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Today: Saturday 24th July

Lord Digby Jones has called for a rethink on higher education and many universities should consider awarding more vocational qualifications. And one of the killers of James Bulger has been jailed for two years after admitting downloading and distributing indecent images of children.

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Just seven of the 91 European banks have failed the "stress tests". All the major international banks passed the tests to see whether they would need to raise capital against future losses in the event of a new recession. European business correspondent Ben Shore analyses whether the tests were stringent enough.

Foreign Secretary William Hague has written to US Senator John Kerry to reiterate the government's position that the release of the Lockerbie bomber was wrong and to dismiss "unsubstantiated rumours" about BP's alleged lobbying ahead of the release. Political correspondent Terry Stiastny examines Mr Hague's letter.

The paper review.

Pregnancy scan experts want to ban parents-to-be from using their mobile phones or cameras to record ultrasound examinations. Richard Evans, chief executive of the Society and College of Radiographers, explains how this can distract health professionals and may cause them to miss vital observations.

Are the police over-policing football fans? The Football Supporters' Federation's Amanda Jacks and Acpo lead on football, Assistant Chief Constable Andy Holt, debate whether football fans are policed on historical reputation rather than current behaviour.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

The Ministry of Justice has launched a review into the way Jon Venables was supervised after he had served eight years in custody for murdering James Bulger. Venables has been jailed for two years for downloading and distributing indecent images of children. Home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, summarises the court ruling.

The paper review.

Nick Higham reports on the growing number of women playing computer games and how the games industry is starting to reflect their interests.

Lady Manningham-Buller, the former head of MI5, has said she repeatedly tried to warn the government that going into Iraq would lead to an increase in home-grown terrorists. Dr Peter Neumann, director of the International Centre for the Study of Radicalisation and Political Violence, and youth worker Hanif Qadir discuss whether Afghanistan has spurred some young British Muslim men to become radicalised.

Thought for the day with the writer Rhidian Brook.

Small regional banks in Spain, Germany and Greece have failed the "stress tests", which assessed whether they would need to raise capital against future losses in the event of a new recession. Cass Business School's Peter Hahn and economist Graham Turner discuss the biggest issue: sovereign debt.

This week representatives from more than 70 nations gathered in Kabul to discuss the way forward for Afghanistan. The Times' political editor, Deborah Haynes, and former EU special representative for Afghanistan, Francesc Vendrell, analyse whether Afghanistan will be ready to take responsibility for security by 2014.

Solicitors representing the family of Ian Tomlinson have said they will appeal against a decision not to charge a police officer over his death. Criminologist Roger Graef and the Met's former assistant commissioner Andy Hayman discuss the implications for the public's confidence in the police.

Sound artist Lee Patterson fronts an exhibition of different sounds in Kent. "Hidden sounds" delivers some unique soundscapes from nature that the human ear could not normally hear. Mr Patterson speaks to Today presenter, Evan Davis, about the exhibition.

Sports news with Jon Myers.

Killer Jon Venables has been jailed for two years after he admitted downloading pornographic images of toddlers. Manchester Metropolitan University's Dr David Holmes and Diana Fulbrook of the Probation Chiefs Association examine whether the system was too liberal over Venables' case.

A new £13m exhibition opens at Chatham Historic Dockyard in Kent today. Its main exhibit is a model of the Second World War merchant cruiser, the Jervis Bay. Correspondent, Mike Thomson, tells the story of the ship's valiant final action, protecting other ships from the German pocket battleship, the Admiral Scheer.

The media mogul Richard Desmond, has purchased Channel Five from Bertelsmann 's RTL Group for £103.5m. London's City University's Professor Roy Greenslade and media consultant Roger Laughton discuss Mr Desmond's track record.

Is great crime and thriller writing is indisputably British? This will be the subject of a debate at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival. British thriller writer James Twining and American thriller writer Joseph Finder discuss whether there is still life in British thriller after Agatha Christie.



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