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Today: Tuesday 26th July

The latest figures for economic growth are expected to show that the recovery is faltering. President Obama has warned of serious consequences for jobs and livelihoods in America if a deal is not reached to resolve the US debt crisis. Also on today's programme, MPs call for more protection for NHS whistle-blowers.

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Business news with Adam Shaw, on expectations that Britain's recovery is faltering and the latest results from big US investment banks. Download the podcast

Iran has accused the United States of assassinating a scientist who was working on its nuclear programme. Dina Esfandiary of the International Institute for Strategic Studies analyses the case.

Britain has joined France in suggesting that Colonel Gaddafi could stay in Libya on the condition that he relinquishes all power. Bridget Kendall reports.

The US has a legal limit on its debt that will be reached in one week, but Republicans are refusing to raise the limit. North America editor Mark Mardell reports on the consequences of raising the figure or failing to act. US Congressman James Lankford reflects on the possibilities for compromise.

Regulators must make it clear to nurses, doctors and midwives that they risk facing disciplinary action if they fail to flag up concerns about colleagues, a committee of MPs is insisting. The Conservative MP and former health secretary Stephen Dorrell, who chairs the committee, explains the need for whistle-blowers to keep stepping forward.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg has said that the hundreds of thousands of people filling the streets of Oslo and other cities last night in response to Friday's massacre were saying a resounding yes to democracy and tolerance. From Oslo, Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The National Trust is warning that government proposals to change planning laws in England favour business too heavily and could lead to unchecked and damaging development. Dame Fiona Reynolds, the Trust's director general, and David Frost, director general of the British Chambers of Commerce, discuss the right way to move forward.

Paper review.

Dons at Oxford University are calling on the public to help them translate ancient fragments of papyrus scrolls. Leader of the project Chris Lintott outlines the puzzle.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Giles Fraser, Canon Chancellor of St Paul's Cathedral.

Why do we think of Anders Breivik as insane, but Islamic terrorists as not? Professor Andrew Silke, who advises the United Nations on terrorism, and Maajid Nawaz, of the think tank Quilliam, which studies Islamic extremism, debate the language we use to describe those who commit acts of terror.

Experts are predicting that figures for economic growth, set to be announced later, will be weak. The BBC's Fiona Trott reports from Durham on how spending habits are impacting the wider economy. Ben Page, chief executive of Ipsos Mori, considers how British people react to GDP figures. And economics editor Stephanie Flanders looks at the future of economic policy.

The World Esperanto Conference is taking place in Copenhagen this week. Former home secretary David Blunkett, who has learned the language, and association member Bill Chapman, discuss whether the world still needs Esperanto.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Britain has joined France in suggesting that Colonel Gaddafi could stay in Libya on the condition that he relinquishes all power. Former Foreign Secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind analyses whether the coalition strategy is working. And Soliman Albrassi, a Libyan political activist based in London, discusses whether the Libyan people would accept a compromise.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Egyptians involved in the recent revolution that ousted President Mubarak are concerned that those now in power are continuing to quell dissent. Amr Gharbeia explains why he believes Egypt's freedom "cannot be secured without popular pressure".

MPs are worried that whistle-blowers in the NHS are being punished rather than protected, and should be aware of the risk of keeping quiet. GMC chief executive Niall Dickson looks at the current culture within the health service.

Should archaeologists reconstruct ruins as they decline or should they preserve them as best they can until there is nothing left? Caroline Lawrence, archaeologist turned children's author, and Professor Andrew Wallace-Hadrill, director of the Herculaneum Conservation project and master of Sidney Sussex College Cambridge, debate the importance of intervention.



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