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Today: Wednesday 20th July

MPs have accused the Metropolitan Police of a string of failures in the way it investigated phone hacking. The United Nations is to declare that parts of Somalia are in the grip of famine. Also on today's programme, PD James on trust in the media, politicians and the police.

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British forces are handing over control of part of Helmand province in Afghanistan. Jonathan Beale reports from Bamiyan, where many local people are questioning the Afghan government's ability to protect them.

The German Chancellor Angela Merkel has suggested that Europe's leaders will not necessarily come up with a plan to solve Greece's debt crisis at the upcoming emergency summit in Brussels. Liberal Democrat MEP Sharon Bowles and German CDU politician Michael Fuchs, discuss what European leaders should do.

Nato Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen tells Evan Davis that, if defence spending cuts continue, the influence of Europe on the international scene will "gradually decline".

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The author Iain Sinclair has long been something of a sceptic about the London Olympics. Today's Evan Davis went to meet him for a walk near the Olympic site to hear whether his views have now changed. Watch the audio-slideshow.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

News Corp boss Rupert Murdoch has said he was not aware of the extent of phone hacking at the News of the World, and was "clearly" misled by some of his staff. Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt examines Mr Murdoch's new position within the British media.

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The heavy body armour that French soldiers wore to fight the English at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415 may have been their undoing, according to new research published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B. Dr Graham Askew of Leeds University, who lead the study, explains the theory.

Thought for the day with Abdal Hakim Murad, Muslim Chaplain at the University of Cambridge.

The drought which has hit 10m people in the Horn of Africa, the worst in more than half a century, is so bad that the United Nations says it is now a full-blown famine. David Bull, Unicef UK's executive director, discusses the worsening situation.

In response to questioning by British MPs yesterday, Rupert Murdoch said he could not be held responsible for phone hacking at the News of the World, insisting that he was let down by "people I trusted". Associate editor of the Sun Trevor Kavanagh and BBC editors Nick Robinson and Robert Peston analyse the Murdochs' reaction to the scandal.

Long lost musical scores dating back to the early 1900s are shedding new light on the silent movie era. Bob Walker reports on the unexpected treasures that were played as part of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra's Film Music Festival.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

The International Monetary Fund has warned of major global consequences if the financial problems in Greece, Portugal and Ireland spread further into the eurozone. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders sets out how leaders can tackle the financial contagion.

Baroness PD James, one of the world's most noted crime writers and a former governor of the BBC, is to receive the Theakstons Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. Baroness James spoke to Today presenter Sarah Montague about winning the award, and gave her reflections on trust in the police, press and politicians.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

We are forever being reminded that we should "keep calm and carry on" . Nigel Rees, author of Don't You Know There's a War On? considers why we constantly return to the wartime adage.

President Barack Obama has announced his intention to make high-speed rail a priority in the US, and is planning a new line for California. Alastair Leithead reports on the project, which will be designed, built and part-funded by the Chinese.

Rupert and James Murdoch were yesterday grilled by a committee of MPs over the hacking scandal at the News of the World. Lord Dobbs, author and Conservative peer who was at the hearings, and Simon Hoggart of the Guardian debate whether the hearings lived up to the hype.



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