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Today: Tuesday 26 August 2008

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The proposed giant Titan jails could be dangerous and ministers have failed to explain why they would save money, a prisons watchdog has said. Dr Peter Selby, of the National Council for Independent Monitoring Boards, says he has fundamental doubts about the prisons.

At the Democratic convention in Denver, Barack Obama's family was introduced to a nation not entirely convinced by them. Our North America Editor Justin Webb reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Government, local authorities and employers have underestimated the economic benefits that migrants bring to local economies, according to a new report published by the Institute of Public Policy Research (IPPR). Sir Andrew Green, of Migrant Watch, and Danny Sriskandarajah, of the IPPR, discuss how immigration benefits Britain.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

A Ryanair flight on its way to Spain from Bristol had to make an emergency landing in France after the cabin lost pressure. Pen Hadow was among the passengers and said some thought they were going to die. Michael O'Leary, of Ryanair, responds to criticism of the airline.

Today's papers

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.

More than 80 Labour MPs have signed a petition calling for a one-off windfall tax to be imposed on energy firms who have recently recorded huge profits. One MP who signed the petition is Clive Betts. He and David Porter, of the Association of Electricity Producers, discuss how the government can resolve the situation.

The wife of Barack Obama has delivered a passionate address to the Democratic Party's national convention on why her husband should be the next US president. James Naughtie reports from Denver.

A former president of the Royal Society of Medicine has launched a savage attack on the way the NHS is run. Professor Paul Goddard retired because he was so appalled at the situation. He says that patients were left starving in hospital beds and not enough money is invested in the NHS.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Three years ago civil war came to an end in Sudan, after lasting 21 years. Two million people died and twice as many were forced from their homes. Now there is a real danger that it will all begin again. Reporter Mike Thomson reports from Sudan where he has been talking to the Catholic Archbishop of the country's southern city of Juba, Paulino Lukudu Loro.

Tom Rob Smith's novel Child 44, a thriller set in 1950s Russia, is up for this year's Man Booker prize. Tom Rob Smith and fellow novelist Justin Cartwright discuss whether the thriller genre belongs on the list.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

On the first day of the National Democratic Conference James Naughtie reports from Denver where Senator Edward Kennedy made a speech, despite the fact that he is currently undergoing treatment for brain cancer.

Former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has pulled his party out of the ruling coalition in a row over reinstating judges. Benazir Bhutto's widower, Asif Ali Zardari of the Pakistan People's Party, is expected to be his party's candidate for president. Pakistan's High Commissioner Wajid Shamsul Hasan discusses what the future holds.


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