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Today: Monday 3 August 2009

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Profits of over £3bn ($5bn) are expected to be reported by Barclays for the first half of 2009. Appeals against compensation for two wounded soldiers are "profoundly wrong" and should be ended, a parliamentary aide to the defence secretary has said. And Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad enters his inaugural week amid allegations that election protesters were tortured.


Barclays has published profits of £2.98bn for the first six weeks of 2009. Business presenter Adam Shaw examines the results with Ralph Silva, research director at Tower Group.


Immigrants hoping to settle permanently in the UK would face tougher citizenship tests under proposals due to be outlined by the home secretary. Keith Best, chief executive of the Immigration Advisory Service, discusses whether this will reduce the number of migrants.


Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is entering the week of his re-inauguration as Iran's president amid allegations that election protesters were tortured. Correspondent Jon Leyne considers whether the trial of around 100 reformists and activists will affect the proceedings.


What was it like to be a KGB spy in Britain at the height of the Cold War? Correspondent Gordon Corera, whose series on MI6 is being broadcast on Radio 4, talks to Mikhail Lyubimov, a colonel in the KGB, about why he was picked to recruit members of the Conservative Party in the UK.

Sports news with Arlo White.


Elections in Sri Lanka are hoped to reunite areas in the north of the island that have not seen elections in 25 years. But for one rural village, the scars of the 30-year civil war will not be easily overcome. Correspondent Andrew Hosken reports from the small fishing village of Palliyathidal - the scene of the greatest single massacre suffered by any community during the war.

Today's papers.


Can skateboarding spread the word of Jesus? There are at least 300 skate ministries across the US and 90 countries around the world have joined organisations like Christian Skaters. Correspondent Andy Gallacher reports from Ramp 48 in Florida on how young Americans are being taught about religion.


A small area of north western China has been quarantined after an outbreak of pneumonic plague. Correspondent Michael Bristow reports on the dangers facing thousands of people who have been quarantined.

Thought for the day with Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor Designate of St Paul's Cathedral.


Universities in England are failing to safeguard degree standards, according to a damning report from MPs. Phil Willis MP, chairman of the Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills committee, and Dr Wendy Piatt, director general of the Russell Group, which represents the country's top 20 universities, discuss why there has been a significant increase in the number of first and upper second class degrees awarded.


Profits of over £2.98bn have been reported by Barclays for the first half of 2009. Business editor Robert Peston explains the importance of the results. John Varley, chief executive of Barclays, discusses whether the public should be pleased at the bank's results.


Social networking websites "encourage young people to put too much emphasis on the number of friends they have rather than the quality of their relationships", the head of the Roman Catholic church in England and Wales says. Authors John O'Farrell and Sue Palmer discuss whether, as suggested, this would leave youngsters "traumatised and even suicidal".

Sports news with Arlo White.


The home secretary is proposing to introduce a points-based system for those who want a British passport. Phil Woolas, Home Office minister for borders and immigration, discuss the new points system, which could punish potential citizens for so-called "bad behaviour".


"I don't agree with all-male leaderships. Men cannot be left to run things on their own. I think it is a thoroughly bad thing to have men-only leadership." Yvonne Roberts, senior associate of think tank the Young Foundation, and Jill Kirby, director of the Centre for Policy Studies, consider the argument of Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Coney Island was once the place on the Atlantic shore where New Yorkers would enjoy the simple pleasures of a beach and a funfair but its glory days are now long gone. Reporter James Gordon visits the neighbourhood to discover the council's ambitious plans for redevelopment.


Killer robots have once again gone on the rampage in central London, causing widespread damage and loss of life. Electronic engineering experts Bart Selman, of Cornell University, and Alan Winfeld, of the University of the West of England, discuss the fear from experts that one day in the not-so-distant future, this headline could become a reality.



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