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Is a compromise coming over tax relief on charitable donations? A government adviser has said that parents of truants in England should face stiffer fines. Also on the programme, how F Scott Fitzergald's novel, the Great Gatsy, is being picked up by to a new generation.

We are no longer providing clips of every part of the programme but you will be able to listen via the BBC iPlayer .

Business news with Simon Jack, on news that the Chinese government is relaxing its control over the value of the Yuan.


According to a report by the Royal Society for Arts, police officers should be given 20 minutes a week to think about decisions they have made on duty. Dr Jonathan Rowson, author of the report, outlines the reasons why.


The Environment Agency has declared official drought zones in a further 17 English counties and said the shortages could last until Christmas or beyond. Trevor Bishop, head of water resources at the Environment Agency, explains the current situation.

Anders Breivik, the man who set off a bomb and then went on a shooting spree at a youth camp in Norway last year, is to go on trial. Steve Rosenberg reports from the district courthouse in Oslo. Watch his report

Business news with Simon Jack.

Organisations which represent nearly every doctor in the UK have launched a campaign to tackle rising levels of obesity. Professor Terence Stephenson, vice-chair of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges and president of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, outlines the plans.


It is the final week of campaigning before the first round of the French presidential elections. In the first of a special series on the elections, Europe correspondent Chris Morris reports on the campaign being run by the French left.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has called for a cap on party funding, saying no-one should be allowed to give more than £5000. Peter Riddell, director of the Institute for Government, and Dr Stuart Wilks-Heeg, executive director of Democratic Audit, discuss the proposal.

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F Scott Fitzgerald may have written The Great Gatsby back in 1925 but this year will see the release of a new film version of the novel, starring Leonardo di Caprio, as well as a number of stage adaptations. Arts correspondent Rebecca Jones has been finding out why there is so much interest in the novel.

Thought for the day with John Bell of the Iona Community.


A government adviser has said that parents in England should have their child benefit docked if their children persistently play truant from school. Charlie Taylor, the government's expert adviser on behaviour, outlines his proposals.


The Treasury has released figures detailing how many wealthy people pay which rates of tax, as part of a fightback over controversial plans to limit tax relief on charitable donations. Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, David Gauke MP, explains the figures.


The first observers from the UN are starting work in Syria, where they are monitoring the fragile ceasefire. Journalists do not have free access to the country but the BBC's Ian Pannell managed to cross the border to report from Idlib province in the north of the country.

Sports news with Alison Mitchell.

Security forces in the Afghan capital Kabul say they have killed all the Taliban militants who attacked targets in the city. Sir Simon Gass, Nato's senior civilian representative in Afghanistan, assesses the security situation.

The charity Parkinson's UK is launching the world's biggest research study tracking people with the condition. Bob Taylor, who was diagnosed with Parkinsons in 1998, describes his experience, while Steve Ford, chief executive of Parkinson's UK, outlines how the study will work.

Business news with Simon Jack.

An Indian boy who lost his mother in 1986 has found her 25 years later from his new home in Tasmania - using satellite images. Read more.


Voters in 10 English cities are to decide on local election day if they want a directly elected mayor. But research by Warwick University suggests that elected mayors cannot provide a "one-size-fits-all solution". Professor Keith Grint, research director of the Warwick Commission, explains why the proposed system needs more thought.


Classicist Mary Beard presents a new series of Meet the Romans on BBC 2 this week, which starts by looking at inscriptions on tombstones to get some insight into the lives and thoughts of ordinary Romans. Professor Beard describes why Roman tombstones are much more interesting than our graves these days.

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