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Today: Thursday 24th June

The government is to bring forward a rise in the state pension age as part of a wider overhaul that could see people work into their 70s. And President Obama has appointed a new military commander in Afghanistan after sacking General Stanley McChrystal.

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Business News: Adam Shaw analyses pension plans with consultant Malcolm McLean. Analyst Elissa Bayer looks over the markets and Adam Phillips, chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel, discusses the FSA.

A new report has warned intravenous nutrition, commonly used in many hospitals, could create serious problems for patients. Dr Jim Stewart, main author of the review for the National Confidential Inquiry Into Patient Outcome and Death, outlines the report's findings.

The Labour Party is set to choose its shortlist for its candidate for the post of mayor of London. Two of the candidates, Ken Livingstone and Oona King, outline their policies.
A utility firm hit by north-west England's driest start to the year since 1929 wants to take more water from lakes and rivers. John Saunders from United Utilities explains why they will make an application for a drought permit.

BBC correspondent, Ian Pannell, reports from Marjah in Helmand province, the scene of the first major offensive under General McChrystal's Afgahan command, now ended.

The government has stumbled into controversy on the issues of pensions. The Work ad Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith is set to make a speech later in an attempt to reinvigorate the pensions sector. Investment expert Ros Altmann outlines the main issues.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

According to George Osborne, "we're all in this together". But will the budget cuts affect some more than others? Today reporter Sanchia Berg has been to Sheffield outlines the main issues to see how this will impact Nick Clegg's Hallam constituency.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

It is ten years since the human genome, the genetic blueprint for an individual human being, was first published. Sir John Sulston and Francis Collins, leader of the Human Genome Project, discuss how much we have progressed since that discovery.

The paper review.

Wimbledon has witnessed the longest-ever tennis match. It happened on Court 18 where John Isner of the United States and Nicolas Mahut of France volleyed their way into the record books. BBC commentator Jo Durie was there and gives her thoughts on the record-breaking contest.

Thought for the day with Baptist minister, Reverend Roy Jenkins.

General David Petraeus will succeed the top US military commander in Afghanistan, Gen Stanley McChrystal, after he was dismissed by President Barack Obama for criticising leading administration officials. Dr. Stefan Halper outlines what this will mean for the US's military ambitions.

How much influence did the Liberal Democrats have over the budget? Did they get their fair share of policy input? Nick Clegg speaks to Today Presenter John Humphrys about the coalition's first budget.

England have finally won a game in the World Cup. The writer Lynne Truss has been musing once more on this most unpredictable of sporting tournaments.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Does homeopathy really benefit patients? David Tredinnick MP and writer Simon Singh debate whether patients should be given the option of homeopathic remedies.

The business news with Adam Shaw.

A group fighting to preserve stocks of wild salmon will present a petition to the Scottish Parliament today. Dr John Webster of the Scottish Salmon Producers Organisation outlines whether there needs to be tougher policing of fish farms.

Schools in Stoke on Trent have some of the worst GCSE results in the country. The local education authority is planning to replace many of them with academies in the hope of providing better results. Education correspondent, Gillian Hargreaves, reports from Stoke.

The Serpentine Gallery presents photographer Wolfgang Tillmans' first major exhibition in London since 2003. Will Gompertz discusses Tillman's abstract work from the last ten years.

The England team now face Germany for a place in the quarter finals of the World Cup. The Today programme's World Cup panel discusses the team's prospects of victory over their biggest rivals.



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