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Today: Friday 21 August 2009

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Relatives of those who died in the bombing of a US plane over Lockerbie voiced anger as the man convicted of the attack was welcomed home in Libya. And two men have been charged in connection with a £40m armed robbery at a central London jewellery store.


Gordon Brown has paid tribute to British forces in Afghanistan who have helped ensure elections have passed off without any major violence so far. Correspondent Caroline Wyatt reports on how many Afghans defied the Taliban to vote in the elections.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


New 800m world champion Caster Semenya has been "humiliated" after being asked to take a gender test, says the head of South Africa's athletics body. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports on the call from the ruling African National Congress to rally round South Africa's "golden girl".


Domestic violence victims will be able to get greater protection from courts in England and Wales from next month. Sandra Horley, of Refuge - a charity which helps victims of domestic violence, reflects on the latest step in the government's reform of the law on domestic violence.


The practice of clamping cars parked on private land should be made illegal in England and Wales, according to the AA. Reporter Andrew Hosken examines whether the AA has not come up with a "credible" alternative to replace fines imposed by private enforcers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Relatives of those who died in the bombing of a US plane over Lockerbie have voiced anger over the release of as the man convicted of the attack. Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi was welcomed home in Libya by cheering crowds. Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond and al-Megrahi's lawyer Tony Kelly, discuss the reaction from families and the Libyan population.

Today's papers.


The recession and the stronger value of the euro could be sounding the death knell of the so-called "booze cruise" to northern France. Business correspondent Simon Jack reports from Calais on why Brits could be steering away from loading their cars with alcohol.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend Tom Butler - Bishop of Southwark.


Around 135,000 students are already eligible for the clearing system which is offering only 22,000 places, the university admissions service Ucas says. Correspondent Paola Buonadonna reports from the Ucas headquarters in Cheltenham. Professor Les Ebdon, of Universities UK, discusses whether there is a lack of places at university after a record year for applications.


The Libyan man jailed in Scotland for blowing up a US airliner over Lockerbie in 1988 has arrived back in Libya after being set free. Foreign Secretary David Miliband discusses whether it was right to release Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi.


The new Quentin Tarantino film, Inglourious Basterds, has based itself on a well worn film premise: a group of commandos, sent deep behind enemy lines in order to achieve a vitally important mission to win the war. Film critic James Christopher and Matt Little, of the Royal Marines Museum, explain whether these depictions are accurate accounts of wartime missions.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Daniel Barenboim is to conduct his West-Eastern Divan orchestra in Beethoven's opera Fidelio at the Proms. The orchestra is unique in the way it mixes young musicians from all over the Middle East. Mr Barenboim explains why he founded the orchestra with Palestinian writer Edward Said, who died in 2003.

This is an extended version of the broadcast interview.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.


Oscar nominated actor James Cromwell is to star in a BBC drama about the collapse of Wall Street bank Lehman Brothers. Former vice-president of the bank Larry McDonald - who left in the run-up to its collapse - discusses what he calls a colossal failure of common sense.


In the space of 10 years, Libya has gone from being an international outcast - as far as the UK was concerned - into being a trading partner. Correspondent Rajini Vaidyanathan reports on the shifts in UK-Libya relations. Dr Manouchehr Takin, oil analyst at the Centre for Global Energy Studies, discusses the effect of the release of the Libyan man convicted of the 1988 Lockerbie bombing on relations.


"Two metres clear, three metres clear, five metres clear and away he goes" screamed the commentary for the 200m final at the World Athletic Championships. Olympic medal winner Roger Black and former 200m world record holder Michael Johnson explains how Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt is able to be so much quicker than his competitors.


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