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Today: Tuesday 24 March 2009

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The Home Office's counter-terrorism strategy Contest is to change its approach to conservative Muslim groups that teach that Islam is incompatible with Western democracy. The existing approach includes an initiative called 'Preventing Violent Extremism' under which the authorities have been prepared to work with such groups but Home Secretary Jacqui Smith has said that the government ought to be tougher on them, as they "create a space" in which "violent extremism is more likely".


US treasury secretary Timothy Geithner has unveiled details of the Obama administration's plans to rescue the economy. Mr Geithner said the government would use about a $100bn of bail-out money to entice private investors to buy what have become known as "toxic assets". Correspondent Richard Lister describes the reaction to the plan, and Jim O'Neil, head of global economic research for Goldman Sachs, explains what the economic repercussions may be.


A new website for children being bullied via mobile phone or the internet, known as "cyber-bullying", has been visited by more that 23,000 people in three weeks. Newsbeat Reporter Dan Whitworth explains how the website can help these children.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The family of Lindsay Ann Hawker, the British woman whose body was found buried in a sand-filled bath on a balcony in Japan, are holding a press conference at the British embassy in Tokyo. Her mother Julia describes the progress of the investigation into her daughter's murder.


Conservative MEP Christopher Beasley has shown his objection to David Cameron's pledge to withdraw from the European People's Party by applying to be a full time member. Europe editor Mark Mardell reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Conservationists, including the RSPB, have said they will support the development of on-shore wind farms provided they are not built in areas where wildlife is especially vulnerable. Reporter Jeremy Cooke finds out how the project will work.

Today's papers.


A devout Hindu man is going to the High Court to challenge a decision made by Newcastle City Council to ban an open air cremation. Davendar Kumar Ghai is in poor health and wants to be cremated on an open-air pyre in accordance with Hindu law. Mr Ghai explains the significance of the practice in Hindu culture.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler.


The Health Service and Local Government Ombudsmen has released a report attacking "significant and distressing failures" across the NHS in its care for people with learning disabilities. The report found that one man died as a result of failings in his care and that a second man's death could probably have been avoided. Allan Cannon, father of one of the people who died, and Ann Abraham, Health Service Ombudsman, discuss what can be learnt from the report's findings.


The Home Office's counter-terrorism strategy Contest is to take a tougher stance on non-violent conservative Muslim groups that teach that Islam is incompatible with Western democracy. Correspondent Gordon Corera examines the debate surrounding how to deal with extremism and Home Secretary Jacqui Smith explains how attacks on "shared values" - such as a belief in democracy and human rights - can give rise to violent extremism.


A new book has disclosed that the American Top Gun fighter pilot academy was inspired by the elite flying instructors of the British Royal Navy. Military historian Rowland White and Commander Doug Macdonald, ex Royal Navy, discuss how British tuition led to the Americans "dominating the skies".

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Historian Niall Ferguson is to suggest in his Ruttenberg Memorial Lecture at the Centre for Policy Studies that the Conservatives "don't have a clear response to the economic crisis". Mr Ferguson explains how he has reached this conclusion.


Violence relating to organised crime accounted for 6,000 deaths in Mexico last year. Correspondent Matthew Price reports from Juarez, one of the worst hit cities.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


When the M1 motorway was built 50 years ago, changes to road signs were introduced to ensure that passengers travelling at high speeds could read them from a distance. Margaret Calvert, one of the designers of the new signs, describes the amount of thought that went in to the new look.


The government is to announce changes to its anti-terrorism strategy which will include tackling the ideology that can lead to violent extremism. Maajid Nawaz, a former member of the Islamist group Hizb ut-Tahrir, and now head of the counter-terrorism think tank the Quilliam Foundation, tells reporter Jack Izzard that militant Islamist groups pose a serious threat, even if they do not condone violence.


Hizb ut-Tahrir is one of the non-violent Islamic groups that is viewed as dangerous by the government. Their spokesman Taji Mustafa describes their response to Jacqui Smith's comments, that groups such as his create the framework for terrorist activity.


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