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Today: Wednesday 10 June 2009

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Six Metropolitan Police officers have been suspended or placed on restricted duties following allegations of ill-treatment. And the health service will face the most severe and sustained financial shortfall in its history after 2011, a report by NHS managers warns.

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The NHS is facing its biggest organisational and financial challenge ever and will not survive unless it changes, an NHS Confederation report says. Shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley discusses how NHS managers, who will be told they face an "extremely challenging" financial outlook, can prepare for a possible financial shortfall.

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US Middle East envoy George Mitchell has urged a swift return to peace talks on his first day of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports on how are the half a million Jewish settlers, who live in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, feel about the cooler diplomatic tone from Washington.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

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The increasing use of secret evidence is weakening the credibility of British courts, says a human rights group. Eric Metcalfe, director of Human Rights Policy at Justice - a legal group supported by many of the UK's most eminent lawyers - discusses a major Law Lords judgement on secret material against terrorism suspects.

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Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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Gordon Brown is set to announce plans to examine a new system of voting MPs into the House of Commons. Former presiding officer of the Scottish Parliament Lord Steel considers whether the Scottish system should be used as an example for Westminster.

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A new mental agility quiz could help detect Alzheimer's disease more accurately than the traditional test, Cambridge researchers say. Jeremy Brown, a consultant neurologist at Addenbrooke's Hospital, discusses the evaluation, which initial trials suggest has 93% accuracy.

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Today's papers.

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Malaria, poverty, HIV and political violence have left Zimbabwe with more than 1.5m orphans in a country of just 11m people - more per head of population than anywhere else on earth. Correspondent Mike Thomson, in the second of his undercover reports from Zimbabwe, reports on the plight of Zimbabwe's orphaned youngsters.

Note - The BBC is not allowed to operate legally in Zimbabwe so some names and places in Mike's report have been changed to protect the identities of some of those he's spoken to.

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Thought for the day with Professor Mona Siddiqui, of the University of Glasgow.

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A 48-hour Tube strike has begun after talks broke down between London Underground bosses and the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) Union. RMT leader Bob Crow and Mayor of London Boris Johnson discuss if the disruption caused by the strike is justified.

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Law Lords will make a judgement on the extent to which secret material and evidence can be used against terrorism suspects in court. Liberal Democrat peer Lord Carlile QC and lawyer Matthew Ryder discuss how far the state should set aside normal rules of fairness to protect itself against the threat of terrorism.

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The number of words in the English language is on the verge of passing the one million mark, Texas organisation the Global Language Monitor says. The organisation's president, Paul Payack, and Benjamin Zimmer, a consultant for the Oxford English Dictionary, discuss whether the milestone is an important one.

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Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

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The health service will face the most severe and sustained financial shortfall in its history after 2011, a report by NHS managers warns. Health Secretary Andy Burnham discusses whether modest funding increases could be outstripped by rising costs within the health service.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

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Children with caring responsibilities are often "unidentified, unsupported and without a voice", research by the watchdog Ofsted has found. Eight-year-old Simone Campbell helps to look after her mother, Angela, who has rheumatoid arthritis. They discuss how being a carer has affected the quality of Simone's childhood. Roger Shippam, director for children at Ofsted, discusses what more can be done to identify the needs of young carers.

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An exhibition of stolen artefacts from Afghanistan, which were seized by customs officers at Heathrow airport, is to open in Kabul. Correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports on the 1,500 mainly Islamic art objects excavated illegally in Afghanistan and sent home to the National Museum in Kabul.

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As part of his 88th birthday celebrations, the Duke of Edinburgh will present the Tribology Gold Medal at the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Dr Colin Brown, director of engineering at the institution, defines tribology and explains what the prize is awarded for.

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The F1 driver Jenson Button struggled to fulfil his early promise for many seasons. But with his new team, Brawn GP, he is racing away with the World Championship - winning six of the first seven races. Sports presenter Arlo White talks to the driver about how he is handling the pressure of being so far ahead of his rivals.




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