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Today: Tuesday 17 March 2009

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A BBC survey suggests most universities in England and Wales want a substantial increase in tuition fees. Gordon Brown has spoken of Iran's right to nuclear power - providing it accepts strict controls to prevent weapons production. And the Football Association says parents are behaving badly on the touchline.


Universities in England and Wales want to be able charge higher fees, according to a survey by the BBC. Professor Rick Trainor, president of Universities UK, explains the organisation's research, which suggests that it is fees over £7,000 a year that stop students from going to university.


President Obama has promised to explore every legal avenue to prevent senior managers at the US insurance giant AIG from being paid bonuses. The company was bailed out with $170bn of federal money, but senior managers are still to receive bonuses worth $160m. Jonathan Beale reports from Washington, on whether it could damage the President's economic recovery plan and business editor Robert Peston analyses the row.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Josef Fritzl will be back in court for the second day of his week-long trial. The Austrian has pleaded guilty to incest and partially guilty to rape but not guilty to murder or enslavement. It is thought the court will hear more from the 11 hours of videotape of his daughter's testimony. Bethany Bell reports from St Poelten, in Austria.


Unemployment figures are expected to pass two million, with particular concern about 16 and 17-year-olds, who are having a tough time getting work once they have left education. Almost one in three were unemployed in December, as Kim Catcheside reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Gordon Brown will challenge Iran to join a new international effort to combat climate change by expanding peaceful nuclear energy. But Iran must also agree to stringent UN controls to ensure it does not develop nuclear weapons, or it will face further and tougher sanctions. Defence Secretary John Hutton explains why the prime minister is "engaging" with Iran.

Today's papers.


Some Australians are calling for a complete alcohol ban on Australian Rugby League players, after an alcohol-fuelled season launch got out of hand and one of the star players was charged with the sexual assault of a 17-year-old woman. Nick Bryant reports.

Thought for the day with the Right Rev Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark


A coalition of trade unions, business leaders, pensioners and pressure groups are calling for a new Post Bank to be set up, as part of moves to strengthen the Royal Mail. The idea is to have a permanent, publicly-owned bank, accessed through the Post Office. Billy Hayes, general secretary of the Communication Workers' Union, and Sir George Cox, former head of Alliance and Leicester, discuss the proposal.


Universities in England and Wales want to charge students more money for their degrees. Two thirds of vice-chancellors asked by the BBC said they should be allowed to charge £5,000 a year in tuition fees - currently capped at just over £3,000. And the government is about to review whether top-up fees, introduced three years ago, are working. James Westhead looks at how the first students to be affected by top-up fees have managed; while the Higher Education Minister David Lammy discusses whether students should be charged more.


Sir Paul Stephenson has suggested to the Metropolitan police that officers should patrol alone, rather than in pairs. Peter Smyth, chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, gives his reaction.


Robin Hood: hero or vagabond? His reputation is up for grabs. Writer Adam Thorpe, whose novel Hodd is about Robin Hood's band of men, and Dr Julian Luxford, a medievalist who discovered evidence, written by a monk around 1460, that paints a negative picture of the figure called Robin, discuss the mythical figure.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


A proposal from the government department for Innovation, Universities and Skills suggests that £1bn would kick-start the economy, if spent on science research. How realistic is such an idea? Nick Dusic, director of the Campaign for Science and Engineering in the UK, discusses the proposal.


As the prime minister makes a speech supporting Iran's right to develop a civil nuclear programme under international supervision, David Kay, weapons inspector at the United Nations, discusses the proposal.


The company that make Louis Vuitton luggage, LVMH, has accused Google of violating its trademarks by selling them as search terms to its rivals. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones explains why the case has gone all the way to the European Court of Justice.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Parents are behaving so badly on the touchline at football games that the Football Association has started a campaign to get them to change their behaviour. Writer Jim White and referee Herville Hector discuss pushy parents.


President Sarkozy wants to take France into the military structure of NATO, reversing the position that France has taken since President de Gaulle broke with the alliance in the 1960s. Frederic Bozo, professor of contemporary history at the Sorbonne, and Michael Cox, professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics, discuss the president's stance.


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