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Today: Wednesday 24 June 2009

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Former inmates of an American detention centre in Afghanistan have told the BBC they were beaten, threatened with dogs and hung from the ceiling. And a Home Office project to help failed asylum seekers return home resulted in just one family leaving the country - at a cost of £1m.


A £1m Home Office project to help failed asylum seekers return home has resulted in just one family leaving the country, the BBC has learned. Lisa Nandy, a policy adviser at the Children's Society, explains why she believes it was a "real scandal" that an opportunity to do more for the families had been missed. Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, says the project has been a waste of money.


France is to set up a commission to study the extent of burka-wearing in the country, after President Nicolas Sarkozy said the veils reduced dignity. Lawyer Stephen Suffern, who has worked on cases fighting Islamophobia in France, discusses if the religious garment could be banned.


Large parts of the UK's infrastructure including energy and transport networks are vulnerable to terrorism or bad weather, a report has warned. Alan Stilwell, who has been leading the inquiry for the Institution of Civil Engineers, discusses how utility networks can be improved.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


In the 1990s, Australia's mainstream parties had to contend with the emergence of Pauline Hanson and her One Nation party - which wrapped itself in the Australian flag and exploited fears of Asian immigration. Correspondent Nick Bryant finds out whether there are any historical lessons to be learned, as concern from many mainstream politicians in the UK about the British National Party increases.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Why has there been so little reporting of the Family Courts since they have been opened to the press? Reporter Sanchia Berg spends a fortnight in different Family Courts following various cases.

Today's papers.


What does it take to make a good inventor? The question is being asked at an event being held at the Royal Institution (RI). Neuroscientist Susan Greenfield, director of the RI, and Tanya Ewing, British female inventor of the year, discussion how inventive people can be identified.

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


Schools in England can avoid excluding very young children through techniques to manage behaviour that includes running off, biting and swearing, inspectors say. Primary school head teacher Tim Benson and Miriam Rosen, Ofsted's director of education, discuss what needs to be done to improve young children's behaviour.


An investigation by the BBC has uncovered allegations of abuse the US-run Bagram military base in Afghanistan. Correspondent Ian Pannell reports on former inmates' claims that they were beaten, deprived of sleep, threatened with dogs and hung from the ceiling.


Lord Turner, chairman of the Financial Services Authority (FSA) has said "we do have concerns" about executive pay. Jon Moulton, of Alchemy Partners, and Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Vince Cable discuss whether RBS chief executive Stephen Hester's pay package means it is "business as usual" for the City.


A squad of aboriginal cricketers is beginning a tour of England with a Twenty20 match against Kent. The team's manager Michael McGregor and Daniel Christian, captain of the National Indigenous Development team, discuss why the team is retracing the footsteps of indigenous players who came to England in 1868 - before the first Ashes series.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Iranian riot police and militiamen appear to have halted protests in the capital, Tehran, after days of clashes over the country's disputed election. Correspondent Jeremy Bowen considers whether, as US President Barack Obama has said, the violence used against protesters was "unjust". Telegraph columnist Con Coughlin discusses Britain's relationship with Iran.


It is the 500th anniversary of the coronation of King Henry VIII and Queen Catherine of Aragon in Westminster Abbey. Rome correspondent David Willey reports on the unveiling of the petition to the Pope signed and sealed by over 80 leading members of the English Tudor establishment pleading in favour of granting the King a divorce.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Almost a quarter of people in Northern Ireland would be unhappy living next door to a migrant worker or a gay person, a survey by the Equality Commission has found. Bob Collins, chief commissioner for the Equality Commission in Northern Ireland, discusses whether a spate of recent attacks on Romanians is a symptom of a wider problem.


Is French food as good as it used to be? Author Michael Steinberger and French cultural commentator Agnes Poirier discuss whether the withering of the small town bistro mirrors a decline in the culinary standing of the country.


John Bercow, the new Speaker of the House of Commons, is to chair his first Prime Minister's Questions. Political commentator Anthony Howard considers the extent to which the role of Speaker has become political, despite it being an impartial role.


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