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Today: Monday 8th February

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David Cameron is to accuse the PM of tolerating the "disgusting sight" of MPs trying to avoid prosecution over expenses. Iran says it plans to begin producing higher grade uranium from tomorrow. And should British Sikhs be allowed to wear the ceremonial dagger?

Nato and Afghan troops are about to conduct the biggest offensive of the war so far in Afghanistan. The aim is to drive about a thousand Taliban out of central Helmand. Security Correspondent Frank Gardner reports from regional headquarters in Kandahar, southern Afghanistan.

The EU operates the world's biggest scheme for trading carbon emissions allowances. But the market price of carbon emissions on that exchange is now very low. The Commons Environmental Audit Committee says it is failing to deliver green investment. Chairman of the committee Tim Yeo discusses how at the moment the price of carbon is not high enough to make the exchange work.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Church of England's governing body, the General Synod, is expected to hear criticism of delays in introducing women bishops. The Church has voted in favour of the move but has yet to work out how it will be implemented. Member of the General Synod and chair of Women in the Church Christina Rees and Father David Houlding, discuss delays in the introduction of female bishops.

How far could machines replace humans on the battlefield? Robotics has already spread rapidly in air warfare; drones - small planes without pilots - are used widely in Afghanistan. And in ground combat the pressure is on to reduce casualties and use technology more widely. Correspondent Stephen Sackur investigates the future of warfare.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

John Browne was a star of UK business: tough, successful, and as boss of BP, the company that had been his life, a man who had the Midas touch. Then it all came to an end. He was brought down three years ago by a gay affair. He went to court to try to suppress a newspaper story about it, and in a witness statement told a lie. When he had to confess to that untruth, an extraordinary career at the very summit of business was over. Jim Naughtie talks to Lord Browne about his life, public and personal, described in his new memoir Beyond Business.

The paper review.

Not many people know this but Today used to have a theme tune, all be it for a short four month spell back in 1983. It was called "One for Today" and was composed by the jazzman and composer John Dankworth who died on Saturday. One of his close friends and fellow Jazz musicians Guy Barker discusses what made 'Johnny' so unique.

Thought for the day with Clifford Longley, author, broadcaster and journalist.

Britain's first Asian judge Sir Mota Singh has warned schools they could be guilty of discrimination if they ban Sikh pupils from wearing ceremonial daggers, known as the Kirpan. Sir Mota, who is now retired, made the comments after a 14-year-old boy was told he couldn't wear the Kirpan at school because of concerns over health and safety. Sir Mota discusses his view on wearing the Kirpan.

Iran says it will tell the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) that it plans to start making 20% enriched fuel. Only last week the president seemed to offer concessions on Iran's nuclear programme, suggesting Iran would send low enriched uranium abroad for processing. Mark Fitzpatrick, who directs the IISS Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Programme discusses the nuclear threat posed by Iran.

The Conservative leader David Cameron is expected to attack the prime minister for tolerating the idea that MPs might use parliamentary privilege to protect themselves against prosecution for abuses of expenses. The Shadow Leader of the Commons, Sir George Young discusses a new bill, which the Conservative's believe would resolve the issue.

It has been described as the most heavenly voice on earth. That was in 1992, the same year she came out as being a lesbian, at a time when openly gay pop stars were a rarity. KD Lang says she has no regrets but her decision undoubtedly affected her career. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones talks to her about how she hopes to survive her difficult musical "middle years".

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Government is being urged to urgently overturn the blanket ban which stops prisoners who have been sentenced from voting. A campaign organised by The Prison Reform Trust and Unlock (the national association of reformed offenders) says that if the ban is not overturned, the general election could be in breach of the European Convention on Human Rights. Former Chief Inspector of Prisons for England and Wales Lord Ramsbotham discusses whether the call to give prisoners the vote is gaining political support.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The names of William Hunter and William Smellie, pioneers of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, still inspire respect among today's doctors, more than 250 years after they made their contribution to healthcare. But an article just published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine paints a very different picture of the duo. Historian Don Shelton explains how they may have been responsible for a series of murders in 18th century London with a death total greater than those committed by Burke, Hare and Jack the Ripper combined.

Chancellor Alastair Darling sidestepped a diplomatic nightmare when he flew out of Canada after a round of G7 meetings - he left before the dinner there, where the delicacies on offer would have included the Inuit favourite, seal meat. The Treasury say the Chancellor did not eat the seal meat, but what to do if faced by such an unusual food? Former Ambassador to Cuba, Sweden and Brazil, Sir John Ure, and Chef Graham Tinsley discuss food and foreign affairs.

David Cameron is expected to say that the Prime Minister is tolerating the "disgusting sight" of MPs using parliamentary privilege to try to avoid prosecution for alleged expenses abuses. The conservative leader is giving a speech today to say he'd change the law if he wins power to stop MPs trying to "evade justice" in that way. Leader of the House of Commons Harriet Harman discusses whether criminal law should apply to MPs.

Iran has announced immediate plans to step up its nuclear programme, which Western nations fear could be used to make a bomb. "Reza", a former student who fled Iran after the elections discusses what would happen if the West proposes more sanctions on Iran.



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