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Today: Tuesday 2nd August

The debt deal is done, but can the US economy be turned around? What is the best way to treat young people addicted to drugs? Was the owner of the Titanic falsely vilified?

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Dozens of people have been killed in Yemen, as the country's president continues to use brutal repression against protesters. Victor Henderson, former British ambassador in Yemen, and Theo Padnos, who has investigated the religious networks in the country, discuss Yemen's future.

Human rights groups say at least 130 people have been killed by authorities in Syria since Sunday, after security forces fired shells in the city of Hama on the first day of Ramadan. President of the Syrian UN Association and former adviser to the UN human rights council Professor George Jabbour, who has also been an MP for the ruling Baath Party, discusses the regime's response to the protests.

An agreement has been made by politicians in the US to raise the country's deficit ceiling, but how have the bond markets responded? Andrew Balls, managing director of the London office of Pimco, the world's biggest bond fund, goes through the figures.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Insect pollinators such as bees and butterflies may be thriving in cities, according to researchers who are carrying out the biggest Britain-wide study into population decline within the species. Science reporter Rebecca Morelle reports on the buzz from the city.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Barclays bank has reported a 33% decrease in half-yearly profits to £2.6bn. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the figures.

The rate of malnutrition is still rising among those arriving in refugee camps from famine-hit areas of Southern Somalia. Andrew Harding reports from Mogadishu.

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England's cricket team is just one game away from replacing India at the top of the world's Test cricket rankings. Rahul Tandon reports on India's reaction from a cricket academy in Calcutta, and sports writer Mihir Bose analyses the importance of England's performance.

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

What is the best way to treat young people addicted to drugs? Martin Barnes of the charity DrugScope and David Rogers of the Local Government Association debate the need for specialist rehabilitation centres.

The US House of Representatives has voted to raise the debt ceiling and avoid a default, but questions over spending cuts, taxes and the state of the economy are still very much on the table. The US-based economist David Blanchflower, formerly of the UK's Monetary Policy Committee, looks at the business of sorting out public finances. And Pippa Malmgren, a former financial market adviser in the George W Bush administration, considers whether the crisis is over.

A new book has cast some light on the story of J Bruce Ismay, the owner of the Titanic who sailed to safety with women and children when it hit an iceberg, leaving other men to go down with the ship. Frances Wilson, author of How to Survive the Titanic, and Ismay's great grandson Angus Cheap, discuss what really happened

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Surgeons at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge have managed to replace the heart of a 40-year-old man with a totally artificial heart, and he has survived. Steven Tsui, the surgeon who lead the operating team, talks about a remarkable new chapter in the history of heart surgery.

Famine is spreading in the Horn of Africa and may soon engulf as many as six more regions of Somalia, according to the UN humanitarian aid chief. Challiss McDonough, World Food Programme senior regional spokesperson, explains why simple "resourcing issues" can be blamed for the worsening crisis.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

After enduring decades of destruction and an economic blockade, there are reports of a small construction boom in Gaza, with Egypt as its catalyst. Gaza correspondent Jon Donnison reports on the thousands of homes which may now be rebuilt.

There are concerns over whether the UK's biggest banks are hitting their lending targets. Chris Leslie, shadow Treasury minister, and Angela Knight, chief executive of the British Bankers' Association, debate the latest banking results.

A unique book containing the signatures of men known as "the few", the pilots who flew during the Battle of Britain, is going up for auction at Bonhams. Their chief valuer Lord Hereford and Flying Officer Ken Wilkinson, who knew some of the men who signed the pages, reflect on the document that Winston Churchill called the "book of heroes".



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