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Today: Wednesday 7th July

British forces in Afghanistan are to hand over control of Sangin, where they've suffered their heaviest losses to US troops. And Northumbria police have been searching through the night for the fugitive gunman, Raoul Moat.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Mark Duke, head of pensions of Towers Perrin, discusses public sector pensions. Seven Investment Management's Justin Urquhart Stewart discusses the markets. And Shanghai correspondent, Chris Hogg, outlines the Agricultural Bank of China's share policy.

Germany face Spain in the World Cup semi-final later today. Will the team's spectacular winning run come to an end? According to Paul the psychic octopus, it will. Paul, who lives in an aquarium in western Germany, has correctly predicted the results of all their matches so far. His keeper, Oliver Walenciak, explains the story.

British soldiers are set to hand over control of Sangin, the most dangerous part of Afghanistan, to US forces. Around 100 British servicemen have died in the province. Colonel Stuart Tootal and the Evening Standard's defence correspondent, Robert Fox, discuss the handover.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The Nuclear Decommissioning Agency has published details of how it could dispose of radioactive waste deep underground. The government set out the strategy two years ago in a White Paper. Oxford University physics professor Wade Allison outlines the case for underground disposal.

President Sarkozy has denied taking cash for his presidential election campaign three years ago from one of France's richest women and not declaring it. France 24 journalist Benedicte Paviothere explains the background to the story.

The Queen has addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York for the first time in more than 50 years, telling delegates that "we must all work together as hard as ever if we are truly to be united nations".

Sports news with Chris Dennis.

Police say "intensive and systematic" searches have been taking place through the night around Rothbury in Northumberland in the hunt for the suspected gunman, Raoul Moat. BBC Reporter Anna Foster has the latest on the hunt.

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Sir Muir Russell, the former civil servant and academic, will soon deliver the third and final report into the University of East Anglia email affair , in which researchers were accused of cheating over climate science. Environment Analyst Roger Harrabin reports on the ongoing row over 'Climategate'.

Thought for the day with Bishop Tom Butler.

The government plans to change the law to give head teachers in England more powers to enforce discipline in schools. Sir Alan Steer, who led a 2009 review into behaviour in schools, gives his assessment of the proposals.

Defence Secretary Liam Fox is expected to tell the House of Commons today that the UK will hand over responsibility for Afghanistan's Sangin province to US forces. General Sir Richard Dannatt and Professor Michael Clarke reflect on the strategic thinking behind the deployment.

Campo Vaccino, JMW Turner's last painting of Rome, will go on auction at Sotheby's today. Turner painted scenes from Rome over a 20-year period, when it was fashionable for artists to tour Europe for inspiration. Art critics Brian Sewell and Rachel Campbell Johnston discuss whether any modern artists live up to Turner.

Sports news with Chris Dennis.

Should we consider burying nuclear waste underground? Alun Ellis, Director of the Nuclear Decommissioning Agency, and Councillor Elaine Woodburn, Leader of Copeland Council, outline the importance of providing information on new proposals for nuclear waste disposal.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

"Rogernomics" was a term coined to describe how New Zealand's then finance minister, Sir Roger Douglas, rescued the country's economy in the 1980s. Sir Roger explains how Britain could learn from New Zealand's example.

The Today programme's World Cup panel returns for the penultimate time. Former cricketer Ed Smith and Cass Business School's Stefan Szymanski discuss the semi finals and the perennial question of cheating.

The "climategate" scandal caused a furore in November after thousands of e-mails from scientists at the University of East Anglia were hacked into and published online. Science writer Fred Pearce and Lord Stern reflect on the inquiry into the affair.



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