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Today: Thursday 26th July

Ministers are hosting a global conference in London today, aimed at generating a billion pounds of international investment in Britain. The organisers of the Olympics have apologised for mistakenly displaying the South Korean flag at a football match played by North Korea's women footballers. And also on today's programme, inside the battle for the Syrian city of Aleppo.

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 Lesley Curwen: The UK is suffering a far deeper recession than previously thought.


Today some of the world's leading business figures will be in London for a big investment conference ahead of the Olympic games. The leader of the OECD, Angel Gurria, who will be attending the conference, shares his views on the state of the UK economy.


A 23-year-old PHD student has discovered four previously unknown short stories by the writer Katherine Mansfield who died in 1923. One of the stories sheds light on a painful and secret time in her life. Student Chris Mourant, who discovered the material, Mansfield expert Dr Gerri Kimber, senior lecturer at the University of Northampton, discuss the significance of the find.

The BBC's Paul Wood, who has been with Syrian rebels on the edge of Damascus, reports from the town of Zabadani.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

The Republican presidential contender Mitt Romney is visiting the UK tomorrow, but what does he stand for exactly? North America Editor Mark Mardell muses on the UK leg of Romney's World tour, and Stacy Hilliard, who worked on Mitt Romney's campaign to become a Governor in Massachusetts, gives her impressions on who the Real Mitt Romney is.


Sport news with Garry Richardson. Including an interview with Paul Deighton, chief executive officer of Locog about the North Korean flag mix-up.

British Gas owner Centrica is this week expected to report a 26% leap in earnings for its household electricity and gas supply business. Mike O'Connor, chief executive of Consumer Focus gives his reaction to the news.

The paper review.

Thought for the day with Mona Siddiqui, Professor of Islamic Studies at New College, University of Edinburgh.

Clashes have continued throughout the day in Syria's second city Aleppo, with more government and rebel forces on the way there. The BBC's Ian Pannell reports from inside Aleppo.


The latest GDP figures released yesterday were more grim than most people were expecting. Economics editor Stephanie Flanders gives her analysis, and Business Secretary Vince Cable explains what the coalition is planning to do to get growth back on track.


Children are cleverer than birds, but what Cambridge University's experimental psychology researchers wanted to find out is how and in what ways. Mindful of Aesop's fable of the Crow and the Pitcher they constructed experiments. Lucy Cheke from the team explains how the experiments work.

Sport news with Garry Richardson.

A committee of MPs examining the impact of the Freedom of Information Act has criticised Tony Blair for failing to cooperate with its investigation. Former Labour cabinet minister Jack Straw, and Maurice Frankel, director of the Campaign for Freedom of Information, debate the issue.

Business news with Lesley Curwen.

Robert Zoellick, who has just left his post at the head of the World Bank, speaks to Justin Webb on the state of the US economy and its position as a global economic power.

A group of students from a state school have beaten 1,000 other entries to win a Design Museum award for British innovation. Deyan Sudjic, director of the Design Museum, explains why that entry won.

There have been red faces at the Westfield Stratford shopping centre in London after Arabic signs it created to welcome visitors to the Olympics turned out to be written wrongly. Teresa Tinsley, member of the Association for Language Learning's Executive Council, discusses whether the Brits are especially bad at understanding foreign languages.

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