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The government has signalled that universities in England are likely to be allowed to put up tuition fees. A review of child protection measures will examine ways of giving social workers more time with vulnerable children. Does the traditional school photo need protecting? We mark the centenary of American blues singer Howlin Wolf's birth.

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The government is announcing a fundamental review of child protection and social work in England. They are looking at how to improve the system and find a way for social workers to spend more time with children rather than doing paperwork. Marion Davis, of the Association of Directors of Children's Services, explains whether the proposals can work.

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has just opened a refurbished housing scheme aimed at taking homeless people off the streets and into safe accommodation. Boris Johnson reveals how will the scheme will benefit homeless people in these economically-straightened times.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

Are supply lines into Afghanistan too vulnerable? Questions have been raised following the attack on a Nato convoy in Pakistan, where seven people were killed. BBC's Edward Stourton reports from the Manas Transit Centre in Kyrgyzstan, another key base providing support for the alliance's missions.

There is a move away from the taking of school photographs in the traditional format, from highly-staged images to a more free-from approach. Michael Ward Henry, the owner of Ward Hendry Photography in Oxford, explains how the trend has changed over recent years.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The cost of sending students to university in England is "a burden on the taxpayer that has to be tackled". David Willetts, the universities minister, suggests ways the current system might be improved.

The paper review.

After four years of waiting and nearly 50 years of hurt it is time to dream that England will once again reign supreme. Football fan Lynne Truss offers her take on the mood of the nation on the eve of the World Cup.

BP has just announced it has spent about $ 1.43bn on efforts to contain the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The political pressure on the company in the US continues to rise. Business editor Robert Peston explains the US Justice Department's efforts to stop BP paying a dividend to shareholders.

Thought for the day with The Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest.

Some translations suggest the Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad dismissed the latest UN sanctions package. Professor Ali Ansari, director of the Iranian Institute at the University of St Andrews and Sir Richard Dalton, former British Ambassador to Iran, discuss how real is the prospect of military action if sanctions fail.

The government is announcing a shake up of child protection and social work in England. It wants social workers to spend more time with children and less doing paperwork. Home editor Mark Easton explains the arguments behind the move. Prof Eileen Munro of the London School of Economics, who will be carrying out the review, outlines her thoughts.

Simon Hughes, the MP for Bermondsey and Old Southwark and the Lib Dems' new deputy leader, explains what the party will stand for in the future.

It is hundred years since the blues singer Howlin' Wolf was born. British blues singer and guitarist Ian Siegal and Nigel Williamson, the author of the Rough Guide to the Blues celebrate Howlin' Wolf's work and legacy.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The BP oil crisis seems a cultural clash between the Americans and the company, perhaps between the Americans and the UK. This is the view of John Hofmeister, former president of Shell Oil, the US subsidiary of Royal Dutch Shell. Mr Hofmeister explains his theory.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

It is a big day for England's bid to host the World Cup in 2018. David Beckham will make a presentation to Fifa's congress in Johannesberg It is the first chance England's bid leaders have had to take the temperature after the resignation of Lord Triesman, the former FA chairman. BBC sports editor David Bond is in Johannesburg.

An estimated 23,000 people have been killed in drug related violence in Mexico. The country's government has thrown resources at the problem and yet a majority of Mexicans believe they are losing the so-called war on drugs. BBC's correspondent Matthew Price travelled with the Mexican military as they carried out their latest crop eradication efforts.

After writing 23 bestsellers the legal thriller writer John Grisham has just published his first ever children's novel. Nicolette Jones, the Sunday Times literary critic and Andy McNab, the former SAS soldier who has written for both adults and children, discuss the hurdles faced by adult authors writing for children.

David Cameron is making an unannounced visit to Afghanistan. The BBC's Martin Patience reports on Mr Cameron's joint news conference with Afghan president Hamid Karzai during which the Prime Minister announced that £67m will be spend on countering the threat of roadside bombs.

The British Library will be formally unveiling a collection of the writer JG Ballard's papers today. Arts Editor Will Gompertz meets Ballard's daughters, Fay and Bea Ballard.



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