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Today: Thursday 16 July 2009

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The boards of UK banks and the role they played in the credit crisis are expected to come under scrutiny in a report due out later on Thursday. And people should be balloted on whether they want to pay for extra security in their area, a police accountability review in England and Wales has said.


A former foreign office minister has told the BBC that he doubts that Britain negotiated with the right people in its attempts to free the five men kidnapped in Iraq in 2007. Simon Cox, presenter of the Report on Radio 4, explains his investigation into the UK's policy towards hostage takers.


A report into corporate governance by ex-City regulator Sir David Walker is to be released. John McFall, chairman of the Treasury Committee, and business editor Robert Peston consider if this report could pave the way for boardroom practices to be overhauled.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The government is expected to announce a scaled-down version of its grand plan to create up to 10 "eco towns". Environment correspondent Sarah Mukherjee reports from the Leicestershire village of Stoughton - which was considered in the plan - on the opposition the initiative has had to confront. Rory Jackson, head of planning and property strategy at the Co-op, explains his work towards a low-carbon community.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


What proportion of the public has confidence in the way their police force is performing? Home affairs correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the figure which senior police and politicians have told the BBC they consider to be the key measurement for Police success.


The most senior judge in the family courts has ruled that reporters should not be allowed into hearings where celebrities and their children are involved. Reporter Sanchia Berg, who has been following the opening up of the family courts to the press, considers the wider implications of this judgement.

Today's papers.


It is 40 years since, a little after 9.32am, Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Mike Collins began their mission to the moon. Science correspondent Tom Feilden, in the first of his special reports to mark the anniversary, looks back at this historic achievement.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Angela Tilby, Vicar of St Bene't's Church in Cambridge.


How will the UK government approach the conundrum of cutting the world's stockpiles of nuclear weapons? Former foreign secretary Lord Owen considers what Gordon Brown should signal in a policy document to be published on nuclear non-proliferation.


Sweeping changes to the way that banks are run are likely to be recommended in a report into UK banking commissioned by the government. Business editor Robert Peston, FT columnist Gillian Tett and Sir George Mathewson, former chairman of RBS, consider how boardroom practices should be overhauled.


Three of the eight soldiers who died in Afghanistan in a single 24 hours were just 18 years old. Reporter Mike Thomson visits Castleford in West Yorkshire, the hometown of Rifleman James Backhouse who was killed by a roadside bomb, to see how the death has affected the local community.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A group of respected children's authors will stop visiting schools because they are angry at being required to register on a database to prove they are no danger to children. Author Philip Pullman says it is rather dispiriting and sinister.


The Royal Ballet has launched its tour to Cuba to rapturous applause in Havana. It is the company's first visit to the birthplace of its great Cuban star Carlos Acosta. Correspondent Michael Voss reports on the ballet for which demand is so great that large screens have been erected in the city centre to show the performances live.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


People should be balloted on whether they want to pay for extra security in their area, a police accountability review in England and Wales has said. Former home secretary David Blunkett, who led the review, discusses the ideas contained in the report.


Exactly 50 years ago, a campaign raised hundreds of millions of pounds to help the plight of refugees. Professor Peter Gatrell, of Manchester University, discusses the legacy of World Refugee Year.


The second Ashes Test will begin at Lord's to a backdrop of badmouthing from both sides. Ed Smith, a former England player and author, and Australian sports writer Gideon Haig, of the Times, consider the history of sledging both on and off the field.


For the French, Sunday is supposed to be a chance to enjoy the finer things in life and take it easy. But President Sarkozy is to pass a bill to ease the ban on Sunday trading, which has been in place since 1906. Journalists Agnes Poirier and John Lichfield discuss the president's desire to change the French work ethic.


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