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Today: Wednesday 8 July 2009

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The Chancellor is to set out plans to change the way Britain's banking system is regulated. Scientists in Newcastle say they have become the first in the world to create human sperm in a laboratory but some experts are casting doubt on their claims. And we hear about plans for a new altar piece for Saint Paul's Cathedral.


A new framework for regulating banks is to be outlined in a government White Paper. BBC business editor Robert Peston explains the details and Vince Cable, deputy leader of the Liberal Democrats, gives his analysis of whether the right actions are being taken to prevent a recurrence of the recent financial crisis.


The Chinese government has blamed an organisation called the World Uyghur Congress for orchestrating the violence in Xinjiang province. The organisation's president Rebiya Kadeer, who was jailed by the Chinese authorities and is now in exile in the US, discusses whether the organisation has played a part in the riots.


The Gleneagles G8 summit four years ago took place in the media spotlight, with high hopes of a new deal for the developing world. As this year's G8 gets underway, Karen Allen in Johannesburg and Chris Morris in Delhi report on whether the G8 have delivered on their promises to developing and emerging economies.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Michael Jackson's daughter Paris has made a poignant tribute at the end of a memorial service for the pop star in Los Angeles. Correspondent David Willis describes the event.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth is to reaffirm the UK's commitment to operations in Afghanistan in his first major speech since being promoted. Mr Ainsworth discusses the purpose of a war in which six British soldiers have been killed the past week.

Today's papers.


As the Ashes get underway in Cardiff, has the new Australian cricket team moved away from their old macho identity? Sydney Correspondent, Nick Bryant reports on a team that not only has a new line up, but a new look.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


The government is considering plans to allow students in England to go to university without paying tuition fees, if they decide not to take up government financial support. Wes Streeting, the president of the National Union of Students and Maggie Scott, assistant chief executive and policy director at the Association of Colleges, discuss whether the plan will appeal to students.


UK forces are on a major offensive against the Taliban ahead of presidential elections in Afghanistan. Six British soldiers have died in the last week. Ian Pannell reports from the front line in Helmand province. Spokesman for British forces Lt Col Nick Richardson discusses whether the offensive has been a success.


A slew of measures are to be published in a White Paper on bank regulation, but it will also acknowledge a big new idea in financial policy known as macro-prudential regulation. Avinash Persaud, a member of the UN commission of experts on financial reform, and former chief executive of Lloyds TSB Sir Brian Pitman discuss whether banks can be prevented from lending too much in future economic booms.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Scientists in Newcastle say they have achieved a world first by creating human sperm in a laboratory. The researchers believe the work could eventually help men with fertility problems to conceive. But other experts question the breakthrough. Professor Karim Nayernia, who has been leading the research at the University of Newcastle, and Dr Allan Pacey, senior lecturer in Andrology at the University of Sheffield, discuss the viability of the research.


Conservative MP David Davis, has accused MI5 of being involved in torturing a terrorist suspect who was being questioned in Pakistan. He was speaking in the House of Commons under the protection of parliamentary privilege about a man called Rangzieb Ahmed, who was convicted last December of directing terrorism. Mr Davis discusses his evidence for the allegation.


There are plans to adorn St Paul's Cathedral with plasma screen TVs and video installations. Cathedral treasurer Canon Martin Warner and installation artist Bill Viola, discuss the modern makeover.

Business update with Adam Shaw


An electricity generating paving slab and a flip-flop insole are among the designs on display at the New Designers exhibition in London. Sir Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, rector of the Royal College of Art, discusses the economic importance of supporting young designers.


The leaders of the G8 are meeting for a summit in Italy. On the agenda is the level of aid given to the world's poorest countries. Zambian born economist Dambisa Moyo, and Paul Collier, professor of economics at Oxford University, discuss if the current system of aid is helping developing countries.



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