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Today: Wednesday 18 March 2009

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The chairman of the FSA, Lord Turner is to announce proposals aimed at changing the way UK banking is regulated. The plans will restrict banks from excessively risky practices in order to avoid a repeat of the current financial crisis.


One of the proposals put forward by Lord Turner is to limit the amount that home buyers can borrow. Ray Boulger, from the mortgage broker Charcol, discusses the impact this will have on homeowners and first time buyers.


The pressures of the economic crisis are affecting relationships in the European Union, particularly between eurozone countries and those outside it. The BBC's Europe editor Mark Mardell looks at how attitudes in Germany are shifting away from feelings of European solidarity.


A series of photographs taken by NASA's Phoenix Lander show what look like water droplets clinging to one of its landing struts, which may have splashed up when the when the spacecraft landed on Mars. Science correspondent Tom Feilden explains the implications of finding water on the red planet.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The North Korean dictator General Kim Jong-Il has a taste for Italian style pizza, and 10 years ago he flew the Italian pizza chef Ermano Furlaniss into Pyongyang to train his chefs. Mr Furlaniss describes the trip, and the toppings favoured by the leader.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Last month UN investigator Philip Alston called for the removal of Kenya's police commissioner and attorney general after accusing the police of killing "with impunity". East Africa correspondent Karen Allen reports from Kenya on what has happened there in the wake of the allegations.

Today's papers.


Health Secretary Alan Johnson is to issue a statement following a report by the Healthcare Commission that highlights how a poor standard of care put patients at risk at Mid Staffordshire NHS Trust. John Heyworth, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, and Nigel Edwards, director of policy at the NHS Confederation, discuss what can be done to ensure these mistakes will not be repeated.


The creators and stars of the science fiction TV series, Battlestar Galactica, have taken part in a public discussion with UN officials in New York. UN correspondent Laura Trevelyan explains what the show and the United Nations have in common.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.


Sean Hodgson was convicted of murder in 1982, but new DNA evidence suggests he may have been innocent. Mr Hodgson's solicitor Julian Young discusses what could turn out to be a huge miscarriage of justice.


Lord Turner, the chairman of the FSA, is to announce proposals aimed at changing the way UK banking is regulated. Business editor Robert Peston outlines the errors in judgment that led to the FSA under-regulating in the past. Jon Moulton, founder and managing partner of the private-equity firm Alchemy Partners, and Terry Smith, of specialist broker Tullett Prebon, discuss whether or not Lord Turner's proposals will work.


The Damned United, a film depicting Brian Clough's 44 days managing Leeds United in 1974, is to be released. Patrick Barclay, chief football correspondent at The Times, and the author Musa Okwonga examine the various skills that are required to be a good football manager.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Pope Benedict XVI has commented that handing out condoms can only worsen the crisis of HIV/AIDS. He made the remark to journalists whilst on a flight to Cameroon for his first visit to Africa as Pope. Martin Prendergast, from the charity Catholics for Aids Prevention and Support and Dr William Oddie, the former editor of the Catholic Herald, consider whether or not the Pope was right to make the statement.


Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man who kept his daughter in a cellar and fathered her children, changes all his pleas to guilty. Steve Rosenberg reports.


An NHS trust has become the first in the country to try fitting dementia patients with tracking devices. Clive Evers of the Alzheimer's Society explains the benefits of the system.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Figures show that for one in seven children in school, English is their second language. Tim Benson, from Nelson Primary School in east London, says the picture is not all negative but that there are problems for the school.


Since the UN special rapporteur Philip Alston accused Kenyan security forces of extra-judicial killings, those who provided him with evidence have been targeted. Professor Alston went to Kenya last month to investigate the police and military and accused them of killing with impunity. Professor Alston explains what has been happening in Kenya since he left the country.


Professor David Spiegelhalter, a leading Cambridge statistician, has accused the media of misusing statistics by making too much of one-off events, such as a spate of stabbings. He outlines how journalists have used statistics wrongly in the past.


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