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Today: Wednesday 10th August

There has been more violence on the streets of several English cities, including Manchester and Birmingham, but London has remained relatively calm. Police have launched a murder inquiry in Birmingham into the deaths of three men who were knocked down by a car during riots in the city. Also on today's programme, the Mr Men turn 40.

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The business news with Adam Shaw, on the Bank of England's economic forecasts for the UK and the Federal Reserve's decision to keep US interest rates low. Download the podcast

Hackney in north London was the scene of severe rioting on Monday night, as gangs of young people torched buildings and looted shops. Today reporter Nicola Stanbridge has been back to meet teenagers waiting for it to "kick off again", and the Turkish shop owners who are on "red alert" to protect their properties.

Serious bouts of rioting flared up in Manchester and Salford last night. Brian Sloan, head of business and economic policy at Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce says the violence has "ripped the heart" out of the cities.

Business news with Adam Shaw.

There has been a huge upsurge in violence in the Pakistani city of Karachi in recent weeks. Hundreds of people, men, women and children, have been killed in clashes between different ethnic groups. which have often brought the city, of some 18 million people, to a standstill. Aleem Maqbool reports from some of the worst affected areas of Karachi.

The Federal Reserve, the US's central bank, has said it will keep interest rates near to zero for two more years, in what appears to be an acknowledgement that the US economy is weaker than expected. Christopher Thornberg, founding partner at Beacon Economics in Los Angeles, analyses market reaction to the news.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

In response to the riots and looting, a growing number of vigilante groups have been forming to protect their homes and communities. Today reporter Andrew Hosken reports from the streets in Enfield, the badly affected north London borough, where he found people taking matters into their own hands. And Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steven Kavanagh looks at whether ordinary people feel protected.

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While the number of women who die in childbirth has dropped dramatically in the last 50 years, figures show that more women are dying during childbirth from indirect causes. Dr David Williams, consultant obstetric physician at the Institute for Women's Health at University College Hospital London, explains why "older pregnancies" are higher risk.

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

The Bank of England is expected to cut its own growth forecasts for the UK economy when it releases its latest inflation report. Paul Johnson, director of the Institute for Fiscal Studies, unpicks the figures.

Violence and looting broke out in several English cities last night, although London remained largely quiet with a heavy police presence on the streets. BBC correspondent Nick Ravenscroft spent the night in Manchester as police battled to keep control of the streets. And London Mayor Boris Johnson gives his reaction to the rioting.

Forty years ago today Mr Tickle first appeared on book shelves, followed swiftly by Mr Bump, Mr Messy and Little Miss Sunshine. Russell Singler, director of the Art You Grew Up With Gallery, explains why the Mr Men have lasted so long.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

While an increased police presence on the streets of London kept the capital quiet last night, unrest in cities including Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham saw more shops being burned and looted. Councillor Pat Karney, the city centre spokesman for Manchester City Council, insists there is "no reason that any young teenager should be in the city centre."

Business news with Adam Shaw.

Another bout of riots spread across some English cities last night, including London, Manchester, Salford, Liverpool, Nottingham and Birmingham. Clive Bloom, author of Violent London: 2000 Years of Riots, Rebels and Revolts, and Sam Gyimah, Conservative MP for Surrey East, consider the causes of the violence.

A network of WWII bunkers and gun turrets known as the Atlantic Wall, built by the Germans as a defence against an Allied invasion in France, are being opened to the public. Hugh Schofield reports on the buildings, which are symbols both of defeat and collaboration.

How is the world viewing the lawlessness, looting and riots in England? Ravi Somaiya, who has been out with the rioters every night for the New York Times, and Agnes Poirer, the French political commentator and film critic, discuss global coverage of the disorder.



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