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Today: Saturday 21st July

Farmers have staged a second night of protests over milk prices by blockading a processing plant in Worcestershire. A day after opposition fighters seized control of Syria's border crossings with Iraq and Turkey, forces loyal to President Assad are fighting back. And what do we do with the man who will not keep his clothes on?

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Eleven of the 70 people injured in a shooting rampage at a suburban Denver movie theatre during a midnight screening of the new Batman film remain in critical condition on Friday evening, police have said. Correspondent Alistair Leithead reports.

The fighting in Syria threatens a wider area and it is already having an impact in Lebanon and there is an exodus into the country of Syrians who are seeking safety. The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to keep its observer mission in Syria for a "final" 30 days and members have agreed the mission could be extended further if fighting eases. Correspondent Lyse Doucet reports.

A huge global "botnet" responsible for sending out millions of spam messages has been shut down by a collaborative effort from security experts in the US, Britain and Russia, researchers say.

Robert Schifreen, former computer hacker and internet security consultant, explains its significance.


Ensuring the Olympic Games are safe is the biggest operation since World War II. It has been years in the planning, involves 40,000 people and will cost more than £1bn. However, with the concerns over G4S and venue security, correspondent Gordon Corera sheds light on its progress.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

The former Conservative chancellor Lord Lawson has told The Week in Westminster on Radio 4 that George Osborne should give up chairing strategy meetings and stick to the job of Chancellor of the Exchequer. Editor of the Conservative Home website, Tim Montgomerie and Charlie Elphicke, Conservative MP for Dover and Deal join the programme.

Paper review.

Musicians from around the world will be gathering in London today for a free festival of live music. It is part of the London 2012 Festival, a curtain-raiser for the sporting events to follow. Among the stars performing will be the South African trumpeter, composer and singer, Hugh Masekela. Correspondent Mike Thomson finds out why London holds special memories for him.

Thought for the day with Reverend Roy Jenkins, Baptist Minister in Cardiff.

Farmers have staged a second night of protests by blockading a milk processing plant in Worcestershire.

They say they are getting up to five pence a litre less for milk than it costs to produce. Food director of the British Retail Consortium, Andrew Opie and Sarah Swaddling of Farming Today debate the subject.


A day after opposition fighters seized control of Syria's border crossings with Iraq and Turkey, forces loyal to President Assad appear to have launched an all-out assault on the rebels in Damascus. Thousands of Syrian refugees are pouring into neighbouring countries as fighting between government forces and rebels intensifies. Rabab Al-Rifai, spokeswoman for International Committee of the Red Cross in Syria explains the situations. Also joining the programme, Malik Al-Abdeh, opposition Syrian journalist and former chief editor at Barada TV and Rosemary Hollis, professor of Middle East Policy Studies at City University discuss Assad's options.


Civil servants based in London can start working from home today as part of a plan to reduce traffic on the roads during the Olympics. However, is there a danger of the government wheels grinding to a halt if it Whitehall lies empty for seven weeks? That doyen of Whitehall, Sir Humphrey Appleby, of Yes Minister fame, casts his expert eye across the situation from his Home Counties garden.

HSBC provided a conduit for "drug kingpins and rogue nations", according to a US Senate committee investigating money laundering claims at the bank. The Senate report, released this week, said suspicious funds from countries including Mexico, Iran and Syria had passed through the bank. But was HSBC a unique case or is money laundering wide spread in the banking world? Jeffrey Robinson, expert on money laundering, gives his view.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet.

That doyen of Whitehall, Sir Humphrey Appleby, of Yes Minister fame, casts his expert eye across the situation from his Home Counties garden.

Mike Cunningham, the Chief Constable of Staffordshire and the Acpo lead on professional standards, told Today presenter John Humphrys that he would put his "personal recommendation" on proposals made following a review by the organisation Transparency International. Lawyer Fiona Murphy, who specialises in public complaints against the police, told the programme that "only one in more than 2000 complaints against the police result in an officer being required to resign."

Paper review

In spite of British national self image as lovers of eccentricity the man named the Naked Rambler, Stephen Gough has been arrested days after he was released from prison.

He walked naked from Lands End to John O'Groats in 2003 says he is making a point about society and conformity. John Good, Mr Gough's Edinburgh-based lawyer, explains his motives.

Britain will have a new sporting hero and he is a man who has maintained a low profile until a few weeks ago. Bradley Wiggins, barring a disaster, is poised to become the winner of one of the toughest events in sport: the Tour de France. Correspondent Tim Franks and Dr Gary Brickley, a former exercise physiologist for the Great Britain Cycling team discuss the man many have pinned their hopes on.

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