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Today: Tuesday 14 July 2009

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Older people in England could be asked to take out insurance to pay for long-term care in their old age, it is reported. And more than 20 Iraqis who worked for British forces are to sue the UK government, the BBC has learned.


Older people in England could be asked to take out insurance to pay for long-term care in their old age. Reporter Jack Izzard meets 93-year-old Katherine Dyton and her daughter Carol to discuss how they afford care. Lord Sutherland, who led a Royal Commission on the issue in 1999, considers if enough is being done to assist the elderly.


Why are British troops dying in Afghanistan? Security correspondent Frank Gardner reflects on his earlier interview with the Taliban's main spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid, and discusses the relationship between Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Cats use a "soliciting purr" to overpower their owners and garner attention and food, researchers at the University of Sussex have discovered. Dr Karen McComb, the lead author of the study, discusses how cats appear to have tapped into a human bias towards certain sounds.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Hannah Clarke, a 16-year-old girl from Wales who made history when - as a baby - she had a donor heart grafted onto her own, has made a full recovery. Miss Clark, her parents and Sir Magdi Yacoub, the pioneering surgeon who performed Hannah's original transplant, discuss the "magic" recovery.

Today's papers.


More than 20 Iraqis who worked for British forces are to sue the UK government, the BBC has learned. Correspondent Angus Crawford reports on those who are pursuing legal action - most of whom were interpreters who say they were not given adequate protection from attack by extremist militias.

Thought for the day with Reverend Rosemary Lain-Priestley.


Independent schools in England are protesting about "too narrow" rules for charitable status - as two out of five test-case schools fail to qualify. David Lyscom, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, and Dame Suzi Leather, chairman of the Charity Commission, discuss how the loss of charitable status affects tax benefits for independent schools.


The bodies of eight British soldiers killed in Afghanistan in a single 24-hour period will be flown back to Britain. Head of the Army General Sir Richard Dannatt reflects on the memorial held by troops in Helmand province.


Further tests will be carried out later to try to determine whether two people who died after contracting swine flu were killed by the virus. Science correspondent Tom Feilden and Professor Ian Jones, of the University of Reading, analyse the current spread of the disease.


The BBC Proms is to begin - offering not just a summer of classical music but also an opportunity to complain about the behaviour of audiences. Jonathan Lennie, classical editor of Time Out magazine, and Roger Wright, director of BBC Proms and controller of Radio 3, discuss the prevalence of inappropriate applause after - and even during - performances.


One of classical music's leading conductors, Sir Edward Downes, has died along with his wife, Lady Joan Downes, after they travelled to Switzerland to take their own lives at the Dignitas clinic. Roger Wright, Controller of BBC Radio 3, discusses Sir Edward's life.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The government is to reform the funding of residential and home-based social care. Health Secretary Andy Burnham and his shadow counterpart Andrew Lansley discuss whether asking older people in England to take out insurance to pay for long-term care is a fairer system than the current one.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Leading anti-apartheid campaigner Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a Nobel Prize-winner, has attacked the way western governments were complicit in the corruption that has done so much to keep millions of people poor. He discusses his hope that Africa is beginning to turn its back on its repressive regimes and to see the prosperity that comes from accountable government.

This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.


Safety alerts were ignored which could have saved the lives of 31 military personnel in three separate fatal air crashes, the BBC has been told. Reporter Angus Stickler considers whether MoD officials were made aware of technical problems before each of the three crashes.


The Christian Legal Centre is to celebrate its first anniversary. Former Lord Chancellor Lord Mackay and Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, discuss if Christians are being persecuted in the workplace and whether workers who are religious should be allowed to exercise their right to free speech.



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