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Today: Monday 18 August 2008

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In a survey about CCTV, 85% of teachers across the UK said they have cameras in their schools. Julia Neal, president of the Association of Teachers and Lecturers (ATL), said there are concerns that cameras are being used inside classrooms.

It is 100 years since oil was discovered in Iran - the first oil in the Middle East. Jon Leyne looks back at the chequered history of Iran's oil industry.

Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf, who is under pressure to resign before being impeached by parliament, is to address the nation, his spokesman says. Correspondent Chris Morris reports on the pressure the president is under.

The pharmaceutical industry is under attack from the chairman of NICE, who says that prices of some drugs are too high. Professor David Taylor from the University of London discusses how much the NHS spends on drugs.

British Olympians have claimed eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals in one weekend. Andy Swiss reports from Beijing.

Russia should begin to withdraw its troops from Georgia - but it is unclear when the pull-out will take place and how far troops will be pulled back. Moscow correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

A year ago 11-year-old Rhys Jones was killed by gunshot on a Liverpool housing estate. Winifred Robinson grew up on that estate, Norris Green, and has been back for Radio 4 to look at how the police are dealing with gun and knife crime among local teenagers.

Today's papers.

The Olympics minister Tessa Jowell has been visiting the small city of Weifang in eastern China to lay a wreath at a memorial for Eric Liddell who won gold in the 400m in the 1924 Paris Olympics. Daniel Griffiths finds out what happened to him after his winning Olympic glory.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Alan Billings, director of the Centre for Ethics and Religion at Lancaster University.

Recession looms in the UK as firms face "a difficult and risky climate", the British Chambers of Commerce warns. The BCC director general David Frost, discusses the economic situation.

Team GB have risen to third place in the medal table with their 17-medal haul over the weekend. Former British athlete Kriss Akabusi and Simon Clegg of the British Olympic Association assess sporting success and evaluate the UK's chances for the rest of the Olympics.

The chairman of the health body NICE, Sir Michael Rawlins, has accused drugs companies of overcharging for their products. He discusses his opinions with Richard Barker, of the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry, who says there is too much arithmetic and not enough clinical judgement from NICE.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The Iraqi government has confirmed that six employees from the American security firm Blackwater will be prosecuted in the US for their part in the shooting of 17 Iraqi civilians last year. Jeremy Scahill, author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army, examines the investigation.

Author Michael Leapman has been following five growers of prize-sized vegetables for a year and has now written a book called The Biggest Beetroot in the World. Clive Bevan, a noted grower of giant vegetables, and Michael Leapman swap tips and tricks.

Business news with Simon Jack.

For the first time a catalogue is being compiled of publicly owned paintings - many of which have been hidden from view in dusty council store rooms for decades. Steve Blears reports on where some of these paintings can be found.

Olympics, like world cups and even test matches create spasms of national excitement. Over the years, governments have tended to think that they can be helped out of a bad patch by a bit of sporting glory. Journalist Geoffrey Wheatcroft, and the pollster Peter Kellner, chairman of YouGov, discuss the feel-good factor.

Pakistan's president, Pervez Musharraf, who is facing increasing pressure to resign, is addressing the nation. Chris Morris, who's in Islamabad, and the writer Tariq Ali, discuss what he thinks will happen to Musharraf.


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