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Today: Friday 31 July 2009

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The Director of Public Prosecutions is promising to clarify the law on assisted suicide by the end of September. Plans to overhaul regulation of the banking system have been dismissed as "largely cosmetic" by a group of MPs. And 20 years on, who should really take credit for the fall of Communism?


There are indications that the number of swine flu cases in England is no longer rising rapidly and may have "plateaued", officials have said. There were an estimated 110,000 new cases of swine flu last week, compared with 100,000 the week before. England's Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson discusses whether swine flu is peaking.


Flights to and from Majorca are expected to resume a normal service today after the island's airport reopened following an bomb attack that killed two Civil Guard officers. Correspondent Ander Chinchurreta reports on the aftermath of the explosion, which has been blamed on the Basque separatist group Eta.


The long-running case of computer hacker Gary McKinnon could finally be settled at the High Court. US authorities want the 43-year-old from London to be extradited to face trial for hacking into computers in the Pentagon and Nasa. He admits breaking into the systems back in 2001 and 2002, but says he was simply looking for evidence of UFOs. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan talks to Gary McKinnon's mother Janis Sharp about why she believes her son should not be extradited to the US.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


New rules on who can use donated organs are likely to be put in place later this year. The rules will say that any organs donated from dead patients must stay within the NHS, preventing private clinical practices from using organs from British donors for foreign private patients. Elisabeth Buggins, former Chair of the Organ Donation Taskforce, discusses why the current rules need to be tightened.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy has won a landmark ruling to clarify whether her husband would face prosecution if he helped her travel to Switzerland to die. The Director of Public Prosecutions for England and Wales is now promising to publish interim guidelines for cases of assisted suicide by the end of September. Debbie Purdy and her husband Omar Puente discuss the end of their long legal battle to clarify the law.

Today's papers.


Dover Castle has a lofty position above the white cliffs, staring out at France. Now the opulent interiors of King Henry II's palace have been re-created by English Heritage, revealing the Castle's function as not only a fortress but a royal seat. Arts correspondent David Sillito reports on the £2m restoration project.

Thought for the day with Rhidian Brook, the writer.


The government's plans for reforming the regulation of banks are "largely cosmetic" and "lack clarity", MPs in the Treasury Select Committee have said. In its report on the banking crisis, the committee says that responsibility for strategic decisions and action remains "a muddle". Committee chair John McFall discusses what needs to be done to sure-up the banking system.


The Director of Public Prosecutions is to clarify the law on assisted suicide following a landmark court victory by a multiple sclerosis sufferer Debbie Purdy. David Jones, professor of bioethics at St Mary's University College, and Liberal Democrat peer and human rights lawyer Lord Goodhart, discuss the landmark judgement.


Who was responsible for the collapse of the Soviet Union? Author Victor Sebestyen and Mark Almond, a lecturer in modern history, discuss whether the relatively hard-line policies of Ronald Reagan and Margaret Thatcher should be given the credit for the fall of the iron curtain.

Sports news with Arlo White.


MPs in the Treasury Select Committee have published a report that is highly critical of planned reforms to the banking system, describing them as "largely cosmetic". Financial Secretary to the Treasury Stephen Timms discusses whether there is still a lack of clarity regarding who is responsible for systemic financial oversight.


For more than a month there has been sporadic but intense rioting in Jerusalem between the Israel authorities and ultra-orthodox Jews, known as heredim. Middle East correspondent Tim Franks reports on the haredim riots - which stem from the Jerusalem mayor's plans to open a car park on Saturday, the Jewish Sabbath and the arrest of an ultra-orthodox mother, suspected of starving her toddler.


A GP who was struck off the medical register after he tried to help his friend commit suicide is involved in a fresh right-to-die case, it has been revealed. Dr Michael Irwin called on the police to arrest him for writing a cheque for £1,500 towards the cost of Raymond Cutkelvin's assisted suicide at Dignitas in Switzerland. Dr Irwin discusses the possibility of facing a long prison sentence for "aiding and abetting" a suicide.


The last two years have been a fascinating time for economists, but a humiliating one too. But has the bedrock theory underpinning economists' view of financial markets been shaken? Economics editor of the Telegraph Edmund Conway and Andrew Lilico, chief economist at the Policy Exchange think tank, debate whether the the so-called efficient markets hypothesis remains intact.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Gary McKinnon, the computer hacker who worked his way into several highly sensitive computer systems in the United States, including the Department of Defence and Nasa, is to find out if he is to be extradited to face charges in the US. Extradition lawyer Julian Knowles discusses why the US authorities been so eager to pursue his case.


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