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Today: Friday 3rd December

The government is being urged to give more support to parents of children under the age of five in the attempt to combat child poverty. New documents from Wikileaks show US officials in Afghanistan thought British troops were not up to the task of bringing security to Helmand province. And John Humphrys celebrates 100 years of model railway clubs by playing on Peter Snow's train set.

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Business news with Dominic Laurie: Transport analyst Douglas McNeill and Martin Dolan, of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau, analyse the findings of the investigation into the fire aboard a Qantas A380 super-jumbo last month. And our Friday boss is Matthew Vallance of Firstsource Solutions, a Mumbai based outsourcing firm that runs call centres for British and US companies.

A new report for the government on child poverty says the best way to help the poorest children is to invest very early on into education. Reporter Stephanie Power talked to parents at a primary school in one of the poorer areas of Liverpool. And The Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee examines the report's recommendations.

England's World Cup bid team have questioned Fifa's voting process, after England went out in the first round of voting for the 2018 tournament. Sports editor David Bond assesses the criticisms.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

China's 400 million internet users are starting to show their influence across the country. Martin Patience reports on how online browsers are beginning to hold the Chinese authorities to account.

The Spanish economy is Europe's fourth largest and if it gets into trouble, the consequences could be catastrophic for the Euro. Spain's finance minister Elena Salgado examines whether her country could be next in line for an EU rescue package.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

British forces in Afghanistan were not up to the job while they were fighting in Helmand province and Sangin, according to the latest round of Wikileaks. Colonel Stuart Tootal, commander of the first battle group sent into Sangin four years ago, describes the tensions between allies during a military conflict.

The paper review.

The world's first model railway club was founded a hundred years ago today. John Humphrys caught up with club president Prof Tim Watson, and enthusiast Peter Snow to talk trains.

Thought for the Day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

Did England ever have a chance to win the 2018 World Cup bid? Former sports minister Richard Caborn and Sir Keith Mills, of the London 2012 Olympics Organising Committee, discuss what went wrong with the bidding strategy.

The government is being urged to give more support to parents of children under the age of five in the attempt to combat child poverty. Home affairs editor Mark Easton examines the philosophical shift in our perception of poverty. And the government's adviser Frank Field explains how we need to rethink the way we tackle poverty.

Wikileaks has had its service withdrawn by its internet service provider. The BBC's Rory Cellan Jones explains why the website is inaccessible. And UK lawyer for Wikileaks, Mark Stephens, analyses what might have caused this action.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

In Surrey the police have asked people not to drive unless it is an emergency. Reporter Andrew Hosken went out on snow patrol with the police there to see whether people were heeding their advice.

Qatar will play host in the 2022 World Cup. The British man behind their bid, Mike Lee, explains the impact of the win on the region.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) says 16 people were murdered last year in England and Wales, after police had been contacted with concerns about their safety. The IPCC's Len Jackson outlines the details of the report.

There are considerable concerns within the Family Courts about the government's plans to remove legal aid from private law cases. Sanchia Berg reports outlines the details of the report. on the possible impact of the changes.

Have the banks got away scot-free with causing the financial crisis? Author Bethany McLean discusses whether those financial institutions responsible will ever be brought to justice.



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