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Today: Tuesday 4 August 2009

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Australian police have arrested four people in the city of Melbourne after uncovering what they say was a plot to launch a terrorist attack. And helicopters to be sent to Afghanistan may not be able to take part in combat because they lack adequate protection, the Daily Telegraph has reported.


Australian police have arrested four people in the city of Melbourne after uncovering what they say was a plot to launch a terrorist attack. Peter Lentini, director of the Global Terrorism Project at Monash University, discusses whether the fact that the suspects are Australian nationals of Somali and Lebanese descent is a surprise.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


A parliamentary committee has called for an independent inquiry into claims of UK security services' complicity in the torture of terrorism suspects. Clive Baldwin, of Human Rights Watch, discusses whether he believes Britain has been involved in torture.


Cambridgeshire Police has been handed a damning report by inspectors after DNA samples were found stored in a fridge alongside a half-eaten takeaway meal. John Feavyour, deputy chief constable of Cambridgeshire Police, discusses whether overall standards are "very weak" as the report suggests.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


The trial of a Sudanese woman, Lubna Ahmed Hussein, charged with wearing "indecent" clothing is due to resume in the capital, Khartoum. Correspondent James Copnall reports on the case and Ms Hussein explains why she left her job at the UN - which would have given her immunity from prosecution.

Today's papers.


Britain's biggest and best-loved common carp, Benson, has died. The 64lb fish was caught 63 times in its 13-year career. Tony Bridgefoot, of the Bluebell Lakes complex near Peterborough, discusses the life and death of the fish voted Britain's Favourite Carp.


More than a third of under-18s have been sent a distressing sexually explicit digital message, a survey by the charity Beatbullying suggests. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan reports on the growing trend of "sexting".

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


Northern Rock has reported a loss of £724.2m for the first six months of 2009, compared with a loss of £585.4m in the first half of last year. Business editor Robert Peston reflects on the figures. Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable considers how the bank has performed since it was nationalised.


A cross party committee of MPs and peers says there needs to be an independent inquiry to find out whether the UK is involved in torturing terrorist suspects after it was unable to establish whether British officers were involved in mistreatment of suspects. Andrew Dismore MP, chairman of the Joint Human Rights Committee which wrote the report, and Foreign Office minister Ivan Lewis, discuss whether the head of MI5 should testify to refute claims of torture.


In the words of novelist Ian McEwan, "the beginning is simple to mark". The first lines of novels are often quoted and remembered but what about closing lines? Tom Sutcliffe, of the Independent, and Erica Wagner, literary editor of the Times, discuss whether novelists have any famous last words.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Sri Lankans are go to the polls in important regional elections. Correspondent Andrew Hosken reports on hopes that they will reunite the country after decades of civil war.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Helicopters to be sent to Afghanistan may not be able to take part in combat because they lack adequate protection, the Daily Telegraph has reported. Political correspondent Norman Smith reports on the anger from pilots at the lack of Kevlar armour on the vehicles.


An undercover investigation by the BBC has exposed estate agents prepared to flout race relations laws and discriminate against migrant workers on behalf of landlords. Correspondent Guy Lynn reports on letting agents who were secretly recorded in Lincolnshire revealing illegal techniques to bar foreign workers viewing properties. Human rights lawyers who've studied the evidence say it shows a "disturbing" breach of race relations laws.


As 11-year-olds in England receive their Sats results, teaching unions are expressing concern about the standard of marking saying that many schools have appealed their results. Mick Brookes, general secretary of the National Association of Head Teachers, discuss whether the schools that are appealing are just the tip of the iceberg.


The Conservative Party is to find out who their candidate for Totnes will be later today. For the first time the choice has been made not just by Conservative members but by anyone in the constituency who wanted to vote. Tim Montogomerie, of ConservativeHome, and Neil O'Brien, director of the think tank Policy Exchange, discuss how the vote is being seen by the Tory grassroots.



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