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Today: Tuesday 17 February 2009

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A former head of MI5 has accused the government of exploiting the fear of terrorism to restrict civil liberties. Council chiefs should publish their pay and perks to make them more accountable to local people, the Tories say. And supermarkets in the UK produce too much packaging, and should pay more towards recycling it, local councils say.

UK supermarkets produce too much packaging, almost 40% of which is non-recyclable, local councils say. Chair of the Local Government Association Margaret Eaton and Paul Kelly, director of corporate affairs at Asda, discusses if supermarkets should pay towards the collection of their packaging as an incentive to cut back.

The long-awaited UN-backed trial of a former Khmer Rouge leader in Cambodia has opened at a Phnom Penh court, 30 years after the murderous regime fell. Irish photographer Nic Dunlop, who has written a book about the Khmer Rouge, discusses his conversations with the man on trial.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

How will the recent spotlight placed on dementia sufferers, such as author Terry Pratchett's high profile documentaries, affect awareness of the condition? Niall Dickson, chief executive of the King's Fund, discusses if the government's dementia strategy is working well enough.

Film director Roman Polanski is trying to get a criminal case which has kept him out of the US for more than 30 years dismissed by the courts. Correspondent Peter Bowes explains Polanski's admission of sexual relations with a 13-year-old girl in 1978.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Zimbabwe's humanitarian crisis continues to rapidly deteriorate, causing appalling suffering, Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) says. International president of the MSF Dr Christophe Fournier and Moeletsi Mbeki, deputy chairman of the South African Institute of International Affairs, discuss if governments and international agencies are doing enough to help.

Despite predictions of "the worst recession in a century", the Baltic Dry index, a market which measures the cost of shipping raw materials and is seen - the Times says - as a bellwether for the global economy, has doubled in value over the past three months. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders explains the importance of the index and if this indicates "green shoots" of recovery.

Today's papers.

After two nuclear-armed submarines collided in the Atlantic Ocean, is Britain's "nuclear deterrent" as efficient as it once was? Vice Admiral Sir Tim McClement discusses why two submarines - one British and one French - did not detect one another.

Thought for the day with columnist and novelist Anne Atkins.

Councils in England could be given more power and made more accountable to the public, under Conservative Party proposals. Shadow communities and local government secretary Caroline Spelman discusses a "fundamental shift of power and wealth to local people and local institutions".

There will be one million people in the UK suffering from dementia by 2021, the Department of Health estimates. Former ITN newsreader John Suchet has spoken publicly about his own wife, who has Alzheimer's. Imelda Redmond, chief executive of Carers UK discusses what more can be done to help those caring for dementia sufferers.

It is becoming increasingly difficult to teach some of the classics of English literature because students don't have a basic knowledge of the Bible and classical mythology, the Poet Laureate Andrew Motion says. He discusses this view with John Mullan, professor of English Literature at University College, London.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Conservatives will publish proposals on how they would allow local councils to operate. Local government minister John Healey responds to the plan.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

How are galaxies formed? Dr Chris Lintott, an astrophysicist at Oxford University, explains why they have been running a project asking the public to help discover more about our universe.

The Council of State, France's top legal body, has recognised the French government's responsibility for the deportation of Jews during World War II - but the Council also appeared to close the door on the possibility of compensation being paid to deportees or their families. Professor David Cesarani, a specialist in Jewish history and the Holocaust, and Freddie Knoller, who was deported to Auschwitz from France, discuss the ruling.

The latest figures for the rate of inflation, for the 12 months to January, are expected to show that it has fallen again. Steven Bell, chief economist at the hedge fund GLC, and Liam Halligan, chief economist at Prosperity Capital Management, discuss what they expect the figures to be.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says the United States is watching North Korea very closely to see if it ends "provocative language and actions". Correspondent Roland Buerk discusses the promise from Mrs Clinton that the US will offer North Korea aid if it completely eliminated its nuclear programme.

Officials have banned kissing at parts of Warrington Bank Quay railway station, saying it holds up departing taxis. Ken Gibbs, the communications manager for Virgin Trains, explains the decision.


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