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Today: Wednesday 3 December 2008

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At least five England players are not prepared to return to India following the Mumbai terror attacks, according to former Test fast bowler Dominic Cork. Sports presenter Garry Richardson considers whether England players should "make a stand and say 'it's not safe for us to be there'".

How good is the care in our hospitals? The health think tank The King's Fund is calling for a major programme to change the way NHS staff deal with patients in a new report. The chief executive of the King's Fund, Niall Dixon, discusses whether negative stories from patients contradict the positive impression given by many hospitals' annual reports.

Following the announcement from RBS, Lloyds TSB and Bank Of Scotland - which forms part of HBOS - have also both now promised to maintain lending facilities to small firms. Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers Association, says she welcomes the confirmation of the banks' commitment to maintain lending.

The NHS is having to pick up the tab for cosmetic surgery performed abroad that has gone wrong, doctors say. Hamish Laing, a spokesman for The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons, discusses the risks faced by those who opt for surgery overseas.

Britain could soon be under attack from an army of invasive ants, scientists suggest. Dr Sylvia Cremer, the lead author of the study, discusses the ant, Lasius neglectus, identified only 20 years ago but which may soon be colonising parks and gardens across Northern Europe.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The House of Commons Speaker Michael Martin is to make a statement over the decision to allow police to search the offices of shadow immigration minister Damian Green. Former Labour minister Lord Foulkes, who's unimpressed by the protests, and David Davis, former shadow home secretary, discuss whether the Speaker will face a protest unless he grants a full parliamentary debate on the issue.

Today's papers.

Matthew Herbert is a musician obsessed with real life sound effects. He has combined a range of unusual noises together with a big band and tried to create a sound that reflects the use and abuse of power. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge listens to the sound effects, which include the shooting of a man, a cremation and secret recordings in the Houses of Parliament.

Thought for the day with the Right Reverend Lord Harries of Pentregarth.

Can you replace human soldiers with robots? The US military is considering extending its robotic program, which already includes unmanned planes that have been firing missiles into Pakistan, to include robots on the battlefield. Robotics experts Professor Colin Allen and Professor Noel Sharkey discuss whether a robot can tell the difference between friend and foe.

Around 10% of children in wealthy countries suffer ill-treatment every year, a series of papers by the Lancet medical journal claims. Professor Jane Barlow, one of authors of the series, discusses if neglect and abuse are under-reported.

The Queen's Speech will lay out a legislative programme that's been slimmed down by ministers in recent months, partly because of the financial crisis. Business secretary Lord Mandelson and political editor Nick Robinson discuss the speech, which is expected to focus on helping individuals and businesses through the recession. He also says the row surrounding the arrest of Tory MP Damian Green is "pretty self-serving by Conservative MPs who want to put up a smokescreen to hide their own party's role in allegedly colluding with a Home Office official in breaking the law".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A doctor volunteering in DR Congo has performed a life-saving amputation on a teenage boy using text message instructions from a colleague in London. The surgeon performing the operation, David Nott, explains how he had just one pint of blood and an elementary operating theatre at his disposal.

Does the free market corrode moral character? The question is to be debated at a special event organised by the John Templeton Foundation. French philosopher and writer Bernard Henri Levy, who is speaking at the event, says the free market was corrupted by the decline in moral values.

A campaign to crack down on illegal DVD sellers to make London a 'Fake Free Zone' by the Olympics in 2012 is being launched. Zubeida Malik reports on the initiative by The British Film Industry - along with London Councils, Trading Standards and the Metropolitan Police - to curb the losses in revenue the industry has suffered.

Barack Obama is said to recommend one book in particular to members of his incoming administration. Team of Rivals - the Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln is by Doris Kearns Goodwin. She discusses how much she is looking forward to a president who enjoys reading about the past.

Business news with Adam Shaw.



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