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More people suffer from dementia than was previously thought, new research has found. And the government wants closer military co-operation between Britain and France to allow for cuts in defence spending.

The government is to announce its plans for the future of the UK's defence strategy, the first step toward its long-awaited full strategic defence review after the election. Professor Michael Clarke, director of the think-tank Royal United Services Institute (Rusi), comments on the review.

More than 820,000 people in the UK suffer from dementia, significantly higher than previous estimates. An Alzheimer's Research Trust report found that the cost to the economy is £23bn a year - twice as much as cancer - but gets a fraction of the funding. Professor Alastair Gray from the Health Economics Research Centre at the University Oxford and the report's co-author explains the findings.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Memorabilia from one of the men who died alongside Scott of the Antarctic are to be displayed in a museum in Cheltenham. Scott and his men died almost 100 years ago in their attempt to win the race to the South Pole. Correspondent Bob Walker took a look at some of the fascinating documents.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Conservatives have been criticised for using questionable crime statistics in the run up to the election. The party sent out figures to constituencies in England and Wales suggesting big rises in violent crime while Labour have been in power, but the way the figures were compiled changed in 2002. Home affairs editor Mark Easton outlines the controversy and shadow home secretary Chris Grayling explains his party's use of the figures.

The paper review.

How do win a shoot-out? While the hero in Hollywood films waits for his opponent to move first before beating him with superior quick-fire skills, researchers have found that may not be the best approach. Tom Feilden put on his cowboy boots to find out.

Thought for the day with the Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

A response to the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority's (Ipsa) tackling of the MPs expenses scandal is to be published today. Ipsa, set up by the Committee on Standards in Public Life, has been accused of watering down some of committee's proposals. Sir Christopher Kelly, the committee's chairman, reflects on the impact of his report.

Max Mosley, the former president of motorsport's governing body the FIA, is to deliver a speech on whether the press should be allowed to publish details of a public figure's private life. Mr Mosley awarded £60,000 in damages after the News of the World alleged he had taken part in a "Nazi orgy" whilst head of Formula One's governing body. The speech comes as pressure mounts for England player John Terry to resign as captain following allegations of an extra-marital affair with the ex-girlfriend of a team-mate. Mr Mosley gives his opinion on the boundary between public and private life.

The government is to publish its plans for the future of Britain's armed force. A green paper published later will pave the way for a full strategic defence review after the election - the first for more than a decade. Rear Admiral Chris Parry, a former director at the Ministry of Defence and one of the authors of the 1998 Strategic Defence Review, analyses the UK's future defence challenges.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Iran has test-fired a new rocket designed to carry a satellite into orbit, according to state TV. Tehran correspondent Jon Leyne reports on the development.

Don McCullin, of the world's greatest war photographers, will celebrate his 75th birthday this year. In a career spanning more than 50 years, Mr McCullin has covered major conflicts including the Congo, Lebanon, Cambodia, and most famously, Vietnam. To mark the occasion, the Imperial War Museum North, Manchester, is mounting the largest exhibition of his work ever seen in the UK. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones spoke to the photographer about his long and influential career.

Last week the future of Afghanistan was discussed at a conference in London attended by Gordon Brown and President Karzai. 30,000 more troops will be deployed to fight the war and a new policy of re-integrating Taliban fighters is to be introduced. John Nagl, a leading US counter-insurgency expert, considers the West's strategy to re-build Afghanistan.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

More than 820,000 people are suffering from dementia in the UK, higher than previously thought. The cost to the economy is £23bn a year, greater than the cost of cancer, according to the Alzheimer's Research Trust. Rebecca Wood, the trust's chief executive, and Health Minister Phil Hope debate the apparent shortage of funding for research into the disease.

Is economic honesty the best policy in the build up to an election? The shadow chancellor George Osborne says he will cut the deficit "faster and deeper" than a Labour government. Tim Montgomerie, a Conservative blogger and tweeter and editor of Conservative Home, and Laurence Copeland, professor of finance at Cardiff University Business School, debate how politicians should communicate the country's economic woes with voters.



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