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Police hunting the fugitive gunman Raoul Moat have enlisted the help of one of his former associates. And Ministers say the timetable for the switchover to digital radio will be determined by listeners.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Shadow Monetary Policy Committee member Peter Warburton previews today's decision on interest rates. Paul Kavanagh, Director of Market Strategy and Partner at Killik & Co stock brokers, comments on the markets and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts's Jonathan Kestenbaum discusses the collapse in venture capital investment.

An estimated 400 people are being held hostage by Somali pirates. Among them is a British couple, Paul and Rachel Chandler, who have been held captive since their yacht was hijacked in the Indian Ocean in October last year. Simon Cox, presenter of Radio 4's The Report, outlines attempts to tackle the problem and the increasing sophistication of the pirate gangs.

An Al-Qaeda suspect who was linked to a bomb plot in north west England has appeared at a special London court hearing, after an extradition request by the US authorities. Abid Naseer is alleged to be connected to a plot to bomb the New York subway system. Correspondent Caroline Hawley has more details on the case.

Firms such as Mars, Cadbury and Coca-Cola will now take on a bigger role in funding campaigns aimed at tackling soaring obesity rates after Health Secretary Andrew Lansley announced the £75 million 'The Change4Life' advertising campaign launched by the previous government would be scrapped. Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy at City University, London, comments on the plans.

The Committee on Standards in Public Life will be holding a public hearing on the funding of political parties. Sir Hayden Phillips, who chaired a review into funding three years ago, explains will now take on a bigger role in funding campaigns aimed at tackling soaring obesity rates how he tried to broker a deal between the three main parties.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

There will be a new name attached to the Fifa World Cup trophy on Sunday. Spain beat Germany 1-0 last night, and they will play the Netherlands in the final. Neither country has ever won the World Cup before. Author Lynne Truss, who has been our essayist throughout the tournament, will now take on a bigger role in funding campaigns aimed at tackling soaring obesity rates muses on form, predictions and facts.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The government will announce today that it is not setting a switchover date for DAB digital radio. Instead, they will work towards the target of 2015, but they say listeners will determine the pace of change. Radio consultant Grant Goddard and broadcasting minister Ed Vaizey analyse the new plans for digital switchover.

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Ancient flint tools have been found in Norfolk that suggest our ancestors first moved to Britain much earlier than was previously thought, according to new research published in the journal Nature. The settlement found in Happisburgh is thought to be 800,000 years old, 100,000 years earlier than discoveries had suggested man had even arrived here. The Natural History Museum's Professor Chris Stringer discusses the first arrivals of ancient Britons.

Thought for the day with Reverend Joel Edwards, International Director of Micah Challenge.

It is four years since British soldiers first went to Sangin. It is the most dangerous place in Afghanistan, where 99 British soldiers have lost their lives. Now they are being withdrawn, to be replaced by US forces. General Nick Parker explains what soldiers feel about the decision.

Health Secretary Andrew Lansley has said that the £75 million advertising budget for Change4life, Labour's anti-obesity strategy, would be withdrawn, adding that government enlist the support of major food companies to get its message across. The National Obesity Forum's Tam Fry and Business4Life's Ian Barber discuss whether the private sector should play a greater role in promoting public health.

Armed police have stepped up their search for suspected gunman, Raoul Moat, around woods and farmland in Northumberland. Today reporter Andrew Hosken has been to Newcastle Upon Tyne to find out more about Mr Moat.

The Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he will apologise in person to schools who had mistakenly been given the go ahead on building projects which were axed. Conservative MP Ian Liddell Grainger represents a Somerset constituency which was not misled but has been told that at least three of six schools it planned to build will not be given the go ahead. He outlines his concerns about the proposals. 0831
Sports news with Jon Myers.

Will the World Cup change South Africa? The country's former president, Thabo Mbeki predicted that 2010 would mark the moment that Africa turned the tide on centuries of poverty and conflict. The chairman of the private equity firm Permira - and occasional Today sports panel member - Damon Buffini, reports from South Africa.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Diane Coyle was economics editor of the Independent newspaper. Now an economic consultant specialising in new technologies, she gives her view on the lack of visibility of women in economics. And former minister Sally Keeble and economist Dr DeAnne Julius discuss the opportunities for female economists.

Prosecutors in France are investigating claims that President Sarkozy's election campaign received illegal funding from France's richest woman, L'Oreal cosmetics heiress Liliane Bettencourt. M Sarkozy's allies deny the allegations. Correspondent Christian Fraser reports on the scandal.

A metal-detector enthusiast from Somerset has discovered the largest pot of Roman coins in Britain. Dave Crisp found the hoard of some 52,500 coins dating to the 3rd century AD, while metal-detecting near Frome. He tells the story of his discovery.



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