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Today: Friday 5th March

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Gordon Brown is likely to face questions about cuts in defence spending when he gives evidence to the Iraq inquiry. The public sector union, Unison, has criticised a decision to give MPs a pay rise of nearly a thousand pounds. And a dinner date with the vegetarian author, Jonathan Safran Foer.

The new diplomas introduced in England a year and a half ago are too easy, according to the exams regulator Ofqual. The diplomas are supposed to act as a potential alternative to A-levels. Ofqual's chief executive, Isabel Nisbet, outlines a review of last year's results.

The evidence that humans are responsible for climate change is stronger now than it was two years ago, according to the UK Met Office. BBC reporter Tom Feilden examines the latest evidence.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Iraq holds a crucial parliamentary election this weekend. BBC correspondent Natalia Antelava assesses the influence still held by Saddam Hussein's Baath party, now exiled in Syria.

What killed off the dinosaurs 65 million years ago? Joanna Morgan, from the department of Earth Sciences at Imperial College London, is one of the authors of the most comprehensive study yet, which has concluded that dinosaurs were wiped out by a giant asteroid.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Gordon Brown will appear before the Chilcot inquiry today. But so far he has given remarkably little away about his true views on the war. BBC chief political correspondent Norman Smith examines where the PM might stand.

The Chinese population comprises one-fifth of mankind and so deserves a chance to express its views on how things in the world should be run, according to its foreign minister. Victor Gao, of the Beijing Private Equity Association, considers how much say China should have in international affairs.

The paper review.

Should the game of polo be introduced into PE lessons of city school children? Chairman of World Polo, Daniel Fox-Davies and Jim White, the Daily Telegraph's sports columnist, debate how practical this might be.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi, Lord Sacks.

At least 2.6 million households now have microchips in their bins, according to a campaigning group called Big Brother Watch. The chips can be used to weigh the amount of rubbish in the bin and so could lead to charges for how much we throw away. Liberal Democrat councillor Gary Hopkins and Alex Deans of Big Brother Watch debate whether this is a good way for councils to encourage rubbish reduction.

The recent re-imprisonment of Jon Venables, one of the killers of James Bulger, has brought about the argument whether our judicial system is too relaxed. Former director of public prosecutions, Sir Ken Macdonald and James Jones, the Bishop of Liverpool, discuss whether the case is undermining faith in the judicial system.

Can eating meat be ethically justified? Today presenter Sarah Montague joined vegetarian author Jonathan Safran Foer and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall, food writer and broadcaster, for a vegetarian meal during which they discussed people's eating habits.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Gordon Brown is likely to face questions about cuts in defence spending when he gives evidence to the Iraq inquiry. BBC business editor Robert Peston Robert Peston, General Tim Cross and Rusi's Prof Michael Clarke examine at the prime minister's attitude to the military.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Arsenal footballer Mikael Silvestre discusses the One Goal campaign to get more African children into education and about how footballers can improve their reputations by being better role models.

The British, Dutch and Icelandic governments have been trying to reach a deal to settle the debts of Icesave, the Iceland-based internet bank which collapsed in 2008. BBC Europe correspondent Jonny Dymond assesses the fallout from the country's dire economic crisis.

What do you know about President Zuma of South Africa? That he is the president of South Africa and that he has three wives perhaps. Kenyan writer Ngugi wa Thiong'o analyses the West's perceived preoccupation with the issue of polygamy.



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