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A clampdown on airbrushed photos will be recommended by a report on the sexual pressure facing young people. At least 10 people have been killed and more than 30 injured in a Taliban attack on Kabul. The founder of Wikipedia speaks on the future of the internet. And why a young man would choose an older woman.
When the former Home Secretary John Reid famously said that the government mechanism for dealing with asylum applications was "not fit for purpose" he set two targets - dealing with the legacy of unresolved cases within five years, and by the end of 2011 to grant or remove 90% of new asylum claimants.
John Vine, chief inspector of the UK Border Agency,
analyses whether the asylum targets are achievable.
Portsmouth football club is to complete the process of going into administration in the High Court. It is the first Premier League club ever to go into administration.
Stefan Szymanski, professor of economics at the Cass Business School
explains what this will mean for the future of football clubs.
The Home Office is being advised to try to limit the effect of sexual images on children. The report examines the effect of what has become known as the "sexualisation" of young girls, in particularly the way they are bombarded with images of perfect bodies and subjected to marketing techniques that use sex to sell their products.
Dr Linda Papadopoulos,
a psychologist who specialises in the effects of image-making on young girls and the author of the report explains their findings.
A Jewish and Muslim audience have been the first to watch the
new David Baddiel film, The Infidel,
that aims to see the funnier side of tensions between the faiths. The screening hopes to test the water with the two communities before its release in April. Reporter Catrin Nye asked the audience what they thought of the film.
Business news with Nick Cosgrove.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
A judge has described the treatment of seven-year-old Khyra Ishaq as "beyond belief" after she was withdrawn from school, kept in squalid conditions for five months before she finally died of starvation. The judge said she might still be alive had she not been failed by social services, who failed to monitor her properly after she was taken out of school and educated at home. There is new legislation currently going through parliament that would tighten the regulation of home schooling. Would it have made a difference to Khyra? Graham Badman, whose report on the issue informed the legislation and Conservative MP Mark Field, debate
the risks of home education.
The paper review.
Militants have killed at least 14 people and injured dozens more in
attacks on the Afghan capital Kabul.
One or more suicide bombers and gunmen struck targets in the centre of the city early this morning. Correspondent Chris Morris reports from Kabul.
Thousands of people in Scotland have had to cope without power overnight after heavy snow brought down electricity lines. Scottish and Southern Energy said some 5000 homes, mainly in Perthshire and the Highlands, would still not have electricity this morning. BBC reporter Laura Bicker investigates the
power cuts in Scotland.
Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.
The UK Border Agency was given the job of making sure that no Home Secretary would have to say again what John Reid said in 2007, that the organisation dealing with asylum applications was "not fit for purpose". But the chief inspector who monitors the agency says that on current staffing levels the targets it has been set are simply unachievable. Lin Homer, chief executive of the UK Border Agency and Paul O'Connor, national officer of the PCS union, discuss
how the asylum system can be improved.
What message do children pick up from all the sexualised images they see? A report for the Home Office says children and young people are exposed to far more hyper-sexualised images than previous generations and it is affecting the way they behave. Frank Furedi, professor of sociology at University of Kent and Sue Berelowitz, Deputy Children's Commissioner for England, debate the implications of
the sexualisation of childhood.
The decision by an Italian court to convict three executives of Google for the appearance on the world-wide web of an autistic teenager being bullied has sent a tremor through the world of internet service providers. The judge said they broke Italian law by allowing the video to be seen.
Jimmy Wales, co-founder of the free online encyclopaedia Wikipedia,
which is said to be visited by 350 million people every month, explains the wider implications of the case.
In Praise of Older Women
caused a sensation when it was first published in 1965. Stephen Vizinczey's novel was so racy that publishers refused to touch it and he had to publish it himself. It hit the bestseller lists within a year and has been in and out of them ever since. The author spoke to Sarah Montague about older woman and whether they still appeal to the considerably older author.
Sports news with Rob Bonnet.
Unicef says there has been a dramatic increase in reported cases of
children accused of witchcraft in eastern DR Congo.
The children's charity says such accusations are now one of the fastest growing child protection issues in the country. A law passed there recently has outlawed such accusations which have led some children to be burned, stoned or stabbed. Mike Thomson reports from Goma in eastern DR Congo on the children accused of sorcery.
The names of the children in the report have been changed for their protection.
Business news with Nick Cosgrove.
Southern Water has announced plans to start
charging its customers more for water in the summer
than in the winter. The aim of the so-called 'seasonal tariff' is to preserve water supplies in the dry summer months. It will start in June in Hampshire, where its customers will have new meters installed. Les Dawson, chief executive of Southern Water explains how the system will work.
The UK's last specialist residential rehabilitation and detox clinic specifically for teenagers
addicted to alcohol or drugs is closing today. The 5-bed clinic in Lincolnshire claims to have turned around the lives of 400 young people over the last 15 years, but it has not been able to raise the £100,000 it needs to stay open. The clinic's managers say they have fallen foul of the National Treatment Agency's desire to focus funding on cheaper treatment in the community rather than sending teenagers away to detox. Reporter Charlotte Ashton investigates the closure.
Another part-nationalised bank has reported heavy losses.
Lloyds Banking Group
has made pre-tax losses of £6.3bn last year. BBC chief economics correspondent Hugh Pym explains what this means for the taxpayer.
London's Carnaby Street
in Soho is hosting a series of events today to mark the 50th year of it being one of the capital's centres of fashion and music. The exhibition on the street is called Carnaby Street 1960-2010 and there is a book to go with it. One of the organisers and co-author of the book is Amy De La Haye and Robert Elms, the broadcaster and author of The Way We Wore analyses the importance of Carnaby street in fashion history.