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Fresh analysis of the June budget suggests the poorest families will be among those who are left worst off. And what can pupils learn from the ancient language of a BBC computer.

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Business news with Steve Evans: The price of coffee as a raw commodity was at a thirteen year high earlier in the week but the price of coffee beans fell by eight per cent yesterday. Simon Bower, of Pollards Tea and Coffee, and Nick Mathiason, advisor to Fairtrade Foundation, discuss whether the current price of coffee undermines the Fair Trade.

Fresh analysis of the June budget suggests the poorest families will be among those who are left worst off, according to the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The institute's James Browne explains why the tax changes might hit the poorest households more than those in the upper-middle class.

The number of people being diagnosed with sexually transmitted infections in the UK has risen for the tenth year in a row, according to the Health Protection Agency. Zubeida Malik reports on people's attitudes towards testing for sexually transmitted diseases.

The general in charge of US marines has said that President Obama's plan to start withdrawing troops next summer has given sustenance to the enemy. Author James Fergusson debates what effect the announced withdrawal has had on the war in Afghanistan.

Business news with Steve Evans.

Renewed danger of flooding is forcing people to evacuate from the Tata district in Pakistan. Jill McGivering reports on the threat of a dam breaking in the district.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Doctors say they are expanding a scheme which uses satellite tracking to monitor the movements of violent offenders with mental health problems. Home affairs correspondent, Danny Shaw, has been given unique access to the programme in south-east London. Professor Tom Fahy and Paul Jenkins, of mental health charity Rethink, discuss the ethical implications of electronic tagging.

The paper review.

Does the reputation of former Northern Ireland Secretary Willie Whitelaw need to be re-written in the light of recent revelations surrounding the Claudy bomb attack? Documentary maker Michael Cockerell looks at his role in the events following the Claudy bombing.

The thought for the day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

Was the emergency coalition budget published in June fair? Financial Secretary to the Treasury Mark Hoban responds to a report from the IFS claiming that the budget's impact will hit the poorest hardest.

There has been a rise in the number of cases of sexually transmitted infections in the UK. BBC reporter Amy Gladwell has been talking to young people at a sexual health clinic in Birmingham. Gwenda Hughes of the Health Protection Agency explains what can be done to tackle the problem.

The owners of a kitten which was thrown into a wheelie bin by a middle-aged woman appealed last night to hundreds of people who have expressed their rage online not to "take matters into their own hands". Rory Cellan Jones reports on how the issue has spread across the social media. Author Jilly Cooper discusses what kind of people would take such action against animals.

Marines in Mexico have discovered 72 bodies on a ranch in the north-east of the country. Mexico correspondent Julian Miglierini reports on the latest incident of drug-related violence.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

It is the 20th anniversary of UN Security Council authorising military action against Iraq ahead of the first Gulf War. Former US ambassador to Iraq Ryan Crocker and Sir Jeremy Greenstock, former UK Special Representative to Iraq, discuss the success of Europe and the US in the Persian Gulf.

In the wake of the financial crash, economists are calling for a new theory to replace free market capitalism. Nobel Prize winning economist Joseph Stiglitz explains his hopes for a new paradigm in economic thinking.

Business news with Steve Evans.

How damaging is the IFS report, which has criticised the Budget as "regressive", for the Liberal Democrats? Director General of the Institute of Economic Affairs Mark Littlewood and Anna Bird, of the Fawcett Society, analyse whether the coalition's claim to be progressive is under threat.

School children are learning to write video games on BBC computers designed in the 1980s. Computer teacher Doug Abrams describes how pupils learn programming.

The Law Commission for England and Wales has criticised the number of crimes put on the statute book in England and Wales in the last 20 years. Jeremy Horder, who authored the report, explains why the number of criminal offences has "mushroomed".



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