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Today: Thursday 13 November 2008

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An independent investigation is starting into child protection services in the London borough where a baby died after months of abuse. And Germany, Europe's biggest economy, is expected to confirm that its economy is officially in recession.

An independent investigation is starting into child protection services in the London borough where a baby boy died after months of abuse, despite 60 visits to his family by social workers. Labour MP for Wansdyke, Dan Norris, is a former child protection officer and he gives his reaction.

The governor of the Bank of England painted a picture of the UK's economic landscape next year which could hardly be more different from the outlook prevailing in the earlier part of this year. High inflation caused by rocketing food and energy bills will give way to deflation and falling prices. Dr Jon Danielsson, from the London School of Economics, explains what it means.

Police reveal that the inquiry at the Haut de la Garenne children's home in Jersey is no longer a murder investigation. Most of the fragments of bone found at the former children's home turned out to come from animals. Paul Millen, the author of Crime Scene Investigator and an expert in forensic evidence, discusses the case.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

How addictive are computer games? Eleven million people around the world regularly play a game online called Warcraft which is why there's been such a clamour about its latest edition. But should we be worried that young people could become addicted to games like that? Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

In the United States there is a wrangle over the country's giant car manufacturers, General Motors, Chrysler and Ford. They've asked for a $33bn government loan after suffering huge falls in sales. Tony Woodley, from the union Unite, gives his reaction.

Today's papers.

Children used to want to grow up to be astronauts and train drivers, now it seems they want to be famous. Could "being a celebrity" really be a career choice? Former Mirror editor Piers Morgan gives his reaction - as does astronaut Jean Francois Clervoy, who is visiting schools to talk to children about a career in space.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins.

Detectives probing alleged abuse at a Jersey children's home have said no-one was murdered there and previously released evidence had been inaccurate. Lenny Harper, the man who was in charge of the investigation until he retired in August, discusses the investigation into child abuse on the island.

The German economy has fallen into recession after figures show the economy has shrunk for two quarters in a row. In the UK, BT has announced 10,000 job cuts, mainly among agency workers, contractors and offshore staff. Andy Kerr, deputy general secretary of the Communication Workers Union (CWU) and business editor Robert Peston react to the news and evaluate what this means for the UK economy.

If child protection systems have been refined over the years, why is it that in Haringey, they couldn't help the 17-month-old boy who died as a result of abuse, despite 60 visits to his family by social workers? Children's Secretary Ed Balls wants a report on the council's handling of the case within two weeks to try to come to some conclusions.

Last week Royal Worcester and Spode (which supplies the Queen) went into administration. This week, 150 workers at Wedgwood volunteered for redundancy. Bob Walker reports from an area which still calls itself the Potteries.

Sport news with Rob Bonnet.

Kadeem Blackwood, a 15-year-old boy, was walking with a group of friends in a Derby street on Tuesday evening when he was shot in the chest and died. A 19-year-old man is still being questioned about his death. Nicola Stanbridge reports on how it has caused shock to a city unused to such crime.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Mitch Mitchell, the British drummer in the seminal 1960s band the Jimi Hendrix Experience, has been found dead in his US hotel room, authorities say.

Two obscure film-makers have been revealed as the men behind a hoax US blog that made international news in the aftermath during the recent Presidential election. Dan Mirvish and Eitan Gorlin posed as fictional Republican strategist Martin Eisenstadt, and managed to fool many of the major US networks into thinking that - among other things - Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin did not know that Africa was a continent.

An asbestos-related form of lung cancer, mesothelioma, could kill up to 100,000 people over the next 20 years. Most victims will have been exposed while working in traditional industries such as shipping building and steel manufacture. Andrew Hosken reports on how one of the hardest hit areas is the industrial north-east of England, where the number of deaths has been steadily growing in recent years.

Could it be argued that there is a tipping point when a critical mass of women get into positions of power at which point the waging of war would become a far less likely prospect?



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