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Today: Wednesday 4th August

The president of Pakistan is facing growing criticism for visiting Britain while his country struggles to cope with the worst flooding for 80 years. Meat from a bull bred from a cloned cow has been sold and eaten in Britain. And with so much money in stand up comedy, has it stopped being funny?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Kevin Green, of the Recruitment and Employment Confederation, analyses the impact of lower demand for temporary staff in health care on the job market.

Meat from the offspring of a cloned cow has entered the food chain in the UK, according to the Food Standards Agency. The agency's Tim Smith explains the laws regarding cloned animal meat.

Plans to build a mosque near Ground Zero in New York have been cleared to go ahead despite criticisms. The BBC's Laura Trevelyan reports on a politically hot issue for the Big Apple.

Rescue teams are trying to reach the tens of thousands of people cut off by floods in Pakistan. Benoit de Gryse, from the charity Medecins Sans Frontieres, explains the difficulties faced by charities trying to reach people on the ground.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

BP has begun a new operation in the Gulf of Mexico to seal the formerly leaking oil well. Dr Simon Boxall, of the National Oceanography Centre, previews the next move in this long story.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

New arrangements to make it easier for council house tenants in England to move will be announced today. Housing minister Grant Shapps explains the reasons behind the proposal.

The paper review.

With so much money in stand up comedy, has it stopped being funny? Arts editor Will Gompertz takes a peek inside the comedy business.

Thought for the Day with Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

With the banks returning to profitability, what should the government do with its shares? Economists Kitty Ussher and professor Tim Congdon debate if there is a case for holding onto these stakes indefinitely and using the returns to fund public infrastructure projects.

The Food Standards Agency has discovered that a bull which was bred from a cloned cow has been slaughtered and eaten in the UK. Biologists Robin Lovell-Badge and Sir Ian Wilmut discuss the safety of eating meat from an offspring of a cloned animal.

The president of Pakistan is facing growing criticism for visiting Britain while his country struggles to cope with the worst flood for 80 years. Journalist Talant Hussain, who has described President Zardari's trip as scandalous, outlines his criticisms of the visit.

Internet communication tool Twitter has recently passed the 20bn messages mark. Labour MP and renowned tweeter Tom Harris gives his tips on how to get the best use out of this social networking phenomenon.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

The role of GPs in maternity care in England has all but disappeared over the past 30 years, according to a recent report. Chairman of the Royal College of GPs, Professor Steve Field and Belinda Phipps, of the charity the National Childbirth Trust, debate whether GPs should share responsibility for maternity care with midwives and obstetricians.

Lloyds is expected to join the list of big banks reporting high profits this week. With the banks going back into the black, how soon should the government seek to divest itself of its shares? Economics editor Robert Peston talks to Lloyds chief executive Eric Daniels.

BP says the operation to permanently seal off the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico is going as planned. Oceanographer Ian MacDonald and Denise Reed, professor of Earth and Environmental Sciences, discuss the effect of the spill on the environment.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Three Lebanese soldiers, a senior Israeli officer and a Lebanese journalist have been killed in an exchange of fire in the border area between the two countries. Middle East analyst Nadim Shehadi comments on the practical, and symbolic, impact of the incident.

Former cabinet minister David Mellor has been accosted by immigration officers on his way back into the UK and quizzed on how much money he was carrying. He explains his anger over the matter.



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