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Today: Wednesday 22 July 2009

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Further demonstrations appear to be taking place in Iran over the disputed presidential elections. A senior minister who is leaving office has admitted that UK forces in Afghanistan are short of helicopters. And the number of people killed by knives has risen in areas covered by a government anti-knife crime programme.


It will be 2014 until earnings recover to 2008 levels, the National Institute for Economic and Social Research says. Economist Simon Kirby considers research that predicts heavy cuts in spending in addition to a rise in taxes over the following four years, to mitigate the significant debt.


Amnesty International has strongly criticised Saudi Arabia over abuses allegedly committed under its counter-terrorism programme. UK campaigns director Tim Hancock explains why the report describes Saudi Arabia's human rights record as "shocking" and "dire".


The House of Lords EU Committee is calling on the government to investigate how piracy and laundering the proceeds of crime contribute to the financing of terrorism. Lord Jopling, the chairman of the committee, discusses how the government can take initiative in the battle against piracy.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A tribunal which uses Sharia law to make its decisions says that it is seeing more non-Muslims come to them for help. The Muslim Arbitration Tribunal was set up in 2007. Barrister Sheikh Faiz-Ul-Aqtab Siddiqi, founder of the tribunal, and Dr Denis MacEoin, a former lecturer in Islamic studies, discuss why someone who does not belong to a particular religion would choose to use a service which uses that faith's law.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is beginning a four-day visit to the US, during which he will meet President Obama at the White House. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse reports from Baghdad on what the talks are likely to focus on. Dr John Nagl, president of the Center for a New American Security, discusses what the relationship is like between the US and Iraq.

Today's papers.


People in Asia have seen the longest total solar eclipse this century, with large areas of India and China plunged into darkness. Correspondent Sanjoy Majumder reports on what he saw from his vantage point - a special chartered flight for a close up viewing of the eclipse.

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


What should happen to fox-hunting? Correspondent Bob Walker travels to the Peterborough Festival of Hunting to report on what people there believe. Douglas Batchelor, chief executive of the League Against Cruel Sports, and Tim Bonner, of the Countryside Alliance, discuss whether the law to ban foxhunting should be changed.


Further demonstrations appear to be taking place in Iran over the disputed presidential elections. Reporter Angus Stickler reports on the situation from London. Dr Laleh Khalili, a senior lecturer in Middle East politics at the School of Oriental and African Studies in London, discusses whether the protests will eventually die down.


The Foreign Office Minister Lord Malloch Brown has said "we definitely don't have enough helicopters" in Afghanistan. He made the comments in an interview with the Telegraph. Correspondent Martin Patience reports from Kabul. Professor Michael Clarke, director of the Royal United Service Institute, discusses the significance of helicopters to the operation.


The Museum of London is unveiling a collection of medieval and early modern buttons - over 2,500 of them. Tony Pilson, who for 30 years has been searching for treasure along the banks of the Thames, takes Ed Stourton out to the river to explain the story of how the artefacts were collected.

Sports news with Arlo White.


A junior school in Norwich has installed CCTV in its toilets to stop vandalism. Angel Road Junior School also uses pupils' fingerprints to issue library books. Len Holman, head teacher at the school, and Shami Chakrabarti, of Liberty, discuss whether it is right for schools to use technology to monitor students.


A programme to tackle teenage knife crime has failed to reduce the number of killings. Keith Bristow, head of crime at the Association of Chief Police Officers, discusses the Home Office figures which show that although the total number of knife offences fell, the number of deaths rose slightly.


Pakistan has been hit by a wave of protests against a severe shortage of electricity. International development correspondent David Loyn reports on several towns which have been affected by blockades as protestors light tyres in the streets.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Once shrouded in secrecy, the largest nuclear weapons site in North America is opening up its doors to tourists. Correspondent Rajesh Mirchandani reports on the nine reactors at Hanford in Washington state which once supported the local economy and produced plutonium for the bomb dropped on Nagasaki in World War II.


It is the first day of MPs' summer break. They will return to Westminster on 12 October. Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of the Sun, and Guardian columnist Michael White discuss how much has changed as a result of the recent row over expenses.


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