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Today: Thursday 25 June 2009

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Thousands of US troops have been sent to Helmand province because British forces "lacked capacity", the UK's top commander in Afghanistan has said. And up to 15,000 people aged over 75 may be dying unnecessarily from cancer each year in the UK, according to research.


Up to 15,000 people aged over 75 may be dying unnecessarily from cancer each year in the UK, according to research. Lead researcher Dr Tony Moran, of the North West Cancer Intelligence Service, discusses whether UK cancer survival rates could be made to match the best in Europe and the US.


The UK has more cocaine users than any other European country, despite global markets for cocaine, opiates and cannabis being steady or declining, the UN's latest report on drugs says. Sandeep Chawla, the lead author of the report, discusses some other findings of the research.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Iranian riot police are reported to have clashed with demonstrators defying government decrees to stop street protests over disputed elections. Correspondent Jon Leyne, who was asked to leave the country by Iranian authorities, gives his assessment of the struggle ahead.


Medals are often thought of as objects which celebrate great deeds of valour or sporting endeavour - but there is a lesser known tradition in medals that satirises human folly, pride and greed. Exhibition curators Felicity Powell and Philip Atwood, show presenter Evan Davis some examples of medals of dishonour.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Leader of the Opposition David Cameron is to give a speech on how a Conservative government would control the power of the state and make it more accountable to people. Shadow justice secretary Dominic Grieve considers if the law that allows councils to spy on people and the legislation giving police stop and search powers could be changed.

Today's papers.


More than half of Britain's A roads have failed to be rated as safe in a study of 28,000 roads and motorways. Transport correspondent Tom Symonds reports on calls from experts for better signs, lines, junctions and road surfaces.


Cambridge University is launching a campaign to acquire the private papers of the World War I poet Siegfried Sassoon. Lord Egremont, the official biographer of the poet, discusses the collection which includes photographs and notebooks including a draft of his famous soldier's declaration - arguing against the conduct of the war.

Thought for the day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Vicar of Putney.


Nearly 70 people have been killed by a bomb blast in the eastern Sadr City area of Baghdad, Iraqi officials say. Correspondent Jim Muir reports on one of the worst attacks in Iraq in 2009. Gareth Stansfield, professor of Middle East politics at Exeter University, considers whether the war in Iraq is nearing its end.


It is a shame that journalists are not taking the opportunity to report how family courts work, a judge working in the courts says. District Judge Lynn Roberts explains what she thinks of the new rules concerning the reporting of cases.


The BBC is set to publish the annual salaries and line by line expenses of its top 100 executive and decision makers. Media correspondent Torin Douglas reports on what exactly will be published.


Can Gandhi calm down commuters? David Sillito reports on why the words of the Indian leader - as well as Einstein, Jean Paul Sartre and other great thinkers - are to be included in service announcements on the London Underground. Comedian Arthur Smith says a good announcement can somehow bring people together on public transport.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's calls for the protests in Iran to stop appear to have gone largely unheeded. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen considers whether eyewitness accounts of clashes near the parliament building in Tehran can be verified - as BBC journalists face severe reporting restrictions. An anonymous protester gives his account of events in Tehran.


A British man who is suing the Home Office for collusion in his alleged torture in Bangladesh has given his first broadcast interview to the BBC. Home affairs correspondent Daniel Sandford talks to Jamil Rahman, who claims he was stripped, beaten and told his wife would be raped after MI5 asked the Bangladeshi intelligence services to detain him. The BBC cannot independently substantiate his allegations.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


It is 40 years since a riot began outside a bar in New York which is credited as giving birth to the modern gay liberation movement. Jim Fouratt, who was there, and Kenneth Partridge, who was on the London gay scene at the time, discuss the lasting significance of the Stonewall riots.


A judge in the family courts has told the Today programme it is a shame that the media aren't covering more cases in the family courts. Times columnist Camilla Cavendish and Justice minister Bridget Prentice consider why there hasn't been more interest from the media.



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