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Today: Friday 29th July

Scientists working on chronic fatigue syndrome or ME have received death threats and are being subjected to a campaign of abuse by people who object to any suggestion that it could be a mental illness. Department of Health advisers have suggested that some patients are having their operations delayed in an effort to save money. And a lesson in how to get politicians to debate what you want.

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Business news with Lesley Curwen, on Cyprus and the situation in the eurozone. And Today's Friday boss is Volker Beckers, chief executive of Britain's 4th largest domestic energy company RWE Npower. Download the podcast

It is one year since massive flooding hit Pakistan, affecting an estimated 18 million people. Aleem Maqbool reports from the district of Charsadda in northwest Pakistan, on the people still struggling to move forward.

A test which identifies when children need help with language has been trailed and the results published in the American online scientific journal Plos One. Professor Heather Van De Lely of Harvard University explains why her "gaps" test was found to be 98% effective in identifying specific language impairment. .

Scientists working on chronic fatigue syndrome or ME have received death threats and are being subjected to a campaign of abuse by people who object to any suggestion that it could be a mental illness. Professor Simon Wessely of King's College London explains his concerns to science correspondent Tom Feilden.

BSkyB has revealed its annual operating profit is up 23% to £1.1bn. Steve Hewlett, presenter of the Media Show on Radio 4, analyses the "good results" and James Murdoch's position as chairman.

Jeremy Darroch, chief executive of BSkyB, has said his chairman James Murdoch has the company board's "unanimous support". Speaking to Lesley Curwen, he said that in his own experience, James Murdoch "had always acted with the highest degree of integrity" at the company.

Twenty-five years ago the Economist launched what it called its Big Mac Index, a way of checking whether currencies were at their correct levels by comparing the prices of Big Macs around the world. Daniel Franklin, executive editor of the Economist, looks at the latest set of results.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Was the deal put together by eurozone heads of state last week more sticking plaster than lasting solution? Terry Smith, chief executive of Tullett Prebon, gives his analysis.

Paper review.

The chief of staff of Libya's rebel forces, Abdel Fatah Younis, has been shot and killed in Benghazi. Ian Pannell reports on the ongoing struggle of rebels fighting Colonel Gaddafi.

Thought for the day with Catherine Pepinster, editor of the Tablet.

Department of Health advisers have suggested that some patients are having their operations delayed by primary care trusts in an effort to save money. Andrew Taylor, director of the Cooperation and Competition Panel, explains the allegations and David Stout, Director Primary Care Trust Network at the NHS Confederation, gives his reaction.

A number of researchers working on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome or ME have been directly targeted in a campaign of abuse and intimidation by those angry at any association of the condition with mental illness. Tom Feilden reports on the accusations. And Dr Charles Shepherd, medical adviser to the ME Association, looks at the concerns behind the anger.

The Daily Show was not broadcast on More4 this week because it used clips of televised proceedings in the Commons and broadcasters are still prohibited from editing parliamentary material for comic effect or putting it in a satirical context. Steve Punt, host of The Now Show on Radio 4, and Roger Gale, Conservative MP and a former member of the Commons Broadcasting Committee who was against televising the Commons, debate whether the rules should be changed.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

NHS managers are being accused of deliberately delaying operations in order to save money, according to a report. Health minister Paul Burstow explains why "controls of access which have nothing to do with an individual's clinical need" are unacceptable.

Pakistan's interior minister is in London setting out the common interest in fighting extremism that he says is shared between his country and the west. Rehman Malik outlines why "the world has to find a solution to sit together and fight it out".

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

As severe drought continues to sweep across the Horn of Africa, some 3.5 million people in Kenya are expected to need food aid by next month, almost 10% of the entire population. East Africa correspondent Will Ross reports from Wajir, a drought stricken region of northeast Kenya.

A scheme at the NHS in Bedfordshire has thrown intriguing evidence on "nudge" techniques used to stop patients from missing their doctors' appointments. Professor Robert Cialdini, founder of the organisation Influence and Work, which carried out the study with accountants BDO, goes through the experiment and its surprising results.

The government is setting up a website where you can submit an idea that you want MPs to debate and if you get 100,000 signatures then it may well be taken to the floor of the House of Commons. The leader of the House of Commons, Sir George Young, and Professor Stephen Coleman of Leeds University debate whether the move will bring the Commons closer to the people.



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