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Today: Tuesday 7th June

A report by MPs has accused ministers of significantly underestimating the number of universities in England that that will charge maximum tuition fees. The government's revised strategy for tackling Islamic terrorism is expected to include tighter restrictions on websites that promote extremism. Also on today's programme, the Blur front man Damon Albarn on breathing new life into the story of Renaissance polymath John Dee.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: The US treasury secretary has warned regulators against the UK's "tragic" light touch oversight, just as a new trade body is launched to defend the interests of high-frequency traders. Richard Balarkas, chief executive of trading firm Instinet Europe, considers the need to regulate high-frequency trading. Henry Dixon of Matterley Asset Management looks at the markets. Director general of the British Retail Consortium, Stephen Robertson, analyses the dip in UK consumer spending. And chief executive of the Jockey Club, Simon Bazalgette, reflects on the company's profits. Download the podcast.

We are being warned that the great British cuckoo is in significant decline. Graham Appleton of the British Trust for Ornithology explains why numbers are dropping.

MPs will raise concerns today that more universities have chosen to charge the maximum tuition fee of £9,000 than previously expected. Chair of the Commons Public Accounts Committee, the Labour MP Margaret Hodge, examines the effect on British students, and looks at wider changes planned in higher education.

Authorities in Syria say 120 security personnel have died in battles with gunmen in the north-west of the country. Jim Muir reports from Beirut on the government's apparent loss of control.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

A new system to reduce the pain of an injection when visiting the dentist has won an award for innovation in healthcare and life science. John Meechan, senior lecturer at Newcastle University, explains his discovery.

While the conflict in Libya shows no sign of an imminent conclusion, the bombing is costly for UK taxpayers and for the people of Libya. Foreign correspondents in Tripoli work under strict government restrictions, so judging the effectiveness and impact of the bombing campaign is not easy, as Wyre Davies reports.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The prime minister will set out his dedication to the NHS today in a speech establishing five pledges on the health service. Political editor Nick Robinson reflects on his aims. And Chris Ham, chief executive of the Kings Fund, considers if the pause on NHS reforms in England is nearing completion.

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The Ministry of Defence has released remarkable footage shot by soldiers in Helmand Province for a new BBC Three documentary series on Afghanistan. Defence correspondent Caroline Wyatt has been watching the footage, which was filmed using a helmet camera.

Thought for the day with the Bishop Tom Butler.

A revised Prevent strategy which will aim to tackle extremism as well as terrorism is being launched by the British government. Former security minister Baroness Neville-Jones and Azad Ali, chair of the Muslim Safety Forum and an adviser to the previous Labour government, debate whether the scheme will be effective.

The decision to hold the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix on 30 October has been criticised by F1 teams and human rights groups. Former motorsport supremo Max Mosley explains why he thinks the event will not go ahead and Sheikh Mohammed bin Isa Al Khalifa, head of the Bahraini Economic Development Board, outlines why it should.

Naval sources say Royal Marines are on standby off the coast of Yemen, waiting to assist with the evacuation of British civilians. Foreign affairs correspondent Nick Childs reports.

Secret World War II tunnels beneath Dover Castle, which were used for the evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940, are about to be reopened to the public. Nick Higham reports on the plucky British defiance which kept the tunnels running.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Questions over the future and financial health of higher education institutions are being raised by the Commons Public Accounts Committee today. Steve Smith, president of Universities UK and the vice chancellor of Exeter University, and Neil O'Brien, director of the think tank Policy Exchange, debate the impact of increasing tuition fees.

The Syrian authorities claim that 120 security personnel have died in battles with gunmen in the north-west of the country. Reem Haddad, head of Syrian state television and spokeswoman for the Syrian Information Ministry, discusses the ongoing conflict in the country.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Blur frontman Damon Albarn, one of the more musically adventurous people in pop, has created a new opera about the 16th century scientist and magician Dr John Dee. Radio 4's John Wilson spoke to Damon Albarn about his fascination with this "complicated character".

The Nobel Prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu has announced his intention to start an alliance against child marriage, after spending time in Ethiopia where many young girls leave school to get married. East Africa correspondent Will Ross reports on the practice that can be "shattering" for young girls.

David Cameron will deliver five pledges on the NHS today. Andrew Porter, political editor of the Telegraph, and Lorraine Davidson, Times journalist and former Labour adviser, debate the current state of the prime minister's health reforms.



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