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Today: Wednesday 29th June

Nato helicopters have been called in to end a sustained attack by militants on a big hotel in the Afghan capital. Air travellers could face delays tomorrow when immigration and customs officers take part in a strike against changes to public sector pensions. Also on today's programme, the Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

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Business news with Adam Shaw: It is a crucial day for Greece as a knife-edge vote on sweeping austerity measures takes place. Simon Maughan, banking expert with the broker dealer MF Global, considers the importance of the vote for the banking world. George Godber of Matterley Asset Management looks at the markets. And Sir David Tweedie, who steps down this week as chairman of the International Accounting Standards Board, looks back on his ten years at the helm. Download the podcast

The number of young people getting Type 2 diabetes in England and Wales is growing, according to the NHS Information Centre. Dr Bob Young, lead clinician in the audit, explains the concern that half a million youngsters are at risk of disabling conditions.

Nato helicopters have taken out militants on the roof of the Intercontinental Hotel in Kabul, after six Taliban gunmen stormed the building last night, killing eight Afghans. Director of the Royal United Services Institute, Michael Clarke, talks about the "cleverly planned", but not "strategically thought through" attack.

MPs are to vote on whether to scrap legal aid in England and Wales for private family law, clinical negligence, employment, immigration and some debt and housing issues. Peter Lodder QC, chairman of the Bar Council, highlights the significance of a yes vote.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

People are taking to the streets in Athens for another day of strikes and protests, ahead of the Greek parliament's crucial vote on austerity measures. Chris Morris describes the demonstrations.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The government has described upcoming strikes over pension changes as "regrettable, unnecessary and premature", insisting that the current system is not affordable. The Today programme's Adam Shaw reports. And Treasury minister Justine Greening explains why "any responsible government" has a duty to reform the system.

Paper review.

Despite £3bn being spent on books in the UK last year, a dark digital cloud of uncertainty still hangs over the world of publishing. In the second of his reports into the impact of technology on the world of books, arts editor Will Gompertz looks at what the digital revolution means for the publishing business.

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

Immigration staff are set to strike tomorrow over pensions, and the Border Agency has written to one of the main airport operators suggesting they advise their passengers to "travel on an alternative day". Norman Shanks, a former head of group security at BAA and now a consultant in aviation security, gives his views on the potential impact of the action.

The Legal Aid and Sentencing Bill passes through the Commons today. Justice Secretary Ken Clarke gives his reaction to the recent controversy over his proposals.

The guitarist Duane Eddy, whose early rock and roll became known as "twang", has met up with former Pulp guitarist Richard Hawley to record a new album, the first in 25 years. David Sillito reports on the South Yorkshire inspiration behind his revival.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Afghan officials say all the insurgents who launched a ferocious attack on a top hotel in the capital, Kabul, have been killed. At least 10 civilians died in the night-time assault on the Intercontinental hotel; the Taliban say they were behind it. Nasir Saberi, former deputy minister for housing, now a businessman spoke, to the World Service earlier.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

The government is under pressure to improve its system of care home inspection, after representatives from the care sector took a vote of no confidence in their own regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). Health reporter Matthew Hill has been following the story. And CQC'S director of operations, Amanda Sherlock, responds to this unprecedented call for change.

The US military's bill for air-conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan each year is about $20bn - about a third of the entire UK defence budget. Retired Brigadier General Steven Anderson, who used to be chief logistician for General Petraeus in Iraq, explains the reasons behind the massive cost of keeping cool.

With rocketing growth, doubling house prices and near full employment, how long can Brazil's economic boom last? Economics editor Stephanie Flanders reports from Rio de Janeiro.

The number of children around the world being abducted by their parents has risen by 10%, with one British child being taken away every other day, according to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Sharon Cooke, advice line manager for Reunite International Child Abduction Centre, and Michael, whose children were abducted by his Japanese wife, talk about the growing problem.



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