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Today: Wednesday 20 August 2008

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Scientists have developed a way of identifying aggressive forms of bowel cancer which should lead to better treatment and survival rates. Professor Chris Hutchison, who led the research at the University of Durham and the North East of England Stem Cell Institute, discusses the findings.

The US and Poland have signed a deal to locate part of the US's controversial missile defence system on Polish soil. Correspondent Kim Ghattas is travelling with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is in Warsaw for the ceremony.

The Competition Commission has found that BAA, the company that owns most of Britain's airports, should sell two airports in the South East and one in Scotland. Christopher Clarke, who headed the inquiry, discusses the preliminary findings.

The government needs to step up efforts to reduce waste from business, according to a parliamentary committee. The chair of the committee, Lord O'Neill, says the government should move its priorities from household waste to the far greater problem of industrial and commercial waste.

Russia has rejected a draft UN Security Council resolution on Georgia, saying it contradicted last week's truce terms. Richard Galpin reports from Tskhinvali in South Ossetia.
Fossilised insect bought from eBay

Business news with Simon Jack.

A scientist who bought a fossilised insect on eBay for £20 has discovered that what he thought was an aphid turned out to be an undiscovered species. The vice-president of the Royal Entomological Society Dr Richard Harrington suggests where this extinct fossil may have originated from.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Tighter controls on the movements of sex offenders have been announced by Home Secretary Jacqui Smith. It comes as ex-pop star Gary Glitter left a Vietnamese jail where he served a 22 month jail term for molesting two young girls. Christine Beddoe, director of Ecpat UK, which defends children's rights, and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith discuss the new measures for foreign travel orders for sex offenders.

Today's papers.

Two British men are trying to break the land speed record for a wind powered vehicle in Australia. Pilots Richard Jenkins and Dale Vince discuss the vehicle they will be using, which was only built last week.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney.

Shadow Chancellor George Osborne is making a speech to the left of centre think tank Demos, claiming that the Tories are the true party of fairness. He claims that since Labour came to power in 1997 there has been growing inequality, falling mobility and rising poverty.

The airport operator BAA will have to sell Gatwick or Stansted and another airport in Scotland, the Competition Commission have reported. Chief Executive of BAA Colin Matthews and Tim Bye, deputy chief executive of BMI, discuss whether the commission's recommendations will improve Britain's airports.

Moving images of a female gorilla holding the lifeless body of her baby has left many asking whether animals feel similar emotions to humans. Ian Redmond, from UN's Great Ape Survival Project, and Miranda Stevenson, director of BIAZA, discuss Gorilla Gana, who appeared to mourn the sudden death of her three-month-old baby.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

Lord O'Neil has urged the government to change its priorities from household waste to the far greater problem of industrial and commercial waste. Paul Bettison, chairman of the Local Government Association's environment board says industry does not have the support required to cut the waste it produces.

Forty years ago, Warsaw Pact troops occupied Czechoslovakia to put an end to the liberal reforms of Communist Party leader Alexander Dubcek. Around 100 people were killed and hundreds wounded in the clashes that followed. An estimated 300,000 people fled the country. Correspondent Rob Cameron reports on the radio station that provided the account of Soviet invasion in 1968.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The developing world is ignoring the importance of pain relief, a leading doctor says. Sir Michael Bond, of Glasgow University, says it should be a human right to have access to treatment for long term pain, both physical and psychological. He discusses his opinions with Dr Andrew Suleh, chair of the Kenya Medical Association.

John Berger's new book From A to X: A Story in Letters was brought forward after it found a place on the Man Booker longlist. The novel is constructed from the letters exchanged between a small-town pharmacist, A'ida, and her incarcerated lover Xaxier. He explains why he used letters to tell the story.

The Competition Commission says BAA may have to sell three of its seven UK airports - two in London and one in Scotland. Peter Morris, of aviation consultancy Ascend, and Jonathan Bailey of the Manchester Airport Group, discuss how attractive the airports would be for a potential bidder.

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