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Today: Wednesday 20th June

The Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce refinements to his proposals to tackle excessive executive pay. The Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, has spent the night at Ecuador's embassy in London, where he's applied for political asylum. And also on today's programme, the stories of eight people who lost their jobs at a shop in Birmingham in January.

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 the news that there will be brisk trade at the Bank of England today as it is offering liquidity to British banks.


The UN Conference on Sustainable Development, dubbed Rio+20 to mark the fact that it is 20 years since the original Rio Earth Summit, opens today. Tom Feilden has been looking at one of the key themes the conference must address - the state of the world's oceans - and assesses the prospects for success.


Today, Vince Cable the Business Secretary will set out a plan to sort executive pay out. Business editor Robert Peston has more details.

Senator John McCain speaks to Evan Davis and gives his views on the situation in Syria and the Egyptian elections.

Business news with Simon Jack.

Julian Assange has spent the night at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after claiming asylum because he doesn't want to be sent to Sweden where he faces sexual assault charges. Helena Kennedy, a barrister and expert in Human Rights law who has given advice in the past to Assange's team, gives her thoughts on the situation.

Sports news with Jonathan Legard.

Mike Farrar, the chief executive of the NHS Confederation, which represents NHS managers, explains why he will argue in a speech today that politicians need to be bolder in making the case for closing hospitals.

The paper review.


The latest unemployment figures are announced this morning. The BBC's Michael Buchanan has been looking at what happened to the eight employees of a shop in Birmingham after it closed in January.

Thought for the day with Lord Singh, director of the Network of Sikh organisations.

As rumours swept Cairo last night that the former Egyptian president, Hosni Mubarak, may have died, Middle East correspondent Kevin Connolly went to the hospital where he was being treated to speak to both his opponents and supporters as they gathered outside.

Major General Sameh Seif, a retired senior officer in the army, and Dr Abdul Mawgoud Dardery, a Muslim Brotherhood MP, debate the future of Egypt on the eve of the final election results.


Business Secretary Vince Cable will announce today that shareholders will have more power to tackle excessive executive pay. Sir Mike Darrington, former head of Greggs, and John Cridland, head of the CBI, debate what is the best way to sort out executive pay.

Three significant cases to do with Article 8 of the Human Rights Act are coming up at the Supreme Court today, which is likely to say that there are circumstances when the rights of children are more important than the allegations. Julian Knowles, QC at Matrix Chambers and an extradition expert, gives his thoughts on whether Article 8 is being used by too many people to avoid deportation.

The actor Mark Rylance, who has been called the greatest stage performer in the world, spoke to the BBC's Rebecca Jones on his new role as Richard III at London's Globe Theatre.

Sport news with Jonathan Legard.

Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, spoke to Justin Webb just before he headed off to Rio for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development which begins today.

Business news with Simon Jack.

For the first time ever, there could be a British winner at the Tour de France which begins in two weeks' time. Bradley Wiggins, a track cyclist turned road cyclist, spoke to the BBC's Tim Franks.


Why is there a sudden focus on gay themes in the world of superheroes? Axel Alonso, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, explains.

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