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Today: Thursday 21 August 2008

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The High Court is expected to rule in a case brought by a prisoner in Guantanamo Bay against the Foreign Secretary. Binyam Mohamed, who used to live in Britain, wants the Government to disclose evidence which his lawyers allege will help him prove his claims that he was the victim of "extraordinary rendition" and torture. Correspondent Jon Manel explains more.

Accident investigators are to scour the wreckage of the plane that crashed at Madrid's Barajas airport, leaving 153 dead. Henrietta Ellekrog who works for SAS, which owns the airline that operated the plane, and Kieron Daly, editor of Air Transport Intelligence, discuss what may have happened.

The UK could be "energy independent" by 2050 without building any new coal or nuclear power stations, the Liberal Democrats have said. Nick Clegg, the Liberal Democrat leader, advises on the importance of independence in order to head off the threat to the security of our energy supply.

Business news with Simon Jack.

GCSE results are due out. According to the think tank Civitas, too many schools are bolstering their results by what they describe as "baby-sitting" pupils who are not academically bright, by keeping them at school until they get vocational qualifications. Anastasia de Waal, of Civitas, discusses the results of the report.

The Russian Defence Ministry has sent a message, via Norway, that it plans to freeze all military ties with Nato, as part of its response to Poland agreeing to base US anti-missile units on its soil. Mark Almond, lecturer in Modern History at Oriel College, discusses the unpredictable situation in Russia.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

The national census is out of date, too costly and should be scrapped immediately, a think tank has claimed. The 10-yearly population survey becomes out of date as soon as it is published and is likely to cost 500m in 2011, the New Local Government Network says. Bob Walker reports from Peterborough.

A colony of Mediterranean snails has been found at Cliveden House in Buckinghamshire, where they have lived in marble-wrapped secrecy for a century. Environment correspondent Richard Black reports on how the stowaway snails have never been seen in the UK before.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Elaine Storkey, president of Christian relief and development agency Tearfund.

It is almost certain that Barack Obama will announce who his vice-presidential running mate will be soon. John Zogby, president of Zogby International, discusses the importance of Obama's decision on his running mate, and whether history shows that it has made much difference.

As GCSE results are published, the schools minister Lord Adonis, and head teacher Joan McVittie, discuss the way the government is managing the bottom end of educational achievement at GCSE level.

The Proud Gallery in north London has put on a photographic exhibition of musicians who died at the age of 27. Iconic images of Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison are among the collection. Nicola Stanbridge reports on the exhibition.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

SuperDoctors is a new three part series for BBC One exploring medical frontiers presented by Professor Robert Winston. In the first episode Winston looks at the use of robots in medicine - are they the future of the hospital ward? Lord Winston and professor of computer science, Noel Sharkey, discuss how useful this expensive technology really could be.

The large number of gold medals won by Team GB at the Olympics is a dream for advertisers and agents as they line up to find the new face for their product. But how do they decide who they want? Hamish Pringle, director general of the Institute of Practitioners in Advertising, says creating athlete sponsorship deals is not easy.

Business news with Simon Jack.

There is a steak house in Amarillo, Texas, where they will give you a 72oz steak for free, as long as you can eat it in less than an hour. The record is less than 10 minutes. Eager to see how business is holding up in an America worried by inflation and foreclosure, correspondent Kevin Connolly went along to try one for himself.

It is thought that former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf, will have to go into exile. But where? History provides a few lessons. African leaders have favoured France, UEA or Saudi Arabia. The classicist Peter Jones and Doctor Nic Cheeseman, a lecturer of African politics, discuss where past fallen dictators have whiled out their days.

According to Mike Cresswell, of exam board AQA, GCSE exams have been increasingly designed to test children's problem-solving abilities rather than their memories. Is the demise of learning by rote a bad thing? Director of the centre for education and employment research, Professor Alan Smithers, and Andrew Cave of the Federation of Small Businesses discuss whether thinking skills can be developed without knowledge.

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