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Today: Friday 6th August

The government will today switch off a controversial database which holds information on every child in England. And the Chinese community on Merseyside on the prospect of Liverpool becoming an oriental football club.

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Business news with Nick Cosgrove: Friday boss David Kirchhoff, president and CEO of Weight Watchers International, on whether his weight loss system should be adopted by government.

Changing our lifestyle could reduce our chances of suffering from dementia, according to the latest research. Consultant psychiatrist Dr Craig Ritchie debates whether it is as simple as improving our diets and leading a more active life.

The US Ambassador to Japan is visiting Hiroshima for the first time to attend the 65th anniversary of city's destruction by the atomic bomb. Japan correspondent Roland Buerk reports from the city.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

A government database which holds the records of all eleven million children in England will be switched off at noon today. Children and Families Minister Tim Loughton, explains why he is confident the closing of the ContactPoint website is justified.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

David Cameron and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari will try to ease tensions between London and Islamabad in talks at Chequers this morning. BBC's correspondent Owen Bennett Jones examines the baggage that the president brings to the meeting and Christina Lamb of the Sunday Times analyses what Mr Zardari is capable of as president.

The paper review.

More than four decades after it was purchased, the largest piece ever designed by Pablo Picasso is to go on show at the Victoria and Albert museum. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge has been watching the preparation for the exhibition.

Thought for the Day with Professor Mona Siddiqui of the University of Glasgow.

The Bank of England's monetary policy committee has decided to keep interest rates at half of one per cent as Britain's biggest banks report large profits. Former deputy governor of the Bank, Sir John Gieve, debates the prospects for the UK's economic recovery.

Medical research has suggested that combating depression and diabetes may be the best way of halting the rise in cases of dementia. Professor Clive Ballard, of the Alzheimer's Society, and Anne Challenor-Wood, who trains people to care for dementia sufferers, debate whether changing our lifestyles will reduce our risk of developing dementia.

The aid operation in Pakistan is struggling to cope with the massive scale of flooding, but one group, with close links to a militant Islamist group, are mounting a well co-ordinated relief operation. Adam Mynott reports from north-west Pakistan.

The Royal Bank of Scotland is the last of the big four banks to report half yearly profits this week. Economics editor Robert Peston has the latest on the results.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

Coastguards in the United Arab Emirates are reported to have said that a Japanese oil tanker was damaged by a "terrorist act" in the Strait of Hormuz between the UAE and Iran. Nick Childs reports on the incident.

It has been three months since the government first announced it would end the practice of locking up the children of failed asylum seekers. Correspondent Mike Lanchin has been to Glasgow where a new alternative to detention has been put into practice.

In the last decade, only three cricket players who have been selected for the under-19 England team have gone on to the senior side. Author David Tossell and Matthew Engel, editor of Wisden, discuss whether catching players too young hinders their development.

Business news with Nick Cosgrove.

What makes us laugh? Arts editor Will Gompertz tries to find out from the funny men and women of the UK.

A controversial database of children's records designed to aid child protection in England is being switched off. William Heath, founder of personal data company Mydex, explains why he is pleased the ContactPoint database is being shut down.



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