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Today: Saturday 28 February 2009

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Britain's most decorated serving soldier says not enough is being done to help ex-servicemen and women suffering mental trauma. And Gordon Brown is set to renew his appeal for Sir Fred Goodwin to hand back part of his £16m pension at a meeting of Labour activists.

Gordon Brown is set to renew his appeal for Sir Fred Goodwin to hand back part of his £16m pension at a meeting of Labour activists. Personal finance correspondent Richard Scott explains what the government can do to intervene.

The Communication Workers Union (CWU) plans to use a meeting between Labour activists and the prime minister to protest about government plans to part privatise Royal Mail. Political correspondent Tim Iredale reports on the 136 MPs who have expressed their dismay with the proposals.

US President Barack Obama has announced the withdrawal of most US troops in Iraq by the end of August 2010, as thousands more troops are promised to improve the situation in Afghanistan. Correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports on how effective UK forces have been in helping the US.

Today's papers

Yesterday in Parliament with Mark D'Arcy.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Self-harm affects at least one in 15 young people in the UK, the mental health charity Sane says. Chief executive of the charity Marjorie Wallace and Dr John Goldin, consultant child and adolescent psychiatrist at Great Ormond Street hospital, discuss why the UK has the highest self-harm figures in Europe.

A second mass grave has been found in Bangladesh at the scene of a mutiny by border guards this week which left at least 100 people dead. Correspondent Mark Dummett reports on the continuing search for dozens of missing officers.

Today's papers.

Japan's industrial production fell by 10% in January - the biggest monthly drop since records began more than half a century ago, the government says. Correspondent Roland Buerk considers why Japan is suffering so severely because of the economic slowdown.

Thought for the day with Canon†David Winter.

Britain's most decorated serving soldier says not enough is being done to help ex-servicemen and women suffering mental trauma. Lance Corporal Johnson Beharry, who has been awarded the Victoria Cross, discusses why he believes it is "disgraceful" that some veterans struggled to get treatment.

Public debt is hitting "Armageddon" levels and the government is breaching internationally agreed definitions of reckless fiscal policy, the chief executive of the Audit Commission Steve Bundred says. He discusses if the government has made enough preparation for cuts in public expenditure.

England's High Streets are in danger of becoming "ghost towns" unless action is taken to fill empty shops hit by the recession, council leaders have warned. Correspondent Phil Mackie reports on fears that abandoned high streets could become hotspots for anti-social behaviour.

It is the 25th anniversary of the miners' strike. On Thursday 1 March 1984, the announcement was made that Cortonwood pit in Yorkshire was to close. Screenwriter Lee Hall and Times columnist Matthew Parris, formerly an MP for West Derbyshire, discuss the events which led to the longest national industrial dispute in British history.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Is the US happy with Britain's military performance in Afghanistan? General Sir Richard Dannatt, the head of the Army, discusses if rumours that the US is unhappy with the UK's military performance in the country are true.

This week has seen a record loss for a British company, a huge pension package for one of the failed bankers who helped bring about that loss and a huge government bailout to prop up British banking. Conservative peer and corporate troubleshooter Lord James discusses yet another extraordinary week for the financial sector.

Today's papers.

The US economy is shrinking much faster than had been thought, the US Commerce Department estimates. Correspondent Laura Trevelyan reports on the revised figures, which were estimated at 3.8% a month ago, but have now been revised to 6.2% - the worst figures for 25 years.

A number of staged "incidents" are taking place around the country to test how well the UK is prepared for a terrorist attack. Reporter Andrew Fletcher interviews Dan Stephens, area manager for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Services, about the contingencies that the services have to deal with attacks.

Do humans have the freedom to control and choose actions? Authors Michael Brooks and Mark Vernon discuss if new discoveries in modern neuroscience bring the debate any closer to a conclusion.



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