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Today: Wednesday 21st July

David Cameron has said the withdrawal of British combat forces from Afghanistan could begin next year, but only if the security situation allows. And Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond, is defending the decision to free the Lockerbie bomber after criticism in Washington.

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Business News with Adam Shaw: Robert Talbut, Chief Investment Officer of Royal London Asset Management, discusses the sale of BPs assets to help pay for the clean-up costs. And Carolina Milanesi of Gartner Analyst and designer Malcolm Barclay, examine iPhone's apps.

Is it possible to inhale fruit? A specially-designed art installation at this year's Big Chill festival in Herefordshire will apparently allow visitors to inhale fruit flavours. UCL's Dr Oliver Firth explains how it is possible to ingest food through the lungs.

BP has sold oil and gas fields worth $7bn to raise money to help pay for the clean up of the Gulf of Mexico. Business editor, Robert Peston gives his analysis of the sale.

There are 80,000 families in Wales on the council house waiting list. Keith Edwards, director of the Chartered Institute of Housing in Cymru, discusses new rules allowing councils to refuse the sale of council houses in areas where demand for affordable housing is high.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

HIV infections among the over 50s have more than doubled over a period of seven years, according to findings from the Health Protection Agency, published in the Journal AIDS. Dr Valerie Delpech, head of HIV surveillance at the Agency, explains the findings.

How is David Cameron's tour of the US shaping up? Deputy political editor James Landale reports on the criticism he has been facing over the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

Sports news with Chris Dennis.

David Cameron has suggested that the process of withdrawing some British combat forces from Afghanistan could begin as early as next year. Former head of the army General Sir Michael Jackson debates whether suggesting a withdrawal date is a good tactic.

The paper review.

For three decades, the Kurdish Workers' Party (PKK) has been fighting for an independent Kurdish state. It is classified as a terrorist organisation by Turkey, Britain, the EU and the US. Correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse went to meet the militant group at one of its bases in northern Iraq.

British astronomers have found one of the largest stars ever discovered in the universe, over 300 times the size of the sun. Astronomer Paul Crowther of the European Southern Observatory discusses the discovery.

Thought for the day with Anne Atkins.

A report has claimed that two families in Birmingham, over the last 40 years, have cost the taxpayer £37m. The figures concern how much two gangland families are calculated to have cost the criminal justice system. Reporter Andy Hosken analyses the accuracy of the numbers and Graham Allen MP considers whether money could have been saved if the government adopted a policy of early intervention.

A group of US senators has repeated calls for an inquiry into the release of the Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali al-Megrahi after meeting UK Prime Minister David Cameron. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond gives his reaction to the renewed focus on the case.

Director Oliver Stone has made more headlines with his latest film , South of the Border, in which he chats to seven South American presidents about Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez. The director debates his film's political ambitions.

Sports news with Chris Dennis.

What sort of Labour Party will emerge from the five-sided wrestling match of a leadership campaign. Evening Standard columnist Anne McElvoy reports on the contest.

Guildford, Winchester and Basingstoke are the worst railway stations in the country for long queues at ticket machines. The watchdog, Passenger Focus, says the rail companies need to simplify the machines, which confront people with bewildering jargon. Passenger Focus' chief executive, Anthony Smith and Atoc's chief executive, Michael Roberts, discuss how the situation can be improved.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

More than 400 people have signed a petition calling for a Somerset school to stop teaching the US cartoon series The Simpsons in lessons. The lessons are being covered in the media module of the course at Kingsmead Community School, in Wiveliscombe. Joseph Reynolds, a parent at the school who has been organising the petition, outlines the campaign.

Is gay adoption now entirely accepted? Andy Leary-May, director of New Family Social and Deputy Director of Public Affairs at Stonewall Ruth Hunt consider the effect on children of being raised by same-sex parents.



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