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Today: Wednesday 17 June 2009

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Plans are being announced for major changes to the regulation of the banking industry in the US. And, as Iran's political crisis continues, the head of the UN's nuclear watchdog has said he believes that Iran wants the option of a nuclear weapon.


The head of the International Atomic Energy agency, Mohammed ElBaradei, has encouraged international engagement with Teheran so that it has less incentive to create a nuclear bomb. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen discusses his interview with Mr ElBaradei.


Shadow home secretary Chris Grayling has written to companies that have bid to supply ID cards, warning them not to sign long term contracts because a Conservative government would scrap them. Mr Grayling discusses the Tory policy on ID cards.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Four years after Hurricane Katrina hit, thousands of New Orleans residents are still living in temporary accommodation despite being assured they would be re-homed. Correspondent James Coomarasamy speaks to some of those affected.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


More than a hundred Romanians have spent the night in a church hall in Belfast after suffering a series of attacks in their homes in the Lisburn Road area on the south side of the city. Ireland correspondent Mark Simpson reports on the attacks. Race Relations Co-ordinator in South Belfast, Denise Wright, and Malcolm Morgan, pastor at Belfast City Church, discuss the implications for the city.


The new head of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health says smoking should be banned in cars when children are passengers. Professor Terence Stephenson discusses call for the ban, which he made in the BBC News website's Scrubbing Up column.

Today's papers.


Acupuncture and hypnotherapy are not usually associated with the probation service but the treatments are part of a programme designed to tackle alcohol-related offending in Leicester. Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw, in the last of his reports on the probation service, examines why dealing with drink-dependant offenders is a growing part of probation work.

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


Chancellor Alistair Darling, is expected to say that he does not plan fundamental reform of the way UK financial institutions are regulated. Mr Darling discusses the analysis of financial regulation in his Mansion House speech, and debates the future of public sector spending.


Mass protests are continuing in Iran over the nation's disputed election poll. Reporter Jack Izzard attempts to gauge the public's opinion in Iran. Matthew Richardson, of Press TV - one of Iran's state broadcasters, and Dr Reza Molavi, director of the Centre of Iranian studies at Durham University, discuss if a recount of some votes could change the outcome of the election.


For most of 1941, the siege of the Libyan port Tobruk frustrated Field Marshal Rommel and his Afrika Korps and turned the tide of World War II in north Africa. In the second of his interviews, Rommel's driver Rudolph Schneider discusses hi experiences with the historian Rob Lyman and British veteran John Riggs.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Chancellor Alistair Darling is to announce that he does not plan fundamental reform of the way UK financial institutions are regulated. Business editor Robert Peston reflects on Mr Darling's comments. Former Chancellor Lord Lawson and Howard Davies, director of the LSE, discuss whether the regulatory system is to blame for the credit crunch.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


The anti-cancer properties of carrots are more potent if the vegetable is not cut up before cooking, research shows. Chef Phil Vickery considers if the whole carrot is better than the sum of its parts.


The UK Film Council has commissioned a wide ranging study into the cultural impact of film. John Woodward, CEO of the UK Film Council and British TV and film director Tom Hooper, discuss what UK films reveal about Britishness and cultural identity.


Does psychotherapy do more harm than good? An Intelligence Squared debate at the Royal Geographical Society will address the issue. Former psychotherapist Jeffrey Masson and government adviser Lord Layard put forward their sides of the argument.



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