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Today: Tuesday 16th August

Police in England and Wales are to be given new guidance on tackling disorder on the streets. Rail travellers are likely to find out today that they will face average fare increases of up to 8%. Also on today's programme, is there a formula for success at the Edinburgh fringe?

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A leading civil rights activist has been detained by police in India and is threatening to starve himself to death if the government does not do more to tackle corruption. The BBC's Sanjoy Majumder reports from Delhi.

The German chancellor and French president are meeting to discuss the possibility of creating new eurobonds that would allow all 17 countries in the eurozone to pool their debts. Steven Major, global head of fixed income research at HSBC, explains why Germany is still reluctant.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Are off-shore wind farms the answer to all our energy needs? Science correspondent David Shukman reports on the latest wind farm to be installed in British waters.

Rail fares look likely to rise by around 8% in the new year as a result of an expected hike in inflation figures. Edward Welsh, director of corporate affairs at the Association of Train Operating Companies, considers the impact on passengers.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

Colonel Gaddafi and his supporters say they will soon win back areas lost to opposition fighters in Libya during the last few days of fighting. Late last night, Tripoli correspondent Matthew Price went to Green Square on the waterfront, accompanied by his government minder. And associate fellow of the Royal United Services Institute, Shashank Joshi, explains why "there isn't long now to go" until the "end game" in the country.

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Shell says more than 200 tonnes of its oil has leaked into the North Sea since last Wednesday, about 120 miles east of Aberdeen. The company says there is almost no risk of oil reaching the shore, but Vicky Wyatt of Greenpeace explains her concerns over the handling of the oil spill.

Thought for the day with Dr Indarjit Singh, director of the network of Sikh organisations.

Around 2,500 people have been arrested in connection with the recent riots and a significant number have been given prison sentences, even for a first offence. Former Conservative leader Lord Howard and Martin Narey, former head of the Prison Service who used to run the children's charity Barnardo's, discuss whether using exemplary sentencing to satisfy public anger can be justified.

An expected rise in inflation is likely to mean an 8% jump in rail fares starting from January. Rail analyst Christian Wolmar explains the increase. And transport minister Theresa Villiers explains whether she believes the price rise is fair.

Around 200 tonnes of oil leaked from Shell's Gannett Alpha platform into the North Sea since last week, in what has been the largest spill there for more than ten years. Glen Cayley, technical director of Shell's exploration and production activities in Europe, explains what the company has done to deal with the crisis.

Every August thousands of eager performers arrive in Edinburgh to take part in the Fringe Festival, facing humiliation and even bankruptcy, but in the hope that they will be spotted by the hundreds of talent scouts who also flock to the city. Arts Editor Will Gompertz spent the afternoon with one of Britain's most powerful entertainment scouts as she tries to find out if Edinburgh's got talent.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

German and French leaders are meeting in Paris to discuss the best way to strengthen fiscal governance in the eurozone and stabilise its currency. Peter Altmaier, chief whip of German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party in the Bundestag, reflects on the political opposition to the creation of eurobonds. And business editor Robert Peston analyses the policy options available.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

David Cameron's suggestion that the government could look at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook to help control disturbances has been praised by the Chinese authorities. Andrew Lilico of the ConservativeHome website and Conservative MP Nadine Dorries discuss whether stopping social media is a sensible option.

Rebels in Libya have fought their way into the strategic town of Zawiya, just 30 miles outside Tripoli. Times correspondent Deborah Haynes, who was recently in the town, describes a "very sad" situation as civilians fight civilians for the future of Libya.

Inflation rises coupled with pay freezes are putting pressure on workers in the UK to make ends meet. Sir Richard Lambert, former head of the Confederation of British Industry, and Dr John Philpott, chief economist at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, discuss how long people's patience can last.


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