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Today: Wednesday 16th February

Ministers are to give thousands of people the right to challenge the decision to keep them on the sex offenders' register for life. And the government is announcing plans to force local authorities to vote on the pay given to council chiefs.

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Business news with Adam Shaw.

Hundreds of migrant workers are living in the UK illegally as the UK Border Agency puts profits before securing the country's borders, an independent watchdog has found. Report author John Vine outlines his concerns about the Border Agency. And Immigration Minister Damian Green responds to the report.

The government wants councils in England to hold a public debate when deciding whether to pay their staff salaries of more than £100,000. Chief political correspondent Norman Smith explains the proposed plans.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

What will it take to stop the Lord's Resistance Army? For more than 20 years, the notorious LRA has spread terror - in Northern Uganda, then Democratic Republic of Congo, Southern Sudan and the Central African Republic. In the third of his reports this week from North East Congo, Mike Thomson considers why its messianic leader Joseph Kony has not been captured.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The Obama administration has decided to back greater internet openness in nations where there is little or no digital freedom. Dr Joss Wright, research fellow at the Oxford Internet Institute and Sir Richard Dalton, former British ambassador to Iran, debate if the move will make any difference.

Should rapists and paedophiles be taken off the Sex Offenders Register if they can prove they are no longer a risk to the public? Mark Williams-Thomas, a child protection expert, analyses a Supreme Court decision to allow sex offenders to challenge their place on the register.

Paper review.

The Woodland Trust is inviting the public to get involved in charting the arrival of the spring season. Steve Marsh of the the Woodland Trust describes some of the key events to look out for.

Thought for the Day with Professor Mona Siddiqui of the University of Glasgow.

The Bank of England its to publish its quarterly inflation report. Sir John Gieve, who was deputy governor of the bank until 2009, analyses if it has got its interest rate strategy right.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles is announcing that as part of the Localism Bill, locally-elected councillors will all have to vote on decisions about whether they want to pay staff salaries over £100,000. Political editor Nick Robinson analyses the battle between local councils and Westminster and Mr Pickles explains the reasons behind the new ruling.

British mercenaries fought a secret war in the 1960s. with the knowledge of the UK government, it has been revealed. British colonel Jim Johnson, appalled at Egypt's invasion of Yemen, arranged for soldiers to train and fight alongside Yemenis. Duff Hart-Davis, author of The War that Never Was and Kerry Stone, who took part in the war, describe the conflict.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Is the United States facing an inevitable decline? Justin Webb reports on those in the US who fear their place as a global superpower is under threat.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Convicted rapists and paedophiles in England and Wales are to be given the right to appeal against being kept on the Sex Offenders' Register for life. A challenge was originally brought by an 18-year-old man who was placed on the register at the age of 11 for raping a child. His barrister, Hugh Southey QC, explains the case.

SM Krishna, the Indian Minister for External Affairs, has committed a faux pas everyone who reads scripts fears committing. He read the wrong one - simple as that. He was giving a speech at the United Nations' Security Council - and it seemed to be about Portugal.

A review of children's heart surgery in England is expected to recommend that at least four out of eleven children's heart units should close. Leslie Hamilton, a former president of the Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery and was on the NHS group which carried out the review, details its recommendations.

How will the battle between local and central government play out? Former Mayor of London Ken Livingstone and Bob Blackman, a Conservative member of the Communities and Local Government select committee, analyse the battle lines.



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