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Today: Friday 19th August

Is the global economy heading for another crisis? Syria has rejected international demands for President Assad to step down. Also on the programme, is it a good idea to cut the benefits of those involved in looting and rioting?

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Business news with Dominic Laurie, on why markets in London fell further yesterday than any day in three years, and with Friday boss Mark Allan, chief executive of Unite. Download the podcast

The system of supplying military equipment and frontline resources in Afghanistan is at critical risk of failure, according to MPs on the Commons Public Accounts Committee. Colonel Richard Kemp, a former army commander, explains the problems with procurement.

Britain and the US have called for President Assad of Syria to step down, as a UN team gains access to Syria for the first time and the UN Human Rights Council call for the intervention of the International Criminal Court. Head of UN Humanitarian Affairs Baroness Amos discusses the next move.

The prime minister, along with more than 200,000 petition-signing members of the public, think those convicted of taking part in last weeks riots should have their benefits cut or removed altogether. Today reporter Mike Thomson investigates whether this kind of sanction has ever worked before.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

Britain's small, rural railway branches have seen a surge in passenger numbers. Peter Roberts, chairman of the Association of Community Rail Partnerships, goes through the statistics.

Gunmen have killed at least eight people in an attack on the British Council in the Afghan capital, Kabul. Quentin Sommerville reports.

The British cuckoo's migration is set to be mapped as part of an international effort to help save migratory birds whose numbers have recently fallen. Andy Clements, director for the British Trust for Ornithology, outlines the project.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Private finance initiative (PFI) schemes, which allow private consortia to pay for and provide public sector capital projects such as hospitals, schools or prisons, have been criticised by MPs who say it is an inefficient way of paying for new infrastructure. Andrew Tyrie of the the Treasury Select Committee highlights the key concerns.

Paper review.

A little known US law that allows artists to claim back rights to their work after 35 years is proving to be a headache for the record industry, because songs written in 1978 are now hitting the deadline. US lawyer Kenneth Abdo, who is representing some artists, talks about the benefits of such a rule.

More than half a dozen men have carried out an attack on the British cultural office in Kabul, reportedly killing twelve people. US journalist Steve Clemons describes the moment when "a huge blast" shook his hotel.

Thought for the day with the Reverend Dr Michael Banner, Dean and Fellow of Trinity College.

The attackers who killed seven people in southern Israel yesterday gained access to the country from Egypt, along the border with the Sinai desert. Middle East editor Jeremy Bowen reports on whether unrest in Egypt has opened up a new front. And Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev warns of the "erosion of law and order" in the Sinai region.

The US and Europe are dangerously close to a recession, according to US investment bank Morgan Stanley, which cut its global growth forecast in the wake of the FTSE's biggest one-day points fall since 2008. Business editor Robert Peston analyses the prospects of a global slowdown.

Should those convicted in connection with last week's violence and rioting have their benefits removed? Peter Lilley, the Conservative social security secretary who promised to close down the something-for-nothing society, and David Blunkett, former Labour home secretary, a firm believer in responsibility as well as rights, debate the moral and practical problems of taking such action.

US Vice President Joe Biden is visiting China and, in an effort to break down barriers between the countries, a Chinese-American opera singer has organised an unusual performance. Michael Bristow reports from Beijing.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The culture secretary has announced 65 towns and cities across Britain that are in the running to host their own local TV stations. Jeremy Hunt outlines his big idea for small broadcasters.

Pope Benedict XVI is meeting young pilgrims in Madrid in celebration of World Youth Day. Madrid correspondent Sarah Rainsford reports on the trip, which is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of followers, as well as a fair amount of protest.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

The writer and broadcaster Lindsay Johns says street language is part of the problem of unrest and unemployment among Britain's youth. Mr Johns and Michael Williams, who was given support by a south London mentoring scheme, discuss whether communication could be the key to their problems.

It is well known that French designer Coco Chanel's reputation was tarnished by war-time association with the Nazis. Hal Vaughan, author of Sleeping With The Enemy: Coco Chanel, Nazi Agent, and Justine Picardie, Chanel biographer, debate the truth behind the claims.



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