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Today: Saturday 25th June

The head of the police force which investigated the murder of Milly Dowler has called changes to the way trial witnesses are treated. Also in the programme, the creator of the rumpled TV detective, Columbo, on the death of the Peter Falk, the man who brought him to life.

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The gender imbalance in parts of Asia and Eastern Europe is stark, with men outnumbering women and the discrepancy growing. Mara Hvistendahl, author of Unnatural Selection: Choosing Boys over Girls, and the Consequences of a World Full of Men, explains why many parents prefer sons to daughters.

The Labour leader Ed Miliband is promising today to try to re-engage his party with its supporters and the wider public, a relationship that he admits has been getting weaker. Political correspondent Chris Mason considers what Miliband should do next.

Several members of Libya's national football team have defected to the rebels trying to depose Colonel Gaddafi. The BBC's Mark Doyle looks at this latest development in the Libyan conflict.

Paper review.

U2's headline set at Glastonbury last night was interrupted by tax evasion protesters trying to let loose a giant balloon, accusing the band of dodging taxes. Philip Gough from Art Uncut explains why the protest was planned, and the BBC's Colin Paterson reports on a not-so "Beautiful Day" for the Irishmen.

Polish underground fighter Jan Karski's memoirs have been published for the first time in Britain, and have raised the question of whether Britain could have done more to save the Jews from the Holocaust. Germany correspondent Stephen Evans looks back at the life of an extraordinary man.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The Milly Dowler case has reopened debates surrounding the media's role in reporting court cases, and whether it is doing so irresponsibly. Peter Preston, of The Observer and The Guardian, and legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman, contemplate if proceedings against various newspapers for contempt of court would be justified.

The British Library's project to create a Sound Map of the UK, asking people people to record the sounds they encounter in their everyday lives, received its final submission yesterday. Today has had an exclusive listen to some of the snippets.

Paper review.

A television series which aired in Australia this week has sought to provoke debate on the thorny issue of boat people. The BBC's Nick Bryant reports on an experiment which saw six Australians retread the footsteps of refugees, but in reverse.

Thought for the day with Brian Draper, Associate lecturer at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity.

With Armed Forces Day today and Afghanistan troop withdrawal rarely out of the headlines, how exactly is the government here getting on with the Ministry of Defence and its top brass? The BBC's James Landale tries to unpick the military's relationship with the coalition.

Mark Rowley, the chief constable of Surrey, where Milly Dowler was murdered by Levi Bellfield, has taken the unusual step of attacking what he called the "disgraceful lack of humanity" of the justice system after the ordeal suffered by Milly's parents. Mr Rowley elaborates on his comments.

The row about the origins of the human species has raged ever since Charles Darwin first suggested we might have evolved in Africa. The Origin of Our Species, by human evolution expert Professor Chris Stringer, is the latest attempt to solve this controversial issue, as Today's Tom Feilden found out.

Peter Falk, the actor who solved crimes on television for more than thirty years as the put-upon but brilliant detective Columbo, has died. William Link, who created the character, explains the enduring appeal of the detective, and the actor who brought him to life.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The rioting in east Belfast in recent days has been the worst in the area for more than ten years. Henry McDonald, Ireland correspondent for The Guardian and Observer explains why the violence has returned.

Paper Review.

A pilot has been suspended after an expletive-laden rant about his flight crew was inadvertently broadcast over the entire Texas airspace : he'd failed to realise his microphone was still on. Guy Hirst, retired British Airways training captain and co-founder of Atrainability, shares his tips on pilot-politeness and communication.

How "Greek" is the Greek crisis? Nikos Dimou, author of On the Unhappiness of Being Greek, and Nobel Prize winning economist Professor Christopher Pissarides of the London School of Economics, assess how the deficit fits into Greek culture, the Greek tradition of not paying taxes, and the history of Greece.

Milly Dowler's family have strongly criticised their treatment during the trial of Levi Bellfield, the man convicted of the thirteen year old's murder. Leading criminal lawyer Baroness Helena Kennedy and leading criminal barrister John Cooper QC consider whether the criminal justice system should change the way it deals with victims.



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