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Today: Wednesday 15th December

The Health Secretary is making clear that he is pressing ahead with controversial changes to the NHS in England despite widespread criticism of the plans. What exactly has the so-called "prevent" counter-terrorism strategy prevented? And it is five years since the official launch of YouTube but has it changed life for the better?

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Business news with Adam Shaw: "Don't Worry, be Happy" is the message of the day - economist Chris Williamson says not to worry too much about unemployment. Mike Taylor of the London Pension Fund Authority says the claims of pensions deficits are overdone.

Fifa President Sepp Blatter has remarked that gay fans visiting the 2022 World Cup in Qatar should "refrain from sexual activities" during their stay at the tournament. Chris Basiurski of the Gay Football Supporters' Network discusses if the comments will fuel fears about discrimination in the country.

The Educational Maintenance Allowance, which is about to be abolished, is "completely offset" by the benefits delivered by the policy, according to analysts. Carl Emmerson of the Institute for Fiscal Studies examines what he sees as the advantages of the scheme.

The prime minister of Kosovo, Hashim Thaci, is being accused of heading an organised criminal group that has engaged in human rights abuses and organ trafficking. Journalist Michael Montgomery, who uncovered the allegations last year, outlines the evidence supporting the accusations.

David Cameron will address his MPs today to reassure backbenchers about the coalition's policies. Norman Smith reports on the calls from the Tory MPs to return to what they call "mainstream Conservatism".

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The arrest of Julian Assange has put the extradition agreement that exists between EU member states, the European Arrest Warrant, in the spotlight. Barrister Julian Knowles explains Britain's obligations with regard to international law.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Independent research suggests the deficit in the Local Government Pension Scheme in England has more than doubled in the last three years, to £100bn. Pensions expert John Ralfe and Bob Summers, of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance, analyse the extent of the black hole.

Paper review.

The US financial institution Bank of America Merrill Lynch is working with Westminster Abbey on the restoration of two important artefacts in the building. Reporter Nicola Stanbridge visited the abbey to see how the work is progressing.

Thought for the Day with Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian.

It has been five years since the official launch of the YouTube website. Aleks Krotoski of the Guardian analyses the impact of the site on British culture, activism and politics.

The Stockholm bombing raises questions about the effectiveness of Prevent, the government's anti-terror strategy. Zubeida Malik reports from Bradford on how the Muslim community there views government efforts to tackle radicalisation. And the minister responsible for security and counter-terrorism, Dame Pauline Neville-Jones, explains the policy.

The Third Ashes test starts tonight in Perth. Former cricketer's wife Frances Edmonds and female cricketer Claire Taylor debate whether it was right for the England bowler James Anderson to make a return journey from Australia to the UK to attend the birth of his second daughter.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The government is to press ahead with controversial changes to the NHS in England despite widespread criticism. Former chief executive of Granada, Sir Gerry Robinson and Nick Seddon, of the think tank Reform, analyse the implications of the coalition's plans.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The rating agency Moody's says it is reviewing Spain's government bond ratings for a possible downgrade. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the extent of Spain's debt.

South Korea is to hold a major civil defence drill across the country today. The BBC's Lucy Williamson reports on the exercise, which includes fighter jets simulating air-strikes and several subway stations being requisitioned as public shelters.

Tourists may soon be able to visit the sealed area around the Chernobyl nuclear plant. Travel writer Simon Calder describes the attractiveness of the site of the world's worst nuclear disaster.

Is political blogging on the decline? Broadcaster Iain Dale and Labour MP Tom Watson discuss why some prolific bloggers have been put off.



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