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Today: Tuesday 25 August 2009

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Pop star Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the drug propofol in his body when he died, court documents show. A special US prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations of abuse of terror suspects. And "legal highs" such as drugs BZP and GBL and a cannabis substitute will be outlawed, the Home Office says.


Pop star Michael Jackson had lethal levels of the powerful anaesthetic propofol in his body when he died, coroner's office documents show. Jackson's friend Uri Geller discusses whether Jackson's death should be considered as a homicide.


Retailers who sell violent video games and 18-rated DVDs to children cannot be prosecuted because of a legal blunder 25 years ago. Media correspondent Torin Douglas explains a large number of cases undertaken under a 1984 Act have been dropped.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


Where can signs of an economic recovery be found? While a recent rally in the stock market and the price of oil hitting a 10-month high may give some indication, reporter Rajini Vaidyanathan has been to investigate some of more unusual sources of economic data.


A special US prosecutor has been appointed to investigate allegations of abuse of terror suspects. Charles Stimson, a deputy assistant defence secretary for detainee affairs in the Bush administration, explains what he makes of a report detailing the allegations of abuse by CIA agents.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


The UK's net contribution to the European Union will rise by almost 60% next year, the Treasury has said. Former Europe minister Denis MacShane and Conservative MP John Redwood discuss the £6.4bn it will cost to "share the burden of membership" of the EU.

Today's papers.


Two government officials in central China are being investigated after more than 1,300 children fell sick with lead poisoning, the local government says. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville, who was detained by Chinese authorities, investigates whether officials are trying to keep villagers from speaking out about the incident.


Writing songs can improve your health, a psychology academic says. Nick Troop, a lecturer in health psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, explains the relationship between the words of a song and the song's effect.

Thought for the day with the novelist and columnist Anne Atkins.


UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown is due to hold talks with Israeli counterpart Benjamin Netanyahu on the future of the Middle East peace process. Prime Minister of the Palestinian Authority, Salam Fayyad, discusses whether he was enjoying the current tension between Israel and the Americans.


Production at the Corus hot strip mill at Llanwern near Newport is to restart next month, the steel giant says. Reporter Jack Izzard returns to the area to test the mood of the city's steel sector. Anatole Kaletsky, of the Times, and Martin Leach, former head of Ford Europe, Maserati and Mazda, discuss whether the economic recovery is now well underway.


Iran has placed several senior reformers - including former ministers - on trial. Correspondent Jon Leyne says these trials seem to operate as a philosophical denial of the reformist era.


From 2013, the UK will have its own City of Culture each year, an initiative from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport. Andy Woodward, chief executive of Farm Stay UK - which represents working farms, and art critic Brian Sewell discuss whether the initiative should be extended into the countryside.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.


Dangerous levels of the anaesthetic propofol was found in Michael Jackson's body when he died, coroner's office documents show. Dr Andrew Hartle, a consultant anaesthetist at Imperial College Healthcare Trust, explains why someone might use such a powerful anaesthetic.

Business news with Tanya Beckett.


The government is banning three substances known as "legal highs". Maryon Stewart, whose daughter Hester Stewart died after taking GBL - which is used as a substitute for GBH or liquid ecstasy, explains her story about the dangers of taking drugs which are currently legal.


Controversial world champion athlete Caster Semenya is set to receive a heroine's welcome when she arrives back in South Africa. Correspondent Jonah Fisher reports from the airport in Johannesburg on the athlete at the centre of a gender row.


The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has asked five leading architectural practices to come up with new ideas for the public loo as part of their 175th birthday celebrations. President of RIBA Sunand Prasad and architectural commentator Lucinda Lambton look over the plans and give their verdict to reporter Sanchia Berg.


Are the days of anonymous blogging over? A US court case has ended with internet giant Google being ordered to reveal the name of an anonymous blogger insulting a New York model. Technology correspondent Rory Cellan-Jones examines the popularity of anonymous blogging. Paul Staines, who writes a blog under the name Guido Fawkes, and Dr Vince Miller, a lecturer in sociology at Kent University, discuss whether writers have the right to keep their identity a secret.


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