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Today: Wednesday 12 November 2008

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The government has ordered a review of child protection services in England after the death of a toddler on the at-risk register in London. Would a troop surge lead to progress in the Afghanistan conflict? And 75 years on from the first photograph of what was said to be a monster in Loch Ness.

The latest unemployment figures are expected to make disheartening news following announcements of job cuts from Virgin Media and house builders Taylor Wimpey. Nick Garnett reports from Sheffield and economics editor Hugh Pym gives the latest prediction of the expected figures.

The death of the little boy, known only as Baby P, in north London has led to another review of child protection in England. Wes Cuell, acting chief executive of the NSPCC, discusses what it is likely to find.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Foreign Secretary David Miliband is going to Syria next week, a move that signals improving relations between with Damascus. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Energy experts questioned by the BBC are warning that this country will face an unacceptable risk of major blackouts in less than 10 years unless policy is radically improved. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin reports on criticisms that the government has dithered over policies vital to energy security.

The EU is scrapping regulations that govern the quality of fruit and vegetables. Dominic Hughes reports on the end of cucumber curve and leek whiteness regulation.

The paper review

The first photograph which claimed to be of the Loch Ness monster was taken 75 years ago. Adrian Shine, leader of the Loch Ness project, discusses why the myth of Nessie survives to this day.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser.

A shortage of sperm donors has led to calls that the 10 child limit per donor should be abolished. Dr Mark Hamilton, chairman of the British Fertility Society, and Professor Sheila McLean debate the number of children a sperm donor should be allowed to create.

The death of an at-risk 17-month-old baby following neglect and abuse has triggered a review into child protection in England, just eight years after a similar review following the death of Victoria Climbie in the same London borough. Joanna Nicolas, an independent trainer for child protection officers, LSE social policy expert Eileen Monroe and children's minister Beverley Hughes discuss what the review will need to do to prevent similar tragedies in the future.

How safe is nanotechnology? Professor Sir John Lawton, chairman of the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution, has released a major study which highlights safety concerns over the fast developing technology.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

What can the government do in the face of warnings from energy experts that the UK faces the risk of power shortages over the next decade? Energy minister Mike O'Brien outlines the government's energy strategy.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A compilation album is due out in a few weeks time, that is certain to be a big hit on American army bases throughout the world. To The Fallen Records is a music label set up by a soldier who served in Iraq, which aims to showcase songs written by military performers. The idea is to let veterans describe their own experiences of war through music, and perhaps even launch a new career or two. But are the songs any good? Our New York correspondent Matt Wells found out.

Is a troop surge the solution to making progress in the war in Afghanistan? Colonel Stuart Tootal, former commander of 3 Para battle group and Afghan foreign minister Dr Rangin Dadfar Spanta discuss whether the battle with the Taleban for Afghan hearts and minds can be won.

New figures may push the unemployment level to a 10-year high but what can be done halt the trend? Former Conservative Chancellor Kenneth Clarke and former Home Secretary David Blunkett debate the best way of getting people back into work under difficult economic circumstances.


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