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Today: Monday 15th March

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A review of how rape cases are dealt with in England and Wales says there should be less focus on conviction rates and more priority given to victims. Doctors say David Beckham could miss playing in the World Cup, after rupturing his Achilles tendon. And French Muslims react over proposals to ban the burka.

The planned strikes by British Airways cabin crew are 'totally unjustified' and 'deplorable' according to the transport secretary. The prime minister has apparently been in touch with the Unite union to try to sort things out. Derek Simpson, joint General Secretary of Unite, comments on the latest moves in the dispute.

Police forces in England and Wales are being warned today they may be breaking the race relations act by using stop and search tactics disproportionately against black and Asian people. A five-year review by Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) says the problem is getting worse, not better. EHRC commissioner Simon Woolley tells us that it is not enough for the police simply to launch new initiatives if they do not produce results.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Records show that in 1946, a year after the end of World War II, around 400,000 German POWs were still in the UK here and many remained in captivity until 1948. During this time most were forced to work on farms and construction sites across the country as part of a reparations policy against Germany. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on how according to research to be aired this evening on Radio 4's Document programme, this policy may have breached the Geneva Convention.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

When the Equalities Minister Harriet Harman launched the Stern review into the way rape cases are dealt with, she said it was needed because less than 7% of reported rapes lead to a successful prosecution. Lady Stern discusses how those who have been raped should not be abandoned by the system.

The Labour peer Baroness Uddin will not face charges over expenses, but the revelation of how the system works in the House of Lords has stirred up an interesting debate, for example, on the definition of a "main residence" as a home that is visited "with a degree of frequency, in the order of at least once a month". Liberal Democrat treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott outlines how he wants Westminster cleaned up after the expenses scandal.

The paper review.

The UK's biggest hostel for runaways, the London Refuge, closes its doors to new arrivals tonight. Brian Smith, the director of St Christopher's Fellowship which runs the Refuge, discusses how the shortage of emergency accommodation for the UK's child runaways has reached crisis point.

Thought for the day with Canon Dr Alan Billings, an Anglican Priest.

The collapse of the investment bank Lehman Brothers has come to be seen as the start of the world financial crisis, and it is now clear that up to $50bn in loans and investment was effectively concealed from the public gaze as it tried to shore itself up. John Moulton from venture capitalist Better Capital, and Shadow Chancellor George Osborne, discusses how Lehman Brothers were able to hide its debts from regulators despite checks by auditors.

A major review of the way rape cases are handled says greater priority must be given to the support and care of victims. Police failures are highlighted and criticised in the review, which was carried out by cross-bench peer, Baroness Stern. Debaleena Dasgupta, a solicitor from Fisher Meredith, and Chief Constable David Whatton of Cheshire Police, discuss the way rape complaints are handled by public authorities.

Today sees the publication of "Shakespeare's Lost Play", Double Falsehood. Theatre impresario Lewis Theobald presented the work in the 18th century as an adaptation of a play written by Shakespeare. Theobald was dismissed as a fraud, the play as a forgery. Professor Brean Hammond and Professor Carol Rutter debate whether there will ever be a true Complete Works of Shakespeare, and why the canon keeps expanding.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

France could become the first country in Europe to ban the burka. A draft law submitted to the French parliament would make it illegal for a woman to cover her face in public spaces such as hospitals and trains. And women who don't remove their veil will be refused access to the service in question. In France the term burka also encompasses the niqab which allows a woman's eyes to be seen. Correspondent Zubeida Malik gauges French Muslims' reaction to the proposals.

So increasingly, if the polls are to be believed, it looks like the UK may face a hung parliament in the aftermath of the upcoming general election. The last time it happened was 1974. But what will happen in the event of a hung parliament is not necessarily clear or straight forward. Professor of Contemporary British History Peter Hennessey explains how, whatever the nature of a hung parliament, Gordon Brown and the cabinet will remain in office.

Raoul Wallenberg was one of the heroes of the Holocaust. A wealthy Swede, he went to Budapest in 1944 and saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from deportation and likely death. But in January 1954 he was detained by the Russians, after the Red Army had arrived in Budapest, and never seen again. Paul Levine has written a new biography, Raoul Wallenberg in Budapest: Myth, History and Holocaust, and outlines the truth behind the Wallenberg myth.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Black fathers need to become more involved with their children to help tackle social problems among young people, a government minister will say. Prominent black MP David Lammy will tell the Runnymede race think tank that fathers must take more responsibility. Mr Lammy discusses how he has been working with the Runnymede Trust for the last nine months documenting discussions with black fathers.

Putting male names before female names in writing is a remnant of sexist thinking, according to a study by researchers at the University of Surrey. Dr Peter Hegarty, who led the University of Surrey team, explains how, in the 16th century, naming men before women became the acceptable word order to use because of the thinking that men were "the worthier sex".

Sir Terry Pratchett has advocated assisted suicide tribunals and said he is willing to be a test case. Dr Phillip Nitschke, also known as Dr Death, who runs controversial courses on the practicalities of taking your own life, discusses whether the media focus on assisted suicide has led to an increased interest in his workshops.



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