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Today: Friday 22 August 2008

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A contractor working for the Home Office has lost a computer memory stick containing personal details of tens of thousands of criminals. The Home Office was first told by private firm PA Consulting on Monday that the data might be missing. Keith Vaz, chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee, discusses the latest government blunder.

Gary Glitter is on a flight from Bangkok to London despite his attempts to avoid returning to the UK. He will have to sign the sex offenders register and be monitored but will he also need protection from vigilantes. Nick Ravenscroft reports from Heathrow.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Two months since the second round of presidential elections in Zimbabwe, opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai has said that a power-sharing deal with President Mugabe is on the verge of breaking down. Karen Allen reports from Johannesburg on the country's political crisis.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

The Beijing Olympics have not ended yet, but there are already worries about whether the UK is going to raise enough money to train British athletes for the London games. Olympics minister Tessa Jowell defends the government's plan to raise 100m from the private sector.

The UN is worried about what is happening to the tens of thousands of people who've been made homeless by the fighting in South Ossetia. Melitta Sunjic, spokesman for the UNHCR in Georgia, said the UN needed $58m to help those affected by the conflict.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

Lenny Harper, the man who led the historic child abuse inquiry in Jersey until his retirement, has attacked the way the scandal has been handled. Liberal Democrat MP John Hemming explains how he is using the courts to challenge the government to intervene in the investigation.

Two weeks on from the outbreak of fighting, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili defends the decisions that led to the four day war and calls for unity in the face of Russian aggression.

At the start of the Olympics the British sports minister Gerry Sutcliffe made a bet with his Australian counterpart Kate Ellis about which country would get the most medals at the games. Whoever loses has to wear the national colours of the other country. Australia's acting high commissioner Frances Adamson and Gerry Sutcliffe debate the ongoing sporting rivalry.

Sports news with Rob Nothman.

The Conservatives have accused the government of a massive failure of duty in losing another batch of personal data, this time the information on tens of thousands of criminals, including their addresses and release dates. David Davies MP, from the home affairs select committee, and Tony Collins, the executive editor of Computer Weekly, discuss the latest data blunder.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The governing coalition in Pakistan achieved its main aim earlier in the week by forcing the resignation of President Pervez Musharraf. Imran Khan, chairman of the Pakistan Movement for Justice Party, discusses whether Pakistan's leaders will be able to contain threats to the country's security.

The government still needs to raise 79m from private companies to sponsor British athletes for the 2012 Olympics. Sports editor Mihir Bose discusses the cost of the London games with IOC President Jacques Rogge.

This year's GCSE results were the first in which the children had been educated entirely under a Labour government. Peter Hyman, a teacher and former aid to Tony Blair, and headmaster Anthony Seldon, who is Tony Blair's biographer, discuss what progress has been made in 11 years.


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