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Today: Monday 13 July 2009

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British troops in Afghanistan are to hold a private memorial service to remember the eight men who died last week in a single 24-hour period. And should more women endure pain in childbirth?


Is it possible to achieve the goal of building a more stable society in Afghanistan? Wais Barmak, a deputy Minister at the Afghan Ministry for Rural Rehabilitation and Development, discusses whether corruption is hindering reconstruction efforts.


The government is expected to announce £200m in extra funding for primary schools because some councils are facing a large increase in the number of applications for places in September. Liberal Democrat Councillor Malcolm Eady, who is responsible for schools on Richmond Council in London, discusses whether the schools in his area will be able to cope with an influx of new pupils.

Business news with Adam Shaw


A schoolboy from the Isle of Man has died on holiday in Thailand, after he was sucked into a swimming pool pumping system. Correspondent Alastair Leithead reports from Bangkok.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.


Do divorce proceedings in the UK need to change? Iain Duncan Smith MP, who runs think tank the Centre for Social Justice, discusses a report on proposed changes to divorce proceedings in Britain.


The campaign group Liberty has raised concerns over the way the Criminal Records Bureau makes checks on the people who work with children. One woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, describes how she left her children playing in a park for a few minutes while she did some shopping and found the incident was logged on her CRB file. Liberty legal officer Anna Fairclough discusses the organisation's concerns.


Following a recent series of high profile shooting incidents in the US, the southern state of Tennessee is changing its gun laws - by relaxing them. Correspondent James Coomarasamy reports on the law that will allow a quarter of a million registered gun owners in the state to carry their weapons in more public places, including bars and restaurants.

Thought for the day with Anglican priest Canon Dr Alan Billings.


Should more women endure pain in childbirth? Dr Denis Walsh, associate professor in midwifery at the University of Nottingham, has expressed concern about the levels of pain-relief being used in childbirth. He discusses his concerns with Dr Maggie Blott, a consultant obstetrician at University College London.


British troops in Afghanistan are to hold a private memorial service to remember the eight men who died last week in a single 24-hour period. Correspondent Martin Patience reports from Kabul on reaction to the deaths from those still fighting in the country. The deaths have reignited the debate over whether Britain is pursuing the right strategy in Afghanistan. Counterinsurgency expert David Kilcullen and Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies (RUSI), discuss whether the military and civilian goals can be achieved.


Upton Towans, the Cornish beach which is thought to have inspired Virginia Woolf's novel To the Lighthouse, is to be sold at auction. Nicola Pearson reports on the auction, which is being held after the beach was donated to a theatre in Truro by a local businessman.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Provisional figures published in the Financial Times suggest that more than two-thirds of applicants for sickness benefits are being rejected under a new testing regime. GP Dr Jonathan Richards and Liberal Democrat work and pension spokesman Steve Webb discuss what the figures could mean for the 2.6m existing claimants deemed unfit for work.


Does swearing help in times of crisis? Dr Richard Stephens discusses research from Keele University which showed that swearing led to an increased heart rate and heightened emotions that led to an increased tolerance to pain.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Can any film be so shocking that it can be deemed unclassifiable? The release of Antichrist, which features genital self-mutilation among other shocking scenes, has been deemed suitable for 18-year-olds. David Cooke, director of the British Board of Film Classification, and cultural critic Bryan Appleyard discuss what takes for a film to be unclassifiable.


Billions of people in the world live on $2 per day, but how do they do it? The sometimes quite sophisticated financial strategies adopted by people living on £1.25 per day are analysed in Portfolios of the Poor: How the World's Poor Live on $2 a Day. Author Jonathan Morduch describes what they found from tracking the financial diaries of low income people around the world.


Gordon Brown and Peter Mandelson, Trotsky and Stalin, Queen Anne and her servant Sarah. Historian Graham Stewart and author Simon Reid-Henry discuss what makes for a successful political friendship.



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