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Today: Monday 23rd August

A senior United Nations official has said a lack of international help for victims of the Pakistan floods is extraordinary given the scale of the disaster. And the best and worst jokes from the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Business news with Steve Evans: Finance broker Adam Tyler explains the difficulty of raising money for small businesses. And Paul Bogle of the National Federation of Builders explains how small building firms are coping with a lacklustre housing market.

The United Nations says there could be a second wave of deaths from the floods in Pakistan because of water borne diseases. The UN's Stacey Winston explains the ongoing need for sanitation and healthcare.

A gay magazine is devoting many of its pages to the taboo topics of depression, suicide, addiction and other mental health problems of gay men and women. Psychiatrist Michael King looks at the rates of mental health difficulties that are about 50% higher in the gay community than for the population at large.

The theft of a Vincent Van Gogh painting worth about £30m from a Cairo museum on Saturday has been blamed on poor security. Charles Hill, a former Metropolitan Police officer in the art and antiquities unit, is not surprised that the security system at the museum was broken.

The Royal Hospital Chelsea is in urgent need of updating, according to many of those working in the listed building. Tim Muffett reports on the difficulties covering the renovation and why the sleeping quarters have hardly changed in three centuries.

Business news with Steve Evans.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The Commander of the international force in Afghanistan, General David Petraeus, says that Nato is starting to make progress in Afghanistan. World affairs editor John Simpson talks to General Petraeus about the military involvement in the country.

The paper review.

Comedian Tim Vine has just won the best joke of the Fringe award at the Edinburgh Festival. Evan Davis asks him about his secrets of how to make the audience laugh and about the joke that won the award.

Thirty three miners, who have been trapped underground in a gold and copper mine for the past 17 days, are all alive. Max Pearson, of the BBC World Service, speaks to local journalist Jose Antonio about the estimate that it could take two or three months to free the workers.

The thought for the day with Reverend Dr David Wilkinson, Principal of St John's College, Durham.

There has been a criticism of announcement by the Foreign Secretary William Hague that there will be a review of the government's annual Human Rights Report. Liberal Democrat Sir Menzies Campbell explains why he is not in favour of the review.

The Audit Commission, the government body which audits the spending of local government and the NHS, has been accused of profligacy by the government and told it is going to be abolished. BBC reporter Andew Hosken talks to the chairman of the commission Michael O'Higgins. Local government minister Bob Neill talks about the future of the commission.

The Optigan, a primitive electronic keyboard released back in 1971, marks a dramatic comeback. Tom Bateman reports on this exception to the rule that new technologies soon become redundant.

The sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Tens of thousands of Pakistanis are still being evacuated from their homes due to flooding. BBC correspondent Chris Morris talks to people in southern Punjab who desperately hope the waters will soon recede.

Inspectors from football's governing body Fifa are beginning a four-day examination of the facilities available for England's 2018 World Cup bid. Sports editor David Bond analyses England's chances for the bid.

Business news with Steve Evans.

The leaders of Australia's two main political parties have been holding talks with independent MPs in an attempt to win their support after Saturday's inconclusive general election. The editor of the Spectator Australia, Tom Switzer, explains how the negotiations might turn out.

In 1951, a mysterious outbreak of what was described as "mass hysteria" erupted in the small town of Pont Saint Espirit in south east France. BBC reporter Mike Thomson investigates claims that the reason hundreds of people suddenly fell ill was the result of an experiment using LSD carried out secretly by the CIA.

A recent report says the Royal Navy urgently needs investment in a new fleet of frigates. LSE Professor Gwyn Prins and former naval officer Lewis Page discuss how the lack of investment could affect the navy's role in the national security.



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