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Today: Friday 12th March

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The Financial Services Authority is setting out a new strategy to protect consumers. New research suggests that people with occasional high blood pressure may be at a greater risk of having a stroke than those whose blood pressure is high all the time. And why is self-harming in young people on the increase?

People whose blood pressure fluctuates may be at greater risk of a stroke than people with high blood pressure, according to the medical journal The Lancet journal. Prof Peter Rothwell, a neurologist with an interest in stroke prevention, considers the implications.

An 18-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after David Askew, a 64-year-old man with learning difficulties, collapsed and died outside his home in the Hattersley area of Manchester on Wednesday. One of Mr Askew's neighbours, Lynne Barker, describes how he Mr Askew was harassed by local youths before his death.

Recent evidence suggests that increasing numbers of French teenagers are drinking to excess. Until recently, binge drinking among teenagers was considered a very British problem. The BBC's Paris correspondent, Emma-Jane Kirby, reports on the worrying trend.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

All the political parties need to agree on how to fund social care for the elderly in England, according to the cross-party Commons Health Select Committee. The committee's chairman, Labour MP Kevin Barron, outlines his view that a strategy is needed to confront the problem.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Teachers should not be banned from being BNP members, according to an independent review into racism in schools. Former chief inspector of schools, Maurice Smith and Chris Keates, of the teachers' union union NASUWT, discuss the issue.

The paper review.

Major Richard Streatfeild describes his daily life with 3 Battalion, The Rifles, fighting in Afghanistan. His latest frontline dispatch describes a more mundane - but essential - aspect of the conflict: washing day for A Company.

The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair starts in Manchester today. BBC science reporter Rebecca Morrelle looks at a number of intriguing contraptions on show.

Thought for the day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Why are more young people harming themselves? Radio 1 Newsbeat's Jim Reed reports on the phenomenon and Margaret Murphy of the Royal College of Psychiatrists contemplates whether some internet sites may act as an encouragement to those who are drawn to self-harm.

The Financial Services Authority is setting out a new strategy to protect consumers. Its chief executive, Hector Sants, outlines details of the new outlook.

The Afghan town of Musa Qala, in northern Helmand, will be the first British base to be handed on to US Marines. The town has now become one of the more peaceful areas in Helmand. Are there lessons to be taken to tackle the wider Taliban insurgency?

The band Pink Floyd has won a High Court ruling preventing EMI from selling individual tracks on the internet. Editor of The Word magazine Mark Ellen and the music journalist Mark Beaumont discuss the continuing impact of the internet on the music industry.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

London Refuge, Britain's biggest refuge assisting under-16's living on the street, will have to close because of a lack of funding. BBC reporter Sanchia Berg has been speaking to young people who have spent long periods living rough.

The business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Up to 50% of the World Food Programme's aid to Somalia may have never reached the country, according to a recent report. Prof Lawrence Haddad, from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex, and Duncan Green of Oxfam debate the difficulties faced by aid agencies in ensuring that money gets to the right people.

Unpublished papers by the Czech writer Franz Kafka are locked away in safety deposit boxes in two different countries. Kafka wanted them destroyed after his death along with the rest of his work, but, famously, his wishes were defied. The papers, which could contain great works yet to see the light of day, are now the subject of a bitter legal battle in Israel. Middle East correspondent Katya Adler reports from Jerusalem on a heated legal row.

Michael Schumacher returns to Formula One today, starting the first practice session for the Bahrain Grand Prix. Sports columnist for the Daily Telegraph, Sue Mott and Eddie Jordan, who is with BBC Sports F1 team, debate how "Schumi" might find his come back.



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