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Today: Thursday 12 February 2009

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The Financial Services Authority (FSA), the City watchdog, has said it raised concerns about the way HBOS was being run as far back as 2002. And police are questioning two people in relation to the bushfires in southern Australia that have killed at least 181 people.

The government faces "a real challenge" to complete its flagship school building programme on time and on budget, the National Audit Office says. Schools minister Jim Knight discusses whether the Building Schools for the Future programme is two years late and up to 10bn over budget.

Despite a Norfolk couple being told they "may be right" in believing they have been victims of a miscarriage of justice, they cannot get their children back after they were adopted in 2005. Andrew Bainham, a reader in family law and policy at the Cambridge Law faculty, explains why the ruling could not be reversed.

The use of the word "elderly" can be stereotypical and demeaning, a guide to help journalists avoid being ageist concludes. Editor of the guide Stuart Greenbaum, the director of public relations at the Ageing Services of California, discusses if "older adults" are offended by being called a "codger", a "fogey" or a "fossil".

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

It is the 200th birthday of Charles Darwin. Science correspondent Tom Feilden visits the biggest science conference in the world at the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Chicago, to consider life, its origins and future - the main theme of this year's conference.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

A Dutch MP who described the Koran as a "fascist book" has been banned from entering the UK amid fears his presence would endanger public security. Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesman Chris Huhne discusses why Freedom Party MP Geert Wilders will not be allowed into the UK.

Today's papers.

The British Antarctic Survey is starting a recruitment campaign. Tony McLaughlan, an electrician currently working at the Rothera station in the Antarctic, discusses if working in such a remote region is a good idea.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham.

The banking regulator, the Financial Services Authority, has set out the warnings it delivered to HBOS over the way it managed risk. Nick Cosgrove sets out the chronology of the warnings issued; Peter Hahn, of Cass Business School, discusses what appears to have happened and the power of the regulator and the former head of communications at Lehman Brothers Andrew Gowers, now at the London Business School, examines how the banking sector has to change.

A Norfolk couple, whose children were adopted after accusations of abuse, have been told they cannot get them back. Evidence came to light in 2007 showing the child may not have suffered deliberate injury. Lawyer for the parents George Hawks and Lisa Christensen, director of children's services at Norfolk County Council, discuss if these types of judgements should be final.

Gordon Brown is set for a grilling on the economy in his twice-yearly question-and-answer session with senior MPs. Political editor Nick Robinson gives details of the session, which usually lasts up to two-and-a-half hours.

The press should be more considerate of "older adults", the Ageing Services of California says. Just a Minute panellist Sir Clement Freud and journalist Stanley Johnson, father of London mayor Boris, discuss if the media patronises people over a certain age.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born exactly 200 years ago, sharing the same birthday. Steve Jones, professor of genetics at University College, London, and historian Prof David Reynolds, of Cambridge University, discuss if there are any similarities between the two.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A growing number of children in state schools across the UK are being taught in Welsh, Scottish Gaelic and Irish. Correspondent Colette Hume gets a taste of the different languages in UK schools. Professor David Reynolds, professor of education at Plymouth University and former adviser to the Department of Education, and head teacher Donalda McComb, of Glasgow Gaelic School, discuss if a different language gives children the edge over pupils who're being taught in English.

On the 200th anniversary of the birth of Charles Darwin, conservationists are warning that the Galapagos Islands are threatened by a surge in tourism. Environment correspondent David Shukman reports on the Darwin Foundation's fears that there could be irreversible damage to the fragile wildlife.

Is the era of US domination over? Times columnist Oliver Kamm, and Sir Lawrence Freedman, professor of war studies at King's College, London, discuss if the country's global standing is in decline.


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