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Today: Wednesday 24th November

All 29 miners trapped underground in New Zealand are believed to be dead, after a second explosion. The government is proposing incentives to lure retired military officers into teaching - we talk to the Education Secretary Michael Gove. And we speak to the father of Amanda Knox, who returns to court in Italy today hoping to clear her name of murder.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: Simon Maughan of MF Global analyses Ireland's plans to cut the deficit. Caroline Hepker reports on the way US banks have seized homes where owners have fallen behind on mortgage payments.

It is believed that all 29 miners who have been missing since an explosion in a New Zealand pit last week are now dead. Andrew Little of the EPMU union describes the reaction on hearing the news of the second explosion.

The Education White Paper for England is published today. Headteacher Liam Nolan and Daniel Moynihan, of the Harris Federation of Academies, discuss the proposals about the quality of teaching and learning in schools.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

After three years in prison, Amanda Knox is returning to court in Italy with lawyers hoping to use new evidence to clear her over the killing of her British housemate Meredith Kercher. Amanda's father Curt Knox talked to Justin Webb about the new defence case.

Sports news with Gary Richardson.

The Irish government, which unveils its four-year plan to try to get its economy back on track, is finding it hard to get investors to lend money on the bond markets. Business editor Robert Peston analyses prospects for the eurozone economies. And Sarah Rainsford reports on the general protest by the Portuguese public against its government's austerity measures.

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The latest memoir about the history of apartheid in South Africa describes the role played by Eleanor Kasrils, the wife of a former intelligence minister. Correspondent Peter Biles has been talking to her husband, Ronnie Kasrils.

The US response to North Korea's artillery bombardment of a South Korean island has been one of cautious outrage. Aidan Foster-Carter from Leeds University analyses the impact of the crisis on relations with North Korea.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, Director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

Many British victims of terrorist attacks abroad have been left without government help because of a loophole in Britain's compensation law that excludes citizens who are injured by terrorists in a foreign country. Justin Webb talked to William Pike, who was caught up in the Mumbai massacre.

The government unveils today its proposals on education, ranging from teachers' pay to discipline and the future of the exam system as well as incentives to lure retired military officers into teaching. Education Secretary Michael Gove outlines his aims for the future of education in England.

Sport news with Gary Richardson.

A typical commuter train is set to become a carriage of experimental music tonight as part of the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. The composer Alvin Curran and musical director Philip Thomas discuss the music in the spirit of John Cage to be performed on the Huddersfield-to-Stalybridge train.

The spiritual adviser to Barack Obama, Jim Wallis, has called on the public to come out of the economic disasters of recent years as changed people. He outlines his thoughts on how the president has been treated by his opponents.

A new UN report is warning that the informal climate deal reached last year in Copenhagen will not keep the world within safe levels of carbon emissions. Environment analyst Roger Harrabin examines whether the UN process can ever deliver the sort of binding deal on emissions cuts that many nations want.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

On Monday's programme, Ford Ennals, the Chief Executive of Digital Radio UK, the body charged with overseeing switchover from analogue to digital radio, claimed that 40% of listeners were currently tuning in on DAB. Many listeners got in touch to question whether that can really be true. Our reporter Tom Bateman has been crunching the numbers.

In a time of spending cuts, how will drug treatment programmes be affected? Sam Tearle, of the Drug and Alcohol Action Team, and Glen Carpenter of the RSA examine the best approaches to tackle drug problems.

Fresh protests against increases in university tuition fees will be held today. President of the students' union at the University of London, Clare Solomon and Brian Lightman, of the Association of School and College Leaders, discuss the latest wave of student unrest.



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