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Today: Tuesday 28 July 2009

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The Ministry of Defence will go to the Court of Appeal later to try to significantly reduce the compensation awarded to two injured soldiers. And broadband users are not getting the speeds they are paying for, according to the largest survey of its kind ever undertaken by telecoms regulator Ofcom.


Children's charity Barnardo's is calling for an investigation into the methods used by high-interest lenders. One man from Northern Ireland, who did not want to be named, discusses the high interest loans he was offered even after he was made bankrupt. Martin Narey, chief executive of Barnardo's, discusses whether companies were deliberately targeting "desperate" people.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Could swine flu affect businesses so much that it prevents the UK from pulling out of recession? David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, discusses what sort of practical advice can be given to its members on how to cope if a high proportion of staff are ill.


The first summer camp in Britain designed to encourage children not to adopt religious beliefs is underway in Somerset. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Piggott reports from the village of Bruton which is playing host to Camp Quest which - as well as promoting physical activities - hopes to instil a love of rational discourse amongst the children attending it.


The Ministry of Defence will go to the Court of Appeal later to try to significantly reduce the compensation awarded to two injured soldiers. Jerome Church, general secretary of the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen's Association (Blesma), reflects on the current compensation system.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Independent Northern Ireland-style go-betweens could ease tensions between police and protesters, say MPs. Labour MP Andrew Dismore, chairman of the Joint Committee on Human Rights, and Chief Constable Meredydd Hughes, of the Association of Chief Police Officers, discuss whether both protesters and police "must share information" with each other.

Today's papers.


Hundreds of jobseekers are expected to audition for a lucrative "witch" vacancy at tourist site Wookey Hole, in Somerset. Correspondent Jon Kay reports on the £50,000-a-year position seeking a witch to live in the site's caves to teach magic and witchcraft.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the Network of Sikh Organisations.


Broadband users are not getting the speeds they are paying for, according to a survey undertaken by telecoms regulator Ofcom. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan reports on why customers are often getting half the speed of that advertised. Ed Richards, chief executive of Ofcom, discusses the results of the survey.


The Ministry of Defence is to launch an appeal in court in an effort to significantly reduce the compensation awarded to two injured soldiers. Correspondent Caroline Wyatt, Labour MP Eric Joyce and former soldier Simon Weston, who was injured in the fire on Sir Galahad in the Falklands in 1982, discuss whether the current system is fair.


French President Nicolas Sarkozy collapsed after 45 minutes of "intense physical activity" in hot weather in Versailles. Reporter Jack Izzard visits Canary Wharf in London to discuss whether jogging is really good for you. Andy Dixon, editor of Runner's World magazine, and comedian Arthur Smith, discuss the pitfalls of intensive exercise.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


A long list of the country's most senior scientists has written to Schools Secretary Ed Balls to complain that the proposed new curriculum for primary schools doesn't mention evolution. Signatory Professor Michael Reiss, of the Institute of Education at the University of London, and Dawn Primarolo, minister for children and young people, consider Darwin's importance in primary education.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The South African government has said that it will not tolerate the violent protests against poor living conditions that have spread to many parts of the country. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports from Johannesburg on the dozens of people who have been arrested and, in some places, the use of rubber bullets by police to disperse protestors.


Governments are forever struggling with managing the media message and how they might do it better. An official in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has now compiled a document promoting the merits of Twitter. Labour MP Tom Watson discusses whether the micro-blogging tool can be used as a "primary channel" for Whitehall communication.


Malalai Joya was just 27 when she was elected to the Afghan parliament after calling her fellow MPs "corrupt, greedy, murdering warlords." She continued to be openly critical following her election and was suspended from parliament in 2007. She discusses her opinion that democracy in Afghanistan is a facade.


Eight Afghan security guards have been killed by a bomb blast in Helmand. Correspondent David Loyn reports on the remote-controlled blast in Gereshk district that come just weeks before presidential and provincial council elections.


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