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Today: Monday 10 November 2008

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MPs say the government should ban supermarkets from selling alcohol at a loss. The editor of the Daily Mail has accused a High Court judge of introducing a privacy law by the back door. And Rolf Harris tells us why he's re-releasing Two Little Boys after almost 40 years.

A group of MPs has called for an end to cut-price alcohol to help reduce the burden they say drink-fuelled disorder puts on police. Keith Vaz, the chair of the Home Affairs select committee, and Anita Adams, who is a licensee of two pubs in York and a member of the Federation of Licensed Victuallers Associations, discuss how people use and misuse alcohol.

Today's papers

At least 20 people have died in an accident on a Russian nuclear submarine when a fire extinguishing system was activated by mistake. Bob Ayers, from Chatham House, examines what could have happened.

Leading medical experts are warning patients against using untested remedies advertised on the internet which, they say, sell "false hope". Science correspondent Pallab Ghosh reports.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Over the weekend it emerged that the two Scottish bankers wanted to block the takeover of HBOS by Lloyds TSB. They argue that government money to recapitalise the banks means there is no longer a need for HBOS to be rescued. Sir George Mathewson, the former head of the Royal Bank of Scotland, explains.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservatives will this week unveil plans for a "funded tax cut" to help those worst affected by the economic downturn. The government will detail its plans in its pre-budget report, expected later this month - amid reports that the PM may be planning 15bn of tax cuts. Douglas McWilliams, from the Centre for Economics and Business Research, and Ruth Lea, economic adviser to the Arbuthnot banking group, discuss tax cuts.

The study of 17,800 men and women with normal cholesterol levels found a new statin drug cut deaths from heart attacks and strokes. Professor Peter Sever, the professor of pharmacology at Imperial College, explains what the study found.

Rolf Harris is to re-record his 1969 Christmas number one hit Two Little Boys to help mark the 90th anniversary of the end of World War I.

Today's papers.

Thought for the day with the Rabbi Lionel Blue.

Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond has urged HBOS to reconsider a proposal by two of Scotland's most prominent financial figures that the bank should take them onto its board; reject the takeover by Lloyds TSB and remain independent. He discusses the proposal.

Daily Mail Editor Paul Dacre has launched an attack on a High Court judge, accusing him of bringing in a privacy law by the back door. Lord Falconer, former Lord Chancellor, and Graham Dudman, the managing editor of the Sun, discuss Mr Dacre's accusation that Mr Justice Eady's decisions, for instance in the recent Max Mosley case, are "inexorably and insidiously" leading to a de facto privacy law.

Music teachers are being told to have no physical contact with children during lessons to protect themselves from allegations of abuse. The guidelines from the Musicians' Union have prompted an angry response from teachers who claim that some contact is essential when showing a child how to hold an instrument or use a keyboard. Julian Lloyd Webber and Diane Baxter, the national organiser for live performance and teaching at the Musicians Union, discuss what the guidelines mean.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Government borrowing is running at very high levels, and we are about to go into a recession which will make things tighter still. So why - all of a sudden - are the three main political parties all talking about cutting taxes? Political editor Nick Robinson examines the political thinking.

The two main Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah are supposed to be meeting in Cairo to patch up their differences. But Hamas has pulled out, because it says police loyal to Fatah have arrested hundreds of Hamas activists. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.

South Africa singer and anti-apartheid campaigner, Miriam Makeba has died aged 76, in Italy. She became known as Mama Africa and performed with everyone from the Manhattan Brothers and Hugh Masekela to Paul Simon and Harry Belafonte.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Four hundred years ago, half of England was common land - available for everyone to enjoy. Today just 3% is left and the Open Spaces Society is campaigning to protect that. Sarah Mukherjee reports from Hampshire.

Remembrance Day events have traditionally been geared around those who served and gave their lives for their country. But what about those who chose not to fight? Ian Hislop has been looking at the experiences of conscientious objectors and he discusses their history with Malcolm Brocklesby, whose uncle Bert was imprisoned in World War I.

The Church of the Holy Sepulchre, one of Christianity's holiest places in Jerusalem, is calm again after a huge brawl broke out between two groups of monks. Israeli police made several arrests after Armenian and Greek Orthodox clergy started fighting during a religious ceremony. Wyre Davies reports.



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