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Today: Saturday 3rd July

Two of the 11 members of a suspected spy ring in the US have admitted they are Russian citizens. And the government is pressing ahead with Labour legislation which could require employers to disclose whether they pay women as much as men.

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Two more of the suspected Russian spies in the US have admitted they are living in the country under a false identity. Michael Zotolli and Patricia Mills have revealed that their real names are Mikhail Kutzik and Natalia Pereverzeva. Moscow correspondent Rupert Wingfield-Hayes comments on how Russia has reacted to the alleged conspiracy.

A British man who has been jailed in Afghanistan on corruption charges is to appeal against his arrest at a court in Kabul today. Bill Shaw's family have handed a petition into Number 10 calling for his release. Correspondent Quentin Sommerville reports on the case.

The paper review.

The EU has passed tough new laws on bankers' and hedge fund managers' bonuses to prevent excessive risk taking. Arlene McCarthy, Labour MEP for the North West of England who helped draft the proposals, explains how the new rules will work.

The UK's biggest garden show, The Hampton Court Palace Flower Show, is celebrating its 21st birthday this year with a Shakespearean theme. The show will feature six gardens based on Shakespeare's most popular comedies, and recreate the playwright's allotment. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones took a look at how the gardens were put together.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Earlier this month, the head of the army General Sir David Richards, said it was not the military's job to "prop up ailing industries". Ian Godden, chairman of Aerospace Defence Securities, and Malcolm Chalmers, fellow at the defence think tank the Royal United Services Institute, discuss whether the defence industry relies too heavily on orders from the Ministry of Defence.

The paper review.

Georgians awoke last week to find that a statue of former Soviet leader Stalin had been removed. While many locals in the town, Gori, who are Stalin supporters and were upset, the Georgian authorities have been determined to disassociate themselves from the Soviet past. Tom Esslemont reports from Georgia on how Stalin still divides the country.

Thought for the day with Vishvapani, a member of the Western Buddhist Order.

British emigration has declined since 2006, according to an IPPR report. It found that those leaving the UK in search of a better life has dropped by a third. Stephen Clarke, a British writer living in France, shares his thoughts on why the reality of moving to sunnier climates does not always match the dream.

A 15-year-old boy has been stabbed to death during a fight at his south London school. The boy suffered multiple injuries in what police believe was a "planned attack" at Park Campus school, West Norwood. Commander David Zinzan, Metropolitan Police lead for knife crime and youth crime, discusses why the UK has failed to combat the knife crime culture.

The Chilcot Inquiry into the 2003 Iraq war is investigating the legal basis for the war - an issue which is at the heart of the public and those involved in the decision. Former head of the British army General Sir Mike Jackson, and Professor Marc Weller of Cambridge University, examine how important the issue of legality is after so many years.

American actress Meryl Streep is being lined up to play Margaret Thatcher in a Film4 biopic to be filmed at the end of the year. Maureen Lipman who played the prime minister in 1989, and former Tory cabinet minister Michael Portillo, give their thoughts on whether it is possible to capture the essence of the Iron lady on the silver screen.

A drought which has left more than half of Niger's 15 million people needing food aid is also threatening the region's desert nomads. For thousands of years more than a million fiercely independent Tuareg tribesmen have roamed the Saharan wastelands with their animals, living to their own rules and traditions. Now, with water holes drying up, many are giving up this life and fleeing to the cities. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports from Niger.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Office for Budget Responsibility projects that overall employment to rise over the next few years, with two million new jobs expected in the private sector. Economics correspondent Hugh Pym outlines the OBR's forecast. Richard Lambert, director general of the Confederation of Business Industry and Jane Henderson chief executive of the South West Regional Development Agency, assess whether these hopes for new job creation are realistic.

After England's failure at the World Cup ad Andy Murray's Wimbledon defeat, historian Simon Schama outlines his theory that losing can be more glorious that winning.

The paper review.

The veteran motor racing driver, Sir Stirling Moss, earlier this week said that pensioners over 70 years old should be made to re-take their driving test as elderly drivers are more likely to be the cause of an accident. To test his theory, the Today programme asked its former presenter Sue McGregor to jump behind the steering wheel.

Is more warmth and love in out classrooms the best way to improve learning? That's a suggestion being made today at the Festival of Education. Dr Andrew Curran, a paediatric neurologist from Alder Hey Children's Hospital, and Francis Gilbert, a secondary school teacher, consider whether the notion could work.



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