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Today: Friday 3rd August

Stephen Hester, chief executive of RBS, speaks to John Humphrys as the interim results of the bank are released this morning. New diplomatic moves are underway at the UN to try to maintain pressure on all sides to end the violence in Syria. And also on today's programme, what horses have to tell us about the history of Europe.

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 Dominic Laurie: Yesterday the hopes of many for a credible plan to shore up the Eurozone were being pinned to an announcement from the European Central Bank, but did it deliver?

Business news with Dominic Laurie with the latest interim results from the Royal Bank of Scotland.


Sir Michael Rawlins, the chairman of National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence, explains why he believes primary care trusts have broken the law by not prescribing the drugs some patients need.


Nasa's latest mission to Mars, seen as the space agency's most ambitious project since the end of the Apollo era, is approaching touchdown. Reporter Tom Feilden investigates how a successful landing could help re-energise the American space programme.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet, live from the Olympic Park.


The General Assembly of the United Nations is to vote on a resolution that condemns the UN Security Council for failing to do enough to stop the fighting in Syria. Lord Malloch-Brown, former deputy to Kofi Annan at the UN, shares his thoughts on the situation.

The paper review.


The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time theatre production has opened, based on the book by Mark Haddon. It tells the story of a boy who appears to have Asperger's syndrome. Author Robyn Steward, who has Asperger's, and Prof Simon Baron Cohen, director of the Autism Research Centre at Cambridge University, discuss whether it is books and plays that will change our perception of the condition and make us more accepting of it.

Thought for the day with the Reverend David Wells, a chaplain at the Olympic Games.

Yamile Aldama, one of Britain's best medal hopes at the triple jump, has been described by critics as a "plastic Brit" as she was not only born abroad but has competed under the flag of other countries. The Cuban-born athlete speaks to the BBC's Tim Franks and hits back at her critics.


Stephen Hester, chief executive of the Royal Bank of Scotland, speaks to John Humphrys as the interim results of the bank are released this morning and gives his views on the future of banking.


The UN General Assembly is set to vote on a resolution condemning the Security Council for failures on Syria, in an attempt to increase pressure for action. Foreign Secretary William Hague discusses the situation in the country.

Sports news with Rob Bonnet, live from the Olympic Park.

Primary care trusts are breaking the law by not prescribing the drugs some patients need, medical guidance organisation NICE says. Dr Michael Dixon, who chairs the NHS Alliance, gives his reaction to the comments made by NICE's chairman.

John Zarnecki, professor of space sciences at the Open University, explains what is involved in Nasa's latest mission to Mars which is due to touchdown in under one week.

Business news with Dominic Laurie.

A body has been found in a lock-up garage in London, police investigating the case of missing oil executive Carole Waugh said. Correspondent Danny Shaw reports on the inquiry that police began and a 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder on Wednesday.

Neil Wilson, athletics correspondent for the Daily Mail, and Sunder Katwala, director of British Future, debate whether the term "plastic Brit" - referring to athletes competing for Team GB but born abroad and recently acquired citizenship - is unfair and racist.

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