huw Williams reports on how, over the years, the famous penguin has been promoted through the ranks.

Sports news with Alistair Bruce-Ball.

A senior police officer has criticised some of the targets set by the Home Office, saying they are having a damaging impact on policing in England and Wales. Ken Jones, president of ACPO and former chief constable of Sussex, says he is very keen on any steps to help cut red tape for officers.

The decision of the International Rescue Committee to stop its work in Afghanistan after 20 years because of the murder of four of its staff this week highlights the dangers facing aid organisations there. Yet they are needed to provide basic services for the population. The UN secretary general's special representative for Afghanistan is Ambassador Kai Eide who says the violence against foreign workers has been on the rise for some time.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

When energy prices rise, as they have been doing, we are told we should cut our costs with better insulation or even think about trying to generate our own power. It might save money in the long run - but it can take years to show a profit. But it seems that a growing number of people are starting to think that the sums are beginning to add up. North of England reporter Nick Ravenscroft is with the Sutcliffe Family in Manchester.

The campaign group Republic, which wants to abolish the monarchy, is planning a legal challenge to the oath taken by MPs at the start of every Parliament, pledging allegiance to the crown. Solicitor Louise Christian says she believes the courts might rule that anyone who is obliged to take an oath against their convictions before taking up public office is being discriminated against. Conservative MP for Harwich and Clacton Douglas Carswell disagrees.


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