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Today: Wednesday 15th September

MPs have warned ministers that the review of Britain's defences is being carried out too quickly and could put current operations at risk. And are we entering a golden age of genome based drug therapies for cancer?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Communication coach Mark Adams gives some tips on how BP's departing boss Tony Hayward should have managed the oil spill crisis. Correspondent Lesley Curwen speaks to the economist Stephen Cecchetti about the potential impact of new EU banking rules.

MPs have warned ministers that the review of Britain's military spending is being carried out too quickly and could put current operations at risk. Conservative Chairman of the Defence Select Committee James Arbuthnot outlines the criticism.

An Audit Commission report on the fire services suggests they may not be able to cope with large scale emergencies. The Commission's chairman Michael O'Higgins analyses how fire and rescue services are coping without the army's Green Goddesses.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Middle East peace talks are due to resume today in Jerusalem. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen took a walk in the holy city to assess the mood of the public towards the negotiations.

The EU Justice Commissioner has urged the European Commission to take legal action against France over its deportations of Roma gypsies. European law professor Anthony Arnull analyses what powers the European Union has to force France to comply.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

An important step has been taken towards the development of a new cancer treatment, according to a paper in the scientific journal Nature. Science correspondent Tom Feilden reports on how this discovery could herald a golden age of genome based drug therapies.

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The High Court judge whose rulings have shaped English libel and privacy law in recent years, Mr Justice Eady, is to hand over the responsibility for defamation and privacy cases from next month. Legal affairs analyst Clive Coleman examines the effect of the change.

The British Film Institute has acquired long-lost programmes from British television going back forty years. The tapes were found in the United States and they feature classic British television from the 1960s.

Thought for the Day with the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Lincolnshire County Council has decided to take no further action to prevent a father allowing his seven-year-old daughter to walk alone to a bus stop. Anastasia de Waal, from the Institute for the Study of Civil Society, and Julia Margo, of the think-tank Demos, discuss the responsibilities of parents and the state.

MPs have warned that the review of Britain's defence budget is being rushed through and could harm the UK's ability to respond to military threats. Rear Admiral Chris Parry and Robert Fox, defence correspondent for the Evening Standard, debate what needs to be done for the review to be successful.

A new drug, developed through gene sequencing, has been successful in shrinking cancer tumours in patients suffering from malignant melanoma, the journal Nature has reported. Director of the charity Wellcome Trust, Sir Mark Walport, explains how using DNA sequencing targets the specific gene mutation that causes the disease.

There seems to be a growing conviction among Ed Miliband's supporters that he is on course to overhaul his elder brother David in the race to become a leader of the Labour Party. Political correspondent Norman Smith reports from Ed Miliband's campaign in Manchester.

The sports news with Garry Richardson.

Public sector workers are paid more on average than their private sector counterparts, if pensions are taken into account, according to a recent report by the Office for National Statistics. Carl Emmerson, of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, analyses the accuracy of the comparison.

Pope Benedict, who arrives in Britain tomorrow, has declared an aim to re-energise a Church which by many measures is in decline. Religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott reports on how the Church is coming under increasing pressure as society changes around it.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

There are fears that militant groups are using aid projects to win the hearts and minds of the victims of Pakistan's floods. The BBC's Aleem Maqbool is travelling across the country to see the impact of the flooding. His latest report comes from Mianwali, a town in Punjab province.

A gardener and grandmother from Devon, Ruth Brooks, has won Radio Four's competition in search of the nation's best amateur researcher. She talks about her experiment to prove that snails have a homing instinct .

Mervyn King becomes the second ever Bank of England governor to speak at the Trades' Union Congress today, at a time when his name is being cited by ministers as a backer of the government's cuts strategy. Daily Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire describes what the governor is likely to expect from the infuriated audience.



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