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Today: Saturday 21th August

Iran has begun loading fuel into its first large scale nuclear reactor, describing the moment as a victory over the West. And how much interest should we be allowed to take in the private lives of prominent people?

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The Australian general election is well underway, with polls on the verge of closing. Nick Bryant reports on an unexpectedly close race.

Iran's first nuclear power station is scheduled to open today amid nationwide celebrations. BBC correspondent Jon Leyne explains whether the development should be seen as a victory for the Iranian government.

The paper review.

Psychologists have speculated for some time that high-performing individuals have characteristics which identify them as psychopaths. Dr Stephanie Mullins-Sweatt of Oklahoma State University describes new research which asked people how many successful psychopaths they know.

China could have overtaken Japan as the world's second-largest economy, according to figures released this week. BBC correspondent Michael Bristow looks at whether we can believe Chinese economic statistics.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

New reports reveal that the NHS spent £300m on external advice last year. Health Correspondent Branwen Jeffreys considers how the organisation was run under Labour. Acting chief executive of the NHS confederation Nigel Edwards responds to claims that the system has been overly wasteful.

The paper review.

The National Trust is running an online poll to find the nation's favourite poem about the British landscape. Listen to one of the poems from poet Jo Bell's shortlist, Sweet Suffolke Owle , recited by National Trust staff member Kate Merry.

A judge has suggested that an effort by a local council to force contraception on a woman with a very low IQ was "essentially a horrendous prospect". Philosophy professor Wayne Martin from the University of Essex discusses the complex arguments involved in deciding whether a person has the mental capacity to take decisions.

The thought for the day with Reverend Rob Marshall, an Anglican Priest

President Obama and Hillary Clinton are to bring Israeli and Palestinian negotiators together in Washington the week after next to resume face to face talks on Gaza. Gideon Levy, columnist for the Haaretz newspaper, and former Israeli political adviser Dr Raanan Gissin discuss the possibility of a peace settlement.

This week, two England footballers won injunctions to prevent reporting of their private lives, while government minister Lord McNally is talking of new laws that would define privacy rights. Hugh Tomlinson QC and Tom Crone, lawyer for the News of the World and the Sun, consider what interest we should be allowed to take in the private lives of prominent people.

Seventy years ago this week saw the start of the Battle of Britain's most critical phase. For her final piece in the series, reporter Sanchia Berg spoke to Peter Ayerst, who trained Spitfire pilots during the battle.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Polls in Australia are to close at the end of an an ill-tempered election. Correspondent Nick Bryant reports on the race between prime minister Julia Gillard and her Liberal Party opponent Tony Abbott, which was reportedly neck and neck when polling began.

Israeli and Palestinian leaders will meet in Washington next Thursday in a renewed effort to end the conflict in Gaza. Middle east editor Jeremy Bowen reports on the chances of a successful negotiation.

The National Trust is launching an online vote to find the nation's favourite poem about the British landscape. Listen to National Trust staff member Pete Brash reading excerpts from I Watched a Blackbird by Thomas Hardy.

It has been reported this week that work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is at loggerheads with the Chancellor George Osborne over the funding of welfare reform plans. Tim Montgomerie, of website ConservativeHome, and former Labour work and pensions secretary David Blunkett, consider whether welfare reform will be delivered by the coalition government.

The paper review.

Bubba Watson has came very close to winning the last golf major of the season, despite never having had a lesson in his life. Ed Smith of the Times and former Middlesex rugby captain Neil Back discuss whether too much coaching is bad for you.

China officially became the world's second biggest economy this week, overtaking Japan. Richard McGregor of the FT and Jonathan Fenby, director of China research at Trusted Sources, discuss the importance of the Chinese economy.



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