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Today: Friday 20th July

Opposition fighters in Syria have seized border crossings with Iraq and Turkey. The Home Office official responsible for security at the Olympics has said safety has not been put at risk by the failure of G4S to provide enough guards. And we ask: do self-help books actually help?

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.


Hundreds of farmers blockaded milk plants across England last night and into the early hours of this morning in protest at the price they are paid for it. They argue a cut of up to two pence per litre off what they are paid by processors may force many out of business. Andrew Hemming, the vice chairman for Farmers for Action, an organisation representing farmers was at protests last night in Leicestershire.


The last week has seen questions raised about security preparations for the London Olympics. Three and a half thousand extra troops have been drafted in at the last minute to help at venues because of the failures of a private contractor G4S and more might still be needed. The BBC's security correspondent, Gordon Corera, interviewed Charles Farr, the head of the office of security and counter-terrorism in the Home Office and the civil servant with ultimate responsibility for Olympic Security.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The government is being warned that its plans to use a payments by results system to rehabilitate offenders could run into trouble. Our home editor Mark Easton gives a description of how it might work. Roma Hooper, director of Make Justice Work, a group set up promoting reform of punishment for minor crimes explains the challenges and opportunities of payment by result.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

The United Nations Security Council meets again today, arguing over what to do about Syria. In Syria, rebels now control a number of positions on the borders with Turkey and Iraq, and are trying to take control of parts of the capital Damascus. The Foreign Secretary William Hague talks about what may be discussed at the meeting today.

Paper review.


The Tour de France is cycling's greatest road race. But since it was first held in 1903, it has never been won by a British rider. That looks set to change this weekend as Bradley Wiggins retains the famous race leader's Yellow Jersey into the final stages of the race. Our sports presenter Rob Bonnet reports.

Thought for the day with Lord Harries of Pentregarth, Gresham Professor of Divinity.

PC Simon Harwood - the police officer who hit Ian Tomlinson with a baton and pushed him to the ground at the G20 protests has been found not guilty of manslaughter. But now Harwood faces a disciplinary hearing for misconduct and the Tomlinson family are going to bring the case to a civil court. The BBC's legal affairs correspondent, Clive Coleman, reminds us of the background to the case. And, Jules Carey is from Tuckers Solicitors, representing the Tomlinson family.


The Olympics open in a week's time, but the image is in danger of becoming tarnished. Every day there is criticism of the security operation, the role of the private contractors G4S and the apparent lack of preparation for the big event. How much reputational damage has the latest strikes, and security shambles caused to the Olympics 2012? Lord Coe, Locog 2012 Chairman, gives us his thoughts.

The leading self-help author and motivational speaker, Stephen Covey, died this week. His most famous book Seven Habits of Highly Effective People sold more than 25m copies worldwide. Do successful business people read these sorts of books to get on and improve themselves, or do they have more surprising items on their reading list? Luke Johnson, chairman of Risk Capital Partners, former chairman of Channel Four and co-founder of Pizza Express and author of Start it Up, Why Running Your Own Business Is Easier Than You Think and Mark Constantine, chief executive of Lush, debate.

Sports news with Garry Richardson.

Syrian rebels have captured a number of the country's border posts. A senior Iraqi official said all the crossings on Syria's eastern frontier had been seized. What could it mean for Syria's neighbours? David Roberts is deputy director of the defence thinktank RUSI in Qatar.


If anyone should be able to organise a rigorous system of complaint and disciplinary tribunals, you would expect lawyers to. Yet, on this programme on Tuesday we heard a number of complaints about the Bar Standards Board - the body that regulates barristers in England and Wales. Today, the Board answers back. Baroness Deech is the chairman and will answer the critics.

Business news with Simon Jack.

The play Desdemona, opens at the Barbican in London this evening. It retells the story of Shakespeare's Othello but from the view point of his more submissive heroine. The author Toni Morrison has set the action in the afterlife with conversations between Desdemona and her African maid played by the leading Malian singer Rokia Traore who spoke to Nicola Stanbridge during rehearsals.


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