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Today: Wednesday 11th August

The Bank of England is expected to lower its forecast for economic growth and predict that inflation will rise. Scientists say a new "superbug" resistant to antibiotics has appeared in our hospitals. And should we open talks with the Taliban?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The US Federal Reserve bank believes economic recovery will be "more modest" than it previously thought and the Bank of England is also expected to say that economic growth next year will be lower than it had previously forecast. Andrew Lilico, from the Policy Exchange, and Thomas Wittenborg, founder of Wittenborg Capital Management, discuss the economic forecast from the Bank of England.

There seems to have been a summer of extreme weather - floods in Pakistan and India, mudslides in China, and wildfires and drought in Russia. Peter Stott of the Met Office explains the connection between the extreme weather conditions around the world.

Scientists say a new "superbug" resistant to antibiotics is becoming more prevalent. Professor of microbiology Timothy Walsh explains how dangerous bacteria NDM-1 would be if it spread around UK hospitals.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Around two in five unemployed workers over the age of 50 have been out of work for more than a year, according to the charity Age UK. The charity's director of policy and public affairs Andrew Harrop discusses whether older workers are bearing the brunt of recession.

How do soldiers restore calm in their lives after having served in a country like Afghanistan? BBC reporter Kate Simms talks to soldiers in Cheshire who are being encouraged to take up angling.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

The son of a couple from Birmingham who were shot dead during a trip to Pakistan has returned home. It is understood the family were in the country to resolve an argument about an arranged marriage. BBC's Asian Network reporter Martyn Smedley explains the background to the incident. Labour MP Khalid Mahmood discusses his broader concern over arranged marriages.

The paper review.

England are playing Hungary at Wembley tonight, but will the game rival the classic match of 1953? Rogan Taylor, director of football studies at Liverpool University, explains why the game signified "the invention of modern football".

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

The Bank of England is expected to lower its forecast for economic growth and predict a rise in inflation. Economist Danny Gabay and George Magnus, of UBS Investment Bank, debate whether the forecast is correct.

Should we open talks with the Taliban? Tony Blair's chief Northern Ireland negotiator, Jonathan Powell, analyses when it is right to talk to the enemy.

The Disasters Emergency Committee launched its appeal for donations to help Pakistan cope with the flood disaster six days ago. Sir Nick Young of the Red Cross discusses whether aid is getting through to the people in need.

It has been nearly 30 years since Britain's biggest UFO incident, when a security patrol of US service men based at RAF Woodbridge spotted strange lights moving through the trees in Rendlesham Forest. Evan Davis visited the woods at night with author Mark Pilkington and astronomer Ian Ridpath to see what he could find.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Is Mexico about to abandon its hard-line stance on the war on drugs? Mexico correspondent Julian Miglierini describes the effect of waging war against the drug barons. Author Misha Glenny debates whether legalising drugs would solve Mexico's problems.

There has been much publicity over the trade in blood diamonds as a result of the war crimes trial in The Hague. Tom Cargill, of the Chatham House think tank, looks at the current state of the global trade in conflict diamonds.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Archaeologists have discovered what they claim is Britain's oldest house in North Yorkshire. Phil Bodmer reports from the archaeological site in Star Carr, near Scarborough.

British stargazers are this week set for one of the most spectacular views of a meteor shower in recent memory, according to NASA. Space scientist Maggie Aderin-Pocock explains the conditions under which we can see the meteors.

How good are governments at getting their message across to the public? Former director general of government information Mike Granatt and Dave Trott, of CST Advertising, discuss whether a cut in the communications budget will affect the state's ability to keep in touch with society.



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