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Today: Friday 27th August

There are concerns about the security arrangements for David Cameron's recent trip to Afghanistan. And we hear how droughts and floods are blighting the world's poorest nation in Niger.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen: Friday boss Gudjon Reynisson explains the complexities of running Britain's oldest toy store, Hamleys.

It has been five years since the city of New Orleans was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Andy Gallacher reports how the city is recovering from the disaster.

Scientists have decoded and sequenced the wheat genome and are going to make it available for crop breeders. Professor Mike Bevan of the John Innes Centre analyses how this discovery could lead to the development of different strains of wheat.

The UN estimates there are four million people in Pakistan in need of food rations who have not been reached by relief teams. Islamabad correspondent Shoaib Hassan describes the crisis in the country.

The use of bariatric, or weight loss surgery, has increased 10 times in NHS hospitals in England since 2000, according to a recent study. British Medical Journal report author Paul Aylin and Delia Stearnes, who has had weight loss surgery, discuss the effectiveness of the surgery.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Archaeological remains dating back to the last Ice Age have been found during work on a major road in Nottinghamshire. Archaeologist Phil Harding explains how the discovery of flint tools could shed light on life in Britain some 11,000 years ago.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Schools should be required to take equal shares of children of different academic abilities, according to a children's charity Barnardo's. Barnardo's chief executive Martin Narey and David Green, director of think tank Civitas, debate the educational gap between children from different social backgrounds.

The paper review.

President of the European football authority UEFA has criticised the size of the debts of premiership clubs in England. Sports editor David Bond spoke to UEFA president Michel Platini about how football clubs should be financed.

The thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

There is growing evidence that the US economic recovery has stalled and could even go into reverse. North America Editor Mark Mardell reports on Obama's political battle over the direction of the US economy. US Managing Editor of the Financial Times Gillian Tett assesses what needs to be done to secure US recovery.

Niger, the world's poorest country, is appealing for international aid as floods devastate a country stricken with famine. Correspondent Mike Thomson reports on the double humanitarian disaster in the country.

The Ministry of Defence has expressed concern about the prime minister's security arrangements after a scare on his recent visit to Afghanistan. Colonel Richard Kemp, former British commander in Afghanistan, outlines the dangers for Western politicians travelling around the country.

This evening sees the first eviction from the last ever series of Big Brother. Former psychologist for the series Professor Geoff Beattie looks at how the show has changed over the years.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Should schools change their admission system to tackle education inequality? Education Secretary Michael Gove assesses whether schools should adopt a policy that would ensure that children from all social backgrounds get equal access.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The retiring Bishop of Durham, Dr Tom Wright, has called for a renewed focus on social mobility in the light of "the long failure of the enlightenment project". He explains how in an "increasingly religious age" we needed to find new ways of dealing with the way "human beings mess things up".

Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Peter Fahy, says the services offered by police forces will change as a result of budget cuts. Matthew Taylor, member of the Commission on 2020 Public Services and Ben Page, of the polling company Ipsos MORI, discuss whether the public is ready to accept the reality of spending cuts.

Does our fascination and fear over the economic growth of China echo the way we saw the rise of the Soviet Union in the 1950s and 60s? Author Francis Spufford and Gideon Rachman of the Financial Times debate the comparison between the two countries and their influence on the Western economies.

Practice laps begin today on the Eau Rouge bend in the Belgian Grand Prix. Multi Grand Prix winner Sir Stirling Moss explains the difficulty of the bend and how can it be conquered.



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