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Today: Friday 23rd July

The operation to deal with the ruptured oil well in the Gulf of Mexico will be delayed by up to a fortnight because of a tropical storm. And the Scottish Justice Secretary has said he will not testify before the US Congress about the release of the Lockerbie bomber.

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Business News with Nick Cosgrove: Dr. Pedro Schwartz, economics professor at San Pablo University, and banking analyst, Claire Kane, discuss the stress test imposed by the European Union. And Friday boss Jerry Marwood, Spar UK managing director, explains why he thinks SPAR is more of a network of small business.

Six thousand members of the union Unite who work for BAA are being balloted for strike action today in a dispute over pay. It could mean disruption at airports across the country. Peter Harwood, chief conciliator of Acas, examines if we are likely to see many more industrial pay disputes.

Stress tests assessing the health of 91 EU banks will be published today. Europe business correspondent, Ben Shore, and Manfred Weber, member of the Board of Directors of the Association of German Banks, assess whether banks will be able to survive future economic shocks.

An estimated 5000 young people are leaving Ireland a month, as economic hardship hits home. Sanchia Berg reports from the village of Gneeveguilla in County Kerry where many young people have left for Australia in the last few months.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Gaza continues to feel the effects of an Israeli blockade. Lord Patten, who has been visiting Gaza and the West Bank this week, gives his observations on the current situation.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Scottish ministers and officials will not attend a US Senate hearing about the circumstances surrounding the release of the Lockerbie bomber. Labour MSP Richard Baker, debates whether their refusal is damaging Scotland's international reputation.

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More birds of prey than ever were deliberately poisoned in Scotland last year, including two golden eagles. RSPB Scotland's Duncan Orr-Ewing explains what is driving the spate of bird killings.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.

Communities are to be allowed to build new homes without applying for planning permission. Instead they will need people to vote in favour of their plans in a local referendum. Housing Minister Grant Shapps and Fiona Howie, of the Campaign to Protect Rural England, debate whether the plans will work.

The health of Europe's banks will come under scrutiny again later today, when the results of EU-wide bank stress tests are published. Business editor Robert Peston, Goldman Sach's chief economist, Jim O'Neill and Sir Howard Davies, Director of the LSE, examine what the results will mean.

Nick Griffin, leader of the BNP, has been barred from attending a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Two hours before the event, it was announced that Mr Griffin would be denied entry. Royal historian Hugo Vickers and Labour MEP Claude Moraes discuss the Palace's decision.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Ten days ago, nine-year-old Jamie Bray died in a tragic accident, getting caught in a rope swing in his garden, breaking his neck in the fall. Since then his Uncle Chris Wheal, a journalist by trade, has been handling the press on behalf of the family. He describes the intrusion of the local press into the family's lives.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

Lord Patten has described the people of Gaza as living in an "interminable jail sentence" after visiting the region and warned that there would be a "disaster" if the two state solution failed. Lorna Fitzsimons, chief executive of the Britain Israel Communications and Research Centre, discusses Lord Patten's comments.

The gap in mortality between rich and poor is wider now than in the depression of the 1930s. New research by the British Medical Journal suggests the poorest of society are twice as likely to die before the age of 65 than the richest. Sheffield University's Professor Danny Dorling examines the report.

A leading academic in the United States has accused BP of trying to "buy" the silence of the best scientists, as the company faces hundreds of lawsuits over the oil spill. Reporter Robyn Bresnahan reports.

The leadership of the union Unite will declare on Monday who they are supporting in the Labour leadership election. Former aide to Gordon Brown Michael Jacobs examines the Union's influence.



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