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Today: Wednesday 10th November

The former ambassador to Kabul has said that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing. A group of former Royal Navy admirals has launched a fierce attack on the government's defence cuts. And has the Church of England fallen out of love with the Tories?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Economist Simon Hayes analyses the possibility that the UK will follow the US in its quantitative easing programme. Transport analyst Douglas McNeill examines the case of 11 airlines being fined for overcharging their customers. And Graeme Trudgill, of the British Insurance Brokers Association, assesses why car insurance premiums have doubled since 2005.

Why do apparently normal people would have turned into suicide bombers? American anthropologist, Scott Atran, spoke to many extremists from different countries to find out what motivates the terrorists.

About 40,000 elderly people in England live in social isolation in care homes, according to a new survey. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge went to one care home near Wembley where staff say about a quarter of the patients rarely get visited by family and friends. Judy Downey, of the Relatives and Residents Association, examines the issue.

Thousands of students are expected to come to London today to lobby against the government's plans to increase university tuition fees in England. President of the National Union of Students, Ryan Wain and author Zac Bissonnette discuss what lessons English students can learn from their US counterparts.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

There has been another spate of attacks on Christians in Baghdad. The BBC's Jim Muir describes the details of the latest incident.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Five senior military figures have written to the Times asking the Prime Minister to reverse the decision to scrap Britain's Harrier jets. One of the signatories, Lord West of Spithead, outlines his arguments for keeping the jets. Armed Forces minister, Nick Harvey, defends the government's decision.

Paper review.

David Cameron has been speaking in China about the global economy this morning. In an address to students in Beijing, he has warned that "we will all lose out" if globalisation goes into reverse.

President Obama continues his visit to Indonesia. Asia Correspondent Alastair Leithead analyses if the US president can charm the broader Islamic world.

Thought for the Day with the Right Reverend James Jones, Bishop of Liverpool.

How close to the brink of economic disaster is Ireland? The former Taoiseach John Bruton analyses whether the country will be able to pay all its debt back.

The UK's former senior diplomat in Kabul has said that the strategy in Afghanistan is failing. Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles outlines his views the future of Britain's military presence in the country.

How important is fashion to people affected by the spending cuts? The creative director for Chanel, Karl Lagerfeld, talked to Evan Davis about whether the current era of austerity has changed the way he approaches design.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

The Prime Minister is ending his trip to China today. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the success of the visit.

In the second of his reports from India, correspondent Mike Thomson travelled to rural Bihar to meet the so called "manual scavengers", whose work - removing human waste from dry latrines - has been outlawed by the government due to prejudice and abuse.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The authorities in Hungary are doing too little to protect the Roma population from violent racist attacks, including firebombings and shootings, according to Amnesty International. Kate Allen, director of Amnesty UK and Hungarian politician Timea Szabo debate if the Hungarian government is doing enough to help the Roma.

Has the Church of England fallen out of love with the Tories? Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral, Reverend Dr Giles Fraser and Tim Montgomerie, editor of Conservative Home, debate the relationship between Church and State.

A new series on BBC 2 looks at the history of civilization. Professor of classics Dr Richard Miles and history professor Dr Niall McKeown discuss why people tend to shy away from labelling societies as "civilised".



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