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Today: Wednesday 2 September 2009

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Gordon Brown is facing further questions over the UK government's role in the Lockerbie bomber's release after new details about discussions emerged. And poppy cultivation and production in Afghanistan has decreased sharply, according to a United Nations report.


Former Foreign Office minister Bill Rammell has confirmed he told Libya Mr Brown did not want to see Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi die in prison. Correspondent Carole Walker talks to Mr Rammell about the revelations.


India and Bangladesh are two countries in the front line of the argument about climate change. India, a coming economic powerhouse, is under international pressure to manage its growth in a sustainable way.

To its east, Bangladesh is one of the countries most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. Climate Change Secretary Ed Miliband discusses what can be achieved by a visit from two cabinet ministers to the countries can achieve.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


The first baby conceived with the help of a new egg screening technique - offering hope to women for whom IVF has repeatedly failed - has been born. Professor Simon Fishel, who led the team responsible, discusses how the new screening method works.


The total amount of personal debt in the UK has fallen for the first time since records began in 1993, the Bank of England has said. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reflects on whether this is a good thing for the British economy.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Poppy cultivation and production in Afghanistan has decreased sharply, according to a United Nations report. Rory Stewart, a human rights professor at Harvard, discusses what could have caused the decline.

Today's papers.


The BBC has been passed a report - classified by the MoD for more than a decade - which details serious failings in the military air accident investigation procedures. The report, written back in 1986, criticises a system under which senior commanders can interfere with inquiries and can change their findings.

Reporter Angus Stickler examines why, following pressure from military chiefs, the MoD has refused to implement the report's recommendations. Campaigners say the changes could have identified long term systemic failures and prevented the subsequent loss of personnel and air craft and in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Thought for the day with The Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.


The Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that the British government was "not actively seeking" the death of Abdelbasset al-Megrahi in prison. And he rejected allegations that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was linked to "some kind of deal", and insisted that London had not pressured the Scottish government over the issue.


David Cameron has accused the government of a "catastrophic misjudgement" over the decision to release Abdelbasset al-Megrahi. He said that anyone who sought Megrahi's release on compassionate grounds was "wrong" and called for an independent inquiry into the affair. Political editor Nick Robinson reacts to the interview.


Geo-engineering and its consequences are the price we have to pay for a failure to act on climate change, a report has said. The government's former chief scientific adviser, Sir David King, explains why he disagrees.


Do too many female historians avoid writing about male figures in favour of researching the lives of their wives, girlfriends and daughters? Historians Helen Rappaport and Lisa Hilton discuss whether women are guilty of "feminising" their subject and inflating the role of women in history.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.


Afghanistan is responsible for 90% of the world's heroin but, according to figures from the UN, the production of opium is in sharp decline. Two farmers from Afghanistan, Mohammed Jawad and Mohammed Isa, discuss why cultivation of the crop has fallen. South Asia correspondent Chris Morris talks to Antonio Costa, of the UN, about on how the war on drugs is being fought.

Business news with Adam Shaw.


Are the systems inside the Ministry of Defence for investigating military air accidents still flawed? Defence minister Kevan Jones reflects on whether military inquiries, as described in 1986 as "mediocre" and conducted by "novices", have improved.


Since the Danish architect Jorn Utzon died in 2008, there has been a push to realise his original vision for his design for the Sydney Opera House as part of its much-needed renovations. Correspondent Nick Bryant reports on whether the plans will get the go-ahead.


Former showbusiness reporter Dominic Mohan is beginning work as the new editor of the Sun newspaper. Trevor Kavanagh, associate editor of the Sun and Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism at City University London, discuss the future of Britain's biggest selling newspaper.



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