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Today: Friday 29 August 2008

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A group of MPs says the government must give more money to help the millions of carers in Britain. The former Bosnian Serb leader, Radovan Karadzic, will appear before the International War Crimes Tribunal today. And is sat nav killing the art of map reading?

The son of Libyan leader Colonel Gaddafi has accused relatives of the Lockerbie victims of being "very greedy" for seeking compensation. He also claimed that Libya only agreed to take responsibility for the atrocity to end international sanctions against his father's government. Guy Smith, the journalist who spoke to him, explains what may be behind these comments.

Vladimir Putin has suggested in an interview with CNN that the United States helped provoke the conflict in Georgia, and that it was done to influence the US election. US Ambassador to Nato Kurt Volker explains why he thinks Putin believes this.

The Democrats accuse the Bush administration of incompetence in managing the economy, producing a record deficit, a weak dollar and hardship for ordinary families. The Republicans say that the Democrats' only answer is higher taxes and higher spending that would make things worse. Professor James Galbraith of Harvard University discusses the US economic situation.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Convicted paedophiles are being offered chemical castration for the first time to help control their sexual behaviour. Sex offenders in jail can volunteer to take drugs to reduce their testosterone level to those of prepubescent boys. Donald Findlater, from the child protection charity the Lucy Faithfull Foundation, discusses the introduction of the medication scheme in the UK.

The former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic will appear in court in the Hague today to enter a plea in response to charges of war crimes against him. Olga Kavran a spokeswoman for the prosecutor's office at the International War Crimes Tribunal, discusses the trial and what impact will Karadzic defending himself have?

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Barack Obama has launched his bid for the White House with a speech promising to end the broken politics in Washington and the failed polices of George Bush. North America editor Justin Webb explains what it was like to be among the huge crowd that watched this vital pitch for the attention and affection of the nation.

Today's papers

This week, several hundred Israeli women of both Arab and Jewish descent took part in the first four-wheel-drive co-existence competition. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks travelled to the north of Israel to experience bumps, scrapes and thrills - in the name of peace.

Thought for the day with Canon David Winter.

The culture secretary Andy Burnham is to announce plans for 4,000 new sports projects for school children in England, at a cost of 36m. The scheme means a child can choose a sport and the government will pay for a 10 week course in it. Culture Secretary Andy Burnham discusses how it will enable 11 to 19-year-olds to take part in sports.

Barack Obama has accepted the nomination of the Democratic Party for US president. His speech attacked his opponent John McCain and promised change to the cheering audience. James Naughtie reports from the Democratic Party convention in Denver.

A Liverpool professor has deciphered the code in the 270-year-old diary of Charles Wesley which has revealed disputes over the future of the Methodist church. Professor Kenneth Newport, who spent the last nine years transcribing the diary, and Dr Philip Ashton, who's decoded the diary of a British prisoner of war, discuss their determination to crack the cipher.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Those who provide unpaid care for relatives and friends save the public purse an estimated 87bn each year. The committee is calling for a replacement of the current outdated system of benefits for carers. The minister for disabled people, Anne McGuire, and Preethi Manuel, who cares for her 21-year-old daughter with cerebral palsy, discuss the calling for a replacement of the current outdated system of benefits for carers.

There are growing fears of a return to civil war between Sudan's mainly Muslim north and Christian and animist south. Africa's longest running conflict, which ended in 2005, left 2m people dead and forced 4m more to flee their homes. Correspondent Mike Thomson hears the stories of two young orphans in Juba who lost their parents in the war.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The LPGA Tour, the leading circuit in women's golf, last night stood accused of infringing the rights of many of its members after introducing a rule stipulating that players who cannot communicate in English will be suspended. Founder of the Women's PGA, Vivien Saunders, and Graham Spiers, a sports journalist, debate the new rule.

John McCain is expected to name his running mate in the next 24 hours and then the Republican convention begins in Minneapolis. Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, and former leader of the Liberal Party Lord Steel, discuss the challenges facing Senator Obama if he became president.

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