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The supermodel Naomi Campbell will give evidence today about 'blood diamonds' at a war crimes trial in The Hague. And why is it important to have a grasp of everyday geography in the age of the SatNav?

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President Zardari of Pakistan is meeting with cabinet ministers today as part of his tour of Britain, which is gathering condemnation back in Pakistan. Our reporter Zubeida Malik has been gauging the mood of Britain's Pakistani community.

Barclays has announced its half-year results today, showing that profits jumped 29% to £2.43bn. Business Economics editor Robert Peston analyses the figures.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A coalition of 29 national bodies says it is opposed to the government's planning policy from England and Wales. Kelvin MacDonald, of the Royal Town Planning Institute, explains why the Decentralisation and Localism Bill has attracted such criticism.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

A delegation from Sandwell Council is to meet Education Secretary Michael Gove over the Building Schools for the Future cuts controversy. Our reporter Luke Walton has been to one of the schools caught up in the uncertainty. Conservative MP Graham Stuart explains why the schools are still waiting for the government's decision.

The Chinese government's investment arm is backing tycoon Kenny Huang's bid to buy Liverpool Football Club. The BBC's Beijing correspondent Chris Hogg examines why the China Investment Corporation may be interested in English Premiership football.

The paper review.

Rev Dr Giles Fraser commented during his Thought for the Day contribution yesterday that modern weddings have become self-indulgent and too expensive. Editor of Wedding Magazine, Catherine Westwood, believes people have the right to spend their money on their wedding as they see fit.

Thought for the Day with Dom Antony Sutch, a Benedictine monk.

The supermodel Naomi Campbell will give evidence today about blood diamonds at a war crimes trial in The Hague. Media lawyer Paul Gilbert examines the effect of the bar on photographs of her in and around the court building.

The Bank of England's monetary policy committee announces its latest decision on interest rates today. Our correspondent Hugh Pym went to London's Oxford Street to reflect on the pressure for higher prices. Retired economics professor Charles Goodhart and Brian Coulton, of Fitch Ratings, discuss just how much the bank should worry about inflation.

British charities are launching a major campaign to raise funds for victims of the devastating floods in north-western Pakistan. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool reports on growing desperation in the country.

Scientists say that people in northern parts of the globe may see unusual northern lights as a result of a number of solar storms that flared up on Sunday and are shooting tons of plasma directly at Earth. Dr Marek Kukula of the Royal Greenwich Observatory explains how this phenomenon took place.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

British forces in Afghanistan say they have taken the Taliban stronghold of Saidabad in Helmand province. Our Correspondent Ian Pannell has just returned from Helmand where he was with soldiers from the Brigade Reconnaissance Force.

At a question-and-answer session on Tuesday in Birmingham, David Cameron was asked if money cut would be restored when economic recovery comes. The Fabian Society's Sunder Katwala and Adil Abrar, of Sidekick Studios, debate what will happen if the economy recovers sooner than expected?

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Some of the leading names in British TV and film have signed a letter condemning the government's decision to abolish the UK Film Council. British film director and producer Chris Atkins examines the organisation's contribution to British cultural life.

Naomi Campbell has started giving evidence in the war crimes trial in The Hague of the former Liberian president Charles Taylor. Martin Plaut reports from The Hague.

Why is it important to have a grasp of everyday geography in the age of the SatNav? Author Christopher Somerville and Anna Leach, editor of the website Shiny Shiny, debate the geographical knowledge of the British public.



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